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Tokyo Games could be ‘greatest ever’, says Coates

first_imgSenior international Olympics official John Coates said on Saturday the delayed Tokyo Olympics could end up being the greatest Games ever, coming next year as the world emerges from COVID-19 crisis.Coates, Australia’s Olympic chief and head of the International Olympic Committee’s inspectorate for the Games, cited the examples of positive Summer Games that followed the two world wars of the 20th century. The Tokyo Games were postponed for a year to 2021 in the aftermath of the new coronavirus outbreak.Coates said he thought Tokyo could surpass even the reputation of the 2000 Sydney Games, which he helped organise and were described by then IOC chief Juan Antonio Samaranch as “the best Olympic Games ever”.“Because we all must wait longer than the already-long wait for an Olympics, the Games of Tokyo will gently but perceptibly echo the sheer joy and relief of the other delayed Olympics of Antwerp in 1920 and London in 1948,” he told the annual general meeting of the Australian Olympic Committee.“I believe the Tokyo Olympics may ultimately be amongst the greatest Games ever, if not the greatest. And putting the parochialism of a proud Sydney boy aside … I certainly hope Tokyo will be.”Turning to future “opportunity”, Coates told the meeting, which was held online, that the proposal for Australia to host the Summer Olympics for the third time in 2032 was gathering pace. The bid, centred on South East Queensland around Brisbane, had been given the official backing of the AOC in January, he said, and was now in the phase of “continuous dialogue” with the IOC’s Future Host Commission.Planning for venues, mostly already existing or temporary, and the siting of athletes villages were progressing and the necessary buy-in of local, state and national government was largely in place.Coates, who ran a failed bid to host the Games in Brisbane in 1992, said an Olympics could provide an economic catalyst to help Queensland and Australia out of the expected post-coronavirus recession.“I have always believed in making necessity a virtue. There is already a need for jobs and growth in the Queensland economy arising from the impact of COVID-19,” he told his online audience.“Our (government partners) recognise a potential 2032 … Games as a critical part of the state and nation’s economic recovery in the short term, quite apart from all of the long-term health, well-being, economic and sporting legacies.” A decision over which city or region would host the 2032 Olympics could be made as early as 2022, he added.Bids from India, Indonesia and a joint proposal from North and South Korea have also been mooted.Coates, who has been president of the AOC since 1990, also said he was confident the body was financially in “good order” to come through “this time of some chaos” after a raft of cost-cutting measures.Reuters/NAN.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Tags: 2021COVID-19John CoatesolympicsTokyo Gameslast_img read more

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Clattenburg back at Stamford Bridge

first_img The matter arose from the Blues’ fiery clash with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28 with Chelsea making a complaint based on reports from their players. Clattenburg did not referee for four weeks while the FA investigated but the governing body determined the official had no case to answer. Police also dropped their separate inquiry and Chelsea later issued a statement expressing regret at the way it was handled. Since resuming duties Clattenburg has been eligible to referee Chelsea but five months have passed before being appointed to another fixture involving the London club by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited. Chelsea have no issue with the appointment and are ready to welcome Clattenburg back to Stamford Bridge. In a joint statement issued with the Premier League and PGMOL last November, the club said: “Chelsea FC made it clear they would welcome Mark Clattenburg back to Stamford Bridge in the future and PGMOL would have no issue in appointing him to a Chelsea FC match going forward.” Mark Clattenburg is to referee this Sunday’s clash between Chelsea and Swansea, the Premier League has confirmed. It will be the official’s first match involving Chelsea since last autumn’s racism row involving John Obi Mikel. Clattenburg was accused of using “inappropriate language” towards Mikel but was cleared by the Football Association. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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James Milner wants Liverpool players to ignore dissenting voices

