2020 OLYMPIC GAMES
The Olympic torch relay in Greece was canceled on Friday March 13 – just one day after the flame was lit in Olympia.
Large crowds defied Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit the cauldron in the Greek city of Sparta, despite repeated warnings for spectators not to attend due to the corona virus.
That forced the decision of the Greek Olympic Committee to end the torchlight procession on Greek soil on the second day of the planned eight-day trip. It is the only third time that a relay to Athens for the summer games has not been completed.
The Olympic flame is still being handed over to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday March 19, but with no fans present. The start of the Japanese relay race, in Fukushima, will take place without fans and local authorities cancel their welcome ceremony.
Due to the magnitude of the outbreak in Japan, senior member of the International Olympic Committee, Dick Pound, described the disease as & # 39; the new war & # 39; which threatened Tokyo 2020 and warned that the Games may need to be canceled if the virus was still in May.
The Japanese government later insisted on Pound & # 39; s comments were not the official position of the IOC, but doubts remain as to whether the summer showcase can still cause health problems.
Athletes have been told to keep training and plan to keep the Games in Japan as planned, but training for about 80,000 volunteers has been postponed until May – it should start on February 22.
Friday, March 13, US President Donald Trump suggested postponing the Tokyo Olympics for a year because the color onavirus was immediately shot by the Japanese Olympic minister.
"The IOC and the Organizing Committee are not considering cancellation or postponement – absolutely not," said Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, at a news conference in Tokyo.
On Tuesday, March 17, Kozo Tashima, one of the vice presidents of the Japanese Olympic Committee and president of the Japanese Football Association, tested positive for coronavirus.
The International Olympic Committee and the organizers of Tokyo have kept up to date since the viral outbreak in China three months ago across Asia and around the world: matches will open as scheduled on July 24 .
The organizers of Tokyo 2020 received the Olympic flame during a scaled-down transfer ceremony in the Greek capital on March 19.
Lord Coe, chief of the world athletics, claimed that it is too early to cancel the Tokyo Olympics this summer, but has warned that it will be done on March 19 if necessary.
The World Indoor Athletics Championships, which would be held from March 13-15 in Nanjing, is postponed to March 2021.
North Korea canceled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April impose a border fence due to the magnitude of the outbreak in South Korea, where the Seoul Marathon is canceled to protect runners.
The Paris Half Marathon is canceled and the French government has also decided to ban all public gatherings of more than 100 people before ordering people to stay at least 15 days from March 15. The race with some 44,000 participants was scheduled for Sunday, March 1. Organizers said the race will be postponed to a date to be determined.
The London Marathon, scheduled to take place on April 26, has been postponed to October 4. More than 40,000 runners would participate.
The Barcelona Marathon, scheduled for March 15, has been postponed to October.
Olympic qualifications for boxing in Wuhan were canceled by the International Olympic Committee, but continued in Amman from March 3-11.
The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy after the outbreak.
The Japanese Boxing Commission has canceled all combat cards scheduled for March on the advice of the government to suspend all ongoing sports matches. They are not moved.
Dele Alli to tell disciplinary leaders that the controversial Coronavirus video that brought him an FA charge was not a racist but a misjudged joke
- Dele Alli landed himself hot water after he seemed to be making light of coronavirus
- He has until Thursday to respond to the FA's indictment of the social post
- The midfielder will tell the governing body that the video was a misjudged joke
- The 23-year-old is probably enrolled in a training course and fined
- Spurs are desperate for their player to prevent a prohibition with other injured players
Tottenham are desperate for Alli, who will almost certainly be enrolled in an education course and receive a fine, to prevent a suspension for the social media post in which he mocks a man about the infection, especially with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son long-term concerns.
Alli has until Thursday to respond to the indictment, after which an FA committee has ten days to decide on the outcome of the case.
Determining whether the video was racist will be the key to the level of punishment handed to Alli.
But the English international will maintain that his video was not intentionally racist, but rather a naive mistake. Alli removed the video within a few minutes of placement and apologized twice.
