Wantaway England captain Kane tipped to miss Spurs season opener against Man City after ‘extending holiday’

Ironically, the England skipper appears to be forcing a move to the Etihad giants after making his desire to leave Spurs clear to chairman Daniel Levy in May.City are on the verge of announcing Jack Grealish’s £100 million ($139 million) signing, but are also rumored to be interested in paying anything up to double that for his Three Lions teammate Kane.So hold on.. Follow RT on

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has in essence ruled himself out of his team’s opening Premier League fixture against Manchester City after taking extra holiday time in Florida, according to reports. after initial reports Kane had 'gone on strike', his entourage changed their story and said Harry was isolating at home after a holiday in the Carribbean. But he's actually in Florida.Even his own people don't seem to know what he's doing or where he is. Also on rt.com
Wantaway England captain Harry Kane heats up talk of massive move to Man City by failing to report to Tottenham’s pre-season camp

Tied to a six-year contract that was signed in 2018 and runs until 2024, Kane has a job on his hands to leave North London in search of silverware.Believing he has a gentleman’s agreement with Levy, this has thus far not been honored, which has forced Kane to resort to such tactics in a bid to perhaps tire Spurs into letting him go. #thfc— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) August 4, 2021Ever since his no-show on Monday, the British press has been following Kane’s every move with the Daily Mail reporting that he had stopped off in Florida on the way back from a well-earned family vacation in the Bahamas.His club were understandably left frustrated by the snub at the turn of the week, but that same outlet have provided an update in that rather than returning to London post-haste, they are still waiting for him to confirm his comeback on Wednesday evening as Kane is “understood to have remained in Florida”.In normal times, Kane staying an extra day in the Sunshine State wouldn’t have been the end of the world, as the Premier League doesn’t kick off until the weekend of August 14-15; though it would have been ideal for him to feature against bitter rivals Chelsea today and Arsenal on Sunday in preseason friendlies. With Covid restrictions still in effect, however, he must take a test at Spurs’ Enfield HQ this weekend and then complete isolation for up to 10 days before being able to train with his teammates.On Day Five, though, Kane reportedly plans to take a “test to release” procedure which would end his quarantine should he produce a negative result.

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‘Silly talk’: British pundit raises eyebrows by calling Ebanie Bridges ‘a potential Muhammad Ali for women’s boxing’

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UK boxing journalist Gareth A Davies has been berated online after making the claim that Australian ‘Blonde Bomber’ Ebanie Bridges could potentially be a ‘Muhammad Ali’ for the women’s side of the sport. 😂— Nick Peet (@Peety_Editor) August 3, 2021″Bec always comes out strong and fast, and I’m a bit similar,” Bridges explained.”I feel like it’s going to be a heated fight because we both like to get into a scrap, but I’m not going to get drawn into a firefight if I can just box her.”I’m definitely going for the stoppage, and she’s not somebody who really gets stopped, particularly at 118 lbs which would be the lighter side.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Blonde Bomber 💣💁🏼‍♀️ (@ebanie_bridges) View this post on InstagramA post shared by Blonde Bomber 💣💁🏼‍♀️ (@ebanie_bridges)”It would make a big impact,” Bridges predicted, were she able to pull off her threat. “Because girls aren’t stopping her and they’re often fighting her without much of a camp at all, so I’m excited to test myself against her with proper preparation.” Davies, who usually writes for the Daily Telegraph and also features on squared circle coverage by streaming giant DAZN, said as much in a video that was shared on social media Tuesday evening.”Watch out for Ebanie Bridges,” he warns.”‘Cause she is potentially a Muhammad Ali for women’s boxing.”👀 "@EbanieBridges is potentially a Muhammad Ali for women's boxing."@GarethADaviesDT 🗣 pic.twitter.com/Au7YZr8Ze7— Pitch Boxing (@PitchBoxing) August 3, 2021″Why?,” Davies asks.”Because she is a complete free spirit like Muhammad Ali was.””She can change the way society sees women boxers,” he predicts.”The lingerie at weigh-ins. But step away from the bar! But step away from the bar!” said a fellow respected scribe.”Too many tequilas brother!”Attempting to get her 5-1 record back to winning ways at the weekend, Bridges will take on 3-9 Bec Connolly at the Matchroom Headquarters.At the weigh-in on Friday, expect the lingerie stunts Davies speaks of as Bridges has meanwhile promised she is “definitely going for the stoppage”.I love you man. 🙈— Dave Coldwell (@davidcoldwell) August 4, 2021″I love you man. The posing. The total ownership of what her body is and what she’s doing.””Watch this space, because she is a fascinating person in the sport of boxing” he signs off.  View this post on InstagramA post shared by Blonde Bomber 💣💁🏼‍♀️ (@ebanie_bridges) View this post on InstagramA post shared by Blonde Bomber 💣💁🏼‍♀️ (@ebanie_bridges)Though Bridges gave a good account of herself last time out in a WBA bantamweight title fight lost against Shannon Courtenay in April, Davies unsurprisingly got stick for comparing her to the Olympic gold medalist and only three-time lineal heavyweight champion widely-regarded as the greatest boxer of all time.”Gareth’s a top fella, respect for Ebanie Bridges, more so after her last fight but this is just silly talk!” replied sweet science coach Dave Coldwell on Twitter.”Despite the huge struggle Jane Couch went through, what [pound-for-pound great] Katie Taylor and even [IBO and WBC super featherweight champion] Terri Harper have done for the women’s game and community you still wouldn’t mention Ali’s name.”Gareth’s a top fella,respect for Ebanie Bridges, more so after her last fight but this is just silly talk!Despite the huge struggle Jane Couch went thru,what Katie Taylor & even Terri Harper have done for the women’s game & community u still wouldn’t mention Ali’s name. Too many tequilas brother!

