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IOC looking at postponing Tokyo Olympics; Canada pulls out

IOC looking at postponing Tokyo Olympics; Canada pulls out

  • Mar 23, 2020
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The IOC is planning meetings with Japanese public authorities, global sports officials, broadcasters and sponsors that will deal with scenario planning for the Olympics, which are scheduled to start July 24. Canceling the games is not under consideration.It will take the International Olympic Committee up to four weeks to consider postponing the Olympic Games in Tokyo amid increasing criticism of its handling of the coronavirus crisis that now includes Canada, saying it will not send a team to the games this year and the track and field leader, the most important sport in matches that also require delay.The International Olympic Committee is planning meetings with Japanese public authorities, global sports officials, broadcasters and sponsors who will be responsible for planning the Olympic Games scenarios, which are scheduled to begin on July 24. The cancellation of the games is not under consideration.International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has sent a message to athletes explaining the decision and why it could take so long while acknowledging that an extended schedule may not be popular."I know this unprecedented situation leaves many of your questions open," he wrote.“I also know that this rational approach may not be consistent with the feelings that many of you must go through.”But just hours after the announcement, World Athletics President Seb Coe sent a message to Bach saying that hosting the Olympics in July "is neither feasible nor desirable".He revealed a number of reasons, including competitive fairness, the possibility that athletes will be overly trained if given a tight schedule, and the uncertainty caused by orders in many countries that ban people from gyms and other training venues."No one wants to postpone the Olympics, but ... We cannot hold the event at any cost, and certainly not at the expense of athletes' safety," he wrote."The decision about the Olympics can become very, very clear." Then on Sunday evening, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced that it would not send athletes to Tokyo unless the matches were postponed for a year, making it the first country to threaten such a move. The committee said in a statement that it is not safe for athletes to continue training."In fact, it is against public health councils to urge all Canadians to follow it," the committee said.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also urged the International Olympic Committee to take a speedy decision, adding that the delay would be inevitable if the games were not fully implemented.But it is possible that a decision will not be made before next month.The International Olympic Committee said the scenarios under consideration "relate to amending the current operational plans for the Games to continue on July 24, 2020, as well as changes in the start date of the Games."The change in strategy came after Bach's phone call with members of the Executive Council.Bach has steadfastly said that the organizers are fully committed to opening the games on July 24th although athletic training, qualification events and game preparations are increasingly disrupted by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.Criticism of the situation has increased in recent days by Olympic gold medalists and the International Olympic Committee member last Tuesday before Bach finally recognized the possibility of developing an alternative plan.The National Olympic Committees of Brazil and Slovenia later called for a delay until 2021. The Norwegian Olympic Committee said it did not want athletes to go to Tokyo until the global health crisis was brought under control.The governing bodies of swimming in the United States and tracking two of the top three sports in the summer games have asked their national Olympic officials to push for a delay."There is a significant increase in cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 in different countries on different continents," the International Olympic Committee said."This (Council) led to the conclusion that the International Olympic Committee must take the next step in planning its scenario."The International Olympic Committee said last week that nearly 4,700 of the 11,000 Olympic Games venue had not yet been allocated.Bach acknowledged the problems that come with a compact or radically changed classification table, but also outlined several reasons why the IOC was unable to rush to make a decision.It included the availability of venues that are scheduled for use this summer but might not be available at a later time and the disruption of future events in the individual sports.“A decision about a postponement today could not determine a new date for the Olympic Games because of the uncertain developments in both directions: an improvement, as we are seeing in a number of countries thanks to the severe measures being taken, or a deteriorating situation in other countries,” Bach said.Read More: Tokyo Olympics 2020 Updates

