first_imgThose who did not sing properly did not deserve to represent the country, said Yoshiro Mori, a former prime minister with a history of gaffes.He was speaking to 300 athletes at a send-off ahead of the August Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro.Reports say attendees had just sung Kimigayo, Japan’s national anthem.”When you go up to the podium, please do not be mumbling but sing the national anthem,” Mr Mori told those gathered on Sunday.”Athletes who cannot sing the anthem should not be considered to be Japan’s representatives,” the Asahi newspaper reports him as saying.Mori, who served as prime minister from 2000 to 2001, is well known for his off-the-cuff remarks.In February 2014, he claimed that English was the “enemy’s language”, when asked why he spoke Japanese instead of English while addressing an international audience.He also came under fire after he criticised Japanese figure skater Mao Asada’s performance at the Sochi Olympics.The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games has also met with controversy – its first choice of logo was thrown out when the designer was accused of plagiarism and the design for the main Olympic stadium had to be scrapped because of spiralling construction costs.last_img read more

first_imgThe president of Brescia affirms that he has had “fever for three days” and that he has been “quarantined for eleven”, locked up in his house in the municipality of Padenghe sul Garda, in the province of Brescia, while his wife has stayed in Cagliari (Sardinia), one son is in Milan and the rest “outside”.“I don’t care about the championship … I’m scared to leave home, I have depression,” he admits.“Life comes first. There are ultras who bring oxygen to hospitals, others who mourn their dead, others are intubated. You can not continue playing this year, you have to think about next. There are those who still do not realize what is happening and those are worse than the virus “, Add.Brescia is currently in last place in the Serie A classification of the Italian league, with 16 points, while the leader is Juventus, with 63, and second is Lazio, with 62. The president of the Italian football club Brescia, last in the classification of Series A (First Division), Massimo Cellino, asked today to cancel the Italian league championship for the coronavirus, which he equated with “the plague”.“If we talk about soccer, We must cancel everything until next season. Realism, gentlemen. This is the plague “, Cellino affirms in an interview published this Sunday by the sports newspaper “Corriere dello Sport”.Cellino rules out that there may be a recovery or a season to end, as other presidents like Claudio Lotito of Lazio have defended, and says that if he wants the “scudetto”, that the Italian league give it to him.“The cup, the scudetto … if Lotito wants it, they will give it to him. He is convinced that he has an excellent team, let’s leave him with this idea,” he argues.last_img read more

first_img“The remaining workers will proceed to work to maintain important companies and platforms important with a 10% pay minimize. The management staff will minimize wages by 20%, whereas the ITF president has voluntarily proposed a 30% lower for one yr, “the assertion stated.“We now have postponed over 900 tournaments on all ITF circuits, together with the 2020 Federation Cup Finals, and it stays unsure when the sport may be resumed. Whereas suspending occasions and prioritizing safety is the suitable response in these distinctive circumstances, it has resulted in plenty of advanced challenges, together with a big lack of income, “the company notes.“To be able to safeguard jobs and defend the long-term well being of our group and our sport, the ITF is implementing a sequence of measures, efficient as of at this time, which embody undertaking financial savings, a labor safety scheme for workers and the usage of ITF Reserve funds, “he stresses. The Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) has issued a press release this Thursday saying cuts in several initiatives, within the salaries of managers, in addition to the momentary suspension of employment for half of its staff. with the purpose of resisting the financial losses generated by the coronavirus and the greater than 900 tournaments which have been canceled within the final month.“The scenario we face represents a elementary problem for our group and our sport. Our goal is to ensure the long-term progress and sustainability of our sport in collaboration with our 210 member nations, so we’re making powerful choices within the brief time period in order that we will proceed to ship tennis for future generations world wide. “, indicated David Haggerty, the president of the ITF.Haggerty recalled that “as a non-profit group,” the “90% of ITF income is reinvested in applications that drive the expansion of tennis”. And now he believes needed a “labor safety system” that “features a allow for roughly half of the ITF workers”, the equal of an ERTE in Spain.last_img read more

