0 Have your say TEENAGE diver Kat Torrance has already taken her family on one life-changing journey. The Croydon-born athlete was just 15 when she uprooted the whole family from Kent to Yorkshire to be based at her sport’s national centre in Leeds. Everything is going well and we have got the Europeans next which is our main focus competition and we believe we have got a pretty good chance at that. Kat Torrance Longer term, it is hoped the Tokyo Olympics will prove the ultimate destination for a diver determined to make the most of her relocation to be with the country’s best.Torrance is the latest emerging star from the all-conquering City Of Leeds Diving Club with the 19-year-old initially making fine progress at Crystal Palace Diving Club, winning gold medals at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 ASA National Age Group Diving Championships.Determined to reach the top of her sport, Torrance felt a major move was needed and believed diving’s national … [Read more...] about Big Interview: Move to Leeds can point way to Tokyo Olympics
Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are considering introducing daylight saving time as a countermeasure to the extreme heat that could prevail in the Japanese capital during the games. Japan has been gripped by a deadly heatwave this summer that has resulted in more than 65 deaths nationwide. The temperature on Monday reached 41.1 Celsius (106 Fahrenheit), the highest ever recorded in Japan. Yoshiro Mori, the president of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday to discuss the possibility of introducing daylight saving time during the 2020 Games. The International Olympic Committee decided this month the marathon would be staged at 7 a.m. to lessen the effect of extreme heat. Temperatures in central Tokyo often exceed 35 Celsius (95 F) in July and August, made more difficult because of high humidity. Mori said after the meeting the prime minister said putting clocks forward one or two hours during the games "may be one solution." The CEO … [Read more...] about 2020 Tokyo Olympics consider daylight saving to beat heat
Tokyo Olympic organisers said Thursday that the torch relay for the 2020 Summer Games will begin in Fukushima, a region devastated by the 2011 tsunami and resulting nuclear disaster. The route for the relay, scheduled to start on March 26, 2020, was approved by the Japanese organising committee at a meeting with government officials. The torch will head south to the subtropical island of Okinawa -- starting point for the 1964 Tokyo Games relay -- before returning north and arriving in the Japanese capital on July 10, according to organisers. "It is very significant to carry the torch of reconstruction across the country, beginning in Fukushima," said Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike. Fukushima suffered heavily in the massive March 2011 tsunami, which slammed into a nuclear plant and triggered a meltdown of three reactors. More than 18,000 people died in northeast Japan as a result of the huge earthquake and tsunami, while tens of thousands have been unable to return to their home towns. … [Read more...] about Tokyo Olympic relay to start in disaster-hit Fukushima
Swimming New Zealand has taken the extraordinary step of openly writing off their chances of a medal at the Tokyo Olympics. With the sport's funding halved over the last eight years, they've ditched the idea of a head coach in an overhaul of their programme that's seen them adopt a long-term approach. They're hoping the brave move will pay dividends in the future. Watch the video above for the full story. … [Read more...] about Swimming New Zealand writes off Tokyo Olympic chances two-years out
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?