In February, Alli spoke publicly about the fight against racism in English football and said: & The whole issue of racism in football is certainly going through ups and downs.
& # 39; But it is always there and I feel that every time it is exposed, it escalates again.
& # 39; I feel that more action needs to be done to actually kick it out. & # 39; The fact that the video, posted on Snapchat, was not intended for public consumption, could also work to Alli's advantage because he is trying to escape a ban.
Alli placed the video on his private Snapchat account, which means that only people he has verified can access his messages.
However, the video in question had somehow leaked to the Daily Star on Sunday, despite the fact that only certain people could view the post.
In November, Manchester City Star Bernardo Silva was banned for one game and fined £ 50,000 for a social media post in which he compared teammate Benjamin Mendy to the character on a pack of Conguitos – a chocolate brand available in Spain and Portugal .
An FA committee accepted that Silva was not going to be racist & # 39; but put the suspension aside in view of the connotations.
But where the two cases differ is that the video of Alli was intended as private, while Silva posted on Twitter, a public forum.
Tottenham and England star Dele Alli CHARGED by the FA with misconduct after making jokes about the coronavirus outbreak while appearing to be mocking an Asian man
- Dele Alli landed himself in hot water after he appeared to light coronavirus
- He filmed an Asian man and suggested that he was afraid to catch the virus
- The Tottenham star then took the video down and apologized for any violation
- The English international was charged by the FA for his social media video
Dele Alli has been charged by the football with misconduct Association after an investigation of his video on social media who joked about the corona virus outbreak.
The midfielder Tottenham and England, 23, violated Rule E3 (1) because the function was considered offensive and / or inappropriate and / or discredited the game & # 39 ;.
Alli now has until March 5 to submit his response to misconduct.
The FA has written to Alli to request his comments as part of the investigation and their conclusion has shown that & # 39; the function is a & # 39; aggravated violation & # 39; defined in FA Rule E3 (2) as it contained a reference, whether explicit or implicit, regarding race and / or color and / or ethnic origin and / or nationality. & # 39;
Another consideration for the FA was whether the post was intended for public consumption. Alli placed the video on his private Snapchat account, which is only accessible to people he has verified.
However, the video in question was leaked to the Daily Star and football against racism in Europe on Sunday, executive director Piara Powar said recently: & lt is at least a deeply insensitive joke. The FA is right to do research and possibly take action. & # 39;
Bernardo Silva from Manchester City was banned for a competition and was fined £ 50,000 in November for a post comparing teammate Benjamin Mendy with the cartoon character of chocolate brand Conguitos.
An FA committee accepted that Bernardo did not intend to be racist, but nevertheless suspended him. The messages from Pope and Bernardo were made on Twitter, a public forum.
Alli posted the private video on Saturday. It showed a man of Asian descent alongside the caption: & # 39; Corona whatttttt, please listen with volume. & # 39;
In the next part of the Snapchat story, the midfielder wears a mask while he appears to be worried. He then shows a bottle of hand wash, accompanied by the caption: "This virus gunna must be faster than that to catch me."
After saying sorry, Alli subsequently posted a second video apology on Chinese social media Weibo site, but that was not enough to prevent FA costs.
Alli has been in excellent shape for Tottenham since the arrival of Jose Mourinho. He was tipped for a recall in England for next month's friendly games against Italy and Denmark, but the FA penalty could harm his hope.
Alli, who took real precautions against the killer virus during the winter break during the holidays during the holidays, removed the video after two minutes, apparently realizing his judgment error.
Spurs have important links to Asia. Kumho Tires, Fun 888 and HSBC are listed as official partners on the club's website.
A spokesperson for Kick It Out said: & # 39; We were disappointed to see the video that Dele Alli recently posted on his social media. However, we are pleased that Dele acknowledged his mistake and apologized for the incident.