first_img Good faith However, I commend him for three things. For looking towards hiring West Indians such as coach Phil Simmons to assist in the development of West Indies cricket, for professionalising regional cricket, and for getting West Indies first-class cricket to be played on a return basis. A week or so ago, however, when I read his interview in Mumbai and read what he had to say about the reasons for his attitude towards the players, I was touched. I was moved. Cameron, whatever we thought of him, was, indeed, a West Indian. He wanted the West Indies to win, he wanted the players to play well and, like every West Indian, he wanted the players to play for the West Indies and to win for the West Indies. He wanted them, however, to be reasonable, to realise that the West Indies is a poor place and cannot afford to pay them what they probably deserve, or what some other countries pay their players. He wants them to understand that they are West Indians and he wants them to understand that while it is hard for them to do, they should be West Indians and give a little to other West Indians to help in their development. He probably remembered how they benefited as youngsters coming up in the region from those who went before and probably argued that they should give back a little. He also wants them to make as much as they can make by allowing them to go and play in the many T20 leagues around the world, by giving them the required “no objection certificates” and whatever they want in order to play. In other words, he would like the players to cooperate with the board, particularly in the interest of West Indies cricket. In other words, although money is important, he would like the West Indies players to respect West Indies cricket, to play whatever cricket they want to play, but only when the West Indies are not in action. All he wanted was that the players be a little bit less selfish. Regional cricket “As a matter fact, for the first time my board said to me, ‘President, you are not authorised to do anything to this agreement because you paid the guys money for the last year and a half when you had the opportunity to change the agreement. You have demonstrated good faith. You have worked with WIPA (West Indies Players’ Association) to get the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) done. For the last how many years, every time we are trying to move the process forward so that we can create a professional set-up, we get held to ransom. We are just tired as an organisation’. “Wes Hall had strikes against him. Sir Julian Hunte had a couple of issues. It started under Pat Rousseau. It happened to Teddy Griffith. “Everybody went and gave them what they wanted. Did our system get any better? It got worse. We moved from number one in the world in 1995 to eight and nine in Tests and ODIs.” I am not a fan of Cameron for many reasons, including his treatment of the players, his treatment of Caribbean journalists especially one like Tony Cozier, his attitude overall, his use of the little money in West Indies cricket and, last but not least, the part he played in the takeover of the International Cricket Council (ICC) by India, England and Australia. One day before the semi-final of the World Twenty20 in India recently, before the West Indies dazzled the world by clipping India and England with three deliveries and two deliveries to spare, respectively, to win the championship in style, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron opened up and explained his philosophy, the reason why he is, or was, probably public enemy number one in the West Indies. Sitting in a Mumbai hotel, he said, apparently quite meekly: “I just want us to get better. I am tired of losing.” And then, as arrogantly as ever, he said: “My role is to run the business and your role is to play cricket.” The “your” he was referring to was the players – and he was correct. Cameron, not knowing that his team would have won the match the following day, or the final showdown a few days later, but hoping against hope that they would, was engaged in a long interview at the time and he tried to explain his unpopularity around the West Indies and the reason why he behaves the way he does, especially when it comes to his treatment of the West Indies players. “We have had strikes or potential strikes for the last 14 years. And we have gone and met the players and given in. And we are ranked eight or nine. I am not sure going and meeting them would have solved it. Problem continued The players, however, right or wrong, and from way back when, quarrelled with the board over money, from George Headley and Alfred Valentine and even in those times when the board had no money, or very little money. The problem continued with the coming of Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket, it continued when West Indies became champions of the world, and it got worse under presidents Peter Short and Rousseau. Short went to London to sort out Brian Lara’s problem when Lara moved out of the team’s hotel; and Rousseau went to London when the team flew from a series against Pakistan to Johannesburg and then to London to sort out the dispute over money. The West Indies were big, the players were big and it appeared that every problem the board had with