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Golden oldie: Defiant Djokovic already targeting elusive Olympic title at Paris 2024 following explosive end to Tokyo Games

 “I know in my heart I gave it everything to fight for a medal, and I’m looking forward to coming back strong at Paris 2024.”In a second tweet, Djokovic added: “This was an unbelievable experience I will never forget. #tennispic.twitter.com/6cCpJh4uTK— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) August 4, 2021“It was a true privilege to represent Serbia at the Olympics. Good luck to all the Serbian athletes still competing for a medal.”This was an unbelievable experience I will never forget 🙏🏼. Thank you #Tokyo2020 and everyone that helped us come together for the magic of sport. I know in my heart I gave it everything to fight for a medal, and I’m looking forward to coming back stronger at #Paris2024. Follow RT on

Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic is already targeting the Paris Olympics in three years’ time – when he will be 37 years old – after seeing his medal hopes in Tokyo go down in an angry blaze of racket smashing. Thank you Tokyo 2020 and everyone that helped us come together for the magic of sport,” wrote Djokovic in a message on social media. pic.twitter.com/0MWzeZV8Y9— ‎‎‎‎‎. Heading into the Tokyo Games, Djokovic was eyeing a historic ‘Golden Slam’ of all four Majors and Olympic gold, having already scooped titles at the US and French Opens and Wimbledon this year.But it was not to be as a frustrated Djokovic succumbed to a fightback from Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the semi-final of the singles before blowing his bronze medal chances in a bad-tempered defeat to Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.Djokovic then got a warning for this. (@Ashish__TV) July 31, 2021Compounding an ultimately fruitless trek to Japan this summer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion then pulled out of the mixed doubles bronze medal match – where he was due to play alongside Nina Stojanovic – citing a shoulder injury.The sole Olympic medal in Djokovic’s otherwise glittering career remains the bronze he won in Beijing in 2008.However, the 34-year-old is not giving up on his Olympic dreams just yet, already vowing to bounce back in Paris in 2024.It was a true privilege to represent #SRB at the Olympics. Pablo asked how he was not given a point penalty. Good luck to all the Serbian athletes still competing for a medal 💪🏼🇷🇸🙌🏼 @OKSrbije#SRB#Tokyo2020#tennispic.twitter.com/jSyopFzgLl— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) August 4, 2021Djokovic’s attentions will now turn to the US Open later this month, where he will aim to seal a calendar Grand Slam of all four major titles in the same year.Should the Serb achieve the feat, he would be the first male tennis star to do so since Rod Laver managed it in 1969.

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Patriotic Olympic wrestling champ who proclaimed ‘I freaking love living in the USA!’ is hailed by UFC boss Dana White (VIDEO)

I love your energy, I love your positivity, and we couldn’t have a better representative of our country,” wrote White.Congratulations Tamyra Stock for being the first black woman to win a wrestling gold medal. Get em all Dana!”  Some in the US media have similarly been in thrall to Mensah-Stock, with Fox News claiming she had “captured the attention of citizens who’ve been beaten over the head by social justice warriors who’ve sucked the fun out of the Games.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Tamyra Mariama Mensah Stock (@mensahtamyrastock)Mensah-Stock took up wrestling in 10th grade while in Katy, Texas, after being encouraged by her twin sister.Tragically, their father died in a car accident on the way home from one of her wrestling events, leading Mensah-Stock to question whether she could continue.But battle on she did, continuing a path which was disrupted by missing out on the Rio Games in 2016 but not derailed entirely, as she rose to the top of the podium in Tokyo. Mensah-Stock, 28, added to America’s gold medal haul in Tokyo with victory in the 68kg women’s final over Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria this week, becoming only the second US woman ever to win an Olympic wrestling title.While that achievement has made headlines, the interview which followed Mensah-Stock’s success has arguably gained even more traction by showcasing the wrestling star’s larger-than-life personality.“I love representing the US. Hopefully this is just the beginning for her,” added another person.“This is how you represent,” said another admirer. 
Tamyra Mensah-Stock was overjoyed at her gold medal. I freaking love living there." pic.twitter.com/04JZ6BRobV— Joe Kinsey (@JoeKinseyexp) August 3, 2021“I’m so happy I get to represent USA! © Reuters Elsewhere, some claimed it was a blatant sales pitch from the enamored White, with one reply reading: “Fastest recruitment I’ve ever seen! Barbecue!” Follow RT on

UFC chief Dana White has joined the legions complimenting newly-crowned Olympic wrestling queen Tamyra Mensah-Stock, whose infectious enthusiasm and love of her American homeland has won her praise online. She’s gonna have her little cooking business. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Tamyra Mariama Mensah Stock (@mensahtamyrastock)In keeping with her bubbly-but-humble demeanor, Mensah-Stock said she would be using some of the financial gains from her gold medal success to set her mom up “with a food truck.”“I wanted to give my mom $30,000 so she can get a food truck, because it’s her dream,” she said.“And I told her five years ago, ‘Alright mommy, I’ll get you your food truck, but you gotta be responsible.“So my mom’s gettin’ her food truck! She can cook really, really, really well. I freaking love living there,” beamed the wrestler, draped in the Stars and Stripes, when she was asked how it felt to appear for her homeland.Wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock after winning gold: "I love representing the U.S. pic.twitter.com/NE2S2tpBe0— danawhite (@danawhite) August 3, 2021Many agreed, with British UFC icon Michael Bisping simply replying: “awesome.”“Tremendous,” wrote former Olympic gymnastics champ Dominique Moceanu.“Most of all I love how excited and honored she is the represent USA. I love your energy, I love your positivity, and we couldn’t have a better representative of our country. I love it!” added Mensah-Stock, who was born in Chicago to a mother from Illinois and a father who hailed from Ghana.The clip soon went viral and was picked up by UFC boss White, who shared it with his 5.6 million followers.“Congratulations Tamyra Stock for being the first black woman to win a wrestling gold medal.

