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  1. Olympic minister applauds Tokyo golf venue’s decision to allow full membership to women Olympic minister Tamayo Marukawa on Tuesday welcomed the decision Monday by the embattled golf venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to allow women to become full members. Still, she said she also intends to find out how the golf club was selected. “I understand that the decision was based on recent global trends,” Marukawa said in a news conference. “With this decision, the International Olympic Committee’s concern over gender inequality has been erased.” The decision was made at an extraordinary meeting of Kasumigaseki Country Club’s executive board held in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, following calls by the IOC to ensure nondiscriminatory regulations. The private golf club, set to host the men’s and women’s golf competitions, had come under fire for its policy of not allowing women to become full members or to play on Sundays after Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike raised the issue in January. Marukawa said she will seek full transparency of the venue selection process. “It may take a little time, but I’d like for all the facts to be brought to light,” she said, hinting that her ministry will to look into whether the process was open and aboveboard. Separately, Koike also expressed her pleasure with the club’s decision. “I’m very glad to see a traditional golf club hold repeated discussions and change its rules,” Koike told reporters at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. “I believe this decision reflects the club’s views of placing more importance on women’s rights.” The club’s board met Feb. 7 to discuss the matter and then held three meetings with full members to explain the situation and hear their views. After hearing various arguments from the 90-year-old facility’s nearly 1,200 members, its board moved to accept the request from the IOC and other related parties. Elite golf courses around the world, including the Augusta National Golf Club in the United States where the Masters Tournament is held and Scotland’s Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, which is widely regarded as the “Home of Golf,” have also opened their membership to women in recent years. “We decided to open the path for women, taking into consideration the trends of the world and thinking about the future regardless of the Olympics,” said the club’s general manager Hiroshi Imaizumi. The club, which has more than 200 female members, changed the regulation in question to say that full membership will be granted to “a person who has reached a certain age” from the earlier version that said “a man who has reached a certain age.” IOC Vice President John Coates, who chairs the IOC’s coordination commission overseeing preparations for the Tokyo Games, welcomed the club’s decision to “change its membership regulations in favor of full gender equality.” “We can now look forward to a great Olympic golf tournament at Kasumigaseki Country Club at Tokyo 2020. As we have said all along, gender equality is a fundamental principle of the Olympic movement and an important part of Olympic Agenda 2020, and we believe this decision now reflects this,” he said. Yoshiro Mori, president of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee, said he is pleased with the move that keeps with the spirit of the Olympic charter. “I’d like to extend my gratitude to the members of the club for their understanding and cooperation,” Mori said in a statement. “I also would like to express my admiration for the club’s endeavor to come to an agreement in such a short period of time.” The 2020 organizing committee, the Japanese Olympic Committee and the Japan Golf Association said in a joint statement that they will continue to work toward delivering a successful competition in three years’ time. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/21/national/2020-olympics-golf-venue-allow-full-membership-women/#.WNEszKLavIU
  2. Future of Temporary Pools Used for Rio Olympics Revealed Photo Courtesy: David Rieder Temporary pools home to amazing races and warm ups during the Olympics are currently moving to their new – permanent – destinations in different areas of Brazil. The news concerning the deterioration of Olympics’ sports facilities after the Games, including the swimming pools completed for the event, was partially incorrect. Footage shot clearly shows that the Rio 2016 temporary pools, completed by the Italian company Myrtha Pools, have already been dismantled and are ready to be sent to other venues for permanent installation before the end of the year. That’s the Myrtha Technology advantage. A winning strategy to avoid the risk of the pool becoming a white elephant. In fact, Myrtha Technology gives the opportunity to set up a temporary pool, no matter where, including in existing venues, and dismantle it right after the event. Materials can then be re-used for a permanent installation where the pools can serve the communities and not turn into obsolete facilities. Photo Courtesy: Myrtha Pools Thanks to this technology, pools can represent a true legacy for the city hosting the International Competition as they can move and install the pool in a different location where it is actually needed, without wasting money and materials and with an eco-friendly touch. Such is the case of the pool, home to competitions at the Olympic Stadium, which will be brought back to new life in Fortaleza do Sao Joao, Rio de Janeiro, in a military base on the slopes of Sugarloaf, where it will be reassembled preserving the original size: 50x25x3 meters. A similar future awaits the Water Polo pool (14x25x3 meters), installed during the Games just outside the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre and soon to be moved to Manaus, where it will turn into a 50 meter pool. The two “twin pools”, two temporary 50x25x2 meters at the Parque dos Atletas, have already been dismantled. The first one will be delivered to a military base in Guarantiguetà, not far from San Paolo, for military competitions, while the other one will go to Salvador de Bahía as the heart of a new public facility for the community. The final location for the Olympic Stadium warm-up pool is yet to be decided. However the pool has already been dismantled and is currently owned by Rio de Janeiro municipality. Press release courtesy of Myrtha Pools. https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/future-of-temporary-pools-used-for-rio-olympics-revealed/
