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    Last week, Human Rights Watch addressed a public letter to the International Olympic Committee, a kleptocracy that owns and operates the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, calling on the IOC to stop promoting “Chinese state propaganda” regarding tennis star Peng Shuai’s sexual-assault allegations against former People’s Republic of China Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, and subsequent disappearance. “The IOC has vaulted itself from silence about Beijing’s abysmal human rights record to active collaboration with Chinese authorities in undermining freedom of speech and disregarding alleged sexual assault,” read the letter, quoting Yaqiu Wang, a policy researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The IOC appears to prize its relationship with a major human rights violator over the rights and safety of Olympic athletes.” There’s something bitterly funny about HRW shaming the IOC for promoting authoritarianism, because even a cursory reading of the history of the IOC is crystal clear on the matter: the IOC loves enabling authoritarianism. Can’t get enough of it. Telling the IOC to stop collaborating with violent, autocratic forces is like telling your dog to stop eating cat poop from...
    A global clamour is growing, which even the closed ears of Beijing’s totalitarian elite have found impossible to shut out. ‘Where is Peng Shuai,' the world wants to know. And ‘Is Peng Shuai safe?’ For those still unaware, Peng is the Chinese tennis star who disappeared from public view three weeks ago, after using local social media to accuse one of the country’s former vice-premiers of committing a serious sexual assault on her. The fallout from her whistleblowing has been instructive. And chilling. Much has been said and written by Chinese apologists, partners and investors about the nation’s technological and infrastructure advancements. What is also clear, though, is that the Chinese regime has a very different approach to female emancipation and the exigencies of the #MeToo era. Peng is the Chinese tennis star who disappeared from public view three weeks ago, after using local social media to accuse one of the country’s former vice-premiers of committing a serious sexual assault on her What is also clear, though, is that the Chinese regime has a very different approach to female emancipation...
    On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) stated that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is acting as the Chinese Communist Party’s “frontman” in the case of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai and argued that the U.S. should totally boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics because we can’t guarantee the safety of American competitors from “ubiquitous electronic surveillance, to DNA harvesting, or simply hostage-taking.” Cotton said, [relevant remarks begin around 2:30] “The IOC is acting as nothing but a frontman for the Chinese Communist Party. Last week, I called for a complete and total boycott of these games, partly because the Biden administration cannot assure the safety of our athletes and their coaches and staff from ubiquitous electronic surveillance, to DNA harvesting, or simply hostage-taking. If the Chinese Communist Party will take its own athletes and disappear them and then march them out in hostage videos like this, what will they do to our athletes? This is a regime that is committing genocide against its own people. We should not be doing anything to celebrate or...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Almost as abruptly as she had vanished, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai reappeared in public view over the weekend.Since Friday evening, a steady stream of photos and videos purporting to show a smiling Peng going about her life in Beijing have surfaced on Twitter -- all posted by individuals working for Chinese government-controlled media and the state sport system, on a platform blocked in China.The apparent propaganda push was followed Sunday by a video call between Peng and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, during which the three-time Olympian insisted she is "safe and well, living at her home in Beijing" and "would like to have her privacy respected," according to a statement from the IOC.The flurry of "proof of life" videos came amid a firestorm of global concern for Peng, who disappeared from the public eye for more than two weeks after taking to social media to accuse former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home -- an explosive and politically sensitive allegation that triggered blanket censorship in China.While Peng's public...
    Before getting to the legal, political, and cultural ramifications of the “not guilty” verdicts in the Kyle Rittenhouse case, I want to note that Friday’s passage of the Build Back Better bill by the House is a BFD. And that’s especially true when living descendants of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration—like James Roosevelt Jr., Henry Scott Wallace, June Hopkins, and Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall, all writing for The Hill, say that it is. Our group of New Deal descendants first started corresponding with Biden (as two of us described in this publication) when he made clear in spring of 2020 that he was planning an “FDR-sized presidency.” He said that the crises that would confront the next president were big enough to “eclipse what FDR faced.” After taking office, Biden sat down with prominent historians to discuss lessons from the New Deal and proposed a Civilian Climate Corps modeled on FDR’s wildly successful Civilian Conservation Corps. He seems to love the FDR comparisons and has FDR’s portrait in the place of honor above the fireplace in the Oval Office. Candidate Biden couldn’t have been clearer about his New Deal-scale ambitions,...
    New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has been named sportswoman of the year by the University of Otago.  She was awarded this title by the university based in Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand at the Blues awards on Tuesday. She is the first transgender winner of the award in its 113 year history celebrating sporting greatness.  New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard (pictured) has been named sportwoman of the year by New Zealand's University of Otago She is believed to be the first transgender person to win the award in its 133-year history  Ms Hubbard, 43, became the first openly transgender woman to compete in a solo event at the Olympics when she qualified for the women's 87+ kg weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympic Games earlier this year.  The Queenstown athlete failed to make a successful lift in the snatch and was eliminated from the event.  Ms Hubbard said she was 'grateful for all of the support and kindness received from the teaching staff and students at Otago University' in a statement to the Otago Daily Times.  'It is not possible...
