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Indonesia to build ‘Indonesian Village’ during Tokyo Olympics to support 2032 bid

first_imgIndonesia’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) has submitted a budget plan to the government for the construction of an Indonesian Village, also called the House of Indonesia, in Tokyo in an effort to garner support for its bid to host the 2032 Olympics.The village will be built on a 1,500-square-meter plot of land close to the athlete’s village in Harumi, Chou-ku, Tokyo, during this year’s Summer Olympics, scheduled to begin on July 24 and end on Aug. 9.“We need a budget of around Rp 200 billion [US$14 million] to build the infrastructure,” NOC chairperson Raja Sapta Oktohari said on Tuesday. Topics : He added that the figure was a rough estimate because the NOC still had to meet with relevant stakeholders to discuss the plan. The committee, however, had completed the Indonesian Village’s design, he went on to say.“The location for the village is strategic as it will be located next to Nike’s [booth in the athlete’s village]. We are waiting for the government to disburse its funding to start the construction,” said Okto.Read also: Indonesia to build world-class training facility for 2032 Olympics, NOC saysThe committee is planning to hold a meeting in the coming week with relevant stakeholders regarding the Indonesian Village, including President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, so the installation will finish in time for the 2020 Olympics.center_img Although the Olympics is five months away, Okto said he was not worried and remained optimistic that the House of Indonesia construction would be complete by May.“The construction will be quick, taking only two months. The only difficulty is regarding the permit. However, we will finish by May. We will make it as concise and effective as possible,” said Okto.The House of Indonesia will serve as one of the promotional steps taken by the government in its bid to host the 2032 Olympics.Indonesian Ambassador to Switzerland Muliaman Hadad submitted a formal bid letter from Jokowi to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne in February last year. The government said hosting the 2032 summer games could be an opportunity for Indonesia to show its capability as a major country. (rdi)last_img read more

Age cheats under scanner at U-17 World Cup

first_imgBrazil coach Carlos Amadeu said that it won’t be easy for the South American giants to break their 14-year-old trophy drought with “too many title contenders” in fray.“All the European teams are very strong, including Spain and England, while Mexico, United States and the South American sides will pose a threat,” Amadeu told reporters in Mumbai.“It’s always difficult to face an African side in this age group,” the 52-year-old added.Brazil have been dealt a severe blow after star striker Vinicius Junior, who has drawn comparisons with Paris-Saint Germain’s Neymar, was denied release by his club Flamengo.India, hosting their biggest football event yet, will also be keen to mark their debut with a strong showing. They are in Group A with USA, Columbia and Ghana.But India’s manager Luis Norton de Matos, a former Portugal forward, did not mince his words when he said that India have just a five percent chance of winning a game.The 23-day event culminates on October 28 with the final in Kolkata, the eastern city known as the hotbed of football in cricket-obsessed India. New Delhi, India | AFP | The Under-17 World Cup starting in India on Friday should feature only players born this century, but officials are taking no chances after defending champions Nigeria were caught in a major age-cheating scandal.All players at the competition, which has helped launch the careers of Neymar, Ronaldinho, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, will have their wrists scanned by MRI to check they weren’t born before January 1, 2000.The measure was confirmed after Nigeria, who have won the tournament a record five times, bombed out of qualifying after they lost 26 squad members who were found to be over-age ahead of a key clash in August.Age fraud is also rampant in other countries, according to football officials, prompting FIFA to bring Magnetic Resonance Imaging equipment to the 17th edition of the tournament, which is taking part in six Indian cities.MRI scans can determine whether a player is below 17 with 99 percent accuracy, experts say, as they can show whether he or she has stopped growing — which usually happens after 17.“While it is the responsibility of each member association to ensure that their players meet the age requirements, FIFA has decided to conduct magnetic resonance imaging of the wrist at its U-17 competitions,” said a FIFA spokesperson.Play gets underway on Friday in New Delhi, where two-time champions Ghana play Colombia at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, while New Zealand clash with Turkey in Mumbai.With the absence of Nigeria, and with three-time winners Brazil weakened, the tournament is regarded as open and unpredictable. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Driver in fatal Broward County forklift crash did not have license, in country illegally

first_imgThe forklift driver involved in a deadly crash in Broward County should not have been behind the wheel or even in the country.Ulises Mondragon of West Palm Beach was driving a forklift over the weekend when he collided with a Mercedes-Benz near Fort Lauderdale Beach, killing the driver.Police say the 30-year-old admitted he did not have a driver’s license and was not authorized to drive a forklift.They also said Mondragon is in the country illegally from El Salvador, and ICE has been notified.Mondragon is jailed on multiple charges, including leaving the scene of a fatal crash.last_img read more

