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Olympics-Gymnastics-Biles says gymnastics not everything, ‘we also have to focus on ourselves’

Olympics-Gymnastics-Biles says gymnastics not everything, ‘we also have to focus on ourselves’

ELAINE LIES and GABRIELLE TETRAULT-FARBER IN the end, Simone Biles decided to pull out of the Tokyo 2020 team gymnastics finals because things just did not feel right after her vault, saying mental health is more important than sports. Biles, who wrote on her Instagram just a day before about feeling the weight of the world on her shoulders, decided that rather than risk injury - and a medal for the rest of the team - she needed to just stop. "It's like fighting all those demons and coming out here. I have to put my pride aside. I have…
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Africa hopes for medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Africa hopes for medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER THE Tokyo Olympics are finally upon us - albeit with questionable energy - and this instalment of games sees a number of new and returning faces representing the African continent.  While known countries such as Uganda; Egypt; Nigeria and South Africa have increased their representation at the summer games with the introduction of new sporting codes, some notable faces will be missing the tournament due to IAAF rulings or reluctance to participate amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Many sports fans will be eager to see how South Africa’s sprinters and swimmers will do against the USA’s dominant sprinters,…
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The Tokyo Olympics will be the Games of all mothers

The Tokyo Olympics will be the Games of all mothers

IN March, the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee announced that the Tokyo Games would be the “first gender-balanced Olympic Games in history.” JANE THORNTON, Clinician Scientist, Canada Research Chair in Injury Prevention and Physical Activity for Health, Sport Medicine Physician, Western University MARGIE DAVENPORT, Associate Professor, Christenson Professor in Active Healthy Living, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta The gender gap in sport is well-established. Men have historically dominated elite sport for centuries, but thanks in part to the advocacy of organizations like the IOC Women in Sport Commission, global female representation…
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Nigeria Basketball stun USA in historic win

Nigeria Basketball stun USA in historic win

BOITUMELO RANTAO THE Nigerian senior national team continued their Tokyo 2020 Olympic preparation by defeating a star-studded United States of America team 90-87 in an exhibition game in Las Vegas. Known as D’Tigres, Nigeria’s starting five, consisting of Josh Okogie, Gabe Nnamdi Vincent; KZ Okpala; Ike Nwamu and Precious Achiuwa, came out guns-blazing, matching the USA team shot for shot.  “We just wanted to compete,” said Nigeria’s Gabe Vincent, who plays for the National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise the Miami Heat. “We know what USA Basketball means around the world and what they’ve stood for, for so long.” Vincent stole…
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Guinea takes part in Olympics

Guinea takes part in Olympics

GUINEA’S five athletes will participate in the Tokyo Olympics after all, a statement from the West African nation's sports ministry has said, reversing the previous day's decision to suspend its participation in the Games citing the pandemic. On Wednesday, Sports Minister Sanoussy Bantama Sow said in a letter to the country's National Olympic Committee that the government had cancelled Guinea's participation to "preserve the health of its athletes" due to a surge in COVID-19 variants. Daily coronavirus infections in Tokyo rose to 1,979 cases on Thursday, the city said, the highest level since January. The July 21 letter seen by…
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Tokyo 2020 consulting firm paid around $370,000 to Diack’s son

Tokyo 2020 consulting firm paid around $370,000 to Diack’s son

A consulting firm for Tokyo's Olympic bid committee paid around $370,000 to the son of Lamine Diack, once one of the world's most powerful sports officials, around the time Japan was picked to host the 2020 Games, Kyodo News has reported. The report comes amid French investigations into the former head of Tokyo's bid committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, for approving around $2 million in payments to Black Tidings, a now-defunct consulting firm in Singapore. The report said the findings, based on a review of financial documents as well as reporting by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and several media organisations…
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