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Tokyo to skip one-year Olympic countdown over virus: organisers

first_imgTokyo will scrap events marking a year to go until the postponed 2020 Olympic Games, organisers said Friday, citing the “current economic situation” caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Thomas Bach said he agreed with Japan that the Olympics cannot be postponed beyond next year The Games have been pushed back until July 23, 2021 because of the disease outbreak, though it remains unclear whether even that delay will be sufficient. Last year, the city and organisers held a series of events to mark the one-year countdown, including unveiling the newly designed medals. But given the global crisis, organisers ruled out a similar celebration. “In view of the current economic situation, Tokyo 2020 will not be holding any events to mark the new one year to go milestone for the Games,” the organisers said. “But we will consider what we can do to show our solidarity with the people.” The confirmation came after reports in the Japanese media that organisers would scrap the event, fearing it was inappropriate given the global pandemic and the ongoing risk of infection inside Japan. Kyodo News agency reported that posters and messages of encouragement to athletes might be put up and displayed online instead, adding that the organising committee felt a more “moderate tone” was appropriate. A nationwide state of emergency over the virus has been lifted in Japan, but a recent rise in cases in Tokyo has led to fears of a second wave. – Scaled back Games? – The latest reports come after Tokyo’s governor confirmed the city and organisers are looking at ways to scale back next year’s Games. Japanese media said streamlining plans could involve cutting the number of spectators and reducing participation in the opening and closing ceremonies. Loading… The Yomiuri Shimbun daily quoted an unnamed source as saying that everyone including athletes, officials and spectators would be required to take a test for the virus. Tokyo 2020 declined to comment on those reports, saying discussions about coronavirus countermeasures would be held “from this autumn onwards”. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed until July next year Organisers and Tokyo officials face the twin headaches of ensuring the postponed Games can be held safely, given the pandemic, and keeping additional costs to a minimum. But with the pandemic continuing to rage in much of the world, it remains unclear whether the Games can be held next year. On Friday, a member of the organising committee’s executive board said a decision on whether the Games could be held or not would need to be taken in spring. “I think we need to decide around March next year,” Toshiaki Endo, a former Olympic minister told reporters, denying speculation that the IOC intends to make a decision in October. IOC chief Thomas Bach said last month that 2021 was the “last option” for holding the Tokyo Games, stressing that postponement cannot go on forever. He declined to say whether a vaccine was a prerequisite for going ahead with the Olympics, but was lukewarm on the idea of holding them behind closed doors. The sponsors of the Tokyo Olympics must wait until next year for the Games to take place Read Also: Barca confident Messi can face Mallorca, despite thigh injury Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said it would be “difficult” to hold the postponed Tokyo Olympics if the coronavirus pandemic is not contained. And Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori has said the Olympics would have to be cancelled if the disease isn’t under control by next year. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right NowYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreIncredible Underwater Objects Surrounded By Mystery10 Largest Cities In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Irresistibly Gorgeous Asian Actresses8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Bale open to Premier League return, hits out at Real Madrid

first_img Loading… “I want to play football, I am still motivated to play football, so I guess it’s on the club. They are in control of everything. I have a contract, all I can do is carry on what I am doing and hopefully something comes up.” Bale has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, where he starred with Tottenham between 2007 and 2013. The winger, who has two years left on his current contract, has indicated his willingness to listen to offers from England but has so far seen his efforts to leave thwarted. “If those options arise (interest from Premier League clubs) it is something I’d look at for sure,” Bale said. Gareth Bale has hit out at Real Madrid, saying his current club “make things very difficult” as he continues to look for an exit. Bale has experienced plenty of highs during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, including four Champions League wins and two Liga titles. But there have also been plenty of lows, with injuries and loss of form seeing manager Zinedine Zidane freeze him out of the squad at times. Zidane would only hand the 31-year-old two appearances in La Liga after the coronavirus break ended in June, with the Wales international not even in the squad for his side’s Champions League exit to Manchester City in August. Bale nearly made a move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning last summer, only for the deal to collapse at the last minute. Speaking to Sky Sports, Bale noted his disappointment that he was not allowed to leave Madrid last summer, saying he has been frustrated to see the Blancos continue to stand in the way of a potential exit. “I tried to leave last year but they blocked everything at the last second. It was a project I was excited for but it didn’t materialise,” Bale said. “There have been other instances where we have tried to go but the club won’t allow it or they’ve done something. It’s down to the club. Read Also: Barcelona vow to take Messi, Man City to court if… “We’ll see what happens, we have plenty of time in this transfer window and a couple of others as well. Time will tell, but mainly I think the reason is that the decision is in Real Madrid’s hands. “I am only 31, I feel I am in great shape still and feel like I have a lot to give. We will see what happens. It’s in the club’s hands but they make things very difficult to be honest.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!The Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

