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Danish star Christian Eriksen stable after terrifying collapse during Euro 2020 match


The morning after being revived by CPR on the pitch following his terrifying collapse during Denmarks Euro 2020 game, Christian Eriksen sent a message to his teammates and was in stable condition at a Copenhagens Rigshospitalet.

Danish star Christian Eriksen stable after terrifying collapse during Euro 2020 match

“This morning we have spoken to Christian Eriksen, who has sent his greetings to his teammates,” the Danish Football Association announced Sunday.

Eriksen, 29, fell face first to the ground as he headed up the field on a throw-in just before the first half of the game against Finland and as he lay motionless, referees and players urgently summoned medical personnel. Eriksen was revived with CPR and a defibrillator. He was conscious as he was wheeled from the field on a gurney.

“He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation. It was a cardiac arrest,” Morten Boesen, the team’s doctor, said in a news conference Sunday (via the Associated Press). “How close were we (to losing Eriksen)? I don’t know. We got him back after one defib (defibrillation), so that’s quite fast. I’m not a cardiologist, so the details I will leave to the experts at the hospital.”

There were no immediate answers about what happened to Eriksen. “The exams that have been done so far look fine,” Boesen said. “We don’t have an explanation to why it happened.”

As Eriksen was treated, his teammates wept and formed a protective circle around him, shielding him from cameras and fans. After news that Eriksen was stable and in consultation with players from both sides, the match was resumed after a 90-minute suspension and Finland won 1-0. On Sunday, the Danish Football Association acknowledged the emotional toll the incident had taken and said the national team and staff had received “crisis assistance” and would “continue to be there for each other.”

“He was breathing, and I could feel his pulse. But suddenly that changed,” Boesen said Saturday. “And as everyone saw, we started giving him CPR. … We managed to get Christian back. And he spoke to me before he was taken to the hospital.”

Danish star Christian Eriksen stable after terrifying collapse during Euro 2020 match

UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, announced shortly after play was suspended that Eriksen had been transferred to a hospital and was in stable condition. The Danish Football Association added Saturday that he was awake and undergoing tests.

The scene unfolded as Eriksen began to run up the field on a throw-in during the 43rd minute and drew an instant, global response across sports on social media. Fabrice Muamba’s soccer career was cut short after his heart stopped during an FA Cup match in 2012. He eventually recovered, but tweeted simply, “Please God” after Eriksen collapsed.

Harry Kane, England’s captain, urged his former teammate to “stay strong” and sent “all my love” to Eriksen and his family in a tweet. England’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to the swift reaction by referee Anthony Taylor and the medical treatment Eriksen received. “Encouraging news about Christian Eriksen, we are all thinking about him and his family. Well done to the medical team and Anthony Taylor for their calm and swift action,” the Royal Kensington account said in a tweet signed “W.”

The Montreal Canadiens tweeted “the entire sporting world is behind you during this incredibly difficult time” and that certainly appeared to be the case.

Spectators remained in the stadium long after the match was paused, cheering when the public address announcer said Eriksen, who reportedly spoke to teammates from the hospital, was awake and in stable condition. They chanted the midfielder’s name, and Danish fans sang their national anthem.

Finnish players applauded their Danish counterparts when they returned to the pitch. Mathias Jensen replaced Eriksen when play resumed. “Of course you can’t play a game with such feelings,” Denmark Coach Kasper Hjulmand said. “What we tried to do was incredible. It’s incredible that the players managed to go out and try to play the second half.”

“Moments like this put everything in life into perspective. I wish Christian a full and speedy recovery and pray his family has strength and faith,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said in a statement. “At these times, the unity of the football family is so strong and he and his family carry with them the good wishes and prayers of everyone. I heard of fans of both teams chanting his name. Football is beautiful and Christian plays it beautifully.”

Euro 2020 was postponed from last summer because of the coronavirus pandemic, but UEFA maintained the quadrennial competition’s year-old naming structure to commemorate its 60th anniversary.

Denmark-Finland was the tournament’s third match, after Italy defeated Turkey on Friday, and Wales drew with Switzerland earlier Saturday.

Finland went ahead when Joel Pohjanpalo drilled a header toward Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the 59th minute. Schmeichel whiffed on his attempted deflection, and an excited Pohjanpalo quickly settled into a subdued celebration with teammates.

Denmark had a chance to equalize when Taylor issued a penalty after Finland’s Paulus Arajuuri tackled Yussuf Poulsen in the box 15 minutes later. But Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s soft shot toward the far corner was comfortably saved by Lukas Hradecky.

