IOC set out process to choose new events for Tokyo 2020

first_imgDiscussions have already begun between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and individual International Federations, IOC sports director Kit McConnell revealed here. These talks are due to be “accelerated” following Rio 2016.The IOC Executive Board on Wednesday (June 1) recommended baseball and softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing to be added to the programme at Tokyo 2020.The decision is expected to be approved by the full IOC membership at its Session in Rio de Janeior between August 1 and 4. Providing the proposal is accepted, it will mean 18 new events and 474 new athletes will be added to the programme in the Japanese capital. This is likely to reduce the size of any increase in the number of athletes participating from within existing sports.Various sports have already proposed mixed team events in order to introduce new and gender-equal competition but without the need for new participants.A mixed relay in triathlon, mixed doubles in table tennis and a mixed team competition in archery are three such possibilities.One potential new discipline could be basketball 3×3, an innovative shortened version of the sport which was first showcased at the inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010.If successful, 3×3 would likely appear alongside, rather than instead, of its five-a-side cousin.Street and park freestyle events in BMX cycling have also been widely mooted, with it possible that a venue could be shared with the one for skateboarding.International Cycling Union President Brian Cookson also wants to extend the track programme, with the individual pursuit and madison among events vying for a return after being dropped following Beijing 2008.Two additional weight categories in women’s boxing are another possible option.last_img read more

‘I’m really comfortable!’ Sunderland ace convinced club will survive this season

first_imgSunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff has urged his team-mates to keep the faith after suffering yet another late blow in their efforts to crawl out of relegation trouble.The Black Cats came within seven minutes of a seventh successive derby victory over Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday, a result which would have lifted them out of the Barclays Premier League drop zone, albeit only on goal difference.However, Aleksandar Mitrovic’s late equaliser, which cancelled out Jermain Defoe’s 44th-minute opener, denied them two extra points for the second time in as many games and left them in great peril once again.Manager Sam Allardyce could not disguise his frustration after watching his side dominate the first half, but January signing Kirchhoff is convinced Sunderland will get themselves out of trouble if they continue to play as they have in recent weeks.The 25-year-old German said: “We are still above Newcastle, we are still in a position to stay in the league. We are two points behind Norwich, who have one game fewer, so it’s all in our own hands.“We can stay in this mentality, to be sharp, to be focused and believe in winning our games. That’s how we can go on.“I am really comfortable and I have the feeling we can stay in the league and are good enough to stay in the league.”The international break means the Black Cats do not play again for a fortnight, and successive home games against West Brom and leaders Leicester are likely to have a major say in their destiny this season with Allardyce having set his players a target of four wins from their remaining eight fixtures, one of which takes them to Carrow Road on April 16.With the Tyne-Wear duo both failing to collect the three points they craved at the expense of the other, Norwich were the weekend’s big winners after their 1-0 away victory over the Baggies.Kirchhoff said: “They won their last game, so it’s a good feeling for them, but we have got a game more so if we win it, we will go above them. We will have one point more than them, so it’s in our hands.“We don’t have to focus on Norwich. We still have to play against them in a really tight, big important game, so we can do it. It’s in our hands, we can go on, we can believe in it and just work hard.“If we go into the next game and get a clean sheet, I am sure it will be enough to win the game.”A clean sheet, however, is something the Black Cats have managed only three times during Allardyce’s five-and-a-half-month reign to date, the last of them on November 28, and the 61-year-old is acutely aware of how costly that has been.Allardyce said: “I know that we have got to keep clean sheets. If we don’t start, it’s going to go right to the very wire, and if we need two goals to win every game, that means that we need to score 16 goals at least in the next eight.“We are going to have to score two goals to win any game. There are eight games to go, that’s 16 goals minimum we have got to score. We can’t do that.“We could have won two games 1-0 now, and should have won two games 1-0 now and be sat on 30 points instead of 26.” 1 Jan Kirchhoff in action for Sunderland against Newcastle last_img read more