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  1. #3031

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff in TX View Post
    Is there any reason that anyone knows why the Summer Olympics can't be delayed for a year, and held in Japan at the same venues in 2021? If they delayed it now, there is plenty of time for everyone to plan for that eventuality. I know that a year's delay may affect some athletes' performances, but what, realistically, are the alternative given the situation.
    My gue$$ is they're looking at the financial cost. maybe they budgeted for it and can't next year? I don't know.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  2. #3032

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff in TX View Post
    Is there any reason that anyone knows why the Summer Olympics can't be delayed for a year, and held in Japan at the same venues in 2021? If they delayed it now, there is plenty of time for everyone to plan for that eventuality. I know that a year's delay may affect some athletes' performances, but what, realistically, are the alternative given the situation.
    It was suggested by someone in Japan, don't remember who, that the Games possibly can't just be postponed until 2021. That they must take place in 2020 or the IOC can cancel them. So like they could possibly be postponed to later in the year, but not pushed into the next year. BUT, there doesn't appear to be any unified agreements on almost anything regarding the Olympic games, so it's hard to know if exceptions can be made in extraordinary cases such as this one even if that is the rule.

  3. #3033

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    Deputy head of Japan's Olympic Committee tests positive for COVID-19, Abe insists games will go ahead

    The deputy head of Japan's Olympic committee, Kozo Tashima, tests positive for the coronavirus, even as top government officials reiterate that the Games will go ahead as scheduled and not be held behind closed doors.
    The Japan Football Association [JFA], where Mr Tashima, 62, doubles as the chairman, said he had travelled to Britain, the Netherlands and the United States from late February to early March, and was confirmed as positive for the virus on Tuesday afternoon [local time].

    The test result came after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Group of Seven leaders had agreed to support a "complete" Olympics, but dodged questions about whether any of the leaders had brought up the possibility of postponement.

    There has been growing concern about whether the Olympics can proceed as planned now that the coronavirus pandemic has brought business and social activity in countries across the world to a standstill.

    "I had a small fever and after I've got checked it also looks like I have symptoms of pneumonia, but I'm doing fine," Mr Tashima said through a JFA statement.

    He said he would continue treatment at a local health facility.

    Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto said the games would be held on time and with spectators present, but the organisers said the torch relay, slated to begin in Fukushima on March 26, will be held without spectators.

    Many other events along the torch relay route have been curtailed or cancelled and spectators have been asked to stay away and not form crowds.

    Opinion polls urge postponement

    Despite Mr Abe's confidence, a fresh domestic poll showed most Japanese believe the games should be postponed.

    An Asahi newspaper poll published on Tuesday showed 63 per cent of people across Japan said the games should be postponed, while 23 per cent said they should be held as planned.

    A similar poll by Kyodo News published on Monday showed almost 70 per cent of respondents did not think Tokyo will be able to host the gathering as planned.

    Tokyo Olympics CEO Toshio Muto said: "There is a possibility these public opinions can shift as the situation is changing ahead."

    Sports competitions have come to a halt in Europe and the United States, hampering athletes' preparations.

    Further stoking those concerns, the head of the French Olympic Committee said the pandemic must have reached its peak and be on the wane by the end of May for the Tokyo Olympics to be staged as scheduled.

    The Olympics are due to run from July 24 to August 9.

  4. #3034

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    As far as I can tell, the biggest problem is not merely will things be okay by late July to not just hold the games but have crowds, but they'd have to basically be significantly better by maybe mid-May or early June. No Olympic trials or National Championships have happened in almost any sport. Unless there's some kind of sweeping decision made in different countries to use the most recent National Championships to create your team, which would be incredibly unfair (think of what a year's difference made for players like Mladenovic or Kasatkina a year removed from their highs), then that is a massive stumbling block.

    Also, team sports? They haven't been able to practice together. Won't be able to practice together. Advantage South America, Africa, Australia and maybe some Asian countries lifting stricter measures now and in the near future who will be able to practice together much sooner than many Western countries will.

  5. #3035

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    Kevin Durant Tests Positive For Coronavirus

    March 17th 2020 at 4:31pm CST by Chris Crouse

    Kevin Durant has tested positive for Coronavirus, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).

