Dutch Grand Prix sporting director Jan Lammers talks about the upcoming event in Zandvoort as the biggest sporting event the country has ever seen.
A redesigned Zandvoort was set to host Formula 1 in the Netherlands in 2020, but the pandemic forced the return of the Dutch Grand Prix to be delayed for a year.
But now the time is fast approaching for this long-awaited comeback, with the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix scheduled to take place September 3-5.
Key to this event will be the fans – Max Verstappen’s loyal army of Dutch supporters are finally hosting a home race where they can cheer him on from the stands, an easier ride well deserved after all that trip.
August 13 is when the Dutch government is set to clarify which turnout can be expected, but Lammers has confirmed he is going full steam ahead as Zandvoort seeks to accommodate what ‘he calls the biggest sports spectacle in the Netherlands.
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“We have no choice. We will be ready,” Lammers told NIS of the very important government announcement on August 13.
“We can’t say ‘we need more seats’ on August 25. We have a duty to accommodate everyone with a ticket and we are working on that right now.
“It is now a question of implementing the plans that were drawn up a long time ago. About 70 percent of the stands are now standing. Everything is on schedule.
“We are convinced that the figures on the coronavirus are heading in the right direction.
“If this continues, we believe all sporting events can just resume. Sometimes I think I’m in Indianapolis with all these booths.
“Even before there is a single person in these stands, I realize that we are all involved in the biggest sporting event in Dutch history. And it is very special.
After the summer break, the first stage of Formula 1 will be Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix, before the Dutch Grand Prix hosts the second round of this hat-trick finished by Monza.
A Dutch Grand Prix was last held in 1985, where Niki Lauda claimed victory for McLaren.
The biggest sporting event in the world, the Summer Games end today. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics Closing Ceremony kicks off tonight at the National Stadium.
The Olympics, which were delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were also the first to take place without spectators.
For India, Bajrang Punia will lead the proceedings after being officially named the flag bearer for the closing ceremony. With one gold, two silver and three bronze at the Tokyo Games, India recorded its best total of 7 at the Olympics. India’s previous best tally was six at the London Games in 2012.
Neeraj Chopra made history by winning gold in the men’s javelin throw final with his 87.58m throw at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He became 2nd Indian after Abhinav Bindra in shooting to win an individual GOLD for India in the history of the Olympic Games. Thanks to this medal, India finished with its best medal total at the Olympic Games.
Interestingly, earlier at the Paris Olympics in 1900, Calcutta-born Norman Gilbert Pritchard, an Anglo-Indian athlete, who represented colonial India, became the first Indian to win two silver medals in athletics. He won India’s first medal at the Olympics in the 200m and 200m hurdles.
Neeraj Chopra’s trainer Uwe Hohn, German athletics champion, is the only athlete to throw a javelin over 100 meters or more, with his world record of 104.80 m. While Chopra won India’s only gold at the Games, Mirabai Chanu was the first Indian woman to win a medal at Tokyo 2020, with her silver medal in the 49kg women category. PV Sindhu then defeated China’s He Bing Jiao to win bronze in the ladies’ singles badminton. With this victory, she also became the first Indian woman to win two individual medals at the Olympics. Lovlina Borgohain, was next to add to the nation’s tally, winning the bronze medal after battling in the women’s welterweight semifinals.
The Indian men’s hockey team made history by beating Germany 5-4 to win their first Olympic medal since 1980. Wrestler Ravi Dahiya then stormed the men’s freestyle final at 57kg with a superb comeback victory against Kazakhstan Nurislam Sanayev. Bajrang Punia won his bronze medal match against Kazakh Daulet Niyazbekov to clinch India’s sixth medal before Neeraj Chopra sealed the 7th medal to make Tokyo 2020 truly memorable for India.
