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British and Irish Lions Tour – Dates for South Africa could depend on the international calendar

South African Rugby has confirmed there is a slight possibility the following summer’s British and Irish Lions visit could be moved to suit an expected updated worldwide schedule. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

The Lions visit has an arranged July 3, 2021 beginning, with the three Tests on back to back ends of the week from July 24 onwards; however, a mooted change to the game’s worldwide schedule could see a switch.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Dates for South Africa could depend on the international calendar

The visit is going on and the time is as yet fixed on where it is, however, there may be a date change,” South African Rugby CEO Juries Roux said in a press preparation.

“There is a slight possibility that to line up with another worldwide schedule, it may move to either a September/October or October/November window and that is simply because if that is the main obstacle of getting the worldwide schedule over the line, we would not have any desire to be the deterrent to that.”

Roux said a choice on the recommended worldwide schedule move, which would get rid of mid-year internationals, could come when July 1, which would give conviction on when the Lions visit, will occur.Second just to the World Cup, it is the greatest thing on the schedule,” Roux included.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Dates for South Africa could depend on the international calendar

The business model we have set up as a joint endeavor among us and the Lions is in reality entirely ‘out there’.

“We have discarded the coursebook on it. It is an extraordinary model. It is a sharing of income, logos, and IP (licensed innovation) and business worth, and something that in a post-COVID world will enable us to work as a going concern.”

Exchanges to adjust the club and global schedule to ease apparatus blockage have been quickened by the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the game.

Among the thoughts being talked about is a move of the Six Nations Championship, potentially to a month or two later than its flow February/March opening, and for Europe to embrace to a greater degree a midyear club rugby season.

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Olympic Cycling: De Haitre’s dual-sport dreams hit a speed bump with postponed Tokyo Olympic

Vincent De Haitre was getting dressed for a bike ride on the morning of March 22 when he got a phone call explaining that he may have reached a fork in the road of achieving two of his longtime athletic goals.

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The Cumberland native’s Cycling Canada coach was on the other end of the line in the U.K., where he was stuck. Because of the fast-escalating fallout following the novel coronavirus, he struggling to find a flight back to Canada. He had more bad news for De Haitre: Canada had withdrawn from Tokyo Olympic.

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Two days later, the upcoming Olympic 2020 Games were postponed until 2021. The global pandemic forced the entire sporting world into hibernation, sending athletes aloof from their typical role as distractors, while much of the world hunkered down at home.

For De Haïtre a 26-year-old dual-sport athlete whose personal plans included appearing in both the Summer Games as a track cyclist and the 2022 Winter Olympic Games as a speed skater the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games makes for a dilemma.

There was a lot to think about, but De Haitre decided to keep his dual-sport Olympic goals intact. Competing in two Olympic sports less than seven months apart risks spreading himself too thin, but De Haitre and his coaches have drawn up a plan to keep his body in shape for both the oval and the ice. Fortunately, the physical demands of cycling and skating are similar, and training for the latter already involves a fair amount of time on the bike.

“Right now, I’m on 90 percent of my speed skating program and then whenever I’m on the bike I kind of ride as if I was still a cyclist, which means slightly different training zones and different technical focuses,” De Haitre told the Sports page in early June.

Now in Calgary with the skating team, De Haitre is training on his own most of the time, although peeled back pandemic protocols are starting to allow for more group sessions.

“We still have to stay apart from each other and we can’t share equipment, but at least now we’re getting some visual feedback from the coaches,” said the 3-time Ottawa Sports Awards male athlete of the year.

De Haitre has already proven he can push boundaries on the bike. At February’s Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin, he set a Canadian record for the 1 km time trial at sea level, placing 4th in the world. The Ottawa Bicycle Club product was also an alternate for the Canadian team pursuit squad that placed 12th but comfortably clinched one of the eight available Olympic 2020 berths.

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With two Winter Olympics under his belt by age 23, De Haitre has proved to be one of the world’s best in speed skating too. In 2017, the Gloucester Concordes athlete was a World Championships silver medalist and ranked #2 overall for the men’s 1,000 m on the World Cup circuit.

