FIS-president Gian Franco Kasper. File photo: Georg Hochmuth/APA/AFP. An International Olympic Committee member has made controversial statements praising dictatorships' ability to hold sporting events without the people's consent. International ski chief Gian Franco Kasper suggested on Monday that "everything is easier in dictatorships" in reference to the awarding of the 2022 Winter Olympics to China. "Dictators can organize events such as this without asking the people's permission," the 75-year-old honorary International Olympic Committee member told Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. "For us, everything is easier in dictatorships," the International Ski Federation (FIS) president asserted. Beijing, host of the 2008 Summer Olympics, beat Almaty in Kazakhstan for the right to host the 2022 edition, the first Winter Games to be held in China. The ski chief cited business arguments for his case in response to a question about whether sports federations should take into … [Read more...] about Swiss ski chief Kasper: Olympics are ‘easier in dictatorships’
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Video Town manager Paul Lambert animated on the touchline. Knows the importance of this weekend's FA Cup tie for the Blues at Accrington. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM © Copyright Stephen Waller IN his latest column, Mike Bacon takes a look at Town’s FA Cup tie at Accrington and reflects on the bravery of motorsport competitors. Kayden Jackson keeps his eyes on the ball and heading back to his old club Accrington this weekend with the Blues. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMIt’s FA Cup third round weekend.I know. As a follower of Ipswich Town, I dare not look either.Yes, folks, welcome to Ipswich Town – a club with one of the most rubbish FA Cup third round records in recent history.A competition the Blues won so famously in 1978 has, it appears to many Town fans I speak to, been placed in the ‘irrelevant’ tray at Portman Road in recent times. Naturally, we assume not.However, it was 2010 Town last won … [Read more...] about Bacon’s Bites: The dread of the FA Cup third round. But I think/pray/hope, this time it will be different!
THE Sun Military Awards are back to salute the finest Armed Forces in the world, who have again performed jaw-dropping heroics at home and around the globe. Today we showcase the elite, shortlisted by judges from hundreds of readers’ nominations. The winners, revealed tonight at Banqueting House in London, were picked by a judging panel of former top brass, Forces’ supporters and celebs. One extra award, selected by the panel, will be unveiled at tonight’s ceremony.Hero at home: unit RAF Mountain Rescue Service: This year, the RAF Mountain Rescue Service celebrated 75 years of life-saving heroics. It was created during World War Two to save downed aircrew in remote and inhospitable corners of the UK. Top brass were learning to their dismay that pilots were surviving the crash, then falling victim to the harsh environment – so the service was born. During this year, the team of volunteers has responded to 66 call-outs. They have come to the rescue of injured … [Read more...] about Here are the selfless heroes nominated for The Sun Military Awards as we salute the finest Armed Forces in the world
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Norwegian former World and Olympic cross-country skiing champion Petter Northug has decided to quit the sport after struggling to recover from a series of injuries and setbacks that saw him miss the Pyeongchang Winter Games this year. There were tears from the 32-year-old, who missed the 2018 Games in February after failing to get fit in time following an illness, as he held a news conference in Trondheim on Wednesday to announce his retirement.gi "It's been an adventure -- I had a little dream when I was a little boy that I would be a good skier and I'm proud to have achieved that. Cross-country skiing has been my life for so many years so it's tough to quit," he told reporters, his voice cracking with emotion."I have done my utmost to get back in shape and fight for a place at the World Cup in Seefeld but for the past two weeks I've felt that I'm too far behind, and then I chose not to spend more energy on it," Northug explained.One of the most popular figures … [Read more...] about Norway’s golden boy Northug announces he is quitting
By Philip O'ConnorSTOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Norwegian soccer fans watched from the sidelines as their Nordic neighbours enjoyed being at this year's World Cup in Russia, but under coach Lars Lagerback they once again look like contenders to qualify for the finals of a major tournament.gi Since his appointment in February 2017 the pragmatic Swede has rebuilt Norway into a team that won their Nations League Group and are in with a real chance of reaching the European Championship finals for the first time in 20 years. "I'm relatively happy - you can always be better, but we haven't just delivered good results. In my opinion we have taken some very big steps in how we play, in particular defensively," the 70-year-old Lagerback told Reuters in an interview. "We need to be more effective in front of goal, but we have been very good in getting to the penalty area. The players have done very well, they work hard and we have created a good organisation within the team."He was given the job with a … [Read more...] about Swede Lagerback bringing Norwegian soccer in from the cold