Best Of Humanity: Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim share Olympic gold in emotional high jump final

They both cleared the highest bar, but when it came to deciding a winner, two Olympic high jumpers opted not to take it to a tie-breaker.Mutaz Essa Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi embrace after winning gold in the men’s high jump in Tokyo. Instead, they asked to share the gold medal prompting cheers beyond their home countries of Qatar and Italy. During the long competition, 30-year-old Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatar and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi, 29, executed the first six jumps up to 2.37 meters (7 feet 8 inches). Both then attempted to match the Olympic record of 2.39 meters for sole ownership … Continue reading Best Of Humanity: Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim share Olympic gold in emotional high jump final

Hong Kong crowd booing China’s anthem sparks police probe

Hong Kong police are investigating an incident where a crowd watching the Olympics booed China’s anthem. Hundreds gathered at a shopping mall on Monday to watch a broadcast and cheer on Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung, who won gold in the men’s individual foil. When the Chinese national anthem was played, some in the crowd began jeering while others shouted “We are Hong Kong”, video filmed at the scene shows. It is illegal to insult the anthem under a recently passed law. Anyone found guilty of flouting the national anthem law could be jailed up to three years and fined HK$50,000 … Continue reading Hong Kong crowd booing China’s anthem sparks police probe

10 Nigerian Olympians will be sent home after being disqualified because authorities ‘dropped the ball’ and didn’t drug test them enough

Yinka Ajayi is among those to have been sent home. Ten Nigerian athletes will be sent home from the Tokyo Olympics after authorities “dropped the ball” and failed to administer enough drugs tests, it was revealed on Wednesday. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) ruled that the competitors, all of whom have already travelled to Japan, will be unable to take part in the Games because of non-compliance with out-of-competition drug testing requirements. 10 athletes from five other countries – Belarus, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, and Ukraine – have also been ruled ineligible to compete. The AIU said that in the lead … Continue reading 10 Nigerian Olympians will be sent home after being disqualified because authorities ‘dropped the ball’ and didn’t drug test them enough

Australian athletics team isolating after close contact with Covid-19 case

Members of the Australian athletics team are isolating at the Tokyo Olympics after close contact with American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, who has tested positive for Covid-19. Kendricks, the reigning world champion, has been ruled out of the Games. The Australian Olympic Committee said in a statement that athletes are isolating in their rooms as a “precautionary measure” and are undergoing testing procedures. The athletics starts on Friday. Kendricks, 28, won Olympic bronze in Rio five years ago and had been expected to contend for a medal in Tokyo. He won the world pole vault title in 2017 and 2019. … Continue reading Australian athletics team isolating after close contact with Covid-19 case

Tokyo Olympics: Naomi Osaka loses to Marketa Vondrousova

Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka suffered a surprise exit in her home Olympics as Czech Marketa Vondrousova earned a straight-set win in Tokyo. Osaka, 23, has been one of the faces of the Games in the Japanese capital and had the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron in last week’s opening ceremony. But the four-time Grand Slam champion could not back that up by winning a medal, losing 6-1 6-4 to the world number 42 in the third round. Continue reading Tokyo Olympics: Naomi Osaka loses to Marketa Vondrousova

History Made: The Philippines finally got its first gold medal after nearly a century of competing

Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines reacts after placing first in the women’s 55 kg weightlifting competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The 30-year-old weightlifter is the first athlete from the Philippines to win an Olympic gold medal. With her final lift Monday at Tokyo International Forum, she set two Olympic records en route to a triumph in the 55 kg division. “It’s a dream come true,” Diaz said afterward. “I just want to say that we Filipinos are strong. We Filipinos can compete here at the Olympics. We can do it.” The Philippines first sent athletes to the Olympics … Continue reading History Made: The Philippines finally got its first gold medal after nearly a century of competing

What an accomplishment: Japan’s 13-year-old Nishiya wins Olympics skateboarding gold

Japanese Momiji Nishiya, 13, clinched the Olympic title in the women’s street skateboarding competition on Monday, shedding tears of happiness after nailing her final trick and becoming the country’s youngest gold medal winner. On the Olympic podium with her, two other teenage girls -13 and 16 – stood wearing silver and bronze medals around their necks, rewards for landing tricks most kids their age only get to see on Instagram. The silver went to Rayssa Leal – Brazil’s second silver in skateboarding after Kelvin Hoefler finished second on Sunday in the men’s event, with Funa Nakayama of Japan taking bronze. “I … Continue reading What an accomplishment: Japan’s 13-year-old Nishiya wins Olympics skateboarding gold

Amazing: Tunisia’s Hafnaoui wins surprise Olympic swimming gold

Nobody was watching Ahmed Hafnaoui in lane eight of the Olympic pool but all eyes were on the Tunisian teenager at the finish. Hafnaoui was the stunning winner of the 400 metres freestyle at the Tokyo Games on Sunday, beating a field of faster and older swimmers. The 18-year-old finished in three minutes, 43.26 seconds, punctuating his victory with loud yelling that echoed in the mostly empty 15,000-seat arena. He was the slowest qualifier to start the final. “I believed it when I touched the wall and I saw myself first,” he said. “I was so surprised.” Australia’s Jack McLoughlin … Continue reading Amazing: Tunisia’s Hafnaoui wins surprise Olympic swimming gold

Games in Crisis: Olympics opening ceremony director sacked for Holocaust joke

The show director of the Olympics opening ceremony has been dismissed, one day before the event is due to be held. Footage of Kentaro Kobayashi from the 1990s recently emerged in which he seems to be making jokes about the Holocaust. Japan’s Olympic chief Seiko Hashimoto said the video ridiculed “painful facts of history”. The dismissal is the latest in a string of scandals to hit the Games. It comes days after a composer quit the team creating the ceremony after it emerged he had bullied classmates with disabilities at school. In March, creative chief Hiroshi Sasaki quit after suggesting … Continue reading Games in Crisis: Olympics opening ceremony director sacked for Holocaust joke

Brisbane confirmed as host of the 2032 Olympic Games

Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games after being approved by the International Olympic Committee. The Australian city was named the preferred bidder before being proposed by the IOC executive board in June. It will be the third time the country has hosted the Olympics after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000. “It’s a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the entire country,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison. “Only global cities can secure the Olympic Games, so this is fitting recognition for Brisbane’s standing across our region and the world.” The announcement was … Continue reading Brisbane confirmed as host of the 2032 Olympic Games

Games in Crisis: Tokyo 2020 chief does not rule out cancelling Games

The head of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee has not ruled out a cancellation of the Olympic Games. Toshiro Muto said he would keep an eye on infection numbers and hold “discussions” if necessary. More than 70 people associated with the Games have tested positive ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony. His comments came on the same day International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said cancellation was “never an option”. Earlier this month, Japan announced the Games would go ahead in empty venues without spectators – despite growing concern over the Covid-19 situation. “We will continue discussions if there is … Continue reading Games in Crisis: Tokyo 2020 chief does not rule out cancelling Games

Update: Japan police find Ugandan weightlifter who went missing from Olympic camp

A Ugandan weightlifter has been found four days after he disappeared from an Olympic training camp in Japan leaving a note saying he wanted to find work, police said Tuesday.Members of the Uganda Olympics team. The disappearance of Julius Ssekitoleko came at a time of high public concern over coronavirus risks as thousands of foreigners arrive for the Games. “Today, the man was found in Mie Prefecture with no injuries and no involvement in any crime,” an Osaka police official, who declined to be named, told AFP. “He carried his own ID and identified himself. It is not certain to whom … Continue reading Update: Japan police find Ugandan weightlifter who went missing from Olympic camp