‘George Buckler Benefit’ coming soon

first_imgBrookville, In. — The George Buckler Benefit will be held Saturday, February 2 at the Brookville Eagles from 4 to 11 p.m.The event features chicken dinners (dine-in or carry out), live music by Matrix, raffles, gun raffles and a silent auction. Tickets are $8 for singles and $12 for a couple. For more information call 765-265-5395.After more than 25 years of serving the community, George has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis of the lung and several other medical issues. All proceeds will help the family with medical expenses.last_img read more

Tottenham’s collapse against Newcastle was just a hiccup, insists Jan Vertonghen

first_img Surprise home defeats have undermined the club’s bid to reach the Champions League in recent campaigns. Last season Spurs lost at home to West Brom, Newcastle, Stoke and Aston Villa. This latest slip-up, however, was the team’s first league loss at White Hart Lane so far and Vertonghen insists it is not typical of this current side. “You know you have to win these games if you want to stay in the top four,” Vertonghen said. “It has been the story for us in the last couple of seasons but there is a difference in this team. “We feel this is just an incident and in the last couple of years – that was a bit different. “We can start another good run now. Of course we wanted to keep the run going. Hopefully we can win a couple now.” Pochettino insisted he was not concerned by Tottenham’s performance but his side were sluggish, particularly in the second half, and a smattering of boos rang out around the stadium at the full-time whistle. The reaction seemed harsh given this was only Spurs’ second league loss of the season but Vertonghen understood the fans’ dissatisfaction. Eric Dier’s first-half header looked to have put Spurs on course for victory at White Hart Lane but Magpies substitutes Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez scored at the death to snatch a 2-1 win. The shock result brings an end to Tottenham’s 14-match unbeaten run in the league and means Mauricio Pochettino’s side missed the chance to move into the top four. “It was just disappointment from the supporters. We were disappointed and they were as well. I can understand that,” he said. “To lose a game like this is very painful. We felt very confident and it is hard to take.” Pochettino admits he would analyse very carefully the second-half slump but the Argentinian may also want to address his players’ lack of killer instinct. This was the third time in five league matches that his side took the lead but failed to win and Vertonghen admits Tottenham must be more clinical. “We were trying to go for that second goal but it was Newcastle who had the better chances,” Vertonghen said. “We were running forward trying to force something and it gave Newcastle the space, with their pace, to create more chances. “Especially in the first half, we had to finish it. We did not score the second goal and Newcastle had the quality on the bench to turn things around. “In my opinion, it had nothing to do with experience. We were just in that vibe and wanted to win. We started very well. “When you try to go forward, you know you can give chances away sometimes.” Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham’s late collapse against Newcastle on Sunday was a one-off and uncharacteristic of this current team. Press Associationlast_img read more

