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Cuba assures its right to participate in the Americas’ pre-Olympic baseball competition

Baseball federations, prominent individuals and even international sports, together with public opinion, forced the Bush regime to allow Cuba to participate in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

(May 27) – After weeks of delays, on the afternoon of May 25, the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) was notified of the emission of visas requested at the U.S. embassy in Havana for our national baseball team to travel to the state of Florida, to compete in the continental pre-Olympic tournament of the Americas, intent upon qualifying for the Tokyo Games.

“Cuba is grateful to all the institutions and individuals who, with good will and active interventions, contributed to overcoming the multiple obstacles to guaranteeing the participation of our national baseball team in the pre-Olympic in Florida,” stated Party Political Bureau member and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla.

The FCB, for its part and in the name of millions of compatriots anxiously awaiting these games, also recognized the efforts of the World Confederation of Baseball and Softball, the Organizing Committee, the United States’ Olympic Committee and Baseball USA, for their support to “concretizing a right which is legitimately ours,” adding that the players will participate with “the dignity, team spirit and commitment to fair play which characterize the Cuban sports movement.”

The news was welcomed by players who have been waiting for this decision, which, as has been reiterated over the last few days, is imperative to realizing their aspiration to struggle for the dream of competing in

Cuba has scheduled training games with Nicaragua and subsequently the Dominican Republic, which are essential to fine-tuning details before the team’s first game of the tournament, with Venezuela as their rival.

Oscar Sánchez Serra, Granma

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Tokyo 2020-21: The Troubled Games of the XXXll Olympiad

On March 25, the Olympic Torch Relay set out from Fukushima with its “sacred flame” on a grand national circuit, visiting all 47 of the country’s prefectures and arriving at the Tokyo Games venue for the opening ceremony on 23 July. But will this scenario really play out? Even as the countdown to the Olympic opening ceremony proceeds, in the shadow of the 3.11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster and the Covid pandemic there are reports that cancelation might be imminent | Gavan McCormack*

Olympic rings displayed on a floating barge at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo | Tomoko Ueta

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The Tokyo Olympics are still on (for now)

Japanese protestor holding an anti-Olympics sign. (Getty Images)

How 80 per cent of people in Japan feel, according to a recent poll | Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images

By Jesse Campigotto

(January 22) – The Tokyo Olympics are still on (for now) There’s a lot of talk right now about the Tokyo Olympics possibly being cancelled. If you’re confused about what exactly happened and what it means, here it is: Continue reading

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IOC to analyze situation of Tokyo Olympics

It’s Olympic Day — but there’s not much to celebrate this year. Olympic Day was started in 1948 to mark the birth of the modern Games, which came into being on June 23, 1894. Today, the Olympic “movement” finds itself on hard times. The Tokyo Games, which should be opening about a month from now, were postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading

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The dance of millions

The real possibility of cancelling the Olympics is under consideration | Oscar Sánchez Serra

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Olympic headaches – after the Tokyo postponement

With the Tokyo Games postponed until 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) must now address a number of issues that require some rethinking. Continue reading

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Olympics president: ‘Of course, we are considering different scenarios’

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3-on-3 basketball: Yet another story of Canadian athletes scrounging to participate in the Olympics

Michelle Plouffe (right) jogs back to her defensive position with sister Katherine during women’s basketball action against Argentina at the Pan Am games in Toronto on July 17, 2015 | CHRIS YOUNG/The Canadian Press

By LORI EWING, Canadian Press

If Katherine and Michelle Plouffe qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, they will have done so on their own dime. Continue reading

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From Tokyo 1964 to Tokyo 2020: Japan tightens it belt

THE International Olympic Committee (IOC) is not removed from the fluctuations in the global economy, experiencing its recessions and slowdowns, elements that affect the host cities of its quadrennial Games. Continue reading

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