Tokyo Olympics will go ahead ‘with or without COVID-19’ – IOC’s Coates

first_imgCaption: SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) – Tokyo’s postponed Olympics will go ahead next year regardless of the novel coronavirus pandemic, International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president John Coates told AFP Tuesday, vowing they will be the “Games that conquered COVID-19”.The Olympics have never been cancelled outside of the world wars and Coates, speaking in a phone interview, was adamant that the Tokyo Games will start on their revised date.“It will take place with or without COVID. The Games will start on July 23 next year,” said Coates, who heads the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Tokyo Games.“The Games were going to be, their theme, the Reconstruction Games after the devastation of the tsunami,” he said, referring to a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in north-eastern Japan in 2011.Now very much these will be the Games that conquered COVID the light at the end of the tunnel.”In a landmark decision, the 2020 Olympics were postponed because of the global march of the pandemic and they are now set to open on July 23, 2021.But Japan’s borders are still largely closed to foreign visitors and a vaccine is months or even years away, feeding speculation about whether the Games are feasible at all.Japanese officials have made clear they would not delay them a second time beyond 2021.There are signs that public enthusiasm in Japan is waning, after a recent poll found just one in four Japanese want them to go ahead next year, with most backing either another postponement or a cancellation.MONUMENTAL TASKCoates said the Japanese Government “haven’t dropped the baton at all” following the postponement, despite the “monumental task” of putting the event back a year.“Before COVID, (IOC president) Thomas Bach said this is the best-prepared Games we’ve ever seen, the venues were almost all finished, they are now finished, the village is amazing, all the transport arrangements, everything is fine,” he said.“Now it’s been postponed by one year, that’s presented a monumental task in terms of re-securing all the venues … something like 43 hotels we had to get out of those contracts and renegotiate for a year later.“Sponsorships had to be extended a year, broadcast rights.”With much of that work underway, or accomplished, a task force has been set up to look at the different scenarios in 2021 – from how border controls will affect the movement of athletes, to whether fans can pack venues and how to keep stadiums safe.The group, comprising Japanese and IOC officials, met for the first time last week.“Their job now is to look at all the different countermeasures that will be required for the Games to take place,” said Coates, the long-time president of the Australian Olympic Committee.“Some countries will have it (COVID-19) under control, some won’t. We’ll have athletes, therefore, coming from places where it’s under control and some where it is not.“There are 206 teams … so there’s a massive task being undertaken on the Japanese side.”Tokyo 2020 chief Toshiro Muto on Friday repeated that organisers hoped to avoid a Games without spectators – an option that has been mooted given Japan is still limiting audiences at sports events.While the country is cautiously reopening its economy, with professional baseball, football and sumo resuming in front of limited numbers of fans, the nation continues to see a steady stream of new coronavirus cases.Japan has already ploughed billions of dollars into the Olympics, with the delay only adding to the cost.Coates said IOC was doing its part, putting in “something like an extra US$800 million to support the international federations, whose income isn’t happening this year, and national Olympic committees”. IOC vice-president John Coates.center_img Photo saved: John Coateslast_img read more