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In the day’s next match, Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku acknowledged his Inter Milan teammate after the first of his two goals in a 3-0 win over Russia. He ran to the camera, called Eriksen’s name and said, “I love you.”

Denmark plays Belgium on Thursday.

Published : June 14, 2021

By : The Washington Post · Glynn A. Hill, Cindy Boren

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Danish star Christian Eriksen collapses on field; Denmark-Finland match suspended at Euro 2020


Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Saturdays Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland in Copenhagen.

Danish star Christian Eriksen collapses on field; Denmark-Finland match suspended at Euro 2020

Eriksen, 29, was administered chest compressions on the field and taken off on a stretcher more than 10 minutes later. The scoreless match was suspended following the incident. After its continuation later Saturday, Finland defeated the Danes, 1-0.

Eriksen was jogging up the field during a throw-in when he stumbled and fell forward. Players and referees immediately gestured for medical attention.

Players and spectators appeared to be in shock as Eriksen was treated on the pitch. His teammates surrounded him, shielding the midfielder from cameras and onlookers, and Eriksen appeared conscious as he was carted off.

“He was breathing, and I could feel his pulse. But suddenly that changed,” Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen told the Associated Press. “And as everyone saw, we started giving him CPR. … We managed to get Christian back. And he spoke to me before he was taken to the hospital.”

UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, announced shortly after the suspension that Eriksen had been transferred to a hospital and was in stable condition. The Danish Football Association said he is awake and awaiting additional testing, adding that the match would resume after players confirmed Eriksen’s general health.

UEFA later said players from both teams asked to restart the match. It resumed with the final minutes of the first half, about 90 minutes after Eriksen collapsed.

Spectators remained in the stadium long after the match was paused, cheering when the public address announcer said Eriksen, who reportedly spoke to teammates from the hospital, was awake and in stable condition. They chanted the midfielder’s name, and Danish fans sang their national anthem.

Finnish players applauded their Danish counterparts when they returned to the pitch. Mathias Jensen replaced Eriksen when play resumed.

“Of course you can’t play a game with such feelings,” Denmark Coach Kasper Hjulmand said. “What we tried to do was incredible. It’s incredible that the players managed to go out and try to play the second half.”

“Moments like this put everything in life into perspective. I wish Christian a full and speedy recovery and pray his family has strength and faith,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said in a statement. “At these times, the unity of the football family is so strong and he and his family carry with them the good wishes and prayers of everyone. I heard of fans of both teams chanting his name. Football is beautiful and Christian plays it beautifully.”

Euro 2020 was postponed from last summer because of the coronavirus pandemic, but UEFA maintained the quadrennial competition’s year-old naming structure to commemorate its 60th anniversary.

Denmark-Finland was the tournament’s third match, after Italy defeated Turkey on Friday, and Wales drew with Switzerland earlier Saturday.

Finland went ahead when Joel Pohjanpalo drilled a header toward Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the 59th minute. Schmeichel whiffed on his attempted deflection and an excited Pohjanpalo quickly settled into a subdued celebration with teammates.

Denmark had a chance to equalize when referee Anthony Taylor issued a penalty after Finland’s Paulus Arajuuri tackled Yussuf Poulsen in the box 15 minutes later. But Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s soft shot toward the far corner was comfortably saved by Lukas Hradecky.

In the day’s next match, Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku acknowledged his Inter Milan teammate after the first of his two goals in a 3-0 win over Russia. He ran to the camera, called Eriksen’s name and said, “I love you.”

Published : June 13, 2021

By : The Washington Post · Glynn A. Hill, Cindy Boren

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Euro 2020 dealing with positive coronavirus tests before tournament even begins


Despite a one-year postponement and strict containment measures, the Euro 2020 soccer tournament still is being affected by the coronavirus pandemic with games set to begin across Europe on Friday.

Euro 2020 dealing with positive coronavirus tests before tournament even begins

On Tuesday, Spain announced that center back Diego Llorente had tested positive for coronavirus, the second player on the three-time European champion to test positive after captain Sergio Busquets. Both players now must go into isolation for at least 10 days, meaning they will miss Spain’s group-stage opener against Sweden on Monday and likely will not be ready for its second game against Poland on June 19.

Spain Manager Luis Enrique has called up 17 players from the country’s under-21 team to train separately from the senior team, also in bubblelike conditions, in case he needs to add players to its Euro 2020 roster. He has until Saturday to make changes to his initial list because of injuries or coronavirus. Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation, said Tuesday that “there could be more” positive tests forthcoming, though none have turned up yet. The team will not practice as a full group until at least the weekend, with players training individually or in small groups until they receive the all-clear.

