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Is China an “inappropriate government” to host Olympics?

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Human Rights Watch has accused the International Olympic Committee of being complicit in China’s rights abuses ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Games

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This follows the IOC president’s call with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai.

Peng disappeared for nearly three weeks after alleging on social media that China’s former Vice-Premier had sexually assaulted her, and since that time, nobody has been able to speak independently to her and all of her messages have been mediated through Chinese government run media, and or the International Olympic Committee.

Sophie Richardson is the Human Rights Watch China director and says there is something bigger at play here, while concerns grow about Peng’s wellbeing.

“I think will believe it when she is able to say that herself freely and directly. I mean, let’s recall that this is the government that says that everyone in the Uyghur region or Xinjiang western region of China is happy and fine, up to an including the millions of people who have been arbitrarily detained for months at a time,” Richardson told ticker NEWS.

“It’s the government that regularly refers to the Dalai Lama as a terrorist. So really to take only the Chinese government’s word for it, or a deeply vested body like the IOC is problematic.”

There have been repeated calls for the upcoming Olympic games to be boycotted.

Richardson says the statistics of sexual abuse in China are disturbing and it’s not just for famous athletes.

“One fear is that what happens to these allegations is what happens to a lot of allegations about sexual violence and harassment inside China, which is that they’re ignored,” she said.

“A recent government report suggested that one in every four women in China is subjected at some point in her life to domestic violence,

“Yet there are very few prosecutions of that there’s only a law about domestic violence until relatively recently. This is enormously problematic.”

Richardson says Peng’s story is going to persist through the games in February as one of the examples, not just the Chinese government’s brutality towards individuals, even famous people like star athletes, but also why it is “just an inappropriate government to host an Olympic Games. Absolutely.”

What is the Human Rights Watch doing to support?

Richardson says the organisation is certainly going to keep leaning on the IOC to reveal what it knows about the origins of that call and the circumstances.

“But we’ve also called on the top sponsors of the games, the companies that literally pay for the games, to do their own human rights due diligence to explain how their sponsorship doesn’t contribute to problems,” she said.

“We’ve called on governments to engage in a diplomatic boycott of the games, because the last thing that trainees officialdom needs right now is a greater imprimatur of legitimacy, particularly from democratic governments.”

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Aussie golfer celebrates championship with ‘how many beers fit’ in Claret Jug

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Australia’s Cameron Smith has produced an incredible back-nine birdie blitz to win the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews, taking home his first major victory

Smith is the first Australian golfer to win the British Open since Greg Norman claimed the title back in 1993.

Starting his final round four shots back from leaders Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland, Smith shot a final-round 8-under 64 to surge to the top of the leaderboard and lift the Claret Jug.

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“What a week. I’m going to fall apart here I know,” Smith said after the win.

“All the hard work we’ve done over the last couple of years has really started to pay off, and this one definitely makes it worth it.

“I had a lot of support out there, especially the Aussie guys. You kept me going out there. This one’s for Oz.”

How many beers fit in a Claret jug?

In tears, Smith told the crowd he was going to fall apart here after lifting the trophy, but in true Aussie fashion, the golfer wants to find out how many beers will fit in the prized jug.

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Canadian Open set to have a star-studded field

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Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal will play in the Canadian Open next month

Pro players, Williams and Nadal are set to play in the Canadian Open in August, amid speculation about their future in tennis.

40-year-old Serena ended a 12-month drought, after playing at Wimbledon earlier this month. But the 23 grand slam champ lost in the first round to Harmony Tan.

The tournament will mark Nadal’s return to the field after his time at Wimbledon was cut short before the finals because of an injury. Read more.

The two tennis stars are part of a star-studded field of competitors for the Canadian tournament. They will join 40 of the top 43 ranked tennis players in the world.

Other star players include Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff, Emma Raducanu, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud and Carlos Alcaraz.

The event runs in the lead up to the US Open which will be the last grand slam of the year. The Canadian Open will take place in Toronto and Montreal from August the 6th.

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Liverpool fans incorrectly blamed for Champions League chaos

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A “litany of administrative errors” is how French authorities are describing a security breach at this year’s Champions League Final

The French Government initially blamed Liverpool supporters and fake tickets for the chaos in which Champions League fans were tear-gassed at the final in May.

But a new report has found the supporters were blamed unfairly, and a series of “administrative errors” caused the chaos. The senate report found “dysfunctional mistakes were made at every level”.

The final was delayed by more than half an hour after police held back people who were trying to enter the stadium.

The report takes aim at Paris Police, UEFA and the French Government for failing to plan, and for blaming the supporters.

“It is unfair to have sought to blame supporters of the Liverpool team for the disturbances, as the interior minister has done, to deflect attention from the state’s inability to properly manage the crowd and suppress the action of several hundred violent and organised delinquents.”

Many fans made formal complaints about being pushed, and assaulted at the time.

Opposition lawmakers believe the scandal has damaged France’s overseas reputation.

Real Madrid ended up winning the match in a 1-nil victory.

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