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Naomi Osaka: why the women’s world no.2 tennis player copped a $15,000 fine

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Naomi Osaka was fined USD$15,000 and slammed by other players for refusing to speak to media at the French Open.

Grand Slam officials threatened to suspend Osaka from future tournaments after she boycotted press conferences during the French Open.

Osaka is currently no. 2 in the world and after her round one victory in Paris.

She skipped the mandatory post-match presser. This comes following a recent statement that she would not do media at Roland Garros due to mental health concerns.

If the fines continue and Osaka progresses into the second week of the tournament, the Japanese superstar could amass more than 100 thousand in penalties overall.

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Why Olympic spectators are likely despite widespread opposition

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Olympic Games organisers and government officials are meeting today and it’s expected that a final decision will be made – on how many – if any – domestic spectators will be able to attend events at the Summer Olympics, which commence in a month.


Concerns have been raised by medical experts that allowing spectators could worsen the spread of infections

Foreign spectators are banned from attending the games due to health concerns.

The Olympic Organising Comittee will update the general public today on exactly how many local fans will be allowed in the stands

Local media have reported that a 10,000 spectator cap will be set. 

On the weekend, in a move to reduce the risk of COVID spreading, Tokyo’s Governor announced six viewing sites have been scrapped

Members of the public would have been able to watch live broadcasts of events at these locations. 
That will no longer be happening with some instead set to serve as vaccination sites.

There is still considerable opposition in Japan for the Olympic Games going ahead. A new poll shows almost two-thirds of Japan’s public want the event postponed again or cancelled altogether. 

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How the transgender Olympic athlete is causing divide

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History will be made at the Tokyo Olympics this year, with a transgender New Zealand athlete set to compete.

Meet weightlifter Laurel Hubbard – the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics after being selected by New Zealand for the women’s event at the Tokyo Games.

Hubbard will compete in the super-heavyweight 87-kg category, her selection made possible by updated qualifying requirements.

The 43-year-old, will also be the oldest lifter at the Games.

Hubbard had competed in men’s weightlifting competitions before transitioning in 2013.

“I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me by so many New Zealanders,”

Hubbard said in a statement issued by the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) on Monday.

Hubbard has been eligible to compete at Olympics since 2015, at a time when the International Olympic Committee issued guidelines allowing any transgender athlete to compete as a woman provided their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per litre for at least 12 months before their first competition.

“I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me by so many New Zealanders,”

The decision is set to fuel the debate over inclusion and fairness in sport.

Though Hubbard has been welcomed into the games, some scientists have stated that the guidelines do little to mitigate the biological advantages of those who have gone through puberty as males, including bone and muscle density.

Advocates for transgender inclusion argue the process of transition decreases that advantage considerably. They say that physical differences between athletes mean there is never a truly level playing field.

The New Zealand government shown its support

The New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson says the government supports Hubbard’s selection to compete in the games.

“Laurel is a member of New Zealand’s Olympic team. We are proud of her as we are of all our athletes, and will be supporting her all the way,”

The New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson supports Hubbard.

Tokyo Olympics creeps closer

The Tokyo Olympics will start on Friday July 23 2021 after being postponed due to coronavirus.

There has been concern over the safety of the games, with many stating the event should be canceled entirely.

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Alauda’s’Airspeeder’ electric flying racing car uses a virtual force field to bring us closer to the future

The future of car racing is here, with the world’s first electric flying racing car. The car successfully hit the skies in a secret location in South Australia over the weekend.

“We are proud to introduce a sport that redefines what humans and machines can achieve together”


Matthew Pearson, Founder, Airspeeder and Alauda Aeronautics

Big name pilots and sci-fi tech

Airspeeder plans to attract ‘elite pilots’ from aviation, motorsport and eSports backgrounds to remotely pilot the vehicles across AI enabled ‘sky tracks.’

 The team already includes technical experts, engineers and designers from big-names including F1, Mclaren, Brabham, Boeing, Mclaren, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce.

Airspeeder’s Founder said the technology delivers on the promise of a future first shown in science fiction”.

Electric flying car Grand Prix could be on the cards as soon as 2021

The successful trial flights means the crew-less electric flying car Grand Prixs will take place as soon as this year.

The company says moving racing to this space will improve “key safety, performance and dynamics technologies”.

Up to four teams with two remote pilots per team will compete in  three individual events. Audiences will be able to watch these races online via a live stream.

The racers will “take a seat in a simulator environment that mimics the dynamics and ergonomics of the Mk3 cockpit environment.”

The races will even include stimulated pit stops, using a  ‘slide and lock’ system to remove and replace batteries on the ground.

$1.5 trillion technology

Morgan Stanley predicts the technology will be worth $1.5 trillion by 2040.

The company also says they expect the tech to go much further than racing, with emerging applications in ‘air logistics’ and ‘remote medical care’.

The technology also has the potential to “liberate cities from congestion though clean-air passenger applications like air taxis”, says Airspeeder.

“These historic first flights are just the start and we are all excited to begin a momentous new chapter in motorsport’s rich legacy.”  

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Alauda Airspeeder design, performance & safety

The Alauda Airspeeder Mk3 draws its design inspiration from the classic forms of racing cars from the 1950s and 60s.

The company’s head of design Felix Pierron says the car “melds F1 car dynamics with the profile of a fighter jet and function of helicopter.”

At maximum power the craft delivers 320kW, weighing in at only 130kg. The vehicle can lift a weight of more than 80kg.

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