Contenders to replace Jose Mourinho

first_img :: Carlo Ancelotti Will Chelsea return for another man who enjoyed great success? The Italian, who won the 2010 Premier League and FA Cup double and finished second the following season before being sacked, is available after leaving Real Madrid. He was popular at Stamford Bridge and apparently wishes to return to England. :: Pep Guardiola The former Barcelona boss was reportedly coveted by Roman Abramovich while on sabbatical before the former Spain midfielder opted for Bayern Munich. His contract with the Bavarians ends this summer and speculation of a switch to Manchester City is growing in strength. But Chelsea may still try to tempt him. :: Diego Simeone The former Argentina midfielder has enjoyed a fine period as Atletico Madrid boss, breaching the hegemony of Barca and rivals Real with an attractive style, while beating Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup and Champions League in the process. The Blues have looked to Atletico for players, now for a manager? :: Fabio Capello The autocratic Italian’s reputation in England is far from strong after his poor reign as national team boss. But his club pedigree with AC Milan and Real Madrid is good and he is still in touch with his former England captain John Terry. He is out of work after leaving Russia and could be an interim option. :: Guus Hiddink If Chelsea need a stop-gap option, they could look to someone who has done the job before. No, not Rafael Benitez, who is now Real Madrid boss, but Dutchman Hiddink. His three-month spell from February 2009, after the departure of Luiz Felipe Scolari, saw Chelsea win the FA Cup and finish third in the Premier League. :: Antonio Conte The Italy boss may not move ahead of Euro 2016, but reportedly has admirers among the Chelsea hierarchy. He had a glowing caeer at Juventus, first as a player, then as a manager, guiding them to three successive Serie A titles. :: Massimiliano Allegri The Italian led Juventus to the Serie A title and Champions League final in 2015 and could be an outside bet to replace Mourinho, but Chelsea have made bold choices in the past and it could happen again. :: John Terry The club captain, now 35, has been reading management books for the last few years and recently had Sir Alex Ferguson’s “Leading” for company on a flight back from a match. Some have argued Terry has been in charge of Chelsea for years, maybe he could be handed the opportunity to prove it. :: Juande Ramos Former Tottenham boss would be a left-field appointment but has been mentioned often over recent days. Has has a long and well-travelled career and most recently took charge of Dnipro. Would in no way be a long-term appointment. The club sit just one point above the relegation zone after losing nine of their 16 games this season. Here Press Association Sport looks at the candidates to succeed the self-proclaimed Special One. Jose Mourinho has been let go by Chelsea for a second time. Press Associationlast_img read more

WATCH: Sharks Spotted Close to Miami Beach Shoreline

first_imgBeaches in Miami-Dade County opened to the public Wednesday for the first time in nearly three months amid the coronavirus pandemic.However, it seems that a few sharks were not eager to leave the clear waters in order to accommodate swimmers.Aerial video of the waters off Miami Beach shows sharks swimming about 20 to 60 feet offshore.In total, four sharks were spotted, although they appeared to be social distancing themselves from beachgoers.Meanwhile, beaches in Palm Beach and Broward counties opened last month.last_img read more

Suriname clobbers Guyana 11-1 at IGG FUTSAL

first_imgBy Ras WadadaGuyana’s U-19 FUTSAL team suffered a most humiliating defeat when the 2016 Inter Guiana Games (IGG) continued yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).Guyana's outstanding goalkeeper Bobby David and goal scorer Doquan Wilson.Guyana’s outstanding goalkeeper Bobby David and goal scorer Doquan Wilson.The 11-1 thrashing by Suriname in the 5-a-side version of the ‘Beautiful Game’ proved that the Guyanese lacked the experience of playing on wood surface and in a much smaller area,even though they held their own in the opening minutes of the one-hour encounter during which time Goalkeeper Bobby David brilliantly and consistently denied the visitors more goals.Guyana took the lead after 7 minutes of play thanks to Douquan Wilson, but it was the home side’s only moment of joy as Suriname quickly took charge after finding a way to beat David. Terence Aroeman equalised from the Penalty mark in the 17th minute after Guyana accumulated five fouls,and within a minute he added another to give Suriname a 2-1 lead.As though the flood gates were opened,Stefano McDonald blasted to David’s left from the Penalty mark within seconds to give the Dutch a half time 3-1 lead and the writing was on the wall.In the second period the Surinamese continued their dominance as they poured in goal after goal while the Guyanese muffed 3 opportunities from the Penalty mark as Coach Challus McKinnon wrung the many changes in an attempt to stop the rampaging young Dutchmen. Nazario Doesburg’s four goals spearheaded the Dutch onslaught in the final half while there was one a piece for Elyah Pengel, Alphonso Gelton, Denilson Joekoe and Gillaume Strooker.The trio who failed to convert Guyana’s penalties in the second-half were:Jeremy Garrett, O’Dell Gulliver and Collyer Daniels.Coach McKinnon, while stating that he was disappointed with the result added that he was pleased with how the team played up to a point and is expecting the team to improve in the other two games today and possibly score a win.The two sides meet again this morning at CASH, beginning at 09:00hrs and then at 13:00hrs in the afternoon.last_img read more

