Japan’s swimming star Daiya Seto despite the Olympic 2021 affair

EThe news from young Mr. Seto, a person who swims, is good. Despite moral concerns, the Japanese federation is now allowing him to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. We remember: Reporters revealed that the talented crawler had met a woman he was not married to in a so-called love hotel.

Apart from the fact that it is hypocritical when a country maintains extra hotels for lunches and then gets upset that someone is staying there, the question now arises: It must be feared that the swimming world champion will keep morale in the athletes’ village at underwater level will press?

The answer: Probably not, if you consider that in 2016 in the athletes’ village in Rio, 450,000 condoms were virtually ripped from the hands of donors. With 11,000 athletes that makes just under 41 per person! And they are probably not all married to each other. Well, some condoms were probably taken as souvenirs. But enough of that. What the young woman Seto says about all of this is not an Olympic topic anyway.


Trouble with Bibiane Schulze Solano

José Maria Belausteguigoitia Landaluce shouted: “Play the ball to me, I’ll crush it.” That was during a game for Spain at the 1920 Olympic Games. And the 1.93 meter tall and 95 kilogram man did what he was so rough announced, and won the silver medal in Antwerp with a team that is legendary in Spain. José Maria Belausteguigoitia Landaluce’s exclamation has become part of the national football memory and has co-founded that the Spanish national team is still called “La Furia Roja” (red anger) today.

What does this have to do with Bibiane Schulze Solano, born in November 1998 in the Taunus? A whole lot. José Maria Belausteguigoitia Landaluce, who played for only one club, Athletic Bilbao, is the brother of Bibiane Schulze Solano’s great-grandfather. Her great-grandfather Francisco and two other brothers of his also once wore the red and white jersey of the Basque club. 100 years after José Maria’s Olympic success, she followed in his footsteps. The 21-year-old made her debut for Athletic Bilbao in the Primera División, the women’s first division, last Sunday. A short stint of barely a quarter of an hour in the 2-0 success at Sevilla FC, but at least: Bibiane Schulze Solano has arrived at the club she has been passionate about from an early age. But who only took her in with all sorts of doubts and contortions.

Much hype about origins

In the summer of last year, the Bad Sodenerin became a political issue in the Basque Country. Newspapers reported on the question of faith, fans started a voting online as to whether this German could wear the Athletic jersey. The traditional club has always made sure that only players appear for them who were either born in the Basque Country or who started their careers there. Bibiane Schulze Solano, however, “only” has one Basque mother (and a German father) and has enjoyed her football training through all years at 1. FFC Frankfurt. After high school, many second division matches for the second FFC team and seven Bundesliga (short) appearances in the professional team, there was a lot between her and the dream of playing for Athletic Bilbao.

The great-grandfather and his brother made their contribution post mortem, as well as photos from childhood that show them in athletic dress, numerous school holidays spent in the Basque Country and even their baptismal certificate, issued by a community in the Basque Lekeito. “Their knowledge, their will to play for this team, their respect for the club and their understanding of the club’s philosophy fit,” said club president Aitor Elizegi and finally prevailed against the votes of the traditionalists. There was a lot of hype about a talented young defender who hadn’t made a big fuss in Frankfurt and who was initially intended for the second team in Bilbao.

Fight for place in the team

Bibiane Schulze Solano had to fight. For recognition from the teammates, who initially appeared reserved towards her, and in the club. “I never thought that my background would cause problems in my playing career,” she said once. But since last weekend she has been a first division player in a country where women’s football is on the rise. Even if the discussions about their supposed non-Basque being boiled up again after the game.

“I’m very happy about my debut in the first team. It came as a surprise to me too, as the game was very wild and hectic at the time, ”says Bibiane Schulze Solano. “You can tell the difference in quality compared to the second Spanish league and therefore I have to continue to work hard and train intensively in order to be able to assert myself in the first division sooner or later.” In Frankfurt, Niko Arnautis mourns the attitude, the technical skills and that strong left foot of Bibiane Schulze Solano a little behind. The Eintracht head coach had already looked after her in the U-17 Bundesliga and later in the second FFC team and finally pulled her up to the professional team. Arnautis says: “I didn’t like to let her go back then.”


China’s sports stars despair of this fitness test

A force in the water: But Olympic champion Ye was eliminated from the championships – because of the test on land.
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Rubbing your eyes in China: whoever wants to become a champion has to prove himself in a test. But even some top athletes fail because of this. What’s behind the sports officials plan?

