ITTF supports postponement of Tokyo Olympics

first_img This decision was taken in light of the spread of COVID-19 worldwide and to best protect athletes, officials and fans alike. During today’s meeting, IOC President Mr. Thomas Bach and the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Abe Shinzo praised the work of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and noted the great progress being made in Japan to combat the pandemic. The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) expresses its support of today’s decision.Advertisement Loading… In a joint statement made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, it was announced  that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been postponed to no later than the summer of 2021. Promoted ContentThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Costly Liquids In The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World8 Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu Reeves6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World “As partners of the IOC since 1988, we at the ITTF have lived very good times. We have grown as an Olympic sport and, more than ever, we are here to say that we wholeheartedly support today’s IOC decision. We are conscious of how difficult it is to deal with the organisation of a quadrennial event of such magnitude as the Olympic and Paralympic Games.” – ITTF President, Thomas Weikert “We can only imagine the hours and hours of work that the IOC Executive Board, its staff, the Tokyo Organizing Committee and Tokyo Municipality, have put into this project since September 2013 and particularly in the last few weeks, as the COVID-19 pandemic has grown, first to explore best possible security and health plans, then ultimately to be left with no other choice than to postpone the Games. “However, in fact, the decision to postpone is a message of hope. The Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held and the IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee can count on the support of the ITTF, as always, to make these Games the greatest in history. We have been partners in very good times, and we will be stronger partners also in moments of difficulty.” – ITTF Secretary General, Raul Calin Read Also:Coronavirus: ITTF suspends all activities provisionally until end of April Since this is fresh, yet wholly understandable, news to all of the International Federations, the ITTF will now study further all of the implications and will work with the IOC on what this means from a sporting perspective. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Pomp, Festivity as 19th National Sports Festival Begins

first_imgStudents performing calisthenics display at the opening ceremony of the 19th National Sports Festival in Abuja, Thursday Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaAfter several postponements since the last edition in Lagos in 2012, the 19th National Sports Festival began yesterday on a colourful note at the National Stadium, Abuja with athletes from 26 states of the federation filling out for the opening ceremony.The opening ceremony was graced by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, and several other dignitaries. Calisthenics, cultural show, mini durbar, cycling exhibition and skating were on parade last night.The cultural performers danced to the tune of Afro beat Legend, the Late Fela Anikulapo- Kuti.The total number of athletes that will be participating in 40 sports at the festival is 7227. The events will be held over 10 days. The total number of delegates from all the states is 8,861.FCT stepped in as host nine months ago as the original hosts, Cross River State defaulted in organising the Games on schedule.Edo State will host the next edition in 2020 paraded the largest contingent with 591 athletes, followed by Delta, which will feature 545. Lagos has 495 athletes here at the Festival. Plateau is to be represented by 332 athletes while FCT has 473 athletes on parade.FCT Minister, Malam Mohammed Musa Bello, expressed pride that the FCT is hosting the Games of Unity.Bello said that infrastructure deployed for the festival can conveniently compare with the best in the world.The FCT minister, who earlier received the festival touch with Dalung, assured the contingents of their safety and security in Abuja during the duration of the festival.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Tuesday May 26th Local Sports

first_imgSPORTS CLASSICS TONIGHT:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — 2013 3A Substate Baseball — Clear Lake vs. Decorah — 7:00AM-1300 KGLO — May 3, 2011 — Twins vs. White Sox, Francisco Liriano throws no-hitter — 7:00 IOWA CITY — College baseball players are still hoping to get some experience in one of several summer leagues that have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa coach Rick Heller says all of his players are waiting for the all clear. One of the most prestigious leagues in the country, the Cape Cod League, has cancelled its season.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Ricksum – 1Heller says getting some experience in a summer league is even more important this year.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Ricksum – 2Heller says some of his players who have pro aspirations may be looking for a summer league spot.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Ricksum – 3 IOWA CITY — Iowa football players hope to return to campus to begin preparations for next season as soon as possible. The Big Ten has banned on campus workouts through the end of the month and players are working out on their own. Senior defensive end Chauncey Golston.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Uiback – 1Receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette says after missing out on spring practice the Hawkeyes need as much of the summer as possible to be together.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Uiback – 2Smith-Marsette says without spring ball the Hawkeyes feel as though they are behind in their development as a team.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Uiback – 3Senior defensive lineman Austin Schulte is looking forward to a return to campus.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Uiback – 4Schulte says as Iowa begins to open up he is confident they will be together for much of the summer.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Uiback – 5Iowa is scheduled to open the season September 5th hosting Northern Iowacenter_img DES MOINES — Drake football coach Todd Stepsis says the school is looking at options if any of their games are cancelled for the upcoming season. The Bulldogs are part of the Pioneer Football League, which stretches from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Stepsispfl – 1Stepsis says they are looking at options if some state in the PFL don’t allow fall sports.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Stepsispfl – 2Stepsis says their goal will be to play a full 11-game slate.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Stepsispfl – 3Drake is scheduled to play Hastings College in Des Moines for their season opener on September 3rdlast_img read more

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