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USA Swimming calls for Tokyo Olympics postponement

first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksHow Most Popular Food In The World Came To BeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Stunning Asian Actresses No Man Can ResistThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now Loading… Their ultra-competitive Olympic trials are scheduled for June 21-28 in Omaha, Nebraska. But some of the sport’s biggest stars – including freestyle great Katie Ledecky – have seen their preparations disrupted as pools and other training facilities have been shuttered. The USOPC responded Friday to Hinchey’s letter in a joint statement from Hirshland and Lyons. “The USOPC has complete and total empathy for the athlete community as they manage the terrible stress and anxiety caused by the current lack of certitude regarding the Tokyo Games,” the statement said. “We understand that the athletes have concerns about training, qualification and anti-doping controls, and that they want transparency, communication and clarity to the full extent possible. The USOPC has made it clear that all athletes should put their health and wellness, and the health and wellness of the greater community, above all else at this unprecedented moment. “At the same time, and as it relates to the Games, we have also heard from athletes that they want the Olympic and Paralympic community to be very intentional about the path forward – and to ensure that we aren’t prematurely taking away any athletes’ opportunity to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games until we have better clarity.” – ‘Higher calling’ – Bob Bowman, the coach who guided swimming great Michael Phelps to 28 Olympic medals – 23 of them gold – said postponing the Games was the best option. Read Also: Tyson pockets £20k in 6 hours charging fans £250 per video messages “It’s not only best from a performance statement for the athletes, but also for what these athletes are going through right now in terms of their mental health,” Bowman told USA Today. “My concern is as they are trying to find places to train and work out, it goes against what we’re supposed to be doing to not get the coronavirus. “It’s forcing them to try to do things that are contrary to our national goal right now. I think there’s a higher calling than just your athletic goals. It forces people to kind of work around those and that’s not good.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img USA Swimming has urged the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee to back the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Games amid the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The US Swimming Federation wants US Olympic officials to push for postponement of the Tokyo Games in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic In a letter to US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) chief executive Sarah Hirshland, posted on USA Swimming’s Twitter feed on Friday, swimming federation chief executive Tim Hinchey “respectfully requested” that the USOPC “advocate for the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 by one year,” to 2021. “We urge the USOPC, as a leader within the Olympic Movement, to use its voice and speak up for the athletes,” Hinchey wrote. USA Swimming made the letter public after the US Olympic chiefs said in a conference call on Friday that more time was needed to determine the fate of the Tokyo Games. USOPC chairwoman Susanne Lyons said the American governing body agreed with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that there was no need to make an immediate decision. USA Swimming said Hinchey’s letter was the result of a conference call consultation with 85 national team athletes who expressed their concerns to the federation. USA Swimming said social distancing protocols and the stay-at-home orders issued in some parts of the United States in a bid to combat the spread of the deadly virus had already proved too disruptive to training. “As this global pandemic has grown, we have watched our athletes’ worlds be turned upside down and watched them struggle to find ways to continue to prepare and train – many for the biggest competitive opportunity of their lives,” Hinchey wrote. “The right and responsible thing to do is to prioritize everyone’s health and safety and appropriately recognize the toll this global pandemic is taking on athletic preparations. “It has transcended borders and wreaked havoc on entire populations, including those of our respected competitors. Everyone has experienced unimaginable disruptions, mere months before the Olympic Games, which calls into question the authenticity of a level playing field for all. “Our athletes are under tremendous pressure, stress and anxiety, and their mental health and wellness should be among the highest priorities.” The United States, long an Olympic swimming powerhouse, won 33 medals in the Rio Olympic pool in 2016.last_img read more

