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Prop Beast Mtawarira I’m sorry Phil, but I had no choice

Former Springbok prop Beast Mtawarira says it was a huge honor to be a part of the team’s series win over the British & Irish Lions in 2009. Rugby fans can book British lions 2021 tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The opening match of the crucial Test series against the Lions in 2009 also turned out to be a contest that unequivocally announced Mtawarira’s arrival on the Test scene.

Prop Beast Mtawarira I’m sorry Phil, but I had no choice
Prop Beast Mtawarira I’m sorry Phil, but I had no choice

‘A 23-year-old Mtawarira was playing in just his 11th Test match for the Springboks but put in a magnificent performance in the scrums against his opposite number and England veteran Phil Vickery, who popped like a champagne cork almost every time he engaged with Mtawarira.’

Which looked back at the 2009 series – the last time the Lions toured South Africa – Mtawarira apologized to Vickery, saying that he was eager to make his mark on the biggest stage of world rugby.

‘Playing against the Lions is probably the next best thing to playing in a World Cup,’ Mtawarira said. ‘It’s such a big occasion and such a huge honor to be a part of.

Prop Beast Mtawarira I’m sorry Phil, but I had no choice

‘At the time when I got picked, I was excited to contribute to the success of the team.

‘I was quite young, I was 22 and I wanted to make my mark in world rugby. I’m sorry for Phil Vickery but I had no choice.’

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Tokyo 2020 chief executive Mutō dismisses report on Olympic costs

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshirō Mutō has dismissed a study by Oxford academics on the cost of the Olympics.

The paper suggested Tokyo 2020 would be the most expensive Games in history, putting the cost at $15.84 billion (£12.25 billion/€13.34 billion). Olympic fans can book Olympic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

This does not include the financial impact of the postponement of Tokyo 2020 until 2021, caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Mutō dismisses report on Olympic costs
Tokyo 2020 chief executive Mutō dismisses report on Olympic costs

Speaking after the latest meeting of the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board, Mutō rejected the claims. 

“There are no financial grounds for the numbers revealed in that report,” he said, as reported by Reuters.

“I am not in a position to comment on that currently – I am simply confused by this.”

The last budget given by Tokyo 2020 was in December 2019 and put the cost at $12.6 billion (£9.8 billion/€10.6 billion).

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has already said the postponement will cost them around $800 million (£620 million/€670 million), while Japanese organizers have yet to announce what their share will be.

Simplification measures are being discussed to reduce the cost of the Games, including those relating to the number of people involved, infrastructure, and Ceremonies.

The exact cost of the items will not be available until December.

The 39-page study – Regression to the Tail: Why the Olympics Blow Up – was carried out by academics at the University of Oxford and headed up by Professor Bent Flyvbjerg. 

It focused on the sports-related costs of hosting the Games, excluding transport and tourism infrastructure that is often lumped in, and found that “every Olympics since 1960 has run over budget”.

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Mutō dismisses report on Olympic costs
Tokyo 2020 chief executive Mutō dismisses report on Olympic costs

It notably suggested that the IOC should be obliged to cover 10 percent of any Olympic Games cost overrun, arguing that currently “there is little alignment between incentives to keep costs down and making decisions about cost”.

The IOC has been critical of the paper, however, claiming that it took a “fundamentally flawed approach” by mixing the budget for the organization of the Games and the infrastructure budgets of the host city, region, and country.

Flyvbjerg has since written to IOC President Thomas Bach with a point-by-point rebuttal of criticisms of the paper.    

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Handre Pollard: South Africa fly-half a doubt for British & Irish Lions tour due to ACL injury

British & Irish Lions vs world champions Springboks, plus five warm-up matches between July 3-August 7 2021, 

South Africa fly-half Handre Pollard faces “several months” on the sidelines and could miss the British and Irish Lions tour after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligaments while playing for French Top 14 side Montpellier on Friday. Rugby fans can book British lions 2021 tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The 2019 World Cup winner was carried off the field on a stretcher during the 41-17 loss to Racing 92 and scans have now revealed the severity of the injury.

Handre Pollard: South Africa fly-half a doubt for British & Irish Lions tour due to ACL injury
Handre Pollard: South Africa fly-half a doubt for British & Irish Lions tour due to ACL injury

“The club confirms the absence for several months of Handre Pollard, the victim of ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments. We wish him a quick recovery,” Montpellier said in a statement on Monday.

It rules the first-choice Bok fly-half out of the Rugby Championship that is scheduled to be played in Australia in December, and casts doubt over his involvement in the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa that starts next July.

