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Five New Sports Set To Come to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (part 1)

Although the holiday season is over, TV has some new gifts that you’ll never want to return. Settle certain 12 months of fan-favorite stars such as Fran Drescher and Edie Falco, inspiring physical feats such as the Olympics, new streaming services, as well as another must-see season of Outlander.

Adding new sports to the Olympics helps promote interest among younger viewers. Here are the five making their debut or comeback in 2020.

Baseball/Softball

The popularity of baseball in Japan has undoubtedly played a neighborhood in ushering this sport into the 2020 Olympics. The overall consensus asserts that baseball derives from Rounders – another bat and ball sport that was popular in Great Britain and Ireland within the 18th century.

A game of baseball is played between two teams, each composed of nine players, who alternate playing offense and defense. The team playing offense bats and so the team playing defense pitches and fields.

A standard game consists of nine innings. The goal of the sport is to attain more points within the sort of runs than the opposite team. A run is constituted by literally running from base to base, with the target being to finish a trip by reaching all four bases. A player may only run when the ball is hit ahead of the foul lines which sit at 45-degree angles to the batter’s home base.

Softball may be a variant of baseball and can be played by women at the 2020 Olympics. the most differences between the 2 are that in softball the ball is larger, the parameters of the sector are smaller, and therefore the pitchers throws the ball underhand rather than overhand.

Karate

It is rather surprising that karate is merely making its debut within the Olympics in 2020, considering that a lot of other martial arts like judo, boxing, wrestling, and tae kwon do are within the Olympics for many years.

Karate may be mixed self-defense within the incontrovertible fact that it includes a mess of moves like punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open-hand techniques like knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes.

There are two disciplines of karate that will feature at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Kumite is that the sparring discipline and can have three weight classes each for men and ladies. Kata is the form of discipline and can have one event each for men and ladies. There’ll only be three weight categories as against the standard five employed by the planet Karate Federation.

The biggest prize on offer this year: the EURO trophy

The Henri Delaunay Cup, the UEFA EURO 2020 trophy, is the biggest prize on offer in 2020.

One lucky captain will enjoy a career-defining moment when they hoist aloft the Henri Delaunay Cup at Wembley on 12 July 2020.

Spain’s captain Iker Casillas had the pleasure of becoming the first to lift the trophy’s updated version in June 2008, with the new silverware a fitting replacement for the prize which had been synonymized with the UEFA European Championship.

The trophy’s second version is based on the original that was designed by the Arthus-Bertrand company in 1960. It is named after Henri Delaunay, who is former president of the French Football Federation and the first general secretary of UEFA, from its founding on 15 June 1954 to 9 November 1955.

It is 2kg heavier and 18cm higher than the original version, has retained its historical name, and was made of sterling silver. The trophy was reincarnated in order to reflect the size and scale of Europe’s most prestigious international tournament.

The responsibility for creating the original silverware went to Pierre Delaunay, son of Henri, the visionary behind the competition. Henri died in 1955 without having seen his idea come to fruition. However, the updated prize is testament to his legacy, maintaining its original style.

Minor differences between the updated and original versions include the silver base being enlarged in order to make it stable. Additional, the names of the winning countries having appeared on the plinth have been engraved on the back of the trophy. It weighs 8kg and is 60cm tall.

Unlike the original version, which was made by Chobillon goldsmith and was then bought by Arthus-Bertrand in Paris, the making of the modern one was entrusted to Asprey London.

Asprey, renowned silversmiths, jewellers and goldsmiths, have a long history of trophy-making stretching back to the America’s Cup, which their sister company Garrard produced in 1848. UEFA wanted to improve on the quality but also the scale of the trophy, in order to have a focal point for the event – it was felt the original trophy was too small to do this.

2020 Olympic organizers announce course for Sapporo marathons

The organizers have announced the course for the men’s and women’s marathon competitions in Sapporo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last Thursday.

Toshiro Muto, CEO of the host committee, said at a news conference in Tokyo on Dec 19 that the International Olympic Committee, World Athletics and Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympics and Paralympics had agreed on it that morning.

The decision was made after officials of the IOC and World Athletics, the sport’s global governing body (formerly known as the International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF), had held an inspection in Sapporo last Saturday.

The races will start and finish at Sapporo Odori Park, which is located in the center of Sapporo. The course consists of an approximately 20-km loop and the majority of it is used for the Hokkaido Marathon, which is held every August. After the athletes go around it once, they will then circle a route of roughly 10 km, using the northern part of the 20-km loop.