Competing in both Tokyo Olympic 2021 and Beijing 2022 would put De Haitre in a rare company. In 1968 back when Winter and Summer Games were each held in the same year Canadian athlete Robert Boucher competed in cycling and speed skating 238 days apart. De Haitre is on track to break that benchmark with just 181 days of separation between games.

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Champions League Final – Kieran Trippier says relocation mistake cost Spurs in defeat against Liverpool

Tottenham would have beaten Liverpool in the Champions League final if Mousa Dembele hadn’t been sold months earlier, according to Kieran Trippier. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Dembele left Spurs for Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F midway through last season having succumbed to fitness and injury problems – issues that had made it difficult for the midfielder to play more than once a week in the first half of the campaign.

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Champions League Final – Kieran Trippier says relocation mistake cost Spurs in defeat against Liverpool

Despite losing one of the most important players of the Mauricio Pochettino era, Tottenham managed to reach the Champions League final via incredible knockout victories over Manchester City and Ajax. But the final was one game too far for the Londoners, who fell to a cruel defeat to Liverpool in Madrid.

Trippier, who followed Dembele out the exit door last summer, started in the final but could do nothing as Liverpool saw off Spurs at his new home, Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Speaking on The Beautiful Game Podcast, as relayed by Football London, Trippier expressed the opinion that Tottenham would have had a better chance of beating Liverpool with Dembele in the team.

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Champions League Final – Kieran Trippier says relocation mistake cost Spurs in defeat against Liverpool

“For me, I felt personally it was about selling Mousa Dembele,” said the defender. He was the best player I’ve at any point played with. For me, you can’t supplant him.

We sold him in January. I don’t think about his circumstance and perhaps he needed to go however I for one feel that if we’d saved him for that additional four or five months and let him go on a free in the late spring we would have done a ton, parcel better.

“I think we would have won the final.”

In reality, it’s impossible to say if Spurs would have even reached the final if Dembele had stayed, as it took a very specific set of circumstances for Pochettino’s men to get past Manchester City and Ajax. But it would be fair say Tottenham have been a worse team since Dembele left.

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Olympic Ice Hockey: Qualification for ice hockey contest at Beijing 2022 to start in December

Prerequisite for the women’s ice hockey competition at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games is due to start in December. Seven teams have already booked a place at Beijing 2022, with just three spots remaining. 

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The United States, Canada, Finland, Russia, Switzerland, and Japan qualified after being seeded by the International Ice Hockey Federation as the top six teams in the world, while China earned an automatic place as hosts. 

In total, 31 teams are set to vie for the final three places, with the first round of qualifying scheduled to begin on December 17 to 19 in Reykjavik in Iceland. The second round will then take place in South Korea, Italy, and Poland from February 11 to 14. 

Three teams are due to progress through the first two rounds and will each join a group in the final qualifying tournament from August 26 to 29 2021. The Czech Republic, Hungary, and Norway make up Group C, with Germany, Denmark, and Austria in Group D and Sweden, France, and Slovakia in Group E.

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Pribram in the Czech Republic, Füssen in Germany, and a yet-to-be-determined city in Sweden are due to host their respective groups.  This competition will run at the same time as the men’s final qualifying tournament in Latvia, Norway, and Slovakia. 

The United States and Canada are the only two nations to earn Olympic gold in the women’s ice hockey competition, with the US triumphing at Nagano 1998 and Pyeongchang 2018, and Canada topping the podium at all four games in between. 

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Damian Willemse reveals about gender violence

Springbok and Stormers, Damian Willemse, say rugby players should use their platform to ensure that gender-based violence in South Africa is addressed. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

Willemse and his fellow Boks Siya Kolisi and Herschel Jantjies. As well as Blitzboks and Imbokodo captains Siviwe Soyizwapi and Zintle Mpupha, delivered food packages to a group of Peakview High School students in Athlone, Cape Town, yesterday as part of the #StrongerTogether for R32- 12 campaign.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Damian Willemse reveals about gender violence

“Gender violence is very common in South Africa, and it is our responsibility as men to talk about it, said Willemse. It is something that we have to look at, it is our responsibility to make sure that our women are safe. We as rugby players have a platform to make a difference and we need to use it.”