GBig excitement on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter: The national swimmer championships in Qingdao, Shenzen province earlier this month saw grotesque results. Freestyle swimmer Wang Jiajiahe, for example, swam the Asian record over 1,500 meters, but did not reach the final. Yi Hexin, winner of the Asian Games, set a new Chinese record in the 50 meters freestyle, but he too was eliminated.

The same fate befell Ye Shiwen, Olympic champion over 200 meters back. Overall, several preliminary winners did not miss the finals because they would have swum slowly. They had done poorly in the two-day fitness test. Big eyes rubbing in the rest of the swimmer world too. There has never been a rule like this: from among the top sixteen, those who had collected the most points in stretch jumps, 30-meter sprints, pull-ups, 3000-meter runs and core muscle exercises reached the final.


1930s: Noël and Winter, the two sides of the record

Every week with RetroNews, the BNF press site, we take a look at a sports story as told by the press of the time. This Saturday, the rivalry and friendship between two discobolos from the 1930s, Jules Noël and Paul Winter.

Two French sportsmen, rivals but very respectful of each other, who compete for national, European or even world supremacy, it is unusual. Especially in athletics. And especially in a throwing discipline. Jules Noël and Paul Winter were these two champions, two discobolts whose battles were the delight of athletics fans in the 1930s.

Christmas is the first to enter the notoriety scene. Born in 1906 in Pas-de-Calais, worker at 13, he enlisted in the army in 1924. Thanks to his physical predispositions, he was assigned to the Higher School of Physical Education, a unit that welcomes sportsmen (it will be better known after the second war under the name of the Joinville battalion). He will even become a monitor there. Discus thrower, weight, brilliant fencer and fencing master, licensed since 1927 at the French Stadium, where he will meet Winter, Noël plays his first international athletics meeting in 1926. He accumulates records in France with incredible consistency. So in 1929 he improved his mark for the fifth time in the season, as recounted dawn August 19. “During this great meeting, followed by many spectators, stadion Jules Noël broke, for the fifth time this season, the French record for the disc, with a throw of 47.44 improving his previous record by 1 meter. Here, for documentary purposes, are the previous records broken by Jules Noël: 44 m, 45.48 m, 46.35 m and 47 m 44. “

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With his sporting excellence, Noël combines a charisma which propels him to the captaincy of the French athletics team. His predecessors were panting at this post, it’s not the kind of Christmas house, as the story goes Paris Evening, of August 21, 1930 on the eve of a match against Japan. “Jules Noël, stadion discobolus and fencing master at the Joinville school, is also, as we know, captain of the French athletics team. Until then this title was only an honorary thing and its holder, quietly, remained in the row, awaiting the events and not risking, the nose out only on the great occasions. Here is another tradition that is dying! Noël, perhaps precisely because he is a professional soldier, has the soul of a captain and nothing escapes his scrutinizing eye, his perspicacity. “

In the 1930s Noël and Winter snapped up, stole from each other, transplanted the French record for the discus throw. Each pushes the other to improve, rejoices l’Excelsior of September 21, 1931. “Many times the question was asked whether competition was useful in sporting events. The match in which our discobolus champions Jules Noël and Paul Winter have been engaged for several months is there to prove that it is not only useful, but essential. It is evident that these two remarkable specialists would not have made the progress which now makes them world-class athletes if a rivalry, purely sporting, moreover, had not made them stand one against each other. ” The day before, Winter launched his disc at 48.73 m, dispossessing the record of France Noël which had himself recovered the previous Sunday “On Monday morning Paul Winter rushes to the newspapers and eagerly seeks the report of the event in which Jules Noël took part the day before. Of course, Jules Noël does the same, imagine le journal. And these two athletes, both career non-commissioned officers at the Joinville School, have only one desire: to dispossess each other of the French record. “