Indian athletes missed several opportunities to make India’s medal count more impressive. Kamalpreet Kaur finished a commendable sixth place in the women’s discus throw final with a best attempt of 63.70m. Another Indian in the fray, Seema Punia could not qualify for the final as she finished 16th with a throw to 60.57m.
The fiery Indian women’s hockey team fought in the bronze match The Indian women’s hockey team put on a spirited performance in the bronze medal match against Great Britain, but did not win their all. first Olympic medal after losing the game 3-4. India’s top medal prospect, Vinesh Phogat, lost to Belarusian Vanesa Kaladzinskaya by falling in the women’s freestyle quarterfinal 53 kg. Indian wrestler Anshu Malik lost her draft match.
Indian equestrian Fouaad Mirza missed out on the medal after finishing 23rd in the show jumping final at the Tokyo Olympics.
In track and field, two-time Olympian national record holder Sandeep Kumar clocked a time of 1:25:07 to finish 23rd in the men’s 20km walk.
In the women’s 20 km walk, national record holder Priyanka Goswami finally finished 17th while her compatriot Bhawna Jat finished 32nd.
Avinash Sable broke his own national record in the 3000m steeplechase but failed to advance to the final while sprinter Dutee Chand performed below par to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics.
Indian shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor failed to advance to the final round as he finished 13th in the qualifying round.
In the javelin, Annu Rani failed to advance to the Olympic Games women’s final, finishing 14th with a below par 54.04m while Shivpal Singh recorded a disappointing 74.81 throw in her third and last throw and placed 12th. up to the qualification stage.
The Indian 4x400m relay quartet broke the Asian record with an effort of 3:00:25 in the Olympic qualifying race, but failed to advance to the final round by a mustache. The Indian mixed 4x400m relay team finished eighth in the second round at the Tokyo Olympics.
Long jumper Murali Sreeshankar failed to advance to the final as he finished 25th. In badminton, B. Sai Praneeth’s first Olympic campaign ended disappointingly after losing two consecutive games to Dutchman Mark Caljouw in men’s badminton singles.
For commuter duo Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, even two wins in three matches were not enough to advance to the men’s badminton doubles quarterfinals.
In tennis, Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina were eliminated in the first round of the women’s doubles by Ukrainian twins Nadiia and Liudmyla Kichenok.
Indian sailors Vishnu Saravanan and Nethra Kumanan finished well behind the leaders as they finished 22nd and 33rd in the respective events after six races.
Rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh became the first Indian two-sculls to reach the semi-finals of the Olympic Games. They finished 11th in this event, which is the best result for the country ever at the Olympics.
Bhavani Devi became the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics. She lost to the Frenchman Manon Brunet, fourth seed, in the second round of the Tokyo Olympics. In gymnastics, Pranati Nayak failed to qualify for the final of the artistic gymnastics all-around competition.
Indian judoka Sushila Devi’s challenge at the Tokyo Olympics ended prematurely when she lost her competition to Hungarian Eva Csernoviczki.
In table tennis, although the players did better, they failed to win any medals. In swimming and shooting, Indians have not lived up to their reputation.
After winning five World Cup gold medals this year, Archer Deepika failed in her individual match against future gold medalist An San, 20, of Korea, and lost in six minutes.
Indian boxers were expected to win multiple medals at the 2021 Olympics, but were unable to. Only Lovlina Borgohain came back with a medal.
The U.S. players are celebrating after beating Mexico 1-0 in overtime in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Final at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday, August 1, 2021.
By Ricardo Torres-Cortez (contact)
Sunday 1 August 2021 | 21:57
In the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final between the United States and Mexico over 20 years ago at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Marcus Cranston was too nervous to wear his red, white and blue clothes because the crowd was mainly made up of Mexican supporters.
That was also the case on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium, where the final of the legendary rivalry was repeated in front of 61,514 fans – an overwhelming number of black and green jerseys from Mexico.