Players urged schools to join the #StrongerTogether for R32-12 campaign, which helps alleviate hunger. Food Forward SA is another charity that benefits from the campaign, where raffle tickets are sold for R32.12.

Players give away some of their prized possessions from last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. The school that sells the most tickets will be visited with the Webb Ellis Cup.

Siya Kolisi

The Bok Kolisi patron had some inspirational words for the students before the food packages were delivered to the 67 matrices.

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Our World Cup victory last year was the result of a lot of hard work

“I am always excited to visit a school, even more during this difficult time,” said Kolisi. Kolisi is giving away a matching jersey he wore in one of the RWC group matches.

We know that their very important school year was severely disrupted by the coronavirus and that their communities are suffering. However, it is important that you show determination to finish your academic year. I want to urge you to work much harder.

“Our World Cup victory last year was the result of a lot of hard work. So you should approach your studies and exams with the same determination. You are the leaders of tomorrow and, although it is difficult at this time, persevere and give your best.”

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Olympic Canoe: Canoeist Funk warns long term effects of coronavirus on athletes are “still unknown”

German canoe slalom paddler Ricarda Funk speaks she trusts that the long-term belongings of coronavirus should be anxiety for all athletes. Funk, who has already qualified for the rearranged Tokyo Olympic Games, supposed that although athletes are used to protecting themselves and staying healthy, the coronavirus has presented new challenges in this regard.

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Speaking as part of the International Canoe Federation’s series of podcasts How Sports Stars Cope in COVID-19 lockdown, Funk described coronavirus as scary. If you get it, maybe there is a remaining impact, I don’t know. So yes, I am a little bit scared, but I just try to stick to the rules, and I think if you keep this in mind we should be safe. We never really know, you could be infected and you don’t know.

“Of course it is a little bit frightening because it’s new, and we don’t know yet the influence on athletes,” Funk supposed.

Funk, who has won five World Championship medals counting one gold as well as two general World Cup titles in the K1 class, was on her way to Australia to make for the Olympics as the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold around the world.

“I was expecting it somehow, it was the right decision and I’m fine with this because the health of the public is much more important than the Olympic 2020 Games,” Funk supposed.

But we all have to get through this, and I think we will find a good way. It’s crazy because in 2016 my selections were awful. I was in good form, but I just couldn’t bring it down. I trained hard since 2016, after failing, I had this goal in my head and I wanted to go there, and then I finally made it, and now for the first time in history, this has happened.

“Verfuerth, who has been locked down in Arizona for several months, said she had experienced a rollercoaster of emotions during the pandemic.”

Funk was joined on the podcast by Kaitlyn Verfuerth, who has represented the United States in tennis at three Paralympic Games and is now attempting to qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics in the sport of para canoe.

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“It’s very unclear, some days you feel good, and some days you ask by hand why do you even want to get out of bed,” Verfuerth supposed.

I keep trying to find things to motivate me, and staying fit is one of them.  Back in March, I was in a lull when everyone was still debating if some of our activities and competitions were still going to happen. I felt really in this limbo, do I continue to train, am I supposed to train because I’m not supposed to be around anybody, what’s the point of training if I’m not going to compete.

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Champions League Final – Toni Kroos got drunk after 2012 final defeat

Toni Kroos uncovers he got so alcoholic he needed to call ‘a crisis specialist’ after Bayern Munich were beaten by Chelsea in the Champions League last in 2012 as his sibling concedes: ‘We were drinking out of disappointment.

Toni Kroos hit the tequila so hard after Bayern Munich’s stun annihilation to Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League last that he called a crisis specialist. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

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The Bundesliga side was paralyzed in their back yard as Didier Drogba unemotionally opened the choosing spot-kick past Manuel Neuer at the Allianz Arena that May. As Drogba wheeled away, Petr Cech pursued him and Frank Lampard fell to the floor.

