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A former handball medal collector, Claude Onesta is now the head of high performance at the National Sports Agency (ANS). As the Tokyo Olympics begin on Friday July 23, one year less than a day after their initial date due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the former coach of the France handball team approaches these Olympics by thinking of those after, in Paris in 2024.

What are France’s medal goals, or results, at these Tokyo Games?

It is not our job to make predictions. We try, on the contrary, to do everything in our power to ensure that the athletes and coaches are in the best possible position to achieve their best performances. Our mission, then, is to analyze all this to identify points of weakness, and work so as not to find them the next time.

“The projections for these Games are very complex, and much more than usual”

But to say that we do not make projections, that would be wrong. The projections for these Olympic Games are very complex, and much more than usual, because the period is complicated: for two years, there have been practically no benchmark competitions, so it is difficult to decide. situate in the international context, and difficult to assess the competition …

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Tokyo 2021: uncertain and unprecedented summer Olympics, under the sign of Covid-19

Our projection is to have results for France roughly at the level of what they were in Rio, around forty medals [42 en 2016], but with so many random elements that we cannot see it very clearly, neither for us, nor for the others.

In this period where randomness has been prevalent for a year now, can’t some people take advantage of it?

It is true, and we reminded French sportsmen and women. When everything goes “normally”, the best tend to win in the end. On the other hand, in extraordinary Games, as currently, there will be opportunities to be seized. Traditions will be shaken up, and some outsiders will be celebrating.

But, for that, you have to have an ambitious approach. Some may have already started to analyze the circumstances as so many alibis in the event of underperformance; but at the end of the events, even if the context is unusual, there will be three athletes on the podium, one of whom will be Olympic or Paralympic champion. And they will have sought the result with determination! This is our message: rather than complaining about what you’ve been through for a year and a half, have a good bite in the competition, and don’t regret a thing.

How did the postponement of one year affect the preparation of these Games for French sport?

It’s hard to analyze in a comprehensive way. For some, this postponement is a godsend: those who were injured, who would not have been qualified, or who were perhaps too young, will see it as an opportunity. Conversely, people who were at the end of the line, but still operational, may have seen their luck pass.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Tokyo 2021 Olympics: young French athletes aim for Paris 2024

There have been fewer competitions, so fewer benchmarks, less performance level assessments, but this also applies to competition, which could allow more open competitions, with perhaps more surprises than normal time.

Does this one-year delay also influence the preparation of French sport for the 2024 Olympics?

The impact is real. The Olympic or Paralympic periods are cycles of four years, on which the coaching of the athletes develops a plan. This cycle was upset by the postponement, with, in most cases, a one-year extension of this usual cycle.

However, as soon as the events are over, most of the federations’ supervisors change their projects, modify the supervisory teams, or invest in other athletes … All this will be postponed by one year and will be detrimental to the preparation of the competitions. Paris Olympics. Especially since after the Games, the athletes tend to rest, to recover.

“The cycle towards Paris 2024 will be one of continuity, because it is almost too late to launch major projects”

Likewise, the year leading up to the Games is a year of refinement, not much work. This leaves us just a year and a half as a real period of work, to modify certain programs and organizations. It is very little to make substantial changes. So the cycle towards Paris 2024 will be that of continuity, because it is almost too late today to launch major projects. With such a short time, the slightest loss of efficiency, the slightest late decision will be detrimental to our results. It will be necessary to do a very precise analysis of the results in Tokyo, and to project oneself very quickly and with precision.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Olympic Games 2024: Paris and the “Olympic scourge”

We want to identify athletes capable of “performing” in Paris, and see how we can support the supervision of these athletes, their programming, all the stakeholders to make available to them to improve this potential. We are going to do precision craftsmanship, with a much better assessed and better targeted population.

So for you, Tokyo is just a stopover for Paris?

Even if we know that our real evaluation will be the performance of the athletes in Paris [l’ANS a été créée en vue des JO de 2024], it would be absurd to ignore the Games which are opening in Tokyo. All these athletes think only of the 2021 Games, not one today has Paris in mind. We are aligned with their goals, and have done everything to try to help them.

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A former handball medal collector, Claude Onesta is now the head of high performance at the National Sports Agency (ANS). As the Tokyo Olympics begin on Friday July 23, one year less than a day after their initial date due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the former coach of the France handball team approaches these Olympics by thinking of those after, in Paris in 2024.

What are France’s medal goals, or results, at these Tokyo Games?

It is not our job to make predictions. We try, on the contrary, to do everything in our power to ensure that the athletes and coaches are in the best possible position to achieve their best performances. Our mission, then, is to analyze all this to identify points of weakness, and work so as not to find them the next time.

“The projections for these Games are very complex, and much more than usual”

But to say that we do not make projections, that would be wrong. The projections for these Olympic Games are very complex, and much more than usual, because the period is complicated: for two years, there have been practically no benchmark competitions, so it is difficult to decide. situate in the international context, and difficult to assess the competition …

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Tokyo 2021: uncertain and unprecedented summer Olympics, under the sign of Covid-19

Our projection is to have results for France roughly at the level of what they were in Rio, around forty medals [42 en 2016], but with so many random elements that we cannot see it very clearly, neither for us, nor for the others.

In this period where randomness has been prevalent for a year now, can’t some people take advantage of it?

It is true, and we reminded French sportsmen and women. When everything goes “normally”, the best tend to win in the end. On the other hand, in extraordinary Games, as currently, there will be opportunities to be seized. Traditions will be shaken up, and some outsiders will be celebrating.

But, for that, you have to have an ambitious approach. Some may have already started to analyze the circumstances as so many alibis in the event of underperformance; but at the end of the events, even if the context is unusual, there will be three athletes on the podium, one of whom will be Olympic or Paralympic champion. And they will have sought the result with determination! This is our message: rather than complaining about what you’ve been through for a year and a half, have a good bite in the competition, and don’t regret a thing.

How did the postponement of one year affect the preparation of these Games for French sport?

It’s hard to analyze in a comprehensive way. For some, this postponement is a godsend: those who were injured, who would not have been qualified, or who were perhaps too young, will see it as an opportunity. Conversely, people who were at the end of the line, but still operational, may have seen their luck pass.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Tokyo 2021 Olympics: young French athletes aim for Paris 2024

There have been fewer competitions, so fewer benchmarks, less performance level assessments, but this also applies to competition, which could allow more open competitions, with perhaps more surprises than normal time.

Does this one-year delay also influence the preparation of French sport for the 2024 Olympics?

The impact is real. The Olympic or Paralympic periods are cycles of four years, on which the coaching of the athletes develops a plan. This cycle was upset by the postponement, with, in most cases, a one-year extension of this usual cycle.

However, as soon as the events are over, most of the federations’ supervisors change their projects, modify the supervisory teams, or invest in other athletes … All this will be postponed by one year and will be detrimental to the preparation of the competitions. Paris Olympics. Especially since after the Games, the athletes tend to rest, to recover.

“The cycle towards Paris 2024 will be one of continuity, because it is almost too late to launch major projects”

Likewise, the year leading up to the Games is a year of refinement, not much work. This leaves us just a year and a half as a real period of work, to modify certain programs and organizations. It is very little to make substantial changes. So the cycle towards Paris 2024 will be that of continuity, because it is almost too late today to launch major projects. With such a short time, the slightest loss of efficiency, the slightest late decision will be detrimental to our results. It will be necessary to do a very precise analysis of the results in Tokyo, and to project oneself very quickly and with precision.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Olympic Games 2024: Paris and the “Olympic scourge”

We want to identify athletes capable of “performing” in Paris, and see how we can support the supervision of these athletes, their programming, all the stakeholders to make available to them to improve this potential. We are going to do precision craftsmanship, with a much better assessed and better targeted population.

