An overwhelming majority of Japanese said they were "interested in the Olympics", although 58 percent said they did not want them to be held because of fears over COVID-19, a Yomiuri daily poll showed on Wednesday. Bryan Wood reports.
Olympic champion Aly Raisman is calling for an independent investigation into USA Gymnastics after John Geddart killed himself after charges were announced against him. It follows the conviction of Dr. Larry Nassar for abusing hundreds of gymnasts, including Raisman.
A Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) constable is providing 'Mallakhamba' training to children in the forests of Abujmarh in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district which is hit by the Naxalite violence. The tribal population is deprived of basic facilities like water and electricity even today. Overcoming all obstacles, four children from the district had made it to the final round in 2020 for the selection for a 'Mallakhamba' demonstration in the Japan Olympics, which was scheduled to be held last year but was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. CAF constable Manoj Prasad said he learned Mallakhamba in 2016 and has been training children free of cost since then. Speaking to ANI, Manoj said, "I myself learned Mallkhamba in 2016. From 2016-2017, I started training children of Naxalite strongholds who study in Pota Cabins. All children under my tutelage are tribals who were known as 'Abujh'." The coach also informed that four children have made it to the final round for a demonstration of Mallakhamba in the Japan Olympics."These children have a lot of potentials. All the children here are future Olympiads. With this dream, I started coaching them for free," Prasad added. People in Narayanapur have not heard of Mallakhamba before. But in only two to three years of practice, the children from the region have defeated many of the country's biggest players in Mallakhamba and won many gold medals. They went to Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Goa, and many other states to participate in Mallakhamba tournaments from 2019 to 2020.In November 2019, the children won the gold medal by defeating the senior group at the All India level. In March 2020, they won 8 gold, 3 bronze medals, and 4 girls featured in 'Best of Six' in India Under-14. "It was very difficult to defeat the Mallakhamba practitioners of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Despite not being able to beat them for 40 years, our children had worked hard day and night along with their studies. Now they are number one in India", the coach further stated. Rajesh Korram, a class four student, who hails from Asanar village next to Jungle Orchha, said, "I have been learning Mallakhamba since 2018. I won the gold medal by defeating my senior player. I went to Mumbai for the first time on a train. Life has taken a turn for the better. I want to win a gold medal in Japan Olympics." Manu Dhruv, another Mallakhamba player, added he won 2 gold medals in Tamil Nadu. "There is not a good school in our village. These are Naxalite-affected villages. We used to climb trees and play Kabaddi. No one had heard Mallakhamba's name earlier. I started playing Mallakhamba in 2017, living in a porta cabin. Initially, I went to play Tamil Nadu and won 2 gold medals there."
Japan has appointed a Minister of Loneliness to take try and reduce loneliness and social isolation among its residents as the country deals with rising suicide rates. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga appointed Tetsushi Sakamoto, who is already a minister in charge of dealing with Japan's declining birthrate and promoting regional revitalization, to oversee government policies to deal with loneliness and isolation. There were 2,153 suicide deaths and 1,765 total virus deaths up to the end of October 2020, per the Japanese National Police Agency.
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Japan launched its COVID-19 inoculation drive on Wednesday, administering the Pfizer vaccine to Tokyo hospital workers, as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attempts to defy the odds and host the Olympics this summer. Libby Hogan reports.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has pledged that the Tokyo Olympicswill go ahead this summer. The Games were postponed last year because of thecoronavirus pandemic, and polls have indicated the Japanese public want theevent to be cancelled amid continuing concern over the spread of the virus.
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A Paralympic hopeful has spoken of her plans to compete in this year’s Games in Tokyo after a year of adapting her training around coronavirus restrictions.Kerrie Leonard, an archer from Co Meath, hopes to qualify and represent Ireland in the Tokyo Paralympics later this year.The 30-year-old Paralympic athlete will travel to the qualifying round in the Czech Republic in July.
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Excerpts of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's interview with Oprah Winfrey have been released, with the former Royal suggesting he was worried of history repeating itself, apparently in relation to the events that led up to the death of his mother Princess Diana. Adam Reed reports.
A British-born woman who went to Syria as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State should not be allowed to return to Britain because she poses a security risk, the UK's Supreme Court ruled on Friday. Adam Reed reports.