the players ended with the players rolling up their sleeves and ready for a fight. On many of those occasions, the board had dialogue with representatives of the players before they left the West Indies, but it was as if the players were saying to the board, “You can’t do without us; pay us, or else.” And the board always paid up, more or less. Cameron is right. Every time there was a tour in recent years, the players threatened or went on strike for one thing or the other. No one, except the senior players, ever knew if a tour was really on. That had to stop, or rather, have to stop. West Indies cricket is big. It means a lot to the people. The board, the players’ association and the players must get together in the interest of West Indies cricket and the people. Cameron’s attitude to solve the problem is not the recommended style, but there are some who believe that there comes a time when you should, or must fight fire with fire if you hope to survive. On top of it all, the players’ way doing of business can only be successful if they win all the time. When they win, as they did in India, they can flex their muscles, or cock a hoop at the board, as they did in India. Well said, Cameron. Your role, as president of the board, and as you said, is definitely to run West Indies cricket and the players’ role, as players, is definitely to play cricket to the best of their ability. If you both do that, definitely to the best of your abilities, West Indies will shortly be on top, or they will be very close to the top.last_img read more

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next St. Benilde refused to go down without a fight and edged Arellano in penalty shootout, 4-3 (1-1), to force a winner-take-all Game 3 in the NCAA Season 93 senior football Finals Monday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Blazer Moiselle Angelo Alforque sent the ball to the back of the net as he broke the 3-all deadlock in the shootout after Chief Patrick John Bernarte sailed over the crossbar to surrender the win in the tense Game 2 duel.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Zark’s, Marinero emerge as favorites in wide-open D-League Aspirants’ Cupcenter_img Arellano seemed to have gotten in the head of St. Benilde early after Cyrus Sanquilos put his side up 1-0 at the seventh minute.The Blazers, however, couldn’t stomach the idea of a repeat of last season’s runner-up finish and came out as the aggressors in the second half with Major Dean Ebarle knotting the score at a goal apiece which remained until the end of extra time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAs the match went on to a penalty shootout, Arellano’s Sanquilos, Charles Gamutan, and Roberto Corsame and St. Benilde’s Earl Real Laguerta, Vincent Erik Lovitos, and Renz Joseph Tulayba all traded goals to tie the score at 3-3.Bernate, however, went too strong on his attempt for the Chiefs that allowed Alforque to deliver the clincher. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I told the players at halftime that if we score the equalizer in the second half, we’ll win this. And we did,” said Blazers coach Marlon Maro.Game 3 is on Wednesday, still at the historic Rizal Memorial pitch.In the juniors division, Mariano Suba uncorked a hattrick before goalkeeper Jessie Reil Semblano showcased his defensive whiz in the shootout to deliver San Beda to a 3-1 (3-3) victory over CSB-La Salle Greenhills and take home the Red Booters’ 17th juniors crown.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalslast_img read more

first_imgMIKE KRZYZEWSKI Why so much doubt about Duke’s esteemed basketball program after a resent extended hiccup in the pre-March Madness conference schedule? Coach K is OK with the fact his team will make it to the Big Dance, even if they have to talk their way past the bouncer this year. ——— BEYONC If she wasn’t already your dreamgirl, Jay Z’s main squeeze has now become the No. 1 overall pick by every fantasy league owner in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue draft. No need for 3D glasses. We can see through the $200 bootylicious bikinis just fine without `em. ——— TIM HARDAWAY What happens in Vegas somehow can get onto the radio and start a flaming firestorm. Know what we hate? It’s unenlightened opinions from former athletes. We support your right to speak. But honestly, maybe it’s proof the NBA isn’t ready for its first openly gay active player. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_img“It has been a very tough time for me but above all I’m strong. I fought my way back and now I feel better. It feels good to be back and now I’m focused on keeping myself injury free and try help the team,” The midfielder told the club’s official website.“When I’m injured I don’t like it; no one likes it. That is the worst time for a player. For me it has been a really tough four months, but I’m thankful because my team-mates have helped me get back, the doctors have been of help as well,” Wanyama further added.He has also revealed he was forced to work extra hard in order to be back in the shortest time possible, sometimes sleeping for only three hours a day as he raced against time to gain fitness.Victor Wanyama in training at Tottenhams Headquarters this week.This has been the longest injury period in Wanyama’s career since his move to the United Kingdom with Celtc FC, but he has been credited for having come off it faster than anticipated.