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Paul Winter’s career strangely matches that of Jules Noël. Born in 1906 in Alsace, he showed his physical qualities at a very young age. His career really started when he was incorporated in 1926. He played his first international meeting in 1927, a year after Christmas. But, if the following year, Christmas qualifies for the Olympic Games, Winter, him, remains on the platform of the train which leaves for Amsterdam. However, there is one point on which they are not alike: training. The two athletes do not prepare in the same way for the 1932 Games, which will take place in distant Los Angeles in early August. “The two men, currently, are not far from their best form and if Winter does not train very little – this is his method – Jules Noël, on the other hand, spends several hours every day perfecting his tuning. . Both will pass very fluently this season the 48-meter mark and their “happy jets” will likely exceed 49 meters. This is a very good performance. And, with jets of 49 meters, Winter and Noël can claim, if not to a victory at least to an excellent representation. ” optimizes Paris-Soir of May 15, 1932. Who notes that «the world record, owned by the American, Jesup, stands at 51.75 meters. ” Other notable differences between the two discobolus: style and morphology. “Concentrated, without apparent feverishness, Winter dominated his subject, unlike Jules Noël, more emotional and exuberant”, writes the site cdm.athlé.com. One is tall and lean, the other small and stocky. “Physically, the contrast was also striking, because, facing the 1.90 m and 90 kg of Christmas, Paul Winter measured” only “1.75 for 92 kg.”

On June 5, 1932, not many people flocked to the Colombes stadium for one of the last meetings before the Olympic Games. Fortunately, there is Winter and Christmas, rejoices the morning of the next day. “From a pure sport point of view, there were fortunately some pleasant compensations and among these pleasant things, we must place in the very first rank the discus throw at 49.44 m made by Jules Noël, while his friend Paul Winter does not managed a throw of 45.13 meters. Here then, Jules Noël took back from Paul Winter the French record for the specialty, a record that Winter had brought to 48.80 and as this Homeric duel between the two beautiful French athletes is far from over. “ The newspaper is already projecting in California: “One can believe that, in this specialty of the disc, we will one day arrive at the true Olympic performances. The day when, in the pedestrian part [les courses ndlr], we will manage to find such rivalries at home, and then we will be able to claim truly “international” success. “

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On July 30, 1932, at the opening of the Games, Noël was ahead of Winter: he was the flag bearer of the French delegation. But on August 3, Winter gets on the 3e walk of the podium of the disc competition at the foot of which we find Christmas. Winter’s medal is eclipsed by French victories in cycling (the 2000m tandem) and wrestling (lightweight). “In the stadium, it is when the disc is launched that we must look for a reason for satisfaction. Paul Winter sent the machine to 47.85 and earned us, in the final, a place of honor, that of third in front of our second representative Noël (47.74) ”, writes the friend of the people August 5. Would both men’s arms have shaken from the stake, the newspaper suggests: “The atmosphere of the Olympic stadium and the importance of such competitions has never been favorable to our athletes, easily, too easily, impressionable.” Winter remains to this day the only French Olympic medalist on record.

A month after his Olympic medal, Winter drives home the point, as the story goes.a Tribune de l’Aube September 12. “Paul Winter, who took part in the international meeting in Colmar, made a splendid throw of 50.71, which is a new record for France; the previous one was also held by him. With this new success, Winter, who achieved 49.38m the same day, asserts himself by far as the best European pitcher, if not the best pitcher in the world, considering his splendid consistency. “ However, the newspaper digs into Winter’s pride a little by recalling that“Anderson (EU) was the Olympic winner with 49.48m. Winter could have, with any luck, removed this ordeal. ” Winter’s record will hold until… 1958.

In 1934, Noël returned to civilian life and went into exile in Bern, Switzerland, to take charge of the… fencing school. But in sport, he remains French. It is he who, in 1936, again, is the standard bearer of the French delegation to the Olympic Games in Berlin in which Winter also participates. Without success. Therefore, the future of the two discobolus is behind them. The Little Parisian of November 9, 1937 gives news of Winter, this guy “To the right head”. “A little gruff, no doubt, not talkative, for a penny, sometimes grumpy. But a good guy with good blue eyes that shine amazingly. Paul Winter, a hundred percent Alsatian and instructor of the Joinville school for many years, is seriously worried. His season has not been good. The next one might not be either. It is because the champion is advancing in age. He will be thirty-one years old next February. It is true that Jules Noël, his lifelong rival, will have thirty-four by this date. “ The newspaper says that we can meet Winter every Sunday morning at the Pershing stadium (in Vincennes) where he teaches whoever wants the secrets of the discus, weight and javelin throws.

Jules Noël, he devotes himself to fencing, as reported by the Dispatch of August 4, 1938.

