IOC: ‘No need for any drastic decisions’ on Tokyo Olympics’

first_img Promoted ContentTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest ReasonsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth VisitingCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year But the IOC insisted it would work to surmount any difficulties that threw up. “To date, 57 percent of the athletes are already qualified for the Games,” it said. “For the remaining 43 percent of places, the IOC will work with the IFs (international federations) to make any necessary and practical adaptations to their respective qualification systems for Tokyo 2020.” The IOC vowed to “continue to act in a responsible way and have agreed on the following overriding principles about the staging of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: “1. To protect the health of everyone involved and to support the containment of the virus. 2. To safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic sport.” The IOC will continue to monitor the situation 24/7. Already in mid-February, a task force was set up. The body added any decision it takes on the staging of the Games “will not be determined by financial interests because thanks to its risk management policies and insurance it will, in any case, be able to continue its operations and accomplish its mission to organise the Olympic Games”. A task force (consisting of the IOC, the World Health Organisation, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japanese authorities, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government) was created in mid-February to ensure “coordinated actions by all stakeholders” and offer guidance the IOC said it would follow. Already, the format of all the test events in March and April in Japan has been “altered to allow for the testing of essential Games elements”. Read Also:No deadline for Olympic decision – IOC’s Coates “The lighting of the Olympic torch in Greece and subsequent elements of the Torch Relay in Japan are being adapted, the entire Games preparation supply chain has been analysed, and alternative plans are in place in the event of an anticipated disruption,” the IOC said.– “He’s going to be a legend, no doubt about that. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… “The IOC remains fully committed to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and with more than four months to go before the Games there is no need for any drastic decisions at this stage, and any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive,” the IOC said in a statement after its executive board met in Lausanne. The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to run between 24 July to 9 August, but the year’s biggest sporting event is as yet one of the sole sporting competitions to have survived a postponement in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak that has caused more than 7,400 deaths and infected more than 180,000 around the world. The IOC statement fell shortly after both this summer’s Euro 2020 and Copa America tournaments were postponed by one year to 2021. US President Donald Trump has suggested the Japanese capital also postpone the Olympics for 12 months, although Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded by pledging his country would host the Games as planned and said he had no immediate intention to declare a state of emergency over the virus outbreak. “This is an unprecedented situation for the whole world, and our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis,” the IOC said. IOC president Thomas Bach added: “The health and well-being of all those involved in the preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is our number-one concern. “All measures are being taken to safeguard the safety and interests of athletes, coaches and support teams. We are an Olympic community; we support one another in good times and in difficult times. This Olympic solidarity defines us as a community.” The IOC acknowledged preparations for the Tokyo Games had been impacted and encouraged all athletes to continue training “as best they can”. “The IOC has confidence that the many measures being taken by many authorities around the world will help contain the situation of the Covid-19 virus.” One of the results of the virus outbreak has been the cancellation of qualifiers, in a number of sports, for the Tokyo Olympics. International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday it was not the time for “drastic decisions” over the staging of the Tokyo Olympics, which has not yet been postponed because of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Despite hot start, Syracuse not ready to gauge success of team

first_img Published on October 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass When the Big East released its preseason poll on Aug. 6, Syracuse was picked to finish last in the Red Division.The voters’ decision wasn’t much of a surprise, as the Orange finished 3-12-1 in 2011 and gave the panel little reason to believe a turnaround was imminent.SU wasn’t under the same impression, though, and through September, the Orange (8-3, 1-1) has the most total wins in the division and has already picked up a Big East win over Seton Hall. The one conference win matches the team’s total in the past two seasons combined. Syracuse will have a chance to pick up its second Big East victory against Rutgers at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the SU Soccer Stadium.Following a strong start to the season against nonconference foes, head coach Ian McIntyre is pleased with his team’s effort thus far, but said the team still has a long way to go to make the season a success.“When we set our goals as a team, the measuring stick is the Big East,” McIntyre said. “As a program, we’ve perhaps underperformed in the Big East in recent memory. We’ve had a fantastic start, and no one can take that away from us, but ultimately we’ll be measured over the remaining games.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo far in conference play, the Orange has played well against Seton Hall and Cincinnati. Syracuse outshot its opponent in both games, and both contests were decided by one goal.Midfielder Juuso Pasanen said SU was focused and prepared heading into its game against Seton Hall. He said that win is a blueprint for the team’s future success when matching up against high-caliber Big East teams.“The tempo is way faster than in other games we’ve played,” Pasanen said. “We have to prepare the same way we did against Seton Hall. It was spot on.”Forward Louis Clark said getting a second Big East and ninth overall win would be a great accomplishment for the Orange. A win over Rutgers would mark the first time Syracuse reached the nine-win plateau since 1999.“It would be unbelievable,” Clark said. “It would be great to go down in history. It would be the fifth time in 25 years that we would have a winning record. That would be great to be a part of my senior year.”On the verge of school history, the Orange has to maneuver its way through one of the toughest conferences in the NCAA. The Big East currently has six teams in the Top 25, which is more than any other conference, including the Atlantic Coast Conference.McIntyre said the Big East is extremely deep and talented top to bottom this year, and is arguably the strongest conference in the nation.“I’m sure the guys in the ACC would query that, but we know it’s a quality conference,” McIntyre said. “It’s a great measuring stick for us as a young team to see how we match up.”In the first round of last year’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft, seven of the 19 players came from the Big East, which is more than any other conference. Clark said the skill level of players and overall quality of teams is a lot higher in the Big East than in nonconference games.“Most of the players who got drafted come from the Big East, so you’re playing with the best kids in the nation,” Clark said. “It’s a real test week in and week out playing against them sort of teams and them sort of guys.”After weeks of preparation, that test is in full swing for SU. The Orange has two home games in the span of four days against Rutgers and Louisville.Despite the strong start, McIntyre said his team will not get complacent and will keep pushing to make this season as special as possible. He said finishing with a winning record would be a great accomplishment for the program, but the Orange has bigger aspirations.McIntyre said Syracuse will look back and reflect on its final record at the end of the season. But for now its sole focus is on beating Rutgers and making its mark in the Big East.“This group is intrinsically motivated because they want to be a part of something special,” he said. “It’s competition. This is why we do it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipp not phased by underdogs tag

first_imgThrow in on Saturday is at 2 o clock at Kingspan Breffni, and Tipp FM will have full live commentary of the game. Tipp football manager Liam Kearns believes his side can put it up to Cavan on Saturday.The Premier travel to Kingspan Breffni to take on the Ulster side, who were relegated from Division 1 of the league this year, while Tipp were promoted from Division 3.Liam Kearns says being underdogs won’t phase Tipp.last_img

Kagawa out of Oman qualifier

first_imgManchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has been ruled out of Japan’s World Cup qualifier in Oman on November 14 due to a knee injury he suffered a week ago, the Japan Football Association said Tuesday.Kagawa was not among the 18 Europe-based players who coach Alberto Zaccheroni planned to call up for his 23-man squad for the Oman game, the association said.The 23-year-old summer signing was injured in Manchester United’s 3-2 Champions League win over Braga on October 23.He will miss the top-of-the-table Premiership game with Chelsea on Sunday as his club wanted him to be out for four weeks.Among the 18 Europe-based players are regulars such as CSKA Moscow playmaker Keisuke Honda and Inter-Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo. They also included Southampton striker Tadanari Lee, who has not played for Japan since suffering an ankle injury in March.In World Cup qualifying, Japan are leading Asian Group B with 10 points from three wins over Oman, Jordan and Iraq as well as one draw with Australia.last_img read more