The competitors will run by or even through some of the city’s scenic sites, such as the nationally famous Susukino entertainment district, Nakajima Park, the Hokkaido University campus and former Hokkaido Government Office Building, which is nicknamed “Red Brick Office.”

The organizing committee said that it would hold an official measurement of the course and more details of the course would be revealed after it.

Since the IOC decided to move the marathon and race walk competitions from Tokyo to the capital of Hokkaido to avoid the intense summer heat of the nation’s capital during the July 24-Aug. 9 games in late October, the aforementioned governing bodies had discussed the course.

The focal point was the last half of the races. But according to the organizing committee, many main roads of the city would have to be occupied with the World Athletics idea.

World Athletics had originally proposed six laps for a 7-km loop, while the host committee had offered a plan of two laps for a 20-km route to cover the 42.195 km race. Muto said that the committee made a concession in the second half of the course.

Yasuo Mori, deputy executive director of the organizing committee, admitted that it is not easy to set up a marathon course. But he added that the marathon competitions at the Tokyo Olympics would be held in a “good, compact course” going through some picturesque sites in the northern city.

The men’s marathon will begin at 7 a.m. on the final day of the Games while the women’s race will start at the same time a day earlier.

U22 Indonesia to face U22 Vietnam in SEA Games 30 final

Two-time gold medalist U22 Indonesia will play a Vietnam side that is chasing their first gold in SEA Games – the Southeast Asian Games event – in next Tuesday’s final.

But Indonesia were given a big scare by a Myanmar side after both two teams were tied 2-2 in normal time. After the first half without any score, the goals rained in the second half when Evan Dimas struck the opening the goal in the 58th minute and then the Young Garudas doubled their goal through Egy Maulana in the 71st minute.

Then Velizar Popov’s side showed an incredible comeback and were back on level pegging within a space of just 2 minutes. Before Win Naing Tun sent the match into the 80th minute of the extra time, Aung Kaung Mann halved the deficit in just a minute earlier.

Indra Sjafri’s team managed to recover from that knock as Osvaldo Hay (102′) and Dimas (113′) scored the important goals in order to secure a 4-2 win that sent Myanmar packing out of the competition.

In the other semi-final played on Saturday afternoon, Vietnam confirmed their superiority over Cambodia with a comprehensive 4-0 win. Cambodia boys who had advanced to the semi-final at the expense of Malaysia, found the Golden Dragons too hot for them to handle.

Nguyen Tien Linh opened the win in the 20th minute before it turned into a Ha Duc Chinh show when the latter served up a hattrick so much to the delight of their Coach Park Hang-seo. This is the first time Vietnam has reached the gold medal match since the 2009 competition when they lost to Malaysia in the final.

Vietnam and Indonesia had already met each other once in the competition as both the two teams came from Group B with Vietnam’s winning that first encounter 2-1.

Qatar marks three-year countdown to FIFa World Cup 2022

Qatar has marked the three-year countdown to hosting the 2020 FIFA World Cup with a new series intended to highlight the country’s football culture.

The photo series features personal stories by more than 30 people – a mix of Qataris and foreign residents – who were each given a disposable camera by Goal Click, the global football storytelling and photography project, to capture the role of football in their lives.

The photos and stories show the intimate realities of Qatari football culture from the perspective of workers, fans, journalists, coaches, and both amateur and professional players.

Goal Click has run similar programmes in more than 120 countries, including Iraq, Sierra Leone and Brazil.

Preparations ramp up

Earlier this week, Qatar signed an agreement with MSC Cruises to charter two cruise liners to accommodate fans during the 2020 FIFA World Cup.

The vessels have a combined capacity of 4,000 cabins and will act as floating hotels during the competition.

Qatar’s Minister for Communications and Transport Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti said significant progress had been made in the country’s preparations for the month-long tournament, which will kick-off on November 21, 2022.

Al Sulaiti said development had been completed on the Doha Port “to accommodate multiple large passenger ships and enable the port’s capacity to receive the largest cruise ships in the world”.

Under the terms of the agreement, Qatar will charter the MSC Europa and MSC Poesia. The former is currently under construction in France and scheduled for delivery in 2022.

The MSC Europa is set to be the first ship in the MSC Cruises’ fleet to run on Liquid Natural Gas, reducing the carbon footprint of the vessel.

The cruise ships will be served by shuttle buses, which will take fans to metro stops connected to stadiums, fan zones and other attractions.

In addition to the floating hotels, fans attending the tournament will have the option of staying at apartments, fan villages and regular hotels.

