IOC urged to make quick Olympic decision as US backs postponement

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee came under pressure to speed up its decision about postponing the Tokyo Games on Tuesday as athletes criticised the four-week deadline and the United States joined calls to delay the competition. Passers-by at Beijing’s Olympic Park wear protective face masks as the coronavirus pandemic causes problems around the world After Canada and Australia withdrew their teams, with the world hunkering down for the coronavirus pandemic, the US Olympic committee said postponement was the best way forward. A growing group of national Olympic committees and sports bodies including World Athletics have called for the Games, set to start on July 24, to be pushed back, an outcome that now appears inevitable. IOC officials are studying a postponement, among other options, but still believe a decision would be “premature” four months from the scheduled start. They will make an announcement within four weeks. “My interpretation of the IOC’s communications is they don’t want to cancel, and they don’t think they can continue with the July 24 date,” senior IOC official Dick Pound told AFP.Advertisement IOC president Thomas Bach says postponing the Olympics now would be “premature” Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Incredibly Looking Albino AnimalsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Top 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role ModelsBest Car Manufacturers In The World “Our most important conclusion from this broad athlete response is that even if the current significant health concerns could be alleviated by late summer, the enormous disruptions to the training environment, doping controls and qualification process can’t be overcome in a satisfactory manner,” the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee said.USA Gymnastics also said it was “adding our voice to the chorus advocating for postponement”, after USA Swimming and USA Track and Field had already urged the US Olympic committee to press for a delay.Meanwhile, British Olympic Association chairman Hugh Robertson told Sky Sports News: “If the virus continues as predicted by the government, I don’t think there is any way we can send a team.”With opposition to the July start reaching deafening levels, athletes questioned why the IOC needed weeks to come to a decision. The Olympic torch relay is due to start in Japan on Thursday.“Such a response is unacceptable, irresponsible, and once again ignores the rights of athletes,” Global Athlete, an organisation which aims to speak for sports competitors, said in a statement.Passers-by at Beijing’s Olympic Park wear protective face masks as the coronavirus pandemic causes problems around the worldBritish cyclist Callum Skinner strongly criticised IOC president Bach, accusing him of placing his own interests first.“Bach’s stubbornness and arrogance has spectacularly failed in this instance and he has weakened the Olympic movement,” Skinner wrote on Twitter.“This isn’t the first time he has put his own motives above the athletes and the movement.”– ‘Dither and delay’ –British hurdler Dai Greene said the “dither and delay” was “obscene” while Ed Warner, the chairman-designate of British wheelchair rugby, said the IOC had misjudged the mood.Britain’s Dai Greene called the delay on a decision “obscene” Loading… “So you’re looking at the ‘P’ word – postponement.” IOC president Thomas Bach, Japanese leader Shinzo Abe, Tokyo’s governor and the head of the organising committee will hold telephone talks later on Tuesday as the fate of the Games hangs in the balance. The US Olympic team came out in favour of postponement after a survey of 1,780 US athletes found an overwhelming majority, 68 percent, backed delaying the Games. The virus lockdown has shut down competition, including Olympic qualifiers, and made training not just difficult but also dangerous, as athletes risk contracting or spreading COVID-19. – ‘Unacceptable, irresponsible’ – Several countries have imposed strict stay-at-home orders and international travel has been drastically curtailed as worldwide deaths surge past 16,500 and confirmed cases surpass 378,000. Read Also: French swim federation joins US counterpart in Olympics delay call“The IOC has said it will make a decision in four weeks,” he told the Guardian. “It hasn’t got that long. It probably has only got four days.”World Athletics said it was prepared to shift its world championships, scheduled for August 6-15 next year in Oregon, to accommodate a potential Olympics next summer, seen as the most likely option.But experts warn that shifting the Tokyo Games, which are seven years in the planning and have a price tag of $12.6 billion, is no simple matter.“It is mind-bogglingly complex to make a sudden change after seven years of preparation for the biggest sporting event in the world,” Michael Payne, the IOC’s former head of marketing, told AFP.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Jackson dominates inside against Yellow Jackets, wins tournament MVP thanks to 26 total rebounds

