Sports News Summary: Former Japanese Olympian Murofushi Calls for Swift Decision-Making on Pandemic Games; Olympic tennis Djokovic confirms that he will compete in the Tokyo games and more

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Former Japanese Olympian Murofushi calls for quick decision-making in pandemic-hit games

Japanese Olympic gold medalist who became the head of Japan Sports Agency Koji Murofushi said Friday that Olympic Games organizers need flexibility and quick decisions to respond to the spread of COVID-19 infection as the Games are only one Week away. Murofushi, who won a gold medal in hammer throw at the 2004 Athens Olympics and a bronze medal in 2012, was sports director of the Tokyo Games, which were postponed by a year due to the pandemic, until he was appointed head of the sports agency. a government department, in September.

Olympic tennis Djokovic confirms that he will compete in the Tokyo games

World number one Novak Djokovic confirmed that he will compete in the Tokyo Olympics as the Serb remains on his way to the Golden Slam in tennis. Djokovic completed the third stage en route to the Golden Slam last weekend when he added the Wimbledon title to his Australian Open and Roland Garros triumphs in 2021.

Olympia-Bach warns athletes against “political demonstrations” on podiums

Athletes should not make “political demonstrations” or express their private views on the medal podium at the Tokyo Games, said the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, on Friday. The IOC this month relaxed its Rule 50, which previously banned athletes from protesting but now allows them to make gestures on the field, provided they do so without interruption and with respect for their competitors.

Church in honor of Maradona opens its doors in Mexico

At the entrance to Mexico’s first Maradon church there are two large vases with soccer balls and a picture of Diego Maradona in a charro hat greets the faithful. Inside the church, the Catholic Way of the Cross is recreated with photos of Maradona from his childhood through to symbolic meetings with the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Pope Francis.

Virus outbreaks in Olympic hotels sow frustration and fuel fears of infection

Coronavirus outbreaks involving Olympic teams in Japan have turned small-town hotels into the frontline of the pandemic battle, tasked with implementing complex health measures to protect elite athletes and an anxious public. Infections https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/coronavirus-incidents-tokyo-olympics-2021-07-15 hit at least seven teams who arrived in Japan just under a week before the opening ceremony on July 23 After the host city, Tokyo reported the highest daily number of new COVID-19 infections since late January.

Football England’s Saka urges social media companies to step up the fight against abuse

Englishman Bukayo Saka said popular social media platforms are not doing enough to prevent online racial abuse after he ran out of penalty against Italy in Sunday’s European Championship final. Substitutes Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Saka all missed penalties in the 3-2 shootout loss to Italy, and Saka, who was moved to tears after the final, apologized to fans amid the 55-year trophy drought the country was lengthened.

Cycling-Pogacar approaches Tour title, suspected doping hits the race

Tadej Pogacar took another groundbreaking victory in the 18th stage of the Tour de France to defend his title when a cloud of suspected doping hung over the world’s largest cycling race on Thursday. Before the stage began, French prosecutors said they had opened a preliminary investigation against the Bahrain Victorious team after police raided the team’s accommodation and bus on Wednesday.

Golf-DeChambeau apologizes for the Cobra driver’s comments

Bryson DeChambeau has apologized for “very unprofessional” comments about his Cobra rider after his poor start at the British Open after the equipment manufacturer said the American was acting like “an 8 year old who gets mad at you”. DeChambeau, who has built roughly 30 pounds of muscle and has become the longest batsman on the PGA Tour, said his driver was “shy” after taking just four of his one-over-par start Thursday at Royal St. George’s 14 fairways found.

Golf-Oosthuizen, Spieth brighten up British Open

Former champions Louis Oosthuizen and Jordan Spieth shone in the morning sun to set the pace in the first round of the 149th British Open at Royal St George’s on Thursday. South African Oosthuizen, the 2010 winner, made six birdies in a clear 64 and finished on six under par, one shot ahead of the American Spieth, 2017 champions.

Olympia – The risk of the spread of COVID is “zero”, says IOC chief in view of increasing cases

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Thursday there was “zero” risk that participants in the Games would infect Japanese with COVID-19 as cases hit a six-month high in the host city. Bach said Olympic Games athletes and delegations had more than 8,000 coronavirus tests, which produced three positive results. “The risk to the other residents of the Olympic Village and the risk to the Japanese people is zero,” he added.

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