IOC: Adjustments to Tokyo 2020 to reduce extent of additional costs

first_imgAdjustments to the organisation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be required to reduce the additional costs resulting from the postponement of the Games until 2021, according to a senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) official. “All of us have to look at whether what we are going to do is exactly the same a year from now, or whether we will have to adjust. “It is a combined effort from everyone to look at what will be needed, what we have to adjust and address, and this work has started with Tokyo 2020. “A number of things they can look at maybe slightly differently. “Where can we find different solutions to reduce the pressure? “We are looking at the entire piece and see where we can gain efficiencies.” Dubi cited securing the Athletes’ Village and the other 41 venues needed for the Games as the key priority for the “Here We Go” task force, created to navigate the challenges stemming from the postponement. He said the IOC was aiming to have some of the venues guaranteed “in a matter of weeks”, but declined to give an exact timeline. Dubi claimed the IOC was hopeful negotiations regarding the venues would go “in the right direction” so they can recreate the “fabulous” Tokyo 2020 masterplan. The IOC director also warned it would be a “massive undertaking” to secure both the competition and non-competition venues, which even IOC President Thomas Bach has admitted may not be available for the rearranged Games. read also:IOC tells NOCs to expect decision on new dates for Tokyo Games The IOC and Tokyo 2020 announced this week the Olympics would run from July 23 to August 8 2021, with the Paralympics following from August 24 to September 5. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Christophe Dubi, the IOC executive director for the Olympic Games, said costs would need to be trimmed from a number of areas to help alleviate the financial consequences of the decision to delay the event by a year. Speaking on a conference call today, Dubi declined to reveal who would carry the burden of the extra costs but said they would be incurred by both the IOC and Tokyo 2020. “What is being recognised is that there will be additional costs on one side for the Tokyo Organising Committee and there will be additional costs for the IOC and Olympic family,” Dubi said. “We are looking into those with great detail. “It is tens of thousands of lines of budget that need to be reviewed.” Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshirō Mutō has warned the cost of rescheduling the Olympics and Paralympics will be “massive”. Organising Committee President Yoshirō Mori admitted deciding who foots the bill will be a “major challenge” in a letter to International Federations, as exclusively revealed by insidethegames. Dubi claimed the IOC and Tokyo 2020, through a task force established after the Games were pushed back to 2021 because of growing international concern over the coronavirus pandemic, would look at ways to “ease the pressure” on organisers. “When it comes to all of us – the IOC, media organisations and everyone that has an operation in Tokyo – we are facing a different landscape,” Dubi said. Loading… Promoted Content10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably Missed7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?27 Breathtakingly Beautiful Albino AnimalsPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”What Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The Biggest Cities In The World So FarBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Irresistibly Gorgeous Asian Actresseslast_img read more

Rough Weather to Continue Through the Week

first_imgAs our area works its way through a stormy weekend, that trend is expected to continue for the next week.Storms will continue on and off into Sunday evening, with the possibility of hail and wind gusts of up to 50 mph.Meteorologists says that a west-southwest steering flow will keep bringing deep tropical moisture into the region through early in the week.Afternoon high temperatures will be around the low 90s, with feels-like temperatures of as high as the low 100s.Rain totals during the next six days are expected to between two and four inches, with a 50 to 70 percent chance of of rain each day.Although forecasters do not expect widespread flooding, they do say that we could see some localized ponding of water in low lying areas, as well as small hail and damaging wind gusts.last_img read more