    NORTH KOREA has been suspended from the Olympic movement - after being the only country not to send athletes to Tokyo 2020. IOC chief Thomas Bach confirmed North Korea will be banned until the end of next year as a result of its Tokyo no-show. 1North Korea were the only nation not to send any athletes to the Olympic GamesCredit: AP It means the pariah state will not be allowed to send an official team to the Beijing Winter Olympics in February. However, IOC chiefs may allow individual North Korean athletes who have qualified to take part under the Olympic banner. A statement from the IOC said: "Throughout the process, the PRK NOC was given a fair opportunity to be heard, and received very clear warnings about the consequences of its position and the fact that any violation of the Olympic Charter would ultimately expose the PRK NOC to the measures and sanctions provided in the Olympic Charter." They went on to add that the 'reassurances for the holding of a safe Games' and vaccines for North Korean athletes were...
    Chinese Olympian Zhu Xueying has questioned the quality of the medals awarded at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after claiming her gold is already peeling. The trampoline gymnast took to social media site Weibo to post photos that appear to show parts of her Olympic medal starting to come away just four weeks after clinching gold in Tokyo. Zhu struck gold in the Women's Individual Trampoline event with a score of 56.635, beating compatriot Liu Lingling and Team GB's Bryony Page who bagged bronze. Zhu Xueying claimed on social media that her gold medal from Tokyo 2020 is already peeling  The 23-year-old won gold in the Women's Individual Trampoline event with a score of 56.635 The 23-year-old posted photos of her medal to show material flaking off on the upper left side of her prize.  Zhu said she initially thought that the smudge was just dirt but the spot began to grow. 'Can your medal... peel off like this,' she asked on the social media platform alongside photos of the medal. 'Let me clarify this… I didn't mean to peel the...
    The IOC is being accused of animal cruelty. Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images Swiss animal welfare organization Wild beim Wild is taking legal action against the IOC. The complaint includes an incident in the pentathlon where a disobedient horse was punched. Several other incidents at Tokyo, including the death of an eventing horse, are cited in the complaint. Business Insider: A daily selection of curated stories Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. The International Olympic Committee is being sued by an animal welfare organization after a horse was punched at the Tokyo Olympics. The horse Saint Boy was hit by German coach Kim Raisner after it refused to jump during pentathlete Annika Schleu's run. Raisener was sent home and mass outrage resulted in calls to change the rules of the sport.  Now, Swiss animal welfare organization Wild beim Wild is taking legal action against the IOC as well...
    As Cuomo prepares to step down, others begin looking forward McConnell among 19 Republicans to vote for infrastructure bill. Here are the Republicans who helped it over the finish line © Photo: Getty Images German field hockey player Nike Lorenz wears a rainbow band in support of LGBTQ\+ rights during a field hockey match at the Tokyo Olympics. On July 25, the German field-hockey player Nike Lorenz stepped onto the pitch at the Tokyo Olympics wearing what at first appeared to be standard-issue fare: a white tank top, a sports skirt, and a pair of shoes with rubberized soles for extra traction. But where her teammates wore knee-high white socks striped with the colors of the German flag, Lorenz’s were topped with a rainbow-colored band. It might have missed the eyes of most, but Lorenz’s subtle statement in support of LGBTQ+ rights was the result of weeks of speculation and hand-wringing by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the organization that oversees the Games. Eventually, they decided to revise their infamous Rule 50—allowing athletes to engage in acts of political...
    TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach declares the Tokyo Olympics officially closed, saying they were a success despite the pandemic. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    08/07/2021 at 11:07 CEST . The Tokyo Games reach their final stretch after having managed to prevent an outbreak of infections within the Olympic bubble that put the competition at risk, but with open debate about its relationship to the record rise of the coronavirus throughout Japan. Covid-19 was the greatest organizational challenge faced by the first Games in history developed in the midst of a pandemic, and according to the hosts and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo 2020 has managed to overcome it successfully. Throughout the Japanese archipelago, infections have been on the rise since weeks before the sporting event and have skyrocketed in recent days, which is attributed to the spread of the delta variant and, according to some health experts, to the celebration of the Games. A “PARALLEL WORLD” IN TOKYO 2020 The strict anti-contagion sanitary protocol, which included the strict restriction of the movements of the participants in the Games and their constant testing, prevented a single infection from occurring between those involved in the event and the local population and...
    Officials still searching for venomous West African banded cobra on the loose in a Dallas suburb Somebodys in Danger: 2 Months After Deaths of Prominent S.C. Mom and Son, Nobody Has Been Arrested With deep roots in Japan, the sport's debut in Tokyo was fitting. But the host country deserved better than these pandemic Games. View the original article to see embedded media.TOKYO — In a small, famed, mostly empty arena here, an Olympic sport came and went. Karate was never an Olympic sport before. It is not scheduled to be an Olympic sport again. But Japan wanted it, and so here it was. There are two forms of karate: Kumite, wherein you try to defeat an opponent, and kata, wherein you, um, don’t. In kata, competitors compete alone, to see who can best perform a series of quick, violent moves without pulling a muscle. Then they each receive scores and a bottle of Tylenol. Kata is the figure skating of martial arts, and by tradition, it is the only kind of karate that Jewish mothers let their kids...