But this time it was hard to miss Cranston and his wife: him in his American eagle costume; she disguised as Wonder Woman. They also had a replica of the Gold Cup trophy and were so popular that supporters of both teams stopped to take photos. He said there was no animosity with the opposing fan base.
“We can’t wait to get in,” he said outside Allegiant before the doors opened. “It’s going to be amazing.”
It was the first full-scale sporting event in the $ 1.9 billion facility built for Raiders and UNLV football, and ended in dramatic fashion when Miles Robinson headed into overtime on one hit. set foot sank to the back of the net for a 1-0 United States win.
The stadium opened last year, but was unable to accommodate large capacity events due to the pandemic. After two music shows last month, this was the first unrestricted sporting event, and it reflected the big-game atmosphere the stadium is expected to bring to the Valley several times a year.
Fans dotted the sidewalks surrounding the stadium more than three hours before kick-off, as vendors sold flags, headbands, bacon-wrapped hot dogs and fake jerseys.
Motorists honked their horns and blanks blew the horns. Powerful foggers sprayed refreshing water on a balmy summer afternoon.
Metro police arrived in force, patrolling the neighborhood and guiding traffic. On the outside, the jokes between opposing fans seemed friendly and the moods didn’t seem to heat up.
Draped in Mexican and American flags sewn together, Jose Zavala said he was torn as to who to cheer on on Sunday: “I am the rivalry, but my heart is divided today.”
His family is a mishmash of Mexican-Americans. Zavala, who is employed by Metro Police, was born in Mexico, but raised here. His US-born siblings were also divided with their fandom.
For him, this important event meant much more than football. His father and his cousins, who work in construction, helped build the facility, and on Sunday he was “proud to see the finished product.”
Zavala was hoping for an entertaining game with many goals.
“I hope it will be fun for the whole fan (base), and everyone will enjoy the same,” he said.
Josh Villalpando was born in the United States, but wore a Mexican jersey. His girlfriend, Brenda Guerrero, was born in Mexico, but wore a “USA” t-shirt.
The Salt Lake City pair are still cheering on both teams, they said. When the two teams face each other, “we get together, we watch the games, we have parties” at home, Villalpando said.
On Sunday, the Raiders season pass holder, who visited the stadium a few weeks ago, said he was eager to enter the crowded stadium, which he called “top of the line. range”.
Esteban and Soledad Oregon immigrated to the United States from Guerrero, Mexico, about 30 years ago. Their children were born here.
“We have been following the Gold Cup since it started,” Esteban said.
The married couple said they were excited about the Las Vegas final. They wore Mexican shirts and American flag ribbons tied around the neck.
“We encourage the United States and Mexico,” Esteban said. “Our children are from here, we live here, so for us, we love them both.”
The match sold out in 90 minutes before the finalists were determined, which was the fastest in tournament history, stadium officials said.
The American fans certainly enjoyed the end of the game, as Robinson scored the only goal of the game in the 117th minute – just three minutes before penalties were used to determine the winner.
American players rejoiced in front of the American Outlaws, their traveling support group as organizers quickly set the stage for the medal ceremony and the trophy presentation accompanied by fireworks and gold confetti.
Robinson, in a post-game interview on Fox Sports, described it as “incredible, crazy emotions.”
Not bad for the first large capacity sporting event at the new stadium in Las Vegas.
The recent ban of CeCé Telfer, a trans woman, from competing in the women’s 400-meter hurdles in the US Olympic trials highlights sports regulations that cannot include trans or intersex people.
The reason given to ban Telfer [who is Black] is that it did not meet the testosterone level requirements set by World Athletics, the international governing body of track sports. According to their eligibility requirements, the testosterone level must be below 5 nanomoles per liter for a period of 12 months in order for an athlete to compete in international women’s 400-meter-per-mile races.
Are such endogenous testosterone limits justified to exclude trans or intersex women from athletic sports?
