Olimpik Tokyo: Chong Wei Ingin Tuntut Ilmu Dari Norza

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Lee Chong Wei mahu menuntut ilmu daripada Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria bagi mempersiapkan dirinya sebagai ketua kontinjen Malaysia ke Sukan Olimpik Tokyo. Bekas jaguh badminton negara itu, berkata banyak yang boleh dipelajarinya daripada Norza berdasarkan pengalaman beliau sebagai Presiden Majlis Olimpik Malaysia (MOM) dan Persatuan Badminton Malaysia (BAM) selain pernah menjadi ketua kontinjen negara ke Sukan SEA 2015 di Singapura. “Saya akui memang saya tiada pengalaman sebagai ketua kontinjen. Dulu saya atlet sepenuh masa tetapi selepas setahun bersara dilantik sebagai ketua kontinjen ke Olimpik. “Sudah pasti…

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World body highlight 3 of Pandelela’s best dives

IN troubled times like this, national diver Pandelela Rinong is still finding a reason to stay positive and put up a smile daily. And the three-time Olympian has more reasons to keep up the good spirits after Fina, the world governing body for aquatics, highlighted some of her best dives from the previous editions of the World Championships. Titled the “Top Three Dives” series, Fina featured three of the Sarawak-born’s best efforts in the past — two from the 2015 Kazan edition and one from last year’s Gwangju edition, on…

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Athletics: Suspension of Olympic qualification gets cool reception

The decision by the governing body of athletics to suspend Olympic qualification until December due to the coronavirus outbreak has received a cool reception from some Tokyo hopefuls. World Athletics announced on Tuesday that qualification for the Tokyo Olympics, which will now take place in July and August next year, would restart on Dec. 1, subject to the global situation returning to normal. “Pretty disappointed about this decision,” former Olympic steeplechase silver medallist Evan Jager posted on Twitter. “Even if COVID-19 clears up in some countries and it’s safe to…

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Tough times will make diver Wendy tougher

NATIONAL diver Wendy Ng (pic) has given the thumbs-up to the new dates for the postponed Tokyo Olympics. The Olympics, initially scheduled for July 24-Aug 9 this year, have been delayed to July 23-Aug 8 next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Two-time Olympian Wendy feels that the new dates have given ample time for her to improve, especially after the national divers are barred from training due to the Movement Control Order (MCO). “The new dates are certainly good because it means we have one more year to get better,” said…

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‘New Olympics dates will enable nations to recover’

Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican believes the new dates set for the Tokyo Olympics next year will allow sufficient time for nations to recover and prepare for the games. The Games, postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will be held on July 23-Aug 8, 2021. “The new dates are believed to be enough for organisers, athletes, officials and stakeholders to overcome the challenges they are facing with Covid-19 at the moment,” said Reezal yesterday. “This decision (new dates) should also allow all parties to…

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Don’t complain, just get ready

Sports leaders, officials and players alike should concentrate on the more urgent need of overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic rather than the hullabaloo of Olympic qualifications. Just let the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and international federations resolve the qualification issues. Already, IOC have set the new Olympics dates (July 23-Aug 8, 2021). After all, they are the elected bodies to handle the Games in the best interest of all the affiliates. Following the Olympics postponement, there has been much hue and cry about athletes who have qualified for the Olympics but…

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‘Older’ Jun Hoong will feel different

DIVER Cheong Jun Hoong admitted she had “mixed feelings” when news of the Tokyo Olympics postponement broke. The Covid-19 pandemic had forced the International Olympic Committee and Japan Olympic Committee to make the grim decision of shifting the Tokyo Olympics from July 24-Aug 9 to next year. It seems a blessing in disguise for 2017 world champion Jun Hoong as she has yet to book her spot at the Games. However, the Perakian, who has yet to see action since knee surgery in June 2018, said: “One of the reasons…

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Pandelela glad IOC have postponed the Olympics

Diver Pandelela Rinong admitted she is relieved that the Tokyo Olympics has been postponed, and that the thought of winning medal is the least of her concerns right now. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japan Olympic Organising Committee on Tuesday announced that the Tokyo Olympics has been put off by a year from its original dates of July 24-Aug 9. The IOC and the Tokyo organisers made the grim decision following mounting pressure from many countries to delay the Games due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pandelela, a bronze…

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Money, money, money: what’s at stake if Olympics fall victim to coronavirus

Concerns are swirling that Japan’s dream of hosting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics could be a fatality of the spread of the new coronavirus, jolting organisers, sponsors, and media firms who have spent billions of dollars in the run-up to the event. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said late last month that the IOC was “fully committed” to holding the July 24-Aug. 9 Games on schedule, and a senior Japanese official told Reuters there was no “Plan B”. Below are the financial and economic factors at risk. OLYMPIC COSTS…

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Insurers could lose billions if coronavirus prompts Olympics cancellation

Global insurers face a hefty bill if the coronavirus forces the cancellation of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, with estimates of the cost of insuring the sporting showpiece running into billions of dollars. Japan has more than 200 cases of coronavirus, which has infected more than 80,000 people worldwide and killed around 2,800, mostly in China. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has ordered numerous sporting events cancelled as it tries to contain the epidemic, but has pledged the Olympics, in which Japan has invested some $12 billion, will go ahead…

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