& # 39; Social Media offer players a welcome and powerful platform to connect with fans in a positive way. But racist stereotypes are not acceptable as a joke to be broadcast on social media. & # 39;
No worries about the Champions League? Manchester City stars laugh and laugh during training as the men of Pep Guardiola prepare for the visit of West Ham while forgetting to forget the biennial spell of European competitions
- Man Guard City of Pep Guardiola enjoyed a training session on Tuesday afternoon
- There was a jovial atmosphere during the session while the players shared a laugh and joke
- It comes days after the city was banned from the Champions League for two years
- Guardiola aims to turn his team's attention back to field issues
Riyad Mahrez and Co were in a jovial mood as they prepared for the re-planned visit of West Ham to Etihad on Wednesday, after the game was initially postponed by Storm Ciara.
It seems to be known on Friday that the club was excluded from participating in European competitions for the next two seasons, but that the entire situation had brought them closer as a group.
City is also being co-ordinated faced with the possibility of being stripped of their Premier League title, which was won in 2014 as a separate Pre-ant League investigation, had to show that they had violated financial rules – something that the club strongly denies.
The city believes they can overturn the ruling and is preparing to bring the case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport – which earlier this season reduced Chelsea's transfer ban on appeal from two to one.
Although their future remains muddy for the foreseeable future, Guardiola is desperate to focus his players' attention on their game against the Hammers at the Etihad.
Guardiola has yet to publicly comment on the ban, but will be braced for questions, including those about his own future, in his post-match press conference.
City said on Friday evening that they would appeal the decision to the Arbitration Court for Sports, where the process is described as & # 39; defective and consistently leaked & # 39 ;.
Club leader Ferran Soriano personally informed the players when they returned to training on Saturday afternoon.
City will bid to bring Liverpool's huge lead at the top of the table back to 22 points when they come back into action after their winter break.
Amid all the uncertainty outside the field, City fans will seek comfort in the possible return to the theorem of Leroy Sane, Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte, all of whom were shown in training.
Sane has not been seen since the rupture of a cruciate ligament in the Community Shield's victory over Liverpool in August.
Mendy has missed the last four games due to an unspecified knock and the French middle half Laporte has managed to save only one game since repairing a knee strap injury sustained in August.
Their return to fitness will be a huge boost for Guardiola, whose side is above third place in Leicester.
Raheem Sterling misses due to a hamstring injury and Oleksandr Zinchenko is suspended after being fired for two bookable offenses in City & # 39; s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham's last time out
& # 39; Are you talking about the goals he scored or the goals he missed? & # 39 ;: Jose Mourinho shares a joke with two-target hero Son Heung-min after wasting opportunities before hitting the late winner
- Son Heung-min scored twice during Tottenham's 3-2 win over Aston Villa
- The South Korean star scored the winner in stopping time for visitors
- ] Jose Mourinho joked with his player about his wasted chances for the winner
But it was on a nervous day for Jose Mourinho [Dezijdeevan that was made to work hard for their victory after a resilient display by the Dean Smith team, especially in the second half.
After scoring in the first half, the South Korean was thwarted three times in the second half by an on-song Pepe Reina, before using a Bjorn English foul during a stopping time.
After what was a hectic game of football, Son did an interview with a member of the Tottenham media team.
Mourinho interrupted the interview and asked: & # 39; Are you talking about the goals he scored or the goals he missed? & # 39;
Son saw the funny side of Mourinho's humor as he laughed while his manager walked away and then continued the interview.
It was the day of redemption stories at Villa Park, as Toby Alde rweireld scored his own goal to give Villa the lead before he hit a thunderous shot past Reina to level the competition.
It was the same for Son who acted to take a penalty after Engels took down his new teammate Steven Bergwijn – only to miss and tap into the rebound.
Engels compensated his mistake on the way to an equalizer and the South Korean attacker could regretly look back on this match after he had failed to defeat the experienced Reina three times.
But Engels went from zero to hero and back to zero when he couldn't control a ball rolling past him and Son scored past Reina in one on one situation to give his game the three points.
