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Olympic Baseball, Softball, Tokyo 2020 Games Postponed To 2021

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) welcomed the difficult joint decision today of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to postpone the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to a date no later than the summer of 2021.

The IOC stated that the Tokyo 2020 Games will be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

Said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari: “The WBSC welcomes and fully supports the joint decision taken by the IOC, Tokyo 2020 and Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to postpone the start of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While the postponement is heartbreaking for athletes — and our baseball and softball players — around the world, the ‘Tokyo 2020’ Games in 2021 can be a symbol of global recovery and solidarity, and be one of the greatest worldwide celebrations and most anticipated moments in the history of sport.

“The WBSC stands in solidarity with the Olympic Movement during this difficult time and will work closely with the IOC to manage the completion of the Olympic qualification process for baseball, which now has more time to be conducted, providing an equal opportunity for the teams and their players.”

Baseball and softball will be making their first Olympic appearance since the 2008 Beijing Games, and are expected to be one of the top attractions of the Games in Japan, where baseball/softball is the most popular sport.

official logo of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Baseball/Softball’s Road Back to the Games

Softball has completed the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification process. The six-team tournament will feature host nation Japan, USA (the 2018 WBSC World Champions), Italy (winner of the Europe/Africa Qualifier), Mexico, Canada (winner and runner-up of the Americas Qualifier) and Australia (winner of the Asia/Oceania Qualifier).

Four of six teams have qualified for the Olympic baseball event at Tokyo 2020, including host Japan, Israel (the winner of the Europe/Africa Qualifier), Korea and Mexico (through the WBSC Premier12 2019). The remaining two teams will advance to the Games through the Americas Qualifier and the Final Qualifier.

The eight-team Americas Baseball Qualifier was scheduled from 22 to 26 March and has been postponed. The Final Qualifier, originally scheduled in early April, has been currently postponed to June. It must however take place following the Americas Qualifier. The second- and third-place finishers of the Americas Qualifier will join Chinese Taipei, Australia, China and the Netherlands in the Final qualifier.

Olympic Softball Schedule Announced For Tokyo 2020 Games

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today revealed the official Olympic softball game schedule, which will open on 22 July at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium and close with the gold medal game on 28 July at Yokohama Baseball Stadium.

Australia and defending Olympic softball champions Japan will kick off the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on 22 July, at 9 am (all times Japan Standard Time – JST). This match will serve as the very first official Olympic competition of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

In Game 2 of the Olympic softball event, Italy and top-ranked USA will meet at 12:00 pm.

Game 3, which concludes the first day of competition, features Mexico and Canada at 3 pm.

Spotlighting Fukushima’s recovery

The first six games of the Olympic softball competition will be played in Fukushima, a region that has been undergoing a continued regeneration following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

“We are humbled and honoured that softball will open the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and do so in a city that embodies, more than any other, sport’s unique power to unite and rebuild communities — this will send a powerful message of Olympic values to all spectators around the world,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “And today with the announcement of the schedule for softball’s return to the Olympic Games, the athletes will know the path to Olympic gold as they continue preparing to realise their Olympic dreams.”

Road to Gold

All softball teams — Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico and USA — will play each other once in the Opening Round (round-robin) from 22-27 July. The top two teams in the Opening Round will play for gold, while the third- and fourth- place teams will compete for bronze.

No games are scheduled for Friday, 24 July, with softball athletes to join their full delegations and participate in the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

The final three days (25-27 July) of the round-robin will be played at Yokohama Baseball Stadium, where the medal matches will also take place.

The Gold Medal Game will be played on Tuesday, 28 July, at 8 pm JST, while the Bronze Medal Game will be held at 1 pm JST.

The full 17-game Olympic softball schedule of the Tokyo 2020 Games can be found at https://olympicsoftball.wbsc.org/en/2020/e-2020-softball-olympic-games/schedule-and-results.

The Olympic baseball schedule will be announced in an upcoming news release.

2022 Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships Set To Take Place in India

A Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships is set to take place in India in 2022 after a proposal to stage the event was approved by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Executive Board.

The event will be held in Chandigarh, the capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, and is scheduled to be staged in January 2022.