In 1939, Jules Noël was mobilized. He was assigned to Joinville but he wanted to serve in a fighting unit. Seriously injured in 1940 in Cambrai, he died in the ambulance which brought him back to the rear under the bombardments. “Among the pre-war athletes, Jules Noël, who died on the field of honor, was one of the rare French who had reached the international class, pays him homage the cry of the people of Paris of December 10, 1940. He was also one of the most loyal, one of the most correct and one of the nicest. Nature had given him a strong stature, a power that allowed him to throw the discus and the weight in the best conditions. His matches with his comrade Winter, who has since become one of the most active and valuable physical educators of the French Athletics Federation, are still remembered. ”

His rival survives the conflict. “Despite the war, Paul Winter nonetheless continued to satisfy his passion, always throwing over 40 m, tells cdm.athlé.com. Thus, at the Liberation, we find him finalist of the French championships in 1945 and 1946, ending his career in 1949 at age 43, under the colors of the French CA, with a throw of 41.15 m. “ Paul Winter died on February 22, 1992, at the age of 86, in a retirement home in Poitiers.

Gilles Dhers


the financial puzzle of Paris 2024

The first sketch of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games plan, which is to accommodate the 28 official sports plus four additional ones (surfing, breakdancing, climbing, skateboarding), was released in 2018. Since then, the cards have been reshuffled before copying. final, expected on December 17, on the occasion of an announcement – in principle final – by the Organizing Council. “When a plan appears in the media, it is already out of date”, quips a person close to the file wishing to maintain cautious anonymity in this busy period.

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“Tahiti for surfing is not questioned and will not be, but for the rest, it is true that there will be some changes”, he continues. Which ? The thing will be discussed again, Wednesday, September 30, at the Paris 2024 Board of Directors, after a tense meeting, Friday 25, within the interministerial delegation responsible for the Olympic Games. This organization, which brings together all the stakeholders, has long been headed by Jean Castex, replaced by the former prefect of Paris, Michel Cadot.

Three main directions seem to emerge; they relate to installations planned in Seine-Saint-Denis. One: the provisional pool for swimming competitions will not be built in Saint-Denis, but moved to La Défense, where it will be installed inside the Nanterre Aréna. A much cheaper project since the stands and the roof are already there. Two: volleyball should never see the removable hall initially planned at Le Bourget. Three: the size of the media village, planned for Dugny, will be revised downwards.

In return, the department could host rugby sevens at the Stade de France (before the start of athletics competitions). He would also gain climbing, with a perennial wall instead of the temporary installation originally planned at Concorde.

Valérie Pécresse steps up to the plate

This hat game provoked angry reactions from most political leaders, with the notable exception of Anne Hidalgo, who wins. The president of the general council of Seine-Saint-Denis, Stéphane Troussel, cried wolf, as did the president of the Île-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse, worried about the extension of line 16 of the metro, not sure to be completed on time.

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“They want at all costs to avoid the budget overruns experienced by all the previous editions of the Summer Games, explains Kevin Bernardi, researcher specializing in Olympism. But in addition, the public authorities demand savings because of the economic context. ” The Élysée went in this direction last July after a meeting between Emmanuel Macron, Tony Estanguet and IOC President Thomas Bach. Verdict: 400 million euros to be found, or about 10% of the budget for organizing competitions, which represents a total of 3.7 billion financed by the IOC and private resources (ticketing, sponsorship, TV rights).

Sponsors do not rush

“With 95% of the competitions organized in existing sites, we do not have a margin of maneuver at the level of 400 million on the athlete, we must therefore type elsewhere”, Tony Estanguet regularly emphasizes. Elsewhere ? It will be a less ambitious site for breakdancing, skateboarding and 3 x 3 basketball at the Concorde. But above all, services that have been revised downwards in other areas: shuttles, the site of the medal podium, press facilities, etc.

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The list is long and will have to grow even longer if the 1.1 billion euros expected from sponsors struggles to enter the coffers, given the economic health of large companies capable of writing a big check. On this front, we are nevertheless expecting good news soon: the probable announcement of the arrival of Orange as a premium sponsor.