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‘In excellent shape’: Eriksen returns to Inter Milan training following Euro 2020 cardiac arrest (VIDEO)

That is what concerned me the most.”Anthony Taylor will always be a hero for his actions in helping to save Christian Eriksen's life 🙏 pic.twitter.com/drEX0SaRUl— Goal (@goal) August 3, 2021″I called a doctor on to the field,” Taylor went on.”Nothing else hit me until the following day when I was traveling back to [the match officials’ base in] Istanbul. I knew straight away something was wrong because of how his face looked and how he fell to the floor. “He’s in really good conditions”, official statement says. ❤️🇩🇰 #Eriksenpic.twitter.com/yOelhhhv4i— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 4, 2021Whether Eriksen can return to the field in Italy is a matter still up in the air. Fitted with an ICD defibrillator after collapsing during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opening loss against Finland and spending six days in hospital, Francesco Braconaro – a member of the technical scientific committee (CTS) of the FIGC – poured doubt on his Nerazzurri comeback a fortnight ago.”Christian Eriksen cannot be given the all-clear to play in Italy,” said Braconaro on a Napoli radio show.“If the player has the defibrillator removed, therefore confirming the pathology can be resolved, then he can return to play for Inter.”But in their statement, later accompanied by a video on social media showing Eriksen embracing colleagues, Inter insisted their charge is “doing well and is in excellent physical and mental shape”.📹 | VIDEO Eriksen back at the Suning Training Centre 👇pic.twitter.com/J35TO1EPRZ— Inter 🏆🇮🇹 (@Inter_en) August 4, 2021Elsewhere, the referee of the Denmark-Finland match, Anthony Taylor, has spoken on the horror incident for the first time since it played out almost two months ago. Claiming to BBC Sport he “could tell straight away” that “Christian was on his own”, he explained how “the only thing that was close to him was a bouncing ball which hit his knee”.”I was actually looking directly at him when he fell over. Follow RT on

Denmark and Inter Milan star Christian Eriksen has returned to training for his club following his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020, as confirmed by the Italian Serie A reigning champions in a statement on Wednesday afternoon. Fantastic to see Chris like this! The real heroes on that night were the Danish captain and the medics who performed the initial CPR and defibrillation.”Asked if occurrences such as these are the reason why defibrillators are so important, Taylor was affirmative.”Yes,” he answered.”It doesn’t matter how fit, or young, or old we think we are, a sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any point in time, so that, to me, highlights the importance of having these defib units available everywhere possible and for people to understand why we need them and how to use them.” I could see his face as he fell. After the exit of predecessor Antonio Conte in the San Siro dugout, the 29-year-old met new coach Simeone Inzaghi as well as his teammates.With their title defense getting underway on August 21 against Genoa, Eriksen will follow a recovery program “put forward by Danish doctors in Copenhagen, who will also co-ordinate the clinical follow-up”.Simultaneously, Inter’s medical team will be kept up to date on his progress.Christian Eriksen back at Inter training ground today.

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Belgian athlete Van der Plaetsen suffers horror long jump injury as he tumbles head-first into sand in Tokyo decathlon (VIDEO)

he underwent surgery and chemotherapy and battled back from that so hopefully he's OK after this too https://t.co/j3lpYm2ScT— Senorita Ding Dong (@KaylaJ67) August 4, 2021Indeed, reports are now circling that Van der Plaetsen “tore his hamstring and the ligaments in his right foot during the run up” and will now be “out for several months according to his medical staff”, which will indefinitely terminate his Tokyo 2020 Games. pic.twitter.com/GX0iW61UZY— TobiAnimados (@TobiAnimados) August 4, 2021But there is a good reason for this, as pointed out by some who took umbrage to those having a laugh at Van der Plaetsen’s expense.After his “flawless execution” was mocked, a journalist called it a “p*ss poor take”.”Belgium’s Thomas Van der Plaetsen survived cancer in 2015 and is representing his country in an Olympics, but sure poke fun at the athlete who no doubt suffered a horrible knee injury in this run.”this guy has some arcs in his career. some years ago van der Plaetsen had an abnormal drug test which turned out to be how they found he had testicular cancer. Follow RT on

Belgian decathlete Thomas Van der Plaetsen’s campaign for a first ever Olympics medal appears to have ended on its first day after the 30-year-old suffered injury while attempting to complete the long jump. 😱 I wish a fast recovery for Thomas van der Plaetsen. The incident occurred in just the second event of Tokyo 2020’s decathlon.Van der Plaetsen started off on a good run-up heading to the jumping-off point, yet appeared to stumble at launch, causing him to fall on his side and face down in the sand pit.First checked on by his trainers, he later left the Olympic Stadium with the aid of a wheelchair and his country’s flag covering his shoulders.Feel for Belgium's Thomas van der Plaetsen as he suffers an injury on the run up in the decathlon long jump#athletics#tokyo2020pic.twitter.com/4ut934mzlr— Matt W-S 🔑🟤 (@Yakcall) August 4, 2021Van der Plaetsen finished 17th in the 100-meter dash prior to this and amassed 850 points with his time of 11.05 seconds.Looking to improve his previous outing at the athletics spectacle, where he finished sixth at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he ended the 2019 European Indoor Championships in the same position and came in ninth in the 2019 World Championships.Winning gold in the European Junior Championships and 2011 European U23 Championships, he looked capable of carrying on this form through to adulthood with top honors at the 2015 and 2016 European Championships, yet has slumped in the past few years.The angle of his knee!

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Six appeal: Russian artistic swimming star Romashina lands historic Olympic gold as she & Kolesnichenko take Tokyo title

Appearing in black spider-themed swimwear, Romashina and Kolesnichenko finished top of the pile in the women’s duet after their free routine, ending with a total of 195.9079 points.That put the duo comfortably ahead of China’s Huang Xuechen and Sun Wenyan in second, with Ukrainian pair Marta Fiedina and Anastasiya Savchuk taking home the bronze medal.Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Svetlana Romashinaof #ROC win #Gold in the women’s #ArtisticSwimming duet.#StrongerTogether | #Tokyo2020 | @FINA1908pic.twitter.com/DCpdYrgPr6— Olympics (@Olympics) August 4, 2021For Romashina, 31, the title is her sixth at the Olympic Games – adding to her double gold at both the Rio and London Games and single title in Beijing – putting her out on her own as the most successful Olympian her sport has ever seen.The Muscovite also has a remarkable 21 world championship titles to her name. The gold for Kolesnichenko, 27, was her second at the Olympics after she won the team title in Rio.Kolesnichenko is also a 16-time world champion.  
Svetlana Romashina and partner Svetlana Kolesnichenko scooped Tokyo gold. 🙌A legend of the sport. Not youth or freshness, I’m not a zealous young horse who runs at full speed no matter where. “Now I’m an experienced horse! © Reuters Russian swimmers – this time competing under the banner of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) – have been all-conquering in artistic swimming events (formerly known as synchronized swimming) in recent editions of the Games, winning both the duet and team events at the past five Olympics prior to Tokyo.Romashina has completed a hat-trick of titles in the duet, having won her past two golds with Natalia Ishchenko – whom she now moves ahead of in the all-time gold medal stakes. Unattainable. #ArtisticSwimming— Inside Synchro (@inside_synchro) August 4, 2021SIX 👏 OLYMPIC 👏 GOLD 👏 MEDALS 👏Svetlana Romashina becomes the Olympic Champion for the 6th time as she and partner Svetlana Kolesnichenko storm to gold in the women's duet artistic swimming. 98.8000, for a combined score of 195.9079. Follow RT on