For Formula One, Coronavirus Means Less is More in 2020. Here’s How

For Formula One, Coronavirus Means Less is More in 2020. Heres How

  • Mar 20, 2020
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Formula One races in Bahrain, Vietnam, China, Netherlands, and Spain have also been shelved but F1 organisers are hoping to shoehorn them into a breathless finale after the coronavirus passesIt was supposed to be the world record in 22 races, but with the postponement or cancellation of seven major races, Formula One in 2020 became a shorter, more compact and economically challenging race for the title.The season's opening in Australia has been removed and the magnificent Riviera masterpiece at F1 in Monaco.Races have also been frozen in Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands and Spain, but regulators are still hoping to put an end to them as soon as the risk of coronavirus subsides.The season that should have started in Melbourne on March 14 will not start until Azerbaijan on June 7 at the earliest."It is very difficult to recalibrate because it is not known when everything will be operational," Alfa Romeo F1 team manager told AFP."It is imperative that we have a global vision. England is not very affected at the moment, but it may be when Italy is less affected," he added, referring to the two countries hosting most of the world championship teams.There are still 15 races in the calendar before the final race in Abu Dhabi on November 29.Last weekend, Ross Brown, the sporting director of the F1 team, said he was optimistic about the "17-18 race " championship.However, this was when only Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam and China were eliminated.On Thursday, the Dutch Grand Prix, which was due to return to the calendar for the first time since 1985 on May 3, was postponed, and the Spanish event, scheduled for May 10, was postponed.The Monaco GP race, an annual show since 1955 and scheduled for May 24 this year, has been completely canceled.UNCHARTERED territory"We are in an unknown area. I am very optimistic that we can have a good professional championship ranging from 17 to 18 or more," Brown told Sky Sports."I think we can put pressure on them. But it depends on when the season starts." There is room for action.The traditional three-week summer shutdown was canceled in August to replace a 21-day break in March and April, with the race season down.The tournament is now a hectic six-month race instead of a nine-month marathon.To save the schedule, there are two races chosen at the end of the week itself."This is possible," Brown said, as he watched the three weeks between Hungary's Hungarian race on August 2 and the spa in Belgium on August 30."One thing we've been talking about is two-day weekends too, so if we had a triple head on two-week weekends, that might be an option," F1 tried three races in a row in 2018, but support was tepid from sweating The difference from staff fatigue."I think what we need from teams this year is flexibility, and I think they should be given some time to do these things," Brown added."Because we are in very unusual circumstances and we have to make sure we have a season that provides a good financial opportunity for the teams.""We will definitely get off to a smooth start. I'm sure the teams will be flexible to allow us to adapt these things." More than ever, bank balances and income will be essential in 2020 as teams and regulators face the effects of a shorter and more crowded season."The costs are not necessarily much lower if you run 18 races instead of 22," Vasier said."In addition, our income will be less: we will run fewer races, and we will have fewer commercial rights."Read More: Coronavirus Pandemic Affects On Sports Events

Coronavirus: ATP, WTA Seasons Suspended Until June 7

Coronavirus: ATP, WTA Seasons Suspended Until June 7

  • Mar 19, 2020
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ATP, WTA SeasonsThe announcement temporarily closes the men's and women's European season, one day after the French Open was postponed to September.The ATP and WTA announced the extension of their seasons until June 7 due to the coronavirus epidemic, the tour operators announced on Wednesday. "The professional tennis season is now suspended until June 7, 2020, including the ATP Challenger Tour and the ITF World Tennis Tour," said the ATP and World Tennis Association in a joint statement. Currently, tournaments scheduled for June 8, 2020 and beyond are still planning to move forward according to the published schedule. "The announcement temporarily closes the men's and women's European season, one day after the French Open was postponed to September.It also delays the resumption of the tennis season, as the two rounds have already been closed, as the ATP originally suspended the proceedings last week until April 27 and the WTA announced non-play until May 2 on Monday."In these difficult times, it is more important than ever that our sport meets to provide the greatest possible degree of certainty to all those affected by these delays," said ITF president David Haggerty."We are aware of the huge impact this will have, but ultimately, the health and safety of players, officials and spectators must be our primary concern."Events affected by the closure include ATP / WTA tournaments combined in Madrid and Rome, WTA events in Strasbourg and Rabat and ATP events in Munich, Estoril, Geneva, and Lyon.Read more: Coronavirus Pandemic Affects On Sports Events

NBA Star Kevin Durant Tests Positive for Coronavirus Report

NBA Star Kevin Durant Tests Positive for Coronavirus Report

  • Mar 18, 2020
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New York:Athletic reported on Tuesday that the Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant test results were positive for coronavirus, less than a week after the outbreak worldwide led to the suspension of the NBA season."Everybody be careful, take care and quarantine. We will get past this," said all 10 NBA Durant ten stars.Nets had said earlier Tuesday that four of their players were isolated and under the care of team doctors after they had been diagnosed with Coronavirus, but did not identify the individuals.Durant signed with Nets last summer but was neglected due to Achilles' injury sustained during the NBA Finals last season when he played for the Golden State Warriors.The team said: "The organization is currently informing anyone who was aware of contacting players, including new opponents, and is working closely with local and state health authorities to report.""All players and members of the Nets Travel Group are required to remain isolated, closely monitor their health and maintain ongoing contact with the team's medical staff."Three of the players were asymptomatic, while one showed symptoms of the rapidly spreading virus just days after Utah Jazz announced that two of its players had confirmed their infection with the Coronavirus.Nets played their last game against the Lakers in Los Angeles on March 10. A day later, the league suspended its season until further notice, as the coronavirus epidemic struck major sporting events around the world.Read More: Coronavirus Pandemic Affects On Sports Events

