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Get Ready for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games| Lausanne 2020

Get Ready for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games| Lausanne 2020

  • Jan 10, 2020
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The 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games is the third edition of the Winter Youth Olympics and is known as Lausanne 2020. This is an international multi-sport event for teenagers going to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland starting from 9th January 2020 till 22nd January 2020.Lausanne is the home to the International Olympic Committee who will be organizing the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics with a total participation of 1,880 young elite athletes from all over the world. The opening ceremony of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games will be taking place on 9th January 2020, Thursday at the Vaudoise Aréna stadium in Lausanne, Switzerland.The official mascot of the 2020 Winter Olympics is the Yodle. It was unveiled on 8th January 2019 at the CIG de Malley right before the Lausanne HC and HC Davos match. It has been created by ERACOM and has been inspired by a combination of cow, Saint Bernard dog, and a goat.Regarding the matter of tickets, tickets have to be bought for the Opening Ceremony of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics. Apart from this, all the other events would be free to watch.Over 70 nations will be participating in around 81 events at the Stadium Vaudoise Aréna. Following will be the events and the location in which they will take place:Lausanne:Vaudoise Aréna    Opening and closing ceremonies     Ice hockey finals     Figure skating     Short Track speed skating Lausanne campus - Olympic village Le Flon – Medal ceremoniesJura: Prémanon, FranceSki jumping Biathlon Nordic Combined Le Brassus - Cross-country SkiingAlps: LeysinSki Freestyle (Halfpipe, Slopestyle)Snowboard (Halfpipe, Slopestyle) Les Diablerets – Alpine skiing Villars-Sur-OllonSki CrossSnowboard CrossSki Mountaineering Champéry – Curling St. MoritzSpeed skatingBobsleighSkeleton LugeMedal ceremoniesRead More: Darts Rules: How To Play Darts | Players and equipment | ScoringThe Youth Olympic Games is going to feature a total of 8 sports and 16 disciplines. The 16 disciplines include Alpine skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-country skiing, Curling, Figure skating, Freestyle skiing, Ice hockey, Luge, Nordic combined, Short track speed skating, Skeleton, Ski jumping, Ski mountaineering, Snowboarding, and Speed skating.As of now, Total 73 nations have qualified athletes. About 12 NOC's have been scheduled to make debuts in the Winter Youth Olympics. These include Albania, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Haiti, Hong Kong, Kosovo, North Korea, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turkmenistan. This list includes three countries that have never competed at the Adult Winter Olympics and these are Haiti, Qatar and Turkmenistan.Russia has been banned from all the International sports for four years by the World Anti-Doping Agency on 9th December 2019. The decision was taken after it was found that the data given by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency was manipulated by the Russian authorities.The Ski mountaineering is the newest sport that has got the approval for the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympics. This sport basically includes scaling the mountains on skis and skiing back down. An equal number of male and female athletes will be featured just like in the case of Buenos Aires. Out of the total 81 events,  13 events will be mixed team events (NOCs), 34 men's events, and 34 women's events. The Ski mountaineering and the women's Nordic combined will be featured for the first time in an Olympic event. A mixed-NOC 3-on-3 ice hockey tournament and a women's doubles in luge will also feature for the first time.A total of 1,880 athletes aged between 15 and 18 years will be participating. More than 3,000 volunteers will be there to help in the Games. This time, 2020 Lausanne's venues will be spread across more than one city unlike Buenos Aires 2018. ABOUT THE YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMESThe Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is a sporting event for young athletes participating from across the world. But, the popular elite event also includes some educational activities focusing at:  Protection of the athletes  working on enhancing the performance  providing assistance to the athletes outside of sportsThe program is based on the Olympic Games. It includes various sports, disciplines including breaking, sport climbing, 3-x-3 basketball, 3-x-3 ice hockey, mixed-gender, and mixed National Olympic Committee (NOC) events.There are various activities apart from the sports including interactive activities, workshops, team-building exercises, etc. These activities will help the athletes in exploring the various other cultures, developing various skills, and helping them improve the methods of training as well as performance.The previous Summer Youth Olympic Games held at Buenos Aires in the year 2018 had featured a total of 4,000 athletes and had an achievement in the sphere of gender equality.  The previous Winter Youth Olympic Games had taken place in Lillehammer in the year 2016 and had featured a total of 1,100 athletes.Just like the Olympic Games, the YOG are also held every four years. The first summer Youth Olympic Games was held from 14th August till 26th August 2010 in Singapore and the first winter Youth Olympic Games was held from 13th January till 22nd January 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria. After this, the next YOG was held in Nanjing, China (in the year 2014), Lillehammer, Norway (in the year 2016) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (in the year 2018). After this, the next Winter YOG is going to be held in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne, in Switzerland in January 2020.The Olympic Channel is going to stream about 300 hours of action that will take place in the 13 days in Lausanne, Switzerland. A Winter YOG channel is made available on the olympicchannel.com, YouTube and various other devices including the Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Android TV, and the Roku.The daily live show will be shown featuring the news, highlights of the events, trending news and stories, the fun interviews and much more on various sources such as Facebook, Twitter, olympicchannel.com. Interestingly, a daily podcast on the Olympic Channel will feature the athlete and famous people interviews.Read More: Upcoming Sports Events in 2020

