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MotoGP™ Virtual Race: tune in for Round 1 – and get ready for more! #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published March 28, 2020 by SoClaimon

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MotoGP™ Virtual Race: tune in for Round 1 – and get ready for more!

Mar 28. 2020
By THE NATION

MotoGP™ recently announced a rather special event: a Virtual Race. Pitching the likes of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) against both each other and a good few more famous faces from the MotoGP™ grid, the six-lap event around Mugello will be broadcast on Sunday the 29th of March at 15:00 (GMT +2) and is NOT to be missed.

After this first ever Virtual Race was announced on Wednesday, the feedback from the MotoGP™ community, fans, partners and more has showed an incredible, unprecedented level of interest in the concept, with giants of sports broadcasting set to bring the event to audiences around the world. Dorna Sports can therefore announce another showdown as we await the return of MotoGP™ track action, giving fans some more competition to look forward to: Virtual Race 2.

Another chance for fans to see what many of the premier class riders have in their virtual locker, this second Virtual Race will take place on Sunday the 12th of April, with some competitors returning and some fresh faces from the likes of the Ducati Team and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing also slated to take part. So save the date, and make sure to watch Race 1 to get a first glimpse of how fast – or furious – it gets when MotoGP™ goes virtual!

Between the two events, there’s more exciting eSport action to look forward to as well. The third – and final – Online Challenge for the 2020 MotoGP™ eSport Championship starts soon, taking place from the 2nd to the 5th of April. The details – the track, rider, conditions and more – will be unveiled next week, and there’s lots on the line as it’s the last chance players have this season to move through and book their place in the Global Series. To see the standings after Challenge 2 and find out more, head to esport.motogp.com!

Get ready for that, and tune in on Sunday at 15:00 (GMT+2) to see who will emerge on top in Virtual Race 1 – laying down the gauntlet ahead of the second race.

Evian Championship postponed to August #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published March 28, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Evian Championship postponed to August

Mar 28. 2020
By THE NATION

Following the news that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be postponed until 2021, the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and the Evian Championship announced Friday that the 2020 Evian Championship will move to Aug. 6-9.

 

Originally scheduled for July 23-26, the Evian Championship, held in Evian-les-Bains, France, will now take place the week before the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, which is scheduled for Aug. 13-16 in North Berwick, Scotland.

“We greatly appreciate the willingness of Franck Riboud, Jacques Bungert and the team at the Evian Championship to move dates and align with our European swing. This adjustment makes for easier travel for players and assists us as we look to reschedule previously postponed events during a crowded summer and fall timeframe,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “Like all our corporate partners, the team at the Evian Championship has always taken great steps to elevate the stage for our athletes. This 2020 schedule shift is yet another example of them supporting our players and our Tours during a very difficult time around the world.”

MotoGP™ Virtual Race: everything you need to know! #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published March 28, 2020 by SoClaimon

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MotoGP™ Virtual Race: everything you need to know!

Mar 27. 2020
By THE NATION

The full lowdown on the upcoming event, set to be broadcast on Sunday

As announced on Tuesday, this weekend will see a MotoGP™ first: a Virtual Race. A star-studded line-up headed by the likes of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) will get back on track, this time virtually, in a special event played on the official MotoGP™19 Videogame from videogame developer, publisher and longstanding partner Milestone.

The competitors will be taking on the stunning digital rendering of the Autodromo del Mugello and the race length is SIX laps. Before the race begins, a five-minute qualifying session in time-attack mode will decide grid positions.

The event will be broadcast in full on Sunday the 29th of March at 15:00 (GMT+2), with qualifying shown before the race. Fans can watch on motogp.com and esport.motogp.com, on selected TV broadcasters, and across social media platforms including YouTube (via the MotoGP and MotoGP eSport channels), MotoGP eSport Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (via both the MotoGP and MotoGP eSport pages).