    Durant said he is feeling alright. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” Durant said.

    It was announced earlier today that four Nets players had tested positive for the virus. Brooklyn didn’t identify those players in its announcement but said that all four are isolated and under the care of team doctors. Three of the four players aren’t exhibiting symptoms, according to the club.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  6. #3036

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    Adam Stern @A_S12 .@FS1 is expected to air the first race of @iRacing 's new NASCAR pro invitational series from virtual Homestead on Sunday, barring any late issues, per people familiar.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  7. #3037

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    The 5-Time Olympic Gold medalist biathlete is calling it a career. What a beast. He had me watching more cross country events than I ever thought possible the last two Olympics.

    Martin Fourcade

    Thanks for the journey. Time to say goodbye.

  8. #3038

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    I became a fan watching him during the last two Olympics too Jazz. Beast is the right word to describe him.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  9. #3039

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    How Ronaldinho is spending his time in prison: Futsal, BBQ and carpentry, but no music

    Moises Llorens Sam Marsden

    For Ronaldinho, what was supposed to be a quick jaunt to Paraguay for a charity event has turned into an extended stay at a maximum-security prison.

    Ronaldinho arrived in Paraguay to much fanfare for a charity event before a planned trip back to Barcelona. Now he sits in prison. NORBERTO DUARTE/AFP via Getty Images

    The Brazilian legend and his brother, Roberto Assis (who is also his business manager), entered the country on March 4 with falsified passports, even though residents of Brazil do not need passports to enter their landlocked neighbour. Although not initially arrested, they were told to remain in their hotel suite in Asuncion while authorities investigated the matter. Two days later they were in jail, with a judge denying them bail and refusing to release them into house arrest, saying the brothers posed a flight risk.

    Ronaldinho's presence in prison, with wild reports of playing soccer tournaments for the prize of a suckling pig, has made for one of the sport's more curious stories in 2020.

    The 39-year-old, who played for Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan in Europe, is not your average prisoner. Winner of two league titles for Barcelona and a UEFA Champions League, in addition to the 1999 Copa America and 2002 World Cup with Brazil, Ronaldinho is regarded as one of the all-time great players, something confirmed by his 2005 Ballon d'Or trophy.

    Sources have told ESPN that he's "loved" by his fellow inmates. Though he spends most of his time in a cell at the penitentiary centre, his daily activities are divided between playing football with the inmates and the employees, as well as attending a carpentry course. Sources added that Ronaldinho, who will turn 40 on Saturday, is "relaxed" in prison, although he's missing one of the main pillars of his life: music. A lot of his time in retirement has been spent playing the bongo drums.

    "He can't play any instruments inside but I am sure that in his head he will keep on coming up with melodies for compositions when he's out," a source close to the player told ESPN. "He plays football every day and teaches the guys he plays with a few tricks. From the very first moment he wanted to make sure he integrated with the other inmates and he quickly managed to do that. He's an idol for many of them and they have asked for him to sign hats, shirts and trainers."

    Photographs and videos have been shared on social media of the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year, dressed in shorts and a white muscle shirt, playing football inside the prison. He even took part in a futsal game last week, making a contribution for every goal as his side won 11-2.

    A few days ago, the prison's director, Blas Vera, revealed that Ronaldinho and his brother "have certain privileges." They share a bathroom with some of the other prisoners but each has his own cell with a television and air conditioning. (It's unclear how many individual cells have these amenities, but all other inmates share cells with other inmates.) In addition, Ronaldinho has been able to dine on barbecue food and is even able to speak with his friends via WhatsApp. However, he reserves most of his phone time for family.

    "He speaks with his mother every day in the evening," another source told ESPN. "She's one of Ronaldinho's big concerns."

    People in Ronaldinho's inner circle want to believe he's close to ending the saga and that it's all a "political issue." A lawyer for Ronaldinho and his brother, Sergio Queiroz, has said their detention is "arbitrary, abusive and illegal."

