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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

Bucknell looks to extend streak vs Loyola

first_img February 6, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappBucknell (9-15, 5-6) vs. Loyola (Md.) (11-13, 3-8)Reitz Arena, Baltimore; Saturday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Bucknell looks for its seventh straight win in the head-to-head series over Loyola (Md.). Bucknell has won by an average of 14 points in its last six wins over the Greyhounds. Loyola (Md.)’s last win in the series came on Feb. 15, 2017, a 78-77 win. Bucknell looks to extend streak vs Loyolacenter_img STEPPING UP: The explosive Andrew Kostecka has averaged 21 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals to lead the way for the Greyhounds. Isaiah Hart is also a key contributor, accounting for 9.4 points per game. The Bison have been led by Jimmy Sotos, who is averaging 11.9 points.CLAMPING DOWN: The Bison have given up only 67.4 points per game to Patriot League opponents so far, an improvement from the 78.6 per game they allowed in non-conference play.JUMPING FOR JIMMY: Sotos has connected on 38.7 percent of the 119 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 7 for 14 over the last three games. He’s also converted 85.7 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Greyhounds are 0-6 when they score 62 points or fewer and 11-7 when they exceed 62 points. The Bison are 0-9 when they fail to score more than 63 points and 9-6 on the season, otherwise.STREAK STATS: Bucknell has scored 61.3 points per game and allowed 69.7 over its three-game road losing streak.DID YOU KNOW: Loyola (Md.) is ranked second among Patriot League teams with an average of 73.2 points per game. The Greyhounds have averaged 80.8 points per game over their last five games. Associated Press last_img read more

Ecclestone Backs Hamilton for 2016’s World Title

first_imgAnd Ecclestone predicted: “I think Hamilton will win the championship.”The F1 supremo added: “Ferrari have been a little bit unlucky. A couple of races they could and should have won. So we’ll see, a long way to go.”Mercedes have only been defeated once in the seven races since the start of 2016, but Ferrari and Red Bull have increasingly challenged the world champions. Just three tenths of a second covered the three teams in qualifying in Canada last weekend and Sebastian Vettel arguably should have won the race for Ferrari.“It’s getting better isn’t it?” said Ecclestone, who hit the headlines ahead of the season when he said he would not buy a ticket for his family to watch F1. “We’ve got some racing.” The F1 supremo was speaking ahead of the European GP in Azerbaijan, where the new Baku City Circuit stages its first grand prix this weekend.The sport’s calendar has increased to a record 21 races this year and Ecclestone was coy about how many will form 2017’s schedule. “We’ll have to look and see,” he said. “We could have 22. We’ll probably have 18…” But asked if a reduction to as few as 18 was really a possibility, Ecclestone replied: “No.”Nonetheless, while a sharp reduction in races is unlikely, there doubts remain over several of F1’s most long-standing venues.The Italian GP at Monza has featured in every F1 season except one, but contract negotiations have become protracted and Ecclestone joked recently “all they’ve got to do is find a pen”.“They’re still looking,” he said on Thursday.Doubts over the Brazilian GP at Interlagos have also surfaced owing to delays in renovation work and Ecclestone admitted: “Brazil has got a few problems at the moment.”However, the 85-year-old reckons the oil price crisis which has afflicted the Azerbaijan economy over the past year will not put their new contract in jeopardy.“There’s more chance of them doing seven years than me doing seven years!” he quipped.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Bernie Ecclestone reckons Lewis Hamilton will end 2016 as F1’s world champion for the third successive year.Hamilton has cut Nico Rosberg’s once 43-point lead to just nine with back-to-back victories in Monaco and Montreal and could take over at the head of the Drivers’ Championship as early as this weekend if he wins the European GP and his Mercedes team-mate finishes third or lower.last_img read more

EYOF Closing Ceremony to take Place Today in East Sarajevo

first_imgChairman of Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Milorad Dodik and members of the Presidency, Željko Komšić and Šefik Džaferović, will attend the ceremony of closing the European Youth Olympic Festival – EYOF 2019.BiH Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik will address the guests with a speech.The ceremony of closing the EYOF 2019 will be held today at 19:30 o’clock in front of the City Hall building in East Sarajevo.last_img