The main reason given is that trans or intersex women with higher testosterone have an unfair advantage over cis women. Proponents cite previous scientific research to say that cismen have an average 8-12% performance advantage over ciswomen.
But comparing performance between cismen and ciswomen is irrelevant here, for the simple reason that trans and intersex women are women because they identify as such. Gender identity refers to our deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond to our biological sex assigned at birth or labeled by cis society.
Regardless, it is also not clear whether the performance gap between cismen and ciswomen is to be attributed to differences in testosterone level, as sociological factors such as misogyny and oppression of gender also play a role in that they tend to discourage athletic development in women and girls?
According to a press release from World Athletics, there is a “broad medical and scientific consensus” that high levels of endogenous testosterone circulating in athletes can dramatically improve their athletic performance. But a review of the scientific literature on testosterone levels and their relationship to athletic performance shows that there is no clear and consistent correlation.
There are credible studies that link testosterone with better performance, but at the same time, there are scientific studies that show little or no connection. There are also studies that link increased testosterone to degraded performance.
For the sake of argument, let’s assume that trans women with higher testosterone have a consistent advantage over cis women.
In the case of Dutee Chand v. Indian Athletics Federation (AFI) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the stated position of World Athletics was that hyperandrogenic women have a performance advantage of around 3%.
But World Athletics allows for competitive advantages far greater than that, such as advantages provided by height, metabolic levels, socio-economic privileges, nutrition, training, access to sports equipment, and more.
For example, there is no attempt to ban or restrict players with Marfan syndrome. The long limbs and flexible joints associated with this syndrome give swimmers, basketball players and volleyball players a clear advantage over other athletes.
If there is no morally relevant difference between the benefits that flow from endogenous testosterone and those that are the result of genetic variation, why should testosterone levels be limited while other variations determining performance? sporty are not?
It is interesting to note here that cis women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Congenital Adrenal Hyperlapse (HCS) are exempt from the testosterone level requirements, even though World Athletics maintains that the higher testosterone level. in these women gives them a performance advantage.
Such discriminatory standards reinforce the myth that trans and intersex women are not really women, only cis women are.
The idea of fairness in sport is an unruly horse. The rationale for not excluding trans and intersex women must go beyond the idea of fairness. Sport is about meaningful narratives and should include and promote gender realities. Along with a level playing field, we need to make sure the pitch is accessible to everyone in the first place. The Olympic Charter itself recognizes that “playing sport is a human right and that every individual should have the opportunity to practice sport, without discrimination of any kind”.
While we are talking about a level playing field, we also need to discuss how forcing trans and intersex women to lower their testosterone levels affects them both physically and psychologically.
And how it affects their basic rights to privacy and dignity, as the whole procedure is medically intrusive and causes significant health problems. Reducing the chances of winning cisgender people, in themselves a contested claim, cannot outweigh the rights and freedoms of trans and intersex athletes.
Respecting the gender identity of women and guaranteeing their sports rights is not a contradictory process but a dialectical one. Maybe the competition is a zero sum game, where someone loses so that someone can win. But social dynamics are not zero-sum. We are all losers if one of us is disenfranchised.
OTTAWA – For the first time in 495 days, fans attended a live sporting event in Ottawa on Saturday.
With Ontario moving to Stage 3 of the economic reopening plan, up to 1,000 fans have been allowed into the TD Place arena for the Ottawa BlackJacks game against Edmonton on Saturday afternoon.
“Extremely exciting. Obviously, we’re the first sports franchise in Ontario to welcome paid dividends again, but when you think about what that does for the community, everyone’s happy, ”said Jevohn Shepherd, General Manager of BlackJacks.
“The last year and a half has been extremely difficult for everyone and we have only been able to go out and walk around. Now we are in a place where we can play live sports, we can enjoy live sports. “
Shepherd says fans in the stands will be an “invisible” player on the pitch for the team as the sixth man.
“I think it means so much, one to our team, so much to the community that has been extremely supportive. We can feel the buzz, we can feel the energy,” Shepherd said.