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Roundup: Defeat for Thailand and UAE as Vietnam climb to the top of Group G

It was an entertaining fifth match-day in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on Thursday as Iraq and Saudi Arabia produced late dramas while Australia, Syria, and Japan made it four wins out of four in their qualification campaigns. 

Iraq condemned IR Iran to their second straight defeat with a winner at the death while Herve Renard’s Saudi scored two goals in the final five minutes to overcome Uzbekistan. While Australia and Japan maintained their perfect record, Syria’s fourth win at the expense of China PR has led to the resignation of Marcello Lippi.

Here, we take a comprehensive look at all the results from November 14’s 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Joint-Qualifiers second round ties held across eight groups in Asia.

Group A – China’s defeat to Syria ends in Marcello Lippi resignation

China PR head coach Marcello Lippi has resigned after a 2-1 defeat to Syria at the Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai. Osama Omari had scored in the 19th minute to give the Assyrians the lead, but Espanyol forward Wu Lei had leveled the score before half time. However, a Zhang Linpeng own goal in the second half led to a defeat for China and a resignation from a furious Lippi at the post-match press conference. Meanwhile, the Philippines, who had led to the Italian’s downfall by holding China to a goalless draw last month, continued their good run with a 2-1 win over the Maldives. The Azkals now have seven points, the same as China, and sit third while Syria tops the group with 12 points.

Group G – Defeat for Thailand and UAE as Vietnam climb to the top

Vietnam is now group leader in Group G after they defeated a 10-man United Arab Emirates 1-0 at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi. A spectacular strike from Nguyen Tien Linh in the first half was the winner against UAE who played close to an hour with a man less. Meanwhile, Thailand, who had begun the day at the top, slipped to second after a 2-1 defeat to ASEAN rivals Malaysia. Chanathip Songkrasin had given Akira Nishino’s side an early lead, but Brendan Gan scored and assisted goals as an impressive Harimau Malaya recorded their second win of the campaign. Malaysia and UAE now have six points each while Thailand is the second with seven and Vietnam top with 10.

Scotland make their way into ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020

Having finished fourth in Group A, Scotland had one chance, in the third qualifying play-off, to seal their spot in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, and they grabbed it.

They knocked hosts UAE out with a 90-run win at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday, 30 October, to become the fifth team from the qualifying tournament, after PNG, Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia, to secure a place in the event in Australia next year.

The batsmen, led by George Munsey and Richie Berrington, went on the attack posting a strong 198/6. The UAE reply never got going, and in the face of disciplined bowling and catching, they folded for 108.

Opener Munsey’s knock was defined by his signature, emphatic sweeps. He accelerated from a solid start with a couple of sixes to near his half-century, and finished with five shots over the ropes in his 43-ball 65. It took a sensational one-handed catch from Rameez Shahzad at the ropes to stop him.

Berrington picked up where Munsey left off, racing away to 48 off 18 with three sixes. Calum MacLeod’s 25 off 12 balls acted as a late cameo to push the total near 200.

It took a special one-handed catch from a leaping Rameez Shahzad to end George Munsey’s innings at 65 off 43 balls.

Those all came on a foundation of a strong opening stand of 87 in 11.2 overs, with captain Kyle Coetzer keeping pace with his partner.

With a tall total to defend, Scotland’s bowlers came out confident. Safyaan Sharif struck in the first over, Chirag Suri fending awkwardly at a rising delivery. Rohan Mustafa edged behind to the wicket-keeper and UAE had lost their openers for 12.

Rameez Shahzad offered some entertainment, but when he became the first of Mark Watt’s three wickets, there was little else to prop UAE up.

Scotland will now feature in the 5th/6th place play-off match on Thursday.

BUY OFFICIAL TO ENSURE ENTRY INTO THE RUGBY WORLD CUP KNOCKOUT MATCHES

  • Fans warned to purchase the Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets via official sources only amid huge demand for the knockout matches. Check whether your intended source is official at rugbyworldcup.com/buy-official
  • Those who want to sell tickets bought through the official website for the knockout matches should use the official resale service at rugbyworldcup.com that provides a safe and convenient platform in order to sell unwanted tickets on to other fans
  • Limited new ticket inventory for the knockout matches is available on the official ticketing site at rugbyworldcup.com that follow optimization of stadia configurations and ticket hand-backs from commercial partners as well as participating unions
  • Those with tickets that are purchased via unofficial sources risk being denied stadium entry

Following an emotional pool stage, the Rugby World Cup 2019 is proving to be the must-have sporting ticket for this year. The hot tournament has captured the imagination of rugby fans all around the world; meanwhile, millions of Japanese fans are caught up in the Rugby World Cup mania.

