Armed police called to The Oval after arrow fired onto outfield

first_imgARMED police were called to the final day of Surrey versus Middlesex in the County Championship after a crossbow bolt was fired onto the field, abandoning play on the afternoon of the fourth day.Police believe the 12-inch long metal-tipped bolt travelled around 800 metres before coming to ground about ten yards from the pitch. The incident took place at 16.20hrs, during the 69th over of Middlesex’s second innings.The players alerted the umpires, Michael Gough and Paul Baldwin, who acted quickly to take the players off the field – a number of them sprinting towards the changing room.Fifteen minutes later, the Metropolitan police had been made aware of the incident, at which point officers, including firearm officers, made their way to the Kia Oval.It was at this point that an announcement was made across the PA system at the ground for spectators and those in the open to “find cover”. Another announcement followed, urging people to move inside.A full search of the ground was carried out by police and around 30 security staff. The game was abandoned at 17:05hrs by which time around 1000 spectators had been informed that they could leave.The Metropolitan Police believe the bolt was fired from outside the ground, though they are unsure as to whether the bolt was fired deliberately or whether it was targeted at The Oval. They have, at this stage, stated that the incident is not being treated as terrorism-related.Richard Gould, Surrey’s chief executive, speaking after play was officially called off, said: “It had a pointed end and stuck in the turf when it crossed the outfield and landed.“We are investigating reports that there was a noise on the roof of the OCS Stand but we haven’t been able to get up there to investigate whether it was the projectile ricocheting off the roof or a separate projectile. It is the sort of thing that could easily have been fired some distance from outside the ground if it came from a crossbow. It could very easily have killed someone.“We may never find out if it was a deliberate act, but in these heightened times these sorts of acts are wholly irresponsible.“People should not feel threatened in this way. If it is more than mischief-making then we need to find the perpetrators. We will review our security arrangements but threats can be so wide-ranging.“There is probably no way of securing against this type of incident if it was fired from outside. We always try and provide the safest type of environment but it can be very difficult to stop this kind of act.”Surrey captain Gareth Batty, who was fielding 25 yards away from where the arrow landed, said: “It was a pretty tasty arrow with a proper metal end. I did archery as a kid and that was not a normal archery arrow. The umpires dealt with it very well. There were no questions asked – we went off very quickly.“Someone saw it in flight, there was a noise when it landed but it happened so quickly. It is a deadly weapon for sure. If it had hit someone it would have caused some serious damage. It just shows the world we live in.last_img read more