Son has now scored six goals in five games, and although he was Tottenham & # 39; s savior on Sunday, Mourinho will hope that his attacker can continue his rich vein of form while pursuing the Champions League spot.
HOT OR NOT: You must question the wisdom of Dele Alli after his coronavirus joke … while the & # 39; sarky comments & # 39; of Jon Moss were satisfactory
- Referees are terribly abused by players, such a shame when it goes the other way
- Jemma Reekie went new markings set for both the 1500m and mile race
- Dele Alli made a joke in bad taste – most people, if honest, have done similar
] The 50 off 22 batsman deliveries in England were pretty incredible
It's hot or not time again as Sportsmail & # 39; s Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what has made him warm and what has made him cold this week.
While back-chat on the field is a slippery slope, there's something strange about this week's episode between Moss and Bournemouth Dan Gosling. Referees get horribly abused players, such a shame when it occasionally goes the other way.
After breaking the British indoor 800m record at the start of the month, Reekie then added new points for both the 1500m and the miles in a single race. Yes, the Nike shoes help, but Laura Muir was hit in the same footwear in that 800m race – safe to say that Reekie achieved a major breakthrough.
Eventually lost the loss, but the 50 off 22 deliveries of the English batsman in South Africa were pretty incredible. Unfortunately, that was also the way England fell on their faces in a T20 chase where they only needed seven runs of seven balls at one point.
He made a joke in bad taste. Most people have done the same thing at some point if they are honest. But you have to wonder about the depth of wisdom from everyone who thought it was a good idea to share it on social media.
Another week, another round of crises. They are now being assessed by UK Sport just five months after the Olympics and at a time when they have no director and the chairman has just stopped. The question is actually how the UK Sport took so long to notice all those flames.
Sleep continues. She is now three games in the season and only has one set to her name. On Wednesday, that meant a straight-sets defeat to the world No. 159 Oceane Dodin in Russia. After the highlights of 2019, her return after a knee problem is far from smooth.
MARK CLATTENBURG: It was a risk for Jon Moss to joke with Bournemouth, as I discovered when I mocked Adam Lallana, but what is being said on the field must remain on the field
He gave me a stick and I probably had reason to send him away, but I chose to try spreading the situation by saying to him: & # 39; You have been different since you played for England & # 39 ;.
He was a nice guy, but it was true, he had changed!
But Adam and Southampton then filed a complaint.
I was disappointed that I had tried to control the situation by conducting a dialogue and adding light, and the PGMOL said there was no reason to reply.
Jon Moss may have tried the same with the Bournemouth players and I understand why he did that. For me it is better than issuing tickets for dissidence.
However, it is risky if he jokes about the performance of a team that is fighting relegation, and that is why Dan Gosling accuses him of making disrespectful comments.
I say that I believe in what is being said on the field should stay on the field.
I would have preferred Gosling and Moss to discuss it privately.
Tottenham & # 39; s Dele Alli faces suspension by the FA after making jokes about the corona virus outbreak while appearing to be mocking an Asian man
- Dele Alli landed himself in warm water after he seemed to clear coronavirus
- He filmed an Asian man and suggested that he was afraid of catching the virus
- The Tottenham star then recorded the video and apologized for any violation
- Now the English international is confronted with punishment for his social media video
The Football Association is investigating Dele Alli The controversial he placed a video of on social media and mocked a man during the outbreak of Coronavirus which confronted the [Tottenham man with a suspension.
The Spurs player apologized for the inappropriate video, but can now be punished after the FA has opened an investigation for a possible discrepancy.
Disciplinary leaders have now written to Alli to look for his comments on the post.
The FA are likely to consider their own statement in November, in which the star Bernardo Silva was banned from Manchester City for one game and fined £ 50,000 for a social media post in which he compared teammate Benjamin Mendy with the character on a package of Conguitos – a chocolate brand available in Spain and Portugal – when they were discussing what to do against Alli.