Upgrades Coming to Liberty Park Pavilion

first_imgPark Commissioner Mike Baumer addresses Batesville City Council on Monday evening.Park Commissioner Mike Baumer was at the monthly Batesville City Council meeting on Monday evening to request upgrades in the pavilion at Liberty Park.Baumer asked council members to consider and approve upgrades to lighting, trash can lids and also add a ceiling fan in the pavilion.He said the current lighting is old and not energy efficient. Baumer said, “The new lights are LED and very energy efficient. It will save the park money on electricity and provide better lighting.”Baumer noted another plus for new lighting is the current rebates available. In a presentation to the council, he said the total cost to replace all lights in the pavilion, including labor and material would be $2,828.26. With a rebate of $2,080.00, the cost to the city would be $748.26.There are 11 fixtures and 21 flood lights that would be replaced.Every garbage can has a lid at Liberty Park except for ten in the pavilion. Baumer requested lids for the ten remaining.He cited a problem with bees, as well as trash can liners falling in the barrel. He noted, “It will save us on trash bags because they will not be falling in the can and it will be safer because of the bee problem.”“It will just be an upgrade versus not having them.”The ten plastic dome trash can lids from Kay Park Recreation will cost a total of $1,152.00.Batesville City Council members approved lighting and trash can lid upgrades, and the funding is coming out of the Belterra Fund.Baumer also requested a large ceiling fan in the pavilion. He presented different options including a 24’ fan that would cost $4,890.00.A cheaper option was presented which would feature three 30” industrial ceiling mounted fans for $276.50 each. Baumer noted, “I feel the three fans would move enough air to help keep the pavilion cooler on hot days.”Batesville City Council President Gene Lambert suggested Rite-Hite fans as another option for Baumer to consider.Baumer will continue to research industrial ceiling fans for the pavilion before council approves. He referenced GE Lighting and Tool & Die as places with fans similar to what they are looking for.Mayor Rick Fledderman said, “I am a big proponent of a fan of some sort in the pavilion.”“When events are held in the summer it can get pretty hot under there,” he added.last_img read more

Angels’ Andrew Heaney is riding out the coronavirus delay in Arizona … for now

first_imgHeaney said he was confident, however, that there would be a “good group” in both Tempe and Anaheim.One of the Angels’ representatives to the Players’ Assn., Heaney also has the responsibility of relaying information to his teammates about the ongoing talks between MLB and the union. Heaney said he’s been in touch with union leaders, but still has few answers about issues like compensation.Heaney did have empathy for those who will be hurt much more than major leaguers by this shutdown. Minor leaguers are barely paid a living wage in the first place, and there are thousands of seasonal workers at ballparks who could be missing vital paychecks while the ballparks are shuttered.“It sucks,” Heaney said. “It’s sad for everybody that’s affected by this. I hope that it’s not a long layoff, and that we can resume normalcy, because I know that’s comforting to a lot of people.”Heaney had no question that the shutdown is the right thing to do, though.“I understand completely and reasonably why they did it, why everybody is doing it,” he said. “Everybody is taking the right precautions to keep everybody safe. I’m on board with that. It’s sad, man.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Andrew Heaney has spent the past few days holed up in his rental in Arizona, with his wife and two dogs, and trying to figure out just what he’s going to do with himself until baseball resumes.“I have a lease till the end of the month and I’ll figure it out from there,” the Angels left-hander said by phone on Saturday. “I think it’s a situation where stuff changes so quickly that being in one place and taking things as they come is the prudent way to go about it. Luckily I got some food in the fridge and gas in the tank. We’re here and we’re going to play it by ear.”Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that the sport would be shut down in order to help prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus, one of many organizations going dark to allow people to stay safe at home.A day later, the players were given the choice of where to ride out the hiatus. They could remain near the site of their team’s spring training facility, go to the team’s home city or head to their offseason home. The clubs will provide workout and training support at both their home ballpark the spring training park. Heaney, who lives in Oklahoma in the winter, said he doesn’t have a plan beyond the end of the month.He also said he’s not sure what type of routine he’ll undertake to maintain his preparation as a starting pitcher.“With no real target date (for the season to start), it’s a little difficult to kind of backtrack,” said Heaney, who had been named the Angels’ Opening Day starter before the shutdown.Heaney said he hasn’t thrown a ball in a few days, only briefly stopped by Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday to pick up some belongings.“Guys were in and out,” he said of the scene in the clubhouse. “Everyone was using an abundance of caution. We did our social distancing of six feet. I just told everyone ‘Be safe and I’ll see ya when I see ya.’” Heaney said he still didn’t have a good idea of where the majority of his teammates would go.“I think everybody has kind of got a different idea,” he said. “They are kind of trying to weigh the pros and cons of each decision.”Related Articlescenter_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more