    The investigation into the falsified passports has now uncovered an alleged wider money laundering scheme. According to the prosecution, at the centre of the operation is Dalia Lopez, the businesswoman who arranged their visit and who met them on arrival at the airport in Asuncion before they were detained. Paraguayan authorities have yet to locate her, however. A source familiar with the case told Reuters on Monday that the "hypothesis is that the false documents used by the brothers were eventually going to be used for some commercial means or investments that were not legal."

    Since the Paraguayan police began to investigate how Ronaldinho and his brother came to be in the country with fake identities, they have made 14 arrests, according to news agency EFE. Among those arrested are a number of officials from the country's migration department who helped facilitate the falsified documents. Those figures also include two men who spent $18,000 to obtain the false passports and turned themselves in to police last week. Wilmondes Sousa Lira, the Brazilian who delivered the passports to the brothers, is also in custody.

    Investigators say they are now reviewing files and messages on the phones of Ronaldinho, his brother, and the other people caught up in the case.

    Ronaldinho had planned to return to Barcelona in the coming days, in order to finish up interviews he began in February for a documentary about his career in football.

    While in Catalonia last month, he was able to meet up with ex-Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard and two of the club's former presidents, Joan Laporta and Sandro Rosell. He did not meet Lionel Messi, whom he played alongside at Barca and has also agreed to be interviewed for the documentary. The Barca captain, at the time, had become embroiled in a war of words with sporting director Eric Abidal over the reasons for former manager Ernesto Valverde's dismissal.

    Ronaldinho has been spending a lot of time looking up flights between Asuncion and Rio de Janeiro. Sources say he now knows them by memory. If he receives permission to leave prison, he will head straight to the airport. However, new hearings have been delayed, his lawyer Queiroz explained this week, because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  10. #3040

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    Video at link.

    Chris Ship

    Message from Prince Harry in Canada on the postponement of the @InvictusGamesNL in 2020. #coronavirus

  11. #3041

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    Olympics have been postponed til 2021. The countries pulling out seemed to fast track the decision by the IOC.

    People kept being mad at Japan, but even reading the statements from today, it seems clear that what was said by the Japanese officials some time ago has to be correct. This final decision was made by the IOC and it was only ever possible for it to be them that made this decision, not the Japan IOC. Japan IOC doesn't have the authority to schedule the Olympics in an odd year, which makes sense, it would be a strange to give one country's IOC that level of power even when they are the current host.

    This puts a lot of things in a tailspin for 2021, but hopefully they'll work to stagger the calendar so things can happen consecutively and not concurrently.

  12. #3042

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    Even in (finally) arriving at the right choice by postponing 2020 Olympics, actions of top U.S. and IOC officials were inglorious
    March 24, 2020

    Now that sanity has prevailed, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been moved to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic (but will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the International Olympic Committee’s parallel universe), what can we take away from the way the decision was reached and about its ramifications?

    A handful of thoughts:

    1. The IOC’s abysmal handling of its messaging over the last month will be a case study in how not to do public relations.

    What was being discussed behind the scenes among the IOC and the Japanese government and Olympic organizers makes no difference. The IOC’s public statements for the last several weeks were a mix of disingenuousness, falsehoods and callousness toward not only the athletes it swears are its primary concern but to the suffering world at large.

    Running a global enterprise from its new Taj Mahal of a headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, the IOC showed a painfully narrow sense of perspective.

    IOC President Thomas Bach’s having said that the words “postponement” and “cancellation” were not even mentioned during a March 4 meeting of the IOC executive board defied credulity, sounding irresponsible at best and an outright lie at worst. Saying last Tuesday that talking about alternatives was “counter-productive” while exhorting athletes to “continue to prepare. . .as best they can” was both tone-deaf and insensitive.

    Those indefensible statements spurred strong reaction from athletes and national officials who called for postponement. Both groups were flabbergasted and exasperated that the IOC persisted so long in its “The Games Will Go On As Scheduled, Take It Or Leave It!” stance. Even after using the word “postponement” for the first time Sunday, the IOC left athletes confused and hanging by saying it might take four weeks to make a decision that was announced Tuesday.

