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Tokyo 2020 Olympics President says no plan to wear mask

first_imgTokyo 2020 Olympics President Yoshiro Mori said he did not intend to wear masks, despite the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people in China, a Japanese sports newspaper reported on Friday.”I pray to God every day that the coronavirus will just vanish,” Mori, a former Japanese prime minister, was quoted by the Sponichi Annex paper as saying.”I plan to hold out to the end without wearing a mask,” he said, while exhorting reporters and others in the room, “Please wash your hands when you get home, and especially athletes – please don’t catch a cold or the virus.” Masks, worn by many Japanese people during the cold and allergy seasons, are recommended for those who have reason to think they might have the virus.But experts say that while masks can prevent sick people from spreading germs, they are not very effective in preventing people from getting infected.Hundreds of Japanese and foreign passengers were set to disembark from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship near Tokyo on Friday amid growing disquiet in Japan about whether the government was doing enough to stop the virus spreading.Topics :last_img read more

KO in Pacquiao-Floyd bout unlikely, says trainer

first_imgWell-respected boxing trainer Ronnie Shields doubts the May 2 super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Maweather Jr. will end in a knockout, even though members of both camps insist that a stoppage is possible.Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, told On the Ropes Boxing in a recent interview that he believes the “Pacman” will win by knockout.”I don’t have a round, but the thing is, we have to break him down first, and I think in the later rounds, I believe Manny will knock him out,” Roach said.Meanwhile, Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe guaranteed that the American – known for his defensive wizardry – will go for a knockout if the opportunity presented itself.”A lot of it will play out on how both fighters come out from the opening bell, but if Floyd sees the opportunity, I know for a fact that he will finish him off,” said Ellerbe during Mayweather’s open workout Tuesday in Las Vegas.Shields is not so convinced, however. “I don’t think so,” he answered when asked by On the Ropes Boxing if fans will see a knockout come May 2.”I think Floyd’s defense is too good, and I don’t believe Floyd punches hard enough, because of his hands, to knock Manny out,” he explained.He believes the bout is more likely to end on a cut than on a knockout.Shields is favoring Mayweather in the bout because the American “knows how to win, he knows how to pull out victories.””Pacquiao, he knows how to lose,” Shields said. “Floyd is a very intelligent fighter, and when you look at it, he picks you off very quickly. Once he does that, he’s a very difficult guy to fight.” Pacquiao has more power than Mayweather, Shields conceded, but is at a disadvantage because he is the smaller fighter. At the same time, Shields doubts Mayweather can knock out the “Pacman” because the American has “bad hands.””Everyone in boxing knows Floyd has bad hands,” he said. “At the same time, when he hits you, he can sting you, but he knows how to put combinations together that really take effect.””Once Floyd gets the judges to really watch him land solid punches, then I just think that Manny is not going to be able to overcome it,” he added.Nevertheless, the fight will be close, Shields said.”I really think it’s going to be a good, close fight. I don’t think one guy is going to dominate the other guy for 12 rounds, because Manny is such a good fighter,” said Shields. “But I just feel the edge is going to be to Floyd, because Floyd knows how to pull out victories. Manny has tried in a lot of fights, but in a lot of fights, he’s lost,” he added.last_img read more

Pochettino hails Alli as Spurs break Chelsea curse

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Ending their long wait for a win at their London rivals is just the latest sign of the progress made under Pochettino.And it was even more impressive as they came from behind as a huge error from Hugo Lloris gifted Alvaro Morata the opening goal when the Tottenham goalkeeper misjudged a cross in the 30th minute.Christan Eriksen’s sublime long-range strike drew Tottenham level in first-half stoppage time.Alli took centre stage to end a barren run with two smart finishes in the 62nd and 66th minutes.Tottenham could even afford the luxury of doing the damage without Harry Kane, who made his return from a three-week layoff with ankle ligament damage 16 minutes from time.It was a sweet moment for Alli, who has endured criticism for some erratic performances this season.“He’s a great talent and I have no doubts about him. Young players need room to breath,” Pochettino said.“There’s pressure on their shoulders. But he has nothing to show to me or Tottenham.“It’s more about the expectation being so high. I’m so happy for him.”After a long run of poor results in away fixtures against their top four rivals, Tottenham finally proved they can win when the stakes are highest.Pochettino, yet to win a trophy with Tottenham, said: “After 28 years it is important to win here. It’s a happy day for everyone – fans, players. We feel very proud.”Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted Eriksen’s equaliser was a hammer blow after his side had dominated for much of the first half.“The goal at the end of the first half it wasn’t good for us and our confidence. We deserved to go in 2-0 up but football is this and Eriksen scored a fantastic goal,” he said.“Second half we tried to score again but Tottenham have been more clinical than us. In this season we are not so clinical and then we lost the game.”– Conte rues Chelsea flop –Antonio Conte watched his Chelsea side beaten 3-1 at home by Spurs Sunday but won’t concede the top four is beyond the Blues © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASFailing to qualify for the Champions League could trigger Conte’s departure at the end of the season after he spent much of the campaign feuding with the club’s hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans.But Conte wouldn’t concede Chelsea are out of the race for the top four.“For sure we lost a great chance today to reduce the gap with Tottenham,” he said.“There are seven games to go and we have to do our best until the end. At the end of the season you finish in the position you deserve.” 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Eden Hazard vies with Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli on Sunday © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 1 – Mauricio Pochettino saluted Dele Alli as Tottenham ended their 28-year wait to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with a 3-1 victory on Sunday. Defeat for Chelsea shattered their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League as Tottenham opened up an eight-point lead over their closest challengers for fourth place.last_img read more