So for you, Tokyo is just a stopover for Paris?

Even if we know that our real evaluation will be the performance of the athletes in Paris [l’ANS a été créée en vue des JO de 2024], it would be absurd to ignore the Games which are opening in Tokyo. All these athletes think only of the 2021 Games, not one today has Paris in mind. We are aligned with their goals, and have done everything to try to help them.

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To stay up to date on African news, subscribe to the “Monde Afrique” newsletter from this link. Every Saturday at 6 am, find a week of current events and debates treated by the editorial staff of “Monde Afrique”.

On September 10, 1960, during the Olympic Games in Rome, during the marathon event, the Ethiopian Abebe Bikila neck-to-neck with the Moroccan Abdeslam Rhadi Ben Abdessalam, one of the great favorites of the event.

He has an insolent stride, a disconcerting relaxation, an extraordinary power. The young man is intriguing and his draw makes people laugh: who is this athlete with the thin mustache, sculpted cheeks and the haircut of a soul singer who is about to run without shoes on the Italian asphalt?

Of the seventy or so starters, not many people have heard of Abebe Bikila. This 28-year-old stranger should never have been lined up at the start of the Rome Olympic Games marathon in 1960. The Ethiopian owes his selection to a stroke of fate: he replaces his injured compatriot Wami Biratu at the last minute.

This September 10, the favorites of the race are the Russians Konstantin Vorobyev and Sergei Popov or the Moroccan Abdesiem Rhadi Ben Abdesselem. But Bikila wants to believe in his lucky star. Wasn’t he born on August 7, 1932, the day of the Los Angeles Games marathon? What is more, in this kind of event, Olympic gold often smiles on the daring, and daring, this shepherd’s son has it under his heels.

Throughout the 42.195 km of the course, number 11, green bib, red shorts with yellow edging, short barefoot. This choice is not a whim. This featherweight (57 kg for 1.77 m) could have put on shoes, but these gave him blisters. In the country, Bikila had become accustomed to treading alone, and without sneakers, on clay and other gravel trails at 1,000, 2,000, or more than 3,000 meters above sea level, where oxygen becomes valuable. It was on these eucalyptus-lined roads that Swedish coach Onni Niskanen, in charge of Ethiopian athletes, noticed.

Double

The race is intense. The overwhelming heat. On the hot Rome night, marathon runners swallow the dusty asphalt, torchlit by soldiers of the Italian army. For several kilometers, the ordeal has boiled down to a ” hand to hand “ between the Ethiopian and the Moroccan Abdesiem Rhadi Ben Abdesselem. Bikila, cooler, accelerates and attacks after the 41e km when passing the imposing obelisk of Axum.

The symbol is strong: in 1937, after his conquest of the Ethiopian Empire (the partial occupation of which lasted only five years), Mussolini ordered that one of these columns which adorned the capital of the old kingdom. The monument was then placed in front of the Ministry for Africa, which after the fall of the Italian dictator became the seat of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Read also The meetings of African sport in 2021

Abebe Bikila, alone in the lead on this crowded road, beat the race in 2:15:16, a new world record. He is the first black African Olympic champion. But his victory has the value of revenge: this soldier of the imperial guard of the negus Hailé Sélassié gave his honor to his people, and to the continent, by crossing the finish line by conquering under the triumphal arch of Constantine d ‘ where, twenty-five years earlier, Mussolini’s fascist troops had left to invade his country. The marathon runner becomes a national hero.

His adventure at the Games is far from over. Four years later, in Tokyo, Bikila managed the feat of retaining his title after having just been operated on for appendicitis. This is the first time that a runner has won the Olympic marathon twice in a row. Despite a humidity level of 90%, and the thick mist covering the Japanese capital, the Ethiopian, who left favorite sneakers on this time, outclassed his opponents and smashed the world record in 2:12. ’11 ”. The second arrives four minutes later.

Domination

On his arrival at the Olympic stadium, Bikila offers a surreal scene to the 80,000 spectators. As soon as the line is crossed, the runner, who is barely sweating, stands on his side, hops, stretches his arms and legs as if he were still warming up. The referees try to talk to him, he throws himself on the lawn to continue his flexibility exercises on the back.

Four years later, at the Mexico Games, the 36-year-old former soldier started his third Olympic marathon. On the way to a hat-trick? Unfortunately, he had to give up after a few kilometers, hampered by an old injury. It was his compatriot Mamo Wolde who won the event (2h20”26 ‘).

In 1969, he was the victim of a serious car accident and lost the use of his legs. Far from being discouraged, he continues, even in a wheelchair, to practice sport, especially archery. He died in 1973 of a cerebral hemorrhage. But, for posterity, Abebe Bikila remains the one who paved the way for the unchallenged domination of long-distance runners from East Africa.

Summary of our series “These Africans who made the Olympics”

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To stay up to date on African news, subscribe to the “Monde Afrique” newsletter from this link. Every Saturday at 6 am, find a week of current events and debates treated by the editorial staff of “Monde Afrique”.

On September 10, 1960, during the Olympic Games in Rome, during the marathon event, the Ethiopian Abebe Bikila neck-to-neck with the Moroccan Abdeslam Rhadi Ben Abdessalam, one of the great favorites of the event.

He has an insolent stride, a disconcerting relaxation, an extraordinary power. The young man is intriguing and his draw makes people laugh: who is this athlete with the thin mustache, sculpted cheeks and the haircut of a soul singer who is about to run without shoes on the Italian asphalt?

Of the seventy or so starters, not many people have heard of Abebe Bikila. This 28-year-old stranger should never have been lined up at the start of the Rome Olympic Games marathon in 1960. The Ethiopian owes his selection to a stroke of fate: he replaces his injured compatriot Wami Biratu at the last minute.

This September 10, the favorites of the race are the Russians Konstantin Vorobyev and Sergei Popov or the Moroccan Abdesiem Rhadi Ben Abdesselem. But Bikila wants to believe in his lucky star. Wasn’t he born on August 7, 1932, the day of the Los Angeles Games marathon? What is more, in this kind of event, Olympic gold often smiles on the daring, and daring, this shepherd’s son has it under his heels.

Throughout the 42.195 km of the course, number 11, green bib, red shorts with yellow edging, short barefoot. This choice is not a whim. This featherweight (57 kg for 1.77 m) could have put on shoes, but these gave him blisters. In the country, Bikila had become accustomed to treading alone, and without sneakers, on clay and other gravel trails at 1,000, 2,000, or more than 3,000 meters above sea level, where oxygen becomes valuable. It was on these eucalyptus-lined roads that Swedish coach Onni Niskanen, in charge of Ethiopian athletes, noticed.

Double

The race is intense. The overwhelming heat. On the hot Rome night, marathon runners swallow the dusty asphalt, torchlit by soldiers of the Italian army. For several kilometers, the ordeal has boiled down to a ” hand to hand “ between the Ethiopian and the Moroccan Abdesiem Rhadi Ben Abdesselem. Bikila, cooler, accelerates and attacks after the 41e km when passing the imposing obelisk of Axum.

The symbol is strong: in 1937, after his conquest of the Ethiopian Empire (the partial occupation of which lasted only five years), Mussolini ordered that one of these columns which adorned the capital of the old kingdom. The monument was then placed in front of the Ministry for Africa, which after the fall of the Italian dictator became the seat of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Read also The meetings of African sport in 2021

Abebe Bikila, alone in the lead on this crowded road, beat the race in 2:15:16, a new world record. He is the first black African Olympic champion. But his victory has the value of revenge: this soldier of the imperial guard of the negus Hailé Sélassié gave his honor to his people, and to the continent, by crossing the finish line by conquering under the triumphal arch of Constantine d ‘ where, twenty-five years earlier, Mussolini’s fascist troops had left to invade his country. The marathon runner becomes a national hero.

