Tokyo 2020: Anger After Paralympian Is Stripped Of Gold Medal For Being Late


The IPC have no respect for persons with intellectual disabilities and those who made to disqualification decision should have no association ever again with any disability events.

If a disqualification was going to be made it had to be before the event commenced not after the result of the event was announced.

Would the Ukrainian representatives have raised an objection had Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli not won, I think not so it appears it is just because of his success at the event, this is not what the Olympics should be about, but unfortunately in this modern world it appears that it is.

The disqualification is a stain on the Olympics and all those who were party to the disqualification decision.

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The International Paralympics Committee (IPC) has defended a decision to strip a Malaysian athlete of his gold medal.

Shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli won gold in the F20 class, but was later disqualified for arriving three minutes late for the event.

Mr Zolkefli was allowed to compete because at the time he had a “logical” reason for being late, the IPC said.

However, a referee later found there was no “justifiable reason” for him to be late.

The decision to strip Mr Zolkefli of his medal has been met with much anger on social media, especially from Malaysians.

“Absolutely disgraceful! You should not have allowed the athletes to compete if they were late. Don’t steal this hard-earned, world record-breaking medal from Ziyad,” said Malaysian MP Fahmi Fadzil.

Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister Ahmad Faizul Azumu said the country’s National Sports Council had been ordered to investigate. He added that he…

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Sport loves athletes with mental health issues – if they just shut up and play | Marina Hyde | The Guardian


The grand slams say Naomi Osaka’s decisions about press are ‘injurious’ to tennis. Perhaps they should look closer to home, says Guardian columnist Marina Hyde

 

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This all shows that the powers that be in sport, especially in Tennis do not care about people in sport, but are only there for their own interests and those of the media.

If these persons in power do not change then there could well be no participants in sport for tournaments to take place and they will only have themselves to blame.

Money and power are the root of all evil and will spoil the enjoyment of all concerned, the sport participants and the spectators of sports.

This will be the next area of abuse to be inspected, for we have already seen how participants have been treated by some trainers and managers in gymnastics

Money has taken over most sports and lead to great abuses of power or assumed power, the proposed Super league of top football clubs in Europe is another prime example

 

 

Source: Sport loves athletes with mental health issues – if they just shut up and play | Marina Hyde | The Guardian

Doctor warns holding Games could lead to ‘Olympic virus’ strain – Japan Today


The head of a Japanese doctors’ union warned on Tuesday that holding the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, with tens of thousands of people from around the world, could lead to the emergence of an “Olympic” strain of the coronavirus. Japan has pledged to hold a “safe and secure”…

 

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The Japanese Government and the IOC do not care about anyone in Japan otherwise they would have already cancelled the Olympic Games 2021.

To them the Games are the top priority and when the COVID pandemic takes off more strongly they will just ignore the responsibilities that should have taken.

I appreciate that the athletes hav trained for this event and has already be cancelled last year, but this is above the needs of the athletes for it is about the population of Japan and the populations of the countries that the athletes will be returning to.

So the Games should have alredy been cancelled, but it is not too late, so for all concerned please cancel these Olympics and the Para-Olympics immediately.

 

Source: Doctor warns holding Games could lead to ‘Olympic virus’ strain – Japan Today

Japan’s Olympic delegation to receive vaccinations from June 1 | The Japan Times


The Japanese Olympic Committee says it will avoid using public health officials in order to reduce the strain on the country’s medical system amid efforts to vaccinate senior citizens.


Japan and the IOC are doing all they can to justify their decision to proceed with the Games, but the best option would still be to cancel the Games, for although the vaccines rediuce to prospect of catching COVID-19 and if you do the possible the consequences you still catch it and pass it on, so on persons returning hoem could still pass COVID to their family members or anyothers.

So continuing with the Games is still not justified.

Source: Japan’s Olympic delegation to receive vaccinations from June 1 | The Japan Times

Tokyo Games cancelation likely to cost Japan ¥1.81 tril: Nomura – Japan Today


Canceling the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer would cost Japan around 1.81 trillion yen ($17 billion), a research institute estimate showed Tuesday, as Japan scrambles to curb coronavirus infections with the major sporting event now just two months away. The Nomura Research Institute warns of even a bigger economic…

 


So what is the price of life in Japan, for to hold the Olympics could well cost even more lives and those of the athletes attending for would they have a claim against Japan and the Olympics Committee.

These games, for all concerned, should be cancelled, otherwise it could well be a supernova event which will cost untold lives.

 

Source: Tokyo Games cancelation likely to cost Japan ¥1.81 tril: Nomura – Japan Today

Japan plans to extend COVID-19 state of emergency beyond May 31 – Japan Today


The Japanese government plans to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency covering Tokyo, Osaka and other areas beyond the current deadline of May 31, sources familiar with the matter said Monday, as infections have yet to significantly subside, leaving the medical system strained. One plan under discussion is for the…

 


What is Japan or to be correct what is the Japanese |Government playing at, for it appears they are not taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, for if they were they would have cancelled the forthcomingOlympic Games, to continue to stage them is completely irrational and shows a complete lack of judgement.

It is total irresponsibility to allow the Games to continue and could cause an event which allows the pandemic to proceed more quickly at a time when their vaccine programme is proceeding very slowly.

The games need to be cancelled without anyfurther delay.

 

Source: Japan plans to extend COVID-19 state of emergency beyond May 31 – Japan Today

Second Wheelchair Basketballer Considers Leg Amputation After Rule Change : Same Difference


This is disgraceful and shows the IPC are out of touch with disability, which makes them unsuitable to govern any form of disability sport.

It implies that a disability has to be seen to qualify as a disability, which is completely wrong and discounts many forms of unseen disability, including mental health.

Again some disabled people are being discriminated against and by a, so called, disability organisation.

The IPC needs to change or leave the ‘field of play’.

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It seems this is a big story that should be shared and covered widely. This is the second such story we’ve covered in less than four weeks. We note that Oscar Knight is awaiting the outcome of the first case, George Bates.

A wheelchair basketball player deemed ineligible to play after a rule change says he is considering having his legs amputated.

GB Academy player Oscar Knight, 17, from Plymouth, suffers from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

He said new participation measures did not recognise his “poorly understood” condition and have made him “not the right kind of disabled” to compete.

The International Paralympics Committee (IPC) has been approached for comment.

In January, the committee told wheelchair basketball’s governing body, the IWBF, it needed to change its classification regulations in order to comply with the new code.

Under the IPC’s criteria, pain or hypermobility of joints are not eligible impairments…

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Sheffield’s Ponds Forge “remains closed” with 300 jobs at risk of redundancy | The Star


Sheffield’s biggest leisure provider has announced it is reopening – but Ponds Forge will remain closed and 300 jobs are at risk of redundancy.

Source: Sheffield’s Ponds Forge “remains closed” with 300 jobs at risk of redundancy | The Star

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do – GOV.UK


This is national guidance that applies to England only – people in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK. If you live in an area that is experiencing a local COVID-19 outbreak and where local lockdown measures have been imposed, different guidance and legislation will apply. Please consult the local lockdown restrictions page to see if any restrictions are in place in your area.

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and our NHS.

 

Source: Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do – GOV.UK