An FA committee accepted that Silva had no intention of & # 39; racist & # 39; to be against Mendy, but felt compelled to give the suspension away, given the connotations.
Alli, 23, posted the video on Saturday with a man of Asian descent w with the caption: & # 39; Corona whatttttt, please listen with volume. & # 39;
In the next part of the Snapchat story, the midfielder wears a mask while he appears to be worried. He then shows a bottle of hand wash, accompanied by the caption: & # 39; This virus gunna must be faster than that to catch me. & # 39;
After first apologizing for his post on Sunday, Alli posted another video on the Chinese social media site Weibo, which said: & I just wanted to apologize for the video I posted on Snapchat . It was not funny.
"I realized that immediately and took it away. I let myself down and the club. I don't want you to have that impression of me. It is not something to be joked about. & # 39;
Nevertheless, Alli and Spurs are now bracing themselves for FA sanctions in view of the sensitivities of the video.
& # 39; Don't tease me, please & # 39 ;: Luka Jovic admits that Real Madrid's interest was a joke before the £ 62m transfer from Frankfurt was completed
- ] Luka Jovic admitted that he thought Real Madrid's interest in him was a joke
- The Serbian moved to the Bernabeu last summer after impressing Frankfurt
- He is struggling to live up to expectations, however, only one goal so far
Luka Jovic has admitted he thought Real The interest of Madrid in him was a joke before he moved to Bernabeu in the summer.
The Serbian stood out last season in the Bundesliga with 27 goals in 48 games.
His form earned him a £ 62 million summer switch on Real Madrid and Jovic has now admitted that he believed their interest in the beginning was a joke.
My agent called me and told me that Real Madrid called and said they love me. And I say: & # 39; Please don't tease me & # 39 ;, said Jovic, as reported by Marca.
& # 39; But he said yes, there was an offer to think about it.
& # 39; And of course I said yes, and I don't think it was a mistake. Because the main club only calls once. & # 39;
Jovic has difficulty replicating the form for the purpose he showed at the Bernabeu with Frankfurt. He only scored once in 21 appearances, but believes he will be fine for the Spanish giants.
& # 39; I am convinced that I will do well and that I will prove that I am at Real Madrid because I have quality. & # 39;
& # 39; It was never a way out & # 39 ;: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blows & # 39; joke & # 39; red card for Nemanja Matic after Manchester United left the Carabao Cup
Matic was sent a second yellow card for half an hour in the second half when he blocked City's Ilkay Gundogan.
The Serbian midfielder, who brought United back into the game after scoring in the first half, received his first booking when he polluted Riyad Mahrez.
Solskjaer felt referee Kevin Friend and his fellow officials had made the wrong call by sending him out.
He said: & # 39; Of course it's hard to get here and score a goal with 11, let alone 10. It was never a broadcast. Absolutely a joke for me. How often have they criticized us? & # 39;
Solskjaer added: & # 39; The first is not a yellow card. He's out of luck. I do not agree with that decision.
& # 39; We had a chance towards the end, but that made it harder of course. & # 39;
Both Darren Fletcher and Micah Richards, who appear as experts during Sky Sports coverage. , agreed with the United manager.
Former United midfielder Fletcher thought referee Friend's decision to send Matic away was bad, especially because he thought the midfielder had not had contact with Mahrez.
& # 39; I don't think Matic should have been sent away, & # 39; said Fletcher. & # 39; The first is very hard because he is not making contact.
& # 39; And the second is clever from Gundogan, I don't think there is enough contact there and the referee has bought it. & # 39;
Former city defender Richards thought it was a crucial moment that led to one of United & # 39; s better artists being broadcast, and suggested that Friend the nature of the fixture.
He said: & # 39; That moment was crucial for the game. I thought Matic was brilliant today and I don't think either should have been a yellow card. If you make mistakes, every player is booked every week.
& # 39; It's a derby, sometimes you want to see the challenges in these games. It has spoiled the game. & # 39;