His adventure at the Games is far from over. Four years later, in Tokyo, Bikila managed the feat of retaining his title after having just been operated on for appendicitis. This is the first time that a runner has won the Olympic marathon twice in a row. Despite a humidity level of 90%, and the thick mist covering the Japanese capital, the Ethiopian, who left favorite sneakers on this time, outclassed his opponents and smashed the world record in 2:12. ’11 ”. The second arrives four minutes later.

Domination

On his arrival at the Olympic stadium, Bikila offers a surreal scene to the 80,000 spectators. As soon as the line is crossed, the runner, who is barely sweating, stands on his side, hops, stretches his arms and legs as if he were still warming up. The referees try to talk to him, he throws himself on the lawn to continue his flexibility exercises on the back.

Four years later, at the Mexico Games, the 36-year-old former soldier started his third Olympic marathon. On the way to a hat-trick? Unfortunately, he had to give up after a few kilometers, hampered by an old injury. It was his compatriot Mamo Wolde who won the event (2h20”26 ‘).

In 1969, he was the victim of a serious car accident and lost the use of his legs. Far from being discouraged, he continues, even in a wheelchair, to practice sport, especially archery. He died in 1973 of a cerebral hemorrhage. But, for posterity, Abebe Bikila remains the one who paved the way for the unchallenged domination of long-distance runners from East Africa.

Summary of our series “These Africans who made the Olympics”

" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1627025008) } [2]=> array(14) { ["title"]=> string(63) "Olympic committees not so autonomous with regard to politicians" ["link"]=> string(92) "https://onlinesportnews.xyz/olympic-committees-not-so-autonomous-with-regard-to-politicians/" ["comments"]=> string(100) "https://onlinesportnews.xyz/olympic-committees-not-so-autonomous-with-regard-to-politicians/#respond" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(11) "Susan Hally" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Fri, 23 Jul 2021 06:05:51 +0000" ["category"]=> string(59) "Sports Round UpautonomouscommitteesOlympicpoliticiansregard" ["guid"]=> string(92) "https://onlinesportnews.xyz/olympic-committees-not-so-autonomous-with-regard-to-politicians/" ["description"]=> string(100) "Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko at the European Games in Minsk on June 28, 2019. KIRILL..." ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(3834) "

Alexandre Loukachenko still imposes his stranglehold on Belarus, but the omnipotent head of state had to give up the presidency … of his National Olympic Committee (NOC). In December 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended him from his duties, due to “Political discrimination” against athletes who contested his re-election at the head of the country a little less than a year ago. The suspension also applies to his son, Viktor, yet called upon to replace him at the top of the Belarusian sports movement. And therefore forced to abandon the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games, Friday July 23.

This case may seem like a caricature. However, the border between government and sports movement is proving thin in many countries. As it is written, the Olympic charter maintains a certain vagueness. The text certainly asks the National Olympic Committees to “Preserve their autonomy and resist all pressures (…) including policies ”, just as he forbids “To governments and other public authorities” to appoint the members of said committees. But there is a “but”, or rather a “however”! “However, an NOC may decide, at its discretion, to elect representatives of these authorities as members. “ In other words: nothing formally prevents a head of state from presiding over the sports movement of his country.

Heads of State and Military

Few are the countries where the NOC is directly in the hands of the local Head of State, as formerly Alexander Lukashenko. This is still true in Turkmenistan, with Gourbangouli Berdimoukhamedov; in Tajikistan, with Emomali Rahmon; in Qatar, with Emir Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani… or in Monaco, with Prince Albert II.

Sometimes, the control of the sporting thing belongs to a minister in office, for example in Laos and North Korea. As well as in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where the person concerned is also a member of the reigning dynasty. Elsewhere, the sports movement may depend on high-ranking military personnel such as in Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire and Bangladesh.

The need for autonomy for the sports movement, however, appeared in the Olympic charter in 1949.

In Europe, the United Kingdom is adapting the principle of its parliamentary monarchy to sport. President of British Olympic Committee? Princess Anne, member of the royal family. “Operational boss”? Sir Hugh Robertson, ex-Minister for Sports, ex-Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. And ex-Conservative MP, like his predecessor, Sebastian Coe.

You have 51.91% of this article to read. The rest is for subscribers only.

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Alexandre Loukachenko still imposes his stranglehold on Belarus, but the omnipotent head of state had to give up the presidency … of his National Olympic Committee (NOC). In December 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended him from his duties, due to “Political discrimination” against athletes who contested his re-election at the head of the country a little less than a year ago. The suspension also applies to his son, Viktor, yet called upon to replace him at the top of the Belarusian sports movement. And therefore forced to abandon the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games, Friday July 23.

This case may seem like a caricature. However, the border between government and sports movement is proving thin in many countries. As it is written, the Olympic charter maintains a certain vagueness. The text certainly asks the National Olympic Committees to “Preserve their autonomy and resist all pressures (…) including policies ”, just as he forbids “To governments and other public authorities” to appoint the members of said committees. But there is a “but”, or rather a “however”! “However, an NOC may decide, at its discretion, to elect representatives of these authorities as members. “ In other words: nothing formally prevents a head of state from presiding over the sports movement of his country.

Heads of State and Military

Few are the countries where the NOC is directly in the hands of the local Head of State, as formerly Alexander Lukashenko. This is still true in Turkmenistan, with Gourbangouli Berdimoukhamedov; in Tajikistan, with Emomali Rahmon; in Qatar, with Emir Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani… or in Monaco, with Prince Albert II.

Sometimes, the control of the sporting thing belongs to a minister in office, for example in Laos and North Korea. As well as in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where the person concerned is also a member of the reigning dynasty. Elsewhere, the sports movement may depend on high-ranking military personnel such as in Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire and Bangladesh.

The need for autonomy for the sports movement, however, appeared in the Olympic charter in 1949.

In Europe, the United Kingdom is adapting the principle of its parliamentary monarchy to sport. President of British Olympic Committee? Princess Anne, member of the royal family. “Operational boss”? Sir Hugh Robertson, ex-Minister for Sports, ex-Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. And ex-Conservative MP, like his predecessor, Sebastian Coe.

You have 51.91% of this article to read. The rest is for subscribers only.

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The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics (Olympics) seems to have become the last place to display for partner companies. The electronics giant Panasonic announced Tuesday, July 20, the absence of its leaders at the event scheduled for July 23. Only its president Kazuhiro Tsuga will make the trip, in his capacity as vice-president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee.

Panasonic’s announcement followed those of automaker Toyota, food giant Ajinomoto and brewer Asahi Beer. Even Masakazu Tokura, president of the powerful Keidanren employers’ confederation, chose, “As a citizen”, to stay at home and “Watch the event with the family on television”.

This sulking of the Japanese business world reflects a certain embarrassment regarding an event that, today, a majority of Japanese do not want, which is accompanied by a worsening of the Covid-19 pandemic and which turns into a financial fiasco as in terms of images for its partners.

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Souvenir from 1964

These Olympics had however been presented to economic circles, from the selection of Tokyo in 2013, as the symbol of the reconstruction of Japan after the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear disaster of 2011. The Games were to mark the entry into a new era. marked by the return of the Archipelago on the world stage thanks to the activism of the former Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe (2012-2020) – also absent from the opening ceremony – and his policy of economic recovery called ” Abenomics ”, all symbolically crowned with the rise to the imperial throne, in 2019, of a new sovereign, Naruhito.

