Japan to explore ‘simplified’ Games: Tokyo governor

first_imgKoike did not go into details but said such discussions were necessary.”Holding the Olympic and Paralympic Games calls for sympathy and understanding of Tokyoites and the Japanese people,” Koike told reporters.”For that, we need to rationalize what needs to be rationalized and simplify what needs to be simplified.”The Yomiuri, citing government and organizing committee sources, said making Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests mandatory for all spectators — in addition to athletes and staff — and limiting movement in and out of the athletes village were among the options Japan would discuss with the IOC. The IOC and Japanese government in March took the unprecedented decision to delay the Games, which had been due to start in July, for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.A further delay beyond 2021 has been ruled out.The new coronavirus has infected more than 6.4 million people and killed about 380,000 around the world. Japan has avoided the kind of explosive outbreak seen in countries such as the United States and Brazil, with about 17,000 infections and 900 known deaths to date.When asked for comment, Tokyo 2020 organizers directed Reuters to its regular news conference scheduled for later in the day.  Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Thursday it may be necessary to a stage a “simplified” Olympics next year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and that organisers were already discussing possible changes.Koike’s comments come after the Yomiuri newspaper reported that various options, such as mandatory coronavirus testing and having fewer spectators, were being considered by organizers.John Coates, the head of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) inspectorate for Tokyo, has said a lack of a defense against the new coronavirus threatened the Games and organizers had to start planning for what could be a “very different” Olympics if there were no signs of COVID-19 being eradicated.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: 13 crazy stats from the U.S. rout of Thailand

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USA’s record-setting win over Thailand • The United States took 40 shots against Thailand, 20 of which were on target. Both are the most in a Women’s World Cup match since at least 2011.• Alex Morgan tied the Women’s World Cup record with five goals. She also had three assists and eight goals plus assists, the most by any player since 2011. Only three other players have had 3-plus goals and 1-plus assists in a Women’s World Cup match.• Morgan joined Carli Lloyd, Carin Jennings and Michelle Akers as the only Americans to record a hat trick in the WWC.5 – Alex Morgan is the second player in #FIFAWWC history to score five goals in a single game, doing so 27 years and 199 days after fellow @USWNT international Michelle Akers managed this feat against Chinese Taipei in November 1991. Decimated. pic.twitter.com/kkl7kay7Rz— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 11, 2019• Lloyd and Morgan now each have eight goals in the Women’s World Cup, tied for the third-most ever by an American.• There were just six minutes between USA’s 4th and 7th goals against Thailand (50, 53, 54, 56), the fastest four goals have ever been scored in a single Women’s World Cup match in the competition’s history.• The USWNT became the first team in Women’s World Cup history to have three different players record a brace in the same match.• Rose Lavelle (24 years, 28 days) and Lindsey Horan (25 years, 16 days) are the third- and fourth-youngest Americans, respectively, to record a brace in a Women’s World Cup match.• Mallory Pugh (21y 1m 13d) is now the third-youngest goalscorer in a Women’s World Cup match in USWNT history..• Carli Lloyd (36y 10m 26d) and Megan Rapinoe (33y 11m 6d) are now the third- and fourth-oldest American goalscorers in WWC history, behind Abby Wambach (35y 15d) and Kristine Lilly (36y 62d). Here’s a look at some of the crazy numbers, courtesy of Opta: • The United States’ 13-0 win is the largest margin of victory ever in a World Cup match (men’s and women’s). Related News Thailand wasn’t expected to provide much opposition for the United States in the defending champions’ 2019 World Cup opener, and that’s exactly how things played out Tuesday. The U.S. rolled to a 13-0 victory in the Group F opener in Reims, never threatened by its overwhelmed opponent. center_img • Rapinoe also tallied two assists, giving her six in Women’s World Cup play, tied with Japan’s Aya Miyama for the most in tournament history.1+1+1 – The US is the first team to score a headed goal, right-footed goal and a left-footed goal in the first half of a #FIFAWWC match since Germany and Norway both did so on on the same matchday in June 2015. Versatility. pic.twitter.com/GfYHleeF8y— OptaJack⚽️ (@OptaJack) June 11, 2019• The USWNT has now had 32 different players (excluding own goals) score for them at the Women’s World Cup, making the US the second nation to have that many different scorers in the competition’s history after Germany (34).• Samantha Mewis’ opening goal for USA was the 800th goal scored in FIFA Women’s World Cup matches, with USA responsible for 116 of them — more than any other team. Women’s World Cup 2019: Alex Morgan leads record-breaking U.S. rout of Thailandlast_img read more