Broadcasters will include SKY Italy, Canal+ in France, DAZN in Spain and DACHS, BT Sport in the UK, Servus in Austria and Germany, Eurosport in the Netherlands, OTE in Greece, SwissTV in Switzerland, Viasat in Sweden, Pop in Slovenia, SportTV in Portugal, Sport5 Israel, Sportklub in Serbia, MTV Finland, NBC in the USA and ESPN in Latin America, amongst others.

 

The riders will each be playing via a private “Race Direction” lobby, set up to invite each rider to the event – and send them the bike settings.

The line-up:

Repsol Honda Team: Marc Marquez, Alex Marquez

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP*: Maverick Viñales

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini: Aleix Espargaro

Team Suzuki Ecstar: Alex Rins, Joan Mir

Petronas Yamaha SRT: Fabio Quartararo

Red Bull KTM Tech 3: Iker Lecuona, Miguel Oliveira

Pramac Racing: Francesco Bagnaia

Make sure to stay tuned across social media platforms as the riders get ready to race and the countdown begins, with plenty in play on Sunday – not least a little pride, and the first win of the season so far!

Tokyo Games postponement appears inevitable as countries grow impatient with IOC #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published March 24, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Tokyo Games postponement appears inevitable as countries grow impatient with IOC

Mar 24. 2020
Wrestler Saori Yoshida, left, and judoka Tadahiro Nomura, both three-time Olympic champions, light the torch from the Olympic flame in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 20, 2020 after it arrived on a chartered flight from Greece. MUST CREDIT: Japan News-Yomiuri

Wrestler Saori Yoshida, left, and judoka Tadahiro Nomura, both three-time Olympic champions, light the torch from the Olympic flame in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 20, 2020 after it arrived on a chartered flight from Greece. MUST CREDIT: Japan News-Yomiuri
By The Washington Post · Rick Maese, Simon Denyer, Akiko Kashiwagi · WORLD, SPORTS, OLYMPICS 

Postponement of the Tokyo Olympics appeared increasingly inevitable Monday, as a growing number of countries signaled their athletes would not participate if the Games were held as scheduled this summer.

A whirlwind 24-hour period started Sunday with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach issuing a letter to Olympic athletes, saying for the first time that the IOC was considering delaying the Summer Games because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. He said canceling the Olympics altogether had been ruled out and said the IOC would consider different scenarios and make a final decision within the next four weeks.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks about the possibility of postponing the Tokyo Olympics at the Japan Diet on March 23, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Japan News-Yomiuri

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks about the possibility of postponing the Tokyo Olympics at the Japan Diet on March 23, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Japan News-Yomiuri

That long timetable led Canada to call for a postponement Sunday night and say it would not send any athletes to Tokyo this summer. Australia and Germany followed with similar announcements Monday, and other countries, such as Brazil, Norway and Slovenia, have either urged a postponement or said conditions must improve if they’re to send athletes to Tokyo this summer.

Later Monday, Dick Pound, the longest-serving IOC board member, told USA Today “postponement has been decided,” though the IOC gave no indication Monday that a delay was certain. In a request to comment on Pound’s assertion, an IOC spokesman said, “It is the right of every IOC Member to interpret the decision of the IOC [executive board] which was announced yesterday.”

Pound, who did not return phone messages Monday, is one of 100 IOC members, having joined the committee in 1978 but is not one of the 15 members of the IOC’s powerful executive committee, the decision-making body that plays a pivotal role in all important Olympic matters. He did speak to the Canadian Press, striking a less-definitive tone.

“You’re looking at a postponement,” Pound said. “I think that’s out there now.

“We’re all reading the tea leaves and so on, but the Japanese themselves are talking about postponing. A lot of National Olympic Committees and countries are calling for a postponement,” Pound said.

IOC Executive Board member Nicole Hoevertsz said in an email that the board “discussed and took a decision about” postponement Sunday. She pointed to the portion of IOC’s official statement that said the IOC would start discussions about postponement scenarios and was confident those discussions would be completed within four weeks. Postponement of any length has a variety of ramifcations, internationally on various sports calendars and locally on the availability of various venues and facilities in Tokyo, with a full year’s delay preferable for some constituents and a shorter duration for others.