It adds to a hugely exciting year for Commonwealth Sport, with Birmingham set to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games from 27 July – 7 August 2022.

The decision confirmed that Chandigarh 2022 and Birmingham 2022 will be two separately organised and funded Commonwealth Sport events.

One week following the Closing Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the CGF shall issue a medal table that includes results from the Chandigarh 2022 Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships, as a further and final legitimate ranking of competing nations and territories from the respective competitions.

The CGF Executive Board approved the proposal at their meeting in London which took place on February 21-23; and highlighted the opportunity for this innovative model to promote and encourage the development and hosting of sport throughout the Commonwealth.

The proposal from Commonwealth Games India (CGI), which was supported by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), the Government of India, the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) and World Archery, was also considered and discussed with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Partners prior to the CGF Executive Board decision.

CGF President Dame Louise Martin said: “I am delighted that we have approved India’s ambitious proposal to host a Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships in Chandigarh during 2022.

“Commonwealth archery and shooting athletes now have an unprecedented opportunity to compete in an elite event that will showcase the very best of Commonwealth Sport and add value to the Commonwealth Sports Movement.

“The CGF would like to thank the CGI, the NRAI, the Government of India and the entire sporting community of India on the significant efforts they have taken to submit an innovative proposal with the ambition of strengthening Commonwealth Sport.

“I would like to give particular thanks to CGI President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sport Kiren Rijiju and NRAI President Raninder Singh for their leadership across this proposal.”

2022 Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships Set To Take Place in India

CGI President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra said: “We are very pleased that our proposal was considered by the Federation and look forward to continuing to engage with all stakeholders to ensure that the Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships is a resounding success for the Commonwealth Sports Movement.

“Our proposal provides more opportunities for Commonwealth athletes to compete on the world stage, and we look forward to welcoming the Commonwealth’s best shooters and archers to Chandigarh in 2022.

“Team India looks forward to competing at Chandigarh 2022 and Birmingham 2022, and discussing further how we promote closer ties with India and its athletes and the wider Commonwealth sport community.”

The CGF Executive Board also saw key updates on the Trinbago 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

There were further updates on the 2026 Commonwealth Games Bid Process, with a Host City set to be announced later this year.

The next CGF Board meeting is scheduled to take place in June 2020 in Birmingham.

Tokyo 2020 Volleyball Event Match Schedule Confirmed

The full match schedule for the men’s and women’s volleyball tournaments at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has been confirmed, ahead of the ultimate sporting event of the planet due to be held in the Japanese capital from July 24th to August 9th.

Match schedule – Men – Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – Click here.

Match schedule – Women – Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – Click here.

As volleyball returns to the place where it made its Olympic debut in 1964, for the first time in history the competition will conclude with the women’s final, on Sunday, August 9, just a few hours ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Closing Ceremony and one day after the men’s gold is decided.

The Preliminary Round matches will be held on alternate days for men and women, each day including six matches in three sessions of two.

Women’s Olympic Schedule

Action begins with the men’s competition on Saturday, July 25, as Rio 2016 silver medallists Italy take on Canada at 9.00 local time (0.00 GMT). Defending champions Brazil open their campaign with the second match of the opening day at 11.05 (2.05 GMT) against African champions Tunisia.

The Preliminary Round in the men’s tournament concludes on Sunday, August 2 followed by quarterfinals on Tuesday, August 4 and semifinals on Thursday, August 6. The medals matches are scheduled for Saturday, August 8, starting at 13.30 local time (4.30 GMT) for the bronze medal match and at 21.15 (12.15 GMT) for the gold medal match.

Men’s Olympic 2020 Schedule

The order of quarterfinals and semifinals will be defined following the conclusion of the Preliminary Round and quarterfinals respectively, to ensure the maximum audience for the athletes and the sport in the different territories broadcasting the Olympic Games.

China celebrate

The women’s tournament begins on Sunday, July 26 with first serve at 9.00 local time (0.00 GMT) when Russia take on Italy. Defending champions China play their first game at 16.25 (7.25 GMT) against Turkey. African Representative Kenya will battle it out against hosts Japan.

