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Matt Nelsen

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  1. The International Olympic Committee announced the Refugee Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020 on Tuesday, and as a connoisseur of multi-sports games, I found myself curious as to the multi-sports games credentials of the athletes selected for the team. I began my quest for knowledge by consulting an archive of multi-sports games results dating from the early 2000s to the present. While the search itself took a few hours, having to comb through results of various multi-sports games, it did produce some interesting factoids about a few members of the Refugee Olympic Team. The first “
  2. Panam Sports has reached an agreement with the University of Miami and the Mexican Consulate in Miami to receive 4,000 vaccines that will be used to help ensure the health of the athletes and officials who will participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Panam Sports has already sent an official document to all the National Olympic Committees to inform them of this opportunity. The organization will cover the cost of the air tickets for those who travel to Miami to receive their vaccines. National Olympic Committees have been asked to send their request listing the athle
  3. The Cali-Valle 2021 Junior Pan American Games will now take place between November 25 and December 5. The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed yet another victim in the world of international multi-sports games. The 2021 Junior Pan American Games originally scheduled to be held from September 9 to September 19 have been postponed by around two and a half months and will now open in late November. According to Panam Sports, the Pan American region has been one of the most affected by Covid-19. While Panam Sports and local organizers were encouraged by the recent progress in vaccination
  4. World Athletics announced the launch of a 3D virtual museum of athletics today. Known as MOWA, the Museum of World Athletics™ is the first sports museum to be established solely in the digital world. It offers visitors an interactive journey through the history of athletics and the sport’s flagship World Athletics Championships, highlighting many of the legends of the sport. The museum gives visitors a unique online experience, highlighting key athletics champions from each continent, and celebrating each edition of the World Athletics Championships, through realistic i
  5. Panam Sports and the Cali-Valle 2021 Organizing Committee have announced the final sport to be added to the official sports program for the 2021 Junior Pan American Games. Women’s Softball has been announced as the final addition to the sports program for the Games. The sport will feature eight teams with a maximum of 16 players each, adding 128 more athletes to the continental event. The participating players must be in the Under-20 age category (athletes born between 2002 - 2005) between 16 and 19 years old. Therefore, the 2019 U-17 Pan American Championship held in B
  6. Olympic champion Thomas Bach has been re-elected for an additional four-year term as President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the 137th IOC Session held virtually today. Thomas Bach, who won gold with the German foil fencing team at the Olympic Games Montreal 1976, was elected as IOC President at the IOC Session in 2013 in Buenos Aires for a first eight-year term. This term will finish on the closing day of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on 8 August this year. His second term as IOC President will start immediately after, and will conclude in 2025. Bach received 93 votes in
  7. The 2021 World Para Ice Hockey A-Pool Championships, originally scheduled for early May in Ostrava, Czech Republic, have been postponed to 19-26 June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The extra preparation time will be used to implement comprehensive health and safety protocols throughout the event in compliance with local and national guidelines, according World Para Ice Hockey and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC).World Para Ice Hockey Manager Michelle Laflamme stated, “World Para Ice Hockey is looking forward to bringing the World Championships back to Ostrava, and doing so in acco
  8. World Championships, Olympic Games, and Pan American Games medalist Arthur Nory (BRA) will have his Pan American Games medals replaced by Panam Sports, after original medals were stolen from his home. Nory published his plight on social media a few days ago. He claimed that “thugs” had broken into his house and taken all of his medals. The story quickly gained attention on traditional and social media, which brought the unfortunate event to the attention of Panam Sports President, Nevin Ilic. A press release from Panam Sports stated, “upon learning of the robbery in the Bra
  9. Defending champion Humphries leads in two-woman bobsleigh at World Championships after the second run of four. Kaillie Humphries/Lolo Jones (USA) are the half-time leaders in two-woman bobsleigh at the 2021 BMW IBSF World Championships in Altenberg (GER). The defending World Champion, and two-time Olympic Champion, set the best time in both runs to finish the first day of the World Championships ahead of Kim Kalicki/Ann-Christin Strack (GER). Kim Kalicki, the 2020 World Cup silver medallist and Junior World Champion, finished the day in second, along with her brakewoman, Ann-Christ
  10. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (Tokyo 2020) today published the first Playbook for Tokyo 2020. According to the IOC, IPC, and Tokyo 2020, the playbook is, “a resource which outlines the personal responsibilities key stakeholders must take to play their role in ensuring safe and successful Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.” The series of Playbooks will provide a framework of basic principles that each key stakeholder group will follow before they travel to Japan, when they ent
  11. Nicol David (MAS) can now officially lay claim to being the Greatest World Games Athlete of All-Time after she won an online fan-vote. The Malaysian Squash superstar won the vote with 318,943 votes to her name. David is a three-time gold medalist in women’s singles at the World Games. She also has a bronze medal to her name from the most recent edition of the Games. Speaking about the honor, David said, “It came as a surprise to see me amongst these other top athletes and I’m grateful for this...hopefully it can elevate attention for the future of Squash, and it’s a proud m
  12. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board decided against the inclusion of Para Bobsleigh at the Milano Cortina 2026 Winter Paralympic Games, and thus has finalized the sports program. In December 2020, the IPC announced that a decision on Para Bobsleigh’s inclusion at the 2026 Paralympic Winter Games would be deferred until early 2021 pending clarification in several areas. After clarifying these matters, the IPC Board decided not to include Para bobsleigh due to the sport not meeting the minimum criteria for the number of nations and regions regularly participating in t
  13. The 50th Luge World Championships came to a close with an exciting team relay. Austria found themselves on the top step of the podium in the team relay, after narrowly defeating the German team by 0.038 seconds. The Austrian team featured Madeleine Egle, David Gleirscher, and doubles pairing, Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller. Their total time at the finish was 2:43.139. The Germans made some minor mistakes, that ultimately caught up with them by the finish. Their efforts were only good enough for a second place finish, which continued a weekend of disappointing results for
  14. Germany swept the podium for a second time this weekend at the 50th Luge World Championships. Julia Taubitz (GER) laid down two quick runs in order to take victory in the women’s single event. Her victory came after two silver medals at last two world championships. She won the event with a time of 1:41.132. Natalie Geisenberger (GER) continued her charge towards renewed dominance this year, with a strong second place finish in the women’s event. This was Geisenberger‘s seventh time stepping onto the podium at the world championships. She finished the event 0.315 seconds
  15. Roman Repilov sped to first place in the men’s event to earn the Russian Luge Federation its first title. Repilov won the event with a time of 1:37.810. This was his second world title, after he won his first on home ice at last year’s world championships in Sochi. German slider Felix Loch led after the first run, but was plagued by minor errors in his second run that ultimately cost him victory. Loch did manage to hold on for a second place finish though, and registered a time of 1:37.872. David Gleirscher (AUT) once again found himself in the bronze medal po
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