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Japan considers requesting Olympic fans for negative COVID tests & vaccinations



Japan continues to hold concerns for COVID safety at the Tokyo Olympics

Now the nation is considering requiring fans attending the Tokyo Olympics to show negative COVID-19 test results or vaccination records, according to local media.

The report also detailed that a new poll showed public opposition to the Games remained strong.

Japan extended a state of emergency in Tokyo and other regions of the country until June 20th as the start date to the Olympics looms closer.

The opening of the Games is now less than two months away and public confidence has been shaken by the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections as well as a slow rollout of the vaccines.

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Tokyo Olympics are set to go ahead in months

The nation has banned foreign spectators

Organisers are expected to make a decision next month on whether Japanese fans will be able to attend the Games and under what conditions.

In addition to other measures like banning loud cheering and high-fives, the Yomiuri said the government was considering whether spectators should be required to show a negative test result taken within a week of attending an Olympic event.


Why a three-time Olympic Champion will miss the Tokyo Games



China’s three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang has had an eight-year doping ban reduced to four years and three months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

But the ban, backdated to 28 February 2020, means the swimmer will miss this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo.

A new Court panel held the latest hearing after a Swiss Federal Tribunal ruling.

The 29-year-old missed a doping test in September 2018 and as a result, was given an eight-year ban for his second offence.

In January of 2019, Sun Yang was cleared of wrongdoing by Fina, the swimming federation, however, an appeal put forward by the World Anti-Doping Agency to the Court of Arbitration for Sport made the overruled that decision.  

Switzerland’s highest court set the ruling aside and the case was once again heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport however with a different panel in place.

Sun had told an appeal hearing in November 2019 that he missed the doping test because testers failed to prove their identity when they arrived at his home.

He also denied a vial containing his blood samples was smashed with a hammer.

Sun’s first offence saw him serve a three-month suspension in 2014 for taking the prohibited stimulant; Trimetazidine.

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Euro 2020: UEFA rejects plan for stadium to be rainbow | ticker PRIDE



UEFA has refused a request from Munich’s Mayor for a stadium to be lit in rainbow colours ahead of Germany’s Euro 2020 clash against Hungary.

UEFA says the decision was consistent with being a “politically and religiously neutral organisation”.

“UEFA, through its statutes, is a politically and religiously neutral organisation. Given the political context of this specific request, a message aiming at a decision taken by the Hungarian national parliament, UEFA must decline this request,” it said.

The Mayor says he wants to highlight recent legislation in Hungary that bans school materials that promote homosexuality and gender change.

“I would have been happy if the stadium had been lit up in these colours,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said.

On the other side, Hungarian national team goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, says  “UEFA made this decision, we have no say in it,” Gulacsi said. “We focus on the match now, not this.”

Germany’s Europe Minister Michael Roth told reporters ahead of a meeting with European Union counterparts in Luxembourg on Tuesday that Hungary’s law violates EU values.

The Allianz Arena, which is also home to Bayern Munich, allows the exterior and roofing to be lit up in all colours.

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TICKER PRIDE | First NFL player to come out as gay



Carl Nassib has taken to social media making a significant personal statement – he is now the first openly gay player in the National Football League.

The 28-year old was drafted back in 2016, he currently plays as a defensive end for the Las Vegas raiders, he posted this video to his instagram a short time ago.

Raiders defensive NFL’s only openly gay player.

“I just want to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” Nassib said in a video he posted on his verified Instagram account.

“I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. I really have the best life. I’ve got the best family, friends and job a guy could ask for. I’m a pretty private person, so I hope you guys know I’m not doing this for attention, but I think representation matters.”

No openly gay player has ever played in a regular-season NFL game.

Michael Sam came out as gay before the 2014 NFL draft, was drafted by the Rams and played for them in the preseason, but he did not make a regular season roster.

A handful of other players have come out after their playing careers ended.

The 28-year-old Nassib was a third-round draft pick of the Browns in 2016 who has also played for the Buccaneers. He was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year at Penn State in 2015.

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