Rio 2016 silver medallists Italy

The Preliminary Round in the women’s tournament concludes on Monday, August 3, followed by quarterfinals on Wednesday, August 5 and semifinals on Friday, August 7. The medals matches are scheduled for Sunday, August 9, starting at 9.00 local time (0.00 GMT) for the bronze and at 13.30 (4.30 GMT) for the gold.

All volleyball matches of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be held at the newly constructed Ariake Arena.

Reports of Postponement of Edo State Sports Festival, False – Dudu-Orumen

News making the rounds that the third edition of the Edo State Sports Festival scheduled for February 11-16 has been postponed is false and misleading says Barrister Godwin Dudu-Orumen, Chairman, Edo State Sports Commission (ESSC).

Dudu-Orumen in a statement on Monday signed by Nnamdi Okosieme, his Special Adviser on Media, asked the public to disregard such rumours as they were products of minds irrevocably committed to mischief making. The ESSC boss stated that contrary to such insinuations, the festival was very much on course and would hold from February 11 as scheduled at the Sports Complex of the University of Benin.

“There is no iota of truth to such news. We have heard that we could not secure the use of the UNIBEN Sports Complex. That is utterly false and misleading. I can tell you authoritatively that since the committee for the Edo State Sports Festival was empanelled under my leadership by Deputy Governor Phillip Shuaib, we have taken every step necessary to ensure that everything needed for the successful hosting of the festival including securing permission from the UNIBEN authorities as directed by the Deputy Governor, has been done. It is a matter of fact that the management of the UNIBEN has graciously approved the use of their facility for the games, Dudu-Orumen said.

Barrister Godwin Dudu-Orumen

The ESSC boss said his committee irrevocably committed to hosting a successful state sports festival as it would afford the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the National Sports Festival headed by Deputy Governor Shaibu opportunity to both to test run the facilities for the national games, and assess the state of preparedness of Edo State athletes ahead of the national games.

“We are going to have a high quality state games, which will mirror the performance of our athletes at the national sports festival. We are not letting the distraction that such fake news represents deter us. I use this opportunity to invite Edo sons and daughter and the general Nigerian public to come witness the games from Tuesday February 11, and have fun,” Dudu-Orumen said.

AHEAD TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES: Delta State Programme On Track Says Solomon Ogba

Delta State determination to ensure that her athletes made podium appearances at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is on track according to Solomon Ogba the Chairman of Delta State Athletics.

Ogba’s confidence is buoyed by the performance of Raymond Ekevwo in the 60m Indoor over the weekend.

Ekevwo won the race in 6.53 sec, the fastest time in the NCAA this year.

Ogba said the aim of the Delta State Olympics Program is to ensure that Nigeria made podium appearance at the games,

“The task of ensuring that Nigeria succeeds in Tokyo is not what the Nigerian Olympics Committee (NOC) and the Sports Ministry can do alone, every state, clubs and other stakeholders in sports must work with the two organizations so that we can make podium appearances at the games”.

Blessing Okagbare
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Others athletes in Delta Olympics Program are Blessing Okagbare, Ese Brume, Divine Oduduru and others.

Ogba is optimistic that Team Nigeria will succeed in Tokyo,

“Our performances in Tokyo will be better than our performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Delta State is determined to help our athletes do Nigeria proud. We have identified athletes that have the potentials to make podium appearance and we have started paying training grants since 2018, those that needed new coaches and training camp we have assisted them. We even employed phycologists and nutritionists for some of them, so I am confident that our athletes will win medals in Tokyo”.

Ogba also congratulated Tobi Amusan on her successful performance over the weekend.

Rugby Union To Return Nigeria’s National Sports Festival 2020

Rugby Union is set to return to the National Sports Festival 2020 after a ten year absence having missed out in the last three editions held in Lagos, Rivers and Abuja.

The Nigerian National Sports Festival is a biennial multi-sport event organised by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Sports Commission for athletes across Nigeria.

Rugby last featured as a medal winning event in Kaduna 2009 having made a debut at the 2006 Gateway games in Ogun State. Prior to that Rugby went through a mandatory demonstration in three previous events.

Athletes from the 36 states and the FCT are expected to participate in the festival tagged “Edo 2020”, and the events will hold in 22 venues . Rugby Players in the country from all the six geo-political zones are presently engaged in Zonal Qualifiers before the main event which comes up in March, 2020.