Football: Switch at quarterback causes spark, switch for blockbuster game

first_imgThree quarters of brutal play left the University of Wisconsin football team in perilous territory against Georgia State University Saturday.With just under six minutes to play in the third quarter, the No. 9 Badgers held a slim 6-3 lead after the Panthers put their first points on the board, courtesy of a 45-yard field goal from kicker Rogier ten Lohuis. It wasn’t until one redshirt quarterback Alex Hornibrook trotted on to the field that the Wisconsin offense finally showed signs of life.The move was unexpected, considering UW starting quarterback Bart Houston’s performance was not exactly terrible. The fifth-year senior Houston threw 10-18 for 91 yards with no touchdowns — not a poor performance, or not so horrible that it would warrant a third-quarter replacement.Football: Third-down success on both sides of ball key for No. 9 Wisconsin moving forwardIt’s no secret that third down is the most important down in football. Usually, the team that converts the majority Read…So when Hornibrook subbed in for the lackluster Houston, it didn’t cause any immediate relief for Wisconsin fans. At least not until Hornibrook’s first pass.Complete for 29 yards, Hornibrook’s beautiful spiral to a streaking Jazz Peavy drew a healthy roar from a previously silent crowd at Camp Randall. The pass gave hope to a nervous sea of red, one frantically coping with the possibility of a major upset. Hornibrook then followed up the Badgers’ first pass for over 20 yards since the first quarter in the only way he knows how.The redshirt freshman dropped back and slung a 19-yard pass to George Rushing down to the Georgia State 21-yard line. Wisconsin was finally knocking on the door and ready to score its first touchdown, which came two plays later on a Dare Ogunbowale rush.“I was hoping just that [putting Hornibrook in would cause a spark],” Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst said. “It gave us a little something, and it wasn’t even Bart’s fault why were [in that situation] … I like the way [Hornibrook] has been preparing.”Football: Wisconsin’s win over Akron highlights a matured freshmen wide receiving coreA.J. Taylor left Camp Randall Stadium after practice this week, he noticed his bicycle had been towed. He began to Read…Despite being picked off on the next drive when Rushing tipped the pass into the hands of the Panthers defense, Hornibrook was as poised as ever, even with Georgia State now holding a 17-13 lead from touchdowns on consecutive drives.He slung an 11-yard pass to favored target Rob Wheelwright, and when the Badgers were in desperate need of something big, Hornibrook delivered a 29-yard, arcing pass to tight-end Kyle Penniston to put the Badgers in the red zone.Five plays later, his next pass went right back to Penniston — a one-yard play action pass for the score on third down. The Badgers had the 20-17 lead they so desired and added a Rafa Gaglianone field goal to it later to seal the win.“There was a lot of small mistakes we made,” Hornibrook said. “Aside from that one interception, or converting on a few third downs, I think a big thing we need to work on is scoring touchdowns and not just settling on field goals.”It wasn’t pretty, but Wisconsin got the win. An unsightly victory like this begs questions about the Badgers, but none more important than who should be UW’s starting quarterback.Why is it that the second Hornibrook came in that Wisconsin’s offense finally opened up? Houston did not play poorly. Was it merely that the Badgers finally woke up midway through the third quarter? Does Hornibrook being in the huddle actually make a difference?“No,” Ogunbowale said when asked if there was a difference in the huddle between the two quarterbacks. “They’re both commanding quarterbacks, both have a lot of confidence.”From an outsider’s perspective, there’s no way of knowing what’s on the minds of players on the field when Hornibrook is taking snaps compared to Houston. In the stands, however, it was evident that at least today the team seemed to gain energy from Hornibrook’s presence.Football: Rafael Gaglianone opens up about tragic loss of friend, Nebraska punter Sam FoltzAll he had to do was get the ball in the air and the angel on his shoulder would take Read…Going into next weekend, a marquee matchup against Michigan State that is one of the biggest games Wisconsin has faced over the past few years.The Badgers announced ahead of it that Hornibrook will in fact be the starter, so whether the spark against Georgia State was a coincidence or a true facet to his play is yet to be seen.What has been seen though, is what Hornibrook can do in a game. Chryst has been happy with his young quarterback’s performance, but now thrust into the one of Wisconsin’s biggest games of the past few seasons for his first career start there’s one thing Hornibrook has that separates him.“I’ve been impressed [with Hornibrook],” Chryst said. “I think [poise is] one of his characteristics that stuck out to me.”Perhaps all it takes to deliver the big plays Hornibrook has, is a little poise. If he continues that trend, following Saturday’s game we could be starting the Alex Hornibrook-era at Wisconsin.last_img read more

Draw to determine FA Cup semi-final venues

first_imgA draw will be conducted to determine the match venues for the semi-final matches of the MTN FA Cup, the FA Cup Committee has confirmed.Friday’s draw will decide which sides play in Accra and Kumasi in the last four stage of the Cup competition on June 2.The Cup organizers in statement said: Article 9(6)(b) of the Ghana Football Association Rules and Regulations states as follows: “The Semi-Finals shall be played in Accra and Kumasi.”Asante Kotoko will meet Amidaus Professionals while Medeama host Hearts of Oak in the other game as all the four sides compete for the two slots in the final.Also, the all premiership semi-final matches which will be played on the same day will not kick off simultaneously.The fixture in Accra will be played at 3:00pm while the other game comes off at 6:15pm in Kumasi. Semi-final fixtures on June 2Asante Kotoko v Amidaus – Accra/KumasiMedeama v Heart of Oak – Accra/Kumasilast_img read more

BCCI orders six dozen pink ball from SG for India’s first-ever day night Test…

first_imgAdvertisement 5rl53xNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsadm7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ee1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1hi83Would you ever consider trying this?😱bkbf57gCan your students do this? 🌚b4d8dbRoller skating! Powered by Firework SG, the Indian cricket equipment manufacturer have been asked to deliver 72 pink balls by the BCCI for India’s first-ever day night Test match. The manufacturer now faces a huge task to deliver the order by next week with very little room for error; as BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday, declared that the SG pink balls will be used for the landmark game at the Eden Gardens which starts November 22 onwards.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Greenlands or SG, the Meerut based company, will have to deal with a major challenge producing a ball fit for a Day/Night Test match as its pink ball hasn’t been yet tested in a competitive game.“The BCCI has ordered six dozen pink balls and we will deliver them by middle of next week. As you have seen in the South Africa series, we made significant improvements with our red ‘SG Test’ and we have the same level of research and development for pink ball.” said Paras Anand, the sales and marketing director of the company.Advertisement Previously, SG found themselves in controversy after some Indian players along with Virat Kohli complained that their red ball got grazed way too early in comparison to the Dukes ball used in England and Kookaburra in Australia. With the bowlers facing serious issues with the red ‘SG Test’ ball, it will be a challenge for them to come up with a pink ball without causing any altercation.However, Anand is confident that his team will come up with top quality balls to be used for the Kolkata Test between India and Bangladesh.Advertisement “We were told last week about a possible requirement of pink balls so we were ready. Though the pink ball Test is happening now, we have been working on the ball since the 2016-17 season and are in constant touch with the concerned people in the BCCI. It is a challenge but we are up for it,” he said. Advertisementlast_img read more