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Tokyo Olympics: Fully vaccinated Ugandan Olympic coach tests positive for Covid

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A Ugandan Olympic coach has become the first person to test positive for Covid-19 for the Tokyo Olympics

A coach in Uganda’s Olympic team tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in Tokyo, despite being fully vaccinated.

The entire Uganda Olympic group including 26 athletes and 30 staff are fully vaccinated with two shots of AstraZeneca.

The Ugandan Olympic Committee said the coach has no symptoms.

More athletes and staff from the Ugandan Olympic team are due to arrive in Japan in the coming days.

Rising concern over safety of Olympics

This comes amid growing concern over the safety of the Tokyo Olympics.

The country’s top Covid adviser also said Friday that staging the Olympics without spectators would be “desirable.”

Japan has already banned international spectators from the games, with the government yet to make a decision about domestic spectators.

Japan has only fully vaccinated about 16% of its population according to Reuters, although other reports despite this number. CNN says this statistic is likely closer to 9%.

Covid outbreak in Uganda

Uganda is already battling a second wave of the virus, with an increase of 130% in reported cases over June.

On Friday, the Ugandan government tightened lockdown restrictions in the country.

The Ugandan President said the lockdown will tackle the “aggressive and sustained growth” of the virus.

“We are experiencing very high hospitalisation rates and deaths for Covid-19 patients among all age categories,” the president added.

Uganda has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the world.

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Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Chiefs secure back-to-back Super Bowl titles against 49ers

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Will Patrick Mahomes be hailed as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history? 

The Kansas City Chiefs emerged victorious once again, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 to claim their second consecutive championship.

The high-stakes game kept fans on the edge of their seats as both teams showcased exceptional skill and determination.

The 49ers, known for their strong defence, put up a formidable fight, but the Chiefs’ offensive prowess ultimately proved too much to handle.

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Quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs with a stellar performance, showcasing his prowess with strategic passes and crucial touchdowns.

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As the confetti rained down on the Chiefs, celebrations erupted both on the field and among fans worldwide, marking another historic moment in the team’s legacy.

With this victory, the Chiefs solidified their status as a dominant force in the NFL, leaving fans eagerly anticipating what the future holds for this powerhouse team.

The Chiefs join the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s, the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s and New England Patriots of the 2000s and 2010s as the only NFL teams to have won three Super Bowls in a five-year span.

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Amazon targets bankrupt Diamond Sports for streaming rights

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Amazon considers acquisition of Diamond Sports as part of its plan to expand streaming portfolio

Sources suggest that Amazon is eyeing the streaming rights for major sports leagues including MLB, NBA, and NHL, signalling the tech giant’s strategic move into the lucrative world of live sports broadcasting.

The potential deal with Diamond Sports would provide Amazon with a significant foothold in the sports streaming market, allowing the company to offer a comprehensive range of live sports content to its Prime Video subscribers.

This move aligns with Amazon’s broader strategy to diversify its entertainment offerings and attract a wider audience. The acquisition of streaming rights for popular sports leagues could make Amazon a major player in the competitive streaming landscape.

Industry experts speculate that Amazon’s interest in Diamond Sports is driven by the desire to capture the growing market for live sports streaming, a segment that has gained immense popularity in recent years.

The acquisition would not only give Amazon access to a vast library of sports content but also position the company as a formidable competitor to traditional broadcasters in the live sports broadcasting arena.

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Disney’s sport streaming goals

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Disney’s ESPN may achieve a $24 billion valuation; potential suitors could involve Apple and Verizon.

In a recent financial report, Bank of America suggests that Disney’s ESPN could be on the verge of reaching a staggering $24 billion valuation. This eye-catching figure has sparked interest from potential buyers, with technology giants Apple and telecommunication leader Verizon being touted as likely contenders.

The valuation surge is attributed to ESPN’s successful digital transition, with streaming services, exclusive sports content, and expanding international markets contributing to its growth. Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s sports networks further boosted ESPN’s portfolio, making it an attractive asset for prospective buyers.

Apple, known for its foray into content creation with Apple TV+, could leverage ESPN’s sports content to expand its media empire. Meanwhile, Verizon, with its vast telecom infrastructure and distribution capabilities, could use ESPN to enhance its content offerings and engage a broader customer base.

This development marks a pivotal moment in ESPN’s history, and its future owner could redefine the landscape of sports broadcasting. As the valuation continues to climb, all eyes are on the potential suitors and the ensuing negotiations.

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