    As Johannes Knuth wrote in an excellent Monday column in Germany’s Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, that IOC resistance to the athletes’ resistance turned the situation into a disaster for Bach, a 1976 German Olympic gold medalist in fencing. Bach long has decried how West German officials strung along their athletes before deciding to join the U.S.-led boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, only to have his IOC do the same with a similar decision in 2020.

    “Forty years after Moscow, it is the athletes who boycotted his course to host the Summer Games in Tokyo in July 2020,” Knuth wrote, adding, “It all sounds very familiar. . .only that the athletes' spokesman from the past is now on the other side.”

    2. To the end, the IOC tried to spin its mishandling of the situation. Its Tuesday joint statement with the Tokyo organizing committee gave no credit to the athletes, sports federations and National Olympic Committees who had chosen common sense over a common voice. It cited the World Health Organization’s Monday assessment that the pandemic is accelerating as the sole impetus for the postponement.

    Yes, the IOC had to do a delicate pas de deux to ensure it did not seem to be forcing Japan’s hand, as was clear when Abe said Tuesday he had called to suggest postponement to Bach. But referring to the impact of the athletes only in reference to the impact the virus has been having on their preparation shows the IOC’s frequent insistence that athletes are at the center of everything it does is just plain meaningless

    3. If anyone showed less common sense and less willingness to take a stand than the IOC, it was the leadership of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, chief executive Sarah Hirshland and board chair Susanne Lyons. They walked in lockstep with their Swiss masters.

    In the defining moment of their tenure to date as the top USOPC officials, Hirshland since August 2018 and Lyons since January 2019, both failed to show any courage of conviction compared with their counterparts in several other countries. Even their Monday statement about favoring a postponement was mealy-mouthed.

    “I don’t need to make a headline to communicate with Thomas Bach,” Lyons told the New York Times. “I have his cellphone number.”

    Sorry, Ms. Lyons, this was the time when you needed to make a statement to a U.S. public whom you pitch for donations and to the U.S. athletes whom you allegedly speak for. And the other defense of namby-pambieness you gave to the New York Times, of not wanting to sound like a bully because of the United States’ size and the financial contributions from NBC and U.S.-based global Olympic sponsors, is utterly specious. A well-crafted but pointed statement could have avoided leaving such impressions and not have had the USOPC overplaying its hand, as it has done in the past.

    Was one of you hoping that if you played nice, Bach would dub you a noble by making you an IOC member? Sometimes, as Groucho Marks famously said, “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.”

    4. The uncertainty over how long it will take to get the coronavirus pandemic under control means the debate about the viability of the 2020-now-2021-Olympics may not be over. But postponement to 2021 was the best option.

    5. Numbers compiled by pre-eminent Olympic historian Bill Mallon made it clear why 2021 was a better choice than 2022, at least from the perspective of athletes who were hoping to compete or had already qualified to compete in 2020.

    There is no exact comparison, as Mallon noted, but the shift of the Winter Games to the middle year of the four-year Olympic cycle as of 1994 meant only a two-year gap (1992 to 1994) the first time it occurred.

    Of the 1,942 athletes who competed in those two Winter Games, 643 (or 33 percent) competed only at Albertville in 1992, and 815 (42 percent) competed at both.

    While there is no breakdown of why many did not get from Albertville to Lillehammer in 1994 (Failed to qualify? Injury? Family or career reasons?), it seems obvious that a shorter gap will benefit “2020” athletes.

    As Mallon also points out, the number of repeat Olympians over history, when the Winter and Summer Games each normally had a four-year gap except for the one winter instance, has been about 27-28 percent. He estimated that the one-year gap would “perhaps” allow 50-to-60 percent of the likely 2020 group to be at the Olympics in 2021.

    6. You have to say “likely” 2020 group because, according to an IOC statement last Tuesday, just 57 percent of athletes already had qualified for the Games.

    Among those whose trials were yet to come were U.S. athletes in three sports they dominated at the 2016 Olympics: track and field, swimming and women’s gymnastics. In the case of track (Eugene, Ore.) and swimming (Omaha), those trials were both planned as week-long events involving literally thousands of athletes, coaches and officials, so rescheduling involves some of the same issues as rescheduling the Olympics, like hotel availability.