On Monday, Japanese authorities acknowledged for the first time that postponement was a real possibility.

“What we are going to do before anything else is to start by simulating about whether we postpone one month, three months, five months, one year,” said Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee. “We need to make a simulation about the various scenarios.”

Japan had insisted until now that the Games must go ahead, although Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last week the priority must be to hold the Olympics in a “complete manner.”

On Monday, he told parliament this might mean the dates would have to change.

“If that is difficult, we would have no choice but to decide to postpone, with athletes as the first priority,” Abe said, underlining that an outright cancellation is not an option.

Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto said she was “glad to hear” that the IOC did not believe cancellation is an option.

Mori said the IOC and Japan would like to “closely examine” the various scenarios open to them over the next four weeks, adding that they would not start with the assumption the Games would definitely have to be postponed but couldn’t avoid discussing that possibility.

For each scenario, organizers would have to work out whether they could still secure the Olympic venues for all 33 sports, as well as for the Paralympics, and what the costs would be.

“We have to go through each of them one by one,” Mori said. “Considering just these things alone would take an enormous time.”

Mori hinted that organizers would prefer to keep the Olympics within this calendar year when he said: “We are 2020, so that is the direction for now.”

But Mori and Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto stressed that the cancellation was not in the cards, and they were happy to have heard the same message from the IOC.

“Probably, the IOC was thinking that cancellation would not be desirable for athletes and all the stakeholders,” Muto said. “And this is what we have been saying all along. We totally agree with that.”

Japan’s official budget for the Games is around $12.6 billion, but some estimates suggest the total cost could be twice that amount.

Germany became the latest country on Monday to announce that it would not send athletes to Tokyo this summer. Alfons Hörmann, head of German’s Olympic committee, made the determination Monday, said Michael Schirp, a spokesman for the German team.

Schrip said about 200 German athletes participated in teleconference Saturday evening with the country’s top Olympic officials to voice their concerns. They were given a survey to complete, gauging their willingness to compete this summer. Their feelings were supposed to guide the German response, Schrip said, but after the IOC said Sunday it could take another four weeks before a decision on postponing the Tokyo Games is made, Hörmann decided he had to act sooner.

Hörmann has indicated to the IOC that he hopes a new date in 2021 could be identified and intends to send a more formal notice to Bach after the athletes have all submitted their surveys later this week.

Postponement would be an enormously complicated undertaking, involving serious residual effects on the global sporting calendar and forcing broadcasters to renegotiate with advertisers.

There are also doubts about the availability of some venues, including the Olympic Village, where hundreds of apartments have been sold by a consortium of real estate developers for occupancy after the Games, as well as the need to secure the planned media headquarters at the Tokyo Big Sight, a tightly booked conference center.

For now, organizers say they will push ahead with the torch relay, which is due to start on Thursday in Fukushima in northeastern Japan and is meant to symbolize Japan’s recovery from a 2011 tsunami and nuclear accident in the area. Mori said the prime minister was unsure if he would attend the start of the relay, as the government wanted to discourage crowds forming, although Mori said he himself would attend.

Mori acknowledged the relay route may need to be modified and said organizers were studying how it should be held given the fast-changing situation with the virus.

Tens of thousands of people flocked to a stadium in Sendai north of Tokyo to see the Olympic flame burning in a cauldron over the weekend after it arrived from Greece.

“We had a turnout nearly 10 times that we had estimated,” Muto said.

Muto said organizers should be happy with the turnout “in and of itself” but had placed risk as their top priority and has changed arrangements so people simply passed by the flame without a crowd forming.