    08/06/2021 at 11:10 CEST . The president of the International Olympic Committee (COI), Thomas Bach, ruled out today that there is any connection between the celebration of Tokyo Games and the record increase in infections of coronavirus in the Japanese capital and the rest of the country. “The claims about indirect effects are quite unsustainable, I have not seen any data to support them”said the IOC president when asked about the issue at a press conference called today in Tokyo to take stock of the Games, which are being held in the Japanese capital until next Sunday. “We have not had any transmission of the virus between the public and participants, nor in the other direction. All the figures that we handle show that the anti-coronavirus measures have been effective, “said Bach. The President of the IOC He added that both the Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, and the Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, the World Health Organization “and many other experts” support this version.. However, there are several Japanese health specialists who have pointed to...
    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided today to expel two coaches of the Belarus team from the Tokyo Games for their role in the attempt to forced repatriation of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya. The IOC has decided to sanction technicians in this way Artur Shimak and Yury Maisevich, after creating a disciplinary commission to “clarify the circumstances surrounding the incident,” as announced in a statement this Friday. “For the well-being of the athletes of the Belarusian National Olympic Committee who are still in Tokyo and as an interim measure, the IOC has canceled and withdrawn the accreditations of the two coaches on the day before.”, noted the international body. The two coaches were asked to leave the Olympic Village immediately and did so, according to the IOC, which added that they will both be offered “an opportunity to explain themselves.” Tsimanouskaya landed last Wednesday in Warsaw, after Poland was granted humanitarian asylum after he asked for help from the Japanese police while members of her national committee tried to force her to return to her country, which the athlete called an...
    08/06/2021 at 4:54 AM CEST . / Tokyo The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided today expel from the Tokyo Games to two coaches from the Belarus team for his role in the attempted forced repatriation of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya. The IOC has decided to sanction the technicians in this way Artur Shimak and Yury Maisevich, after creating a disciplinary commission to “clarify the circumstances surrounding the incident,” as announced this Friday in a statement. “For the welfare of the athletes of the Belarusian National Olympic Committee who are still in Tokyo and as an interim measure, the IOC has canceled and withdrawn the accreditations of the two coaches on the eve,” said the international body. The two coaches were asked to leave the Olympic Village immediately and did so, according to the IOC, adding that they will both be offered “an opportunity to explain themselves.” Tsimanouskaya landed last Wednesday in Warsaw, after conceding Poland humanitarian asylum after she asked the Japanese police for help while members of her national committee tried to force her to return...
    . videos All set in Beijing to host the third consecutive Asia Games Beijing, Aug 5 (.) .- After celebrating the summer of 2008, the capital of China will be the first city in the world to also host a Winter Games, which will start on February 4, 2022, and whose facilities are practically completed , in the absence of the last touches. They will be the third consecutive Olympic event to be held in Asia, after the 2018 one in Pieonchang (South Korea) and the current Tokyo Games, and will also be the first winter event hosted by China. Almost three thousand athletes will compete in 109 modalities, seven of them new, which will make these Winter Games, according to the organizers, the most equal in history, with 45.44% female participation. THREE LOCATIONS CONNECTED BY HIGH-SPEED TRAIN The Games will be held in Beijing and two other venues, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou, 80 and 180 kilometers, respectively, from the center of the capital, all of them connected by a high-speed train that takes 50 minutes to travel the greatest of...
    The streamer xQc was temporarily suspended from Twitch after broadcasting 2020 Tokyo clips. Screenshot/YouTube - @xQcOW A top Twitch streamer was temporarily suspended after broadcasting 2020 Tokyo clips. An attorney who worked with xQc said the IOC lodged a copyright claim against the Twitch star. The attorney also claimed that xQc had successfully countered the claim and restored his account. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A top Twitch streamer said he was temporarily suspended from the platform after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) launched a copyright strike against him, the streamer's attorney confirmed to Insider. The streamer, Felix Lengyel, goes by the moniker "xQcOW" or simply "xQc" on Twitch and is the sixth-most-popular personality on the platform with over 6 million followers. The 25-year-old Canadian became famous for playing video games and his offbeat reaction style. Although the original stream is no longer available to watch, the gaming website InvenGlobal and other news outlets reported that Lengyel was temporarily suspended from Twitch on July 28 after he showed footage from the Olympic Games while streaming. His...