As part of enhanced security measures, the TD Place arena has moved to electronic ticketing and paperless, cashless transactions. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up throughout the building and all clients will be required to cover their faces.
The BlackJacks claim that Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group has set up a seating configuration in the arena in consultation with health authorities and the CEBL to ensure the comfort and safety of all customers entering the arena from the Place. TD.
The 1,000 fans were seated on the north side of the court, including pairs of seats spaced along the court. Images on social media showed fans seated in groups of two and four, spaced in seats across the upper and lower bowls.
Shepherd told CTV News Ottawa earlier this week that the BlackJacks and Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group have made COVID-19 safety a top priority as fans return to the stands.
“We are doing everything in our power to ensure confidence with health and safety protocols.”
Under Stage 3 of Ontario’s plan to reopen, up to 1,000 fans will be allowed inside TD Place for basketball.
Fans will also be allowed to attend the Ottawa BlackJacks game on July 26 against Saskatchewan and August 4 against Guelph.
For more information on tickets, visit www.theblackjacks.ca.
This is the first time fans have been allowed into Ottawa arenas and stadiums for a sporting event since the Ottawa 67’s defeated Niagara on March 10, 2020 at TD Place. The Ottawa Senators’ final game in front of fans in Ottawa was on March 5, 2020 at the Canadian Tire Center.
The Ottawa Redblacks will be able to have up to 15,000 fans at TD Place for CFL games when the season begins in August.
Up to 200 volunteer physiotherapists are needed and the online application process is open until the middle of next month (August).
Volunteers will play an important role in the success of the Games, with medical service volunteers playing an important role with athletes and spectators during the Games period, as well as during training sessions from July 22, explained the advising medical services (athlete-specific clinical services). Lynn Booth.
The opportunity to work alongside practitioners from various disciplines of sports medicine, with different experiences in sports medicine for yourself, to provide the best possible care to athletes across the Commonwealth does not arise very often and should be. grasped with both hands.
The last Commonwealth Games were held in the UK in 2014 (Glasgow) and 2002 (Manchester).
The 2022 Games will see the largest fully integrated parasport program for any Commonwealth Games, with 19 sports including eight parasports. A total of 71 Commonwealth Nations and Territories are eligible to participate.
The medical services will be a multidisciplinary team and will include physiotherapists experienced in working in sports situations with less experienced people.
Unregistered physiotherapists such as support workers or students may find a role among “first aiders” or if they have appropriate qualifications in sports massage.
Physiotherapy volunteers will be based in polyclinics (village medical centers), competition venues and training venues and will work with athletes and coaching staff from all over the Commonwealth, especially countries who have a limited number of medical personnel traveling with them to the Games.
The application process
To ensure that you are identified as a Medical Services Volunteer, quote the following code when prompted in the application form: MED-SPE
If you’ve already applied without the code, don’t worry – the system should still sort your information in medical services. If you have already submitted your details through the Birmingham 2022 ‘Register Your Interest’ site, you will still need to volunteer using the Volunteer Portal. Volunteers are expected to volunteer a minimum of eight shifts.
If you are planning to apply, the following criteria may be helpful:
registered as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council
appropriate professional liability insurance of a minimum of £ 5 million
minimum of two years qualified at the time of application (2021)
holder of a diploma in basic first aid in sport or resuscitation
have work experience in a multidisciplinary team
by 2021, have two years of experience in a musculoskeletal field
holder or working for the bronze level of the Association of Physiotherapists Approved in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM) or be able to demonstrate an equivalent CPD
excellent team player and good communicator
knowledge of World Anti-Doping Agency policy.
member of the CSP
holder of the Silver level of the Association of licensed physiotherapists in sports and exercise medicine (ACPSEM) or be able to demonstrate an equivalent CPD
postgraduate sports massage diploma / experience
postgraduate qualification / experience in recording
licensed to practice acupuncture
by 2021, have work experience in a training and / or competitive sports environment for at least two years
experience working with national level athletes
work experience in a multisport environment
member of the Manipulative Association of Chartered Physiotherapy (MACP).