Parked by pandemic fears, NASCAR’s stars rev up for virtual iRacing series #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published March 22, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Parked by pandemic fears, NASCAR’s stars rev up for virtual iRacing series

Mar 22. 2020
Top drivers will compete in the inaugural eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. at the virtual Daytona International Speedway. MUST CREDIT: NASCAR.com

Top drivers will compete in the inaugural eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. at the virtual Daytona International Speedway. MUST CREDIT: NASCAR.com
By The Washington Post · Liz Clarke

Though NASCAR has idled since March 8 because of the coronavirus pandemic, three-time and defending Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin was up until 1:30 a.m. Friday trying to figure out how to pare a fraction of a second off his lap times.

And Dale Earnhardt Jr., who retired from full-time racing in 2017, has been back behind the wheel in his home’s computer room, getting up to speed once again with the layout of Homestead-Miami Speedway.

With stock-car racing’s elite series parked until at least May 9, Hamlin, Earnhardt and 32 fellow racers will strap in Sunday – at least, in a virtual sense – to compete in the inaugural eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.

Ginned up by NASCAR and iRacing executives to feed fans’ appetite for stock-car racing and give drivers something to do amid the hiatus, the idea of a simulated racing series with top drivers got immediate buy-in.

Many NASCAR drivers, after all, raced on computers before getting their driver’s licenses. And many still do, even after establishing themselves in the Cup Series, whether for kicks or to hone their skills on less familiar tracks.

“It has the potential to really be fun over the next month or so,” said Hamlin, 39, in a telephone interview Friday. “Hopefully, we can do this on Sundays to keep some fans entertained. Along with that, it gives us something to practice on and keep from going stir-crazy.”

Though it’s not official, NASCAR’s hope is to stage weekly iRaces for as long as its Cup Series is on hold.

Fox, which holds the broadcast rights to the first half of NASCAR’s season, will air Sunday’s leadoff race at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway at the same time the actual race was to have started, 1:30 p.m., on Fox Sports 1. The action also can be streamed on the Fox Sports app.

The regular Fox broadcast team of Jeff Gordon and Mike Joy will call the action, with Larry McReynolds providing analysis. NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer will play dual roles, providing “in-car” commentary as he races an iRacing simulator in the Fox Studio in Charlotte.

“If this is entertaining and people enjoy it and it fills the gap, I think Fox will want to do more,” Earnhardt said in a telephone interview. “I’ll be sitting here racing in the middle of the house. I might not do every single one over the next several weeks, but there are a lot of other drivers who have similar rigs at home, like me.”

Sunday’s field of 35 includes regular Cup Series front-runners such as two-time and defending champion Kyle Busch, 2018 champion Joey Logano, 2012 champion Brad Keselowski and 2016 rookie of the year Chase Elliott.

In NASCAR’s ideal world, the iRacing Invitational would prove more than a stopgap measure and, over the coming weeks, attract the younger audience NASCAR has been chasing since it ventured into esports more than a decade ago.

Stock-car racing’s TV ratings and attendance have declined steadily since the sport’s peak in 2005. Diversifying an aging, increasingly alienated fan base is essential to NASCAR’s survival.

Noted Tim Clark, NASCAR’s senior vice president and chief digital officer: “We’ve seen that not only the participants in esports but also the viewers have skewed significantly younger. Like other sports and media properties, we are looking to engage newer fans and younger fans.”

In that sense, there may be serendipity in a temporary shift to virtual racing.

“We have talked about this as making lemonade out of lemons,” Clark said. “If we can provide a distraction, a form of entertainment – that’s what we’re looking to do.”

Nearly every pro sport has an esports platform, from the NFL to Premier League soccer. On Friday, Monumental Sports Network and NBC Sports Washington announced that they will broadcast hour-long simulations of the Wizards’ and Capitals’ previously scheduled regular season games using NBA 2K20 and NHL 20, respectively.

But in the view of Earnhardt, an avid sports fan, nothing puts participants in the seat more authentically than iRacing, which was co-founded in 2004 by racing enthusiasts John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox, and Dave Kaemmer.

