Rio 2016 gold medal winner Sarah Sjöström from Sweden is in Malta till tomorrow as an ambassador for the Bettson Group. Apart from having won the Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Sarah Sjostrom is a multi-medal world champion and holder of no fewer than 6 world records. Speaking to her yesterday at the ASA offices, she said she had started competitive swimming at age nine. "That is when I started feeling a big love for the sport, especially when I started clocking good times. Overall, I think I had a very good 2017. Personally, I think it was my best ever year in swimming," she said. Asked what her most cherished medal was, she immediately pointed out that it was the Olympic medal. "It was my third Olympics and I was proud I was a winner," she added. She went on to say that she has been inspired to success by several top performers in the sport. In Sweden, despite the cold, swimming is more popular than waterpolo and there are a lot of world class swimmers. But one … [Read more...] about Rio 2016 gold medal winner Sarah Sjöström in Malta
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Tom Daley's bid for a third successive Commonwealth Games 10 metres platform title is over after he announced his withdrawal from the individual event due to a hip injury. The 23-year-old, who responded from the disappointment of missing the 2016 Olympic final by winning the world title in Budapest last summer, won Commonwealth gold at Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014. Daley still intends to compete in the men's 10m synchronised event with Dan Goodfellow, alongside whom he won Olympic bronze at Rio 2016. 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony: in pictures 10 show all 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony: in pictures 1/10 Fireworks explode off of the Carrara Stadium during the ceremony. Getty Images 2/10 A traditional smoking ceremony is performed. EPA 3/10 Alistair Brownlee leads England out at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Getty 4/10 Australian athletes walk around the stadium during the ceremony. Getty Images 5/10 A figure in the shape of a … [Read more...] about Commonwealth Games 2018: Tom Daley forced to withdraw from individual event with hip injury
So the aftermath of the Winter Olympics – like the build-up – has been overshadowed by the Russian doping ban that never quite was. Tainted bookends.Clean skiers, skaters and curlers preparing in Pyeongchang for the biggest fortnight of their lives found themselves having to answer questions about Russian athletes filing legal challenges to enable them to take part, 47 of them failing only hours before the opening ceremony.Three days after the closing ceremony, the International Olympic Committee lifted Russia's suspension from the movement because "only" two of their 168 athletes deemed "clean" enough to compete anyway failed drug tests.Not enough fuss about plenty, you may well feel.:: Alexander Krushelnitsky's second sample tests positive for meldoniumLest we forget, the host nation for the Sochi Winter Games in 2014 bored holes in laboratory walls to switch tainted Russian urine samples for clean ones in the dead of night.Russia topped the medals table after the Games … [Read more...] about Is the IOC right to lift Russia’s suspension after the Winter Olympics?
While several events have actually been in progress for the last 48 hours or so, the 23rd edition of the Winter Olympic Games officially got underway on Friday (9 February) with an opening ceremony in the host city of Pyeongchang that was a vibrant and often mesmerising concoction of colour, culture and emotion. Here are five things you may have missed if you did not watch the dazzling event as it unfolded... Korea under a unified flag In a truly historic moment and rare show of unity that came after the first round of high-level talks between the two countries since 2015, athletes from South and North Korea, who are technically still at war after the 1950-53 conflict was ended by a truce, marched together under the Korean unification flag that was jointly-lofted by bobsledder Won Yun-jong and female hockey player Hwang Chung-gum. The latter will form part of a unified women's ice hockey team in Pyeongchang, with the North sending a total of 22 athletes to compete across five different … [Read more...] about Unified Korea and Tonga’s oiled-up flag bearer: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – A team of neutral athletes from Russia has complained of “negative treatment” at the Pyeongchang Olympics by a Canadian team member, eliciting a puzzled Canadian apology on Wednesday and underlining tensions surrounding Russia at these Games. Russia is banned from competing for their country due to an alleged state-backed doping scheme, but the International Olympics Committee (IOC) has allowed it to send so-called neutral athletes who have no history of drugs-cheating. The chief of mission for the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” contingent at Pyeongchang, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, said on Thursday that a Russian coach had been treated badly by a member of the Canadian delegation but gave no details. “We had fears that our athletes and trainers could face some kind of negative prejudice,” Pozdnyakov told a news conference. “There has been only one case involving a representative … [Read more...] about Russia says coach mistreated by Canadian, fears Games prejudice