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  5. Olympics: Coates expects 2020 golf venue issue to be solved by June TOKYO, March 2, Kyodo International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates expressed hope Thursday that the issue over the current men-only membership rule of the golf club scheduled as a competition venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be resolved by the end of June. Coates, who chairs the IOC Coordination Commission for the Tokyo Olympics, also suggested the possibility of allowing the torch relay for the 2020 Games to last longer than 100 days, despite an IOC rule on the maximum duration. "My understanding is as recent as this week there have been more discussions with the club that is heading in the right direction for them to have a nondiscriminatory membership procedure, bylaw of their club," he said of Kasumigaseki Country Club, located north of Tokyo. "It would appear that we should be able to have this resolved by the end of June," Coates said, while emphasizing that the Olympic principle is based on nondiscrimination. The club in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, currently prohibits women from becoming full members or playing on Sundays. As for the torch relay, for which organizers recently launched a panel to discuss details of the event that leads up to the Olympic Games, Coates said planning has just begun and he has not yet received a proposal for it. "If the proposal involves more than 100 days -- I don't know that there's a rule that says it's a hundred days -- and even if there was, because of the special circumstances here, we would look at that," he said. Yoshiro Mori, president of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee, has said the torch relay will go through all of Japan's 47 prefectures, preferentially in areas affected by recent major disasters. Such regions include northeastern areas affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster and Kumamoto in southwestern Japan that was hit by powerful quakes in April last year. Coates and some other IOC representatives were in Tokyo for the two-day sixth project review meeting through Thursday with the 2020 Olympic organizing committee to discuss preparations in various areas, including Olympic village planning, test events and sustainability. Although there is no official Olympic park planned for the 2020 Summer Games, organizers presented to IOC members a concept of considering the Tokyo Bay waterfront area around Odaiba as the de facto park for celebrations and festivities. Coates said the zone has "a lot of potential" to serve such purpose, seeing that it will host skateboarding and sport climbing competitions and that it is easily accessible to other venues, including those for gymnastics, volleyball and tennis. But he said that is a decision for the Tokyo metropolitan government to make. "We leave here happy with the progress that's been made since we were last here," Coates said, while noting that the next Coordination Commission meeting is set to take place in Tokyo at the end of June Kyodo http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2017/03/461509.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
  6. Olympic panel mulls high-tech hydrogen torch, pares soccer venues Kyodo Feb 26, 2017 The Organizing Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is considering using a hydrogen fuel relay torch to light the Olympic flame, according to committee officials. The organizers, who hope to use the games as an opportunity to showcase Japanese technology, said the government has expressed support for the idea. The torch will be carried by runners and used to ignite the cauldron at the opening ceremony. “An important theme of the Olympics is how to promote environmental sustainability. We will talk to experts and see how realistic it is in terms of technological development,” a committee member said. One official said there are still safety and cost concerns, and asserted that there also was a need for a lightweight torch that can be easily carried. In March 2016, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced a project to have the 6,000-unit athletes’ village for the games run entirely on hydrogen power. Meanwhile, organizers have decided to reduce the number of additional soccer venues under consideration to one from three, sources said. Kashima Stadium in Ibaraki Prefecture has emerged as the leading candidate after the Japan Football Association backed it along with Toyota Stadium in Aichi and Suita Stadium in Osaka for addition to the six venues previously approved. Organizers want to add just one of the three as part of an ongoing cost-cutting drive, with Kashima seen as the best option due to its location in an area damaged by the March 2011 mega-quake and tsunami. Tokyo’s National Stadium, Sapporo Dome, Miyagi Stadium, Saitama Stadium, Ajinomoto Stadium (Tokyo) and Nissan Stadium (Yokohama) are the six venues slated for use in 2020 so far. The JFA proposed the extra venues to alleviate potential scheduling issues, but organizers questioned whether three were actually necessary, given the costs involved. Organizers are expected to ask the JFA and soccer’s world governing body FIFA to work out which venues would be most suitable, although they will also need a seal of approval from the International Olympic Committee. Kyodo http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/26/national/olympic-panel-mulls-high-tech-hydrogen-torch-pares-soccer-venues/#.WLK6w3-P8kt
  7. Mercedes W08 https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/new-mercedes-f1-car-breaks-cover-at-silverstone-876241/
  8. Wolff and Lauda renew Mercedes contracts until 2020
  9. The same happened to me years ago when I was going to Sapporo Snow Festival Due the bad weather the Chitose Airport closed, so I managed to take a seat in the Hokutosei night train from Ueno to Hokkaido Good luck!