El País reported Tuesday that Spain’s Health Ministry had approved a request for the country’s players and support staff to receive coronavirus vaccinations ahead of Monday’s Euro 2020 opener. They will receive the two-dose Pfizer vaccine, with the second dose administered around June 30, a few days before the start of the Euro 2020 quarterfinals.

Spain, a three-time European champion, is seen as one of the tournament favorites this year.

Sweden has coronavirus issues of its own, as winger Dejan Kulusevski and midfielder Mattias Svanberg have tested positive. Both will miss the match with Spain and possibly Sweden’s second group-stage game against Slovakia on June 18.

Scotland midfielder John Fleck also tested positive during training last week and likely will not be in the lineup for the team’s opener Tuesday against the Czech Republic.

The 24 teams that qualified for Euro 2020 will be allowed 26 players each, up three from past years. This was seen as a response to possible positive coronavirus tests and increased player workloads created by a pandemic-condensed schedule, as national teams must fit in qualification matches for the 2022 World Cup along with preparations for the European Championship and the players’ usual club-team duties.

UEFA has established a number of covid protocols in the event of outbreaks. Games will move forward as scheduled if a team has at least 13 available players, including at least one goalkeeper. If a team does not have the mandatory 13 players, its match may be postponed for 48 hours and could be moved to a different location. If the match cannot be rescheduled, the team affected by the outbreak will forfeit the match, with its opponent declared a 3-0 winner.

Euro 2020 was postponed from last summer because of the pandemic (UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, has decided to keep its year-old naming structure). It will be played in 11 cities across Europe and begins Friday with a match between Italy and Turkey in Rome. The final is July 11 in London.

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At least some fans will be allowed into the stadiums in all 11 sites, though some of the host cities have struggled to contain the pandemic as vaccinations lag. In St. Petersburg, site of seven matches, the number of daily coronavirus infections has exceeded 800 over the last two weeks. In England, where eight matches will be held, all legal limits on social contact are scheduled to be lifted June 21, despite worries that the nation is on the verge of a third wave of infection because of the delta variant.

All fans who attend matches at London’s Wembley Stadium before June 21 will be required to present either proof of a negative coronavirus test within the previous 48 hours or proof of vaccination. Approximately 22,500 fans will be allowed into the 90,000-seat stadium for group-stage and round-of-16 matches, with increased capacity possible for later matches.

Published : June 10, 2021

By : The Washington Post · Matt Bonesteel

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Serbian volleyball player who racially abused Thais banned for 2 matches


The world volleyball association has slapped a Serbian player with a two-match ban for making a racist gesture towards Thailand players in a match earlier this month.

Serbian volleyball player who racially abused Thais banned for 2 matches

The FIVB disciplinary panel found that Sanja Djurdjevic violated regulations by stretching her eyes apart to taunt her Thai opponents during their Volleyball Nations League 2021 match on June 1. The gesture was caught on camera during the televised match and sparked outrage in Thailand and elsewhere.

In punishment, Djurdjevic will be suspended for Serbia’s matches on June 8 and 12 against Belgium and Canada respectively. In addition, the Volleyball Federation of Serbia has been fined 20,000 Swiss francs or about 695,000 baht.

The FIVB said it will donate the fine to a cause dedicated to tackling discriminatory behaviour and/or to fund educational programmes on cultural sensitivity for the global Volleyball Family.

The FIVB said no appeal against the penalty would be permitted.

Published : June 09, 2021

By : The Nation

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Despite danger and cost, Japan gambles on successful Olympics


The Tokyo Olympic Games is reaching the point of no return.

Despite danger and cost, Japan gambles on successful Olympics

With seven weeks until the opening ceremony, the Japanese government, the International Olympic Committee and major stakeholders are gambling political reputations and billions of dollars on staging a games that could lift global spirits and show how we could begin a return to normality. Or, in the worst case, create a superspreader event that savages Japan’s tottering economic recovery and blights the image of the world’s biggest sporting showcase.

Mired in controversy since the coronavirus outbreak caused it to be delayed in early 2020, the event has become a weather vane for opinion on how governments and populations should beat the virus. Initially, the goal was to delay the 205-nation spectacle until the pandemic was under control. But as months passed and vaccine rollouts struggled to quench new outbreaks, the tournament has become symbolic of a divide between those who want to keep restrictions until Covid is stamped out, and those driven by the financial and reputational cost of not holding the event, even while the threat remains.