What makes iRacing so true-to-life, Earnhardt said, is the granular detail and precise rendering of NASCAR’s track, each of which is laser-scanned to capture every bump and imperfection in the asphalt, every detail of the grandstands and billboards to the drivers’ right and the pit-road entry and exit to their left.

“If you said, ‘Hey, I’ve got $1,500. What can I do with this that will give me a pretty good understanding of what a Cup race is like?’ this is what I would tell you to spend your money on,” Earnhardt said. “Obviously you’re not driving a real car. You don’t have the G-forces and don’t feel it in the seat of your pants. You totally go by visuals and the feedback you get from the steering wheel. And because you’re at home and can take a break, it’s a very comfortable experience – other than the mental stress of trying to be the best there is out there.”

That’s what Hamlin relishes.

As he was climbing the ranks on Virginia’s short tracks, hoping for a shot at racing in NASCAR full time, Hamlin made a name for himself as a hellacious “sim-racer.”

That’s how he and Earnhardt met more than 15 years ago.

“I’ve known him in a virtual sense for a very long time,” Earnhardt said of Hamlin, who’ll drive the familiar No. 11 FedEx Toyota in Sunday’s iRace. “He was always very fast and hard to beat.”

Earnhardt will compete in a new-look car bearing the No. 8 and advertising FilterTime, a home-delivery air-filter company he started with a buddy.

Sim racing was a huge part of Earnhardt’s adolescence, too. A third-generation stock-car racer, he started when he got his first computer at 16.

“My sister Kelley had to buy it because I didn’t have credit,” he recalled.

As the technology progressed, so did Earnhardt, who quickly found a community of friends online – “guys you’d want to hang out with,” as he described it. Later in life, he hired several to work for his own NASCAR team, JR Motorsports, including his former spotter, T.J. Majors, and late-model driver Josh Berry.

Now 45 and married with a toddler and another baby on the way, Earnhardt said he’s not as hardcore an iRacer as he was a decade ago, when he battled to win every race. These days, he might hop on for an hour or so in the middle of the night, if he can’t sleep. “Just trying to have a little fun,” he said.

Hamlin claims he’s a bit rusty, too. That’s why he’s been working to regain his edge in his media room, where his iRacing setup shares space with a golf simulator, a big-screen TV for movies and a pool table.

Like Earnhardt, Hamlin has three adjacent screens that form a semicircle in front of his racing seat and steering wheel, showing the views out the windshield and to either side.

Being fast at iRacing isn’t simply a matter of talent, he explained. It’s steering the absolute, perfect line around the oval; hitting each visual marker for optimal braking points; and mastering a hundred tiny details by endless repetition.

Asked how much competitive fire he expects to bring to Sunday’s race, Hamlin said: “The same amount I would have on any Sunday! No doubt!”

His first goal, he said, is beating Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Busch.

But first, he believes, he has to qualify in the top 10.

“If you could somehow get in the top 10, you’d have a chance,” Hamlin said. “Outside of that, it’d be tough because there’s liable to be a lot of wrecks early on.”

Of course, wrecking this Sunday won’t hurt, nor will it tear up any car owners’ expensive equipment.

Only pride will be at stake. But for most racecar drivers, pride is worth wrecking over.

USA Track & Field calls for Tokyo Olympics postponement, joining USA Swimming #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published March 22, 2020 by SoClaimon

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USA Track & Field calls for Tokyo Olympics postponement, joining USA Swimming

Mar 22. 2020
By The Washington Post · Adam Kilgore 

USA Track & Field called on the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee to push for postponing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, adding to the growing momentum to delay the Games. With the request, USATF became the second American sports governing body in two days to pressure Olympic officials into halting the Games amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

In an email dated Friday, which track’s governing body made public Saturday morning, USATF chief executive officer Max Siegel told U.S. Olympic head Sarah Hirshland that USATF is “respectfully requesting” the USOPC to advocate to the International Olympic Committee for the Tokyo Games to be postponed. The U.S. Olympic and Paralymic Committee said Friday it did not have to make a decision now, because the Olympics start in four months

But athletes must follow a strict regimen to prepare for the Games, and leaders in individual sports have expressed concern. Siegel’s email focused on concerns about the welfare of athletes, who have been told by the IOC to continue training as if the Games will go on as scheduled, despite massive health risks and widespread government restrictions.

