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Survey finds 77% of Japanese think Olympics ‘cannot be held’ next year

first_imgOrganizers have previously said they will look to “simplify” the Games next year to lower costs and reduce risks related to COVID-19.However, in the JNN poll, conducted over the weekend and that mostly centered on Japanese politics, 77% of respondents said they think the Olympics “cannot be held” in 2021. They did not give a reason.Just 17% said they thought it “can be held” next year.In March, the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee made the unprecedented decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics until 2021.Since then, organizers have battled against an array of problems stemming from the postponement, including rising costs, athlete safety and securing the venues.  A wide-ranging survey conducted by the Japan News Network (JNN) found that 77% of those questioned said that the Tokyo Olympics “cannot be held” next year, it was announced on Monday.The Tokyo 2020 Games, originally due to start this month, have already been delayed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.As organizers plan the rearranged Games, questions remain over whether it is suitable, or possible, to host the Olympics in Japan next year. Topics :last_img read more

South African appeals court more than doubles Pistorius sentence

first_imgJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s Supreme Court more than doubled Oscar Pistorius’ murder sentence on Friday, accepting prosecutors’ argument that the original jail term of six years for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was “shockingly lenient”.last_img

LeBron James, other Lakers express frustration on social media over death of George Floyd

first_imgAnother death of a black man in police custody has angered people around the NBA, including Lakers star LeBron James.A video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling atop the neck of a man named George Floyd who later died circulated through news and social media circles. James weighed in on Instagram, posting a still from the video of the officer juxtaposed with a picture of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick kneeling on the field in protest, overlaid with the text: “This … Is Why.”“Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??” he wrote.James has consistently spoken up about the shootings and killings of unarmed black men by law enforcement and others that have been brought to light in recent years by viral videos. Floyd died Monday after being arrested on suspicion of forgery, then sent to a hospital. The video shows the officer kneeling on his neck for several minutes as Floyd complains that he can’t breathe then appears to lose consciousness. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBoth officers in the video were fired Tuesday after it was determined the police report did not accurately catalog the incident captured on tape, and Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey expressed shock and frustration with how the officers conducted themselves.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error James has campaigned for wider recognition of victims of such incidents such as Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. Earlier this year, James expressed similar frustration on social media about the death of Georgia jogger Ahmaud Arbery who was shot by armed civilians. He has also expressed support for Kaepernick, whose kneeling protests of law enforcement killings of black men made him a persona non grata on NFL rosters.On the Lakers, Danny Green and Talen Horton-Tucker were among those to express similar messages as James, and assistant coach Phil Handy wrote in an Instagram story: “This BS needs to stop! #senseless.”last_img read more

Russia reacts with caution, shock to 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics ban

first_imgHigh-ranking Russian officials reacted cautiously to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to ban the country from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, while some sports bureaucrats expressed shock and dismay.The IOC said on Tuesday that Russia had been banned from the Olympics after evidence emerged of an “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system.The door was left open, however, for Russians to compete as an “Olympic Athlete of Russia” as long as they satisfy strict conditions that show they have a doping-free background.Russian authorities did not lash out as they sometimes have against international sports authorities who have alleged the existence of state-backed doping in the country.Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov and Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov said the IOC decision was “contradictory”, with Zhukov saying it had “positive and negative sides”.Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned from the Olympics for life as part of the IOC decision, could not immediately be reached for comment.Most of the indignation in Russia came from the presidents of winter sports federations, who slammed a decision they said was unjustified and demeaning.”COMPLETELY UNJUSTIFIED” “The IOC decision is offensive and insulting. It is completely unjustified,” Alexei Kravtsov, president of the Russian Skating Union, told R-Sport agency.His counterpart at the Russian curling federation, lawmaker Dmitry Svishchev, accused the IOC of having succumbed to external pressure when making its decision.”I consider that the IOC’s decision is unprofessional,” Svishchev told Reuters. “I am profoundly convinced that it was made under pressure. Someone needed Russia not to participate in the Games.”advertisementBobsleigh federation president Alexander Zubkov, who was stripped of his two gold medals from the 2014 Sochi Games and banned for life from the Olympics last month, told Reuters he was shocked by the IOC decision.”I am simply shocked by what is happening and what happened and by (IOC President) Thomas Bach’s decision regarding our country and our athletes.”The Kremlin had said earlier this week that Russia had no plan to boycott the Olympics if the IOC imposed restrictions on the country’s participation.More than 20 Russian athletes have been banned for life from the Olympics in the past few weeks over doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games.The bans came as a result of an IOC investigation into allegations of widespread doping among Russians and sample tampering by laboratory and security officials at the Sochi Olympics.The Russian authorities have repeatedly denied state involvement in doping and pledged to work with international sports bodies to curb the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in the country.last_img read more