Stadiums like Toyota Field and the Alamodome look forward to having fans in the stands starting in July.
SAN ANTONIO – As the world slowly returns to pre-COVID lifestyles, sports venues are starting to welcome fans at full capacity.
“It’s hard to explain how thrilled we are to welcome 100% of the fans back to the Toyota field again,” said Tim Holt, general manager of San Antonio FC.
Toyota Field, one of the many venues eagerly awaiting a packed arena.
“We’ve been on hiatus for almost 18 months,” said Holt.
The Alamodome has also announced full capacity for UTSA football matches this fall.
“We are thrilled, we have an exciting football team, a lot of players are coming back,” said head coach Jeff Traylor.
“It’s so important for us to have the full capacity there so that our student-athletes have a great experience. We are therefore delighted that our team, but also our fans are back in the dome, ”added sports director Lisa Campos.
From closed matches to partial participation, the playing atmosphere during the pandemic was not the same.
“What makes it so fun is that it includes everyone – the band, the cheerleaders, the family, the boosters, the alumni – there are so many people out there that make it fun. “said Traylor. “There is no doubt it will be a better experience.”
“For us, being able to accommodate our entire fan base and growing over the year has been something we’ve been looking forward to since the start of the pandemic,” said Holt.
“It was such a difficult year for everyone. We didn’t know what to expect, we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into, “Campos added.” For our student-athletes it was such a different experience for them. They really persevered and made the most of the situation they were given. “
“I think people are excited to be back outside, at a public event where they can feel safe,” said Holt.
Following a decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe of 2 June 2021, the International Federation of Sports Officials (IFSO) became the 26th member of the Advisory Committee (CC) of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport ( APES).
A pioneering international federation in the field of sports arbitration, the mission of IFSO has been – since its creation in 2019 – to improve arbitration in all sports. It offers a platform for sharing knowledge, experiences and good practices. As a member of the Advisory Board, IFSO will be invited to attend CC plenary meetings, webinars and other activities aimed at fostering dialogue among members of these sports organizations. The next opportunity to meet other CC members will be in the plenary on June 14, 2021, followed by a joint board / advisory committee meeting on June 15-16.
The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport is made up of three statutory bodies – the Board of Directors, the Advisory Committee and the Statutory Committee – all of which strive to implement the program of activities to make sport more ethical. , inclusive and secure. the Consultative Committee is made up of European sports organizations representing the sports movement.
Sport officials in Canada are asking Canadian athletes traveling to Japan to compete in the Olympics and Paralympics to get priority access to the vaccination program and receive two doses before leaving for Tokyo.
“If most Canadians need to get the vaccine by Canada Day, at least a first injection, then why don’t we take care of these, not just the athletes, but also the coaches and staff of support, which go into a potential Petri dish? David Bedford, CEO of Athletics Canada, told CBC Sports.
Bedford said it was in Canada’s “national interest” to have all athletes and support staff vaccinated because they represent the country on the world’s biggest sporting stage.
“We are not asking for something that is not happening all over the world. Even Kenya has vaccinated its athletes,” he said. “I would love to see the government say it is in the national interest, these athletes represent all of us, so let’s take care of that so that everyone is safe and healthy.”
On Tuesday, the Australian government said all of its athletes and support staff would be vaccinated, ahead of many others, to allow them to compete safely at the Games. Many other countries have also done the same.
“It has to be a lot more urgent because time is running out,” said John Atkinson, High Performance Director for Swimming Canada. “We must do whatever we can do as a nation to provide them with the safest experience while representing our country.”
Atkinson also called on the government and the Canadian Olympic Committee to vaccinate athletes as soon as possible.
