Olympics Amidst Covid-19? Count us out BOA tells IOC

first_img Athletes are still preparing for the games, however many have been affected by the virus, which is causing havoc around the world. Many are self-isolating, while some countries have strict quarantines in place, making training for certain sports difficult. British athletes will not be part of Olympics in the midst of Covid-19 ‘Whilst we acknowledge the IOC are doing their best to ensure that the qualification process remains fair for all athletes across all sports, we are in regular dialogue with them on this matter, as it is clear there are significant challenges developing in training and qualification programmes that will have a major impact between now and the Games. ‘It is imperative to preserve the competitive integrity for athletes, but is clearly only wise for athletes to continue to prepare for the Games where it it safe and appropriate to do so, within relevant Government and public health guidelines.’ Read Also Tokyo 2020 Olympics ‘cursed,’ says Japan’s deputy prime minister Britain has recorded large cases of affected persons as well as deaths and some believe agreeing to send athletes to the Olympics should the pandemic continue amount to deliberately sending troops to war without ammunition. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last MovieWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time Loading… center_img The British Olympic Association has made its position very clear when it comes to this year’s Olympics, which is currently still due to go ahead despite the coronavirus outbreak. ‘We can be categorically clear that we will not endanger the health and wellbeing of the athletes of wider delegation at any point,’ the BOA said a statement. Plans for this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games are largely continuing as normal, however there have been calls to cancel or push back the event. ‘We appreciate that sport is of a secondary important when it comes to the health and wellbeing of the population,’ the statement said. ‘Following conference calls that have taken place between the International Olympic Committee, International Federations, National Olympic Committees and athletes’ representatives this week, we are determined to work without international Olympic colleagues to ensure we find the most appropriate outcome for the Games, scheduled for four months’ time, in light of the growing seriousness of COVID-19.’Advertisementlast_img read more

Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber cautious on new Australian Open tie-break rule

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But the German world number two, who was beaten 9-7 in the deciding set of last year’s Australian Open semi-final by Simona Halep, also said she could see both sides of the debate.“It might be easier because you can save energy, on the other side it is a tradition to play the advantage set,” she said.“Let’s see how it works this year.”Among the other Slams, Wimbledon will use final set tie-breaks at 12-12 starting from 2019, the US Open plays a traditional tie-break at 6-6 and the French Open does not use a final set tie-break.“The funny thing is we have four different formats in four Slams, so it is important to remind yourself what’s going on and which one it is,” said Federer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But Federer, aiming for his third successive Australian Open title and seventh overall, said he was personally “a bit torn” between the options.“I am okay with any format really,” he said. “Thing is, when it goes to six-all in the fifth, you’ve had plenty of chances to win it, or lose it, so from that standpoint how it ends is secondary in my opinion.”Kerber — who has based her game on superior physical fitness — suggested her advantage could be diluted by shortened deciders in Melbourne, where she won her first Slam in 2016.“I like physical matches and if you come here to Australia you have be really fit,” she said. “With the weather, the conditions, it’s really hot and humid and you have to ready for that.“I have no idea if I like (the new rule) or not, we will see.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments World No.1 Simona Halep fit and rested after ‘scary’ back injury Switzerland’s Roger Federer volleys during his match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Sunday Dec. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)Star players Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber have cautiously welcomed new tie-break rules for the deciding set at the Australian Open.The year’s opening Grand Slam, starting January 14, will for the first time feature an extended tie-break in the final set when the score reaches 6-6, rather than a traditional full set.ADVERTISEMENT To win the decisive tie-break, a player will need to be the first to 10 with an advantage of at least two points.The move means all four Slams now use different rules, with only the French Open holding off from introducing a tie-break in the decider.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSpeaking at the Hopman Cup in Perth this week, Federer — who said he had been asked for his opinion on the change by tournament officials — admitted marathon final sets would be missed by some.“We will miss the 70-68 in the fifth, so that’s a pity,” he said, referring to the famous final-set marathon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010. LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more