Stellar all-around play keys unbeaten start for Syracuse

first_imgWith balanced scoring and staunch defense, the Orange has managed to remain undefeated going into conference play.Emma Russell, Kelsey Millman, Lauren Brooks and Gillian Pinder all lead the Orange in goals this season with three each.The luxury of having multiple players with the ability to score makes the team a nightmare to defend.“Our whole system, the way we move and reshape, it’s like a triangle offense in basketball,” head coach Ange Bradley said. “So when we reshape, if people are in the right place, our defense sets up our attack.”The No. 2 Orange (5-0) takes on Villanova (4-2) at 4 p.m. Friday at J. Stanley Coyne Stadium. And on Sunday, Syracuse plays Kent State (3-4) at home.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team focuses on all aspects of the game — both sides of the ball — and takes on different positions to keep its opponents off balance.It is not only the offense that should be credited with the winning streak, but also the team’s defense, which has allowed only three goals the entire season.While the Orange’s barrage of scoring stands out the most, goalkeeper Leann Stiver’s ability to do her job while also managing to focus on what the defense should be doing has been just as critical.“I work mostly with the backs, so the more I can communicate from the back and have them slide over, double-team and help each other, the less I have to actually step up and make saves,” she said.Stiver, who recorded her third shutout of the season against Boston University, stresses that offense and defense go hand in hand.“We know that the defense is just as important as the offense,” Stiver said.Russell believes that the key to their undefeated streak is their unselfishness and chemistry as a team.“I’m never thinking about scoring, to be honest; if I have a chance to score, I will,” she said. “If someone else is in a better position, I think it would definitely be smarter for them to take it.”Emphasis on team play is what will aid against SU’s Big East opponents, starting with Villanova.“It’s really important that we start off strong because the Big East Championship, we win that, and that is what gets us our ticket to the NCAA tournament,” Bradley said.The team will try to use home field to its advantage against Villanova on Friday.“In order to come in this week and have Villanova on our home turf, we want to work really hard and play for 70 minutes, and get a result that we’d be 1-0 in conference play this weekend,” Bradley said.No matter what the strategy is, the underlying rule of the team is teamwork, and Bradley can’t stress that enough.“I definitely think it’s more of a team thing,” said Bradley. “We have all three lines covered by experience, strong people with personalities and character that can come through in critical moments for us.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 13, 2012 at 1:17 am Contact Jasmine: jlwatk01@syr.edulast_img read more

Trojans reacclimate to normal schedule

first_imgFollowing a Thursday night road game at Utah and a trip to the Northwest to take on Washington, No. 10 USC finally returns to the Coliseum on Saturday for a 3 p.m. matchup against Colorado. The Trojans will play three of their next four games at home, a welcome change from their hectic start to the season.Ripe for success · After running for 204 combined yards against the Huskies last Saturday, USC welcomes a struggling Colorado defense to the Coliseum. The Buffaloes surrender an everage of 181.5 rushing yards per game. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan“We’re trying to get into a routine of having normal Saturday games for the next six weeks,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “It feels good to just kind of be on a normal schedule … hopefully we can get a rhythm going.”The Buffaloes have the worst overall record in the Pac-12 at 1-5, but the Trojans are aware of the need to take their opponent seriously. After a mediocre start to Wednesday’s practice, Kiffin explained how the Trojans could dig themselves into an early hole despite being heavily favored.“We came out here and didn’t start very well on offense,” Kiffin said. “You start turning the ball over, getting penalties, you let them right into the game. So that’s our focus not to do that.”The Trojans enter their contest against Colorado with a new emphasis on the ground game. USC accumulated 204 rushing yards against the Huskies and hopes to keep that success going this weekend.“It was really critical for us to show that we can run the ball for our opponents that we play,” Kiffin said. “To get people at some point to stop spending so much time on [Marqise Lee] and [Robert Woods]. And I think also for your team, it’s a mentality. We don’t ever want to be a team that just throws the ball around, because I think that affects your whole team.”Colorado has the 84th-ranked ranked run defense in college football, letting up an average of 181.5 yards per game. If USC is able to maintain a balanced attack against the Buffaloes, Kiffin believes his own defense will take care of the rest.“Most of those teams, if you look around the country, that throw the ball a ton usually don’t have very good defenses,” Kiffin said. “So I think it’s just a product of your team and what you want. We want a physical defense that in practice we can run the ball at and make them really have to hold up. I think that carries over to your entire team.”last_img read more