USATF joined USA Swimming in asking for the postponement, meaning the country’s two biggest sports federations are standing against the IOC’s insistence the Games will go on as scheduled. On Friday, USA Swimming sent a similar memo to the USOPC, and coaches explained that swimmers were unable to find places to train, adding another layer of stress as they cope with how the coronavirus has affected every facet of daily life.

“We acknowledge that there are no perfect answers, and that this is a very complex and difficult decision, but this position at least provides our athletes with the comfort of knowing that they will have adequate time to properly prepare themselves physically, mentally and emotionally to be able to participate in a safe and successful Olympic Games, and that they can shift their focus toward taking care of themselves and their families,” Siegel wrote to Hirshland. “We urge the USOPC, as a leader within the Olympic Movement, to use its voice and speak up for the athletes.”

The USOPC appeared unmoved Friday evening after USA Swimming’s statement was released. In a statement, the USOPC said the IOC believes it is “premature” to make a decision regarding the Tokyo Olympics and that it wanted to “afford them the opportunity” to gather more information before insisting the IOC makes a call.

“We have also heard from athletes that they want . . . 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,” the USOPC’s statement read.

Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones, who is training in Louisiana, said the USATF’s stance “brings you some sense of peace and relief.” She hopes the pressure will mount on the IOC so athletes can be relieved of stress. She said her races have all been canceled, and she can’t find gyms or college tracks to train at because they have all been closed. Meanwhile, members of her family have lost their jobs and fallen into financial distress.

“Just because we’re Olympians doesn’t mean we’re immune to this disease,” Jones said. “Every time we’re going out in public and trying to find gyms and places to train, I’m like, ‘Really?’ The government is telling us to stay in our house, to self-quarantine, but we can’t because the IOC is being adamant the Olympics are going to go on. Every time I saw a statement from the IOC saying, hey, ‘The Olympics will go on,’ and my world around me is being so ripped up.’ It feels like the house is on fire and the IOC is saying, ‘Don’t worry, it’ll be fine. Stay right inside your house.’ ”

While runners, jumpers and throwers face fewer obstacles in finding open places to train than swimmers, health concerns and restrictions have affected their training as well.

“Everybody in the world is having issues with training facilities,” said one prominent track and field coach, who requested anonymity to speak candidly about a sensitive issue. “All schools and universities are shut down. If that’s the case, most people are out of luck, because almost everybody trains at colleges and universities. You can look at Instagram – [U.S. world champion] Grant Holloway is doing hurdles in a grass field out in front of his house. That’s the case in the whole world.”

– – –

The Washington Post’s Rick Maese contributed to this report.

LPGA postpones US events due to COVID-19 outbreak #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published March 21, 2020 by SoClaimon

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LPGA postpones US events due to COVID-19 outbreak

Mar 21. 2020
By THE NATION

The LPGA Tour postponed tournaments in the US as it continues to navigate the global Coronavirus pandemic.

 

After previously announcing the postponement of events through the ANA Inspiration and following broadened directives from the various health organizations, the LPGA Tour informed its players that three additional events on its schedule are now postponed: the LOTTE Championship in Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii (April 15-18), the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open in Los Angeles, Calif. (April 23-26), and the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in Daly City, Calif. (April 30-May 3).

The LPGA Tour also announced that its first major of the season, the ANA Inspiration, has been rescheduled for September 10-13 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The Cambia Portland Classic in Portland, Ore., which had previously been scheduled for those dates, will now take place September 17-20.

