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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

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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