Hoornstra: Hall of Fame voting has become a feedback loop

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone We all write things in private that we would never share publicly, like a child secretly passing a folded-up note in class. Baseball’s Hall of Fame ballot is, for some voters, a secret folded-up note. We always discover the note eventually, but we don’t always learn who wrote it. In fact, we learn every year that the authors of some notes want to keep their identities hidden.Of the 397 BBWAA members who returned a ballot this year, all but one checked the box next to Derek Jeter’s name. The dissident has so far remained anonymous. To some fans, the Jeter-less ballot spoke louder than the other 396.Omitting Jeter was hardly a criminal act, let alone an affront to baseball tradition. Only Mariano Rivera has been listed on more than 99.7 percent of all Hall of Fame ballots since the first group was inducted in 1936. And there have been less sensible ballot omissions in history. Joe DiMaggio needed four tries to become a Hall of Famer, Yogi Berra two. Thirty-six voters left Jackie Robinson off their ballot in 1972.Cooperstown has received many taboo ballots and will receive many more in the years to come. The BBWAA has called for total transparency, for an end to secret ballots. Yet the Hall of Fame continues to allow anonymity to the voters who request it. This “private option,” if you will, always leads to interesting results. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings center_img The ballots that fascinate me most are not those that omit Jeter, Robinson, Berra or DiMaggio. I’m more interested in ballots with checkmarks next to names such as Adam Dunn, Brad Penny, J.J. Putz, and Raul Ibañez. It’s a slightly more consequential version of the “Remember Some Guys” bit.Dunn, Penny, Putz and Ibañez each received a single, anonymous vote this year.Ibañez, a left fielder for the Mariners, Royals, Phillies, Yankees and Angels from 1996-2014, never led his league in a major hitting category. He made one All-Star team.Putz was a closer for 4-1/2 of his 11 full major-league seasons. He retired with 189 career saves, one All-Star Game appearance, and no black ink on his resume.Penny had his best years with the Dodgers, leading the NL in wins in 2006. He won 121 games before retiring with the Marlins in 2014, 14 years after his debut. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Dunn broke in with the Reds in 2000 and bounced around to the Diamondbacks, Nationals, White Sox and A’s during a 14-year career. He was a curious player by the standards of his day, combining a high on-base percentage with lots of home runs and even more strikeouts. (Dunn led his league in K’s four times.) By contemporary standards, however, his skill set is downright common.Add it up, and these four players have six All-Star Game appearances among them. None won an MVP award, or a Cy Young, or was named Rookie of the Year. In 59 combined seasons, the quartet has garnered fewer accolades than Justin Verlander.If social media wasn’t made for disseminating information, it was made for backlash. Tuesday turned Baseball Twitter into one big comment section for the Jeter-less ballot. The commentary overshadowed the usual vitriol reserved for the one-vote down-ballot darlings du jour. It’s not by coincidence that the Ibañez/Dunn/Penny/Putz voters haven’t outed themselves. They don’t need to read the comments section to know what’s coming. Who would voluntarily raise their hand and direct faux outrage toward him or herself?Related Articles I know of at least two voters in the past decade who were ensnared by the trap of giving sincere votes to a player who was named on no other public ballots. (In each case, their player was named on one private ballot.) Since the anonymous voters couldn’t serve as a lightning rod for public criticism, guess who did? Those two voters haven’t cast a public ballot since.The BBWAA has pushed for transparency. Although I am a BBWAA member, I am two years short of receiving my first Hall of Fame ballot. There’s time for my perspective on this to evolve. In lieu of any first-hand experience, I can offer an observation: Hall of Fame voting has become a feedback loop.There’s a reason the social media era gave birth to the first unanimous ballot. It’s the same reason the ballots missing Jeter, and those including Ibañez, Dunn, Penny and Putz, remain anonymous. The power of the secret ballot lies in the diversity of thought it promotes.You can turn to the politics section of this newspaper and see the same phenomenon play out on its pages. When it comes to Hall of Fame voting, ostracizing the dissidents seems less consequential. Then as now, however, the three dozen voters who stiffed Jackie Robinson have some explaining to do.last_img read more