    Basketball player Pau Gasol has been elected as a member of the Athletes’ Commission of the International Olympic Committee next to the Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini, the Japanese fencer Yuki Ota and the polish cyclist Maja Martyna Wloszczowska. Gasoline has been chosen by his fellow athletes participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In a press conference after his appointment, the Spanish player expressed his enthusiasm: “It is a very special moment,” he said, explaining that he prepared a lot together with Alexander White, president of the Spanish Olympic Committee, “to know the challenge that was posed to me, which is to be part of the Olympic movement, and to be able to help all athletes to continue growing”. Gasoline He has been very excited after receiving the news: “For me it is an honor and a pride, I am very grateful.” The Catalan athlete leaves the Spanish team after two decades as an international. Gasol after being elected member of the IOC: “It is an honor and a pride”
    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says it is overhauling its rules for transgender athletes saying that the science no longer supports its previous determinations. The IOC’s original rules, passed in 2015, maintain that biological males who wish to compete as transgender women must have a testosterone level that measures at 10 nanomoles per liter for at least a year before competing. But the committee now says that the science has changed, and its original rules are outdated, Yahoo Sports reported. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Since 2015, many experts have found that 10 nanomoles per liter are still twice what they should have been. The average percentage for a natural-born woman is around five nanomoles per liter. Still, the IOC also admits that a one-size-fits-all sports rule may not be the way to go. IOC medical and scientific director Richard Budgett said at a roundtable that “agreeing on another number is almost impossible and possibly irrelevant. You can debate that endlessly.” Science is also discovering that it is difficult to nail down even within a sport. Yale endocrinologist Myron Genel, who...
    Saunders said she was representing “the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.” Ryan Pierse/Getty Images The International Olympic Committee has suspended its investigation into Team USA shot putter Raven Saunders' podium protest after she said on social media that her mother had suddenly died. Saunders, who won a silver medal in shot put at the Tokyo Games, raised her hands in an "X" gesture while on the podium. During a press briefing on Wednesday, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the agency was suspending its investigation into the gesture "for the time being." "The IOC obviously extends its condolences to Raven and her family. [The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee has] informed us that she is being looked after and will be returning home," he said at the briefing, according to CNN. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.  Sign up for notifications from Insider! Stay up to date with what you want to know. Subscribe to push notifications
    Olympic history also has his illustrious forgotten. Georges Averoff, for example, is hardly more than a footnote, even though he made it possible for the Games to get started (P the first edition, no less). However, at least he has a statue in Athens. Other names, however, have yet to be fully incorporated into Olympic history. One of them is that of a person who should appear at a height similar to that of Pierre de Coubertin, because it got the Olympic world to add, somewhat reluctantly at that time, an element that today we consider fundamental: the women’s competition. The Baron de Coubertin participated in the opinion misgina of his time. Declare that at the Olympic Games “The only mission of women is to crown the victors“, and of similar opinion were his successor in the IOC, the count of Baillet-Latour, and the president of the International Athletics Federation, Siegfred Edstroem. Some competitors snuck in 1900, 1904 and 1908. And in 1912, in a tough negotiation with Swedish organizers, who wished to do so, they had to allow the...
    08/04/2021 at 8:39 AM CEST . The Spanish basketball player Pau Gasol, elected as a member of the Athletes Commission of the International Olympic Committee with 1,888 supporters, assured that this appointment It is something “very special” that he has been “working for a long time”. “It is a very special moment, and despite the defeat in yesterday’s game against the United States, today’s election was something very special, we have been working for a long time, for two years,” said the Spanish pivot. that this Tuesday announced his retirement from the Spanish team after his elimination from the basketball tournament at the hands of the United States in the quarterfinals (81-95). Gasol assured at a press conference that his objective is “be able to help Olympians and the Olympic movement to keep improving“, in a” momentous moment in the world of change, of technological advances “, something that he considered” a pride “and for which he thanked all the athletes who voted for him. The Spanish player was the most voted, with 1,888 supporters, of...
    08/04/2021 at 7:31 AM CEST . / Tokyo Pau Gasol has been one of the four athletes chosen by his colleagues from the Tokyo Olympic Village to represent them in the assembly of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which he will join when these Games are over. Thirty athletes presented their candidacy to fill the four places that are now vacant on the IOC Athletes Commission. His term will last four years, until the Los Angeles 2028 Games. Gasol, who announced his withdrawal from the Spanish team, is the second Spanish athlete to access the IOC assembly after Manel Estiarte, who was the athletes’ representative between 2000 and 2004.
    Shanju Bao and Tianshi Zhong of Team China poses with the gold medal after the Women's team sprint finals of the Track Cycling on day 10 of the Tokyo Olympics 2021 games at Izu Velodrome on August 02, 2021 in Izu, Shizuoka, Japan. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Two chinese athletes at the Tokyo Olympics appear to have worn pins that reference Mao Zedong. Zedong led China's communist revolution and was known to violate human rights against his people. The IOC is investigating, as it violates its policy against public protests during the games. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Two Chinese gold medalists were seen wearing pins that featured Communist China's founding leader Mao Zedong on Monday.  Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi won gold at the women's sprint in track cycling, then during the medal ceremony, they were seen with the Zedong pins on their track jackets.  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be investigating the matter, according to a spokesperson.  "We have contacted the Chinese Olympic Committee, asked them for a report about the situation," IOC spokesman...