first_img Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has since spoken about a number of his critics creating “hysteria” over his position, but Milner believes the team must ignore off-field opinions where possible. “At times when things aren’t going well it’s important you stick together,” he told Liverpool TV. “There have been a lot of things said outside the club at this moment. It’s down to us not to take any notice of that, stick together, stay together as a club and keep believing what we’re doing is right. “We’re working very hard to keep improving, work on things and be the team we want to be. I’m sure if we continue the amount of work we’re putting in, it has to come good.” Milner arrived on Merseyside from Manchester City and knows a thing or two about coping with expectation. “I’ve been fortunate to play for big clubs throughout my career and that’s the pressure you get playing in the Premier League and at the top level,” he said. “There’s always going to be that spotlight and pressure. “When things aren’t going well, it’s going to come down on you; equally, when things are going well, people can get carried away. It’s important that we keep that level mindset and concentrate on our business. “It’s when things aren’t going well that you see who wants it the most and who wants to stand up and be counted. “We’ve got some big personalities and big players who want to stick together and put in performances. It was a big performance at the weekend – that’s a start for us and we need to move on from there.” Liverpool’s James Milner has urged his team-mates to shut out dissenting voices from outside the club. Press Associationcenter_img The England international is already an influential player after just nine matches in a red shirt, and captained the side and scored the opener in a 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Saturday. That was just the tonic required after League Two Carlisle took Liverpool to penalties at Anfield in the Capital One Cup. last_img read more

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Assam Weightlifting Association announced its team for Senior National Championship

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam Weightlifting Association announced its team for the Senior National Weightlifting Championship which will be held in Kolkata from tomorrow. The Team: Papul Changmai, Jameer Hussain, Apurba Chetia, Sourav Gogoi, Nitu Tamuli, Sidhanta Gogoi, Swapna Priya Baruah, Madhusmita Baruah, Popy Hazarika, Coach – Dulajit Baruah, Referee – Bhabajyoti Goswami.Also Read: State Level Weightlifting Championship Begins at Nirjuli Also Watch: CRISIL Foundation’s Gram Shakti certification to drive financial literacy and Inclusionlast_img read more

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ICC World Cup World Cup final umpire Kumar Dharmasena admits ‘error’ that cost New Zealand title

first_imgAs a result of Dharmasena’s “judgment error”, the match had tied and stretched to a Super Over which also remained inconclusive and eventually hosts England were declared champions on better boundary count, leaving New Zealand players in disbelief.Dharmasena said that he could refer to third umpire as there was no such provision, but he did consult the leg umpire which was also heard by the all the other umpires and the match referee.“There is no provision in the law to refer this to the third umpire as no dismissal was involved. So, I did consult the leg umpire through the communication system which is heard by all other umpires and the match referee. And, while they cannot check TV replays, they all confirmed that the batsmen have completed the run. This is when I made my decision,” he added, New Delhi : Kumar Dharmasena, who was the field umpire during the ICC World Cup Final between England and New Zealand, has admitted that awarding six runs to the hosts from an overthrow was a “judgment error”. Dharmasena, however, said that he won’t regret his decision that apparently cost New Zealand, what could be their maiden World Cup title win.“I agree that there was a judgment error when I see it on TV replays now. But we did not have the luxury of TV replays at the ground and I will never regret the decision I made. Besides, the ICC praised me for the decision I made at that time,” Dharmasena told Sunday Times.Dharmasena had signalled to add six runs to England’s total, instead of five, when Martin Guptill’s throw from the deep raced to the boundary ropes after being deflected from the bat of diving Ben Stokes. Instead of six, the umpire should have awarded five runs as TV replays showed that Adil Rashid and Stokes had not completed the second run when Guptill released the ball from the deep. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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The Latest: Lyon wants French league prioritized over UCL