FIFA Puts Super Eagles in 25th Position Out of 32 Teams

first_imgAccording to the records from FIFA statistics department and made available yesterday, the failure of the Mikel Obi-led team to survive the late surge by Lionel Messi’s Argentina side in the last group match played at Saint Petersburg means that the team’s ranking at the quadrennial was better at the Brazil edition held in 2014 where Nigeria was eliminated in the second round by France.From the record monitored yesterday, aside winners, France, runner up, Croatia and Belgium who triumphed against England in the third placed match which automatically announced the first four positions, host Russia placed fifth with Sweden, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia all followed as quarter finalist in the tournament.Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, Denmark all followed just as former champions, Spain who were eliminated by Russia in the second round via lottery of penalty shootout placed 14th while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal ended up in the 15th position with Argentina tailing behind in 16th position.The Teranga Lions of Senegal are the first African to emerged from the ranking with 17th position after a painful elimination by Japan who survived the qualification from the group via the ‘Fair Play’ rule used to break the tie.The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia were ranked 19th just as the defending champion, Germany has to tail Korea Republic in 22nd position and Iceland followed Nigeria 26th position just as the Arab quartet of Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, in descending order were in least of the 32 teams.FIFA statistics also revealed that of the 64 matches played, a total of 169 goals were scored which represent 2.64 per match and 12 own goals and 29 penalty kicks were taken out of which 22 was scored and seven were missed.A total of seven free kicks were scored while four red cards were issued and a staggering 219 yellow cards were issued by the referees in all the 64 matches.The winner of the tournament, France were awarded $38million while finalist Croatia collected $28million. Belgium and England were awarded $24million and $22million respectively.All the quarter finalists were paid $16million each just as teams that crashed out in the second round were awarded $12million each and Super Eagles of Nigeria and the rest of African representatives alongside all the other participants that failed to go beyond the group phase all received $8 million each for participation.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WORLD CUP RANKINGSFemi SolajaFollowing the exit of the Super Eagles at the group stage of the just concluded World Cup finals in Russia, Nigeria was ranked in 25th position in the tournament won by France for the second time in their football history.last_img read more

Big East coaches reflect on conference’s rich history, look to future at media day

