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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Other Sports Two US athletes stage protest over President Donald Trump’s policies, face warning

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Lima: Two US athletes who staged podium protests at the recent Pan American Games have been reprimanded but will not face further punishment by United States Olympic chiefs, USA Today reported on Wednesday. Fencer Race Imboden and hammer thrower Gwen Berry both came under fire after protesting the policies of President Donald Trump as they collected medals in Lima. Imboden took a knee during the playing of the US national anthem while Berry raised a clenched fist before later calling out social injustice “and a president who’s making it worse.” The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee later issued a statement expressing “disappointment” at the athlete protests, warning it was reviewing what action to take.USA Today reported on Wednesday that USOPC chief Sarah Hirshland had taken a conciliatory tone in letters sent to Imboden and Berry. However, while Hirshland said she admired each athlete’s decision “to be an active citizen”, she warned that they could face serious sanctions if there was any repeat in the next 12 months — a period covering next year’s 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Notifying the athletes that they faced “a probationary period for the next 12 months,” Hirshland said: “This means you could face more serious sanctions for any additional breach of our code of conduct than might otherwise be levied for an athlete in good standing.” Hirshland said US Olympic officials would work with the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee and athletes to “more clearly define for Team USA athletes what a breach of these rules will mean in the future.”  ‘Fundamental freedom’ Trump has clashed repeatedly with professional athletes who have protested against racial injustice in the United States, accusing NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem of being unpatriotic. Several championship-winning sports teams meanwhile have refused to attend White House receptions since Trump’s election.During the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup, Trump clashed with star US forward Megan Rapinoe, who had said she would boycott any White House event. The prospect of US athletes protesting against Trump at next year’s Olympics could potentially lead to sanctions by the IOC, whose charter forbids any “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda” in Olympic arenas. Hirshland said while she supported the athletes’ right to protest, she disagreed with the timing and venue of their activism. “I applaud your decision to be an active citizen,” Hirshland said. “It is admirable. Regardless of one’s viewpoint, it is a fundamental freedom and important obligation that we each hold to participate actively in the pursuit of a better country and a better world. While I respect your perspective — and that of every athlete for whom I’m lucky enough to serve — I disagree with the moment and manner in which you chose to express your views. The rules we operate under as members of Team USA exist for important reasons. A prohibition on political protest is not intended to silence important voices. In fact, I am genuinely committed to helping identify better avenues for athletes to make their voices heard.”center_img Both athletes could face serious sanctions if there was any repeat in the next 12 months.Race Imboden took a knee during the playing of the US national anthem.Gwen Berry raised a clenched fist before later calling out social injustice.last_img read more

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Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Shows Why It’s Southland Strong

first_imgThe mission of the Southland’s SAAC is to provide a platform through which student-athletes from member institutions may be heard on issues concerning student-athlete welfare, national and conference rules and regulations, community service, sportsmanship, and personal development. They focused on mental health awareness, career development and life after college, diversity and inclusion, and better communication. Southeastern Louisiana women’s soccer student-athlete Caroline Lee, who serves as the Southland Conference national SAAC rep, said, “It’s been really incredible for me to be here over the course of the past couple years, seeing all the different campus SAACs grow and develop. These leaders are making such a big difference in their athletic departments. Being a part of national SAAC is wonderful, but being here at this retreat with the conference really means so much to me. Being around my fellow Southland student-athletes is really awesome.”Below is a list of the SAAC members who were in attendance at the Southland meeting:Megan Paul, Abilene Christian (Women’s Soccer)Breylin Smith, Central Arkansas (Football)Andre Walker, Houston Baptist (Football)Ese Akpoyoware, UIW (Men’s Track & Field)Jade Lewis, Lamar (Softball)Isabel Huntsman, McNeese (Women’s Golf)Nicole Broussard, New Orleans (Women’s Track and Field)Emily Venable, Nicholls (Volleyball & Beach Volleyball)Megan Lohmiller, Northwestern State (Volleyball)Noah Steele, Sam Houston State (Men’s Golf)Caroline Lee, Southeastern Louisiana (Women’s Soccer)Mallory Dotson, Stephen F. Austin (Women’s Track & Field)Giana Wright, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Women’s Basketball)Natalie Shock, Advisory Council Representative (Central Arkansas, Senior Woman Administrator) The SAAC representatives came into town Sunday and began the retreat with a trip to The Star in Frisco, located just a few blocks from the Southland headquarters. The student-athletes received a tour of the facility, which houses the Dallas Cowboys offices and practice areas and hosts numerous other events.On Monday, the student-athletes spent the morning working with Habitat for Humanity of Collin County to renovate a home for a deserving family. They continued team building that evening with a cooking competition and prepared dinner at Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference hosted its annual Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meeting at the league’s office in Frisco earlier this week. Tuesday’s meeting concluded a three-day retreat for the SAAC representatives from each of the conference’s 13 member institutions. ABOUT THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE Closing in on six decades of service, the Southland Conference continues to be a model of innovation, stability and consistent achievement as it celebrates the academic and athletic accomplishments of its member institutions and more than 4,200 student-athletes.  The Southland operates within a structure of shared core values by its membership: Excellence, Student-Athlete Focused, Integrity, Diversity and Inclusion, Sportsmanship, and Fiscal Responsibility.  Founded in 1963, the Southland Conference has transformed itself into a dynamic and respected consortium of 13 comprehensive universities in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, including Abilene Christian University, University of Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist University, University of the Incarnate Word, Lamar University, McNeese State University, University of New Orleans, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Sam Houston State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  The Southland sponsors 19 championship sports at the NCAA Division I level, and is the host conference for the annual NCAA FCS National Championship game in Frisco, Texas.  This year’s meeting included a review of their community service time and outreach. The group agreed to continue its Southland Gives Back initiative that emphasizes need around the holidays. Several Southland schools will maintain relationships with such organizations as Toys for Tots and Angel Tree, in addition to finding others to partner with in 2019. The SAAC also selected a Southland Conference Week of Service that will be held Feb. 9-15, 2020, on each campus. #SouthlandStronglast_img read more

