It said much about the insouciance with which Roger Federer squashed Dusan Lajovic, for the loss of just eight games and scarcely a bead of sweat, that the most urgent talking point arose from his sartorial selections for this, his 20th appearance in the Wimbledon main draw. Where was the Nike swoosh, as ubiquitous an element of Federer iconography as the ‘RF’ logo? Gone for good, it turned out, with Uniqlo choosing the moment of his championship defence here to issue a press release confirming that it had poached him as a “global brand ambassador”. The terms are extraordinary, with Federer understood to be receiving around £229 million over 10 years, with an unprecedented clause guaranteeing that he will collect money even if he does not play. Which seems just as well, given that Federer will be almost 47 in a decade’s time and unlikely to be tearing through Wimbledon’s opening rounds … [Read more...] about Is Roger Federer preparing to retire at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020?
Japan Airlines (JAL) on Monday announced plans to launch a budget airline, hoping to take advantage of an expected expansion in the nation's low-cost market ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The new carrier would run medium-haul international services between Tokyo and major cities in Asia, the US and Europe from summer 2020, JAL said in a statement. The carrier, which will be named later, will become a subsidiary of JAL, the firm said, adding it may seek other investors to expand its business model. JAL has thus far limited its low-cost operations to its partial control of Jetstar Japan, which is owned by JAL and Australia's Qantas Group. With the new carrier, "the company aims to create new demand, working along with the successful services provided by Jetstar Japan", it said. In March rival ANA Holdings announced plans to integrate its low-cost carrier affiliates Peach Aviation and Vanilla Air to create the nation's biggest budget carrier after Jetstar. The middle-distance … [Read more...] about JAL to launch low-cost carrier ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Burton's Commonwealth champion Frazer Clarke thinks the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 could finally be his time in the spotlight. The super heavyweight boxer took the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast in Australia on Friday, April 13. His feat was broadcast live at the Locomotive, his usual drinking spot in the town, while his friends and family gathered to cheer the sportsman on. Frazer took on India's Satish Kumar and it looked to be a close competition, but Frazer was given the title with a unanimous points decision from the judges. When the decision was announced, roars of celebration broke out in the club in Station Street, as his closest family and friends celebrated the achievement. The 26-year-old said: "I am over the moon with the result. There was a bit of disbelief at first. I think after working for so long, it just didn't seem real that I had finally won a major title. I was just so happy. "For a moment last year, when I was injured, I didn't think I'd get … [Read more...] about Burton’s boxing star comes home and sets sights on Tokyo Olympics
Ben and Sam O'Dea have Tokyo on their minds, as they plan a long future together in beach volleyball. The brothers spiked a historic bronze by beating England's Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf in the third-place playoff 21-13, 21-15 as the sport made its debut on the Gold Coast. "It was great to get out there and start building our way up the world rankings and hopefully qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and have an awesome career in the sport," said Ben. "In the short term, it is about getting back and regrouping and taking a look at a few little injuries before we make a push for the Olympics. "I have struggled with a shoulder injury for the last year or two, so we need to get on top of that so we can get back to playing a full season fully healthy." What helped inspire the Tauranga brothers to a medal was the news that one of New Zealand's most respected athletes was watching. All Blacks captain Kieran Read told RNZ he was looking forward to watching the beach volleyball at the … [Read more...] about Commonwealth Games: Beach volleyball brothers Ben and Sam O’Dea set sights on Tokyo Olympics in 2020
The torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will showcase Japan's recovery from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, local organizers said Tuesday. Upon its arrival in Japan, the Olympic flame will be put on display at various locations in the Tohoku region to help underscore Japan's recovery from the disaster that took more than 18,000 lives and triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The torch relay will spend three days in Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi, the three prefectures hit hardest by the disaster. While reconstruction from the disaster is making steady progress, more than 70,000 people are still displaced from their communities. The relay will also spend three days in each of the four prefectures hosting multiple competitions during the Olympics and 15 days in the Tokyo Metropolitan area. While the precise starting point and route has yet to be announced, the torch relay will cover all 47 prefectures in Japan. Organizers said the route will include numerous … [Read more...] about 2020 Tokyo Olympics torch relay to highlight Japan’s recovery from disaster