“Mentally I am strong and I was just focusing on getting better. It hasn’t been easy, I am glad I’m back now ready to work hard and help the team,” he added.His coach Mauricio Pochettino, who had earlier admitted in Spurs’ rough patch that the team was struggling without their combative midfield workhorse, was happy to see Wanyama back running in the middle of the pack and providing the much needed defensive shield.“I’m so pleased for Victor (Wanyana) as well. He played well. He’s had a lot of months out and I’m happy to see him back again,” Pochettino said in his post match remarks.Wanyama was pleased to be back on a winning note, especially noting they were hunting on tough grounds in Wales, against a side fighting for their lives to stay in the Premier League.Ben Davies celebrates scoring Tottenham Hotspur’s sixth goal with Kenya’s Victor Wanyama.PHOTO/courtesy“It was a good team performance, everyone fought for the team and we showed character that we can dig deep in the hard times. It was a good three points,” he offered.Wanyama now hopes his presence will influence the team to get back to the top having struggled since the start of the season despite their brilliant performance last term. Spurs are currently fifth on the standings with 40 points, 22 behind leaders Manchester City.“It’s important to try fight our way back to the top. It’s been a tough season for us and now we are trying to get back to winning ways. Hopefully we can grind results and get the team to where it belongs,” he said.Spurs are faced with a feisty fixture calendar and they will be facing West Ham on Thursday at Wembley before playing AFC Wimbledon at the same venue on Sunday in the FA Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victor Wanyama made Tottenham return against Swansea. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 3- Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama says it has been the toughest four months having battled a knee injury to return to first team action for his English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night.Wanyama came off the bench in the 59th minute replacing Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez as Spurs won 2-0 over relegation threatened Swansea in Wales.  This was the Kenyan’s first appearance since coming off injured in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on August 20.last_img read more

first_imgFormer FKF boss Sam Nyamweya who was also vying for the top seat alongside ex Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga, former AFC Leopards chairman Alex Ole Magelo, Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda Former FKF NEC Member Angeline Mwikali and Simon Mburu had sought for the orders at the Tribunal.The Nyamweya led group had contested the electoral code that among other things required presidential aspirants to pay a non-refundable fee of Sh400,000 while they also lamented that there was no public participation in formulation of the regulations.“The respondent failed to adhere to the national value of public participation as set out in Article 10 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 in formulating and adopting the Electoral Code. The respondent failed to adhere to the requirements of the FIFA Statutes in constituting the Electoral Code,” the ruling delivered by Ohaga stated.It added; “We find that the process of elections has been marred and the resultant results of this process are null and void.”The Tribunal has also ruled that the Electoral Board was not properly constituted. The presence of seasoned broadcaster Elyna Shiveka in the board was contested as she also seats in the Tribunal and this was seen as a conflict of interest.“As Chief Justice David Maraga stated, elections are a process, not an event. The sanctity of the process of elections is what validates the results of the election,” Ohaga further noted.The Federation has now been asked to reconstitute the Electoral Board as well as engage its stakeholders in public participation in the formulation of the Electoral Code.As thus, the status quo at the Federation has been maintained with all office holders retaining their positions until fresh elections are conducted.“We will abide by the ruling of the Tribunal and communicate to FIFA on the same. There is also a possibility that we could contest the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sports,” FKF boss Nick Mwendwa said in a separate reaction.0Shares0000(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sports Disputes Tribunal chairman John Ohaga. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 3 – The Sports Disputes Tribunal has cancelled the Football Kenya Federation presidential and National Executive Committee Elections scheduled for Saturday and cancelled results of the branch elections conducted last month.The orders were issued on Tuesday by Tribunal chair John Ohaga who ruled that the Electoral Board was not properly constituted while there was no public participation in the formulation of the electoral code as stipulated in the Constitution.last_img read more