An announcement in the form of a breath of fresh air, in an apnea candidacy since September 2017 and the award of the Games in Paris. Clouds have gathered over the heads of the Organizing Committee officials. There was the rebellion around the attribution of surfing to Tahiti (preferred to the Basque coast), the veto of Anne Hidalgo on the arrival of Total as sponsor, the anger of hoteliers at the arrival of Airbnb and more recently, the postponement of the Tokyo Games causing the Japanese bill to increase. “All the Games have had setbacks, continues Kevin Bernardi, but those in Paris have the difficult task of being the first to balance their budget. “


All cities want the village (new-deutschland.de)

Michael Mronz is a master at looking determined but remaining vague. The 53-year-old event manager is the driving force behind a possible application by the Rhine-Ruhr region for the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in 2032. His most recent appearance was on Wednesday at the neuland trade fair in Duisburg. The question should be which large city in the region should host the Olympic Village. But again there was no answer. And it won’t come anytime soon.

Allocation of the games earlier than usual

The decision on the location will be made in 2022, the German press agency announced after the event, but Mronz did not even make that binding. All he said was that he expected the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to decide on the award of the 2032 Games before 2025. Before that, the IOC has announced, a dialogue process will be started with the most promising applicants, and Mronz will present candidates for the Olympic Village. He expects this dialogue to last about a year.

Now you could start calculating back and would end up around the year 2023, until the Rhine-Ruhr application had to commit to a city for the Olympic Village, but here, too, Mronz remained indefinite. »We assume that three to four municipalities are interested in anchoring the Olympic Village. By the end of the year we will be in touch with the municipalities with an initial requirement profile, «he said in Duisburg, while Essen’s Lord Mayor Thomas Kufen stood next to him and shortly afterwards presented an initial idea for his city. So is food one of the four contenders? Of course that also remained unclear. Mronz later even said that he wanted to enter into a dialogue with the IOC with those three or four candidates for the village – so not with a single one. “Then we look at the contracts we’d have to sign with the IOC and see if we’re on par. Only then do we decide on the Olympic Village, ”says Mronz.

Foreign money for affordable housing

The question of who will be allowed to build the new apartments for probably more than 17,000 athletes and coaches is extremely important. So far, Mronz has managed to bring together 14 otherwise rather critical communities, including large cities such as Cologne, Düsseldorf and Essen. “We never competed in the distribution of sports,” said Mayor Kufen. And: “Housing is an issue in all big cities.” Translated, that means: I don’t care whether basketball or table tennis is played in my hall, but we want the many new apartments, perhaps even paid for by the IOC or the federal government everyone has. After all, almost every major city in the country complains about a lack of central, affordable housing.

Essen’s suggestion is the roofing of the A40 motorway, which runs right through the city. This could at the same time contribute to improving the air, said Kufen, who, however, had to admit that these plans are still at the very beginning. Mronz also stepped on the brakes again: All sports facilities should be climate-neutral by 2032. “That’s a goal. But you have to be realistic, ”said the manager.

In the end it got a little more specific. A citizen survey is to be scheduled »at the end of 2021 or early 2022«. Until then, one also wants to quantify the budget of the organizing committee. That would be two smart moves in one: This sub-budget never includes the much larger infrastructure costs. And at this point in time, the contracts with the IOC would not be finalized either. It is precisely here that the details are often found that repel citizens from modern Olympism.


Amdouni improves the French hour record – Fil Info

Morhad Amdouni, 2018 European champion in the 10,000m in Berlin, covered 20.772 kilometers in one hour, improving the French record for the specialty over 30 years old, the French Athletics Federation announced on Saturday evening. On the track at the Lucciana stadium in Corsica, Morhad Amdouni improved the previous best French mark by 171 meters, achieved by Bertrand Itsweire, who had covered 20.601 km on March 31, 1990.

The world record for the specialty was improved two weeks ago by Briton Mo Farah, for his return to the track, setting the planetary benchmark at 21.330 km. Winner of the 10,000m and bronze medalist of the 5,000m at the European Championships in Berlin in 2018, Morhad Amdouni (32) was initially selected for the marathon of the Tokyo Olympics, finally postponed to the summer of 2021 because of the health crisis, thanks to his performance in Paris in April 2019 (2 h 09 min 14 sec).


Olympia: Despite Afkari’s execution, IOC rules out Iran sanctions

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Despite the execution of Afkari, IOC rules out sanctions against Iran

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No deadline for Olympic decision

The postponement of the Olympic Games in Tokyo is a “mammoth task” for those responsible. IOC President Thomas Bach is still counting on the Games in July 2021, although he does not want to set a deadline for a final decision.