    Belarus athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who claimed her team tried to force her to leave Japan following a row during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, walks with her luggage inside the Polish embassy in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. YUKI IWAMURA/AFP via Getty Images The IOC launched an investigation after Tsimanouskaya refused to board a flight back home over fears she might be jailed.  The Belarusian National Olympic Committee must submit a report to the IOC on the case of sprinter Tsimanouskaya. An IOC spokesman said she's currently in a safe place, and the sporting body has spoken to her twice. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is awaiting a report from the Belarusian National Olympic Committee on its handling of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, reported Reuters. The IOC launched an investigation after Tsimanouskaya refused to board a plane home from the Tokyo Games. Tsimanouskaya said she feared being jailed in Belarus after criticizing her coaches on social media. Her coaches refused to allow her to compete in the event she'd come to...
    08/02/2021 at 8:35 PM CEST Carmen Grau Vila (.) When the athlete Laurel hubbard She took to the platform at the Tokyo Games weightlifting venue this Monday to lift 120 kilos, a great expectation was sensed in the air: Will the first transgender athlete climb to the podium? Unlike other days in this discipline, weightlifting in the category over 87 kilos had brought together media from all over the world because it offered an unusual performance in the history of the Olympics, the first transgender athlete to compete. At the age of 23, Laurel Hubbard left weights in the men’s category, but returned to sport and competition after her thirties and when she had already made a transition that made her a woman. The New Zealander Laurel hubbard, runner-up in the world in 2017, the podium was contested today with other weightlifters such as Li Wenwen, champion of the test and Olympic record with 320 kg, the British Emily Campbell who lifted 283 kg in silver, as well as the American Sarah Robles with bronze. But...
    U.S. to continue Trump-era migrant expulsion policy indefinitely Chinas Wuhan to test all residents as Covid returns The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is investigating an act of protest undertaken by a Team USA athlete during a medal ceremony at the Tokyo Games on Saturday—and more demonstrations possible in the coming days. © Insa Fassbender—AFP via Getty Images Team USA's Raven Saunders gestures on the podium with her silver medal after competing the women's shot put event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Aug. 1, 2021. Raven Saunders, 25, a U.S. shot-putter who won silver in Tokyo, raised her hands and crossed them in an X while posing for a photo on the medal podium. Moments later, U.S. fencer Race Imboden won bronze in the foil event (which took place in a separate venue). While accepting his medal, Imboden appeared to flash a circled X on his hand. Saunders told the New York Times that a handful of Team USA athletes formed a plan over the past few weeks to use the X...
    By Ben Morse | CNN US shot-putter Raven Saunders has explained what the gesture she made following her silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics meant. The 25-year-old raised her hands and crossed them in an X as she and her fellow medal winners posed for photos, telling NBC that it represented “the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.” Saunders — a Black, LGBTQ athlete — bagged her first Olympic medal on Saturday, finishing with a distance of 19.79 meters. China’s Gong Lijiao won gold and New Zealand’s Valerie Adams the bronze. And after winning her medal, she says she wants to be a role model for others like her. “For me, just being who I always aspired to be, to be able to be me and not apologize for it (and) show the younger generation that no matter what they tell you, no matter how many boxes they try to fit you in, you can be you,” she told the media. “People tell me not to do tattoos and piercings,...
    08/02/2021 at 11:55 CEST . The IOC will study, before pronouncing itself, all the details related to the gesture made on the shot put podium by the American athlete Raven saunders, a silver medalist, who crossed his arms over his head in the shape of an X to indicate “the intersection where all those who are oppressed meet.” Saunders made, in this way, the first protest gesture on the athletics podium of the Tokyo Olympic Games, contravening the IOC regulations, which authorizes them for these Games as long as it is not in competition or at the medal ceremony. The American, a black and lesbian race, as she has publicly stated, affirmed that with her gesture, captured by all the cameras on the official podium, she wanted to “give light to all the people of the world who fight and who do not have a platform to speak By herself”. Along with her, the champion, the Chinese, rose to the podium Gong Lijiao, and the bronze medalist, the New Zealander Valerie adams. “We need to fully...
    100 best biopics of all time Dow futures climb nearly 200 points to kick off August trade The organization rarely enforces basic standards for the athletes participating in the Olympics and refuses to take a stand on issues related to politics. View the original article to see embedded media.Sign up for our free daily Olympics newsletter: Very Olympic Today. You'll catch up on the top stories, smaller events, things you may have missed while you were sleeping and links to the best writing from SI’s reporters on the ground in Tokyo. TOKYO — The Olympics are one of the world’s great sporting events. The Olympic Movement is a marketing scheme. You must understand both to understand either. If you view the International Olympic Committee as a business, you see that competing countries are not participants in a vehicle that promotes world peace. They are corporate partners. This weekend, one of those corporate partners kidnapped an employee. According to Reuters, sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya says Belarus authorities took her to Haneda airport against her will rather than let her compete. Tsimanouskaya’s...