Covid-19: US Open

Covid-19: US Open promises consultation over change, Wimbledon to go ahead after French Open postponement

  • Mar 18, 2020
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The French Open postponement put the Great Court Courts peace one week after the US Open final and led to clashes with the ATP Championships in Metz, St. Petersburg, Chengdu, Sofia and Zhuhai, as well as WTA events in Guangzhou Seoul, Tokyo, and Wuhan.US  Open organisers responded to their French Open counterparts' decision to move the tennis tournament to September with a statement indirectly criticizing unilateral changes to the Grand Slam schedule.In a move that stunned the world of tennis, the organizers of the French Open today postponed the clay court championship in Roland Garros from May to September 20 to October 20. 4- Because of the pandemic of coronavirus.The change put the championship a week after the US Open final. United States This results in clashes with ATP Championships in Metz, Saint Petersburg, Chengdu, Sofia and Zhuhai, as well as WTA events in Guangzhou, Seoul, Tokyo and Wuhan.The American Tennis Association (USTA) said that there are currently no plans to change the schedule from August 25 to September 13 the US Open and highlighted that no potential changes will be made until after consulting with other interested parties."As the world approaches, we realize that such a decision should not be made unilaterally," the statement said."Therefore, the USTA will only do this in full consultation with other Grand Slam championships, WTA and ATP, ITF and our partners, including the Laver Cup."The Laver Cup exhibition team, promoted by Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, was due to take place from September 25 to 27 in Boston, but will now face the scheduled French Open.Wimbledon tournament organisers said they are still continuing to work on the understanding that Grand Slam grassland stadiums will begin on June 29, while Australian Open tournament organizers continue to work toward the usual start of January for the 2021 version.The ATP Men's Tour, the Women's ATP Tour, and the International Tennis Federation have yet to publicly respond to the move, but some players have turned to social media to criticize the lack of counseling.Canadian Vasek Pospisil, a member of the ATP Players Council, criticized the FFT decision as "selfish" and "arrogant".Post on Twitter: "My problem with the RG decision is the process it was performed in." "The tour should work together if the job is right. Now more than ever."The organizers of the Korean Open tennis tournament said they had not yet heard from the ATP about the effects of the French Open Movement in the tournament, which was to be held in Seoul on September 21 and 27."We are still in talks to adjust the schedule of the Korea Open, but nothing has been decided yet," an official told Reuters. "The schedule will likely change based on adjustments in the ATP calendar."The coronavirus has infected more than 190,000 people and killed more than 7,500 people worldwide.The sport closed in most parts of the world as the ATP Tour announced the suspension and cancellation of the six-week events for the WTA Tour until May 2.The ITF has also suspended all its events, including the new Fed Cup finals next month in Budapest.Read More: Coronavirus Pandemic Affects On Sports Events

Women’s T20 World

Womens T20 World Cup semi-final abandoned, India advance to the final

  • Mar 05, 2020
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The match was canceled without throwing a ball. There was no reserved day devoted to the tie. There was a time limit of 4:51 PM (11:21 AM ET) to start a game of more than 10, which is the minimum number of sums required for a short game.The semi-finals between India and England in the Women's World Cup T20 to SCG faded on Thursday, leading India to qualify for the final on the grounds that it had won the points table in the league stage.In the group stage, India won its four matches and led Group B. England lost one of their matches against South Africa, thus qualifying for the semi-finals as the team ranked second in the first group.Rain threw SCG from Thursday morning and continued until the end of the afternoon, forcing him to leave the game for England to leave the World Cup based on his low record in the group stage.India will play in the final match against the winner of the second semi-finals, between South Africa and Australia, in Melbourne on Sunday.

