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Cassiel Rousseau

Cassiel Rousseau: Diving into the Depths of Success

Cassiel Rousseau, the dynamic diver and 2023 world champion, may be press-shy, but he recently shared some insights. Here are eight lesser-known facts about the Brisbane native: Big Family Ties:Cassiel is a twin, ranking as the fifth-oldest among seven siblings. Raised by a single mother, all the children, including Cassiel, were involved in acrobatics. Surprisingly, none of his family members, including his mother, witnessed his historic gold-medal win at the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka, breaking China's six-year unbeaten streak.Bradbury Moment?Despite likening his

Russian athletes cannot be allowed at Olympics, Zelensky says

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says that allowing Russia to compete at the 2024 Olympics in Paris would amount to showing that "terror is somehow acceptable". He said he had raised the issue with French President Emmanuel Macron. Moscow must not be allowed to use the Olympics for propaganda, he added. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said Russian and Belarusian athletes could compete as neutrals at the Olympics. But Ukraine has threatened to boycott Paris 2024 if Russian and Belarusian athletes are allowed
Dmytro Pidruchnyi

Meet Ukraine Athletes Who Have Joined Ukrainian Military

Less than two weeks ago, Dmytro Pidruchnyi was competing at the Winter Olympics in Ukraine's national colors. Now he's wearing a military uniform and ballistic helmet. Less than two weeks ago, Dmytro Pidruchnyi was competing at the Winter Olympics in Ukraine's national colors. Now he's wearing a military uniform and ballistic helmet. Pidruchnyi is a world champion in biathlon, which combines skiing and shooting, and a three-time Olympian. He returned home from Beijing last week just before Russia launched its invasion of his
International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Beijing 2022 countermeasures ensure safe Games

The stringent COVID-19 countermeasures, established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee, have ensured the safe and successful organisation of the Olympic Games, protecting all the Games participants and the local communities. Out of 1,741,000 million airport and screening tests conducted since 23 January, when the closed-loop system came into effect officially, only 436 people have been found positive: 265 confirmed positives out of 13,628 airport tests171 confirmed positives out of 1,727,472 screening tests98 athletes confirmed positive86 team
Erin Jackson

Speed skating-American Jackson wins gold after stumble in trials

Erin Jackson of the United States won gold in the women's 500 meters speed skating with an explosive start on Sunday, giving the U.S. its first gold medal in the event since 1994 and first-speed skating medal at the Beijing Olympics. She could be seen grinning widely after completing her lap of the National Speed Skating Olympics in 37.04 seconds, but had to wait for the last pair to finish before embracing her coach and bursting into tears. "I wish I could describe
The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee said on Saturday that a total of eight new COVID-19

Beijing Games organizer reports 8 new COVID-19 cases on…

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee said on Saturday that a total of eight new COVID-19 cases were detected among games-related personnel on Feb. 11. All of the cases were among those already in the "closed loop" bubble that separates all event personnel from the public, five of whom were classified as either an athlete or team official, the notice said. No cases were found among new airport arrivals, according to a notice on the Beijing 2022 official website. Source : Reuters
Alpine skiing-Austria's Strolz wins men's combined gold

Alpine skiing-Austria’s Strolz wins men’s combined gold

Austria's Johannes Strolz completed his incredible comeback from the brink of giving up professional skiing by winning a gold medal in the men's combined event at the Beijing Games on Thursday. Strolz, who almost quit skiing a year ago after losing his place in his country's top team, was fastest in slalom after coming fourth in downhill to pip Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde to top spot on the podium. James Crawford won the bronze medal, handing Canada their first alpine podium finish of
Snowboarding-Jacobellis earns first U.S. gold and long-awaited redemption

Snowboarding-Jacobellis earns first U.S. gold and long-awaited redemption

Snowboarding-Jacobellis earns first U.S. gold and long-awaited redemption Lindsey Jacobellis claimed the first gold medal for the United States at the Beijing Olympics when she won the snowboard cross final on Wednesday and finally found redemption after her career-defining fail at the Turin Games 16 years ago. Jacobellis was within metres of winning the event in 2006 - the first time it was included in the Games - when she threw in a showboating trick trying to grab her board, only to fall
S.Korea to lodge protest with CAS, IOC over disqualified short track skaters

S.Korea to lodge protest with CAS, IOC over disqualified…

South Korea said on Tuesday it plans to lodge a protest with the global top court for sport and an Olympics body over the disqualification of two short track speed skaters which triggered public furore at home. Hwang Dae-heon and Lee June-seo were disqualified from the men's 1,000 metres semi-finals at the Beijing Winter Olympics on late Monday, for an "illegal late pass" and a lane change, respectively, both causing contact with another skater. Many South Koreans questioned the decisions, especially as Hwang,
Therese Johaug

Therese Johaug won the first gold medal of the…

Zhangjiakou, China: Therese Johaug won the first gold medal of the Beijing Olympics on Saturday, finishing first in the women’s 15-kilometer cross-country skiathlon. The Norwegian fought wind and frigid temperatures to ski away from a chase group of four. Russian athlete Natalia Nepryaeva, the current overall World Cup leader, pulled away from the group on the last climb to take silver. Teresa Stadlober of Austria followed just behind for the bronze medal. The skiathlon is a mass-start race that began with 7.5 kilometers
Canada and US rivalry heats up Beijing Winter Games

