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Taiwan confirms attendance at Beijing Olympics opening ceremony

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Taiwan’s athletic team for the Beijing Winter Olympics has confirmed it will be at the opening and closing ceremonies after being told by the International Olympic Committee it was required to participate

Taiwan, a Chinese-claimed nation, has feared officials in Beijing could “downgrade” Taiwan’s status by placing its athletes alongside those from Hong Kong, a country run by China.

Taiwan, which has no winter sporting tradition and has never won a medal at the winter Games has confirmed it will be sending four athletes to Beijing.

The nation is sending the same number as the last winter Games in 2018.

Taiwan earlier stated the team would not be at the opening or closing ceremonies, blaming delayed flights and tough anti-COVID-19 rules.

But in a new development, Taiwan’s Olympic committee confirmed late Monday it had received “several notices” from the International Olympic Committee “requiring all delegations to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics to cooperate in sending personnel to attend the opening and closing ceremonies”.

The Beijing Games are happening amid increasing tensions between China and Taiwan, including repeated Chinese military activity near the island.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Campbell Johnstone comes out as gay

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Campbell Johnstone hopes his admission will help reduce stigma around sexuality

Former New Zealand rugby player Campbell Johnstone has become the first All Black to come out as gay.

He hopes his public announcement will help “take away the pressure and stigma” for those struggling with their sexuality.

Johnstone says he told his friends and family “a long time ago” but kept his true self hidden from the public during his playing career.

He says he lived a “double life” because his sexuality did not fit with the image of an All Black player.

His vision of a player was someone who was “manly, strong … possibly had a wife, kids” – even blaming his sexuality when he performed poorly during a game.

The former prop played three Tests in 2005 – with his last match against the British and Irish Lions.

Between 2002 and 2012, he made 38 appearances for the Crusaders, 72 for Canterbury and 105 for the French side Biarritz.

In the interview, Johnstone says it’s “a little bit sad that we are actually having to do this”, adding he can’t believe how far and wide the news has spread. #trending #featured

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Novak Djokovic claims 22nd Grand Slam title

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Novak Djokovic has won his 10th Australian Open title, this time by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, in the final

The win was also the Serbian’s 22nd Grand Slam, equalling Rafa Nadal on the same amount of Majors.

Djokovic was unable to defend his title last year after being deported from the country over his Covid-19 vaccination status.

This year at Melbourne Park, he had a hamstring injury to deal with, as well the fallout of his father being filmed with a group of Russian supporters at the Australian Open.

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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