The Grand National Day 2020 | Schedule | Tickets Info | Horse Racing

The Grand National Day 2020 | Schedule | Tickets Info | Horse Racing

  • Mar 02, 2020
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The Grand National Day 2020The Grand National is a popular National Hunt horse race that takes place annually at the Aintree Racecourse, near Liverpool in England. It is known to be the most valuable jump race that happens in Europe, that too with a prize fund of £1 million in the year 2017. It is one of the most prominent events that are a part of British culture. It is a popular race amongst several people who normally don't watch horse racing or bet on it. The racecourse for this event where the race is run is featuring a larger fence than the ones that are found on the conventional National Hunt tracks. Most of these species the Becher's Brook, The Chair and the Canal Turn have become famous and when combined with the distance of the event, they create "the ultimate test of horse and rider".Since the year 1960, The Grand National had always been broadcasted live on the free-to-air terrestrial television in the United Kingdom. Then, until the year 2012, the event was broadcast by the BBC. The UK broadcasting rights had been transferred to the ITV from the year 2017. It has been estimated that approximately 500 to 600 million people are fans and watch the Grand National in more than 140 countries. BBC Radio held the exclusive rights to broadcast the Grand National until the year 2013 while Talksport held the radio commentary rights in the year 2014. However, now both the BBC and Talksport broadcast the race.The most recent race, in the year 2019 had been won by Tiger Roll ridden by jockey Davy Russell for trainer Gordon Elliott. The next meeting of Grand National will take place on 2nd April and will be ending on 4th April 2020. Since the year 2017, the race and the festival will be sponsored by Randox Health. The Grand National is held over the National Course at Aintree. It has two laps of 16 fences, the first 14 are usually jumped twice. The Horses cover a distance of 4 miles 514 yards (or 6.907 km). It is the longest among any of the National Hunt race in Britain.Those who wish to attend the Grand National can have several ticket options to choose from. Whether a seat in one of the grandstands, a birds-eye view from a roof terrace or the Festival Zone, you can choose among the various options.The 2020 Aintree Grand National Meeting will take place on 2nd April 2020, Thursday. The Grand National starts the first race at 1:45 pm and the broadcasting for the event will start for the race at 2:20 pm on ITV1. The Aintree Grand National Festival happens over a period of three days from Thursday till Saturday with the Grand National staged on the last day, that is, Saturday. The gates for the event will open at 10:30 am every day so that the racegoers have enough time to get into the course. The event will continue over three days. Friday will be 3rd April 2020 or the Ladies Day and the Grand National Day is the sell-out day on Saturday 4th April 2020.You can watch the Grand National on ITV1 at 5:15 pm on 4th April 2020. There will be plenty of entertainment activities going on where the Grand National is held. There are several shops and stalls as well that sell a variety of things such as racing fashion, racing memorabilia like pictures etc. It could also be a possibility that you end up winning a prize of the ‘Best Dressed Lady’, Best ‘Dressed Man’, or ‘Best Dressed Couple’ etc.  Aintree Racecourse is the venue for the Grand National where the event has been hosted since the year 1839. The racecourse is located about six miles outside of Liverpool. Grand National Day 2020 ScheduleGrand National Start Day:2nd April 2020Time: 1:45 pmWatch: WATCH AT PADDY POWERRace: The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)Distance: 2m 4fPrize Money: £ 100,000Time: 2:20 pmWatch: WATCH AT UNIBETRace: The Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle (Grand 1)Distance: 2m 1fPrize Money: £ 100,000Time: 2:50 pmWatch: WATCH WILLIAM HILLRace: The Betway Bowl Steeple Chase (Grade 1)Distance: 3m 1fPrize Money: £ 150,000Time: 3:25 pmWatch: WATCH AT BETFAIRRace: The Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)Distance: 2m 4fPrize Money: £ 200,000Time: 4:05 pmWatch: WATCH AT UNIBETRace: The Randox Health Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase (Class 2)Distance: 2m 5fPrize Money: £ 40,000Time: 4:40 pmWatch: WATCH WILLIAM HILLRace: The Betway Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3)Distance: 2mPrize Money: £ 90,000Time: 5:15pmWatch: WATCH AT PADDY POWERRace: The Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2)Distance: 2m 1fPrize Money: £ 45,000Grand National Friday (Ladies Day):3rd April 2020Time: 1:40pmWatch: WATCH WILLIAM HILLRace: The Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)Distance: 2m 4fPrize Money: £ 70,000Time: 2:20pmWatch: WATCH AT PADDY POWERRace: The Crabbie’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)Distance: 2m ½fPrize Money: £ 100,000Time: 2:50pmWatch: WATCH AT BETFAIRRace: The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)Distance: 3m 1fPrize Money: £ 100,000Time: 3:25pmWatch: WATCH AT BETFAIRRace: The JLT Melling Steeple Chase (Grade 1)Distance: 2m 4fPrize Money: £ 200,000Time: 4:05pmWatch: WATCH WILLIAM HILLRace: The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase (Grade 3)Distance: 2m 5fPrize Money: £ 120,000Time: 4:40pmWatch: WATCH AT PADDY POWERRace: The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)Distance: 3m ½fPrize Money: £ 100,000Time: 5:15pmWatch: WATCH AT PADDY POWERRace: The Weatherbys Champion Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2)Distance: 2m 1fPrize Money: £ 45,000Grand National:4th April 2020Time: 1:45pmWatch: WATCH WILLIAM HILLRace: The Gaskells Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)Distance: 3m ½fPrize Money: £ 70,000Time: 2:25pmWatch: WATCH AT PADDY POWER Race: The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)Distance: 2m 4fPrize Money: £ 100,000Time: 3:00pmWatch: WATCH AT UNIBETRace: The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)Distance: 2mPrize Money: £ 100,000Time: 3:40pmWatch: WATCH AT BETFAIRRace: The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase (Listed)Distance: 3m 1fPrize Money: £ 70,000Time: 4:20pmWatch: WATCH WILLIAM HILLRace: The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (Registered as the Liverpool Hurdle) (Grade 1)Distance: 3m ½fPrize Money: £ 150,000Time: 5:15pmWatch: WATCH AT UNIBETRace: The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase (Grade 3)Distance: 4m 2½fPrize Money: £ 1,000,000Time: 6:15pmWatch: WATCH WILLIAM HILLRace: The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (cond’ and amat’) (Class 2)Distance: 2m ½fPrize Money: £ 50,000Read More: Melbourne Cup - Field, Tips, Horses, Odds, Winners