Here’s what’s at stake, whether the Olympics go ahead or are canceled at the last moment, from the reputation of Japan’s top political echelon to the investments of sponsors, governments and organizers, as well as the health of the city’s population and the dreams and well-being of the world’s greatest athletes.

– The economy: Scrapping the Olympics could inflict a direct economic loss of as much as 1.8 trillion yen ($16.4 billion), according to Takahide Kiuchi, an economist at Nomura Research Institute Ltd. But the economic fallout could run much wider than that. As well as the lost spending by participants, their entourages and local residents, the cancellation would be a blow to the mood of the nation that could depress spending and investment across the economy. Organizers are already having to count the cost of a ban on overseas spectators, whom Tokyo had hoped would help pay for all the stadiums and infrastructure built for the event.

Yuki Masujima of Bloomberg Economics goes even further, with a worst-case analysis that sees most of this year’s projected growth wiped out should the games be axed. His 1.7 percentage-point hit to the economy is based on a worsening local Covid outbreak triggering the cancellation of the event and forcing the government to extend restrictions.

Even worse would be the Olympics going ahead and turning into a superspreader event. While it’s not his main scenario, Kiuchi says that could put Japan into an emergency that would be more costly than calling off the games.

On the other hand, a successful Olympics could have the reverse effect, not only bringing in revenue and boosting spending, but lifting the mood of companies and households. In an ideal case, it would propel a shrinking economy in emergency mode into a recovery that would be further fueled by an accelerating vaccination drive.

It might also have an even larger effect globally, sending a signal of optimism around the hundreds of nations that tune in to watch their athletes compete.

The politicians: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is gambling his job on pulling off a successful games in the face of opposition to the event from the general public and many top business leaders. He faces a party leadership election by September and general election that has to be held by October. While his ruling Liberal Democratic Party is unlikely to be toppled by a splintered opposition in the national vote, Suga’s prospects are more precarious.

His support rates are at their lowest since he took office in 2020 and a catastrophic Olympics and public backlash could propel Suga toward the revolving door that dispatched six premiers in five years before his predecessor.

Even a safe and successful games may not bolster Suga’s public approval rating. While the typical trajectory shows voters in host countries turn from curmudgeonly to exuberant when the Olympic flame is lit, he still faces judgment on his handling of the nation’s vaccine rollout.

Others have also found that the games can be double-edged. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron got no particular boost from London 2012, according to a survey following the games, despite widespread praise of the event. By contrast, then-London Mayor Boris Johnson became a favorite to take over as premier following the games.

– The medics: Japan’s medical establishment is becoming increasingly nervous about bringing together 78,000 people from around the world for the Olympics and Paralympics.

Organizers had initially planned to have about 10,000 doctors, nurses and medical staff on standby for the games, but have had to cut that number to about 7,000 because of the need for staff to deal with ongoing outbreaks. And organizers are struggling to meet even that. Only 80% of the reduced goal has been achieved, according to Seiko Hashimoto, president of the organizing committee. That’s almost half the original goal.

“We have strong reservations about hosting the Olympics at the expense of the lives and health of patients and nurses,” said Susumu Morita, secretary-general of the Japan Federation of Medical Worker’s Unions.

Failure to ensure enough medical support for the spectators, athletes and delegations, could mean a decision to ban not only overseas fans, but also local spectators, leaving athletes performing in empty arenas.

– The broadcasters: While spectators in the stands are a boost for the host city, the Olympics has long been about broadcasting rights – beaming events to more than 3 billion viewers. Comcast Corp. paid $4.4 billion to have its NBC network show the Olympics in the U.S. from 2014 to 2020 – about $1.1 billion per tournament – and the station is proceeding as if the Olympics will begin as scheduled.

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Athletes compete during an Olympics test event at the National Stadium in Tokyo on May 9. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Kiyoshi Ota.Athletes compete during an Olympics test event at the National Stadium in Tokyo on May 9. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Kiyoshi Ota.

NBC executives are betting that pent-up demand from last summer’s postponement will help drive higher viewership and turn around recent ratings declines for the games. That would be a boost for the network as it has already agreed to pay another $7.75 billion to air the games from 2021 to 2032. It’s a big money spinner for the company, which earned $250 million from the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro.

“Our plans continue full force to present the games on our NBC platforms this summer,” NBC Sports spokesman Greg Hughes said.

The financial consequences of another postponement or cancellation aren’t clear. In March 2020, just before the pandemic forced the games to be delayed, NBC said that it had sold a record $1.25 billion in advertising for the Olympics. The company hasn’t detailed what happened to those advertising commitments. Some customers may have re-purposed that spending on other NBC programming last summer, others may have asked for their money back.

