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Olympic Athletes: Where Are They Now?

Making it to the Olympics is a feat that countless athletes dream of their entire lives. After years of blood, sweat and tears, participating in the most prestigious athletic event in the world is a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Some athletes compete one time in the Olympic Games and hang up their...
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These Six Sports are New to the Olympics for 2021

Just to avoid the social media cacophony let me clarify the headline for you. The Tokyo Olympic Games are set to open on July 23rd, 2021. The games were supposed to have been contested last year but because of the coronavirus pandemic, they were postponed. There six sports that we are describing as "new" for the games this year. However, two of those sports are actually returning sports that have been on hiatus for over a decade.

Olympic Notes: Johnson, Garland, Bey, Durant, Satoransky

The Spurs’ Keldon Johnson, Cavaliers’ Darius Garland and Pistons’ Saddiq Bey will move up from the U.S. Select Team and play for Team USA in exhibition games, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets. The trio will fill in for Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton, who will join Team USA after the Finals. Exhibition games in Las Vegas will begin on Saturday with a matchup against Nigeria. Johnson, Garland and Bey would be candidates to join Team USA for the Olympics if any players have to bow out.

Draymond Green On Kevin Durant Joining The USA Dream Team: "He Just Loves Hoopin’, That’s What He Lives For."

Draymond Green has the perfect description for Kevin Durant. The former teammates are set to go to Tokyo and win the gold medal in the 2021 Olympic Games. KD never hesitated to represent Team USA in the upcoming Summer Olympics. After an early exit in the NBA playoffs, the 2x NBA champion focused on his next challenge. He's the leader of the team, and everybody expected him to take that role as soon as he committed to the squad.

Why new signing Mosele will succeed at Orlando Pirates - Sebapole

The youngster's transfer to the Buccaneers has come at the right time according to his former youth coach. Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Brian Sebapole has backed Goodman Mosele to succeed at Orlando Pirates. The 21-year-old sensation recently joined the Soweto giants on a four-year deal from Baroka FC where he...

Just as the Euros has fostered Englishness, we need the Olympics to unite the British

Who do we mean when we say “we”? The morning after the night before that’s not such a very difficult question to answer. At every workplace today there will be conversations about the final of Euro 2020: “We should have brought Grealish on earlier”; “We shouldn’t have sat back so much after taking an early lead”; “We were so close”.

Pfizer pushes for third shot as Delta drives global outbreaks

Pfizer and BioNTech said they would seek authorization for a third dose of their Covid-19 vaccine to boost its efficacy as the Delta variant drove devastating outbreaks in Asia, including in Thailand where fresh curbs were announced Friday.  Pfizer and BioNTech said Thursday they expected that a third dose will perform well against the strain, and that they would be seeking authorization in the United States, Europe and other regions in coming weeks.

China slams calls by UK MPs to boycott Winter Olympics

China has on Thursday condemned calls for the British government to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on the grounds of human rights violations against the Uyghur Muslim minority in the Chinese Xinjiang province.China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin called the demands to snub the games “politicisation of sports” and warned on Thursday that a boycott “will not succeed,” the Associated Press has reported.The Commons Foreign Affairs Committee issued a report on Wednesday urging the UK government to partially boycott the Olympic Games “by not participating in the opening or closing ceremonies; strongly discouraging UK businesses from sponsoring or advertising...
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Nick Kyrgios officially pulls out of the Tokyo Olympic Games

Nick Kyrgios has confirmed his withdrawal from the Australian Olympic team competing at the Tokyo Games, citing the lack of crowds and his body as reasons for his decision. The 26-year-old's choice to pull out of the event comes as no surprise, with the tennis star hinting that he wouldn't travel to Tokyo following his third-round Wimbledon retirement due to an abdomen injury against Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Bailey Andison Honored to be Part of Canada’s Stellar Olympic Team For Tokyo

Bailey Andison Honored to be Part of Canada’s Stellar Olympic Team For Tokyo. As an 18-year-old at the Olympic Trials in 2016, Canadian Bailey Andison finished sixth in the 400 individual medley and ninth in the 200 IM. Having just finished her freshman year at the University of Denver in the United States, Andison was rapidly improving in the American college system under coach Brian Schrader.

'Heartbreaking' Olympic fan ban in Tokyo as virus emergency imposed

Fans will be banned from most Olympic events and Tokyo will be under a virus state of emergency throughout the pandemic-postponed Games, Japanese officials announced Thursday, just two weeks before the opening ceremony. The decision, described by Tokyo's governor as "heartbreaking", means the Games will be the first to take place largely behind closed doors and is another blow for organisers, as they try to build momentum for the event. When the Games were postponed last year as the scale of the pandemic became clear, there was talk they would be staged as proof the world had overcome the virus. But that triumphant tone has given way to the harsh reality of new infection surges and more contagious variants, including the Delta strain that has spooked officials in Japan.
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Cal rowing to make a splash in Tokyo

Bears have long been a part of the Olympic Games. Cal crew teams have struck gold for the United States three times at the games, more than any other university. This July, eight rowers will join the ranks of Cal Olympians when they hit the waters in Tokyo. Five of...