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Tokyo olympics 2020: Olympic qualifying dates reshuffled due to coronavirus

  • Jan 31, 2020
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SYDNEY: Organisers of the women's Olympic soccer qualifying tournament, which quickly relocated to Sydney after the deadly     Coronavirus outbreak, were forced to switch matches due to quarantine restrictions imposed on Chinese players.More than 200 people in China have died of the influenza-like virus, with nearly 6,000 infected after it appeared late last year in Wuhan, central Hubei Province.On Thursday, the World Health Organization said the outbreak was a public health emergency.The Chinese women's team arrived in Australia on January 29 and quarantined in Brisbane even after February 5. According to the Chinese Football Association, neither of the players has been positive for the virus.They were originally scheduled to play their first match against Thailand on February 3, but the organizers said on Friday that they will now play their first match on February 6.The Australian Football Confederation said in a statement on Friday that an additional day is already scheduled for February 12, when China will play against Australia."As always, the health of all participants, from players and officials to fans and contractors, remains the first priority," said James Johnson, CEO of the Football Association."This new coordination allows us to organize these matches with this priority in mind, and we now hope to welcome all teams and organize a successful tournament."Many other international sporting events, including boxing championships and the qualification of the basketball for this year's Tokyo Olympics, have been cancelled, postponed or transferred from China. The four-team championship which includes China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand was transferred from Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus outbreak, to Australia by the Asian Football Confederation.Read More: Schedule of Hockey Test Event in the Olympic

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

India lose hosting rights of 2021 men's world boxing championships

India lose hosting rights of 2021 men's world boxing championships

  • Apr 29, 2020
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Men's World Boxing ChampionshipsIndia lost the rights to host the 2021 Men's World Boxing Championships to Serbia on Tuesday after the International Boxing Association claimed that the national federation had not paid host fees, which claimed that AIBA "acted in haste".The Indian Boxing Association acknowledged the delay but blamed "procedural complications" arising out of AIBA's failure to solve "problems" regarding the account to which the funds would be transferred.An estimated $ 4 million was due to be made on December 2 last year.“After New Delhi failed to fulfill its obligations to pay the host fees as stated in the terms of the host city agreement, AIBA terminated the contract. Therefore, India will have to pay a cancellation fine of $ 500,000,” said in a statement.The elite competition, which would have happened for the first time in the country, will be held in the Serbian city of Belgrade."Serbia has everything to organize a major event for athletes, coaches, officials and, of course, for boxing fans," said Mohamed Moustahsane, AIBA President.BFI is chaired by Ajay Singh, who also owns Spicejet Airlines. AIBA has been suspended by the IOC due to poor financial management.“The AIBA account was frozen in Lausanne. AIBA was planning to make some previous payments through an account in Serbia. Since Serbia is on the gray list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF countries), Indian banks do not usually do so by sending money to Serbia. AIBA may not solve these problems, "read statement from BFI to PTI."We have reason to believe that the decision to relocate the WCH-2021 was taken quickly without proper consultation with the BFI ... the punishment is shocking and surprising."Both sides are working towards a friendly settlement. BFI is confident that the penalty will be suspended and that we will host the world championship in the future," he added.The National Authority held the Women's World Championship in 2018 and won the rights to host the Asian Championships later this year just a few weeks ago.AIBA said she was glad to have found a new host for the event, which will take place in the Olympic year now that the Tokyo Games have been postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic."It is a major step towards the new competition system and also the financial stability of our organization, which will depend less and less on Olympic funds," said Mustafa."Because of the rescheduling of the 2020 Olympics, the AIBA Executive Committee will discuss with the host country the possible dates to adjust," he added."We believe that we will maintain the planned schedule and will hold the world championship in 2021 after the Games if the pandemic situation is under control." The head of the Serbian Boxing Federation Nenad Borovcanin welcomed the Championship back to Belgrade after 43 years."After the 1978 historical championship in the capital, Yugoslavia, this is the second time that our nation has returned as a host. I firmly believe that the Serbian Boxing Federation will do a great job of organizing this tournament ..." he said.Read More: AIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

