Just the Facts: Remarkable Olympic feats

By September 04, 2019
Leighton Levy

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    It was announced on Monday that the Games in Japan will be staged from July 23 to August 8, 2021 after being postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    The Lions start the three-Test series against world champions South Africa on July 24, with further showdowns to come on July 31 and August 7.

    Lions managing director Ben Calveley says kick-off times will prevent sports lovers from missing any of the action.

    "Fans should not miss out on any action," said Calveley.

    "We are determined to play our part in what will be an extraordinary summer of sport."

    He added: "The priority right now has to be the safety and well-being of all those affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

    "There should not be any direct clashes with Lions matches and Olympic events given the time difference between South Africa and Tokyo.

    "We are expecting a fantastic series against the world champions."

  • Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23 to August 8, 2021 Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23 to August 8, 2021

    The Tokyo Games have been rescheduled to take place between July 23 and August 8, 2021, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) has confirmed.

    Last week, the Olympics – which were due to start on July 24 – were postponed due to the global spread of coronavirus.

    A joint statement from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organising committee later clarified the Games would be moved "to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021".

    The IOC has now ratified the new dates, while announcing the Paralympics will take place from August 24 to September 5.

    In a conference call on Monday, IOC president Thomas Bach said: "I want to thank the International Federations for their unanimous support and the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees for the great partnership and their support in the consultation process over the last few days.

    "I would also like to thank the IOC Athletes' Commission, with whom we have been in constant contact. With this announcement, I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese Government and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge.

    "Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel."

    An IOC statement said the decision was based on three main considerations; to protect the health of athletes and support the containment of COVID-19, to safeguard the interests of athletes and of Olympic sport, and the global international sports calendar.

    It added the new dates provide health authorities ample time to deal with an ever-changing landscape, while sufficient time will be given to finish qualification processes where necessary.

    The IOC said heat mitigation factors as planned for 2020 will also still be implemented.

    The President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Mori Yoshiro, said: "I proposed that the Games should be hosted between July and August 2021, and I really appreciate that President Bach, having discussed this proposal with the various international sports federations and other related organisations, kindly accepted my proposal.

    "A certain amount of time is required for the selection and qualification of athletes and for their training and preparation, and the consensus was that staging the rescheduled Games during the summer vacation in Japan would be preferable.

    "In terms of transport, arranging volunteers and the provision of tickets for those in Japan and overseas, as well as allowing for the COVID-19 situation, we think that it would be better to reschedule the Games to one year later than planned, in the summer of 2021.

    "Notwithstanding the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the first time in history, and various other issues that have already been highlighted, the event schedule is the cornerstone of future preparations, and I am convinced that taking this decision promptly will help speed up future preparations."

    The rescheduling marks the culmination of a frantic period.

    A little over two weeks ago, Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe and the IOC both insisted there was no need to postpone the Games.

    However, the worsening situation of the global spread of COVID-19 soon made such proclamations look extremely premature.

    There have been 737,567 confirmed cases of coronavirus globally, with 34,998 people having died - as per World Health Organisation figures on Monday.

  • On this day in sport: Barkley honoured by 76ers and Phelps' world record On this day in sport: Barkley honoured by 76ers and Phelps' world record

    Charles Barkley established himself as an NBA legend with the Philadelphia 76ers and on this day 19 years ago the team paid tribute to him.

    On March 30, 2001, the 11-time NBA All-Star became the seventh 76ers player to have their jersey number retired.

    And Barkley is not the only sporting superstar to have made his mark on this date.

    Let's take a look back...

     

    2001 – Barkley's 34 retired by 76ers

    Barkley wore the number 34 with distinction during his eight seasons with the 76ers.

    Named MVP in 1993, Barkley was honoured by Philadelphia during half-time of the team's game with the Golden State Warriors.

    "My years in Philadelphia were very special to me," Barkley said. "Now, to have my jersey retired, hung next to some of the greatest players of all time ... I consider this an incredible honour."

    2001 – Teen sensation Phelps sets world record

    Michael Phelps' phenomenal talent was evident from an early age.

    At 15, he became the youngest man to set a world record as he clocked one minute and 54.92 seconds in the 200m butterfly in Austin, Texas.

    Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time following his retirement after the Rio Games, winning a remarkable 23 gold medals among a total tally of 28.

    1954 – Garry Sobers makes his Test debut

    Garry Sobers was another teenager whose potential was clear from the outset.

    At 17 and listed at nine in the batting order, he made his Test debut for West Indies against England in Jamaica on this day way back in 1954.

    Sobers is regarded as the finest all-rounder in the history of cricket, having averaged 57.78 with the bat and 34.03 with the ball in 93 Test appearances.

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