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The countdown clock is clicking again for the Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — The countdown clocks have been reset and are ticking again for the Tokyo Olympics. The model outside Tokyo Station, and others across the Japanese capital, were switched on almost immediately after organizers announced the new dates — July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. The clocks read 479 days to go. That seems a long way away, but ... Read More »

With Olympics on hold, Phelps worries about mental health

Michael Phelps has been open about his mental health struggles, even as he became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. Now, with the Tokyo Games on hold because of the coronavirus, the retired swimming great worries that some athletes may have trouble coping with this unprecedented postponement. “It’s a total bamboozle,” Phelps told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “There’s ... Read More »

All signs point to Tokyo Olympics being postponed

IOC members, national Olympic committees and athletes were all racing toward the same conclusion Monday: The Tokyo Olympics are not going to take place this summer. Craig Reedie, a longtime member of the International Olympic Committee, told The Associated Press that everyone can see where things are headed, with the coronavirus pandemic spreading and Olympic hopefuls around the world unable ... Read More »

Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics are going to happen — but almost surely in 2021 rather than in four months as planned. This became clear after the IOC on Sunday announced it was considering a postponement. Major Olympic nations like Canada and Australia have added pressure by saying they will not go if the games are staged this year. ... Read More »

Aussie Olympic chiefs advise athletes to prepare for 2021

SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Olympic Committee is advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021. Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, on Monday said “It’s clear the games can’t be held in July” because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty ... Read More »

As virus spreads, next casualty could be Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning coronavirus: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged that a postponement of the crown jewel of the sporting world could be unavoidable. Canada and Australia then added ... Read More »

Former Olympic swimming champion van der Burgh has virus

Former Olympic swimming champion Cameron van der Burgh said he has contracted the coronavirus and added his voice to concerns for athletes’ well-being if the Tokyo Games go ahead as scheduled. Van der Burgh, who retired from competitive swimming in 2018, posted a series of messages on social media on Sunday describing how he had been ill with the virus ... Read More »

Infantino eyes reboot for soccer to avoid crisis

GENEVA (AP) — The future of soccer could be fewer games and fewer top competitions to help avoid a financial crisis, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in a newspaper interview published Monday. With soccer around the world in near-total shutdown and no end in sight because of the coronavirus pandemic, Infantino said the sport risked going into recession. “Maybe we ... Read More »

A look back at Olympics that never were: 1916, ’40 and ’44

With more and more calls to postpone the Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus outbreak, it’s worth noting that this every-four-years spectacle has been rocked before by traumatic events. Three other times, the games were canceled altogether because of World War I (1916) and World War II (1940 and 1944) — and in those latter two quadrennials, both the Summer ... Read More »

Flame in Japan; How long until news if Olympics will open?

TOKYO (AP/UNB) — The Olympic flame has arrived in Japan from Greece. Next comes the torch relay around the country, which is scheduled to start on Thursday from Fukushima prefecture in northern Japan. Organizers have asked crowds to be restrained, but have been imprecise about what that means. Greek officials last week stopped a relay there on the second day ... Read More »

Olympic flame lands in Japan as doubts grow over Tokyo Games

Matsushima Air Base, Japan (AP/UNB) — The Olympic flame arrived in Japan on Friday from Greece in a scaled-down ceremony at an air base in northern Japan. The flame, carried in a special canister, touched down amid growing doubts if the Tokyo Games can open as scheduled on July 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers and the International Olympic ... Read More »

Australian sports begin feeling effects of the coronavirus

Brisbane, Australia (AP/UNB) — Australian sports fans didn’t really need a reminder about the coronavirus, but they got one anyway Friday when a number of major events Down Under were affected by concerns over the pandemic. And more are likely to follow. As the Australian Formula One Grand Prix was being called off in Melbourne, Cricket Australia announced that three ... Read More »

Sikder Group Independence Day Cup Golf ends

Dhaka – The 8th Sikder Group Independence Day Cup Golf Tournament 2020 ended at the Kurmitola Golf Club here on Friday. Sikder Group & R&R Aviation Ltd, a concern of the group, organised three-day the international tournament on the occasion of the ‘Mujib Borsho’ to commemorate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said a ... Read More »

School Hockey: Dinajpur Jubilee School beat Armanitola Govt High

Dhaka – Dinajpur Government Jubilee School maintained their winning run in the Bangabandhu First Security Islami Bank National School Hockey Tournament beating Armanitola  Government High School of Dhaka by 3-1 goals at Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Wednesday. Mohammad Morsalin scored two field goals in the 13th and 59th minutes and Mohammad Raihan netted the other goal in the ... Read More »

Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open postponed due to Covid-19

Dhaka – The Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open 2020, the US$400,000 Asian Tour event that was poised to become the most lucrative professional golf event in Bangladesh, scheduled for March 25-28 at the Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka, has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns. Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner and CEO, Asian Tour said: “Several new cases of COVID-19 ... Read More »

Davis Cup: Australia beats Brazil 3-1 to qualify for finals

Adelaide (AP/UNB) — Australia has advanced to the Davis Cup Finals in November with a tight 3-1 win over Brazil on hard courts at the Memorial Drive tennis center on Saturday. John Millman beat Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro 6-7, (6), 7-6 (3) 7-6 (3) in the deciding match. Millman took the court after Australia’s doubles team of James Duckworth and John ... Read More »