The IOC is shocked after the execution of the Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari, but also outlines his powerlessness in the case. All efforts would have been unsuccessful. However, there will be no sporting consequences.

Dhe Iranian judicial authority has warned European embassies in Tehran not to interfere in the case of the executed wrestler Navid Afkari. “Foreign embassies should not become the mouthpiece of Iranian opposition groups and at least comply with diplomatic norms,” ​​said Ali Bagheri, deputy head of the international judiciary.

The “pressure from abroad” could neither undermine the authority of the Iranian judiciary nor the Islamic rights in the country, said Bagheri, according to the state news agency Irna. He did not name Afkari or any European embassies that had criticized the athlete’s execution. Iran had rejected the criticism, saying that foreign countries would ignore the murder and “canonize” a murderer for political reasons.

Afkari had killed a security officer at a demonstration in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz in 2018. It was said that he had confessed. The athlete, his family and human rights organizations argued that the confession was obtained through torture.

Despite international protests, the 27-year-old was executed on Saturday and buried under strict security the next day. His family was not allowed to attend the funeral.

IOC says it has no mandate or ability

A trip to Europe planned for this week by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawad Sarif has been canceled. According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry because of the logistical problems related to Corona. It has been speculated on social media that Sarif was either unloaded or that he wanted to avoid awkward questions from the European media about the Afkari case. Sarif wanted to discuss the future of the 2015 Vienna nuclear agreement with his counterparts in Berlin, Paris, Rome and London.

In the meantime, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made it clear, in response to a request from WELT, that although it has made great efforts to dissuade Iran from the execution, it is with a view to the Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer (July 23 to August 8). August 2021) but could not comply with the exclusion of Iran from the summer games demanded by athletes’ associations.

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Among other things, the association “Athleten Deutschland” had made a statement to the IOC and the World Wrestling Federation to “take a firm stand against human rights violations by athletes and other groups of people who are part of the Olympic movement or who are within its sphere of activity” . This also includes “initiating a corresponding sanction mechanism. It is long overdue for the deeply humanistic Olympic movement to commit itself to upholding human rights. “

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The IOC countered that it had “as a civil non-governmental organization neither the mandate nor the ability to change the laws or the political system of a sovereign country. This is the legitimate role of governments and their respective intergovernmental organizations. The exclusion of a NOC (National Olympic Committee, the editor) of the Olympics would punish the athletes of that country just for living under a certain political or legal system. This is all the more true as the Iranian NOC has facilitated the efforts of the IOC in this case, ”it said.

Where to go to jail for a kiss

Wrestler Navid Afkari is sentenced to death in Iran for allegedly killing a security guard during protests. In May, the case of parkour athlete Alireza Japalaghy caused a stir. That was when he was arrested – for a kiss.

Source: WORLD / Laura Fritsch

The same also applies to Belarus, where dictator Alexander Lukashenko continues to arrest and abduct opposition members, use violence against his own people and deny himself democracy and civil rights. Side note: The European Football Association (Uefa) plans to hold its congress in Minsk in March. After 26 years in power, Lukashenko had been declared the election winner for the sixth time in a row – with more than 80 percent of the vote. The 66-year-old sparked mass protests like never before in the history of the country.

The IOC stated that it “has neither the mandate nor the ability to change the laws or the political system of a sovereign country and will therefore not comment on political developments in any country”.

In the case of the executed Iranian Afkari, the IOC stated, following a request from WELT, that “President Thomas Bach made direct personal appeals to the Supreme Leader and the Iranian President and asked for mercy for Navid Afkari, while he claimed the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran respected. It is deeply saddened that the requests of athletes from around the world and all of the IOC’s work behind the scenes along with the NOC of Iran, United World Wrestling and the National Iranian Wrestling Federation did not achieve our goal. “

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JO: Tokyo wants to believe it, Coué so be it

Tokyo Olympics organizers are busy preparing for this postponed global event to July 2021, but apparently nothing is more difficult than delivering an enthusiastic and credible message when so many unknowns remain.

In the meantime, Coué method. The Olympics will take place “With or without coronavirus” : to this assertion made a week ago by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, the boss of Tokyo 2020, Toshiro Muto, adds: “This of course presupposes that we take action against the spread of the coronavirus.” A significant nuance when we know that nothing has been decided yet. A government coordination group is just getting down to business and the basic principles will be defined by the end of the year, but “Adjustments will be necessary until the last moment”, specifies one of the members of this team.

