European players from Brazil would not want to play Copa America
According to a local radio station (Radio Gaucha), players from Brazil playing in Europe have asked not to play the Copa America, organized on their land due to the strong coronavirus crisis. Asked Thursday about this, Brazilian coach Tite was very evasive, fueling rumors of boycotts of players playing in Europe. “We have a very clear opinion (…) and we will give it only after the two qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup which will take place before the Copa América, he announced on the eve of the meeting between the Brazil and Ecuador, in Porto Alegre.
The pre-match press conference started more than two hours late, and without Real Madrid midfielder captain Casemiro who was supposed to attend. “The players have an opinion and they will express it in due course. This is the reason for our captain’s absence,” added Tite.
Japan “trapped” by the Olympics, according to a member of the local committee
Japan found itself “trapped” with the Tokyo Olympics scheduled in just seven weeks, said a member of the local Olympic committee on Friday, judging that the event had “lost its meaning” but that it was too late to cancel it. “I think we have already missed the opportunity to cancel them,” said former judoka and member of the Japanese Olympic committee Kaori Yamaguchi, in a column published by the Kyodo agency. We found ourselves trapped in a situation where we do not we can’t stop anything now “, judges the bronze medalist at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, adding:” the Games have already lost their meaning and are being maintained just because they have to “.
The former athlete criticizes the attitude of the Japanese government, the Tokyo-2020 organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which “seem to want to avoid dialogue”. “Weren’t the Olympics supposed to be a festival of peace? The reverse of peace is a tough and stubborn approach of saying ‘people may be against it, but they will change their minds. notice when the Games will start. ‘The IOC seems to think that public opinion in Japan is not important. “
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Hello and welcome to everyone in our live to follow the impacts of the coronavirus in the world of sport. France is starting to regain some freedoms and this is reflected in the reception of the public for sporting events, such as at Roland Garros. The preparation match between France and Bulgaria on Tuesday (9 p.m. at the Stade de France) will be played in front of 5,000 spectators, as authorized by the government on the eve of a new stage of deconfinement (June 9).