With the knockout round upon us, there is a lot of demand for tickets but with such demand comes inevitable incidents that are related to ticket scams, third-party websites selling tickets unofficially, and touts selling fake tickets. Cases have been reported at some Rugby World Cup 2019 matches, with fans having purchased tickets via unofficial sources being denied stadium access.

Although the numbers are relatively small in comparison with the tens of thousands of fans that have enjoyed matches without issue, incidences seem to increase as demand for tickets for the knockout round and the final reaches fever-pitch.

To ensure the experience of attending a Rugby World Cup match in the host country Japan will not be ruined by being refused venue entry, fans are reminded to purchase tickets exclusively via official Rugby World Cup 2019 sources (check whether a source is official at www.rugbyworldcup.com/buy-official) and use the official ticketing resale service at www.tickets.rugbyworldcup.com.

Fans should also keep up to date with all the latest information about the tournament, including the location of the Fanzones as well as official merchandise stores through the multi-lingual official App, Twitter, and website.

England to face Argentina at Rugby World Cup

George Ford is again at fly-half with captain Owen Farrell at the inside center as England face Argentina looking to claim 3 Rugby World Cup wins in a row.

The team of Saturday is the same one opening the tournament against Tonga, besides the inclusion of lock George Kruis in place of Courtney Lawes.

Ben Youngs will become the England female team’s third most capped player as he plays in his 92nd game.

Head coach Eddie Jones said that Argentina was always about the physical contest. He also added they got good players and a reasonably settled way of playing. They enjoyed World Cups more than the other teams because there was such pride and passion. Therefore, the challenge for his team is to show the same level of intensity and passion at the very start of the game.

Eddie Jones has opted for a second-row combination of Kruis and Maro Itoje allied to the youthful back row of Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola, and Tom Curry for a match that has been predicted to be like a war by Argentina hooker Agustin Creevy.

Prop Mako Vunipola and winger Jack Nowell have been chosen on the replacements’ bench for the first time in this tournament after recovering from long-term injuries, and late squad bolter Lewis Ludlam also has got the nod.

Joe Marler, who retired from England duty one year ago, is in the front row beside Kyle Sinckler and Jamie George.

Anthony Watson, Elliot Daly, and Jonny May are selected in the back three.

Jones was in an emotional mood after the death this week of the coach Jeff Sayle at Randwick in Sydney who first picked him for that famous club and then nurtured him.

Sayle was also the coach of the 1980s’ great Randwick team including the Ella brothers, David Campese, and current Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

Defeat for Argentina would end their World Cup campaign at the pool stage, 4 years after they marched to the last four.

Although they have not beaten England since 2009, their recent record in the tournament is superior to that of their opponents.

Meanwhile, England knows a win would put them into the last eight, with either Wales or Australia likely opponents in the quarter-finals.

More than 1 billion social media interactions record at the UEFA Champions League final

The 2019 UEFA Champions League final has broken a record of more than 1 billion social media interactions, cementing its place as the biggest annual sporting event of the world.

According to available and comparable data, the final of the premier football club competition of the world outperformed all other major sports events in 2019 by more than 30 percent, meanwhile according to Conviva, the video optimization, and online video analytics company, “the UEFA Champions League final is presently the biggest sports event on Instagram stories from a single account” with 177 million impressions.

The impressive figure of 1.09 billion social media interactions consists of all engagements (including likes, shares, and comments) and video views, 110% up from the final one year ago. Interactions were tracked across all of the UEFA’s social accounts and the official accounts of the participating teams, players as well as various media organizations from all over the world. Impressively, almost half of the interactions were generated from the UEFA’s social media platforms, with the remaining coming from other sources.

Moreover, UEFA  supported its commercial partners actively by promoting their activities on social media. Given the popularity of UEFA’s social channels, they can be used to engage targeted audiences for each partner with specific branded messages.

For example, the opening ceremony of the UEFA Champions League final, presented by Pepsi, which saw the famous group Imagine Dragons perform minutes before the match, attracted up to 88 million video views as well as 381 million impressions across Instagram and Facebook.

It is not only the 2019 UEFA Champions League final that surpassed all expectations but the competition itself – from the group stage to the final – drew more than 6.5 billion interactions that originated from UEFA’s own social media channels with 3 billion cross-platform video views.

The 2019/20 season has also started strongly with 149.5 million interactions that are generated on UEFA’s owned platforms by content around the group stage in Monaco in late August, which is more than 4 times the amount of interactions compared with last season.