“At this stage, we do not know how much these health protocols will cost”, recognizes Toshiro Muto. Other additional costs related to the postponement of the Olympics and Paralympics are also not detailed, nor are the savings expected to result from the “Simplification and rationalization” sports spectacle and its side. In terms of revenue too, the vagueness remains. “The Japanese sponsors we talk to all say mae muki (well disposed) as to an extension of their contract “ beyond the December deadline, assures Muto. In Japanese, «Mae muki», it is rather positive certainly, but it is also a non-commitment. In short, for the moment, none of the 70 or so Tokyo 2020 partners has signed firmly. There are a little over two months left.

“We still have time”

Another question mark: the spectators. How many ? From where? No estimate. In the current state, “The Games are impossible since [à quelques dérogations diplomatiques ou professionnelles près, ndlr] the Japanese government prohibits entry into the territory of foreigners from 159 countries ”, specifies a person in charge of the working group on health protocols. “If an easing is decided, it can go very quickly. We still have time ”, However, wants to believe a Tokyo 2020 communicator, speaking to Release as an aside.

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But even if 80% of the 80,000 volunteers have already assured that they will be there next year, some among the leaders are concerned that the determination to organize these Games is not well enough understood, that the popular fervor is not there. Some even fear that it is difficult to maintain the motivation of athletes. The flame is not easy to maintain, “Because the population has more important concerns than the Olympic Games”, notes the same communication manager.

The first concern of Japanese citizens is economic activity which is slowing down and the need to revive it. According to recent polls by public broadcaster NHK and the Tokyo Shoko Research institute, more than 50% of Japanese and businesses in the capital are in favor of canceling or postponing the Games. Whose budget already exceeded 11.5 billion euros even before the current crisis, while it was set at 6 billion in the application file. And a study by the Said Business Shool in Oxford, published on Tuesday, estimates it at 13.34 billion. Which would make the Tokyo Olympics the most expensive in history.

Karyn Nishimura


Seine-Saint-Denis worries for its part about the 2024 Olympics

Is Seine-Saint-Denis seeing the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games slip away by little? The elected representatives of the territory have this feeling. “This little music reducing the Games in our territory, we have been hearing it for a few months”, said Jean-Baptiste Borsali, various right-wing mayor of Le Bourget. With Quentin Gesell, various right-wing mayor of Dugny, Mathieu Hanotin, mayor of Saint-Denis and Stéphane Troussel, president of the department, both socialists, the elected representative participated in a defensive press conference organized in front of the Stade de France.

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What are they up against? For lack of reliable information, against what they read in the team. Namely a gradual unraveling of the tests planned in the department. Volleyball would disappear from Le Bourget, swimming from Saint-Denis but above all “For the first time, we would not be doing the opening ceremony at the Stade de France, thinks Mathieu Hanotin. It’s a signal. Openness is a symbol and symbols are more important to us than to Paris or Versailles ”. The mayor of Le Bourget is sure: “If we let it happen, this logic of unraveling will continue.” The current Prime Minister, Jean Castex, having been interministerial delegate to the Olympic Games just before joining Matignon, “We call on him”.

“Investors need certainty”

The concern of elected officials is based on leaks in the press, but the context justifies it. Between the postponement of the Tokyo Games to 2021, the Covid and the economic crisis, the party will have to be resized. But the protesters are certain: it is Seine-Saint-Denis which will have to reduce the sails the most. Fairly logical: “With Paris, this is where there will be the most trials”, points out Pierre Rabadan, sports assistant to the mayor of the capital, contacted by Release. «All stakeholders have undertaken to rethink everything. We are at the discussion stage and we will find a way ”, ensures the elected Parisian. But he insists: “Seine-Saint-Denis must have guarantees.”

As Mathieu Hanotin says, “It is the place of Seine-Saint-Denis that gave meaning to this candidacy”. It was also the Olympic and Paralympic Games that brought in investors for the construction of the athletes’ village in Saint-Denis, Saint-Ouen and Ile-Saint-Denis. To an uncertain economic context, should we add doubts about the holding of the tests? “Investors need certainty”, sighs Stéphane Troussel. When will we move from rumors to decisions? “At the beginning of October, we should be ready”, said Pierre Rabadan. The Games project 2024 must be validated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the end of the year.

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