Discovery Inc., which broadcasts the Olympics in Europe, is counting on the event to promote its new online streaming service, Discovery+, while NBC is pushing its own service, Peacock, at home. Both companies say they are insured against the games being canceled.

“There should be no losses should there not be an Olympics,” Comcast Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts said last year before the games were postponed. But he also said that if the games didn’t occur, there “wouldn’t be a profit.”

– The insurers: Among the biggest casualties should the games be canceled are the insurance companies that have underwritten the risk for not only the broadcasters, but also the national teams, sponsors and hundreds of other companies and organizations that depended on the event.

The cost of cancellation to insurers is estimated to be $2 billion to $3 billion, hitting an industry already battered by 2020 losses. That includes the approximately $800 million taken out by the IOC in event cancellation insurance plus the additional cover purchased by the local organizing committees and likely claims from broadcasters, sponsors, professional sports teams and hospitality, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Charles Graham.

Swiss Re said in March last year, just before the postponement of the games, that the Tokyo Olympics posed the biggest single risk at the time to the the world’s second-largest reinsurer, with a potential hit of $250 million. A spokesman for the company confirmed last week that remains the case.

Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurer, confirmed that it is involved in insuring the Tokyo Olympics and would be “affected” if the games were called off, but declined to provide additional details about its exposure. Aon Plc, which last year agreed to buy Willis Towers Watson Plc to create the world’s largest insurance broker, declined to comment on what impact a cancellation may have on it.

Even so, for individual insurers, any potential impact won’t derail their earnings outlooks, Graham said.

“It would be the largest single event loss but not large enough to be a major earnings event,” Graham said. “To give some perspective, the two largest global reinsurers – Munich Re and Swiss Re – alone incurred $2.7 billion of event cancellation losses in 2020.”

– The athletes: For athletes in more than 30 different sports, the quadrennial Summer Olympics is the most important event in their calendar, not only for the glory of achieving the pinnacle of their sport, but also because it can determine rewards, sponsorship deals and professional careers. Just making an Olympic team requires a huge investment in time, dedication and money.

“The Olympics are pretty special,” said Brady Ellison, 32, an archer in Team U.S.A., who is hoping for gold after winning bronze and silver medals in previous Olympics. “When you train for the Olympics, your life runs in four-year segments.”

Training to be at peak performance for July 2020 and then finding the games has been delayed caused extra hardship, stress and expense for many participants. For Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, 30, it meant seven months away from her family while she trained in Malaysia.

“I miss my mom and her food,” she said. “But this is what I want, this is what I love to do.”

If the games don’t go ahead, retiring athletes will probably never see another chance to win a medal at the Olympics. For those who are able to compete next time around in Paris 2024, it will be back to training and world tournaments to prepare, in three years instead of four.

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Published : June 09, 2021

By : Syndication Washington Post, Bloomberg · Isabel Reynolds, Yuko Takeo, Gerry Smith

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Thai equestrians make history, qualify for Tokyo Olympics


Thailand has qualified a team of three elite riders to compete at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, being held from July 23-August 8, 2021. Congratulations are in order for the Thai National Equestrian Team and the Thai Equestrian Federation (TEF). For the first time ever

Thai equestrians make history, qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Congratulations are in order for the Thai National Equestrian Team and the Thai Equestrian Federation (TEF). For the first time ever, under the visionary leadership and equestrian passion of Dr. Harald Link, President and Mrs. Nunthinee Tanner Vice President of the Thailand Equestrian Federation, Thailand has qualified a team of three elite riders to compete at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, being held from July 23-August 8, 2021.

Thai riders have qualified in the Team Eventing discipline, securing their final Olympic tickets at the Baborówko Equestrian Festival held May 27-30 in Poland. Eventing is a holistic test of an equestrian athlete as it combines three disciplines – Show Jumping, Dressage, and Cross Country. Olympic qualification as a team is particularly difficult because all riders must qualify, as opposed to just one for individual disciplines.

The Thai National Team has been strategically building and preparing to debut on this greatest world athletic stage for a number of years. For over ten years, the TEF has been raising their standards with the aim of sending Thai riders to the Olympics.

The riders have been training with renowned French Eventing athlete and trainer, Maxime Livio, since 2013. Livio is an accomplished athlete in his own right with 25 wins in major FEI Evening competitions and is consistently ranked among the top French riders. He has already led the Thai team to win a Team Bronze Medal in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta as well as a double gold for both team and individual disciplines at the 2019 FEI Asian Championships held at Thai Polo and Equestrian Club in Chonburi.