2020 Masters Tournament Dates, Qualifying Info

2020 Masters Tournament Dates, Qualifying Info

  • Feb 28, 2020
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The Masters' TournamentThe Masters Tournament commonly called The Masters, or the U.S. Masters is one of the four major championships for professional golf. The championship has been scheduled to be held during the first week of April. It is basically the first major of the year. Unlike any other event, the Masters is always held at the same place, the Augusta National Golf Club. This club is a private course in the southeastern United States. It is located in the Augusta city, Georgia.The Masters had been started by an amateur champion player Bobby Jones along with the investment banker Clifford Roberts. For the First time, the Masters were played 86 years ago in the year 1934. This tournament is also the official money event on the PGA Tour, the European Tour, and the Japan Golf Tour. The tournament also has a few traditions. Since the year 1949, a green jacket is given to the champion, who needs to return it back to the clubhouse about a year after his wins it. However, this jacket still remains his personal property and will be stored with the other champions' jackets in a special cloakroom. A golfer who has won the event many times will be using the same green jacket that had been given to him after his first win. The Champions Dinner was inaugurated by Ben Hogan in the year 1952. This dinner takes place on Tuesday before each tournament takes place. Only those who have won the past champions, as well as certain board members of the Augusta National Golf Club, are present there. Beginning in the year 1963, the legendary golfers most of them being the past champions. They included Fred McLeod, Jock Hutchinson, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player. The Masters has been won by Nicklaus maximum times, Tiger Woods has five, Palmer has four. Jimmy Demaret, Sam Snead, Gary Player, Nick Faldo, and Phil Mickelson each have three. The Augusta National course was opened in the year 1933 and ever since it has been modified multiple times by different architects. Some of the changes that have been made include the reshaping of the greens, the addition of the bunkers, extension of the water hazards, tee boxes have been built, planting of hundreds of trees and so much more.The 2020 Masters Tournament is going to be the 84th edition of the Masters Tournament. It is the first of the four major golf championships that will take place in 2020. It will be held starting from 9th April 2020 till 12th April 2020 at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.It will be happening for the first time since the year 1963 that no live coverage of the events of the Masters will telecast on free to air television in the UK. This is because the pay-television broadcaster Sky Sports has secured the exclusive rights to broadcast it.The Masters will have the smallest field out of the four major golf championships. Even though the Masters is an invitation event, but there will be some qualifying criteria to determines who will be included in the field. Each player is classified as per the first category through which he had been qualified, with the other categories in which he has been qualified.The Masters Tournament is one of the four major championships of men's professional golf. Some of the key players include Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler, and Phil Mickelson.Read More: THE BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (GOLF)