Svetlana Romashina became the most successful artistic swimmer in Olympic history as she and duet partner Svetlana Kolesnichenko won gold in the Tokyo pool with another flawless display on Wednesday. My physical strength is not what it was at 18 years old,” she told the Russian media.  View this post on InstagramA post shared by Svetlana Romashina (@svetlanaromashina)”Now I’m swimming on experience.  
Romashina and Kolesnichenko tasted gold again. The type that a hundred times will think is it necessary to run anywhere at all?’”Online, Romashina was hailed for another incredible showing on Wednesday, where fans described her as a “legend” following yet another typically “impeccable” performance. Well, Svetlana Romashina just won her sixth Olympic gold. © Reuters After her latest feat, Romashina suggested that the Tokyo Games could be her last. “I understand that these are my final Olympic Games, I’m not young. Impeccable swim. Congratulations!#Tokyo2020#ArtisticSwimming@fina1908pic.twitter.com/J9XSNTxruE— Athlete365 (@Athlete365) August 4, 2021Remarkably, Romashina will go for Olympic gold number seven when she competes for the ROC in the team event later this week. The gold on Wednesday was the ROC’s 14th at this summer’s Games, putting them sixth in the medal table.  

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‘Didn’t realise being hot was an Olympic sport’: Fans question ‘World’s Sexiest Athlete’ Alica Schmidt’s Tokyo 2020 contribution

She was no good.”@alicaschmidtDreams can come true 🥰🥺##olympics2020##trackandfield##running##lovewhatyoudo##teamgermany♬ Can I – richonm View this post on InstagramA post shared by ᗩlica Ѕchmidt (@alicasmd)Schmidt did explain her strength routine to prove to followers she does train and her summer in the land of the rising sun isn’t all about bagging freebies from sponsors.“About 30 percent of my training is focused on strength. READ MORE: ‘World’s sexiest athlete’ Alica Schmidt says ‘Tokyo is calling’ as German track stunner reveals joy at Olympics selection (PHOTOS)Schmidt qualified as part of Germany’s 400m relay team, but her debut dream was dashed when she was benched for Saturday’s mixed event. how do you focus,” another wrote in the comments, while another compared Schmidt to another good-looking athlete in Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova: “This is like Anna Kournikova saying she was a champion tennis player. “Didn’t realise being hot was a sport,” said another. View this post on InstagramA post shared by ᗩlica Ѕchmidt (@alicasmd)Schmidt posted a video showing off her Germany track vest and pants in a video titled “dreams can come true” but many have so far come to the conclusion Schmidt has been selected by Team Deutschland to promote the Olympics through her undoubted good looks and throngs fo followers rather than compete on merit.READ MORE: ‘I cannot risk it’: Second female athletics star vows not to return to Belarus because she fears losing freedom and her life“Confused. Your videos are showing a lot of posing which is cool, but I cannot see your event anywhere,” one follower said. For the most part, explosive and functional full-body exercises are on my schedule,” she explained. Your values, beliefs and expectations form your attitude. Enter Olympics for free stuff” and has gained 118,00 likes so far indicating some level of agreement with that opinion from her followers.”You are on social media all day.. View this post on InstagramA post shared by ᗩlica Ѕchmidt (@alicasmd) View this post on InstagramA post shared by ᗩlica Ѕchmidt (@alicasmd)Her crowd on that platform are kept happy with infrequent selfies and photo sessions, but her 419,500 Tik Tok fans have been treated to daily insights and updates with snippets of Tokyo life from touchdown to track training.READ MORE: In a race for radical wokeness, Dove & BBC show how brands will destroy own reputation to support the destruction of women’s sportAnd they have become more cynical of what they’re seeing and have implied Schmidt is freeloading in Tokyo. Bring on everything ahead and set your standards high,” she is quoted as saying.The Worms-born blonde can still make her long-awaited Olympic debut, by being selected for the women’s 4x400m relay on Friday, but her chances are expected to be slim. View this post on InstagramA post shared by ᗩlica Ѕchmidt (@alicasmd) View this post on InstagramA post shared by ᗩlica Ѕchmidt (@alicasmd)“It’s super effective, strengthening and activating the leg muscles, the classic way with squats and lunges. There are then seven to eight training sessions a week that last between two and three hours.” Schmidt’s own mantra, listed on her official Olympic profile, takes aim at those who criticise others, promoting cherishing their accomplishments instead of jealousy.  @alicaschmidtTouchdown Tokyo 🇯🇵 First impression of the olympic village 😍 ##tokyo2020##olympics##dreamscometrue♬ Midnight City – M83″Cherish other people’s success instead of being jealous of what they have accomplished. View this post on InstagramA post shared by ᗩlica Ѕchmidt (@alicasmd) View this post on InstagramA post shared by ᗩlica Ѕchmidt (@alicasmd)Despite inactivity, one place Schmidt has been active is on social media keeping her army of admirers updated on her ever movement in Japan.READ MORE: ‘More assertive than when removing racist abuse’: World’s fastest woman Thompson-Herah Insta-BLOCKED for posting OWN race footageThe German’s 2.3 million Instagram followers were garnered due to the attention from an Australian magazine article dubbing her the ‘World’s Sexiest Athlete’, although their arbitration was backed up by popular opinion. What are you even doing? View this post on InstagramA post shared by ᗩlica Ѕchmidt (@alicasmd)“Isn’t this the Olympian who has just been sitting in the stands and hasn’t competed? Nevertheless, Schmidt wouldn’t have seen action as the German team was disqualified for making contact with the Jamaican team. Beauty contest ain’t an Olympic sport,” one more chimed in.One of the most recent videos from Schmidt was ‘Tokyo 2020 Presents’, where she showed off her haul free stuff from Asics trainers and athletics clothes, to Samsung phones and headphones, snacks and cola all for gratis as well as a look around the Olympic village.@alicaschmidtTokyo 2020 Presents 🥰 ##olympics2020##tokyo2020♬ STAY – The Kid LAROI & Justin BieberThe top comment to the clip read: “Enter Olympics to win X. Follow RT on

