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  1. 2016 rowing gold medalist Tom Ransley retires due to this year's postponement.
  2. That may well be correct although Yuste is the first one I've seen that definitively attributes death to the Coronavirus. I'm sure there are going to be a lot of people both in and out of the sporting world who are going to die from Cofid-19 without it necessarily being identified as the cause of death, particularly among the elderly. As you say it would be surprising if some of the other deaths among Olympians over the past few months haven't been down to the virus.
  3. Deaths of Olympians in March. Robert Shavlakadze, 86 - Athletics (1×G) Levan Moseshvili, 79 - Basketball (1×S) Geza Uto, 90 - Rowing Tatyana Prorochenko, 67 - Athletics (1×G, 1×S) Jozef Gyuricza, 86 - Fencing (1×B) Wolfgang Hofmann, 78 - Judo (1×S) Kevin Bacon, 87 - Equestrian Dana Zatopkova, 97 - Athletics (1×G, 1×S) Henry Smith, 64 - Athletics Chris Reed, 30 - Figure skating Phil Olsen, 63 - Athletics Aarne Kainlauri, 104 - Athletics Mohammad Ami-Tehrani, 84 - Weightlifting Malcolm Yardley, 79 - Athletics Tadashi Kato, 85 - Cycling Edi Ziegler, 90 - Cycling (1×B) Vladimir Zabrodsky, 97 - Ice Hockey (1×S) Borislav Stankovic, 94 - Administrator Singaram Balasingam, 72 - Hockey Behrouz Rahbar, 74 - Cycling Jack Henn, 79 - Volleyball John Davies, 90 - Swimming (1×G) Daniel Gevargiz, 79 - Weightlifting Petra Hillenius, 52 - Swimming Pearson Jordan, 69 - Athletics Kwasi Owusu, 72 - Football Daniel Yuste, 75 - Cycling Ivo Mahlknecht, 80 - Alpine skiing And two late reported deaths from February. Guillermo Sola, 90 - Athletics Balbir Singh Kullar, 77 - Hockey (1×B) I believe March has seen the first death of an Olympian attributed to Cofid-19 following the passing of former Spanish cyclist Daniel Yuste yesterday. We will be fortunate if he is the last. On a more positive note more than seventy Olympians have lived to be centenarians. Aarne Kainlauri who died in March aged 104 was the third Finn to achieve that mark. The longest lived Olympian was American shooter Walter Walsh (1907-2014) who died five days short of his 107th birthday. The oldest living Olympian is another American John Lysak (born 16/8/1914) who competed in flat water canoeing at the 1936 Games in Berlin. A number of the other Olympians who died last month have already been discussed earlier in this thread including the great Czech athlete Dana Zatopkova. Among the others who have passed away in March were John Davies of Australia who won a gold medal in the 200m breaststroke at the 1952 Games and Robert Shavlakadze of the former Soviet Union who was the Olympic champion in the high jump in Rome in 1960. Wolfgang Hoffman of the United Team of Germany competed in the first Olympic judo tournament in Tokyo in 1964 winning a silver medal. There were only four classes at this first outing for the sport and all were for men in the days before the IOC gave any thought to equality. Japan won three of the four golds with the Netherlands winning the other. Finally I have included the administrator Borislav Stankovic who although both a player and coach never competed at an Olympic Games. He did serve on the Yugoslav NOC and the IOC, but it was as Secretary General of FIBA between 1976 and 2002 that he had most influence. Among other things he changed the rules to enable professional players from the NBA to compete at the Olympics bringing about the arrival of the USA's so-called "Dream Teams" at the Games.
  4. There were earlier games which shared elements of what is now Badminton but the game as we know it was invented by the British.
  5. To be resumed in May subject to circumstances.
  6. A good question! I suppose completing the tournament enables them to present "medals" and perhaps more importantly give boxers more experience of competing in an Olympic-style event. Otherwise I can't think of any reason for it. I can't believe they are really going to ask the sixteen boxers who have already qualified for Tokyo to turn up for the rest of the qualifying tournament in May or whenever it resumes when it would serve no purpose and only expose them to the risk of infection from Coronavirus.
  7. And in the men's 57 kg division McGrail Galos Kistohurry Aliyez Butsenko Quiles Brotons Batyrgazrev Shadalov
  8. The qualifiers in the men's 52 kg division Bennama Alakhverdovi Irvine Mascunano Yafai Soghomonyan Girleanu Ciftci
  9. A combination of badminton on TV and boxing on my mobile.
  10. We shall have to agree to disagree. Dubois stood off to some extent in the last round knowing she'd done enough in the first two rounds and I narrowly gave the Belarussian the round as she was going forward and landed a few more punches, although nothing special. The gap in performance was clearly greater in the two earlier rounds. The point is claiming a decision is controversial when it clearly isn't - even the Belarussian knew she'd lost - undermines the case against genuine controversies. As for British amateur boxing I've spent the last ten years frustrated at the bad decisions they've been given in a string of fights, not least London 2012 where Tom Stalker got a shocker against an Indian fighter.
  11. So, basically you judged the fight on one round, the third which was also the closest, while ignoring the first two rounds which Dubois won pretty comfortably. I would suggest that it is your view that is the controversial one in this instance!
  12. Eh! Thought Dubois clearly won the first two rounds. Landed better punches and was more evasive. I had the Belarussian just edging the last round as did two of the judges but definitely the right result.
  13. Football is the most popular sport in the UK but I wouldn't describe as the top "priority". Like badminton it doesn't receive any Olympic funding. And while football is popular there are many other popular sports. Badminton was invented in the UK and has long been a popular recreational sport for those who like to keep fit. Apart from Denmark, GB was probably the strongest badminton nation until the emergence of the Far Eastern Countries in the sport. The All England Championships was the de facto world championships until the late 1970s and is still probably the most prestigious title to win apart from the WC and OG. If Ellis & Smith win the mixed doubles they won't be the first British players to win it. British players won every XD title from 1899-1939, and have won a further 20 titles since WW2. The last winners were Olympic medallists Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms in 2005.
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