Australia joins US diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Australia has said it will join the US in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the decision was in response to “human rights abuses” in China’s Xinjiang province and “many other issues that Australia has consistently raised”. Athletes would still attend, he added. China has condemned the US announcement and threatened to retaliate, without giving further details. On Monday, the US said it would not send diplomats to the Games in Beijing over concerns about China’s human rights record. Mr Morrison said it was “no surprise” that Australia had joined the … Continue reading Australia joins US diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

New Zealand won’t send diplomats to Beijing Olympics, citing Covid-19

A woman walks past the Beijing 2022 logo that is seen outside the headquarters of the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Shougang Park in Beijing New Zealand will not be sending diplomatic representatives at a ministerial level to the Beijing Winter Olympics in February, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said on Tuesday, citing Covid-19 as the reason. “We’ve already made clear that we won’t be there at a ministerial level,” Robertson told state broadcaster TVNZ. “There was a range of factors but mostly to do with Covid-19, and the fact that the logistics … Continue reading New Zealand won’t send diplomats to Beijing Olympics, citing Covid-19

US diplomats to boycott 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

The US has announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. The White House said no official delegation would be sent to the Games because of concerns about China’s human rights record. But it said US athletes could attend and would have the government’s full support. China has previously said it will take “resolute countermeasures” in the event of a boycott. US President Joe Biden said last month that he was weighing up a diplomatic boycott of the event. White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the boycott on Monday, saying that the administration would not … Continue reading US diplomats to boycott 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Barbaric: Shock over release of Margaux Pinot’s partner in assault case

French athletes have expressed disbelief over the acquittal of a coach accused of domestic violence against Olympic judo champion Margaux Pinot. Ms Pinot accused her partner and judo trainer Alain Schmitt of punching and attempting to strangle her during an altercation over the weekend. The Olympic gold medallist, 27, filed a complaint against Mr Schmitt. He was arrested but denied the allegations and was acquitted in court. A judge said there was not “enough proof of guilt” for the prosecution to proceed when delivering his verdict in a preliminary hearing on Wednesday. “A court is never there to tell who … Continue reading Barbaric: Shock over release of Margaux Pinot’s partner in assault case

Guanyu Zhou becomes first Chinese Formula 1 driver after signing for Alfa Romeo

Guanyu Zhou has become Formula 1’s first Chinese driver after signing to race for Alfa Romeo in 2022. Alfa Romeo described the Formula 2 frontrunner as a “trailblazer who will write a pivotal page in his country’s motorsport history”. Zhou, 22, will partner Valtteri Bottas, signed from Mercedes after veteran Kimi Raikkonen decided to retire this year. He replaces Antonio Giovinazzi, who has raced for Alfa since 2019 but now has no place on the F1 grid next year. Zhou, who is second in the F2 championship with three wins this season and two rounds still to go next month, said: “I … Continue reading Guanyu Zhou becomes first Chinese Formula 1 driver after signing for Alfa Romeo

Underdogs to winners: Australia break T20 World Cup duck

It took Australia seven attempts but under Aaron Finch they finally laid their hands on a maiden Twenty20 World Cup title on Sunday with an eight-wicket triumph over New Zealand. The 20-overs trophy drought for one-day cricket’s most successful team was an aberration for Finch, who had oozed confidence that Australia would be “rectifying” the wrong. Mitchell Marsh and David Warner combined for a 92-run stand to trump New Zealand captain Kane Williamson’s side after his masterly knock had taken them to a competitive total. Williamson capitalized on an early reprieve to fire his team to 172-4 which they failed to defend … Continue reading Underdogs to winners: Australia break T20 World Cup duck

OMG: Soccer star accused of hiring masked men to hammer her teammate with metal bars

Last week, two stars of French women’s soccer Aminata Diallo and Kheira Hamraoui, were in the same car traveling home from a team dinner when a group of masked men reportedly dragged them both out of the vehicle and clobbered Hamraoui’s legs and hands with metal bars. With her teammate in hospital, Diallo took Hamraoui’s place in the Paris St.-Germain starting lineup on Tuesday as they played against Real Madrid in a prestige Champions League match. One day later, Diallo was arrested by Paris police in connection with last week’s attack. The shocking development was announced in a statement from PSG … Continue reading OMG: Soccer star accused of hiring masked men to hammer her teammate with metal bars

Seriously?: India arrests Muslims for cheering Pakistan cricket team

Police in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have arrested three Kashmiri students for allegedly celebrating Pakistan’s win over India in Sunday’s T20 World Cup cricket game. Police said they shouted “anti-India and pro-Pakistan” slogans during the match and were charged with “promoting enmity and cyber terrorism”. The arrests in the city of Agra are the latest in the crackdown against Muslims for allegedly cheering Pakistani team. Pakistan defeated India by 10 wickets. Relations between the South Asian neighbours have always been frosty and a cricket match often worsens these tensions. Critics say after India lost the match, many … Continue reading Seriously?: India arrests Muslims for cheering Pakistan cricket team

Finally: Barcelona fires coach Koeman after woeful start to soccer season

Barcelona sacked coach Ronald Koeman after Wednesday’s 1-0 LaLiga defeat at Rayo Vallecano, the Catalan club said on Wednesday.Ex FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman looks on before Wednesday’s match against Rayo Vallecano in Madrid, Spain. “FC Barcelona has relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties as first team coach. The president of the club, Joan Laporta, informed him of the decision after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano,” the LaLiga club said in a statement. “Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva.” FC Barcelona wishes to thank him for his service to the club and … Continue reading Finally: Barcelona fires coach Koeman after woeful start to soccer season

Who Is This Disgrace: Boston Celtics star under fire over China comments

Boston Celtics basketball player Enes Kanter is under fire in China after calling President Xi Jinping a “brutal dictator”. In a video posted to Twitter, he also expressed support for the Free Tibet movement. His name has since been blocked from Chinese social media site Weibo, and the streaming of Celtics games has reportedly been cancelled. China’s foreign ministry has accused Kanter of “trying to get attention”. It comes two years after tweets from then Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey prompted China’s broadcaster to cease showing NBA games. “My message for the Chinese government is free Tibet,” Kanter told … Continue reading Who Is This Disgrace: Boston Celtics star under fire over China comments

Australia says cost of Brisbane 2032 Olympics Games to exceed A$5bn

The cost of the 2032 Brisbane Olympics is likely to exceed the A$5 billion ($3.72 billion) estimate in the pitch document but the Australian government would ensure it was spent wisely, sports minister Richard Colbeck said on Tuesday.138th IOC Session The federal government has promised to contribute 50% of the costs of Australia’s third Summer Olympics and Colbeck admitted it had been blindsided by a Queensland government announcement of a A$1 billion rebuild of Brisbane’s Gabba cricket ground. “It’ll probably be a bit more than five (billion), given the infrastructure for transport and the infrastructure for the Games,” Colbeck told … Continue reading Australia says cost of Brisbane 2032 Olympics Games to exceed A$5bn

Tragic: New Zealand All Blacks player Sean Wainui dies in car crash

New Zealand rugby player Sean Wainui has died in a car crash. Police said the 25-year-old, a former under-20 international, was killed in a single-vehicle accident when his car hit a tree near Tauranga. Wainui played 10 times for the Maori All Blacks and made 44 Super Rugby appearances for the Waikato Chiefs. In June, he scored five tries against the NSW Waratahs – setting the record for the most tries by a player in a single Super Rugby match. He also played for Bay of Plenty during the 2021 provincial rugby season. New Zealand Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson … Continue reading Tragic: New Zealand All Blacks player Sean Wainui dies in car crash