TOKYO: Tokyo 2020 should be held next year at any cost given athletes efforts to be ready, Japan’s Olympic minister said Tuesday, a day after the IOC’s John Coates told AFP that the postponed Games would go ahead in 2021 with or without COVID. Olympic fans can book Olympic Ticketson our website on exclusively discounted prices.
“For the Games next year, athletes are continuing to
work hard in the environments they find themselves in. So I feel we have to
hold it at any cost,” Seiko Hashimoto said when asked about International
Olympic Committee vice-president Coates’s remarks.
“I think Mr. Coates felt reassured that the Tokyo Games
can be held with further close coordination of efforts,” she added.
Coates on Monday told AFP in an exclusive interview that he
was confident the delayed Games would open as planned next year, vowing they
will be the “Games that conquered COVID”.
“It will take place with or without COVID. The Games
will start on July 23 next year,” said Coates, who heads the IOC’s
Coordination Commission for the Tokyo Games.
“The Games were going to be, their theme, the
Reconstruction Games after the devastation of the tsunami,” he said,
referring to the catastrophic 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern
“Now very much this will be the Games that conquered COVID,
the light at the end of the tunnel.”
A spokesman for the Tokyo 2020 organizers declined to comment
directly on whether they agreed with Coates’s confident assessment.
But Masa Takaya said the remarks showed “that the IOC
team is fully committed to delivering the Games next year”.
In a landmark decision, the 2020 Olympics were postponed
because of the coronavirus, and they are now set to open on July 23, 2021.
But Japan’s borders are still largely closed to foreign
visitors and a vaccine is months or even year’s away, feeding speculation about
whether the Games are feasible at all.
Officials have made clear that another delay would not be
possible, and there are signs that public enthusiasm in Japan is waning.
A poll this summer found just one in four Japanese want them
to go ahead next year, with most backing either another postponement or
A taskforce including organizers and Japanese government
officials that will develop coronavirus countermeasures met for the first time
Takaya said the organizers would continue carefully
monitoring the pandemic’s evolution and “make every effort in coordination
with all relevant organizations to ensure a safe and secure Games”.
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Former Springbok captain Wynand Claassen believes South
Africa should skip this year’s Rugby Championship and focus on the 2021 British
& Irish Lions tour.
While the announcement that the 2020 Rugby Championship would be held in Australia from 7 November to 12 December was made by Sanzaar on Friday morning, it was also confirmed that the Springboks’ participation in the tournament was still to be confirmed, dependent on several factors. Rugby fans can book British lions 2021 ticketson our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Claassen says travelling to Australia to compete in the Rugby
Championship will not be in the best interest of the Springboks and that SA
Rugby should take a stand and withdraw from the competition at least for this
‘I honestly believe they should not play in the Championship;
it simply doesn’t make any sense to me,’ Claassen told The Citizen.
‘If one thinks that New Zealand and Australia have been
playing their domestic rugby for the last two months and our rugby hasn’t even
restarted yet, we would definitely be underprepared.
‘What will happen if we again give 50 points away to New
Zealand, like what happened in 2016 and 2017 – who will be blamed?
‘We’ve got more to lose by playing in the Championship. We
must remember that we are the World Cup champs, the No 1 ranked team in the
world and the Rugby Championship holders,’ he said.
‘One has to understand that because of Covid-19 we haven’t
been able to restart our local game, but it is what it is and we just have to
move on and forget about the Rugby Championship for this year.
‘SA Rugby must just take a stand and decide what is in the
best interests of the Boks and their legacy. Yes, money talks, but it’s not all
about money; there are many more factors at play.’
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youngsters’ drawings from ten UEFA Foundation for Children undertakings will
highlight on an exceptionally planned match ball for the yearly gathering
between the victors of the Champions League and the Europa League. UEFA Super
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Bayern Munich and Sevilla FC challenge the 2020 UEFA Super Cup to coordinate on
24 September at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest, they will utilize a football
secured with 18 diverse children’s’ drawings.
over the landmass were urged to submit drawings demonstrating what football
intended to them in a challenge composed by the UEFA Foundation for Children
along with ten accomplice associations. The drawings are crafted by 18 kids
from various foundations from ten European associations that cooperate with the
UEFA Foundation for Children.