    (CNN)Belarusian sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya is "safe" and now looks likely to claim asylum in a third country after she refused to board a flight out of Tokyo, saying she was being forced to return to her native country against her will where she feared arrest. Late Sunday, the 24-year-old Olympic athlete was moved from Tokyo's Haneda Airport and "secured by police in a special shelter," said Anatol Kotau, of the Belarus Sports Solidarity Foundation, which represents athletes repressed by Belarusian authorities.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Monday Timanovskaya spent the night at an airport hotel and is in the hands of Japanese authorities. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said in a daily press briefing the IOC has asked the Belarus National Olympic Committee for a full written report on the situation. "We're talking again to her this morning to understand what the next steps could be and what she wants to pursue, and we will give her support in that decision," Adams said, adding that the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is involved in her case. Timanovskaya was set to...
    Raven Saunders, Team USA’s shot putter, also known as the “The Hulk,” was pictured with her arms raised over her head in the form of an “X” while on the podium receiving her medal during the Tokyo Olympics Games. When asked what the symbol meant, Saunders told the Associated Press it’s “the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.” Saunders’s stunt looks to be the highest-profile protest thus far at the Games. The American athlete won the silver medal in the shot put under gold medalist Lijiao Gong from China. During the medal ceremony, she lifted her arms above her head during the anthem and pictures and formed an “X’ with her wrists.   (INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images) Saunders, who is openly gay and has reportedly considered suicide in the past, wondered if she fits in the Olympics. The Olympian says the Games have struggled with diversity even though they try to celebrate it. After the silver medal finish, she said her mission is “To be me. To not apologize.” “To show younger people that no matter how many boxes they try to fit you...
    (CNN)A Belarusian sprinter competing at the Tokyo Olympics released a video on Sunday calling for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to help her avoid being returned to her native country against her will.Athlete Kristina Timanovskaya said in the short video released on social media: "I was put under pressure and they are trying to forcibly take me out of the country without my consent. I ask the IOC to intervene." It appeared online after Timanovskaya was told she will no longer be able to compete for Belarus and that she must return to its capital Minsk immediately, according to Anatol Kotau, of the Belarus Sports Solidarity Foundation. The group represents Belarusian athletes repressed by Belarusian authorities.Kotau, who is in direct contact with Timanovskaya, said that at around 3:00 p.m. local time (2:00 a.m. ET) on Sunday, representatives of the Belarus national team came to the Olympic village and asked her to "pack her belongings as a decision had been made for her to return to Minsk."Timanovskaya is currently at Haneda International Airport police station, Kotau told CNN by phone. Kotau...
    The group ‘United for Navid’, which fights for the defense of rights in Iran, has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to Iranian 10-meter air pistol shooter Javad Foroughi’s gold medal is withdrawn. This request has been submitted because Foroughi is a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, an organization that the United States links to terrorism. In addition, ‘United for Navid’ noted that if the IOC does not take the medal from Foroughi, the committee will be “complicit in promoting terrorism.” The body, for its part, has limited itself to removing iron from the matter. “There are many athletes from many countries who are members of the armed forces in their countries“said a member of the IOC. It is not the only controversy that has surrounded the Tokyo Olympics. And it is that a few days ago Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine and his coach they withdrew from the competition of the Olympic Games in order to avoid the possibility of facing the Israeli Tohar Butbul.
    Updated 07/29/2021 – 12:16 The situation for the shooter Javad foroughi It has become more than uncomfortable in recent days, and that seemed idyllic in light of how the Games started for Iran. On the first day of competition, the day after the opening ceremony, Foroughi I won gold in a 10 meter air pistol, with an Olympic record included. The shooter achieved a score of 244.8 and, At 41, he became the oldest medalist in his country’s history.. This was not a surprise, as Javad had already won the New Delhi and Osijek World Cups this year. After the achievement of the medal, the iran group ‘United for Navid’ (emerged to defend human rights after the execution of the fighter Navid Afkari), has requested the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to suspend the gold medal awarded to Foroughi, at least until the athlete is investigated, stating that is part of a “terrorist organization”. And what do such accusations come to? Well what Javad is a long-time member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of the Iranian regime...
    The IOC has positioned itself on the issue of the mental health of athletes and sportsmen after the decisions and statements of Simone Biles at these Olympic Games
    Authorities identify the final victim in the Surfside collapse, ending a month-long search and recovery operation Celina Sotomayor, mother of Supreme Court justice, dies at 94 Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Swimming - Women's 100m Backstroke - Heats 2/5 SLIDES © Reuters/ALEKSANDRA SZMIGIEL Swimming - Women's 100m Backstroke - Heats 3/5 SLIDES © Reuters/ALEKSANDRA SZMIGIEL Swimming - Women's 100m Breaststroke - Semifinal 2 4/5 SLIDES © Reuters/ALEKSANDRA SZMIGIEL Swimming - Men's 100m Breaststroke - Final 5/5 SLIDES © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Swimming - Men's 100m Backstroke - Semifinal 1 5/5 SLIDES TOKYO (Reuters) - Tuesday's women's 100m backstroke final will be a battle of the record breakers with Australia's Kaylee McKeown going for gold against American Regan Smith and Canada's Kylie Masse. The trio are the three fastest swimmers in the history of the event, all having held the world record, with McKeown the current owner. Video: Britain hail 'best start' ever to an Olympics after star swimmer Peaty secures gold (Reuters) Britain hail best start ever to an Olympics after...