UDFA GT Beer final

first_imgBotofago crush Net Rockers 4-1 in New Year’s Day finalBy Joe ChapmanSTUNNING double strikes by Donovan Francis and Shane Haynes helped Botofago crush Net Rockers 4-1 to lift the Upper Demerara Football Association’s (UDFA) GT Beer yearend football championship.With the win, Botofago carted off $1.2M, the bragging rights and a trophy, all on the first day of the year leaving Net Rockers with $600 000.The final saw Net Rockers start well, threatening as early as the 4th minute. A headed conversion from a corner called to action the Botofago keeper Wayne Wilson.Two minutes later the Rockers again looked positive but the Botofago custodian came out bravely to quell the anxiety of the large crowd on hand.By then the concentration was in the middle by the Rockers where Botofago had much to do to keep out the offensive forays which were being created.In the 10th minute, however, it was Botofago who got first on the score sheet when forward Donovan Francis, later named the Most Valuable Player, found the back of the net.He outran his marker before darting inside the box, where he dribbled two defenders before placing the shot to the far post away from the flailing hands of the Rockers goalkeeper, Ryan Rose, for that 1-0 advantage.As the goal rocked the back of the net, the Rockers were unable to organise themselves.Within two minutes of the opener, the Botofago side were again on the score sheet, this time through a Shane Haynes goal which came off a cross from his brother Jamal.In the 15th minute the Rockers goalkeeper Rose made a good save from a shot from outside the 18-yard box after a free kick was won by Botofago.By now the Rockers right winger Clarence Huggins was trying his desperate best to harass the Botofago left wing-back constantly, but a number of his crosses were not met by his fellow strikersAt one time, as Huggins made his way down the right wing he was confronted by a triangle of defenders which made it difficult for him to get off a shot.Huggins, however, got a cross to Orande Wills in the 32nd minute, only to see Wills’ shot fly over the crossbar. He then created space for Denzil Pryce to slip through in the centre, with Pryce making good of the chance and the half ending 2-0After play resumed Net Rockers had two early chances which they could not put away.However, Botofago would increase their lead through Francis, this time a cross from the left by Jamal Haynes as the Rockers goalkeeper could not grab in the middle.Rose was caught on top the penalty area when Francis slapped past him into an open goal for a 3-0 lead in the 61st minute.Three minutes adrift, another play down the left flank would see the Rockers goalkeeper bring off a nice save.Net Rockers again pressed for their second goal by the 69th minute as they attacked from inside left, only to see a good clearance from the defence.Shane Haynes scored the team’s fourth to complete the rout while Shane Luckie scored a consolation goal for Rockers in the 78th minute.The third-place playoff game saw Eagles United win by a 2-1 margin over Silver Shattas thanks to a brace by Kendolph Lewis in the 60th and 90+1 minutes.Eagles can now soar with their $300 000 third-place win after producing that come-from-behind victory in which Shattas Dexter Garraway opened the game’s scoring in the 6th minute.Botofago’s Francis won for himself as MVP a motorbike which was donated by Mayor of Linden Carwyn Holland. Other individual prizes won were the Best Goalkeeper by Botofago’s Dwayne Wilson and Best Defender Floyd Headley also of Botofago.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgA change to the waiver was recommended by a working group in February that would mirror the one-time exception and go into effect this year. That was before college sports were shut down and thrown into disarray by the coronavirus pandemic.NCAA-LAWSUITNCAA sued for gender-based violenceUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is facing a federal lawsuit accusing the organization of failing to address gender-based violence by male athletes against female students at colleges and universities.The suit was filed this week in U.S. District Court in Michigan. Plaintiffs in the suit include women who have been athletes at Michigan State, Nebraska and an unidentified America East school. Other plaintiffs have been students at Michigan State or Nebraska. PGA-EXEMPTIONSPGA players to retain exemptionsUNDATED (AP) — The PGA Tour has issued a memo to its members saying players exempt for this season will keep the same status for the 2020-21 season that is scheduled to start in September. However, players can earn a higher ranking after this shortened season.The memo to outline the changes was another step in the tour trying to figure out what’s equitable in a season that will be without 13 previously scheduled events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The decision will prevent anyone competing in the Korn Ferry Tour to graduate to the PGA Tour. The circuit says it will resume its season without fans present starting May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The premier Cup Series will then race three more times in a 10-day span, beginning with one more at Darlington before two outside Charlotte, North Carolina.NASCAR’s revised schedule goes only through May and has a pair of Wednesday Cup races, fulfilling fans’ longtime plea for midweek events.The first race is scheduled for Darlington, NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway, followed by a second race at the 70-year-old, egg-shaped oval track three days later. Charlotte Motor Speedway will then host the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 to mark 60 consecutive years the longest race on the NASCAR schedule will be held on Memorial Day weekend. The track in Concord, outside NASCAR’s home base of Charlotte, will then host a Wednesday race three days later. There will also be lower-tier Xfinity and Trucks series races at the two tracks.The North Carolina governor has said the Charlotte races can be held as long as health conditions in the area do not deteriorate.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR to resume season May 17 without spectatorsUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has set a date to green flag its Cup season. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-WAKE FOREST-FORBESWake Forest turns to ETSU’s Forbes as men’s basketball coachWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has hired East Tennessee State’s Steve Forbes as its men’s basketball coach.The hiring comes less than a week after the school fired Danny Manning.Forbes is coming off a five-year run at ETSU that ended with a 30-win season and the Southern Conference Tournament championship before the NCAA Tournament was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. He went 130-43 in his time with the Buccaneers, winning at least 24 games each year while also winning the league tournament in 2017 to reach the NCAA Tournament. — The Bengals have released quarterback Andy Dalton, clearing the way for reigning Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow to lead a team that remade itself in the draft. Dalton set several Bengals passing records in his nine seasons and led the team to a club-record five straight playoff berths without winning a postseason game. Coach Zac Taylor benched Dalton for three games last season, an indication his time in Cincinnati was finished. Burrow was taken first overall in the draft last week.— The Giants have picked up the fifth-year options for tight end Evan Engram and safety Jabrill Peppers, thus extending their rookie contracts through the 2021 season. Engram has made 25 starts and 34 appearances overall in three seasons, catching 153 passes for 1,766 yards and 12 touchdowns. Peppers was acquired in March of last year in the trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns.— Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller says he tested negative for the coronavirus two weeks after announcing he had been diagnosed with COVID-19. Miller tweeted that he got his results Thursday. Miller went public with his diagnosis on April 16. He said he wanted to show that the virus could affect anybody, even someone such as a young, world-class athlete in tip-top shape. Miller, who has asthma, was under the care of Broncos team doctors and quarantined at his Denver area home over the last two weeks.— Seahawks general manager John Schneider said starting linebacker K.J. Wright underwent offseason shoulder surgery and is unsure of the timeline of when he’ll be healthy. Wright finished the 2019 regular season with a career-high 132 total tackles and didn’t miss a game.— NFL Players Association President JC Tretter is calling for a re-examination of a portion of the labor agreement with the league affecting disability coverage for former players. Tretter, a center with the Cleveland Browns, succeeded Eric Winston as union president earlier this year. Tretter wants the NFLPA’s executive board and the leadership of former players to come together to discuss some offsets in the collective bargaining agreement narrowly approved by the players in March. The language the overall union membership voted on is not the same as what wound up in the deal that runs through the 2030 season. SOCCER-FIFA SCANDALTwo financial institutions settle in FIFA scandalNEW YORK (AP) — An Israeli bank and its Swiss subsidiary have agreed to pay over $30 million for their role in conspiring to launder more than $20 million in kickbacks to soccer officials.They are the first financial institutions implicated in the FIFA scandal to reach a resolution with U.S. prosecutors. According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, the institutions will forfeit $20.73 million and pay a fine of $9.33 as part of a non-prosecution agreement.The scheme took place through the banks’ Miami branch from 2010-15, with many of the payments tied to marketing rights for the Copa America.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have exercised their fifth-year option on Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’), ensuring their star quarterback will be under contract for at least two more seasons.But general manager Brett Veach and coach Andy Reid are hoping to reach a long-term deal with the reigning Super Bowl MVP by the start of training camp. The contract could last four or five years and make Mahomes the first player in NFL history to make at least $40 million per season.Mahomes has completed almost 66% of his passes for 9,412 yards, 76 touchdowns and just 18 interceptions since being taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft.If the Chiefs are unable to sign Mahomes to a long-term deal, he would be due a base salary of $25 million for the 2021 season.In other NFL news:center_img Associated Press May 1, 2020 — Hungarian Grand Prix organizers say spectators won’t be allowed at this year’s Formula One race if it goes ahead. The race is planned for Aug. 2 but Formula One officials are rewriting the 2020 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellations and postponements. Hungarian race officials announced their plan after the government banned large gatherings through Aug. 15. F1 chairman Chase Carey says the season could start July 5 with the Austrian GP. He hopes 15-18 races can take place beginning in Europe before moving to Eurasia, Asia and the Americas.— The European Masters golf tournament scheduled for August in Switzerland has been canceled. Organizers say the decision came after the Swiss government extended a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August. The tournament in the Swiss Alps was scheduled for Aug. 27-30. Organizers say the course at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club will open to the public on May 11 as part of the easing of social restrictions.— The three biggest names in men’s pole vault will compete against each other in a rare sporting event during the coronavirus pandemic. And they’ll do it from their own backyards. Video links will connect world record holder Armand Duplantis, world champion Sam Kendricks and former Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie in what’s being called “The Ultimate Garden Clash.” Duplantis will be in Louisiana, Kendricks in Mississippi and Lavillenie in France, and the event will be streamed on social media. Their challenge is to clear the most 5-meter jumps within 30 minutes.— This year’s Little League World Series and the championship tournaments in six other Little League divisions have been canceled. Little League President Stephen Keener said it would be “impossible” to hold the events amid ongoing restrictions on large gatherings and travel. The Little League World Series has been held every August since 1947 and has never been canceled. The annual major league game in Williamsport, which this year was to feature the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 23, has also been canceled.— The Dodgers will soon give fans an account credit for home games scheduled in March and April. The team hasn’t announced any plans for fans who have tickets to games later in the season. Dodger Stadium is set to host the All-Star Game in July. Officially, it has not been canceled, which the team noted in its information for fans. — Paris St. Germain has been officially crowned Ligue 1 champion of French soccer, two days after the government ruled that the league had to be canceled because of the pandemic. Handing PSG its seventh title in eight years was basically a formality, with the team 12 points ahead of second-place Marseille with 10 rounds of matches left to play. Other teams objected to the decision to finalize the league standings based on a points-per-game formula, with Lyon threatening to take legal action after missing a chance to qualify for the lucrative Champions League.— German chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN’-geh-lah MEHR’-kuhl) says a decision on whether the country’s soccer league can resume has been pushed back to next Wednesday. Soccer authorities had been hoping to receive the go-ahead to resume league games without fans as early as May 9. Merkel met with the country’s 16 state governors and warned there is still a danger that numbers of COVID-19 infections could rise if strict containment measures are relaxed too soon.— The New York Racing Association is seeking to resume live racing at Belmont Park without fans, and it wants to do the same thing this summer at Saratoga. NYRA says returning to racing would “provide a small sense of normalcy for fans across the country who can watch on television and online.” There has been no live racing in New York since March 15, although training has continued at Belmont Park. NYRA says thoroughbred racing provides $3 billion in annual economic impact and over 19,000 jobs in the state.NFL-NEWSChiefs pick up Mahomes option, work on long-term deal Update on the latest in sports: NCAA-TRANSFER WAIVERNCAA board recommends delaying change to transfer waiverUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA Board of Governors has recommended delaying a change to the transfer waiver process that would permit all athletes to switch schools once without sitting out a season.The NCAA announced the board’s recommendation Thursday after several days of meetings but added the Division I council could still a vote on making the waiver change in May and having it take effect immediately.Currently, NCAA rules require football, baseball, men’s hockey and men’s and women’s basketball players to sit out a season after transferring. Athletes in all other sports are allowed by rule a one-time exception so they can play right away after switching schools.last_img read more