The LPGA continues to work with its partners on plans to reschedule previously postponed events and will provide further updates once those plans are finalized.

Note: LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan shared the attached letter with LPGA Tour players earlier this morning.

Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking to be on hold #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published March 21, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking to be on hold

Mar 21. 2020
By THE NATION

The Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking (WWGR) will be paused until further notice with professional golf currently inactive due to the global threat posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Governing Boards of the OWGR and WWGR have decided that the rankings will be frozen at Week 11 (the week ending March 15th and 16th 2020) and will continue to monitor the impact of Coronavirus COVID-19.

An announcement about the resumption of each respective ranking will be made in due course.

Paralysis seizes Japan over an impossible Olympics situation #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published March 21, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Paralysis seizes Japan over an impossible Olympics situation

Mar 20. 2020
A man wearing a protective mask stands in front of Olympic rings in Tokyo on March 11, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Kiyoshi Ota.

A man wearing a protective mask stands in front of Olympic rings in Tokyo on March 11, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Kiyoshi Ota.
By Syndication Washington Post, Bloomberg · Ayai Tomisawa, Yuki Hagiwara · WORLD, SPORTS, ASIA-PACIFIC, OLYMPICS 

A rising chorus by athletes, the public and even President Donald Trump to delay or cancel the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has paralyzed Japan’s politicians and organizers, whose conflicting messages are sowing even more confusion over the fate of the games.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made clear his desire to hold the competition in its “complete form,” without reducing its scale or banning spectators, even as the coronavirus pandemic shuts down economies across the globe. Yet just a day before, his deputy called the games “cursed” and the chief of the local organizing committee disclosed that no plans have been made to ensure the safety of competing athletes.

“Japan’s leaders are trying to avoid a situation where they will be held accountable,” said Kuniyoshi Shirai, a professor of crisis management studies at the Graduate School of Information & Communication. “What they want to do is to be able to say that they followed correct procedures.”

The final decision rests with the International Olympic Committee, which said earlier this week that the games will go ahead as planned in an “unprecedented situation.” Since then, however, the specter of businesses going bankrupt, borders being closed and people’s lives being changed forever has only made it more difficult to hold an opening ceremony on July 24. For many, the angst and parlous communication echoes the stasis that gripped officials when they struggled to come up with confidence-boosting measures to deal with a radiation-leaking nuclear reactor after the massive 2011 Tohoku earthquake.

Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC, told the New York Times on Friday that cancellation wasn’t on the agenda and that it was too early to make a decision on postponing the games. “Of course we are considering different scenarios,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

For now, officials are moving forward with the usual pre-games events while taking precautions so that large crowds won’t gather and infect each other. Thursday’s Olympic torch handover ceremony in Greece, usually a festive affair, was held without spectators. They have taken similar measures for next week’s start of the relay in Fukushima, which was chosen because it was the site of the nuclear accident and where the government wants to bring attention to revitalization efforts. Tokyo organizers have asked people who feel ill not to watch from roadsides.

They won’t need much encouragement. Earlier this week, 63% of respondents to an Asahi newspaper poll said the Olympics should be postponed, while 9% said the games should be canceled. Only about a quarter said the competition should go ahead.

Sporting events in the U.S., Japan and other countries have been canceled, delayed or held without spectators because of the coronavirus outbreak. Day by day, however, the seriousness of the pandemic is sinking in. The number of deaths in Italy surpassed those in China, with more than 230,000 infected worldwide and 9,800 killed. Markets are gyrating wildly while governments rush to enact stimulus measures.

Conflicting and sometimes tone-deaf communication by Japanese politicians and organizing officials haven’t helped. Taro Aso, the finance minister and deputy prime minister, told Parliament Wednesday that these games are cursed: “It’s a problem that happens every 40 years.” The gaffe-prone politician appeared to be referring to the cancellation of the 1940 Games because of World War Two and the 1980 Moscow boycott. Asked about the risk of the games spreading the illness, it’s “a pretty difficult decision,” he said.