Olympic fans have questioned the contribution of German track athlete Alica Schmidt to her team at the Tokyo 2020 Games, as despite the 22-year-old’s voluminous social media output, she hasn’t featured yet in any discipline.

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UFC icon Aldo puts aside McGregor feud to back stricken Irish star to rise to top again after horror leg injury

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Conor McGregor SNAPS leg in horror injury as he suffers defeat to Poirier at UFC 264 (VIDEO)

“The fight was going well especially because Conor forgot [his promotional] side and tried to be the fighter and win until that leg situation happened,” said Aldo.”But, man, I think it’s up to him [to return]. #UFC229pic.twitter.com/j3kw2vY9uW— UFC (@ufc) October 5, 2018Yet Aldo still tips him to make a comeback.”I think he can [get back to fighting at a high level]. If he wants to come back again, he will work hard, abdicate from certain things to get there, dedicate himself and go back to the winning path.”As for Aldo, he continues his long road to the bantamweight title against compatriot Pedro Munhoz, in the co-main event at UFC 265 on Saturday. It’s all up to him. Follow RT on

Troubled UFC star Conor McGregor has received support from the unlikeliest of sources, as former octagon rival Jose Aldo backed the Irishman to return to the top of mixed martial arts upon recovering from his horror leg break. If he wants to come back at a high level, he can do it.”Unlike others who felt that ‘Notorious’ was on the verge of being knocked out in the second straight bout running by Poirier, Aldo also found him to have been performing well until his horror leg snap. As McGregor embarked on one of the most phenomenal rises to the summit in any sport in the mid-2010s, he became embroiled in a bitter feud with the Brazilian.At the time one of the UFC’s top pound-for-pound fighters and unbeaten in the elite championship, Aldo had what McGregor wanted in the featherweight title and made sure he got his shot through continuous trash talking while racking up the wins.By the time they finally met in December 2015, some felt that ‘Mystic Mac’ had wound up Aldo to such an extent that he had already won the fight before the first buzzer, and were in a fashion proven right just 13 seconds into their box-office smash.Conor McGregor kept taking Jose Aldo’s belt before he ended up winning it in 13 seconds 😳(via @ufc) pic.twitter.com/ms1YuGqOdE— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 30, 2020Falling into McGregor’s trap by going out all guns blazing, Aldo was KO’d within that time frame and paved the way for his rival to become the biggest star in MMA and later a two-division king that would earn over $100 million in a crossover boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.Almost six years on from their row, however, Aldo seems to hold no grudges and has expressed concern for the controversial 33-year-old.Amassing a poor record of 1-3 in his last four outings, McGregor is enshrouded in scandal following a heated dispute with Dustin Poirier and his wife, which continued after the New Orleans native’s second consecutive win against him while crumpled on the octagon floor in Las Vegas at UFC 264 recently.”First of all, I’m upset with the injury,” Aldo revealed to Ag. Fight.”It’s quite hard, we work with our body, we try to keep it healthy because that way we can always be working.”"OOOOOH… I never doubt the champions, the mind and willpower of the champions,” Aldo stated. “He has dominating before and was the lightweight and featherweight champion. Unbelievable"Step into the booth for @JoeRogan's reaction to McGregor-Aldo.

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‘Bolt from the blue’: Vaccinated Russian karate queen Chernysheva ruled out of Tokyo Games after positive Covid test

We hoped that she was prepared for the situation, but unfortunately, vaccinated people also get sick.“As for the state of her health, she’s asymptomatic. Of course we’re in shock.”   View this post on InstagramA post shared by Чернышева Анна (@anna__chernysheva_) View this post on InstagramA post shared by Федерация каратэ России (@ruswkf)Speaking to Russian sports outlet Championat, a representative from the Russian Karate Federation said Chernysheva had been vaccinated against coronavirus back in April.“For me it was like a bolt from the blue. Anna Chernysheva can’t compete at the Olympics.   View this post on InstagramA post shared by Федерация каратэ России (@ruswkf)“Anna… you and your coach Alexander Yudin have come a long way to the Games and did everything in your power.“We understand how difficult this is for you now and we really want to support you! The control test was similarly disappointing,” announced the Russian Karate Federation. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Чернышева Анна (@anna__chernysheva_)The head doctor for the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team, Andrey Zholinsky, has said a psychologist will be on hand for Chernysheva if needed during her isolation in Tokyo. All the precautions were taken – she was under strict controls.“Anna was vaccinated back in April. Her mandatory Covid test was positive. “Get well soon, we are waiting for you on the tatami for bright contests and new victories!”Tolyatti-born starlet Chernysheva was crowned European champion in the kumite 55kg earlier this year, but will be forced to miss the competition in Tokyo, where karate is making its Olympic debut.    “Her psychological condition is tough, we prepared for the Olympics for two years,” said Chernysheva’s coach Yudin.“Everything was good. Follow RT on

The sole Russian karate representative at the Tokyo Olympic Games, Anna Chernysheva, has been ruled out of the competition due to a positive Covid test despite being vaccinated back in April, according to her federation.    She feels fine.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Чернышева Анна (@anna__chernysheva_)It was reported that none of the other athletes who traveled on Chernysheva’s flight to Tokyo – including wrestlers and artistic gymnasts – had tested positive.Adding to Chernysheva’s disappointment at missing out on the Tokyo Games is the fact that karate is set to be missing from the Olympic program in Paris in 2024. Chernysheva, 19, tested positive on arriving in Tokyo this week and has been sent into a mandatory 10-day quarantine at a designated hotel.“Very sad news from Japan.