The Latest: Beckham presents England shirt to Captain Tom

first_imgThe Latest: Beckham presents England shirt to Captain Tom July 11, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___David Beckham has presented a framed England soccer shirt to Captain Tom Moore, who was named the honorary captain of a special England Lionhearts team. Associated Press ___Parma soccer club has announced that a non-playing member of the team tested positive for the coronavirus.Parma says the person is asymptomatic and is being isolated according to Italian government protocols. The Serie A club adds that every other member of the team tested negative but that the rest of the squad was being kept under observation at its training center.According to the league’s virus protocol, Parma can still play its home game against Bologna in the top tier on Sunday as usual.___center_img More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___The Houston Astros have canceled their workout after learning that a staff member could have been exposed to a person outside the organization with the coronavirus. It’s the second time this week the Astros have canceled a workout because of concerns about the pandemic. Houston also scrapped its Monday workout because of delays with testing results due to the holiday weekend, as did some other teams around the majors.General manager James Click said they decided to cancel Saturday’s workout as a precaution.“As part of MLB’s testing and reporting plan, we were alerted that a staff member was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization,” Click said. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have canceled today’s workout. We are working closely with MLB and our team physicians to follow the established testing and cleaning protocols so that we can safely bring our players and staff back to the field as soon as possible.” The Lionhearts are an initiative by England’s Football Association to celebrate 23 people who have inspired during the pandemic.Beckham went to the Bedfordshire home of Captain Tom to say thank you to the World War II veteran.Captain Tom was aged 99 in April when he decided to do laps of his backyard garden on his walker until his 100th birthday to fundraise for Britain’s National Health Service. He aimed for 1,000 pounds ($1,200). By his birthday on April 30, he raised nearly 33 million pounds ($42 million).He was knighted in May.Beckham said: “The highlight of my whole career was being made England captain. To have Sir Tom as our captain — it doesn’t get any better than that.”last_img read more