The triumphant drawings were chosen from more than 200 sections by the director of the establishment’s leading body of trustees, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
Youngsters from nine European nations (Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, and Switzerland) will see their drawings include the exceptional match ball.
following are a portion of the triumphant passages that will show up on the
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Czech Republic: reasonable play
Marcus appeared in their drawings that football is for everybody. They play
football with Fotbal Pro Rozvoj, a football program in the Czech Republic. Lea
clarifies the football they play:
“The reasonable play football is played in three sections. In the initial segment, we concur with the guidelines. For instance, when youngsters in a wheelchair score, it checks twofold.”
instructed them that everybody can be essential for the game. Lea attracted an
individual a wheelchair with some other kids – indicating they would all be able
to play football together.
“Reasonable play football is for everybody, so I needed to feature that. Furthermore, there are no restrictions for the individuals, perhaps just in their minds, however, if they need to play, they can play.”
cooperation in football. He depicts their reasonable play football
“We follow the rules, more often than not, yet some of the time there are fouls, or we have contentions. Yet, most significant is cooperation and to score incredible objectives.”
Netherlands: helping kids accomplish
their fantasies throughout everyday life
adolescents Mika and Oscar, who are both from s’Hertogenbosch, will show up
ready. They were essential for the Talent Group venture run by the Ruud van
Nistelrooy Foundation to help kids with their self-improvement.
Mika: “At the establishment, I made some incredible memories and I have figured out how to improve at playing football. The drawing speaks to a mascot who presents the trophy to the triumphant group. For me, football isn’t generally about winning yet also the great we have during the match.”
“Football has been a significant aspect of my life for a long time. Along
with my companions winning, and some of the time additionally losing – they are
the best things about football!”
Portugal: football is companionship
Sara was an
individual from Brincar de Rua Ludotempo in Portugal, where kids play the sport
in a protected domain.
“My preferred action is playing football with my companions. For me, football is companionship and solidarity. I attempted to show this with my drawing. It’s a football field with hearts and young ladies clasping hands.”
Spain: football joins everybody on an
Yolanda, and Patricia from Spain, who all partake in football preparing with
Red Deporte, will see their drawings highlight ready. The Red Deporte program
empowers youngsters from neighborhood minimized gatherings to go to class to
improve their scholastic presentation. Daniela delineates balance in her
“The message is this: we would all be able to play football and appreciate the game similarly over the world. If you are white, dark, crippled, a kid or a young lady, and without supremacist affronts or culpable a young lady since she has played gravely. Regard.”
shows solidarity, regardless of on the off chance that you win or lose.
“With my attracting, I need to state to all individuals that football joins everybody on an equivalent premise. We as a whole need to collaborate to win or expertise to lose.”
delineates the pleasant side of football in her drawing:
“It is a kinship that is significant particularly helping each other to play together. It is triumph and euphoria. Football consistently engages me. I play with my companions during break times. It is a game to be played by numerous and I esteem everybody’s exertion, regardless of whether some are superior to other people.”
Switzerland: On the football pitch I
invest the best energy
an individual from Autisme Genève and he joined the task ‘La strive en bleu’.
By taking an interest in and arranging occasions, and scattering data, Autisme
Genève tries to draw in with the general population, welcoming individuals to
find what mental imbalance resembles.
adores football. It causes him to associate with other youngsters. When Malcolm
isn’t outside playing football, he wants to draw.
“I joined my interests in drawing and football with this opposition. If I need to be distant from everyone else, I remain at home and draw, however, if I need to invest energy with my companions, I go outside to play football. On the football pitch, I invest the best energy. Along with my companions we run, play, and have some good times.”
champs from Switzerland incorporate Mia and Fabio, who are individuals from
PluSport, which offers sports exercises for youngsters with incapacities. Mia
and Fabio play football in one of PluSport’s football crews.
triumphant drawings, they show that everybody can play football, regardless of
what your identity is.
The UEFA president and establishment executive, Aleksander Čeferin, is charmed with the activity:
“I’m sure the children will be thrilled to see their drawings on the Super Cup match ball and to know that stars of our game will be scoring goals with it. It was inspiring to see all the excellent drawings and hear the stories of the children. I hope that the joy they feel by seeing their artwork on the ball for such an important match will motivate them not only to play football but also to follow their dreams.”