Carried by this prospect, intoxicated by the memory of the success of the 1964 games and spurred on by the influential and omnipotent advertising agency Dentsu, exclusive promotional partner of the Olympic Games, which broke with the tradition of having only one company per sector as sponsors, 70 Japanese companies have disbursed 2.5 billion euros to support them, three times more than in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. They also agreed to add 250 million euros to finance the postponement of a year of the event, decided in March 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The pandemic having only worsened due, in particular, to a calamitous management of the Japanese government, the Games have become an object of resentment, even hostility, for the Japanese. The competitions begin in full resurgence of cases – 4,943 on July 21, against 3,191 a week earlier – despite the establishment of a “state of emergency” in the most affected departments, including Tokyo.

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The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics (Olympics) seems to have become the last place to display for partner companies. The electronics giant Panasonic announced Tuesday, July 20, the absence of its leaders at the event scheduled for July 23. Only its president Kazuhiro Tsuga will make the trip, in his capacity as vice-president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee.

Panasonic’s announcement followed those of automaker Toyota, food giant Ajinomoto and brewer Asahi Beer. Even Masakazu Tokura, president of the powerful Keidanren employers’ confederation, chose, “As a citizen”, to stay at home and “Watch the event with the family on television”.

This sulking of the Japanese business world reflects a certain embarrassment regarding an event that, today, a majority of Japanese do not want, which is accompanied by a worsening of the Covid-19 pandemic and which turns into a financial fiasco as in terms of images for its partners.

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Souvenir from 1964

These Olympics had however been presented to economic circles, from the selection of Tokyo in 2013, as the symbol of the reconstruction of Japan after the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear disaster of 2011. The Games were to mark the entry into a new era. marked by the return of the Archipelago on the world stage thanks to the activism of the former Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe (2012-2020) – also absent from the opening ceremony – and his policy of economic recovery called ” Abenomics ”, all symbolically crowned with the rise to the imperial throne, in 2019, of a new sovereign, Naruhito.

Carried by this prospect, intoxicated by the memory of the success of the 1964 games and spurred on by the influential and omnipotent advertising agency Dentsu, exclusive promotional partner of the Olympic Games, which broke with the tradition of having only one company per sector as sponsors, 70 Japanese companies have disbursed 2.5 billion euros to support them, three times more than in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. They also agreed to add 250 million euros to finance the postponement of a year of the event, decided in March 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The pandemic having only worsened due, in particular, to a calamitous management of the Japanese government, the Games have become an object of resentment, even hostility, for the Japanese. The competitions begin in full resurgence of cases – 4,943 on July 21, against 3,191 a week earlier – despite the establishment of a “state of emergency” in the most affected departments, including Tokyo.

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JI took part in my first bike race during a competition between schools in my neighborhood. Before that, I didn’t know that girls could participate. In Afghanistan, where I come from, it is too risky for women to ride a bicycle. I have tried other sports, like basketball, taekwondo, and volleyball, but they are played in closed spaces, like gyms.

With cycling, I could go anywhere, where I wanted and when I wanted. I love being outdoors, it gives me a real feeling of liberation. Sport has taken me to places I never thought I would go. In Afghanistan, when you see a young girl on a bicycle, it’s strange and unusual. People are heavily influenced by what the authorities say. According to them, women do not have the right to work, study or play sports. Many Afghans simply accepted it; not my father.

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My father thinks women should be free to make their own choices. He is convinced that a woman can work, have access to education and be independent. In our family, we are three sisters and my father always encouraged us to continue our studies, to play sports, to be determined young girls. Even when the neighborhood thought my parents should have been ashamed of us.

Perseverance

With my sister, we have set up a women’s cycling club. We wanted to normalize the discipline for women in Afghanistan, showing them that riding a bicycle is completely normal and good for them. They are now over 40. When I started cycling, I was warned that it would be dangerous. However, I never imagined it could be so.

When we went to other towns, some locals saw it as their responsibility to prevent us from cycling. Sometimes they knocked us down, insulted us. Every girl who rode a bicycle in Afghanistan has experienced this. I then stopped training alone. I was always accompanied by men.

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We were a group of girls in the middle and they positioned themselves all around us. They were hiding eyes from us, while the coach followed in his car. There are so many times when I wanted to stop cycling … But I was like: “If you give up, they’ll see it’s too dangerous.” They will see that it is not safe for women to participate. “ So I persevered.

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JI took part in my first bike race during a competition between schools in my neighborhood. Before that, I didn’t know that girls could participate. In Afghanistan, where I come from, it is too risky for women to ride a bicycle. I have tried other sports, like basketball, taekwondo, and volleyball, but they are played in closed spaces, like gyms.

With cycling, I could go anywhere, where I wanted and when I wanted. I love being outdoors, it gives me a real feeling of liberation. Sport has taken me to places I never thought I would go. In Afghanistan, when you see a young girl on a bicycle, it’s strange and unusual. People are heavily influenced by what the authorities say. According to them, women do not have the right to work, study or play sports. Many Afghans simply accepted it; not my father.

Archive : Olympics 2016: in Greece, the flame is extinguished at the Elaionas refugee camp

My father thinks women should be free to make their own choices. He is convinced that a woman can work, have access to education and be independent. In our family, we are three sisters and my father always encouraged us to continue our studies, to play sports, to be determined young girls. Even when the neighborhood thought my parents should have been ashamed of us.

Perseverance

With my sister, we have set up a women’s cycling club. We wanted to normalize the discipline for women in Afghanistan, showing them that riding a bicycle is completely normal and good for them. They are now over 40. When I started cycling, I was warned that it would be dangerous. However, I never imagined it could be so.

When we went to other towns, some locals saw it as their responsibility to prevent us from cycling. Sometimes they knocked us down, insulted us. Every girl who rode a bicycle in Afghanistan has experienced this. I then stopped training alone. I was always accompanied by men.

Read also “I want to film the athletes in their suffering, which they have endured recently”: Naomi Kawase, the eye of the Olympics

We were a group of girls in the middle and they positioned themselves all around us. They were hiding eyes from us, while the coach followed in his car. There are so many times when I wanted to stop cycling … But I was like: “If you give up, they’ll see it’s too dangerous.” They will see that it is not safe for women to participate. “ So I persevered.

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Pfor the party, we will come back. This is the story of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, already postponed for a year and long under the threat of cancellation. “They are going to take place”, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had been mulling over in recent weeks, while concern increased over health measures. But the important thing is not so much their maintenance as how they will unfold.

Since the start of the pandemic due to the new coronavirus, in early 2020, the elements have been unleashed against the Olympic high mass with the relentlessness of a marathon runner on the asphalt. And, following the postponement, a first since the cancellation in 1940 of the Games in… Tokyo, we can no longer count the cuts to the Olympic spirit. As the health situation evolves in the Archipelago, the enthusiasm of the hosts of these Games to welcome all these beautiful people decreases.

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After the foreign spectators, summoned in March to stay at home, the organizers asked, Tuesday, July 6, the Japanese public to “Abstain” to attend the marathon and the walking events, relocated to Sapporo – more than 1,000 km from Tokyo. Finally, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said a new “State of health emergency”, transforming the event into a total closed session, a funny Olympic truce.

The city sealed

Already encouraged to “Avoid shouting, singing and cheering” the athletes, the Tokyoites will see nothing of the Games. Otherwise the huge advertising campaigns spilled over the city. Here are the Olympic rings embedded in the ground of the Japanese capital, without much to do with the party imagined by the organizing committee when obtaining the Olympics, in 2013.

These Games are widely rejected by all components of the Japanese population, fearing an “Olympic variant” imported by more than 11,000 athletes and their cohort of followers. That they will hardly cross: the concept of sanitary bubble deployed for a year on the sports grounds does not stop swelling here any more; it’s almost Tokyo that we put under cover.