Fulham submit planning application

first_imgFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Fulham have submitted an application to Hammersmith & Fulham Council for the redevelopment of the Riverside Stand at Craven Cottage.The project would increase the stadium’s capacity to 30,000, and other proposed developments include opening up the Thames river walk from Hammersmith to Putney for the first time in recent history.Further exhibitions will take place on Wednesday 25 January and Saturday 28 January to showcase the final design submitted and provide feedback from the second consultation.AdChoices广告Related story: Fulham plan to expand Craven Cottage (8 October 2011)last_img read more

Rotary Club of Demerara Off-Road Rally gaining traction

first_imgWITH over 30 registered participants so far, the Rotary Club of Demerara’s Inaugural Off-Road Rally is set to take place next weekend on the Linden/Soesdyke highway.According to the president, Hansraj Singh, there are over 30 confirmed participants (offroad vehicles and bikes) that will traverse four terrains over the space of the October 5 event, which will begin at 08:00hts and conclude at 15:00hrs.Singh disclosed at the event’s launch on Friday in Georgetown that committee members brought up the idea as part of a venture to raise funds. “There is a lot of interest right now in Guyana with all these people having Off-Road vehicles, bikes and ATVs and not having a coordinated activity to participate in other than visiting those hinterland communities and (participating in) the safari,” he added, explaining the birth of the idea. The event will encompass trails in the Kuru Kururu, Marudi and the Soesdyke/Linden Highway areas.Beharry Automotive Limited has entered two fully off-road vehicles for the event.Rotarian Lancelot Khan outlined the four routes, saying “They will take you towards the South Dakota Circuit, Linden Town then aback of Dora, slightly close to the Pakuri trail that leads to the Pakuri Village. Each one of these routes is accessible just off the Soesdyke/ Linden Highway.”Khan explained that the winners would be judged on how quickly they traverse the routes, adding that of the four trails, they have devised four ranges of tests with a section ranging from those that can see car competition, to those that are only traversable with fully off-road vehicles.The team reminded that strict adherence will be paid to speed limits for those trails that encompass road passages.The other Rotarian at the head table during the launch, Bhageshwar Murli, contended that there will be a full medical team at the start line should any mishaps occur.He stated that there are also live monitoring of all competitors and of course roving response vehicles that will rescue any teams that may have issues during the rally.Murli reminded that, “The event is one where we want you to bring out your family and have a great day.” Persons desirous of registering can do so via the Rotary Club of Demerara or the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s office.last_img read more

Zouks deal champions Tridents first defeat in DLS affair

first_imgAROUBA, Trinidad,  (CMC) – Lacklustre batting coupled with rain dealt reigning champions Barbados Tridents their first defeat of the Caribbean Premier League, as they went down to St Lucia Zouks by seven wickets under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern here Thursday.The rains arrived following the first ball of the penultimate over with Tridents struggling on 131 for seven after opting to bat first at the Brian Lara Stadium, and kept players off the field for the next two hours.When the skies finally cleared, Zouks were left with a revised target of 47 of five overs and they outplayed Tridents to get home with five balls remaining.The affair remained an open one with Zouks on 24 for two in the third over but Andre Fletcher (16 not out) and Mohammad Nabi (15) struck some lusty blows to erase any doubt over the result.For the Zouks, the victory was their first following Wednesday’s defeat to Jamaica Tallawahs, and it left Tridents once again pondering a shambolic batting approach that also nearly failed them in Tuesday’s opening day victory over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.Choosing to bat first, Tridents got 35 off 19 deliveries from opener Johnson Charles and a cameo 12-ball 27 from captain Jason Holder but again lost wickets in clusters with happy-go-lucky batting.Charles blasted three fours and two sixes as he scored all 35 runs in an opening stand with Shai Hope whose 19 came from 16 deliveries and included three fours.After already having belted seamer Scott Kuggeleijn over long on for six off the first ball of the fourth over, Charles then failed to clear mid-off with the third ball and found captain Darren Sammy’s safe hands at head height.Tridents quickly slipped to 64 for three in the ninth over as New Zealander Corey Anderson (2) drove a high full toss from Kuggeleijn to Roston Chase at cover in the sixth over and Hope picked out deep square with Afghanistan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi.Holder then counter-attacked in a 34-run, fourth wicket stand with Kyle Mayers (16), striking two effortless fours and sixes, to push the scoring along.He had blasted seamer Kesrick Williams to the cover boundary off the previous delivery when he tried to clear the ropes at long on off the next ball – the last of the 12th over – but succeeded only in holing out to Sammy.Holder’s dismissal triggered the slide as four wickets perished for 11 runs in the space of 16 deliveries.Jonathan Carter holed out in the deep off Chase’s off-spin for five, Mayers found Kuggeleijn’s lap at square leg off the next ball before Raymon Reifer (1) feathered a slash at off-spinner Mark Deyal’s third ball of his only over.Needing to score at just over nine to win, Zouks got the start they needed when Rahkeem Cornwall (14) whacked three consecutive boundaries in the first over from pacer Holder.And even though he, along with Najibullah Zadran (5) fell in quick succession, Nabi and Fletcher easily put the finishing touches on the short run chase.last_img read more