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 5 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT smart causal 5 Latest Manchester United News But the pair have clearly helped solidify things as United bounced back from defeats to Brighton and Tottenham – a 3-0 loss that represented the heaviest home defeat of Mourinho’s managerial career.United return to action at Old Trafford for the first time since then when Wolves visit on Saturday.The promoted side’s manager Nuno Espirito Santo was part of Mourinho’s squad when Porto won the Champions League in 2004, while the United manager’s agent Jorge Mendes is playing a noteworthy role in a project that has a distinct Portuguese flavour.Asked if he had spoken to Mendes about Wolves, Mourinho said: “No, I don’t speak with him for quite a long time, to be honest.“But when we speak we don’t speak about my job or his job. He’s my agent and that’s it. 5 “I want him to play totally fresh. To play for Manchester United is difficult enough for a kid of 19 years old coming from another country and after an important injury and surgery.“He doesn’t need to face more difficulties because of accumulation of matches.“He played 90 minutes, Champions League, difficult pitch, recovered totally and Tuesday he plays again.“But I think he showed for the ones that don’t know him very, very well, he showed that he is not a player to be here just on formation.“He is a player to be here for competition for positions. He’s a very good player.” “I think the team as a team is resolving the defensive problems better than before,” Mourinho said when asked about the duo.“I don’t want to say it was (Eric) Bailly or (Phil) Jones and it is now Smalling or Lindelof.“I think the team is more compact, is more solid.“The spirit, the cooperation, the empathy, the communication – all of that improves in the team and good results bring confidence and I think we are improving as a team.“I don’t want to say our improvement has the name of Chris or Victor. The team is playing better and of course they are part of the team that played well in these matches.” Nuno Espirito Santo was part of Jose Mourinho’s Champions League winning squad at Porto in 2004 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings Mourinho says Dalot will play United’s Carabao Cup tie at home to Derby on Tuesday night Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade deals Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img United swooped to bring in Dalot on a five-year deal and, having overcome a knee injury, the right-back made his first-team debut on Wednesday against Young Boys in the Champions League to the excitement of many Red Devils fans.Young Boys 0-3 Manchester United reportIt was an assured display from Dalot in Switzerland, but Mourinho will not take any risks with the talented full-back when Wolves visit on Saturday.“I want him in this process of adaptation, I want him to play totally fresh, so he’s not playing tomorrow,” the United boss said.“He plays Tuesday again (against Derby in the Carabao Cup). Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Manchester United youngster Diogo Dalot will have to wait for his Old Trafford debut as Jose Mourinho plans to ease him into the fold.The 19-year-old only made a handful of senior appearances for Porto but Dalot was attracting serious summer interest from some of Europe’s top clubs. Matic and Rashford are unavailable as they are suspended Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Dalot performed well on his United debut in their Champions League win over Young Boys RANKED 5 gameday cracker REVEALED silverware REVEALED “But I think the work in Wolves is good because it’s not just about the Portuguese influence – Portuguese manager, staff and players – it is also about getting the right ones and I think they got good young players and they got also good experienced, stable players.“So, they got this season, the Portuguese national team goalkeeper, they got (Joao) Moutinho, which is one of the players of the 100 caps club.“Big stability in the team. The young ones are young boys with good potential and you can see the work of the coaching staff and the team is a really, really good team.” Mourinho’s side are looking for their fourth straight win in all competitions 5 United captain Antonio Valencia is set to replace Dalot in the starting line-up, having been rested for the 3-0 win in Bern due to concerns over the impact of the synthetic surface.Jesse Lingard, another rested for the Young Boys trip, and Phil Jones, out recently with a hamstring complaint, are also back in contention for a match that Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo are not ready for.Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic are suspended as United look to extend a three-match winning streak that has coincided with a settled centre-back partnership of Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling.last_img read more