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As for the Japanese government, it finds itself entangled in its management of the health crisis. The number of daily Covid-19 cases remains well below that of the United Kingdom, which has hosted the finals of Euro 2021 football with a large gauge, but Japan is redoubling its precautions. Especially since, if most of the participants in the Olympics should be vaccinated, the proportion of the population of the Archipelago to have received the vaccine only slightly exceeds 15%. Caught between the hammer of its people and the Olympic anvil, the government has little room for maneuver.

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Pfor the party, we will come back. This is the story of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, already postponed for a year and long under the threat of cancellation. “They are going to take place”, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had been mulling over in recent weeks, while concern increased over health measures. But the important thing is not so much their maintenance as how they will unfold.

Since the start of the pandemic due to the new coronavirus, in early 2020, the elements have been unleashed against the Olympic high mass with the relentlessness of a marathon runner on the asphalt. And, following the postponement, a first since the cancellation in 1940 of the Games in… Tokyo, we can no longer count the cuts to the Olympic spirit. As the health situation evolves in the Archipelago, the enthusiasm of the hosts of these Games to welcome all these beautiful people decreases.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Tokyo Olympics: between rebound of the epidemic and maintenance of competitions, the headlong rush of the government of Yoshihide Suga

After the foreign spectators, summoned in March to stay at home, the organizers asked, Tuesday, July 6, the Japanese public to “Abstain” to attend the marathon and the walking events, relocated to Sapporo – more than 1,000 km from Tokyo. Finally, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said a new “State of health emergency”, transforming the event into a total closed session, a funny Olympic truce.

The city sealed

Already encouraged to “Avoid shouting, singing and cheering” the athletes, the Tokyoites will see nothing of the Games. Otherwise the huge advertising campaigns spilled over the city. Here are the Olympic rings embedded in the ground of the Japanese capital, without much to do with the party imagined by the organizing committee when obtaining the Olympics, in 2013.

These Games are widely rejected by all components of the Japanese population, fearing an “Olympic variant” imported by more than 11,000 athletes and their cohort of followers. That they will hardly cross: the concept of sanitary bubble deployed for a year on the sports grounds does not stop swelling here any more; it’s almost Tokyo that we put under cover.

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As for the Japanese government, it finds itself entangled in its management of the health crisis. The number of daily Covid-19 cases remains well below that of the United Kingdom, which has hosted the finals of Euro 2021 football with a large gauge, but Japan is redoubling its precautions. Especially since, if most of the participants in the Olympics should be vaccinated, the proportion of the population of the Archipelago to have received the vaccine only slightly exceeds 15%. Caught between the hammer of its people and the Olympic anvil, the government has little room for maneuver.

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Australia and New Zealand announced Thursday, July 22, that they would not participate in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup scheduled for England due to fears “For the health of the players and their safety” linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a joint statement, the federations of the first two rugby union nations called on the organizers to postpone this competition, still scheduled from October 23 to November 27 in England, until next year.

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Defending champions Australia were due to face Fiji in the city of Hull (east) on day one of the competition and New Zealand play against Lebanon in Warrington (west) the next day.

Disappointed organizers

Australia and New Zealand say they made the decision taking into account the risks of contamination in England, the worsening pandemic and the time players would have to spend away from home to meet health measures before the start. of the competition.

The organizers, who confirmed last week that the World Cup would be held on the scheduled dates, called the decision of the two federations a “Disappointing” and added that she could have “Important consequences for rugby union”.

“RLWC2021 has been briefed at very short notice and will continue discussions with all participants to agree on the best way forward. A press release will be published in due course ”, they clarified.

Anger of the president of the English federation

Anger was even stronger for England Rugby Union boss Simon Johnson, who called the New Zealanders and Australians’ decision a“Selfish, stubborn and cowardly”.

“I could agree with them if I didn’t know that Australian athletes are, right now, in Tokyo for the Olympics, that New Zealand cricketers have played in England this summer and that the Australian rugby union team will come for a series of matches in October ”, insisted Simon Johnson.

“Not taking part in the World Cup was not an easy decision but we must put the best interests of our players and our managers first, protecting them is essential, for his part argued Peter V’landys, the president of the Australian federation. In the current context, the risks posed to the safety, health and well-being of our players and managers who will have to leave Australia to participate in the tournament this year are insurmountable ”.

Greg Peters, his New Zealand counterpart, for his part stressed that this withdrawal decision was taken in the best interests of players and officials. “The tournament organizers have moved heaven and earth to make it happen so it was not an easy decision, but the situation on the UK pandemic front is showing no signs of stopping. ‘improvement and it is simply too dangerous to send the players and the management there “, said Mr Peters.

The World with AFP

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Australia and New Zealand announced Thursday, July 22, that they would not participate in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup scheduled for England due to fears “For the health of the players and their safety” linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a joint statement, the federations of the first two rugby union nations called on the organizers to postpone this competition, still scheduled from October 23 to November 27 in England, until next year.

Read also Rugby à XIII: Australia, Occitanie and Puig-Aubert, understand everything about this little-known sport

Defending champions Australia were due to face Fiji in the city of Hull (east) on day one of the competition and New Zealand play against Lebanon in Warrington (west) the next day.

Disappointed organizers

Australia and New Zealand say they made the decision taking into account the risks of contamination in England, the worsening pandemic and the time players would have to spend away from home to meet health measures before the start. of the competition.

The organizers, who confirmed last week that the World Cup would be held on the scheduled dates, called the decision of the two federations a “Disappointing” and added that she could have “Important consequences for rugby union”.

“RLWC2021 has been briefed at very short notice and will continue discussions with all participants to agree on the best way forward. A press release will be published in due course ”, they clarified.

Anger of the president of the English federation

Anger was even stronger for England Rugby Union boss Simon Johnson, who called the New Zealanders and Australians’ decision a“Selfish, stubborn and cowardly”.

“I could agree with them if I didn’t know that Australian athletes are, right now, in Tokyo for the Olympics, that New Zealand cricketers have played in England this summer and that the Australian rugby union team will come for a series of matches in October ”, insisted Simon Johnson.

“Not taking part in the World Cup was not an easy decision but we must put the best interests of our players and our managers first, protecting them is essential, for his part argued Peter V’landys, the president of the Australian federation. In the current context, the risks posed to the safety, health and well-being of our players and managers who will have to leave Australia to participate in the tournament this year are insurmountable ”.

Greg Peters, his New Zealand counterpart, for his part stressed that this withdrawal decision was taken in the best interests of players and officials. “The tournament organizers have moved heaven and earth to make it happen so it was not an easy decision, but the situation on the UK pandemic front is showing no signs of stopping. ‘improvement and it is simply too dangerous to send the players and the management there “, said Mr Peters.

The World with AFP

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The Olympic Stadium of the Tokyo Games, July 22, 2021.

Five years ago, in Rio de Janeiro, eleven African countries (Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Algeria, Burundi, Niger, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco) left South America with medals. Kenya offered itself the biggest harvest with thirteen awards, six of which were gold.

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This year in Tokyo, the continent’s main chances of winning medals lie in athletics, where Kenyans and Ethiopians are among the top specialists in the world, but also in boxing, martial arts and swimming. Here are some athletes that will have to be followed closely during this Olympic fortnight.

  • Nigeria men’s basketball team
Players of the Nigerian men's basketball team on July 10 in Las Vegas.

Nigeria took over from Angola at the top of the African men’s basketball hierarchy. The D’Tigers, who will participate in their third consecutive Olympics, clearly displayed their ambitions by beating the United States in a friendly match in Las Vegas (90-87) on July 10.

Placed in a difficult group, with Germany, Australia and Italy, the Nigerians, however, have some arguments to advance. The backbone of the selection is mostly made up of players playing in the American NBA, including Precious Achiuwa (Miami Heat), Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves) and the talented – but fragile because regularly injured – Jahlil Okafor (Detroit Pistons) or in the best European championships (Spain, Italy).