Bangabandhu Sports Championship begins here on Saturday

Dhaka – The Bangabandhu Inter-University Sports Championship, a multi- sports event, ceremonially began through a marathon race at Hatirjheel area in the capital on Saturday. Al Amin of Jashore University of Science and Technology clinched the boys’ marathon gold medal while Sabiha Al Soha of National University earned the girls’ marathon gold. In the day’s cycling competition, Saiful Islam Russell ... Read More »

9th Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games to begin Apr 1

Dhaka – The 9th version of the country’s biggest multi-sports event, Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games, named after Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, will begin on April 1. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to inaugurate the 10-day mega sports festival through a gala opening ceremony to be organised by Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) under the financial support of ... Read More »

Rajshahi Mamun Mahmud High School earn victory

Dhaka  – Rajshahi Shaheed Mamun Mahmud High School earned 2nd consecutive victory in the Bangabandhu First Security Islami Bank National School Hockey Tournament outplaying Dinajpur Municipal High School by 8-0 goals at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Tuesday. Azmal Hossain and Sharif Chand struck two goals each while Sayed Hossain Akib, Faisal Islam, Shakil Hossain and Mohammad Zishan ... Read More »

Bangladesh emerge champions in MMA fight Night

Dhaka  – Bangladesh emerged champions in two-day India-Bangladesh Amateur Mixed Marshall Arts (MMA) Fight Night that concluded on Sunday in the Salt Lake city in Kolkata. Touring Bangladesh team clinched the title beating hosts India by 3-2 in a five-bout friendly competition, organized by Soul of Warriors. Managing Director of the meet’ sponsor Soul of Warriors and the first Indian ... Read More »

Rajshahi Mamun Mahmud, Faridpur Muslim Mission win BB School Hockey

Dhaka – Rajshahi Shaheed Mamun Mahmud School and Faridpur Muslim Mission School won their respective matches in the final round of the Bangabandhu First Security Islami Bank National School Hockey Tournament at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Sunday.   Shaheed Mamun Mahmud School of Rajshahi outplayed Bangladesh Navy School and College of Khulna by 6-0 goals in the ... Read More »

Los Angeles deputies shared Kobe Bryant crash photos

Los Angeles (AP/UNB) — Authorities are investigating whether deputies shared graphic photos of the helicopter crash scene where Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed. The Los Angeles Times  reported on Thursday that a public safety source with knowledge of the events had seen one of the photos on the phone of another official in a setting ... Read More »

Final round of Bangabandhu School Hockey begins on Wednesday

Dhaka –The final round of the Bangabandhu First Security Islami Bank National School Hockey Tournament will begin at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Wednesday. Mymensingh Police Lines School will face Rangpur Shishu Niketan School in the opening match at 10am while Cumilla Rafiquddin Memorial High School will encounter Faridpur Police Lines High School in the other opening day’s ... Read More »

1st Barishal Marathon 2020 held

Barishal- “1st Barishal Marathon 2020″ was held on Saturday at Bangabandhu Park in Barishal city, marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and aiming to spread anti-drug spirit. The event, organised by science organization ‘Cosmic Culture’ had over 200 runners participating  in four categories: Half Marathon (21.5 km), Power Run (10 km), Dream Run ... Read More »

BB Shaheed Smriti Hockey final on Thursday

Dhaka – The final match of the Bangabandhu Shaheed Smriti Hockey Tournament 2020 will be held at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Thursday morning. Bangladesh Navy will play Bangladesh Army in the final match that will begin at 11 am. Hockey Federation’s media partner ATN Bangla will telecast the final match live on Television.Executive Director of the meet’s ... Read More »

10-km run in Dhaka

Dhak – Bangladesh is set to get its first certified distance race next month, in the form of the ‘CCCL RUNBANGLA International 10K’ AIMS, the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, is pleased to welcome Bangladesh as a new country to its family of elite world races from 125 countries and territories. In joining AIMS, the ‘CCCL RUNBANGLA International ... Read More »

Xavier closes with 8-0 run to beat St. John’s 77-74 at MSG

New York (AP/UNB) — In a game they couldn’t afford to lose, the Xavier Musketeers rallied just in time and got the biggest shot of the night from a freshman. Zach Freemantle made the go-ahead basket with 10.4 seconds left and added two late free throws as Xavier scored the final eight points to surge past St. John’s 77-74 on ... Read More »

Kentucky Derby winner Country House retired with foot injury

Country House, the horse who won the Kentucky Derby in 2019 after the first horse over the finish line was disqualified, has been retired because of a foot ailment. Blackwood Stables on Friday said Country House won’t race again after being treated for laminitis in his right front foot. He finished second in the Derby as a 65-1 shot and ... Read More »

No ‘Plan B’ for Olympics; questions over Chinese presence

Tokyo (AP/UNB) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee said Friday there is no “Plan B” for the 2020 Games, which open in just over five months and have been jolted by the outbreak of a virus in neighboring China. The coronavirus has infected almost 64,000 people globally with  almost 1,400 deaths in China, but only one in ... Read More »

Bangabandhu Shaheed Smriti Hockey begins Thursday

Dhaka – The four-team Bangabandhu Shaheed Smriti Hockey Tournament, organised by Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) will begin at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Thursday (Feb 13). The tournament will be sponsored by Walton Group. Bangladesh Army will play Bangladesh Air Force in the opening match at 1:30 pm while Bangladesh Navy will encounter Bangladesh Police at 4:30 pm ... Read More »