    In a nod to Black Lives Matter, Costa Rican gymnast Luciana Alvarado ended her floor routine in Olympic qualifying on one knee, her head back and her right fist thrust straight into the air. The 18-year-old said the closing of her routine was choreographed in homage to the BLM movement that spread around the world after George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis last summer. Alvarado said Friday after she performed the same move at training that she hoped to highlight the importance of equal rights on a global stage, and champion treating all with respect and dignity. In a nod to Black Lives Matter, Costa Rican gymnast Luciana Alvarado ended her floor routine in Olympic qualifying on one knee, her head back and her right fist thrust straight into the air ???????? | ALERTA OLÍMPICA: Al terminar su rutina, con la rodilla en el piso, la cabeza hacia atrás y el puño en alto, la gimnasta costarricense Luciana Alvarado homenajeó al movimiento Black Lives Matter.#CRC #Tokyo2020 #ArtisticGymnastics   pic.twitter.com/NtesaruWD5— Alerta News 24 (@AlertaNews24) July 26, 2021 Luciana...
    10 deals you don’t want to miss on Sunday: $30 off Amazon Echo Buds, $230 convertible Windows laptop, $100 off Apple Watch S6, more Mexico brought back down to earth in Olympic loss to Japan, but soccer medal chase still on Amazing Device Lights Up Dark Countertops and Fixes Dark Kitchens Ad Microsoft Most Comfortable Shoes: "These Shoes Are Like Walking On Clouds" Ad Microsoft Need Cash? How to Access Your Home's Equity Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/15 SLIDES © Courtesy of Simone Biles/Instagram Let the games begin! After a one-year delay amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics have finally arrived. After the Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony took place in July 2021, the athletes have begun competing in all sorts of new and existing sporting events — and racking up medals. Just like Us, many celebrities have been getting into...
    Officials at the 2021 Olympics had to warn medalists to stop hugging each other at the podium after embraces throughout the opening days of competition. In some sense, the world is lucky to have the 2021 Olympics at all, considering the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. It already had to be delayed a year, so changes to the normal way of doing things were always going to be necessary. What used to be standard in previous Olympics is now an issue. Take hugging, for instance. For most, winning an Olympic medal is the high point of their lives. It’s only human to reach out and hug the people nearby. Do it this year, and Olympic officials won’t be pleased. The IOC is warning athletes at the Olympics to cut out all the hugging.Hugging is frowned upon at the 2021 OlympicsMedalists are supposed to keep their masks on except for specific photo opportunities, stay on their designated podium and keep a safe distance from others. However, athletes couldn’t help but embrace their fellow countrymen and other competitors at recent podium ceremonies,...
    “Well, now we are going with the topic that interests them the most about the Olympic Games: Covid-19”, the communication director of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee said sarcastically, in a message to the persistence with which the press most critical of the government approaches the Games. But the truth is that there was no truce even on the first day of the last 34 days in which infections fell (1,124) in relation to those registered a week ago.. The organizers had to have breakfast, and corroborated, that saliva PCR kits -the athletes pass one daily- had been exhausted in some of the neighborhoods of the Olympic Village on Friday, which prevented some athletes from complying with the required protocol. It was announced that they would be replenished throughout the day. As I did not respect him the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, a judo legend, Yasuhiro Yamashita, gold in the Los Angeles Olympic Games and four times in the world, hunted without a mask inside the Budocan, something forbidden in the Games catalog. In addition, according to witnesses,...
    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Sunday that masks are a 'must have' at Tokyo medal ceremonies after swimmers were seen taking off masks on the medal podium and hugging other competitors in violation of COVID-19 rules. Masks are mandatory across all Olympic venues, both inside and outside for all athletes, staff and media, as part of Games organisers' strict measures to combat the coronavirus. 'It's not a nice to have. It's a must to have,' said IOC spokesman Mark Adams, responding to questions about the mask-less swimmers. The IOC have insisted that masks are a 'must have' for athletes at medal ceremonies in Tokyo RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Jade Jones STUNNED after Team GB's double Olympic taekwondo... Team USA golf star Bryson DeChambeau left 'deeply... Adam Peaty reaches men's 100m breaststroke final in Tokyo... Two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray WITHDRAWS from singles... Share this article Share American Chase Kalisz took off his mask on the winners' podium after his gold medal performance in the men's...