MLB hot stove: Padres have offered Manny Machado 8-year deal worth at least $240M, report says

first_imgPadres remain hopeful to land one of the two big fish (Manny seems more likely, with Harper/Phillies heating up). Chisox plus mystery teams the main competition assuming Phils get their top target.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 17, 2019The Padres have offered Machado an 8-year deal worth at least $240 million, according to USA Today. The #Padres’ offer to Manny Machado is an 8-year deal worth at least $240 million,with money deferred, rival GMs have been informed this weekend. Still unknown whether he wants to go to SD.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 18, 2019The White Sox and a “mystery team” are the Padres top competitors for Machado, according to Fancred Sports. He is expected to accept the best contract offered to him. Related News There was a belief Machado preferred to be east and especially not be on the West Coast. However recent word in Miami circles has been that he’s going to take whatever the best deal is. #padres— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 17, 2019Machado, who was sent from the Orioles to the Dodgers before the trade deadline, registered a .297/.367/.538 slash line in 162 total games in 2018. He also hit 37 home runs and tallied 107 RBIs. MLB hot stove: Bryce Harper talks ‘intensified’ as Phillies continue front-runner status Machado has made four All-Star teams and won two Gold Glove awards in his seven-year MLB career.The Padres finished 2018 with a 66-96 record and missed the playoffs for a 12th straight season. The Padres still believe they can add a star free agent.San Diego remains “hopeful” about signing Manny Machado, according to a report from Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman. The team is also interested in Bryce Harper, but the Phillies are the front-runners to land him, the report says.last_img read more

Braves sign catcher Travis d’Arnaud to two-year deal

first_imgThe Braves have struck again.Atlanta signed catcher Travis d’Arnaud to a two-year, $16 million deal, the team announced on Sunday. D’Arnaud is coming off of a solid year in which he caught for three teams: the Mets, Dodgers and Rays. The 30-year-old backstop played most of the season with Tampa Bay, where he amassed a 1.8 fWAR in the best offensive season he has had since 2015.D’Arnaud will replace Brian McCann, who retired following the 2019 season. He will pair behind the plate with Tyler Flowers, who was re-signed by the Braves earlier in November through the 2020 season.The signing is the second big move of the Braves offseason, who signed relief pitcher Will Smith to a three-year, $39 million contract on Nov. 14. #Braves Sign C Travis d’Arnaud: pic.twitter.com/E2eCrKVobF— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) November 24, 2019MORE: Braves’ Josh Donaldson voted SN’s NL Comeback Player of the Yearlast_img read more

Griezmann trains for the first time with Barcelona

first_imgGriezmann was presented as a Barcelona player on Sunday night, after the Catalans paid the 28-year-old’s 120-million-euro ($135 million) release clause.Atletico described the amount as “insufficient”, complaining that Barcelona and Griezmann had negotiated the deal before the buy-out price dropped from 200 million euros at the start of July.Spanish sports newspaper AS said on Saturday that Atletico will go to FIFA, the governing body of world football, to argue that Barcelona owe them more than the 120 million euros deposited by a lawyer for Griezmann on Friday.Barcelona travel to Japan on Saturday where they will play friendlies against Chelsea on July 23 and Andres Iniesta’s Vissel Kobe four days later.Share on: WhatsApp Antoine Griezmann at training. photo via @FCBarcelonaBarcelona, Spain | AFP | French striker Antoine Griezmann trained with his new Barcelona teammates for the first time on Monday following his controversial move from Atletico Madrid last week.“The first of two sessions scheduled for the day was completed by all available first team players, including the newest incorporations, Frenkie de Jong, Neto, and Antoine Griezmann,” the Catalan club reported on its website.Another French forward, Ousmane Dembele, and German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen were both declared fit after recovering from injuries late last season.Ter Stegen had been suffering from soreness in his right knee while Dembele had problems with his right hamstring.There was no sign of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, Arthur and Arturo Vidal who are all still on vacation after taking part in the Copa America.last_img read more

Amelia’s Ward man fined $25,000 for assault

first_imgFabian Ramdeol, 27, of Lot 1269 Central Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse on Tuesday and was fined $25,000 with an alternative sentence of two months in prison for the offence of assault.Ramdeol was charged and tried for assault causing actual grievous bodily harm.The court heard that the defendant on February 21 at Speightland, Mackenzie, Linden assaulted the Virtual Complainant (VC) Seon Alphonso so as to cause him actual bodily harm.In handing down the court’s decision, Magistrate Nurse stated that it was the task of the prosecution to prove that an assault was indeed committed on the VC by the defendant and that it resulted in hurt, injury or discomfort of the VC.The court found that Ramdeol was guilty of assault, but the evidence was not sufficient to support that Alphonso received any actual bodily harm.last_img read more

