German athletes association urges Iran be banned from Olympics
The German organization Athleten Deutschland on Monday called for the Islamic Republic of Iran to be banned from the Olympics over its execution of the Iranian Greco-Roman champion wrestler Navid Afkari.Maximilian Klein, a representative for International Sports Policy at Athleten Deutschland said that "The International Olympic Committee [IOC] and the International Sports Federations must exclude the Iranian regime from the international sports system with immediate effect. “He added that “the inaction of the IOC is unacceptable. Iranian athletes should continue to be allowed to compete under...
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Olympic volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings' mask apology turns into plea for 'freedom'
Kerri Walsh Jennings is backing down on advocating against face masks. Well, sort of.The South Bay native waved a white flag in an Instagram post Monday after her prior post depicting her experience shopping without a mask went viral, with many criticizing her choice to go against epidemiological recommendations and government mandates.In her latest lengthy post, Walsh Jennings apologized to those who she “upset so deeply,” thanked those who supported her, then began a defensive rant explaining why she decided to shirk rules intended to protect her and others from the coronavirus.“We should al...
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Packed September for Olympics-bound EJ Obiena
Packed September for Olympics-bound EJ ObienaJoey Villar(Philstar.com) – September 4, 2020 – 11:47amMANILA, Philippines – Tokyo-bound EJ Obiena will have a busy September schedule as he plunges back into action starting with the International Golden Roof Challenge late Friday in Innsbruck, Austria.The 24-year-old Obiena had already arrived in Innsbruck from Formia, Italy for the first of the four to six competitions he is planning to participate as part of his preparation for next year’s Olympics.“EJ is in Austria now,” said Obiena’s mother, Janet.This will be the fifth meet for the reigning S...
Former NBA player Matt Barnes proposes Team USA Olympic boycott for Black Lives Matter
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Matt Barnes first gained notoriety in the Sacramento area as a two-sport star at Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks. Now he’s generating headlines after saying NBA players should boycott the Olympics as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.Barnes, who retired after 14 NBA seasons in 2017 and now works as an ESPN analyst, proposed the idea on Thursday’s episode of “The Jump.” Barnes referred to the recent words of Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers and prior acts by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, saying a boycott of Team USA and the Olympics ...
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Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers are competing in this year's International Army Games in Moscow, viewed as the military Olympics, which demonstrates China and Russia's deepening strategic partnership in the military, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The Chinese contestants beat their counterparts representing Belarus, Azerbaijan and Serbia in the preliminary round of the tank biathlon on Sunday in Moscow - the first day of the International Army Games 2020. The Chinese army team brought the Type 96B main battle tank to the competition.This is the seventh consecutive year the PLA...
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Court clears way for Olympic star Mark Pavelich to leave high-security state hospital
“Miracle on Ice” hockey star Mark Pavelich was granted court approval Wednesday for transfer from the state’s high-security mental health hospital to a less restrictive setting for treatment while facing charges that he assaulted and seriously injured a neighbor last year at his North Shore home.Pavelich, a 1980 Olympic gold medalist and hockey standout in college and high school in Minnesota, appeared via video hookup before Cook County Judge Michael Cuzzo from the St. Peter Security Hospital to answer a series of questions from his attorney and from the bench.Late in the 20-minute proceeding...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Japan swim queen Ikee to return to racing: reports
Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee has registered for a competition in Tokyo this month, her first since her shock diagnosis with leukaemia last year, local media reported on Tuesday.The 20-year-old was a strong favourite for 100-metre butterfly gold at her home Olympic Games before revealing last year that she had been diagnosed with leukaemia. She was discharged from hospital in December after being hospitalised for about 10 months and resumed training in March.Public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News said on Tuesday that Ikee has registered for a 50-metre freestyle race organised...
Plan B Olympics
There’s a joke in Twitter that the most useless purchase people made last year was buying a 2020 planner. And as someone who did exactly that and now finds that same planner (the kind you can only get from buying overpriced coffee) gathering dust on a bookshelf in my room, I couldn’t agree more. Most of the pages in my planner remain blank, and almost every goal I wrote down at the start of the year remains unfulfilled, including one that I thought would be realized at around this time.Four years ago, I had the opportunity to write for the local broadcast of the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Su...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
From Olympic speedskater to Marlins debut, Eddy Alvarez's message: 'it's OK to dream'
BALTIMORE — The phone call Sunday was enough to make Eddy Alvarez emotional. He was home in Miami, on the couch with his significant other, Gaby Pearson, who is due to give birth to the couple’s first child in a couple weeks, when he received the news.His second dream was about to come true.Without hesitation, he made the half-mile drive to his parents’ house and, in order to stay socially distanced during the coronavirus pandemic, shouted at them through their window.“We did it,” Alvarez screamed.His dad, Walter, didn’t instantly understand the message. Mom, Mabel, got it loud and clear.Eddy ...