    For the first time in history, a moment of silence was held Friday at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics in remembrance of the Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich massacre by Palestinian terrorists.  היום, לראשונה במשחקים האולימפיים, הוזכר באופן רשמי הטבח האכזרי של 11 מחברי המשלחת הישראלית באולימפיאדת מינכן 1972. אני מברך על הרגע החשוב וההיסטורי הזה. יהי זכרם ברוך.@Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/85cwYEKleK — Naftali Bennett בנט (@naftalibennett) July 23, 2021 For the first time ever the Olympic Games holds a moment of silence for the victims of the Munich massacre in 1972: #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/i6YkwnDnbV — Emily Schrader – אמילי שריידר (@emilykschrader) July 23, 2021 “We remember those who lost their lives during the Olympic Games,” the message was announced first in English and then in Hebrew, “One group still holds a strong place in all our memories and stand for all those we have lost at the games — the members of the Israeli delegation at the Olympic Games Munich 1972,” as the lights dimmed at the stadium.  On September 5, 1972, heavily-armed Palestinian terrorists from the...
    It is not too strange that certain ‘historical truths’ are not really such and are rather clichés accepted out of force of habit. For example, neither Napolon Bonaparte was short, nor did Guillotin die on the guillotine. Nor did Sherlock Holmes’ ever ‘say’ that “elementary, dear Watson,” nor did Ilse ask Sam to play “again” ‘As times goes by’ in the movie Casablanca. Olympic history also has its share of these hoaxes. For example, one of the fundamentals of the Games throughout the 124 years that they have been held in the Modern Age is, in reality, something non-existent. We know that the event has become a first level showcase for the public image of nations. Throughout the XXXI editions of the Summer and the XXIII Winter (LIV in total), all countries have invested great human and financial resources to appear, first, in the list of participants and, second, and perhaps more importantly , in the classification by nations, in the medal table, as high as possible. And there is the detail: that medal table, in reality, does not...
    (CNN)The Tokyo Olympics -- after a long delay -- are finally happening. The opening ceremony formally kicked off the Games Friday and sporting events are underway. There's nothing but excitement in the air, according to IOC Athletes' Commission Chair Kirsty Coventry. In her statement Tuesday, Coventry painted a rosy picture, saying "The Village is looking great, the athletes are super excited. We've been hearing some very positive experiences from athletes I must say."But there's also plenty of controversy. Most notably, Japanese citizens have shown rising animosity toward the Games as Covid-19 infections sweep the country, with some protesting against them even as the opening ceremony took place. Multiple athletes from different countries have already had to self-isolate after coming into contact with the virus -- even though most sports have yet to hold their first event.That's not all. The Games have also become entangled in a debate over the right of athletes to protest, a topic that's become so inflamed that dozens of athletes, academics and professors from around the world signed a letter Thursday pushing for the IOC to...
    Protesters of the Tokyo Olympics. David MAREUIL/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Protesters marched toward the Olympic opening ceremony chanting: "Go to hell, IOC." A majority of Japanese citizens disapprove of the games being held amid a state of emergency. Protesters could reportedly be heard inside the stadium during a moment of silence for COVID-19 victims. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Minutes before the start of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, a group of protesters marched toward the Japan National Stadium to make their displeasure at the games known. These games have been highly controversial in Japan, with a majority of citizens disapproving of them going ahead amid a state of emergency in Japan. COVID-19 cases have risen over the last month amid a slower-than-expected vaccine rollout. Spectators have been barred from the games, while life inside the village is much different than usual for athletes. At one point, protesters marched toward the stadium, chanting: "Go to hell, IOC!" —Michelle Ye Hee Lee (@myhlee) July 23, 2021And when the ceremony got underway, a large crowd of protesters had gathered...
    A view of the Olympic rings in Tokyo ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.Danny Lawson | PA Images | Getty Images The Tokyo Olympics are set to officially begin after a one-year delay, and the International Olympic Committee says organizers have done all they can to ensure a safe games as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. "Everything that … can be done, everything that was recommended by all these experts — some of them here with us to deliver these games — we have done," Christophe Dubi, the IOC's Olympic Games executive director, said in response He was responding to criticism that the organization was using "cheap measures" and had not listened to advice. Dubi told CNBC's "Capital Connection" on Friday that the IOC received help from many experts around the world and "diligently followed up" on all the measures that were recommended. "I think we're doing just the right thing, and we do not consider at all that it is cheap," he said.Challenges at the OlympicsBesides Covid-19, the delayed 2020 Games have also been hounded by...
    Team GB track star Dina Asher-Smith has insisted Olympic athletes should be free to take the knee amid fears Games bosses will seek to punish those who do.  The International Olympic Committee have bumbled their way through that important issue, with the belated concession this month that athletes can 'express their views' before and after competing, but not on the podium.    It remains to be seen if anyone tests the limits of those regulations by taking a knee during a medal ceremony, but Asher-Smith has made a thumping contribution to the wider debate. She branded the podium ban 'unenforceable' and said she sees 'protesting and expressing yourself as a fundamental human right'.  'If you were to penalise someone for standing up against racial inequality how on earth would that go, how on earth are you going to enforce that? Would you revoke someone's medal for saying racism is wrong?' she said.  'How would you police that, particularly when people feel so strongly about that right now? How would that go optically? I see it as completely unenforceable.' Asher-Smith did not...
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