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Stima peg back champions Gor at Kasarani

first_imgThe former Mathare United man took a speculative shot from almost 40 yards out and Odhiambo went down too early, the ball taking an awkward dip right infront of his face and bouncing into the net.On the balance of chances especially in the first half though, the reigning champions should have gone back to the dressing at least three up with the chances they squandered.K’Ogalo got their goal, in the 26th minute, from the unlikeliest of scorers. Wendo raced in to the far post to connect to a Samuel Onyango well weighted freekick from the right.-Shown hunger He had shown his hunger for goal just a few minutes before he shook the net making a decent diagonal run behind the defense to a Lawrence Juma pass, but his lack of pace let him down as the defense quickly shut him down before he could make a decision.Prior to that, Gor had the chances.In the 11th minute, Luke Ochieng almost turned the ball into his own net when he tried to cut off a sharp low cross from Philemon Otieno after Dennis Oliech had missed his initial attempt at a connection.Gor Mahia striker Dennis Oliech attempts to take a shot as Western Stima’s Kevin Akong’o attempts to block during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kasarani Stadium on February 20, 2019From the resultant corner, former Stima man Geoffrey Ochieng floated in a decent ball from the right finding Oliech at the backpost, but his header was blocked away for another corner.Stima almost shocked Gor in the 21st minute when Henry Onyango broke off the counter, but a fast rushing Joash Onyango managed to throw in a leg in time to cut off his shot inside the box with the Stima forward left sprawling on the ground asking for a penalty.-Oliech effortOn the other end, Oliech tried his luck with a first time shot from the edge of the box, but it was blocked for yet another corner.Gor finally tasted the net in the 26th minute Wendo surprising even himself with a goal.Oliech should have doubled the tally three minutes later when a cheeky chipped ball from Lawrence Juma found him inside the box unmarked, but his attempt at lifting the ball over an advancing Samuel Onyango was too much as the ball went over the bar.Gor were forced into a sub five minutes to the break when Joash Onyango went off injured after coming off the worst from an Onyango challenge. He was replaced by Joachim Oluoch.Gor Mahia players celebrate Ernest Wendo’s goal during their Kenyan Premier League match against Western Stima at the Kasarani Stadium on February 20, 2019The incoming defender almost gifted Stima a way back when he lost possession inside the box, but Philemon threw his body on the ground to block a shot from Maurice Ojwang turning the ball behind for a corner.-Boniface inOktay began the second half with changes, Onyango coming off for Boniface Omondi with Gor needing a fresh pair of legs up the field.But, the holders were stunned just seven minutes into the half when Odongo’s shot evaded keeper Odhiambo. Just a minute before that, Ojwang’s shot from distance missed the target by a whisker, Stima showing the early danger signs.With a goal down, Oktay swung in his final change, bringing Nicholas Kipkurui for George Odhiambo in a bid to refresh the attack and try search for a winner.But, Stima played without fear and the introduction of the former Gor duo of Herbert Kopany and Baron Oketch spiced up things for the Kisumu based side.Within few minutes of coming on, Oketch won a freekick at the edge of the box after being hauled down by Charles Momanyi off a counter attack.However, the former K’Ogalo winger struck his effort straight at the wall.On the other end, Gor threw everything at attack, but could not find a way past the defense. They dodged a bullet on the other end in added time when Kennedy Otieno failed to beat Odhiambo one on one when he raced to a through pass.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Western Stima defender Luke Ochieng vies for the ball with Gor Mahia skipper Dennis Oliech during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 20, 2019NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 20 – Gor Mahia’s hope of scaling to the top of the Kenyan Premier League was halted after being pegged back with a 1-1 draw by visiting Western Stima at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Wednesday evening.Gor were leading 1-0 via a first half goal from Ernest Wendo, but a howler from keeper Fredrick Odhiambo early in the second half saw Stima get back into the game via Vincent Odongo.last_img read more

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