Christmas arrives at the White House

first_imgChristmas has officially arrived at the White House and this year’s theme is “The Spirit of America!”First Lady Melania Trump tweeted about this year’s theme late Sunday night and accompanied it with a minute long video.More detailed photos of the decorations where then posted early Monday!What do you think?last_img

Police investigate another possible trespassing incident at Mar-a-Lago

first_imgAnother possible trespassing incident at Mar-A-lago calls Palm Beach police to open an investigation.According to reports, police were called on Wednesday. No further details were details.Earlier this year, police arrested a woman who was accused of lying to Secret Service agents to gain access to the club.Chinese businesswoman sentenced to eight months for Trespassing at Mar-a-Lagolast_img

Former Florida AG Bondi to Serve on Trump’s Impeachment Defense Team

first_imgFormer Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has been part of President Trump’s impeachment communications team since November, will also serve on the defense team for his Senate trial, according to several Washington, D.C.-based news outlets.Bondi, a former assistant state attorney from Hillsborough County, spent eight years as the state’s top elected legal official.Trump’s legal team for the Senate trial also includes former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr, who led the 1994 Whitewater investigation that played a role in President Bill Clinton’s impeachment by the House four years later.White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow, who has also served as a personal attorney for Trump, are expected to lead the team, according to the news reports.Former Florida AG Bondi to CBS: Trump Wants to Testify Before Congresslast_img read more

Florida brewery puts shelter dogs on beer cans to help them get adopted

first_imgA Florida brewery is raising awareness by putting shelter dogs on beer cans to help them get adopted.Motorworks Brewing in Florida in Bradenton, Florida teamed up with a local shelter and started featuring adoptable dogs on their beer cans in efforts to find the dogs a home.Hans Wohlgefahrt, the Manatee County Animal Service outreach and event specialist says the gesture has been a huge help since the shelter is extremely overcrowded. “It has been a constant problem, being the county’s only open-admission shelter, we take in nearly 15-20 animals every day,” said Wohlgefahrt.Elwonger says all of the proceeds are going to help build a new shelter.Photo Courtesy of Motorworks Brewinglast_img read more

International field heads to Gerrards Cross

first_img Golfers from thirteen countries around the world will be competing in the English Girls’ Under 16 and Under 14 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championships at Gerrards Cross Golf Club in Buckinghamshire on the 6th to 8th of August.The draw features players from Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Wales as well as from the host nation.Last year at Lyme Regis both titles went to golfers from the Continent of Europe.The Under 16 competition, which in the past has been won by 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open champion Georgia Hall and her fellow LET members Florentyna Parker and Felicity Johnson, went to 15-year-old Finnish player Kerttu Hiltunen who swept to an 11-shot victory over England’s Ellie Gower, Rafiah Banday and Jess Baker. Banday, from Royal Mid-Surrey, returns for another tilt at the title this year.The Under 14 championship was won by 13-year-old Italian Francesca Fiorellini who succeeded compatriot Charlotte Cattaneo as champion and has since gone on to capture the R&A Girls’ Under 16 Open and represent the Continent of Europe in the Junior Vagliano Trophy.One of last year’s runners-up Anna Neumayer from Austria moves up to the Under 16 competition this year.Hall is also a former winner of the Under 14 title as are Parker, new European Ladies’ champion Alice Hewson and current English women internationals Lily May Humphreys and Samantha Fuller.The Under 16 championship is played over 72 holes with the full field playing 18 holes on each of the first two days before the leading 40% of players progress to play 36 holes on the third day. The Under 14 event is staged over 54 holes with 18 holes played on each of the three days. The leading 40% of competitors make the cut after two rounds. 31 Jul 2019 International field heads to Gerrards Cross Tags: English U14 girls’, English U16 girls’last_img read more