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

Tyson Gay’s Daughter, 15, Shot Dead in Kentucky

first_imgFormer world champion sprinter Tyson Gay’s 15-year-old daughter has been killed in a shooting in the US state of Kentucky, police announced yesterday.Police in Lexington said Trinity Gay was hit in the neck during an exchange of fire between two vehicles in a restaurant car park.She was taken to hospital where she later died, local media reported.Mr Gay, who is from Lexington, confirmed her death to local TV station Lex 18.“She didn’t make it. I’m so confused. She was just here last week for fall break. It’s so crazy. I have no idea what happened,” Lex18 quoted him as saying.Mr Gay is the US 100m record holder and is the joint second-fastest 100m runner of all time, behind Usain Bolt.The US track and field athletics team tweeted its condolences, sending “thoughts and prayers” to Mr Gay and his loved ones “as they mourn the tragic & senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity”.Mr Gay’s daughter was also an athlete and competed for Lafayette High School, where she was studying.“Our hearts are broken this morning over the loss of Trinity to this tragic and senseless act of violence,” Fayette County School Superintendent Manny Caulk told the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper.“A life of such potential cut so tragically short,” tweeted Julian Tackett, commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association.Other athletes also tweeted their condolences.Police have launched a murder investigation into the shooting, which happened at about 0400 local time (0800 GMT) outside the Cook Out restaurant in the city, Lexington police said in a statement.Witnesses reported an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles, a gray Dodge Charger and a dark-coloured sports car with tinted windows.Ms Gay – who is not thought to have been in any of the vehicles – was taken to University of Kentucky hospital in a private car.Officers located the Dodge Charger and detained two people for questioning but were still searching for the other vehicle, police said.Tyson Gay was part of the US 100m relay team at the Rio Olympics.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

US OPEN: Dimitrov, Thiem Advance to Second Round

first_imgGrigor Dimitrov made an assured start to his US Open with a 6-1 6-4 6-2 win over Czech qualifier Vaclav Safranek wednesday.The 26-year-old seventh seed, who won the Cincinnati title earlier this month without dropping a set, advanced in an hour and 48 minutes. Austria’s Dominic Thiem made short work of Alex de Minaur in their rain-delayed match, securing a 6-4 6-1 6-1 victory.The sixth seed resumed 1-0 up in the third set on Wednesday and took less than half an hour to complete his win.Thiem will play either Cypriot veteran Marcos Baghdatis or American 20-year-old Taylor Fritz in the second round.Elsewhere, French 26th seed Richard Gasquet, who reached the semi-finals at the US Open in 2013, lost 3-6 6-2 6-4 6-2 to world number 59 Leonardo Mayer.Tomas Berdych ensured there would be no repeat of home-crowd favourite Ryan Harrison’s 2016 heroics.American Harrison beat sixth seed Milos Raonic on his way to the third round at Flushing Meadows last year, but was swept aside 6-4 6-2 7-6 (7-4) by the Czech 15th seed.Gael Monfils won the all-French contest on Court 17, seeing off compatriot Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 6-4 to set up a second-round meeting with Donald Young.Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, whose defeat by world number 114 Thiago Monteiro earlier this month is being investigated by the sport’s integrity unit, beat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff after retirements in the first round in 2015 and 2016 at the US Open.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more