Notably, 75% of the horses, not including the Olympic horses, that the Thai National Team has used to train to qualify for the Olympics are owned by Dr. Link and Mrs. Tanner.

Riders will continue training through June at Ecurie Livio Stable in Saumur, France before moving to Aachen, Germany in July for horse quarantine prior to the competition, as required by the host. Athletes will also undergo two rounds of Covid-19 screening before entering Japan and will receive daily testing for the duration of the Olympics. Spectators will not be allowed to attend the Games but the IOC has allotted one ticket per horse owner to attend.

As the first Thai equestrian team to ever qualify for the Olympics, and with the unwavering support of the TEF, we can look forward to seeing these rising stars compete on the world stage for years to come.

Published : June 08, 2021

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UAE prove too strong for Thailand in World Cup qualifiers


The Thailand national football team suffered another blow in the World Cup Qualifiers Second Round when they lost to hosts United Arab Emirates on Monday (early Tuesday Thailand time).

UAE prove too strong for Thailand in World Cup qualifiers

UAE prove too strong for Thailand in World Cup qualifiersUAE prove too strong for Thailand in World Cup qualifiers

The Thais lost the Group G encounter 3-1 at Zabeel Stadium in Dubai.

The UAE went into the lead through strikes by Caio Canedo Correa in the 14th minute and Fabio Virginio de Lima in the 34th.

UAE prove too strong for Thailand in World Cup qualifiersUAE prove too strong for Thailand in World Cup qualifiers

Thailand’s Suphanat Mueanta scored in the 54th minute, but UAE got another from Mohamed Juma Eid in the 94th to put themselves in second position on the table.

The Thais had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Indonesia in their opener last week, a match from which they had expected full points.

UAE prove too strong for Thailand in World Cup qualifiersUAE prove too strong for Thailand in World Cup qualifiers

After Monday’s game, Thailand have nine points and are third in Group G.

Vietnam crushed Indonesia 4-0 on Monday, scoring all goals in the second half, to entrench themselves at the top of the table with 14 points, followed by the UAE with 12 points. Both Vietnam and the UAE have played a game less than Thailand.

Thailand will next face Malaysia on June 15 at 11.45pm (Thailand time). Both teams have nine points, but Malaysia have played a game less.

Published : June 08, 2021

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Will the Tokyo Olympics happen?


Even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to alarm health officials worldwide, Olympic officials and Tokyo organizers have been adamant the Summer Games will take place as scheduled.

Will the Tokyo Olympics happen?

 Already postponed a full year, the Tokyo Games are scheduled to get underway July 23, and officials have said repeatedly that an Olympics can be safely staged this summer, even as public sentiment in Japan wavers and health experts highlight some of the dangers.

In April, Japan was in the midst of a fourth wave of the pandemic, with increasingly infectious variants of the virus gaining ground, particularly in Tokyo and Osaka. In an effort to curb the surge in cases, Tokyo entered a third state of emergency on April 25.

As infection numbers rose, so did concerns surrounding the fate of the Summer Games. Olympic organizers publicly remained optimistic, but one high-ranking official with Japan’s ruling party said: “I want the Games to succeed, but to do so there are a lot of issues that need to be resolved. If it seems impossible, it needs to be stopped.”

In late May, Japan extended the state of emergency covering Tokyo and eight other prefectures until June 20, about a month before the Games are set to begin. That decision came a day after Japan had more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases, a mark it had surpassed every day since mid-April. A lower state of alert in five other prefectures was extended to the second half of June.

Even if a state of emergency is still in place in Tokyo on July 23, the day of the Opening Ceremonies, Dick Pound, the longest-serving member of the IOC, said the Games “could certainly go ahead because the state of emergency would be sort of surrounding the bubble that is being created, and the bubble has been very carefully planned.”

Q: What happens if the Olympics can’t be held in 2021?

A: Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, has said there is no “Plan B.” If the Tokyo Games can’t be staged this summer, they probably won’t be held at all. The Japanese have tied up billions of dollars into hosting these Games, but neither the Tokyo organizers nor the IOC seem interested in kicking the can down the road. In mid-April – 100 days out from the opening ceremony – Olympic organizers said Tokyo was already “the best-prepared ever Games.”

Complicating any additional postponement scenarios, the IOC already is starting to turn much of its attention to the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, which are scheduled to begin just six months after the Tokyo Olympics.