Pollard’s control at fly-half is key to the Boks’ game-plan but his injury will provide his deputy in the team, Elton Jantjies, a chance to stake a claim for the number 10 jersey against the Lions.

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UEFA Super Cup – Anthony Taylor to referee the battle

Britain’s Anthony Taylor will arbitrator the 2020 UEFA Super Cup game among Bayern and Sevilla. UEFA Super Cup fans can book UEFA Super Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The UEFA Referees Committee has reported that Anthony Taylor will assume responsibility for the UEFA Super Cup game between Bayern München and Sevilla, which happens at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest on Thursday 24 September.

UEFA Super Cup Tickets - Anthony Taylor to referee the battle
UEFA Super Cup – Anthony Taylor to referee the battle

Presently 41, Manchester-conceived Taylor has been refereeing since 2002 and included in his first UEFA matches in 2009. He has been an official in England’s Premier League since 2010 and is presently a customary installation in the UEFA Europa League, UEFA Champions League, and public group rivalries.

His latest UEFA task was Paris’s 2-1 win against Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on 12 August. Super Cup fans can book Bayern vs Sevilla Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

UEFA Super Cup Tickets - Anthony Taylor to referee the battle
UEFA Super Cup – Anthony Taylor to referee the battle

This won’t be Taylor’s first UEFA Super Cup; he was recorded as an extra colleague ref for the 2014 game, in which Real Madrid beat 2020 competitors Sevilla 2-0.

Taylor’s aides and VAR group additionally originate from England, while the fourth authority Orel Grinfeeld is from Israel.

2020 UEFA Super Cup refereeing group

Official: Anthony Taylor (England)

Associate officials: Gary Beswick (England), Adam Nunn (England)

Fourth official: Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)

VAR: Stuart Attwell (England)

Associate VAR: Paul Tierney (England)

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Japanese baseball manager believes the host nation can win gold at Tokyo 2020

The manager of the men’s Japanese baseball team has said his side is still aiming for gold and hopes to share the joy of a win with fans at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Atsunori Inaba, who was previously a player in Beijing 2008, said he was scouting players for the team ahead of the Games. Olympic fans can book Olympic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Japanese baseball manager believes the host nation can win gold at Tokyo 2020
Japanese baseball manager believes the host nation can win gold at Tokyo 2020

He is hoping to guide the host nation to the gold medal to boost spirits following the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the delay of the Olympics.

“I’m scouting a lot of players,” said Inaba.

“Due to the COVID-19 limitations, I’m not showing up at the venues very often, but I watch a lot of television.

“I’m confident that the Games will happen next summer.

“I want to prepare well for the Games.

“My intention is winning a gold medal; I want to share the joy with all our fans.”

The national team is set to hold a camp at the end of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) season, which would involve a series being played, so Inaba can look at the up-and-coming talent from across the country.

Japanese baseball manager believes the host nation can win gold at Tokyo 2020
Japanese baseball manager believes the host nation can win gold at Tokyo 2020

Japan will head into the Games as one of the favorites having won the World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier12 title in November.

“I still remember the joy and the celebration,” said Inaba.

“I want to build the Olympic team on the foundations of the Premier12 rosters.

“As I said, I’m also considering new and younger players.”

Currently, the NPB season is continuing under strict health guidelines.

Japan is ranked number one in the world in men’s baseball by a clear margin, in front of the United States, South Korea, Chinese Taipei, and Mexico.

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Tokyo Olympic 2020 should be held at any cost Japan Olympic minister

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 Tickets on 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.

Tokyo Olympic 2020 should be held at any cost Japan Olympic minister
Tokyo Olympic 2020 should be held at any cost Japan Olympic minister

“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 Japan.

“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.

Tokyo Olympic 2020 should be held at any cost Japan Olympic minister
Tokyo Olympic 2020 should be held at any cost Japan Olympic minister

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 cancellation.

A taskforce including organizers and Japanese government officials that will develop coronavirus countermeasures met for the first time this week.

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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Madness if Boks play in Rugby Champs

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 tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Madness if Boks play in Rugby Champs
Madness if Boks play in Rugby Champs

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 year.

‘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?

Madness if Boks play in Rugby Champs
Madness if Boks play in Rugby Champs

‘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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UEFA Super Cup – Children across Europe help design the match ball

18 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 Cup fans can book UEFA Super Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

When FC 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.

Youngsters from 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.

UEFA Super Cup Tickets - Children across Europe help design the match ball
UEFA Super Cup – Children across Europe help design the match ball

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.