“What they need is efficient and strategic communication,” Shirai said of the messages coming from Japanese officials.

Asked about measures to protect athletes, Toshiro Muto, Tokyo 2020’s chief executive officer, said no plans have yet been made. “The situation changes every minute,” he said. “Until we know in what circumstances the games will be held, I can’t address measures accurately.”

All of this has fueled concerns by the stars of the Olympics – the athletes – who have begun to question the safety and preparedness of the event, the biggest stage in sports. Hayley Wickenheiser, an Olympic hockey player and member of the International Olympic Committee said earlier this week that the insistence on going forward with the games was “insensitive and irresponsible.” U.K. athletes have called for cancellation, as has the head of Spain’s National Olympic committee.

“It doesn’t help athletes set a goal,” said Tsutomu Fuse, a Keio University faculty member and CEO of Sport Psychology Services.

To a certain extent, Japan’s politicians and officials are in the same boat as the fans. The decision whether or not to hold the games will be made by the IOC, which has said it will follow the World Health Organization’s guidance – and a much higher authority, the Group of Seven economies. And if the Olympics are canceled or postponed, the country may pay a high price. Economists said this week that either scenario would force the economy to shrink for a fourth-straight quarter, the longest stretch since the global financial crisis.

If the Olympic flame ends up being extinguished with no games, the irony of the slogan adopted by top-tier Olympic sponsor Toyota will seem bittersweet indeed: “Start Your Impossible.”

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Saints Coach Sean Payton says he tested positive for coronavirus

Mar 20. 2020
By The Washington Post · Mark Maske · NATIONAL, SPORTS, FOOTBALL
New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he announced Thursday.

“Appreciate the well wishes,” Payton wrote on Twitter. “I’m feeling better and fortunate to not have any of the respiratory symptoms. [Four] more days at home.”

Payton’s case makes him the first NFL coach, front-office executive or player known to have tested positive during the global coronavirus pandemic.

“Our primary concern is for Sean’s health and well-being,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a written statement. “He did the right thing by seeking medical attention and we wish him a speedy recovery.

“It shouldn’t come as a surprise as this pandemic continues that members of our NFL family will be directly impacted. This news underscores the importance of everyone following the advice from medical and public health experts to protect themselves and others.”

Payton, 56, told ESPN that he was publicizing his case because he wants the public to heed warnings relating to attempting to limit the spread of the virus.

“This is not just about social distancing,” Payton told ESPN. “It’s shutting down here for a week to two weeks. If people understand the curve and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it. Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying. It’s not complicated to do what they’re asking of us. Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact.

“I was fortunate to be in the minority, without the serious side effects that some have. I’m lucky. Younger people feel like they can handle this, but they can be a carrier to someone who can’t handle it. So we all need to do our part. It’s important for every one of us to do our part.”

The NFL continued to conduct its offseason business this week, with teams making trades and signing free agents while other sports that are in-season have shut down.

Payton told the network he was at home and would remain quarantined there through the weekend. He took the test Monday after not feeling well Sunday, he said, and received the result Thursday.

The Saints were gathering information and did not immediately comment.

Many NFL teams closed their training facilities. Free agents are prohibited from traveling to meet with teams or undergoing physicals, and teams are barred from traveling to meet with players. The league also prohibited teams from allowing their coaches and scouts to travel to college players’ on-campus pro-day workouts for next month’s NFL draft.

The league canceled its annual meeting late this month in Palm Beach, Florida. It postponed teams’ offseason workout programs indefinitely. It canceled the live event in Las Vegas associated with the NFL draft, which will be held as scheduled April 23-25 but will be a TV-only event.

Coaches, general managers and owners are scheduled to meet in May in Marina del Rey, California. Payton is a member of the league’s rulemaking committee, which usually meets during the offseason. Payton participated in the committee’s meetings during last month’s NFL scouting combine.

Payton was in the Saints’ training facility as recently as last Friday, according to NFL Network.

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