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‘More assertive than when removing racist abuse’: World’s fastest woman Thompson-Herah Insta-BLOCKED for posting OWN race footage

Jamaican Thompson-Herah became the first woman to ever defend the 100m and 200m Olympic titles by first becoming the world’s fastest woman for a second time in the 100m on Saturday.The 29-year-old followed that up with 200m glory on Tuesday to make a double-defence of her titles won at Rio 2016 and bring her individual gold medal haul to four and continue Jamaica’s proud sprinting heritage. 
Elaine Thompson-Herah crosses the finish line first in the women’s 200m final at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Tuesday – Reuters / PAWEL KOPCZYNSKI As with every twenty-something, Thompson-Herah was keen to share her success on Instagram, and posted dozens of stories that included television replays of her race as well as reposted videos from well-wishers to her 311,000 followers.However, the social media site didn’t take kindly to an apparent breach of copyright, despite Thompson-Herah technically posting a video of herself, the very thing for which the application’s stories feature was created, and the ‘Sprint Queen’ reported she’d been swiftly blocked.I was blocked on Instagram for posting the races of the Olympic because I did not own the right to do so. Watch yah— shoy876🇯🇲 (@tlmitc86) August 3, 2021Thompson-Herah’s time of 21.53 completed an incredible quadruple for the Manchester Parish-born sprinter, only late US runner Florence Griffith Joyner has ever run the distance faster, although her times have been shrouded in controversy due to allegations of doping. Capitalism 🤣— Phaṱhutshedzo (@ndi_Phathu) August 3, 2021Athletes, Artists, Creatives, have rights to their own image & likeness— Anita Baker (@IAMANITABAKER) August 3, 2021You OWNED that race though!— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) August 3, 2021Lol. Is it not obvious that something about that just isn’t right?— Anson Henry (@ansonhenry) August 3, 2021Blocked for something you made amazing? So see y’all in 2 days,” Thompson-Herah posted on Twitter of her @fastelaine Insta account.Banning the ‘Sprint Queen’ opened a can of ethical worms as to what big social media sites deem unacceptable content, in the wake of racist abuse posted don social media and apparent inactivity of “Instagram can be more assertive stopping an athlete posting footage of their successes than removing racist abuse,” Olympic reporter Rob Harris wrote.Others expressed disbelief that Instagram could ban an athlete for posting her own successes on the social site, pointing out that figuratively she very much owned the race.Even Olympic champions get blocked for posting themselves running… So see y’all in 2 days— Elaine Thompson Herah (@FastElaine) August 3, 2021″I was blocked on Instagram for posting the races of the Olympic because I did not own the right to do so. Also on rt.com
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Double Tokyo 2020 sprint champ Elaine Thompson-Herah says she was blocked by Instagram for posting footage of her race, sparking a debate over the ethics of social media sites and policies for unacceptable content.

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Chelsea fans react to ‘£110 MILLION’ raid for Lukaku as pursuit could end hopes of landing Haaland

Insane!”This sort of attitude had fun poked at it by others that had picked up on it, with one critic remarking, “Chelsea fans switched from Haaland to Lukaku real quick” alongside a string of laugh-crying emojis. Chelsea fans switched from Haaland to Lukaku real quick hahaha😂😂😂— Sharyf🦁 (@__Sharyf) August 3, 2021Chelsea fans rejecting Lukaku because they wanted Haaland is like a homeless man saying: “I don’t take cash, card only.”— MAH (@matissearmani) August 4, 2021Yet the fickleness of a certain section of Chelsea fans “rejecting Lukaku because they wanted Haaland” was not lost on others and compared to “a homeless man saying: ‘I don’t take cash, card only.'”Increasing the likelihood of the deal coming off, Lukaku is reportedly keen on returning to Stamford Bridge and believes he has “unfinished business” there to prove his worth. “I wanted Haaland, as he is the next footballing prodigy… but Lukaku is a world class ELITE striker who will walk into a team who are European Champions! 🔵 #CFCChelsea are also offering Lukaku a long term contract for €12m net per season as salary.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 3, 2021Blasting Inter to their first Serie A win in over a decade last term with 24 goals and 11 assists, Lukaku has never been a success at a top club in England. Spanning from 2011-2014, he has one failed assignment at Stamford Bridge to his name where he made just 10 Premier League appearances without a goal.Loan spellls at West Bromich Albion and Everton, prior to a permanent move to Merseyside, were far more successful, and caught the attention of Manchester United who then paid in excess of £70 million to capture him in 2017.Struggling to kick on at Old Trafford too, however, he was shipped off to Inter like Ashley Young and Alexis Sanchez, but has since blossomed into one of Europe’s top forwards.This has caught the attention of Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel, who believes Lukaku “could turn Chelsea’s inconsistent attack into one capable of challenging for the Premier League title”, but reaction to the possible move when the Blues are also meant to be in the hunt for Haaland has been mixed.The thought of watching Lukaku and Havertz linking up is just too perfect.— Chelsea Extra 🏆 (@CFCExtra) August 3, 2021Negative comments mostly centered on his sketchy history in England and his age at 28, plus why Chelsea couldn’t go for broke and hand over the extra money needed to land Haaland.But not everyone shared such pessimism.”The thought of watching Lukaku and [Kai] Havertz linking up is just too perfect,” it was said by a well-followed fan account.”Romelu Lukaku will score so many goals in this Chelsea team…,” another party predicted.”Boy, oh boy, the league isn’t ready for what we are about to do to it.”Romelu Lukaku will score so many goals in this Chelsea team… boy oh boy the league isn’t ready for what we are about to do to it 😍— George Benson (@MrGeorgeBenson) August 4, 2021Spent the morning weighing up everything, Romelu Lukaku is an absolutely monstrous signing for Chelsea Football Club. I wanted Haaland, as he is the next footballing prodigy… but Lukaku is a world class ELITE striker who will walk into a team who are European Champions! Proposal expected around €120/130m after opening bid turned down by Inter [€100m + Marcos Alonso involved in the deal]. Insane!— George Benson (@MrGeorgeBenson) August 4, 2021A few hours later, that same user wrote: “Spent the morning weighing up everything, Romelu Lukaku is an absolutely monstrous signing for Chelsea Football Club. Follow RT on