The team, a mixture of youth and experience, has been coached since February 2020 by the American Mike Brown (51), the former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. With him, Nigeria has reached a milestone and the Tokyo scene could be the confirmation.

  • Ons Jabeur (Tunisia, women’s tennis)
Tunisian Ons Jabeur at the Wimbledon tournament, July 5, 2021.

Eighth finalist at Roland Garros, then quarter-finalist at Wimbledon, but also winner of the Birmingham tournament – his first title on the WTA circuit – Ons Jabeur (26) is going through a prosperous period. The player from Tunisia, who now occupies the 23e world rank, represents a real hope for a medal for his country. In 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, she had failed to pass the first round.

Since then, Ons Jabeur has improved a lot in his game, but also mentally. The Tunisian repeats over and over again her intention to join the world top 10 by the end of the year. His latest results were obtained on Parisian clay and on English turf. The hard surface of the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo shouldn’t be an insurmountable obstacle.

  • Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya, athletics)
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge at the Enschede Marathon, the Netherlands on April 18, 2021.

Of course, Eliud Kipchoge (36) is five years older than when he won the gold medal in the marathon in Rio in 2 h 8 min 44 s. But time does not seem to have (too) a hold on the performance of the athlete from Kenya, a specialist in long distance races.

The proof ? His victory, in April, at the Enschede marathon (Netherlands), where the 2016 Olympic champion silenced all skeptics with a time (2 h 4 min 30 s) better than that achieved in Brazil. His disappointing performance in October 2020 in London, where the Kenyan had only obtained a modest eighth place, seems to be a distant memory.

In Tokyo, he will be a candidate for his own succession. Eliud Kipchoge, who is a real star in his country, has never stopped forcing himself to intensive training – he runs an average of 250 kilometers per week – and leads an almost monastic life, made up of reading, sleeping and frugal and almost always identical meals. A recipe that has already proven itself.

  • Lamya Matoub (Algeria, karate)
Algerian karateka Lamya Matoub (right) in Madrid, November 10, 2018.

Eliminated during the karate qualifying tournament, a discipline that will make its appearance this year at the Olympics, she should not have been present in Tokyo. But Lamya Matoub (29) was drafted by invitation – because she is one of the three best African sportsmen of the year – and she represents one of the main chances of medals for Algeria.

Born in France, where she works as a school teacher, she finally decided to represent her country of origin, with some success so far. She was notably world champion in 2017 in Wroclaw (Poland), in the 68 kg category, and also won the gold medal at the 2015 African Games and the 2018 African Karate Championships.

Results that make her one of the main candidates for Olympic gold. A goal perfectly assumed by the athlete, who has repeatedly ensured that she was aiming for the top step of the podium.

  • Chad le Clos (South Africa, swimming)
South African swimmer Chad le Clos in Gwangju, South Korea on July 26, 2019.

Once again, Chad le Clos will be one of the many swimmers to be expected in Tokyo. At 29, the athlete born in South Africa already has an Olympic record that says a lot about his status.

In 2012, in London, when he was only 20 years old, Chad le Clos had achieved a resounding performance by winning gold in the 200-meter freestyle, ahead of the American Michael Phelps. Four years later, he left Brazil with two silver medals (200 meters freestyle and 100 meters) around his neck.

Since then, the athlete has won several significant titles, including that of world champion in the 200 meters freestyle in 2017. By trying – why not – to approach, or even to break the Olympic record still held by Michael Phelps in 2008 in Beijing (1 min 42 s 96).

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The Olympic Stadium of the Tokyo Games, July 22, 2021.

Five years ago, in Rio de Janeiro, eleven African countries (Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Algeria, Burundi, Niger, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco) left South America with medals. Kenya offered itself the biggest harvest with thirteen awards, six of which were gold.

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This year in Tokyo, the continent’s main chances of winning medals lie in athletics, where Kenyans and Ethiopians are among the top specialists in the world, but also in boxing, martial arts and swimming. Here are some athletes that will have to be followed closely during this Olympic fortnight.

  • Nigeria men’s basketball team
Players of the Nigerian men's basketball team on July 10 in Las Vegas.

Nigeria took over from Angola at the top of the African men’s basketball hierarchy. The D’Tigers, who will participate in their third consecutive Olympics, clearly displayed their ambitions by beating the United States in a friendly match in Las Vegas (90-87) on July 10.

Placed in a difficult group, with Germany, Australia and Italy, the Nigerians, however, have some arguments to advance. The backbone of the selection is mostly made up of players playing in the American NBA, including Precious Achiuwa (Miami Heat), Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves) and the talented – but fragile because regularly injured – Jahlil Okafor (Detroit Pistons) or in the best European championships (Spain, Italy).

The team, a mixture of youth and experience, has been coached since February 2020 by the American Mike Brown (51), the former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. With him, Nigeria has reached a milestone and the Tokyo scene could be the confirmation.

  • Ons Jabeur (Tunisia, women’s tennis)
Tunisian Ons Jabeur at the Wimbledon tournament, July 5, 2021.

Eighth finalist at Roland Garros, then quarter-finalist at Wimbledon, but also winner of the Birmingham tournament – his first title on the WTA circuit – Ons Jabeur (26) is going through a prosperous period. The player from Tunisia, who now occupies the 23e world rank, represents a real hope for a medal for his country. In 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, she had failed to pass the first round.

Since then, Ons Jabeur has improved a lot in his game, but also mentally. The Tunisian repeats over and over again her intention to join the world top 10 by the end of the year. His latest results were obtained on Parisian clay and on English turf. The hard surface of the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo shouldn’t be an insurmountable obstacle.

  • Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya, athletics)
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge at the Enschede Marathon, the Netherlands on April 18, 2021.

Of course, Eliud Kipchoge (36) is five years older than when he won the gold medal in the marathon in Rio in 2 h 8 min 44 s. But time does not seem to have (too) a hold on the performance of the athlete from Kenya, a specialist in long distance races.

The proof ? His victory, in April, at the Enschede marathon (Netherlands), where the 2016 Olympic champion silenced all skeptics with a time (2 h 4 min 30 s) better than that achieved in Brazil. His disappointing performance in October 2020 in London, where the Kenyan had only obtained a modest eighth place, seems to be a distant memory.

In Tokyo, he will be a candidate for his own succession. Eliud Kipchoge, who is a real star in his country, has never stopped forcing himself to intensive training – he runs an average of 250 kilometers per week – and leads an almost monastic life, made up of reading, sleeping and frugal and almost always identical meals. A recipe that has already proven itself.

  • Lamya Matoub (Algeria, karate)
Algerian karateka Lamya Matoub (right) in Madrid, November 10, 2018.

Eliminated during the karate qualifying tournament, a discipline that will make its appearance this year at the Olympics, she should not have been present in Tokyo. But Lamya Matoub (29) was drafted by invitation – because she is one of the three best African sportsmen of the year – and she represents one of the main chances of medals for Algeria.

Born in France, where she works as a school teacher, she finally decided to represent her country of origin, with some success so far. She was notably world champion in 2017 in Wroclaw (Poland), in the 68 kg category, and also won the gold medal at the 2015 African Games and the 2018 African Karate Championships.

Results that make her one of the main candidates for Olympic gold. A goal perfectly assumed by the athlete, who has repeatedly ensured that she was aiming for the top step of the podium.

  • Chad le Clos (South Africa, swimming)
South African swimmer Chad le Clos in Gwangju, South Korea on July 26, 2019.

Once again, Chad le Clos will be one of the many swimmers to be expected in Tokyo. At 29, the athlete born in South Africa already has an Olympic record that says a lot about his status.