Beryl Prairie Road to be upgraded

first_imgThe Beryl Prairie Road will see some improvements over the next year. MLA Pat Pimm announced Monday that the project had entered the tender phase and he hopes construction will start in early August of this year. This project includes the application of new sealcoats and other structural improvements. Through Brenot Creek, the road will be widened, concrete barriers will be installed, pullouts will be added at the top of the two hills and sight distance will be improved by removing a hump on the top of one hill and cutting back some of the bank. New culverts will be installed throughout much of the project to improve drainage along the road. – Advertisement -This project will improve basic access for resource extraction, tourists and residents. The project is funded as a provincial-federal partnership through the Oil and Gas Rural Road Rehabilitation Improvement Program. All the work is expected to be completed by September of 2010.last_img read more

Silva lining for footballing street children

first_imgNext year’s third running of the event will probably take place in May, before the World Cup.The seven-a-side tournament has attracted 12 boys teams and 12 girls teams with a Uganda girls side appearing for the first time.For Peter Fahy, former chief constable of Manchester police and now CEO of Retrak, an organisation devoted to helping street children get their lives back on track, it gives the Ugandan girls the platform to highlight an issue that blights society in the country.“We are using it as a platform to highlight the issues of girls being forced into early marriage and being trafficked to Kampala to be domestic servants and then physically and sexually abused,” the 58-year-old told AFP at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester.Fahy, whose organisation is also involved in South America, says the problem is endemic in the country where acquaintances or family members living in Kampala come to families either in rural areas or slum communities and take the girls away promising them a brighter future.“They end up treating them differently to the other children in the family, making them work early in the morning to late at night so they lose out on education and then they get abused,” said Fahy.The former policeman has so far organised for 13 teams of police officers to go to Uganda, Ethiopia and Malawi and liaise with their counterparts there, educating them on how to treat the street children better.– ‘Advocate for girls rights’ –“If they object they get thrown out onto the streets and sometimes the family will make false allegations to police that they have been stealing,” he said.“This results in them being stigmatised and the child feels they can’t go back to the family they have been taken from.“We work with the child and the family to accept them to return to normal family life and into school.”For John Wroe, the CEO of Street Child World Cup, the goal — “that no child has to live on the streets” — is a simple and noble one even if many might be sceptical of it being achieved.“Canada have a 10-year campaign for ending homelessness and they will be using the World Cup for this as a platform to bring this to the attention of the Canadian people,” Wroe told AFP.Fahy — who has lobbied successfully for the Ugandan government to buy an acre of land for a centre for the girls — is under no illusions of how important the tournament can be for the girls and their plight.“This will give it a massive profile because of the importance of soccer in Africa,” he said.“We will use it as an opportunity to use all these girls as ambassadors to go back to Uganda and speak out and advocate for girls rights.”Wroe, who says the Russians have been extremely co-operative in facilitating the organisation of the tournament, says the example of a young boy in South Africa called Andille — who lived under a tree on the beach in Durban and would scramble up it when the police came to round him up — makes his work worthwhile.“He said to me ‘I am nothing to people when I am a street child but I become a person when I am playing football’,” said Wroe.“Now he is a barista in Durban his boss says he is his most reliable employee.“He is the first to arrive and last to leave, he works six and a half days a week and in his time off is making a home for his mum.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil’s Gilberto Silva in action for Arsenal in 2007MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 6 –  Brazilian Gilberto Silva will be back at a World Cup next year but the 2002 World Cup winner won’t be in Russia because of the quadrennial showpiece but for the Street Child version.The 40-year-old former Arsenal midfielder — who admitted despite his own impoverished background he cried when he heard the story of one Indian street child — went to Moscow for the Street Child summit earlier this year in his capacity as global ambassador for the organisation.last_img read more