“It’s different now than it was earlier in the pandemic,” Atkinson said. “And by that I mean there are variations. We must leave nothing to chance to protect the health of every member of the team representing Canada.
WATCH | CBC’s Scott Russell on the latest Olympic ‘playbook’ for COVID protocols:
Scott Russell of CBC Sports explains the updated protocols that will be applied to protect athletes and organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 4:32
Calls for Canadian athletes to receive priority vaccines follow Wednesday’s second “playbook” announcement by the International Olympic Committee.
As parts of Japan, including Tokyo, are in a state of emergency and a third wave ravages the country, the IOC has unveiled its second of three manuals outlining how it will attempt to protect athletes and support staff during the Tokyo Games.
The biggest change from the first playbook, released in February, is that athletes will now be tested daily, one change every four days, and will be required to provide two negative tests before leaving their home country for the Games.
Other restrictions include athletes, coaches and support staff will not be allowed to use public transport and will have to eat in specific places with special hygiene measures.
Vaccines are not mandatory and while athletic officials in Canada demand priority treatment, the Canadian Olympic Committee says its stance has not changed on vaccines.
“We maintain that Canada’s front-line workers and the most vulnerable populations should be the priority for vaccinations,” said David Shoemaker, COC CEO. “With the increasing number of vaccines available to Canadians, we hope athletes will have access to them before Tokyo, which would provide an additional layer of protection to the important countermeasures that have been put in place.”
Earlier this year, when the athlete vaccination debate erupted in Canada, many Olympic athletes made it clear that they didn’t feel comfortable skipping the line to get the jab.
Georgia Simmerling travels to Tokyo to compete in cycling competitions and has competed in three previous Games. She says she doesn’t feel comfortable skipping the line ahead of other Canadians who urgently need the vaccine.
“This is serious business”
“I don’t think jumping through loopholes in terms of cutting the lines with people who serve others and work in healthcare doesn’t need to happen,” Simmerling said. “If we could get the vaccines the right way before we left, I think that would be a great idea and something that would only improve our safety.”
Infectious disease specialist Dr Isaac Bogoch said upgrades to the testing manual are an improvement, but he adds that the plan is still not foolproof and is not immune to epidemics during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“This is serious business. We are admitting younger and younger people to the hospital all the time,” he told CBC Sports. “That’s the real deal. We know how to control this infection. It’s done. If you have the resources available, it’s much easier to control.”
WATCH | Should COVID cases in athletes affect protocols? :
Morgan Campbell, Meghan McPeak and Dave Zirin discuss whether the number of Covid-19 cases in athletes should strengthen security measures in Tokyo. 8:36
Bogoch said the timeline of when a person contracts the virus is an important education on how COVID-19 is spread.
“Let’s say someone is exposed to COVID, it can take anywhere from two to five days for people to start shedding the virus,” he said.
Bogoch said this means an athlete could test negative twice before leaving but be positive upon arriving in Tokyo due to the incubation period.
Earlier this week, Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu revealed that she tested positive for COVID-19 despite two negative tests before leaving for an event in Madrid.
“You are still incubating the virus but you might have a negative swab,” Bogoch said. “If you test positive, you can shed the virus for several days after infection. Positive cases should be isolated for 10 days. If you are exposed to a positive case, you can do frequent testing to see if people will get COVID.
“The goal is to be able to detect positive COVID tests very, very early on where maybe people are positive but are not passing it on as much because you caught it early. It’s not perfect but it helps and can help prevent an epidemic. “
While testing plays an important role, Bogoch said vaccination is another key piece of the Games safety puzzle. More than 15,000 athletes between the Olympic and Paralympic Games will compete.
“Even though vaccines aren’t perfect for stopping COVID-19, they’re still a huge benefit. “
“Vaccinations for all athletes,” Bogoch said. “We are in the age of vaccines. It is not foolproof but again it is serious. The worrisome variants are more transmissible.”