Since 1896, the Summer Olympics have taken place every four years except for 1916, 1940 and 1944, when they were canceled because of world wars.

Q: How will they keep athletes safe during the Games?

A: While the two-plus weeks of competition might seem familiar to anyone watching on television, behind the scenes the Tokyo Games promise to look and feel different from any other Olympics. Athletes, along with all other attendees and participants, will be required to follow strict guidelines, aimed at minimizing risk and limiting exposure to the virus.

Athletes will not be allowed to stay in the Olympic Village for the duration of the Tokyo Games and must depart after their respective competitions conclude. Each athlete will be given a “playbook” that outlines a series of protocols and restrictions. They’ll be barred from using public transportation or visiting non-Olympic sites, including local bars, restaurants, shops and tourist destinations.

They’ll be required to submit two negative coronavirus tests before boarding a plane and will take a third test upon landing in Tokyo. Athletes then will be required to remain in their rooms for three days in Tokyo, according to the latest version of the playbook. They can leave the Olympic Village to train or do Olympic-related activities as long as they test negative each day.

Athletes will be urged to maintain good hygiene and practice social distancing. They’ll be tested for the coronavirus daily and will have to log daily health updates into a smartphone app.

Q: Will athletes be quarantined?

A: While most travel into Japan has been restricted, the select few who’ve been permitted entry have been required to quarantine for 14 days. Olympic organizers originally said athletes would not have to quarantine, but in late April, they updated the guidelines. Upon leaving the airport, athletes will be expected to remain at their accommodations for rest of the day, plus an additional three days. After posting three additional negative tests, they can begin to move about the Olympic Village more freely.

Q: Will vaccines be required of athletes or other attendees?

A: IOC officials call vaccines “one of many tools available in the toolbox,” and they are urging athletes to get shots, if possible. But vaccines will not be a requirement to compete at these Olympics. The IOC is hopeful that athletes across the world have access to vaccines “given their role as ambassadors,” but the Olympic body also has said it supports “the priority of vaccinating vulnerable groups, nurses, medical doctors and everyone who is keeping our societies safe.”

In March, the Chinese Olympic Committee offered to make vaccines available to all Tokyo-bound athletes, and the IOC has pledged to cover the associated costs. In May, the IOC announced a donation of vaccines from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. Those doses are intended for participating athletes and delegations, but the announcement didn’t specify how many would be available or if the offer would extend to other staffers and volunteers.

While the IOC expects the majority of athletes in Tokyo to be inoculated by this summer, Olympians will face the same guidelines and protocols whether they’ve been vaccinated or not.

Q: Will athletes compete in masks?

A: Athletes will not be required to wear masks during competition, but they will be expected to at just about all other times – “except when training, competing, eating or sleeping, or if you are outside and able to keep two meters apart from others,” according to the athletes’ playbook.

Q: How will coronavirus testing work?

A: Athletes can expect to be tested daily. There will be a dedicated space in the Olympic Village for the athletes to undergo their tests. The initial tests will be a saliva antigen test. If the results are positive or not conclusive, the sample will undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Results are expected within 12 hours.

Q: What happens if there is a positive test?

A: Any athletes testing positive will not be allowed to compete. They immediately must begin isolation or hospitalization, if necessary. Health officials will review all of their interactions from the two days that preceded the test (or onset of symptoms) and will begin contact tracing.

Close contacts will be required to test immediately and their participation could also be jeopardized. Olympic officials are defining a close contact as anyone whose had contact for at least 15 minutes within one meter and without a mask with a person who has tested positive. Decisions on participation will be made on a case-by-case basis and, according to the playbook, “will take into consideration the likelihood of you spreading the virus. To be allowed to compete and/or continue your role.” Daily negative tests will be required and enhanced countermeasures could be enforced to minimize further contact.

Athletes and all Olympic visitors will use smartphones apps to aid in contact tracing.

Q: What happens if an athlete experiences symptoms?

A: Athletes are supposed to alert an appointed covid-19 liaison officer at the first sign of symptoms. If they’re at the Olympic Village or a competition venue, they’ll be taken immediately to a dedicated medical station, and if medical personnel think covid-19 is a possibility, the athlete would be transported to the “Fever Outpatient Clinic” in the village, where a test would be performed.

Athletes can expect their temperatures to be checked every time they enter an Olympic venue. If the temperature reads 99.5 degrees or higher, a second temperature check will be performed. If it is again high, the athlete will be barred from entering the venue, referred to a covid-19 liaison officer and taken to an isolation area.

Q: How widespread is the coronavirus in Japan?

