Yoshihide Suga, Premier of Japan, the nation that will host the Summer Olympics in 2021, after the postponement from last season due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, is optimistic about the holding of the Games, saying how the event will bring new hope.
He said: "The Tokyo Games will be proof that humanity has defeated the coronavirus. We will move forward with preparations, determined to put in place anti-contagion measures and by organizing an event that can bring hope and courage to the world.
To ensure the safety and health of athletes and to simplify operations, we believe it is necessary to reconsider the number of participants in the opening and closing ceremonies and to review the procedures for their entry to the stadium."
Luvo Manyonga suspended for doping!
The South African, Olympic silver medal winner in long jump, has been suspended for a doping case and could be excluded from the Tokyo 2021 Games. According to investigators, Manyonga would not have been available for a doping test.
Athletes must be available for unannounced doping testing and update details on where they can be contacted by sample collection officials. Already banned for 18 months in 2012 for methamphetamine positivity, the 30-year-old is the fourth world champion to be suspended for failing to comply with whereabouts rules The South African won gold in the long jump at the 2017 World Championships in London and was fourth in 2019 in Doha.
Some weeks ago we knew how Russia was banned for doping for two years, and it will be nameless ath the Olympics and at the World Championships! The Country will not be able to use its name, its flag and its anthem for two years, at the Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympics, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and the World Championships of all disciplines included.
CAS of Lausanne, called upon to judge the Russian appeal against the four-year disqualification imposed in December 2019 by Wada, the world anti-doping agency, for lack of compliance with its own rules. The athletes from Moscow and the national teams will still be able to participate in all the events but on condition that they demonstrate that they have no involvement in doping events.
And anyway without the national colors. The disqualification will end on 16 December 2022. Russia is also banned from applying to host major international events for the duration of the disqualification. And major events that were to be held in Russia will have to change venue.
The ruling also allows the presence of Vladimir Putin and other members of the Russian government at the major events to which Russia is banned, as long as they are invited by the heads of state and government of the host countries.
The name Russia may still appear on uniforms, as long as it is not larger than Neutral Athletes or Neutral Team. Russia was banned for doping for two years, and it will be nameless ath the Olympics and at the World Championships!
The Country will not be able to use its name, its flag and its anthem for two years, at the Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympics, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and the World Championships of all disciplines included.