In 2012, in London, when he was only 20 years old, Chad le Clos had achieved a resounding performance by winning gold in the 200-meter freestyle, ahead of the American Michael Phelps. Four years later, he left Brazil with two silver medals (200 meters freestyle and 100 meters) around his neck.

Since then, the athlete has won several significant titles, including that of world champion in the 200 meters freestyle in 2017. By trying – why not – to approach, or even to break the Olympic record still held by Michael Phelps in 2008 in Beijing (1 min 42 s 96).

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Back to the events of the day.

André-Pierre Gignac could not do anything to avoid the defeat of the France team against Mexico, Thursday, July 22 in Tokyo.

A catastrophic start. The French football team, carried by world champion Florian Thauvin and his captain André-Pierre Gignac, fell heavily against Mexico (4-1) on Thursday for their first match of the tournament. This group, built in pain in the face of the refusal of many professional clubs to release their best players for these Olympics, has been completely overtaken by an attractive Mexican team.

If the first period was balanced, the Mexicans accelerated in the second half and took advantage of the French defensive width by scoring four goals: Alexis Vega (47e), Sebastian Cordova (55e), Uriel Antuna (80e) and Eduardo Aguirre (91e). Only Gignac, from a penalty (55e), allowed the Blues not to leave fanny.

Relive the match: for his debut in the football tournament, France falls heavily against Mexico

And otherwise… In the same football tournament, Brazil, reigning Olympic champion, won against Germany (4-2); while Spain, one of the favorites, stumbled against Egypt (0-0).

Football is not the only sport to have entered the competition even before the official opening of the Games. The softball tournament, the women’s version of baseball, has also been launched since Wednesday. The United States and Japan won their second straight victory on Thursday, dominating Canada (1-0) and Mexico (3-2) respectively.

Discover the menu of tomorrow.

205 countries will parade on Friday during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.

After the false opening by the Japanese softball team on Wednesday, it’s time for the real opening of the Tokyo Games, Friday at 1 p.m. (Paris time). No ceremony with great pomp, but an event “Simpler and more sober” than previous editions to officially launch the Olympic fortnight.

If the organizers want to preserve the suspense until the end, some details of the evening have leaked, such as the projection in the sky of a terrestrial globe and the lyrics of the song. Imagine by John Lennon. A tribute will also be paid to the victims of the Fukushima disaster, which occurred in 2011.

For the first time in the history of the Games, the usual grand opening party will be held without an audience. The athletes will parade under the eyes of the Emperor of Japan, Nahurito, whose grandfather had attended the opening of the Tokyo Games in 1964. Emmanuel Macron, representative of the next host country, will also be present. Conversely, some Japanese sponsors have decided to desert the stadium, like Toyota, yet one of the most emblematic partners.

If the ceremony makes people talk, it is also for the business that surrounds it. After the resignation of Keigo Oyamada, composer of one of the musical themes of the evening, it was the artistic director, Kentaro Kobayashi, who was sacked on Thursday because of an old joke on the Holocaust. Repeated scandals tarnished a ceremony which already looked grim.

Follow the opening ceremony live on Lemonde.fr from 11 a.m.

The Games in a nutshell.

Like a child who counts the hours before being able to unwrap his gifts on December 25, the Californian skateboard legend Tony Hawk could not resist the call of the Olympic bowl. “As a child, who was mostly blasted for his interest in skateboarding, I never imagined he would one day be at the Games”, he wrote, posting a video of his glide on social networks.

Black helmet screwed on the head, extra-large white T-shirt, the fifty-something has chained the tricks (“Figures” in English) in the empty concrete bowl of the Ariake Urban Sports Park where the ramp event of the Tokyo Games will take place. Now a consultant for the American channel NBC, the ten-time winner of the X-Games (extreme sports competition) also predicted that ” it will be[it] one of the highlights of all the coverage of the Olympics this year ”. Just that.

The Olympians at the microphone.

“Having to choose between breastfeeding, family life and the Olympics”

Forced to leave her son in Spain, Ona Carbonell sparked a stir by lambasting the organizers of the Tokyo Games in a video posted on Tuesday on Instagram. Mother of a little Kai, almost 1 year old, the 31-year-old Spanish artistic swimmer has judged the health constraints set by the Japanese government “Incompatible” with breastfeeding her infant. Because, if babies are allowed to travel to the Japanese capital, they cannot stay in the Olympic Village. “To be able to breastfeed Kai every day and as many times as necessary, I would have had to leave the Olympic village and get out of the health bubble, which would have endangered my team”, explained the silver medalist in duet and bronze by team at the London Olympics. Ona Carbonell will try to run for a third Olympic medal without the support of her family.

Snapshots from our special envoys.

As we arrived in the capital of Japan on Monday, a real decapentathlon awaited us at the airport. Fifteen events (at least), to which all the participants of these Covid Olympic Games will have had to comply, whether they are athletes, federation pundits or followers of the Games like your servants. Among them, the saliva PCR test (otherwise called “Please spit in a tube”), that of awaiting results, and « classics » border and customs crossings.

While some waited more than five hours to complete the test, we were good at stretching our legs for two and a half hours as we wandered around the airport. A good exercise, before three days of imposed quarantine, locked in a Tokyo hotel room. The view is starting to look familiar to say the least.

The Covid-19, its health constraints and its positive tests risk disrupting these three weeks of competition. Thursday, the organizing committee of the Olympics announced that eleven new cases had been detected, including two athletes. Later today, the delegation of the Czech Republic announced that Beach volleyball player Marketa Slukova-Nausch had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. She had to give up the upcoming tournament.

The first packages have also started to fall. In addition to the Czech beach volleyball player, Russian swimmer Ilya Borodin, European champion in the 400-meter medley, also had to give up coming to Tokyo on Wednesday. On the same day, three athletes had already withdrawn after testing positive on arrival in Japan: a Chilean taekwondist, a Dutch skateboarder and a Czech table tennis player.

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Back to the events of the day.

André-Pierre Gignac could not do anything to avoid the defeat of the France team against Mexico, Thursday, July 22 in Tokyo.

A catastrophic start. The French football team, carried by world champion Florian Thauvin and his captain André-Pierre Gignac, fell heavily against Mexico (4-1) on Thursday for their first match of the tournament. This group, built in pain in the face of the refusal of many professional clubs to release their best players for these Olympics, has been completely overtaken by an attractive Mexican team.

If the first period was balanced, the Mexicans accelerated in the second half and took advantage of the French defensive width by scoring four goals: Alexis Vega (47e), Sebastian Cordova (55e), Uriel Antuna (80e) and Eduardo Aguirre (91e). Only Gignac, from a penalty (55e), allowed the Blues not to leave fanny.

Relive the match: for his debut in the football tournament, France falls heavily against Mexico

And otherwise… In the same football tournament, Brazil, reigning Olympic champion, won against Germany (4-2); while Spain, one of the favorites, stumbled against Egypt (0-0).

Football is not the only sport to have entered the competition even before the official opening of the Games. The softball tournament, the women’s version of baseball, has also been launched since Wednesday. The United States and Japan won their second straight victory on Thursday, dominating Canada (1-0) and Mexico (3-2) respectively.

Discover the menu of tomorrow.

205 countries will parade on Friday during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.

After the false opening by the Japanese softball team on Wednesday, it’s time for the real opening of the Tokyo Games, Friday at 1 p.m. (Paris time). No ceremony with great pomp, but an event “Simpler and more sober” than previous editions to officially launch the Olympic fortnight.

If the organizers want to preserve the suspense until the end, some details of the evening have leaked, such as the projection in the sky of a terrestrial globe and the lyrics of the song. Imagine by John Lennon. A tribute will also be paid to the victims of the Fukushima disaster, which occurred in 2011.