MINSK, March 17 (BelTA) – Viktor Lukashenko held his first official meeting as President of the Belarusian NOC with Russian Olympic Committee Head Stanislav Pozdnyakov and Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin in Moscow on March 17. During the talks, the parties discussed a wide range of issues related to the upcoming Olympic Games, BelTA learned from the NOC’s press service.
The central theme was the preparation of the athletes for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo. The chronobiological and climato-geographical adaptation to the conditions of the Games is in the spotlight in the last stage of the preparations for the Games. Equally important are the infrastructure, scientific, methodological and technological capabilities of training camps and joint camps. The parties also discussed the vaccination of athletes and other members of delegations, in accordance with the health safety recommendations of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and the IOC.
Viktor Lukashenko and Stanislav Pozdnyakov discussed programs dedicated to the exchange of experiences with the participation of the Belarusian NOC, the Olympic Committee of Russia and other countries, including projects promoted by IOC Olympic Solidarity. The aim was to expand the possibilities for the involvement of Belarusian specialists in the programs of the International Olympic University of Russia, the participation of young Belarusian athletes in the International Forum of Young Olympians and the preparations for the Forum of leaders of the NOCs of the countries of the CIS, the Baltic States and the countries of Georgia which are due to take place in Tashkent this fall.
President of the Russian Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov noted that the visit of the Belarusian delegation is important as the parties discussed new measures to develop and strengthen cooperation.
“We are pleased to welcome colleagues from the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Olympic Committee. We have discussed various topics today and I want to stress that the dialogue has been constructive and useful. Our neighbors, colleagues, who organized a wonderful 2nd European Games, continue to prepare for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, guided, like all participants in the Olympic movement, by the interests of the athletes, and create the most comfortable conditions for their athletes. . Our positions are quite the same on this point. That is why we have devoted a lot of time to a detailed discussion of the joint training of athletes for the Olympic Games, not only in summer but also in winter. We would also like to invite our Belarusian colleagues to participate in educational, youth and other projects which aim to promote Olympism, Olympic values and the unity of our entire Olympic family ”, underlined Stanislav Pozdnyakov.
Such meetings make it possible to exchange experiences and develop intelligent approaches to solve any problems, he added.
The Belarusian National Olympic Committee and the Russian Olympic Committee have always maintained close friendly relations and have similar positions on many issues concerning the development of sport and the Olympic movement, stressed Belarusian NOC President Viktor Lukashenko.
“The upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing will undoubtedly be extremely important for our countries. We like the proposals from the Russian Sports Ministry, especially the idea of organizing joint training camps in Siberia and the Russian Far East. For its part, Belarus is ready to help organize training camps for Russian athletes, if necessary. I want to stress that our sports facilities are always ready to welcome athletes from fraternal Russia. Your athletes actively use Belarusian Olympic training centers, such as Staiki, Raubichi, Freestyle Ski Center and other sports facilities as they prepare for important international events, ”said Viktor Lukashenko.
He thanked the Russian Olympic Committee for its cooperation, its support in the field of Olympic education, the opportunity to participate in the programs of the Russian International Olympic University and for the invitation to participate in the International Forum of Young Olympians. “I am sure that our sports organizations will continue to strengthen their ties,” noted Viktor Lukashenko.
According to Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin, Russia and Belarus are reliable sports partners, which contributes to fraternal and friendly relations. He believes that the exchange of experiences in professional and general sport as well as joint research projects facilitate the development of sport in Russia and Belarus.
“Russia and Belarus signed the cooperation program in physical culture and sport for 2021-2022 in Brest in October 2020. We cooperate in the scientific and methodological support of our national teams and organize joint training camps. We are ready to consider organizing a joint training camp at our training centers in Siberia and the Russian Far East, which have the necessary infrastructure and equipment for the successful training of our teams. national before major international competitions, ”said Oleg Matytsin.