Social media users have reacted after sensational news broke of Chelsea making an expensive raid for former Blues striker and Belgium international Romelu Lukaku over Norwegian wonderkid Erling Haaland. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reported on Tuesday that the Champions League winners had already had an £85 million (€100 million / $118.5 million) bid for Lukaku’s services rejected by Inter Milan.But it is expected that increasing the offer could test the resolve of the Serie A holders, who have recent Copa America winner Lautaro Martinez on their books up top. According to Goal.com, the Blues are preparing to return with an offer of up to £111 million to land the big Belgian. Furthermore, left back Marcos Alonso, a Spain international who has experience in Italy following a stint at Fiorentina, could also be included in the deal.Chelsea are preparing a new bid to sign Romelu Lukaku.

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Skateboard star Sky Brown makes history for Britain with Tokyo bronze at age 13 – but EVEN YOUNGER Japanese rival finishes higher

I fell twice, that made the last run feel even better.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Sky Brown (@skybrown)Brown’s medal is made all the more remarkable by the horror injury she endured last May when she fractured her skull, broke her left arm and wrist, and suffered lacerations to her heart and lungs.The damage was described as “life-threatening” by some, but the delay to the Tokyo Games allowed her a chance to recover and go on to etch her name into the history books. Hiraki scooped silver at the age of 12. Brown held her nerve on her third run to take bronze. I was definitely bumped. I’m so happy to be here – I’m blessed. All the girls were ripping it, it was insane,” the youngster told BBC Sport.“It feels unreal! Having suffered spills in her opening two runs of Wednesday’s women’s park final in stifling heat and humidity, Brown nailed her last attempt with a score of 56.47, which was good enough to see her finish third.At just 13 years and 28 days old, Brown became Britain’s youngest-ever Olympic medalist, beating the previous holder of the accolade, swimmer Sarah Hardcastle, who won silver and bronze in Los Angeles in 1984 when aged 15 years and 113 days. © USA Today Sports With the feat, Hiraki became the first Olympic athlete to clinch a medal before turning 13 since France’s Noel Vandernotte won a rowing bronze in 1936, and also saw her become Japan’s youngest-ever Olympian on record. View this post on InstagramA post shared by @thestewgravyBrown represents Team GB but was born in Miyazaki, Japan, to a Japanese mother and British father.A viral skateboard sensation since the age of four, Brown counts Tony Hawk as among her mentors – with the US skateboard icon describing her as “a unicorn”.She went professional at the age of 10, pledging her allegiances to Team GB in 2018.The youngster splits her time between Miyazaki and California, fitting in her schooling around training and competition.Boasting a deal with US sportswear giants Nike, Brown was also the winner of popular American show ‘Dancing with the Stars: Junior’.   View this post on InstagramA post shared by Sky Brown (@skybrown) © Reuters The make-up of the podium continued the Olympic hosts’ dominance of the skate events, after Momiji Nishiya claimed gold in last week’s street competition at the age of 13, making her Japan’s youngest-ever Olympic champion.Brown, however, was delighted to book a spot behind her Japanese rivals on the podium on Wednesday.“It was a super sick final. Follow RT on

Skateboard starlet Sky Brown made history as Great Britain’s youngest-ever Olympic medalist by clinching bronze in Tokyo, but remarkably was not the most youthful face on the podium as 12-year-old Kokona Hiraki won silver. © Reuters Incredibly though, Brown was not the youngest skater to grace the podium at the Ariake Urban Park.The gold medal was scooped by 19-year-old Japanese star Sakura Yosozumi while her compatriot Hiraki claimed silver at the age of just 12 years and 343 days old.  
The skateboard park podium had a combined age of just 44 in Tokyo.

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Belarusian athlete Timanovskaya leaves Tokyo for Vienna in ‘change of plan’ after being expected to fly to Poland

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Belarusian Olympic sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya, who says officials from her country tried to force her to fly home from Tokyo, has left Japan on a flight to Austrian capital Vienna. Timanovskaya, 24, had been expected to fly directly to Warsaw in Poland after being granted a humanitarian visa, but instead took a Vienna-bound Austrian Airlines flight out of Narita Airport on Wednesday.It was later confirmed that Timanovskaya would take a connecting flight to Poland, with the decision being made to change the initial plan because a number of journalists had reportedly also booked the same flight to Warsaw, while there were concerns over the athlete’s privacy and safety.  
Timanovskaya left Japan on Wednesday. © Reuters The scandal surrounding Timanovskaya erupted when she criticized Belarusian Olympic team officials on social media, expressing her dissatisfaction at unexpectedly being included in the 4x400m relay race when some of her teammates were ruled ineligible to compete.She was due to race in the 200m in Tokyo on Monday, but says she was ordered onto a flight back to Belarus on Sunday.Timanovskaya sought police protection at Haneda airport in Tokyo and said she feared being thrown into jail should she return to her homeland.Belarusian team officials have said they withdrew Timanovskaya from the Tokyo Games because of her “emotional and psychological state.”

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‘We got signals something was going on’: Belarus coach says Timanovskaya ‘behaving strangely’ at Olympics before flight scandal

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has opened a formal investigation and on Wednesday spokesman Mark Adams said a “disciplinary commission” will hear from Belarus athletics head coach Yuri Moisevich and sports official Artur Shumak.Belarusian opposition activists and foreign officials – including from the US State Department – have viewed Timanovskaya’s case as part of a crackdown on dissent by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, even though the sprinter says she was not making any kind of political statement.Timanovskaya’s husband, Arseniy Zdanevich, has left Belarus and is currently in Ukraine.