Kroos was left in stun after the staggering top picks discarded a 1-0 lead in extra-time – an inclination that continued late into the night for the German.  The Champions League last against Chelsea in 2012, that was us drinking out of dissatisfaction.

We were near requiring a crisis specialist,’ Kroos’ sibling, Felix, told the Einfach mal Luppen web recording. Presently at Real Madrid, the midfielder reacted: ‘It was anything but something to be thankful for however in any event there was an explanation behind it.

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Champions League Final – Toni Kroos got drunk after 2012 final defeat

I recollect that Jessi (Kroos’ better half) stated: “We can’t call a specialist now. Suppose it came out that I called a crisis specialist for having a lot to drink!”

‘There was no other method (to facilitate the agony of annihilation). At long last, I needed to call the crisis specialist myself since I figured: “It can’t be permitted to deteriorate then this.”

‘It was my flaw that I wasn’t feeling admirably the following day. That was the point I stated: “It (drinking liquor) doesn’t do any great.” I was unable to take a gander at tequila that night and that is the reason I surrendered it. It didn’t do any harm and I don’t miss it.

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Champions League Final – Toni Kroos got drunk after 2012 final defeat

While Kroos pitilessly remained uninvolved nursing an adductor injury Bayern bounced back in 2013, raging to the Wembley peak and beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the primary all-German last.

The midfielder, presently 30-years of age, at long last got his European last greatness in the wake of making his £22m move to Real Madrid in 2014, without a moment to spare for the Spanish side’s run of three successive triumphs between 2015/16 and 2017/18.

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Olympic Bobsleigh: Homologation process for Beijing 2022 bobsleigh track delayed due to coronavirus

The homologation procedure at the National Sliding Center in Yanqing has been late due to the coronavirus disaster in China. 

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Bobsled, skeleton, and luge athletes from around the world were supposed to visit the track from March 9 to 15 to certify it in preparation for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.  This process must be completed for the International Luge Federation and the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) officially approve the track as safe for racing.

“Today the IBSF shadowed the reference of the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee to delay the pre-homologation of the National Sliding Center in Yanqing,” an IBSF statement supposed. 

This decision is based on the outbreak and continuing spread of coronavirus, which posed unexpected challenges for the Organizing Committee. All the stakeholders have been responsibility their utmost to well prepare the pre-homologation but the health and wellbeing of the athletes and all members have to be respected.

Several other sporting events have been affected by a coronavirus, which has now killed 427 people in China and infected more than 20,000 around the world.  The first official Beijing 2022 test event, an International Ski Federation Alpine Skiing World Cup in Yanqing, was canceled due to the outbreak. 

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The World Athletics Inside Championships, originally scheduled for March in Nanjing, has been the most high-profile sporting event to be suspended so far, while the Chinese women’s football side were quarantined in Brisbane after traveling to Australia for the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers for Asia. Other game affected include boxing, wrestling, basketball, tennis, hockey, badminton, diving, equestrian, golf, and biathlon. 

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Lions will find Springboks in ill-mannered health appreciations to Rassie

As we reflect on the Springbok triumph of 1995, It is a curious fact of the professional rugby era that British and Irish Lions tours to South Africa correlate with the Springboks being world champions. Interested Rugby fans can book their Springboks Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

It is also a fact that on each occasion the Boks have a different coach to the one who won the World Cup two years previously. In 1996, ill-health saw Kitch Christie pass the reins on to Andre Markgraaff who (after being disgraced when a racist remark he made went public) resigned.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Lions will find Springboks in ill-mannered health appreciations to Rassie

He was succeeded by the inexperienced Carel du Plessis for the ’97 series against the Lions. Carel should never have been appointed and the momentum generated by the ’95 World Cup win was lost and the Boks lost a series to a fairly average Lions team.

It was a different story when the Lions returned in 2009. The team that Jake White had built to win the 2007 World Cup was preserved by incoming coach Peter de Villiers and while there was an indifferent success for the Boks in 2008, 2009 was one of the best years in Bok history.