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on November 27, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. –– Staring coldly at the box score during his stern 15-second opening statement, Paul Hewitt touched on what he felt killed Georgia Tech in its loss to Syracuse. Yes, the man sitting to the right of him, Brian Oliver, exploded for 32 points. But Syracuse’s play with its forwards and centers was the real story of the afternoon. That’s what the Georgia Tech head coach felt won the game. Rick Jackson won the game. ‘They decided to force their physical will on us,’ Hewitt said. ‘We didn’t match it. We didn’t match it at all.’ Jackson was at the forefront of the Orange’s physical style of play Hewitt harped on. The senior power forward registered another double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds while playing in all 40 minutes Saturday. The effort, when coupled with his 12 rebounds in SU’s semifinal win over Michigan Friday, gave Jackson 26 total rebounds in the Legends Classic. It also gave him the tournament’s MVP award.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Jackson wasn’t surprised by the honor, much like Hewitt wasn’t surprised at what lost the game for the Yellow Jackets. Hewitt said he thought the game would fall in Syracuse’s favor once he saw that his players weren’t fouling Jackson and the Orange’s other big men. The Yellow Jackets head coach instructed his team to force SU’s bigs to go to the line out of a perceived lack of free-throw touch. ‘Jackson was 0-for-1. (Fab) Melo was 0-for-2. And (Baye Moussa) Keita didn’t even attempt a free throw.’ Hewitt said. ‘So we fouled a lot based upon how the whistles were going. But at least put those guys at the foul line to see what they can do.’ Jackson said he expected the award. ‘No, I’m not surprised at all,’ Jackson said. ‘You go hard — when you give 110 percent, you have got to get good results.’ Giving 100 percent is exactly what Jackson did all tournament. And the results came. Playing 78 of 80 total minutes in SU’s two wins was enough to feel confident about stealing the MVP award from Kris Joseph. Joseph led SU with 22 and 19 points in each of the two wins. But Jackson was the grit that led SU to the glory. In his eyes, all of those 78 minutes were hard earned. Especially the 40 he played in the championship, without a break. The minutes full of reckless sacrifice underneath the basket. ‘I just go out there, really trying to put my body on the line,’ Jackson said. ‘This tournament has been crazy. A lot of big guys. A lot of pushing and grabbing. But you have got to keep fighting, pushing with it. And get positive results.’ The positive results that were yielded for SU came in the form of 80 total points Saturday. Thirty-four of those points came in the paint, where Jackson dominated Georgia Tech starting center Daniel Miller all night. Miller ended the game scoreless. And 19 of those points came via the fastbreak or off turnovers. In an up-and-down game, action on the break was plentiful. But it wasn’t limited to the likes of SU guard Scoop Jardine and Georgia Tech’s three starting guards — the Yellow Jackets’ strength. Jackson stayed with the pace as well, throwing down several dunks, including a game-clinching alley-oop from Jardine just under the two-minute mark. The rebounds Hewitt glared at on the box score, though, were the statistics that started it all. Jackson was the reason for the rebounds. Hewitt and Jardine acknowledged that. ‘I’m going to credit our big guys,’ Jardine said. ‘Once again, Rick was getting rebounds that were allowing us to get on the break.’ [email protected]last_img read more

Somalia eject Uganda cubs in CECAFA U-17 event

first_imgKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Defending champions Uganda Cubs are out of the on-going CECAFA U-17 Championship in Burundi.The Cubs suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Somalia at the Gitega Stadium in one of the semi final matches played on Wednesday.Uganda Cubs who won the trophy when the Championship was last held in 2009 failed to match the Somalia team that reportedly played a highly passing game.Ahmed Farhaman scored the lone goal for Somalia early in the first half, while Uganda Cubs had Sula Mpuga miss a penalty in the second half. Before the semi final Uganda Cubs drew 1-1 with Tanzania in the opening group B game before defeating Sudan 3-0. “It is disappointing that we created several scoring chances, but failed to win the game,” Uganda’s coach Peter Onen said after the game.Tanzania joined Somalia in the final after they humbled Kenya 2-1 in the second semi final game also played the same day. Somalia started the tournament with a 3-0 loss to Zanzibar, but were awarded the points and three goals after Zanzibar was thrown out of the tournament when they were discovered to have 12 over age players in the tournament.The Somalia team handled by Salad Farah Hassan went on to defeat Kenya 1-0 in another group game and also drew goalless against the hosts Burundi.The tournament that attracted Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia and hosts Burundi is fully sponsored by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).***URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Glazers at Man Utd for the long term – Woodward

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP |  Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward believes the club’s American owners, the Glazer family, will remain in control of the club for the “long term.”The Glazers completed their controversial takeover at Old Trafford in 2005, with their ownership the subject of intense focus ever since.Fans have planned a protest against the Glazers ahead of Sunday’s Premier League meeting against Liverpool with United languishing down in 12th in the table.Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has been linked with making a takeover bid for the club. However, Woodward rebuffed talk of a takeover bid.“Based on what I see, they’re in it for the long term,” Woodward told the United We Stand fanzine of the Glazers.“With regards to offers or asking prices, my understanding is that there have been no discussions for a price for the club or anything like that.“Every conversation we have is based on the long-term.”Woodward also defended the Glazers record of leveraging huge debts upon the club. “The debt is a long-term, structured and similar to some other football clubs. It’s a fixed amount for a fixed period of time which results in it being fairly cheap to service,” he added.“It’s just under two per cent our annual revenue each year, so it doesn’t really have any impact on us.”Woodward has also been the subject of fierce criticism for his recruitment of players and managers in the six years since legendary former manager Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.United have not won a league title since Ferguson left and finished outside the top four in four of those six seasons.“I understand the scrutiny; it’s part of the job,” said Woodward.“We have to do everything that we possibly can to get back to winning the Premier League.“We are not successful until we do. Second is not success, we have to win the Premier League.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more