The following are a portion of the triumphant passages that will show up on the Super Cup coordinate ball. Super Cup fans can book Bayern vs Sevilla Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Czech Republic: reasonable play football

Lea and 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.”

Football has 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.”

Marcus likes cooperation in football. He depicts their reasonable play football competitions:

“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.”

Bayern vs Sevilla Tickets - Children across Europe help design the match ball
UEFA Super Cup – Children across Europe help design the match ball

Netherlands: helping kids accomplish their fantasies throughout everyday life

Drawings by 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.”

Oscar: “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 and solidarity

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 equivalent premise

Daniela, 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 drawing:

“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.”

Patricia 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.”

Yolanda 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.”

Super Cup Tickets - Children across Europe help design the match ball
UEFA Super Cup – Children across Europe help design the match ball

Switzerland: On the football pitch I invest the best energy

Malcolm is 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.

Malcolm 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.”

Different 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.

In their 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.”

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Pakistan boxing coach seeks Olympic qualifier training camp next month

Pakistan’s boxing coach Arshad Hussain has said the country should hold a training camp within the next few weeks to prepare for the final qualifier for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Scheduled to take place in May and June, the world qualification tournament will give Pakistani boxers the last chance to compete at the Games and Hussain wants to give his athletes the best chance of realizing their dreams. Olympic fans can book Olympic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Pakistan boxing coach seeks Olympic qualifier training camp next month
Pakistan boxing coach seeks Olympic qualifier training camp next month

He says there must be an opportunity for a training camp by at least the first week of October.

“The boys have not had proper practice since March because of the lockdown, so I would suggest holding a camp as soon as possible,” said Hussain to Pakistani publication The News.

“If they can start it in early October it will be good.

“As a coach, I know that a minimum of three months will be required for bringing the boys into shape.

“I don’t know how fit they are and how much they have trained during the lockdown.”

Previously, the Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) secretary spoke to The News, stating that it hoped to host a training camp for the qualifiers after the National Championship in December.

However, Hussain believes that this is too late.

“You know Olympic qualifiers are a tough event and for that foreign nations work for years,” he added.

“We have time now, but delaying would be dangerous for us as we then would not be able to prepare solidly.

“The state should help PBF in undertaking the task which is very important for Pakistan’s boxing.”

Pakistan boxing coach seeks Olympic qualifier training camp next month

Pakistan competed at the Asian qualifiers in Amman in March before the COVID-19 pandemic but failed to qualify any athletes.

The world qualifier was scheduled for Paris earlier this year before being postponed.

Hussain points to Islamabad Sports Complex and the Army Physical and Training Centre in Abbottabad as possible venues to host a camp.

“The world qualifying round will be tough and we will need our boys to train with some top boxers from other countries,” added Hussain.

PBF secretary Col Nasir Tung said last month that they had requested hosting a training camp in Jordan later in the year.

Pakistan last competed in Olympic boxing at Athens 2004.

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Du Preez: It’s going to be better than any series before

Legendary Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez believes the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa has all the makings of an iconic series.

On Wednesday, the ticket ballot purchase for the British & Irish Lions eight-match rugby extravaganza in South Africa officially opened. Rugby fans can book British lions 2021 tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The ballot will remain open from 10:30am (SA time) on 2 September and run until Wednesday, 23:59pm (SA time) on 16 September, with all who register standing an equal chance of receiving tickets during this two-week period.

Du Preez: It’s going to be better than any series before
Du Preez: It’s going to be better than any series before

Du Preez played an integral role for the Springboks in the historic 2009 series, in which the hosts triumphed 2-1.

In an interview with CLINTON VAN DER BERG for the upcoming SA Rugby magazine, Du Preez said:

‘They will be coming with revenge on their minds, especially as we felt that they believed that they were the better team in 2009. Also, the 2019 World Cup final will spur on many [Englishmen] in the team.’

Indeed, there will be fascinating similarities between the two tours, with the Lions once again set to face off against the world champions – albeit 12 years later.

The former scrumhalf says that the Boks’ crusade towards 2009 began even before the World Cup in 2007, when they also identified winning in New Zealand and beating the Lions as the big targets for the young squad.

Du Preez: It’s going to be better than any series before

The first Test in Durban had a strange momentum, Du Preez recalls. ‘Not being arrogant, but it felt easier than expected. However, the last 15 minutes we brought our whole bench on and the momentum shifted. It was nail-biting.’

The second Test in Pretoria couldn’t have been more dissimilar.

‘Everyone was very confident. But from kick-off it was completely different, so much more physical, as if we were playing a completely different team. They put us under a lot of pressure and it was tough staying in the game until the great escape at the end.’

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