The Boks winning the Tri-Nations – including three consecutive victories over the All Blacks – and the series against a very strong Lions outfit. Next year, the Lions are scheduled to return once more and they will find Springbok rugby in rude health thanks to the legacy of Rassie Erasmus.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Lions will find Springboks in ill-mannered health appreciations to Rassie

He carefully rebuilt and transformed the Springboks after some lean years and the structures this perfectionist has put in place should ensure the Boks sustain the excellence they displayed in Japan, particularly with Erasmus ensuring continuity by appointing his assistant last year, Jacques Nienaber, as his successor as head coach.

When White he took over the Boks after the shambles of the 2003 World Cup he made the extravagant promise to the players that they would win the World Cup four years later.

The fulfillment of that promise, quite frankly, was down to the coach’s relentless perseverance, some would say rank stubbornness – Jake assembled a core of players for his very first match in charge and stuck with them through thick and thin, and there was plenty of the latter.

Nine of the players that White picked for his first match in charge in 2004 started in the World Cup final in Paris. Jake immediately won the Tri-Nations in 2004; 2005 was a mediocre year and then 2006 was just short of a disaster. The Boks lost to France, Ireland, England, twice to Australia (including the 49-0 humiliation in Brisbane) and twice to New Zealand.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Lions will find Springboks in ill-mannered health appreciations to Rassie

And twice the coach’s neck was on the line that year. He was first saved when the Boks beat the All Blacks 21-20 in Rustenburg (he would have been fired had they lost). Then on the end-of-year -after White had been called back to South Africa for discussions with his employers at Saru – when the Boks beat England in their second Test against them.

The very same Bok line-up that had been so poor in 2006 flourished in France the next year and boy did Jake White have the last laugh. He had stuck to his guns and eventually reaped the most handsome of dividends.

And 12 members of the team that won the final against England in Paris started in the second Test that clinched the series against the Lions two years later at Loftus Versfeld.

In 1995, Rassie was a 22-year-old flanker playing for Free State, the team he would coach in 2005 to their first Currie Cup title since 1976. It was just his second year in coaching (after retiring as a player in 2003) and his first crack at the Currie Cup. it was only a question of time before he would coach the Boks.

Apart from the legacy of a contented, successful team, Rassie’s commitment to transforming the Springbok side is highly commendable. In the Boks’ 2015 World Cup semi-final defeat to the All Blacks, Heyneke Meyer started with three black players and had one among his substitutes.

In last year’s final, Rassie doubled that number in both respects, including, of course, our first black captain.

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Olympic Gymnastics: Olympic champion Uchimura will not defend overall title at Tokyo Olympic

Japanese gymnast Kōhei Uchimura will not defend his men’s overall or team titles at the Tokyo Olympic Games, according to reports. The three-time Olympic champion, who won gold in the all-around event at London 2012 and Rio 2016, has struggled with shoulder injuries and last year failed to qualify for the finals of the Japan National Championships.

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To compete in the overall or the team event, he would need to be among the top performers in each of the six apparatus at Japan’s Olympic qualifying meet and has decided that it would be difficult to manage considering how things are now.

Instead, the 31-year-old Uchimura, who failed to qualify for the finals at last year’s Japan national championships due to pain in both his shoulders, will focus on the men’s horizontal bar.

It is reported by The Mainichi that the 31-year-old Japanese star will instead focus on the horizontal bar event. Uchimura, nicknamed “King Kōhei”, was dropped from the Japanese team last year for the World Championships and has since had to omit events that place stress on his shoulders.

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Uchimura has been a titan of gymnastics for over a decade and secured the nation’s first team win at the Games since Athens 2004 when Japan held off Russia and China for gold at Rio 2016. To compete in the overall or team event, he would need to be among the top gymnasts in Japan over the six apparatus at its qualification event, but reports suggest that he will now not pursue that goal.

From 2009, Uchimura won six straight World Championships in the men’s all-around event. He also has two silver medals from Beijing 2008 and London 2012, winning his first Olympic medal at the age of 19.

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