Postponed Tokyo Olympics could be ‘downsized and simplified’
The Japanese public is being prepared for the reality of next year’s postponed Olympics, where athletes are likely to face quarantines, spectators will be fewer, and the delay will cost taxpayers billions of dollars.
In the last several weeks, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has given selected interviews outside Japan and hinted at empty stadiums, quarantines and virus testing.
IOC member John Coates, who oversees Tokyo preparations, said a few weeks ago in Australia that the Tokyo Olympics face “real problems,” partially because of the numbers involved: 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes to start with, and then staff, officials, media and up to 80,000 volunteers.
The stark message about a very different, reduced Olympics is now being floated in Japan by politicians, and in unsourced news stories. The themes include the possibility of reduced seating at the Olympics if any fans at all tests for all athletes, fans and staff, ...
We want to regain top spot in ICC T20 rankings: Imad
All-rounder Imad Wasim cannot wait to get back to the playing field saying he wants Pakistan to reclaim their top spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 rankings through the series against England this summer.
Imad said he was looking forward to the team’s tour to England for three Tests and T20s, as he would return to his routine life.
The 31-year-old, who has scored 952 runs in 53 ODIs for Pakistan, said the England tour was important for the players noting it was the first tour following the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.
“I am very eager to be back on cricket field. It has been a long time, not only for us but for all sportspersons. They all want to play their sport and want to get back on the field,” a private news channel quoted Imad as saying.
The all-rounder has been a regular feature in Pakistan’s ...
FIA summons Shoaib Akhtar over PCB adviser's complaint
The Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) Cyber Crime Wing has reportedly summoned fast-bowling great Shoaib Akhtar in connection with his spat with the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) legal adviser, Tafazzul Rizvi.
Sources in the FIA informed Geo News that Akhtar has been ordered to appear before the agency on Friday at 11am.
However, Akhtar's team has denied receiving any notice from the FIA.
"My client has not received any notice from the FIA," his lawyer, Abuzar Salman Niazi, told Geo News. "If a notice is received, we will respond with a reasonable answer."
In April, Akhtar and Rizvi had clashed after the former posted a rant on YouTube, accusing the latter of profiteering by creating protracted legal wrangles between the board and its players and describing him as "an inept person of highest order".
In response, the adviser had filed a Rs10-million defamation suit against the fast bowler. "The remarks ...