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Refugee team to take part at Tokyo 2020 Olympics: IOC

Wednesday, 2018-10-10 07:43:01
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Refugee athletes share the stage with IOC President Thomas Bach at the Olympism in Action Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo: UNHCR)
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Refugees will take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday said it would form a refugee team for the second consecutive Summer Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach asked members of the Olympic body at its session in Buenos Aires to support the creation of a refugee team, along the lines of the one that competed at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. The members responded with applause.

* The cities of Calgary and Stockholm and an Italian bid involving Cortina D'Ampezzo and Milan officially became candidates for the 2026 Winter Olympics on Tuesday after the International Olympic Committee ratified their bids. The IOC Executive Board last week recommended the three as candidates for the Olympics in eight years time, dropping Turkey's Erzurum.

* Brooks Koepka added another accolade to a sensational season on Tuesday when, as had been widely expected, he was named PGA Tour Player of the Year following a 2017-18 campaign highlighted by two major victories. Koepka landed the coveted honour despite missing nearly three months with a wrist injury as he would go on to become the first repeat US Open winner in 29 years and then triumphed at the PGA Championship for his third career major title.

* Sierra Leone's African Nations Cup qualifier against Ghana in Kumasi will not go ahead on Thursday after the country's football association failed to get a FIFA suspension lifted. Sierra Leone authorities, who had petitioned FIFA to get the ban lifted, did not meet a Tuesday deadline to reinstate ousted football association president Isha Johansen, who is accused of corruption by government officials.

* Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman said he would field his strongest team against Germany in the Nations League on Saturday and would not rest players who are participating in the Champions League for Dutch clubs. Koeman told a news conference on Tuesday that he understood the concerns of the Ajax Amsterdam and PSV Eindhoven coaches about keeping their players fresh for key Champions League games later this month, but said he would not spare anybody.

* Justin Rose is backing Ireland's Padraig Harrington to be Europe's next Ryder Cup captain after helping the team to a crushing victory over the United States last month. Harrington, who has won three majors and played in six successive Ryder Cups from 1999 to 2010, was a vice-captain to Thomas Bjorn and is odds-on favourite to captain at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in two years' time.

* International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons and International Gymnastics Federation head Morinari Watanabe were among the nine elected as members of the International Olympic Committee at the 133rd session here on Tuesday. With the nine newly elected, the number of IOC members now rise above the 100 mark.

* Former Uruguay international midfielder Gustavo Matosas was Tuesday confirmed as the new head coach of Costa Rica's national team. Matosas, 51, will officially take charge in January as Los Ticos prepare for the start of their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign, the Costa Rican football federation said.

* Brazil and Uruguay will meet in an international friendly next month, the Brazilian Football Confederation announced on Tuesday. The November 16 clash - part of this year's last FIFA international friendly window - will be played at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London.

* A record prize pool, an improved heat stress policy and a 25-second serve clock are some of the major changes coming to the 2019 Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam. Announced at the launch on Tuesday in Melbourne, Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley said the new initiatives were a result of feedback from the world's best players.

Reuters, Xinhua