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Olympics: Australian swimmer pulls out, citing ‘perverts’

Olympics: Australian swimmer pulls out, citing ‘perverts’

GAMES, OLYMPICS, Sports, SWIMMIMG
Maddie Groves, who won two silvers at the Rio Games in 2016, has withdrawn from Australia's Olympic trials set to start Saturday. She says it should be "a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport." A two-time Olympic silver medal winner announced Thursday she was withdrawing from Australia's swimming trials because of "mysogynistic perverts." Maddie Groves did not elaborate on the allegations. Her announcement comes just ahead of Australia's Olympic trials, due to start on Saturday. Australian swimmer Maddie Groves What did Maddie Groves say? In a series of posts on social media, Maddie Groves said that time was up on people who "exploit young women and girls, body shame or medically gaslight them." "Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport ...
Mogadishu-born Sir Mo Farah ready to shine at Tokyo Olympic Games

Mogadishu-born Sir Mo Farah ready to shine at Tokyo Olympic Games

Atheletics, GAMES, OLYMPICS, Sports
Sir Mo Farah, the British Olympic champion of Somali descent expressed optimism amid a sea of concerns from many athletes over joining the Tokyo Olympic Games to be held this summer as the ongoing unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause disruptions and threaten the sporting event. "There's a lot of athletes who are concerned, obviously we will go to the Olympics Games, and as an athlete yourself, it's a once in a lifetime event. I was lucky enough to be able to get the experience from London 2012, Rio (2016). "So I've got there, but other athletes are always thinking and I think sometimes in life if we overthink and make it harder it becomes more hard and weighs on you harder. But at the same, we can only do our best and keep training, keep focusing. "And I guess e...
Morocco’s Paralympian athletes ready for Tokyo 2020 Games

Morocco’s Paralympian athletes ready for Tokyo 2020 Games

GAMES, OLYMPICS, Paralympics, Sports
He is one of the Morocco's most famous Paralympian athletes. At 35, shot put specialist Azeddine Nouiri will try to win a third gold medal in a row at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, after dominating competitions in 2012 and in 2016, and setting a world record of 13,10 metres in 2012. Nouiri has enjoyed a strong 2021 season so far, and won medals at the World Para Athletics Grand Prixs in Dubai in February and in Tunisia in March - events which also sealed his qualification for Tokyo. "We have been in preparation since January. We stopped only for a short time, and then we restarted our preparation for the Tokyo Paralympic Games. We have already participated in many meetings and have been able to secure our qualification for the Paralympic Games. We competed at the 2021 Worl...
Uganda’s first female boxer ready for Tokyo Olympic Games this summer

Uganda’s first female boxer ready for Tokyo Olympic Games this summer

Boxing, OLYMPICS, Sports, Uganda Olympic Committe
As Uganda gears to participate in the sport of boxing at this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Catherine Nanziri will be the first-ever female boxer to represent the East African nation. The budding athlete and trailblazer hopes to inspire other girls who aspire to greatness. The young impressive has worked hard to get to this point. "I feel proud of myself because it is a prayer that every sportier could have prayed to go for the Olympic Games and being the chance that I am the first female boxer it has given me a good profile depending on the sport and the future." Ugandan athletes have typically excelled in the sport of boxing -- always with great chances at bringing home medals. Nanziri qualified for the big games based on ranking twelfth in the world and fourth ...
Olympic committee board member blasts Tokyo Games organisers

Olympic committee board member blasts Tokyo Games organisers

GAMES, JAPAN, OLYMPICS, Sports
She says IOC ‘seems to think that public opinion in Japan is not important A Japanese Olympic committee board member on Friday blasted organisers of the Tokyo Games for ignoring public concerns about holding the global sporting showpiece amid a pandemic, as Japan’s top medical adviser urged new steps to reduce the risk. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) appeared to think it could steamroll over the wishes of the Japanese public, who, surveys show, overwhelmingly want the games cancelled or postponed, the JOC’s Kaori Yamaguchi said in an opinion piece carried by Japan’s Kyodo news agency. Already postponed from last year because of the pandemic, a scaled-down version of the Games with no foreign spectators is set to start on July 23rd despite public fears the event cou...
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Organising Committee chief Seiko Hashimoto says Games ‘100 percent’ on

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Organising Committee chief Seiko Hashimoto says Games ‘100 percent’ on

GAMES, JAPAN, OLYMPICS, Sports
Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto made the comments exactly 50 days before the pandemic-postponed Olympics, which remain plagued by public opposition. The Tokyo Olympics are "100 percent" certain to go ahead, the chief organiser said Thursday, but warned that a major coronavirus outbreak mid-Games could slam the door shut on fans. Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto made the comments exactly 50 days before the pandemic-postponed Olympics, which remain plagued by public opposition. "I believe that the possibility of these Games going on is 100 percent that we will do this," Hashimoto told BBC Sport, adding that fans could be locked out during the Games. "The biggest challenge will be how we can control and manage the flow of people," she said. "If an outbreak should ...
Team USA Fails to Qualify for Men’s 3×3 Basketball Debut at Tokyo Olympics

Team USA Fails to Qualify for Men’s 3×3 Basketball Debut at Tokyo Olympics

Basketball, GAMES, JAPAN, OLYMPICS, Sports, USA
When 3x3 basketball debuts at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, one heavyweight name will be missing after the United States men's team failed to qualify. At the 2021 FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament this week in Graz, Austria, Team USA topped its group despite losing to Belgium. But on Sunday in the quarterfinals, the Netherlands eliminated the U.S. from the tournament, where the top three teams will advance to Tokyo. Team USA was considered one of the Olympic favorites after winning the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The team was made up of former Purdue star and Timberwolves forward Robbie Hummel, No. 1 ranked U.S. 3x3 player and former NBA first-round draft pick Dominique Jones, former Princeton standout Kareem Maddox, NBA G League guard Canyon Berry, son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick...
Colleagues and more hail Lou Reuter as he leaves ADE sports job

Colleagues and more hail Lou Reuter as he leaves ADE sports job

GAMES, Journalist, OLYMPICS, Sports
SARANAC LAKE — Here are some comments by people who worked with Lou Reuter, either as a co-worker or through sports, about his departure from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News after 26-and-a-half years as sports writer. “I cannot think of a more invested, truly local sports reporter than Lou Reuter. His love of community and the role of athletics within it are abundantly clear. Lou consistently highlighted the very best among our youth and their accomplishments. His unwavering commitment to covering our interscholastic events will surely be missed.” — Eric Bennett, athletic director and head football coach, Saranac Lake Central School District “Lou has been such an inspiration to me since I started working at the Press-Republican. I remember meeting him for...
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Summer Games likely to be a fan-free event

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Summer Games likely to be a fan-free event

GAMES, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, JAPAN, OLYMPICS, Sports, TOKYO, WORLD
The prospect of empty venues at the postponed Olympics became more likely when the Japanese government decided Friday to extend a state of emergency until 20 June. Tokyo: The president of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee hinted Friday that even local fans may be barred from venues when the games open in just under two months. Fans from abroad were ruled out months ago as being too risky during a pandemic. The prospect of empty venues at the postponed Olympics became more likely when the Japanese government decided Friday to extend a state of emergency until 20 June as COVID-19 cases continue to put the medical system under strain. The state of emergency was to have been lifted on Monday. The extension in Tokyo, Osaka and other prefectures raises even more questions ...