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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Murray Aims for Record Win at Queen’s Club

first_imgAndy Murray has won a record five titles at Queen’s Club between 2009 and 2016 and the world No 1 will be aiming to extend that sequence this year.The signs are positive for Murray considering he arrived at the French Open not even sure if he would win one match, a semi-final showing was more than respectable. He now heads into the grass-court season with a chance to make it a hat-trick of titles at the ATP 500 tournament and extend his record-breaking five trophies he has collated since 2009.But Murray is sure to face stiff competition with the likes of US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, 2014 winner Grigor Dimitrov, and last year’s runner-up Milos Raonic all vying for the top prize.Murray became the first British champion at Queen’s Club since Bunny Austin in 1938 as he claimed a historic first grass-court tournament after beating James Blake 7-5 6-4 in the 2009 final.He followed up his success in 2009 by completing the perfect Wimbledon preparation by fighting back to defeat hard-hitting Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the 2011 final, which was only the third Monday final in the tournament’s history.Murray became the first Briton to win the tournament more than once since Francis Gordon Lowe, who was champion in 1913, 1914 and 1925.It was to be a lucky hat-trick of titles for the Scot, who went on to claim his first Wimbledon crown just a few weeks later with a memorable win over Novak Djokovic.The 28-year-old joined John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt as the only four-time winners of the Wimbledon warm-up event in the Open era.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Madrid stunned by Betis at home, loses ground to Barcelona

first_imgReal Madrid’s forward from Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo kneels on the field during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID—Real Madrid’s faltering start to the Spanish league season continued on Wednesday with a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Real Betis.A day after league leader Barcelona routed Eibar 6-1 with four goals by Lionel Messi for its fifth win in a row, Madrid conceded an injury-time goal to remain winless in its three league games so far at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Paraguayan striker Antoino Sanabria scored the winner with a header from close range to give Betis its first win against Madrid at the Bernabeu since 1998.The result ended Madrid’s streak of 73 consecutive games scoring at least one goal, keeping it from surpassing the record scoring run established by Brazilian club Santos starring Pele in 1963.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMadrid, which was coming off home draws against Valencia and Levante, is seven points behind Barcelona after five games. It trails Betis by one point.“This gap to the lead won’t change the way we do things,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “We will keep fighting. It’s a long championship.” How to help the Taal evacuees Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It was Griezmann’s best match so far this season,” Simeone said.Raul Garcia netted an injury-time goal for Athletic, which has now lost two in a row after an unbeaten start.Winning streakSevilla kept its momentum thanks to Jesus Navas’ 83rd-minute winner at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.He scored from a difficult angle to give the hosts their fourth consecutive win to start the league.The match marked the return of striker Victor “Vitolo” Machin, who left Sevilla in the offseason to join Atletico Madrid but is playing on a loan with Las Palmas until January. He was constantly jeered by Sevilla fans.Rough startDeportivo La Coruna handed Alaves its fifth straight loss with a 1-0 victory at the Riazor Stadium.Luisinho scored in first-half injury time to give the hosts their first win after three losses in the first four matches.Malaga is the only other team to have lost all of its matches so far. It was routed 5-0 at Valencia on Tuesday. View comments Brady, Belichick donate to J.J. Watt’s hurricane relief fund OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Betis took advantage of a great performance by goalkeeper Antonio Adan and a bad night by Madrid’s forwards, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who was making his league debut after serving a five-game suspension for shoving a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final last month.“It was bad luck after all the chances that we created,” Madrid midfielder Casemiro said.Ronaldo had played only three other matches with Madrid this season, including against APOEL in the team’s Champions League debut, when he scored twice.“This is not the start we wanted after three games at home,” Zidane said. “We didn’t expect this.”Key winAtletico Madrid moved closer to the lead by earning a hard-fought 2-1 away victory against Athletic Bilbao.Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak stopped Aritz Aduriz’s penalty kick before halftime and Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco scored second-half goals to leave the Madrid side within four points of leader Barcelona.It was the second consecutive win for Atletico, which remains unbeaten after five rounds.“To win in this stadium you need to play a great match and I think we did that,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “We controlled the game and were very effective. It’s a very important triumph for us.”Correa opened the scoring from inside the area after a cross by Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion in the 55th minute, and Carrasco added to the lead with a low shot into the far corner after a well-placed pass by Antoine Griezmann in the 73rd. Griezmann had also helped set up the first goal with a pass to Koke. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Second-place Sevilla moved within two points of Barcelona by beating Las Palmas 1-0 for its fourth consecutive league victory.Third-place Atletico won 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao.Frail homeReal Betis players celebrated as if they had won a title after the stunning win over Madrid at the Bernabeu.“We knew we were coming to play in a complicated stadium, but the team put in a great effort and got rewarded with the late goal,” Sanabria said.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES No goalsLeganes and Girona failed to take their chances in a goalless first meeting in the top flight.Both teams created clear scoring opportunities but Leganes, playing in the Liga for the second season, had to settle for a point with promoted Girona.Leganes stayed in the top half of the standings, in eighth place, while Girona was 14th.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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