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Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup live on Sky Pacific

Digicel has today announced that all Bledisloe Cup Tests and Rugby Championship games will be shown live on Sky Pacific starting with an expected thriller between Australia and New Zealand at 7pm this Saturday. This...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Semifinals confirmed in men’s basketball

Kevin Durant scored 29 points to lead Team USA to a decisive 95-81 victory over Spain in Olympic men’s basketball, earning a ticket to the semi-finals.

Australian men through to men’s Hockey final

Australia set up a showdown with world champions Belgium in the men’s hockey final at the Tokyo Olympics after handing 2016 Olympic bronze medallists Germany a 3-1 defeat. “The Aussies were more effective in both circles,” Germany captain Tobias Hauke said. “If you lose the game in this style… it’s really hard, that is why...

Spain to face Brazil for men’s football gold

Marco Asensio struck in an extra-time winner as Spain ended Japan’s hopes of Olympic gold in men’s football with a 1-0 (aet) victory, setting up a clash with Brazil in Saturday’s final. Defending champions Brazil also had to struggle to make the final, beating Mexico 4-1 on penalties after the game ended goalless after extra-time....

Olympics-Hockey-Australia sink Germany to set up Belgium showdown

TOKYO (Reuters) -Australia set up a showdown with Belgium in the men’s hockey final at the Tokyo Olympics after handing 2016 Olympic bronze medallists Germany a 3-1 defeat on Tuesday. Young forward Tim Brand opened the scoring for Australia with a seventh-minute goal when he pushed in a low shot from team mate Flynn Ogilvie...

Rugby-Gatland rings Lions changes for decisive Boks test

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland reshuffled his backline and front row following last weekend’s test drubbing against South Africa, as he made six changes for Saturday’s decisive final match. In the backs, Josh Adams, Bundee Aki and Liam Williams come in while Ali Price is restored at scrumhalf, replacing...

Olympics-Gymnastics-Biles returns to claim balance beam bronze, Guan wins gold

TOKYO (Reuters) – Simone Biles made a fearless return to competition on Tuesday, capping a tumultuous Tokyo Games with a bronze medal on the balance beam. The final gold of the women’s artistic gymnastics programme would go to China’s Guan Chenchen with a score of 14.633 and the silver to her compatriot Tang Xijing but...

Olympics-Soccer-Brazil beat Mexico on penalties to reach final

TOKYO (Reuters) – Defending champions Brazil reached the final of the men’s Olympic football competition on Tuesday, beating Mexico 4-1 on penalties after the game ended goalless after extra-time. Brazil went close to settling the match inside 90 minutes when Richarlison struck the post with a glancing header in the 82nd minute. But when it...

Olympics-History-maker Hubbard says not a transgender icon, but an athlete

TOKYO (Reuters) -The first openly transgender Olympian said on Tuesday she would retire from weightlifting and felt her landmark appearance at the Tokyo Games should be fast forgotten as sport takes greater strides to be more inclusive. New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard, 43, said she had never sought publicity, nor regards herself a role model or...

Olympics-Sailing-Scott rules the waves for Britain with final Finn gold medal

ENOSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – Sailor Giles Scott won a bittersweet gold medal at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour on Tuesday as he continued Britain’s dominance in the Finn class, but unfortunately for him and his nation, the category won’t be back in 2024. Originally included at the Helsinki Games in 1952, Britain has enjoyed two decades...

Olympics-Track world record smashed as IOC probes Belarus over sprinter

TOKYO (Reuters) -The Olympics governing body was probing Belarus’s treatment of an athlete seeking refuge, while Norway’s Karsten Warholm demolished a world record and Simone Biles was set for a highly anticipated return to the gymnastics stage in Tokyo on Tuesday. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it expected a report https://www.reuters.com/article/olympics-2020-ioc/update-1-olympics-ioc-awaiting-report-from-belarusian-olympic-committee-idUSL8N2PA0F4 later in the...

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Olympics-IOC awaiting report from Belarusian Olympic committee

TOKYO (Reuters) – The IOC said on Tuesday it was waiting for a report later in the day from the Belarusian National Olympic Committee on the case of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, after launching an investigation into the incident that has rocked the Games. The athlete took refuge in the Polish embassy in Tokyo on Monday,...

Olympics-Athletics-Warholm destroys world record to win 400m hurdles gold

TOKYO (Reuters) -A world record had been predicted but Norway’s Karsten Warholm had to utterly destroy it to hold off American Rai Benjamin and take gold on Tuesday in the men’s 400 metres hurdles, in what will go down as one of the all-time great Olympic races. Last month, Warholm broke Kevin Young’s 29-year world...

Olympics-Canoe sprint-New Zealand’s Carrington, Regal win women’s kayak double 500m gold

TOKYO (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington and Caitlin Regal won the gold medal in the women’s kayak double 500 metres competition at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. Poland’s Karolina Naja and Anna Pulawska claimed the silver medal while Hungary’s Danuta Kozak and Dora Bodonyi took the bronze medal.

Olympics-Hockey-Belgium wins spot in men’s hockey finals, India to fight for bronze

TOKYO (Reuters) – World champions Belgium earned a spot in the men’s hockey finals at the Tokyo Games after beating India 5-2 on Tuesday, giving the 2016 Rio Olympic silver medallists a fresh chance at securing a gold medal. Belgium took the lead less than two minutes into the game when defender Loick Luypaert scored...

