Breaking: Tokyo Olympics postponed

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has spoken to the International Olympic Committee chairman Thomas Bach and they have agreed that this summer’s Olympic Games will be postponed until 2021. The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has a host of countries on lockdown as they struggle to control the killer virus. That has led to the majority of major sporting events being postponed, which has included Olympic qualifiers and training sessions for athletes. Canada and Australia were the first countries to pull out of this summer’s Games as they did not want to risk their stars’ health. And Japan’s PM discussed the postponement with the IOC chief over the phone earlier on Tuesday (today) and they have agreed on a 12-month delay. The IOC’s released a statement on Monday where they claimed a decision will be made within the next four weeks. A statement from Tokyo 2020 read: “While there are currently no regions in Japan where a widespread COVID-19 infection has been confirmed, qualifying events for the Tokyo 2020 Games have been disrupted worldwide by the spread of the infection in many countries. “A number of athletes and National Olympic Committees have also stated that they are unable to continue training in this environment, and this unprecedented situation has been a cause of great concern to us. “In light of this situation, Tokyo 2020 held an urgent video conference with IOC President Bach last night, during which we agreed to proceed with detailed discussions of different scenarios, including postponement of the Games, in full coordination with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Government of Japan, relevant Japanese authorities, international sport federations and National Olympic Committees. “As the IOC has stated, due to the extreme complexity of the Games, a final decision has not been reached at this time, and discussions will be finalised within the next four weeks. Cancellation of the Tokyo 2020 Games is not on the agenda. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis, and we will continue to prioritise the safety of athletes, spectators and all other Games participants. “As we closely monitor infection trends, we will dedicate ourselves to examining detailed plans for different scenarios, including opening the Games on 24 July, in accordance with the agreement reached yesterday with the IOC. “We will continue to work closely with all relevant organisations in order to meet the expectations of the athletes who have been training day and night and the fans who have been looking forward to the Games for so long. “As we seek to address this unique situation, close coordination with many partners, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Government of Japan, Tokyo 2020 marketing partners, broadcasters, suppliers and contractors, will be essential. “We must be more united than ever in our response. Regardless, what is important now is that the world come together to overcome this crisis. “As President Bach stated, ‘[we] wish that… the Olympic flame will be a light at the end of this tunnel.” We will therefore exert every possible effort to overcome this challenge and deliver the Games’.” However, IOC member Dick Pound thinks the latest statement drops a huge hint that the event will be delayed. “On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound told USA Today. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know. “It will come in stages. We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19Dick PoundInternational Olympic CommitteeShinzo AbeThomas BachTokyo 2020last_img read more

Dover calls 27 to trials ahead of CONCACAF U-20 Championship Qualifier

first_img-Guyana drawn in Group A; will face Montserrat on Feb 15HEAD Coach of Guyana’s Men’s U-20 side, Wayne Dover, has called 27 players to trials ahead of the up-coming Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) 2020 Concacaf Under-20 Championship Qualifiers.Guyana has been placed in Group A with co-host Nicaragua, along with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat and the US Virgin Islands.The Dominican Republic, Curacao and Puerto Rico are the other host countries for the tournament which will be played February 15 – 23.Dover and his troop will get into action on February 15 against Montserrat, and will then face St Vincent and the Grenadines on February 17, followed by US Virgin Islands on February 19 and Nicaragua on February 23.“The Technical staff focus will be to organise the team in offence and defence and have them playing as a unit,” Dover said, after taking his charges through their paces at the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) Providence facility.Wayne Forde, president of the GFF, said that he’s confident of an improved performance from the U-20 team, as compared to their showing in 2018, stating that “the preparation for this tournament began with a scouting programme throughout the Regional Member Associations which was further complemented by the inauguration of the first National KFC U-20 Tournament.”Forde further reasoned that the shortlisted players have been training since last year, “but unfortunately, not at the frequency we would have preferred due to the financial challenges as a result of the Senior Men’s Nations League campaign. Notwithstanding, I am confident that Coach Dover and his staff understands the importance of making a commanding statement at the Concacaf championship this year and I have no doubt that they will deliver.”The 2020 edition of the men’s world cup qualifying competition will be disputed in three stages, beginning with the qualifiers. For the qualifiers, the 17 participating teams (ranked from 17-41, according to the Concacaf Under-20 Ranking as of June 2019) were divided into three groups of four teams and one group of five teams.After round-robin play, the top finisher in each of the groups will advance directly to the knockout stage of the competition (third round).The second round of the competition will also be played in a group format, between the top ranked 16 participating teams (according to the Concacaf Under-20 Ranking as of June 2019). For this round, the teams have been divided into four groups of four.After round robin play, the top three finishers of each group will advance to the knockout stage of the competition. The knockout stage of the competition (round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and final) will be played in June of 2020, at a yet-to-be announced host country.Meanwhile, at the same championship in November 2018 contesting the Group Stage, Guyana recorded a historical 2-0 win over El Salvador, compliments of goals from Kelsey Benjamin and Captain Jeremy Garrett in their final match at the IMG Academy in Florida, USA.Prior to their win against El Salvador, the young Guyanese narrowly went down to Curacao 3-4, and Cayman Islands 2-3 after giving up their opening match to Guatemala, 0-4.last_img read more