  10. FIFA to encourage co-hosting for 2026 World Cup The 2026 soccer World Cup could be split between up to four countries, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday, announcing the organization would encourage applications to co-host the tournament. "We will encourage co-hosting for the World Cup because we need FIFA to show we are reasonable and we have to think about sustainability long-term," Infantino said. "(We could) ...maybe bring together two, three, four countries who can jointly present a project with three, four, five stadiums each. We will certainly encourage it. Ideally the countries will be close to each other." His remarks could open the way to a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico, which have already said they intend to hold discussions over the possibility. At the end of last year Victor Montagliani, president of the Concacaf federation that the three countries belong to, said he expected formal discussions to start once "all the rules and regulations" related to the bid were announced. Concern has been raised about the financial burden placed on a single tournament host, and the bad publicity generated by stadiums built and then abandoned after use. The only time FIFA has previously sanctioned co-hosting was in 2002 when Japan and South Korea staged a tournament that was widely heralded as a success. The idea has taken off at the European Championship, with Belgium and the Netherlands co-hosting in 2000, Austria and Switzerland in 2008 and Poland and Ukraine in 2012. The next tournament in 2020 has been designated as Pan-European and is due to be staged in 13 cities in 13 counties. ... Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/us-soccer-fifa-infantino-idUSKBN15V180
  11. Tokyo golf club bars women, will force change in Olympic venue Kasumigaseki Country Club near Tokyo, designated as the site of the golf competition in the 2020 Olympic Games, failed to reach a resolution ending its policy restricting women from becoming full members. Ty Votaw, vice president of the International Golf Federation, told Golf.com that the club's decision could lead to the IGF moving the golf to a different course in the area. "The IGF has clearly stated to both Tokyo 2020 and Kasumigaseki C.C. our requirements that the golf competition be delivered according to the Olympic Charter," Votaw said in a statement. "If the club does not change its rules, then we cannot support holding the events at this venue." According to Reuters, Kasumigaseki board of directors met following pressure from the public, the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee and the IGF. Members of the board were expected to take a vote on a proposal to allow women, but the vote was postponed after the resolution failed to garner the necessary unanimous support of its 15 members. Board chairman Kiichi Kimura later complained to reporters that the increased scrutiny accompanying such a high-profile international competition has put him and his fellow members in a difficult situation. "That this situation has developed is a nuisance for us; it's really perplexing," Kimura said. The club's policy bars female members from playing on Sundays and certain holidays. The Japan Golf Council is leading an effort to relocate the event to Wakasu Golf Links, a public course. http://www.upi.com/Sports_News/Golf/2017/02/13/Tokyo-golf-club-bars-women-will-force-change-in-Olympic-venue/9811487004419/
  12. Official 2020 Tokyo Olympic mascot to be decided in summer 2018 TOKYO — The official mascot of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be unveiled in the summer of 2018 with the public design competition opened to everyone in Japan regardless of occupation or experience, the Games organizing committee said Monday. Anyone under 18 can still enter the competition as long as they are accompanied by a guardian, organizers said following the third meeting of a deliberation panel for the mascot. “I’ve competed at the Olympics four times, but the mascot at an Olympics is unique—each and every one of them,” said retired tennis player Ai Sugiyama, one of 14 on the selection panel. “Some you remember very well, and some you can’t remember at all.” “The official emblem has a very Japanese feel to it. I hope the mascot will be embraced by the entire country. I’m excited about what it will look like in the end.” Whether foreigners can enter the competition or not will be decided at the next meeting on Feb 23, said Yoshiko Ikuma, the panel’s vice chair. All designs must be drafted from six different angles, along with various expressions and poses as well as a narrative of the mascot. Ikuma said the panel has yet to decide how to choose a name for the mascot. A selection panel including design experts will review all entries through a series of steps that still need to be finalized before the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee give it the final nod. © KYODO https://www.japantoday.com/category/sports/view/official-2020-tokyo-olympic-mascot-to-be-decided-in-summer-2018
  13. Ecclestone confirms Chase Carey has replaced him as CEO of F1 Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he has lost his position as the CEO of the Formula 1 Group, and has been replaced by Liberty Media's Chase Carey. Ecclestone, 86, says he has been offered the title of 'Honorary President', but has acknowledged that he doesn’t know exactly what his role will be. It’s understood the change will be formally announced on Tuesday, along with the appointments of Ross Brawn and former ESPN man Sean Bratches, who will take up newly created sporting and commercial roles respectively. “I was deposed today,” Ecclestone told Auto Motor und Sport. “I am simply gone. It's official. I am no longer the leader of the company. My position has been taken by Chase Carey. “My new position is one of those American terms. It's something like an honorary president. I have this title now, even though I don't know what it means.” Asked about his future, he said: “My days in the office will be getting quieter now. Maybe I will attend a Grand Prix sometime in the future. "I still have many friends in Formula 1, and I still have enough money to afford to attend a race.” Ecclestone added that he doesn’t expect to retain his seat on the FIA World Motor Sport Council. “I doubt it," he said when asked if he would remain involved. "First of all, I have to talk to [FIA President] Jean Todt about this.” It’s believed that Donald McKenzie, boss of erstwhile majority shareholders CVC, was keen to keep Ecclestone in a more hands-on role. However, he was overruled by Liberty Media, which is now on the brink of concluding its F1 takeover. http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/ecclestone-confirms-chase-carey-has-replaced-him-as-ceo-of-f1-868019/
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