Canada and US rivalry heats up Beijing Winter Games

There will be some bad blood at the bobsleigh track where Kaillie Humphries, after winning gold for Canada at the 2010 and 2104 Winter Olympics, defected to the U.S. over a dispute with the national federation and will compete in Beijing as an American. As sporting rivalries go the United States and Canada does not reach the intensity of Argentina and Brazil but when it comes to Winter Olympics the North American neighbours turn the heat up. Canada may be out-matched by the

BMX World Championships: Bethany Shriever takes women’s final to…

Bethany Shriever added a world title to her Olympic crown as the Tokyo 2020 gold medallist won the women's BMX World Championships. Shriever, 22, cruised to victory in the final after a three-rider crash took out reigning world champion Alise Willoughby of the United States. The former teaching assistant is the first woman to hold both BMX supercross titles at the same time. Judy Baauw was second, with Dutch compatriot Laura Smulders third. Shriever, who started in lane eight, looked elated as she

Tokyo Paralympics will have no spectators, as Covid-19 situation…

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics will not have any spectators as the Covid-19 situation in Japan remains serious, according to organizers. The announcement was made on Monday, following a remote meeting of four Paralympic and Japanese government groups responsible for the Games. "In light of the current emergency declaration issued for Tokyo, Saitama and Chiba Prefectures, another declaration of the state of emergency being requested by Shizuoka prefecture and the current infection situation broadly, more stringent measures will be taken for competitions to be

Carli Lloyd: Legendary USA midfielder to retire

American midfielder Carli Lloyd has announced she will retire later this year after an illustrious career. The 39-year-old has made 312 international appearances, scoring 128 goals for the USA women's soccer team (USWNT). Lloyd, who had a loan spell at Manchester City in 2017, won two World Cups and two Olympic golds. "Every single day I stepped out onto the field, I played as if it was my last game," she said. USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski said Lloyd is "a true legend"

Tokyo Olympics: Rowing races postponed due to weather and…

Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers have cancelled two days of rowing with adverse weather conditions expected to hit Japan's capital. It comes on the same day an extreme weather policy was activated in the tennis tournament. Temperatures reached 32C in Tokyo on Sunday. On Saturday, world number one Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev both complained about the heat during their first-round wins. The International Tennis Federation activated its policy once the reading went above 30.1C, with players given a 10-minute break between the second

Tokyo Olympics: Tunisia’s Hafnaoui wins shock swimming gold

Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui took a shock gold medal in the men's 400m freestyle on Sunday. The 18-year-old won from the outside lane after qualifying slowest, but finished with stunning pace to beat Australia's Jack McLoughlin with a time of three minutes 43.36 seconds. "I just can't believe it. It's a dream and it became true. It was great, it was my best race ever," said Hafnaoui. It was Tunisia's fifth ever gold - and third in swimming. US swimmer Kieran Smith took

Tokyo Olympics: Andy Murray withdraws from men’s singles with…

Britain's two-time defending champion Andy Murray has withdrawn from the men's singles at the Tokyo Olympics with a minor thigh strain. The Scot, who won his opening men's double match with Joe Salisbury on Saturday, had been due to face Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime on day two. The 34-year-old will still compete in the doubles but was advised not to compete in both events in Japan. He has been replaced in the singles draw by Australian Max Purcell. "I am really disappointed at having

Tokyo Olympics: First athletes have Covid at athletes village

Two athletes have become the first to test positive for coronavirus at the Tokyo Olympic athletes' village - five days before the start of the Games. Organisers say the duo are from the same team and sport as the official who tested positive on Saturday. Other members of the team are being isolated in their rooms. The pair are the first athletes to test positive in the village, although a further athlete also tested positive on Sunday elsewhere. In total, organisers on Sunday reported
15 Athletes to Represent Qatar in Tokyo 2020 Olympics

15 Athletes to Represent Qatar in Tokyo 2020 Olympics

A total of 15 athletes will represent Qatar in 7 sports at Tokyo 2020 Olympics which will be hosted by Japan from July 23 to August 08, 2021. Team Qatar roster in Tokyo 2020 Olympics includes: Mutaz Barshim, Abderrahman Samba, Abubaker Hayder, Abdirahman Saeed Hassan, Musab Adam, Ashraf Amgad El-Seify (Athletics), Femi Ogunode, Mohamed Ahmed Al Rumaihi (Shooting), Fares Ibrahim (Weightlifting), Cherif Younouse, Ahmed Tijan (Beach Volleyball), Ayoub Al Idrisi (Judo) and Abdulaziz Al Obaidly (Swimming). The Qatari women will be represented by
Japan to ease COVID-19 state of emergency, focus on Games spectators

Japan to ease COVID-19 state of emergency, focus on…

TOKYO: Japan is set to outline how it will lift its "state of emergency" curbs while keeping some restrictions, including spectator numbers at big events, amid fears that next month's Olympics could trigger a new wave of COVID-19 infections. Media reports say the government is considering allowing up to 10,000 spectators into stadiums during the Games, in line with a plan endorsed by health experts on Wednesday (Jun 16) for local events. Later on Thursday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is due to announce