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Tokyo Olympics: Amid Covid lockdown, two time Olympian Sanjeev Rajput practices 6 hours everyday at Karni Singh aiming for a medal at Tokyo Games

  • Apr 22, 2021
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Two-time Olympic and Arjuna Olympic winner Sanjeev Rajput relies heavily on his resolute determination, indomitable spirit, and extensive experience in beating the "super typhoon" of the Covid-19 epidemic and putting his best for an elusive medal in the Tokyo Olympics. He trains day after day at the Karni Singh Shooting Range in Delhi under a tight system that follows all Covid guidelines and regulations as closely as possible."It's a very difficult and tense situation, but the game has to go on. Maybe I had this last chance to win a medal for the country in the Olympics and I'm not going to let it pass. It's the most important stage in my life, I have participated in two Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012, and after Nine years the Olympics will be very different, and they will be different for everyone. It will also be very important to everyone because there has never been such an Olympic Games after a five-year hiatus. I am anxious but I am not afraid. I train almost every day from 8 in the morning until 2 in the evening in the Shooting range Karni Singh is in Delhi with my coach. He is very happy with my progress. I think you are on the right track. Winning the gold medal in the ISSF World Cup last month boosted my confidence, ”said Sanjeev, who aims to clinch a medal in the 50m centers for the men's 3 rifle In the Olympics, to Insidesport.co in an exclusive interview after completing his training. Wednesday afternoon."I am improving in the final. My performance in the qualifying rounds is always good. Now I am experimenting with my technique and technique, as the lead-up to this year's Tokyo Olympics is the most important stage in my life. Ultimately, I need a lot more work to make changes, and I don't need To focus on improvements. I did well, I'm on my knees, and I was exposed in mixed-team standings. There is a different kind of pressure in the final, there are limited shots and many times the little things are overlooked. Athletes will need to adhere to the Covid-19 protocols. In the case of shooting, there is a possibility that the testing will be limited to only Japanese athletes. Amidst these difficult circumstances, my experience may be essential in addressing these problems. Young shooters can win a game. Or two, but when there are a lot of ingredients, the experience is beneficial, ”noted winner Arjuna.Reflecting on the current situation of Covid and the lockdown in Delhi, Rajput said he is grateful to the Sports Ministry and NRAI for giving him the opportunity to continue this practice. "I practice alone. Then the issue of social distancing does not arise. Only my Ukrainian coach is supervising my practice. We are working on stability and some basics that will help me prepare physically and mentally for the mega event."Together with Tejasweni Sawant, Rajput won the gold medal at the 50m 3-position rifle mixed teams event at the ISSF World Cup in Delhi last month. He won four golds and two silver medals in the Commonwealth Championship, two silver and two bronze medals in the Asian Games, one gold, and one silver and one bronze in each in the Commonwealth Games for his silver triple accompaniment. A golden shooting in the ISSF World Cup.Also Read: EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE FOOTBALL: REAL, CITY AND CHELSEA COULD FACE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL BAN: UEFA OFFICIAL