A: As of late April, Japan had seen more than 580,000 coronavirus cases and more than 10,050 deaths, according to data tracked by Johns Hopkins University – a fraction of the caseload experienced in the United States, which had more than 573,000 covid-related deaths in the same time period. Nearly 20 states, in fact, have had a higher death toll than Japan, as of late April.

After a surge in cases late last year, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in the Tokyo area Jan. 7, which was twice extended before the government lifted it March 21. A third state of emergency was scheduled for April 25-May 11 and then extended through May 31.

Japan began giving out its first vaccination shots Feb. 17, but the rollout has been slow and only a fraction of the population is expected to be inoculated by July.

Q: Does Japan even want to host these Olympics still?

A: Certainly government officials are heavily invested, but public support has waned. A pair of polls in January, conducted while the country was experiencing a surge in cases, cast an especially bad light on public opinion there.

More than 80% of respondents to a Kyodo News poll in January said they thought the Olympics should be canceled or rescheduled, up 17% from just a month earlier. Another poll around that same time – by the Tokyo Broadcasting System – found 81% of respondents felt the Olympics could not be held amid the pandemic, with just 13% saying they could.

As the Games have drawn closer, Japanese citizens have rallied against them. In a poll released May 18, 83% opposed holding the Games. In late May, the Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan’s most influential newspapers and a sponsor of the Tokyo Olympics, published an editorial headlined, “Prime Minister Suga, please call off the Olympics this summer.”

Later that same week, Japan Doctors Union Chairman Naoto Ueyama warned that the Games could create an “Olympic strain” of the coronavirus. He echoed the Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association, which this month voiced its recommendation to cancel the Games in an open letter to Suga.

Q: Will there be spectators?

A: Tokyo 2020 officials decided in March that only Japanese spectators would be allowed to attend these Olympics. The decision was made to limit the number of foreigners coming into the country as organizers sought to keep both the local population and the Olympic proceedings as safe as possible.

Officials said they would decide in April on venue capacities and were expected to also issue protocols for spectators to follow. But due to the surge in covid cases, organizers delayed any decision on Japanese spectators until June.

Published : June 07, 2021

By : The Washington Post · Rick Maese, Emily Giambalvo

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Thai FA shows red card to football broadcaster over sponsorship money


The Football Association (FA) of Thailand on Friday cancelled its contract with ZENSE Entertainment for rights to live-broadcast Thai League matches.

Thai FA shows red card to football broadcaster over sponsorship money

The contract was signed last year and was due to run for another seven years. The FA said the deal was cancelled because ZENSE could not offer guarantees and sponsor money for league clubs.

Timeline: Somyot and monopoly

The broadcasting-rights timeline dates back to 2016 when former police chief Somyot Poompanmoung was appointed president of the FA.

The first big move he made in the job was to set up the Premier League (Thailand) to run the football business instead of the Thai Premier League organised by former FA executives. He also cancelled the broadcasting contract with Siam Sport Syndicate.

TrueVisions’ THB7.6bn contract

TrueVisions paid the FA around THB7.6 billion for rights to broadcast the Thai League between 2012 and 2020.

The contract ran smoothly until Covid-19 hit Thailand in 2020, causing all football to be suspended from March to September. The corporation continued its work until October 25, when the contract expired.

ZENSE Entertainment

On October 15, 2020, the FA announced the new broadcaster of the Thai League would be ZENSE Entertainment. The contract covered matches from 2021 to 2028.

‘No financial support for clubs during Covid’

However, in April this year Somyot complained that Zense had failed to meet its financial commitments to Thai League teams.

He added that the company had not told the association how much money it had received from sponsors, some of whom were impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

Published : June 04, 2021

By : The Nation

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Thailand suffers setback as Indonesia force a draw in World Cup qualifiers


Thailand had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Indonesia in their opening Group G World Cup qualifying match at the Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai after twice taking the lead.

Thailand suffers setback as Indonesia force a draw in World Cup qualifiers

The Thai team had expected full points from the match against Indonesia in a tough group that also has hosts UAE, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Thailand kicked off on the right note, going ahead in the fifth minute through Narubodin Weerawatnodom. However, Indonesia who entered the game as underdogs, levelled scores in the 39th minute through Kadek Agung.

Thailand edged ahead again five minutes into the second half through Adisak Kraisorn, but gritty Indonesia, who are at the bottom of the group, once again tied scores in the 60th minute through Evan Dimas.

Thailand will play the UAE on June 7.

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Published : June 04, 2021

By : The Nation