Ben’s vision rings true

Ben Ryan, 2016 Olympic Games gold medal-winning head coach’s prophetic prediction that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games would be the year of the Fijiana was spot on. During the 2016 celebrations of the win at the ANZ Stadium, Ryan paid homage to the Fijiana 7s team for the hard work they had put in going into Rio. “They set the...

Champions play their cards right

Team Fiji men’s rugby 7s coach Gareth Baber played his cards right to guide the side to gold medal victory at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Baber changed his line-up from the third pool game onwards to keep the opposition guessing about their game plan. Fiji 7s head coach Gareth Baber said every decision he made on team selection was strategic. Baber said...

Team uses the Hero’s Journey in buildup

Team Fiji men’s rugby 7s players went through many story templates of the “Hero’s Journey” in their buildup to successfully defend the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The “Hero’s Journey” involves a person or a team that goes on an adventure, learns a lesson, wins a victory and with that newfound knowledge, then returns home transformed. National 7s head coach Gareth Baber said he tried to create...

Baber praises leadership qualities of Radradra

The leadership qualities provided by Bristol Bears star Semi Radradra was enough to bear down the stress of being in an enclosed arena such as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games athletes’ village. Radradra did not get much game time during the rugby 7s competition at the event, but scored a decisive try against Argentina in the 26-14 semi-final victory. Fiji 7s head coach Gareth Baber...

Ben’s vision rings true for Fijiana

Ben Ryan, 2016 Olympic Games gold medal-winning head coach’s prophetic prediction that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games would be the year of the Fijiana was spot on. During the 2016 celebrations of the win at the ANZ Stadium, Ryan paid homage to the Fijiana 7s team for the hard work they had put in going...

Ho passes away

Former International Table Tennis Federation-Oceania president and Fiji Table Tennis Association president Anthony Ho has passed away. Ho who was born on Thursday, November 24, 1960, passed away on the morning of Thursday, July 29, 2021, at the age of 60 years old. Commencing from his teenage years, Ho was dedicated to the sport of table tennis and only recently had his...

Baber pleased with Jerry and Naca

The experience provided by strength and conditioning coach Nacanieli Cawanibuka and captain courageous Jerry Tuwai from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games was beneficial in the Team Fiji rugby men’s 7s success at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Fiji defeated New Zealand 27-12 in the final to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Stadium last Wednesday. The side created history by winning the gold medal back to back....

Weightlifting-China matches record with seven golds at one Games

TOKYO, Aug 2 (Reuters) – China won its sixth and seventh gold medals in weightlifting on Monday, matching Russia’s record from the 1976 Games, as Li Wenwen and Wang Zhouyu triumphed in the women’s heaviest weight categories at Tokyo 2020. The 21-year-old Li had a dominant lead in the +87kg event, lifting 320kg in total...

Soccer-Canada stun U.S. to set up final with Sweden

TOKYO, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Canada stunned world champions the United States on Monday, handing them a shock 1-0 defeat in the semi-finals of the women’s Olympic football tournament to set up a clash with Sweden in Friday’s showpiece match. The Swedes beat Australia 1-0 thanks to a 46th-minute goal from Fridolina Rolfo to return...

Athletics-American Allman all smiles after winning discus gold

TOKYO, Aug 2 (Reuters) – One throw was all it took for the Valarie Allman of the United States to win Olympic gold in the women’s discus on Monday, with an effort of 68.98 metres. Germany’s Kristin Pudenz had a personal best 66.86 metres for silver and Cuba’s Yaime Perez took bronze with 65.72. It...

Weightlifting-Hubbard makes history as first transgender Olympian, but exits early

TOKYO, Aug 2 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard made history on Monday by becoming the first openly transgender athlete to compete at an Olympic Games, but she suffered a disappointing early exit from the women’s +87 kg final after three no lifts in the snatch. At 43, Hubbard was the oldest competitor in the...

Organisers investigating after athletes drinking violates COVID-19 curbs

Tokyo Games organisers said they are investigating after a group of athletes were found drinking alcohol in the Olympic village this week, violating measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The athletes were caught drinking in a park in the athletes’ village on Friday night, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto told a news conference, adding...

Athletics-Jackson out of 200m after rookie heats blunder

Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson will not be able to add to her bronze from the 100 metres after a terrible error in the heats of the 200 on Monday, where she eased up too much and was overhauled on the line to finish fourth. Jackson, third-fastest in the world over the distance this year, did not...

IOC says looking into gesture used by U.S. athlete Saunders on podium

The International Olympic Committee is looking into the gesture U.S. athlete Raven Saunders made after the shot put silver medallist raised her arms in an X above her head, a potential breach of rules banning protests on medal podiums. The IOC is in contact with World Athletics, the international governing body for the sport, and...

Wrestling-Mensah-Stock stuns defending champ Dosho, marches into semis

Reigning world champion Tamyra Mensah-Stock stormed into the semi-finals of the women’s wrestling competition with consummate ease on Monday, winning both her matches by technical superiority on her Olympic debut without dropping a point. The United States’ Mensah-Stock took just over two minutes to overpower 2016 Olympic champion Sara Dosho of Japan in a 10-0...

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