first_imgA player earning 300,000 euros net per month will only get 252,000 euros from the club plus 5,400 euros from the state for a monthly loss of around 42,600 euros per month. If the suspension lasts a year, this would add up to about half a million euros per year.___The U.S. track federation added its name to a growing chorus of calls to postpone the Tokyo Games because of the coronavirus. In a letter to the CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. USATF joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday. Matches in both competitions are currently suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.“If we want to save the (French) league we must absolutely finish before June 30,” Aulas told RTL radio. “You have to make choices, be brave. Drop the Champions League, the (domestic) cup finals and international matches. Concentrate only on the (French) league.”Aulas added: “I want the league to finish. Even in empty stadiums.”Lyon leads Italian champion Juventus 1-0 from the first leg of their last-16 match in the Champions League on Feb. 26. The return leg in Turin has not been played because of the outbreak.___ The Latest: Lyon wants French league prioritized over UCL The USOPC leadership has been in agreement with the IOC, that it’s too soon to make any decisions regarding postponing the games.___Brazil’s Olympic Committee has called for the Tokyo Olympic Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.”It also said that it continues to “trust in the International Olympic Committee.” Brazil organized the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the first in South America. Marseille President Frank McCourt wrote to reassure the French soccer club’s employees after they were put on temporary, technical layoffs.“I am taking a few minutes to make sure you and your families are well,” McCourt said. “We are going through this difficult time together and we’re seeing governments getting better and better organized.”Marseille and other top-tier clubs have started putting players on temporary, technical layoffs, which translates to a cut in pay of 16 percent with the state picking up a portion of that to a monthly maximum of 5,400 euros ($5,810). A player earning 40,000 euros ($43,000) net per month would receive 39,000 (about $42,000).Therefore its impact is greater on those on the highest salaries, in terms of lost revenue. ___Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week after meeting people who later tested positive for the new coronavirus.Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus.In a message on social media, Hamilton says he’s shown “zero symptoms” but has been isolating himself from other people ever since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was called off.Hamilton said that “I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test but, the truth is there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do.”center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Even though his side could potentially reach the Champions League quarterfinals, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas wants the French league to take priority. March 21, 2020 Associated Press ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Treaty and Model county to battle it out in Semple

first_imgThree-in-a-row Leinster winners Wexford will be looking to finally end their All Ireland drought.But they’re going-up against a Limerick side that dethroned reigning champions Clare in the Munster final.Throw-in at Semple is at 7pm. The curtain-raiser in Thurles today will be the All-Ireland Under-21 B final between the hurlers of Meath and Wicklow at 5:15.last_img

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Brazil 2014 qualifiers: Kenya 0:1 Nigeria

first_imgCAF Africa Cup of Nations-winners Nigeria pulled clear at the top of their FIFA World Cup™ qualifying group after a 1-0 win away to Kenya in Nairobi today.Ahmed Musa struck the only goal nine minutes from time to send the Super Eagles into a two-point lead at the summit of Group F after four matches.Malawi drew 0-0 at home to Namibia in the day’s other Group F qualifier in Blantyre. Malawi were level on five points with Nigeria at the start of the day but lost ground after their third draw in four qualifiers.Winless Kenya prop up the group on two points, while Namibia, on four points, remain in third.Today’s fixtures were brought forward due to Nigeria’s involvement in the FIFA Confederations Cup, which gets under way in Brazil on 15 June.last_img read more

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Ligue 1 players don’t want to resume the season

first_imgThe justification that soccer players defend is that they will not return without adequate health safety conditions, they prefer not to run the risk of contagion. They are also not satisfied with the idea of ​​playing behind closed doors, something unavoidable when it comes to avoiding large crowds of people in stadiums. Further, The survey also reflects that 80% of the interviewees prefer that the current classification be taken as a reference and thus finish the leagues., instead of considering the season as “null”.Nowadays, the french league is working on a plan to return to competition linked to the gradual release from confinement, which will start on May 11 as announced by Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic. At the moment, only the date on which the starting gun will take place for the 2020/21 season is known. It will be on August 23, and has been set with this speed due to the need to formalize the payments of television rights. In France, the position of the First and Second division footballers regarding the possibility of resuming the league after the mitigation of the pandemic is quite clear. According to reports La Gazzetta dello Sport, the National Union of Professional Soccer Players, the French players’ union in the top two categories at the national level, has made an anonymous survey that addresses the possibility of returning or not to the playing fields. This union represents 94% of professional players in France; and the survey results show that the squads are reluctant to play again after the coronavirus crisis.last_img read more