    7. Dates for the Summer Games in 2021 are TBD, with the only sure thing that they will take place “not later than summer 2021.” (That’s the northern hemisphere summer. We often forget our good friends in the antipodes, southern Africa and several South American countries, including Brazil and Argentina.)

    There apparently is some sentiment for having the Tokyo Games now begin in May rather than the original July 24 – Aug 9 schedule, especially because the Tokyo weather would be significantly cooler than the often extreme heat and humidity of late July and August.

    From a TV broadcaster standpoint, especially as it affects viewership, potential conflicts with the European club soccer season of 20/21, the rescheduled European Soccer Championships, the NBA, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open golf all are factors mitigating against a start before late July.

    8. While this seems trivial to those who think major swimming and track events take place only at the Olympics, the issue of rescheduling the biennial aquatics and track and field world championships scheduled for 2021 is of substantial consequence to those international federations and their athletes.

    The track worlds are scheduled to be in Eugene, Ore. – the first time ever in the United States – Aug. 6-15, 2021. The aquatics worlds, including swimming, are to be in Fukuoka, Japan, from July 16-Aug. 1, 2021.

    Expect the track championships to be in 2022 because historical Eugene weather conditions make early August by far the best time to have them. Since all aquatics events but open water swimming and high diving take place indoors, they could take place at a colder time of year In Japan, even late fall 2021, with the outdoor events moved to a warmer location.

    9. Keep this in perspective, as athletes seem to be doing almost universally, even as you also feel sympathy that a once-every-four years or once-in-a-lifetime or final chance to be in the Olympics may be gone for some:

    Only during the two World Wars were Olympics not held as scheduled, with cancellations of the 1916, 1940 and 1944 Summer Games and the 1940 and 1944 Winter Games (the first Winter Olympics were in 1924.) That they now have been postponed says as well as anything that this coronavirus pandemic is World War III.

    10. The IOC got one thing right when the final words of Tuesday’s joint statement explained the Olympic flame that arrived in Japan from Greece last Friday will stay there to stand as a “light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present.”

    Overblown, romantic rhetoric? A bit, sure. But it echoes what I wrote – or overwrote, if you want - after running a leg of the torch relay near Oslo in 1994 and what I paraphrased last week, why I still love the Olympics despite the doping and the rampant commercialization and the political infighting and the out-of-touch, pompous panjandrums who run them.

    There is a magic that can occur when briefly, ever so briefly and ever so rarely, Olympic athletes carry the torch for humanity.

    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  13. #3043

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Adam Stern @A_S12 .@FS1 is expected to air the first race of @iRacing 's new NASCAR pro invitational series from virtual Homestead on Sunday, barring any late issues, per people familiar.
    903,000 viewers is pretty impressive, and results in a "race" from Texas being completed this week

  14. #3044

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    Jane McManus @janesports

    A list of sports commissioners on the call with President Trump. Ten representing predominantly men’s leagues, two representing women’s leagues. One representing horses.

    Per pool report.

    Andrew Giuliani and the President of the Breeder’s Cup were on the call with Trump and sports commissioners, but not reps for NWSL, NCAA or USTA. LPGA and WNBA were the only women’s sports leagues on the call.

    USTA hosts a ton of pro tennis events into the US every year and probably pulls in as much revenue as many on that list, NCAA and NWSL.

    Note: We hardcore NYC tennis fans remember that the Ghoul hated tennis as much as his predecessor, Mayor Dinkins, loves it. That's why no USTA

    I was wondering why this was happening and then saw the Ghoul's son is involved. Also, someone should've told him Vince is the nickname for Vincent. There was no need to list him twice.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  15. #3045

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    Jane McManus @janesports

    Trump encouraged the sports commissioners to continue to support the American people during this challenging time, per pool report.

    The readout of the call says Trump asked leagues to support the American people. Unless there is more that wasn’t in the report, hard to see why he needed to call all the commissioners in on a Saturday for that. Usually a call like that is to gather or impart information.

    This reads like a conversation you could have at a cocktail party. Hardly a reason to call a meeting of the Justice League during a pandemic. Perhaps more will come out.

    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

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