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Fundraiser launches for Belarus Olympic exile’s move to Poland – as husband claims Lukashenko government has questioned her mother

And today, the director of the Second Territorial Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Vasil Zvarych, called me.”He said that the prime minister of the country [Denys Shmyha] expressed his words of support to our family and promised that if I need any help, he is ready to help in solving any issues.”Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, backed that gesture of support on Twitter. She did not even insult officials or coaches. How can you do this with a person? Follow RT on

A Belarusian group aiming to help athletes involved in peaceful protests has appealed for funding for Kristina Timanovskaya’s housing costs in Poland, while her husband has admitted he fears for their parents in their homeland. “I think we can solve everything within a month.”Objectively, Poland is now defending Kristina as if she were a citizen of this country. View this post on InstagramA post shared by • я просто хотела бежать • (@kristi_timanovskaya) View this post on InstagramA post shared by • я просто хотела бежать • (@kristi_timanovskaya)”When Kristina gets to this country, when we are sure that she is safe, then we will agree on where and when we will meet,” said Zdanevich. They are very worried but nothing terrible has happened yet. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Тренер | Массажист • Минск (@arseni_zdanevich) View this post on InstagramA post shared by Фонд спортивной солидарности (@bssf.team)”Now I keep in touch with them. Sprinter Timanovskaya will fly to Warsaw on Wednesday, according to the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation, where she is expected to begin a new life after receiving a humanitarian visa following her high-profile scandal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.The 24-year-old has made headlines worldwide since her criticism of her country’s Olympic set-up led to her being told to leave her nation’s squad at the games, taken to an airport in Japan and encouraged to take a flight back to Belarus, which she shunned by seeking the help of local police who took her to a safe space.”Kristina really needs help with housing costs and accommodation,” reads an appeal from the foundation, offering a website and email address through which backers can support the athlete. Kristina spoke out but I didn’t even think that any consequences were possible. That’s worth a lot.”Zdanevich reflected that he is “not ready” to talk about going back to Belarus. The only thing is that Kristina’s mother has already received a call from [Belarus president Alexander] Lukashenko’s administration, who asked some questions.”I don’t know the details of the conversation, but there was such a call. Also on rt.com
‘It’s embarrassing. Perhaps in this way the national team is trying to cover up their mistakes with doping tests.”We hoped that the situation would somehow be safely resolved and that everything would not go as far as we see now. Also on rt.com
Disaffected Belarusian Olympic athlete Timanovskaya granted urgent visa by Poland after refusing to fly home under duress

“But Polish officials somehow contacted my wife, expressed their support for her and said that they were ready to help her and provide her with a visa and a chance to speak [with] their country. But when, on the state TV in Belarus, they began to speak negatively about my wife – they began to throw mud at her – then it became clear that nothing good was waiting for Kristina when she returned to Belarus; it would definitely not be the same as before.”Several countries were said to have offered his partner asylum. Fortunately, there are acquaintances in Kiev with whom I stayed, with whom I now live. But for now, the main question for us is that Kristina is safe and can safely fly to Poland.”

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‘I am worried about my safety’: Athlete fears she will go to jail if she returns to Belarus, could seek asylum in Germany, Austria It’s brought a mark on our country’: Belarusian Olympic long jumper hits out at Timanovskaya for Tokyo row

“We will provide the necessary assistance during his stay in Ukraine and will do everything to make him feel safe, despite the shocking news,” he said. Also on rt.com
‘I don’t think I can ever go back to Belarus’: Timanovskaya ‘was afraid for life’ but will continue career, targets 2024 Olympics

“She will also need time to recover psychologically and return to sports. Solidarity is our strength. You can donate any amount for Kristina and her family.”One of those relatives is Timanovskaya’s spouse, Arseniy Zdanevich, who has fled to Ukraine but is worried for the elderly parents the couple left behind.“I will not hide it – there were and still are fears for my parents, for Kristina’s parents,” the fitness instructor, massage therapist and former hurdling contender for the Belarus national team told Tribuna. Also on rt.com
‘We got signals something was going on’: Belarus coach says Timanovskaya ‘behaving strangely’ at Olympics before flight scandal

“But you know, even here I try not to go out on my own because, to be honest, there is a certain fear. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Тренер | Массажист • Минск (@arseni_zdanevich) View this post on InstagramA post shared by • я просто хотела бежать • (@kristi_timanovskaya)”Why people reacted this way to criticism, I’m still surprised. We made a decision to accept the help of Poland.”He remains “very angry” about the situation and says he gathered his possessions to leave Belarus “within half an hour.””I grabbed quite a few things – the most important things for living abroad – and set off on the road. Although why should parents be held accountable for virtually nothing?”

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‘Affront to basic rights’: US officials wade into row surrounding Belarusian Olympic sprinter Timanovskaya as IOC demands answers

Zdanevich hastily packed his bags on Monday after watching the drama unfold the previous day, escalating from accounts that Timanovskaya was being forced to catch a flight to Belarus to a video address from the athlete, issued from Haneda international airport, calling for help from the International Olympic Committee.”Like everyone else, I saw videos on social networks, then contacted my wife, who told me everything in detail,” he said, expressing his “deep gratitude” to the foundation for their help after Timanovskaya had claimed that a lack of doping tests had prevented some athletes from travelling to the Olympics and complained that she had been added to a relay team without warning.”I was in shock. “I wish him and his wife to successfully get through these hard times.”Timanovskaya has always insisted that she was only focused on competing at 200m in her scheduled race on Monday, adding that she had excelled in warm-up runs.“Upon arrival in Tokyo, I had a control training session in which I set two personal records,” she told her thousands of followers on Instagram while awaiting asylum, emphasizing that she was “100 percent ready”.She is now targeting the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, where she could represent Poland. Our parents are not young, I would not want to disturb them too much.”But nothing can be ruled out. Am I afraid that someone will come to them? “We considered the option of a flight to Austria,” said Zdanevich. “Kristina has a personal trainer there – he would definitely have helped us at first. Of course, there is fear. “I would like to return, but [mainly] to see my parents, because we rarely meet with them,” he says.”They are aged people – they need some kind of help and support. She did not say anything illegal in her videos, did not call for anything.

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