For the first time in the history of the Games, the usual grand opening party will be held without an audience. The athletes will parade under the eyes of the Emperor of Japan, Nahurito, whose grandfather had attended the opening of the Tokyo Games in 1964. Emmanuel Macron, representative of the next host country, will also be present. Conversely, some Japanese sponsors have decided to desert the stadium, like Toyota, yet one of the most emblematic partners.

If the ceremony makes people talk, it is also for the business that surrounds it. After the resignation of Keigo Oyamada, composer of one of the musical themes of the evening, it was the artistic director, Kentaro Kobayashi, who was sacked on Thursday because of an old joke on the Holocaust. Repeated scandals tarnished a ceremony which already looked grim.

Follow the opening ceremony live on Lemonde.fr from 11 a.m.

The Games in a nutshell.

Like a child who counts the hours before being able to unwrap his gifts on December 25, the Californian skateboard legend Tony Hawk could not resist the call of the Olympic bowl. “As a child, who was mostly blasted for his interest in skateboarding, I never imagined he would one day be at the Games”, he wrote, posting a video of his glide on social networks.

Black helmet screwed on the head, extra-large white T-shirt, the fifty-something has chained the tricks (“Figures” in English) in the empty concrete bowl of the Ariake Urban Sports Park where the ramp event of the Tokyo Games will take place. Now a consultant for the American channel NBC, the ten-time winner of the X-Games (extreme sports competition) also predicted that ” it will be[it] one of the highlights of all the coverage of the Olympics this year ”. Just that.

The Olympians at the microphone.

“Having to choose between breastfeeding, family life and the Olympics”

Forced to leave her son in Spain, Ona Carbonell sparked a stir by lambasting the organizers of the Tokyo Games in a video posted on Tuesday on Instagram. Mother of a little Kai, almost 1 year old, the 31-year-old Spanish artistic swimmer has judged the health constraints set by the Japanese government “Incompatible” with breastfeeding her infant. Because, if babies are allowed to travel to the Japanese capital, they cannot stay in the Olympic Village. “To be able to breastfeed Kai every day and as many times as necessary, I would have had to leave the Olympic village and get out of the health bubble, which would have endangered my team”, explained the silver medalist in duet and bronze by team at the London Olympics. Ona Carbonell will try to run for a third Olympic medal without the support of her family.

Snapshots from our special envoys.

As we arrived in the capital of Japan on Monday, a real decapentathlon awaited us at the airport. Fifteen events (at least), to which all the participants of these Covid Olympic Games will have had to comply, whether they are athletes, federation pundits or followers of the Games like your servants. Among them, the saliva PCR test (otherwise called “Please spit in a tube”), that of awaiting results, and « classics » border and customs crossings.

While some waited more than five hours to complete the test, we were good at stretching our legs for two and a half hours as we wandered around the airport. A good exercise, before three days of imposed quarantine, locked in a Tokyo hotel room. The view is starting to look familiar to say the least.

The Covid-19, its health constraints and its positive tests risk disrupting these three weeks of competition. Thursday, the organizing committee of the Olympics announced that eleven new cases had been detected, including two athletes. Later today, the delegation of the Czech Republic announced that Beach volleyball player Marketa Slukova-Nausch had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. She had to give up the upcoming tournament.

The first packages have also started to fall. In addition to the Czech beach volleyball player, Russian swimmer Ilya Borodin, European champion in the 400-meter medley, also had to give up coming to Tokyo on Wednesday. On the same day, three athletes had already withdrawn after testing positive on arrival in Japan: a Chilean taekwondist, a Dutch skateboarder and a Czech table tennis player.

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Ask “Kiki” Caron for her memories of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the silver medalist, French star at the time, will tell you a little about swimming, and a lot about Japan. “I almost caused a diplomatic incident! “, remembers Christine by her first name, then 16 years old. In question, an intrusion into the lodge of a “To be untouchable”, there: Emperor Hirohito, at the National Olympic Stadium, during the athletics events.

“I wanted to see Bob Hayes’ 100 meters [champion olympique et ancien recordman du monde de la discipline] and I was afraid of missing it, so I ran to get into a lodge. “ Without knowing who it belonged to. “There was security already, of course, but maybe not as much as it is now. Guards eventually took me out. “

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Two decades after the Second World War, the atmosphere in the Olympic Village is “The party permanently” and a form of recklessness, assures Jacqueline Gaugey-Brisepierre, 75 years old. The Frenchwoman then took part in artistic gymnastics competitions. For the opening of its first Summer Games, Japan wanted “An astonishing and grandiose ceremony”. The gymnast still has in mind, ” like it was yesterday “, this Olympic flame. To wear it, a young man born on August 6, 1945, the day of the bombing of Hiroshima by the American air force. In the air, “Five air force planes traced the five Olympic rings”.

“Equipment that did not exist in France”

For the first time, the Games, in which officially no professional athlete participates, have the right to be broadcast on mondovision television. ” Every day, remembers Kiki Caron, 73 years old today. A postal bag of letters was waiting for me at the entrance to the Olympic Village. ” The high school student is enjoying life and the twist in the Olympic Village. “There was a sort of nightclub. A very good-natured atmosphere. When I finished my tests, I was allowed to go. “ Between athletes, discussions are often held in English. “We understood each other. “

The French delegation has several points of reference, such as the presence on site of journalist Georges de Caunes, famous voice of the ORTF, responsible for publishing for the occasion a mini-newspaper for the Blues. And that “Of French cooks [leur] making food “, also recalls the former judoka Jacques Le Berre, 83 years old. At the time, the French teams were still largely male; 120 men, 22 women. All countries combined, there are barely 13% of women among all participants.

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Ask “Kiki” Caron for her memories of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the silver medalist, French star at the time, will tell you a little about swimming, and a lot about Japan. “I almost caused a diplomatic incident! “, remembers Christine by her first name, then 16 years old. In question, an intrusion into the lodge of a “To be untouchable”, there: Emperor Hirohito, at the National Olympic Stadium, during the athletics events.

“I wanted to see Bob Hayes’ 100 meters [champion olympique et ancien recordman du monde de la discipline] and I was afraid of missing it, so I ran to get into a lodge. “ Without knowing who it belonged to. “There was security already, of course, but maybe not as much as it is now. Guards eventually took me out. “

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also The cult of Olympism, Japan’s revenge on history

Two decades after the Second World War, the atmosphere in the Olympic Village is “The party permanently” and a form of recklessness, assures Jacqueline Gaugey-Brisepierre, 75 years old. The Frenchwoman then took part in artistic gymnastics competitions. For the opening of its first Summer Games, Japan wanted “An astonishing and grandiose ceremony”. The gymnast still has in mind, ” like it was yesterday “, this Olympic flame. To wear it, a young man born on August 6, 1945, the day of the bombing of Hiroshima by the American air force. In the air, “Five air force planes traced the five Olympic rings”.

“Equipment that did not exist in France”

For the first time, the Games, in which officially no professional athlete participates, have the right to be broadcast on mondovision television. ” Every day, remembers Kiki Caron, 73 years old today. A postal bag of letters was waiting for me at the entrance to the Olympic Village. ” The high school student is enjoying life and the twist in the Olympic Village. “There was a sort of nightclub. A very good-natured atmosphere. When I finished my tests, I was allowed to go. “ Between athletes, discussions are often held in English. “We understood each other. “

The French delegation has several points of reference, such as the presence on site of journalist Georges de Caunes, famous voice of the ORTF, responsible for publishing for the occasion a mini-newspaper for the Blues. And that “Of French cooks [leur] making food “, also recalls the former judoka Jacques Le Berre, 83 years old. At the time, the French teams were still largely male; 120 men, 22 women. All countries combined, there are barely 13% of women among all participants.

You have 38.53% of this article to read. The rest is for subscribers only.

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