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 18, 2012 at 2:30 am Contact Ryne: NEW YORK — Jim Boeheim shook his head, a smile already starting to form. The Syracuse head coach had already addressed his program’s final year in the Big East multiple times just minutes into the conference’s annual media day.Boeheim couldn’t escape the topic in a room filled with the Orange’s conference rivals on Wednesday. And though it would be the last time he would begin the season as a coach in a conference his program helped build from day one more than 30 years ago, his mind wasn’t on history.“We’ve got to be concerned about this league this year and these teams,” Boeheim said.Boeheim, his 14 coaching colleagues and their players gathered for Big East media day on Wednesday at the New York Athletic Club. The day was spent reflecting on the past as the conference loses two longtime members in Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the Atlantic Coast Conference after this season, but looks forward to adding five new members for 2013-14. Boeheim sees the changes as part of college athletics today, but opposing coaches admitted it will be tough to see a marquee program like Syracuse go.Commissioner Mike Aresco, who replaced interim commissioner Joe Bailey, started the event, saying the conference has a bright future with its television partners and the league’s plan to remain a factor in college football. His message came a year after conference realignment left the Big East’s future uncertain, and a year after all the change overshadowed Big East media day.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter expressing his excitement to be leading the league, he turned his focus to the start of this season.“Today, it’s about basketball,” Aresco said. “We look forward to this season and as you know, we’re going to have a different alignment next year.“Our new schools are going to come in and help sustain a high level of basketball success that the Big East conference has always enjoyed.”Boeheim and fellow coaches said the league is simply evolving as it has throughout its proud history. With Top-25 programs in Memphis and Temple set to join the new-look Big East along with Southern Methodist, Central Florida and Houston, the conference will create a new tradition.The coaches expect the conference to remain relevant in the college-basketball landscape, but it will also be far from the brand built around basketball when it was first created in 1979.That history and tradition remained strong throughout the last 30 years and remained a draw for current players.“It’s been fun,” SU guard Brandon Triche said. “It’s been a challenge that every game, every conference — this is one of the reasons I chose Syracuse, because it was going to be a battle.”Triche spoke of SU’s rivalries with Georgetown and Villanova as memorable moments during the first three years of his career. Triche said he will always remember those games at the Carrier Dome in front of more than 30,000 fans.And during his run, the Orange came out on top in its share of battles in addition to winning two Big East titles. The recent success for Syracuse builds on years of winning in the conference with Boeheim at the helm.The Orange was a founding member of the conference, and it’s been there throughout all the expansions. The program has been a constant and standard setter that opposing coaches like Georgetown’s John Thompson III admire. Thompson said Wednesday the Big East will certainly take a hit when Syracuse does make the jump to the ACC.But he also said the programs coming in will help shape the conference’s identity. While the Big East may not be the clear-cut top conference in the country anymore, Thompson said it will always be in the discussion.And Boeheim agreed.“The Big East as it’s predicted many, many, many times over many, many, many, many years,” Boeheim said, “the league is still very good and very strong, and will continue to be.”Boeheim’s focus, though, is steadfastly set on this season. Syracuse has one final chance to make a run through the Big East, one final chance to take on its longtime rivals and one final chance to take the stage at the conference tournament in Madison Square Garden.And he and his players are looking to make the most of it.Said Triche: “We look forward to having one more year in the Big East and going out with a bang.” Commentslast_img read more

The story of Greg Robinson giving Luke Cain a 2nd chance

first_img Published on January 12, 2016 at 3:27 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ When Greg Robinson first got to Syracuse in 2005, he made a point to sit down with the team trainer and third-year linebacker Luke Cain. Robinson said that Cain already had issues before he took over as the head coach, so Robinson wanted to make sure it was clear that he would be kicked off the team if he tested positive on another drug test.“And he did come back and test positive,” Robinson recalled. “So I was planning to send him home.”Within two hours, word had spread throughout the team of Robinson’s intentions. The next thing he knew, 15 players had stepped into his office. They really knew Cain and they loved him. They knew about his difficult home life, Robinson said. At first, Robinson wasn’t sure what to think. But it didn’t take long for him to gather the whole team and tell them that Cain would have one more chance. If he screwed up again, he was done.He never tested positive again.“He ended up turning out to be a really good football player for us,” Robinson said. “He was always a great kid, he was a good athlete. But he buckled down. He played very well for us. He was a great guy.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Sunday, Cain passed away at the age of 33. He played at Syracuse from 2003-06, and started three games in his sophomore year and 11 in his senior year. The Washington D.C. native was found dead in his home, per Robinson, who gave Cain a second chance, said he still thinks about him all the time.Cain had been panhandling on the streets of Syracuse, but kept a strong relationship with Robinson’s son, Dominic, who worked in the community and often checked on Cain and would get him a meal.“He would take him to the shelter,” Robinson said. “Periodically, he would run into Luke again, and he would go and take him back to the shelter. This went on for a period of time.”When Robinson came back to Syracuse over the most recent Christmas holiday, he was walking downtown with his son. His mind jumped to Cain, a former player who he often thought of, and asked how he was doing.“From the moment that I saw this group of young football players come into my office, and to express feelings, I knew right then that this was a very unique guy that’s got some qualities about him that are obviously wonderful. I really got to know the guy. He’s a great guy.“He was a giving guy,” Robinson said. “He was there for anybody.” Commentslast_img read more