#SpecialOlympicsCanadaWinterGames2020; #ThunderBay; #IntellectualDisabilities
Thunder Bay, Feb 25 (Canadian-Media): The opening ceremonies of the the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020, scheduled to be held between Feb 25- 29 officially began Tuesday at Fort William Gardens in the northwestern Ontario city, media reports said.
Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020. Image credit: Twitter
Nearly 900 athletes with intellectual disabilities from across the country gathered together in the five-day event to compete in eight sports which include: alpine and cross-country skiing, figure skating and speed skating, snowshoeing, curling, floor hockey and five-pin bowling, said Doug Henry, Games manager.
Tuesday was spent by the athletes mostly on practice as the competition in all the sports would kick off on Wednesday.
"Special Olympics Canada has commented more than once that they're very impressed with the degree of planning that Thunder Bay has put into this. We're really looking forward to putting on a fantastic Games," said Henry.
Limited space in the arena restricted the public to watch the opening ceremonies, which began at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday but would be live-streamed through the Special Olympics Winter GamesThunder Bay 2020 website.
#UNHCR; #Refugee; #TokyoMarathon; #Japan
Luxembourg (Europe), Feb 14 (Canadian-Media): A refugee athlete has been selected as an elite runner for the Tokyo Marathon for the first time in the event’s history. Yonas Kinde, who currently lives in Luxembourg, will take part in the Marathon on 1 March 2020, UNHCR news release reported.
Ethiopian marathon runner Yonas Kinde trains for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Luxembourg, May 2016. Image credit: © UNHCR/Gordon Welters
Yonas participated at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 as a member of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He continues his training as an IOC Refugee Athlete Scholarship Holder and will compete as part of his efforts to secure selection in the IOC Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020.
He comes from Ethiopia, the country of the famous “barefoot runner” Abebe Bikila. Abebe is known for winning gold medals in the marathon at two consecutive Olympic Games, including the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964. For Yonas, it has been a dream to run in Tokyo, as he deeply admires Abebe – an Ethiopian hero.
“Growing up, Abebe was an inspiration to me and I am delighted to be able to run in Tokyo, where he achieved so much”, Yonas says. “Through my participation, I hope to send the message that, if supported, refugees can unlock great potential.”
Those who participate at the elite category are runners who meet specific requirements set by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF).
Yonas received the elite runner status following an initiative of Japan for UNHCR (J4U), the national partner of the UN Refugee Agency in the country.
It will be Yonas’s first visit to Japan. During his stay, he will train at the Tokorozawa Campus of Waseda University.
The refugees’ participation at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 gave courage and hope to millions of people who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict and persecution. It also testified to the enormous strength of refugee athletes, who strive to do their best despite facing adversity.
The IOC Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020 will be announced in June.
#SuperBowl; #SuperBowlHistoricWin; #KansasCityChiefs; SanFrancisco49ers; #KansasCityChiefsHistoricWin
Kansas, Feb 3 (Canadian-Media): Kansas City held San Francisco scoreless over the final 15 minutes when the Kansas City Chiefs were able to win Super Bowl in 50 years, as they concluded Super Bowl LIV with a double-digit win in 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers, media reports said.
Super Bowl LIV. Image credit: Facebook
Kansas City Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes was the NFL history's first team in to win three games after trailing by 10 or more points in a single postseason and eventually winning the game by 11
49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky was able to leave the Chiefs with solid field position at their own 35-yard line, when the Kansas City's defense stepped up with a crucial three-and-out, the Chiefs finally reclaimed the lead with Williams tacking on another score with 1:12 to play with Kansas City trying to run out the clock for their first Super Bowl victory in half a century.
#FourManBobsleighTeam; #Switzerland; #IBSFWorldCup; #JustinKripps; #GoldMedal
Toronto, Feb 2 (Canadian-Media): A four-man bobsleigh team, piloted by Justin Kripps raced to a combined time of 2:11.12 to claim their third gold medal of the season at the 2:22 at four-man event Sunday at International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup event in St.Moritz, Switzerland, media reports said.
Justin Kripps (top) IBSF (bottom) Image credit: Facebook
Cam Stones, Ryan Sommer and Ben Coakwell on the natural track, and site of the final World Cup four-man race of the season.
Kripps finished third on the season with 1603 points.
Kripps' career marked the eighth World Cup four-man medal.
Francesco Friedrich's sixth-place finish in St. Moritz was enough to hang on and claim the Crystal Globe as the overall season standings champion.
The German collected 1686 points over the 2019/20 season, with 37 points ahead of teammate Lochner (1649).