Asian National Olympic Committees given reassurances over Zika ahead of Rio 2016

first_imgRepresentatives of NOCs from South Asia, South East Asia and East Asia were told that the number of mosquitoes was dropping as Brazil entered the winter months and that a series of preventative measures have been put in place to reduce the threat even further in venues and accommodation to be used for the Olympic Games. The measures include extensive spraying of competition venues and the Athletes’ Village, air conditioning to keep the temperature cool and windows closed and plug-in devices to ensure 24-hour vigilance inside apartments.“I would like to calm your fears over the Zika virus,” Sarah Paterson, continental manager for Asia and Oceania NOC relations for Rio 2016, told delegates at the Olympic Council of Asia and Olympic Solidarity Regional Forum.She added, though:: “We advise National Olympic Committees to take bite prevention measures.”According to Rio 2016, data collected by the Brazilian Ministry of Health over the past 20 years indicates there is no history of outbreaks of illnesses caused by the Aedes aegypti mosquito – which transmits dengue and Zika – during winter.João Grangeiro, the chief medical officer of Rio 2016, has stressed the importance of following the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO), which has classed the link between zika and birth defect microcephaly as a public health emergency of international concern.Microcephaly causes babies to be born with small heads and under-developed brains, while Zika can also cause miscarriages, premature birth and vision problems in babies.More than 1,000 cases have been confirmed in Brazil since October.Only around 200 of these have been in Rio de Janeiro however, and, given that the Olympics and Paralympics will be held in winter months, the risk there is considered relatively low so long as adequate precautions are taken.“Although the general symptoms of the illness are mild and affect only 20 per cent of those infected, we have to be alert to the risks that the virus represents for pregnant women, who should speak with their doctors about preventative measures,” said Grangeiro.WHO advice, which is being followed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Rio 2016 organisers, is for women who are pregnant to not attend the Games.Other tips include mosquito repellent, air conditioned rooms, long clothing and avoiding impoverished and over-crowded areas.The IOC has also provided athletes and NOCs with guidance about prevention and symptoms.last_img read more

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Gurias rumble with 34-12 win over Isapea in Lae

first_imgThe Gurias registered first points from a penalty in the opening minutes from boot of Elipas Pidik.Pidik made it 4-0 not long after Isapea gave away another  penalty right in front of the posts.But it was the Gulf boys who crossed the tryline first when five-eighth Solomon Pokari Kale  slipped a  no-look pass to Jack Manda who ran in to score.Japheth Olik put his side in front after converting the try.But the Gurias hit back straight after with quick hands that created an overlap for Pidik to score out wide.Pidik struck a beauty from the sideline to sail the ball between the posts to take back the lead at 10-6 right on the 20 minute mark.Kale continued to be handful for the Gurias defence and had a hand in his side’s second four pointer sending a flying Tau Muri in who slammed the ball down near the posts.The lead changed again when Olik made it two from two  with the conversion.But Isapea invited the Gurias back into the game giving away another penalty.The Gurias made them pay after William Aquila dived over on the wing.More penalties given away by Isapea cost then more points as Pidik added another two points from a penalty to take a 16-12 lead going into the break.The second half started off disastrously for Isapea giving away another penalty from the kick off.Gurias hooker Stanley Olo kicked for touch and found the line 10 metres out.Olo then crossed to score several plays later to extend the Gurias lead.Tempers flared as both teams exchanges punches on the field.But it was all one sided traffic from this point on with the Gurias running in two more tries to set up a comprehensive win.last_img read more

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PNG denies Fiji to qualify

first_imgFiji misses out on the victory they needed for their semifinals hopes and PNG exit with their first point of the tournament.Papua New Guinea’s Peter Dabinyaba Jr floats a free kick in 35th minute that evades everyone and nestles in the net for PNG to lead 1-0 at first half.In the second half, Fiji came back aiming to collect the win with more attacks into PNG’s goal mouth.However, Felix Komolong played an amazing role in the backline denying Fiji’s attempts.Fiji than with more attacks finally went on the board when Fiji’s Don Raj’s shot well but France Catarogo buries the follow up for a draw.Than Papua New Guinea’s Stahl Gubag  goes on a mazy run from his own half to the Fiji box but couldn’t  quite tee up a team mate in the  in the edge of the area but deflected for a corner which Fiji clear.In the 82nd minute, Fiji’s France Catarogo pin the ball once into PNG’s but Don Raj was offside during was denied for an offside.Papua New Guinea once again had another chance with Stahl Gubag into the the open back post but balloons over the cross by the bounce.PNG now exits the championship with their first point of the tournament while Fiji missed out to qualify for the semifinals.last_img read more

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Garamuts announces ICC U19 World Cup squad

first_imgHEBOU PNG Under 19 Garamuts SquadPlayers1.     Vagi Karaho (Captain)2.     James Junior Tau (Vice-Captain)3.     Daure William Aiga Aiga4.     Heagi Ronald Toua5.     Ovia Lohia Sam6.     Sinaka Harry Arua7.     Igo John Mahuru8.     Nou Reva Rarua9.     Leke Morea10.  Boge Daniel Arua11.  Kevau Nou Tau12.  Simon Kwalahu Atai13.  Eisa Eka14.  Sema Igo Kamea15.  Tau Toa Nou The CWC will run from the 13th of January to the 3rd February.The fifteen (15) man HEBOU PNG Under 19 Garamuts squad will be once again lead by Pari’s Vagi Karaho, will all the players currently playing in the Port Moresby Cricket Association (POMCA).The squad consists of twelve (12) players that competed in the 2018 ICC Under 19 CWC East-Asia-Pacific (EAP) Qualifiers in Apia, Samoa in August this year where finished the tournament undefeated and advanced to the World Cup. The HEBOU PNG Under 19 Garamuts will be flying out of Port Moresby on Friday 5th January and will start their World Cup campaign with two (2) practice matches against the West Indies (8th January) and hosts New Zealand (10th January) before taking on Zimbabwe (13th January), India (16th January) and Australia (19th January) in the group matches.The 2018 ICC Under 19 CWC will be the twelfth (12th) time the tournament has been held and it will be the third time the tournament will be held in New Zealand. The tournament will feature sixteen (16) teams- 10 Full Member and 6 Associate Member, with all teams divided into four (4) groups. The top two (2) after the round-robin stage will advance to the main quarter-finals (Super League), while the bottom two (2) from each group will advance to the Plate Cup. This will be the eighth (8th) time the HEBOU PNG Under 19 Garamuts have qualified for the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, having already played in the ICC Under CWC in 1998 (South Africa), 2002 (New Zealand), 2004 (Nepal), 2008 (Malaysia), 2010 (New Zealand), 2012 (Australia) and 2014 (UAE).last_img read more

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Hamilton has Vettel in crosshairs at Canada GP

first_imgThe Canadian Grand Prix has been a happy hunting ground for Lewis Hamilton and he will look to bag a sixth career win on the island circuit on Sunday to refuel his hopes of another Formula One drivers title.With 14 races remaining on the calendar it is far from do-or-die for Hamilton but the pressure is mounting on the Briton and Mercedes with archrival Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari threatening to widen the gap at the top of the championship standings.Only Michael Schumacher (seven victories) has won the Canadian Grand Prix more times and Hamilton intends to close the gap further in Montreal as the race marks its 50th anniversary.Hamilton needs to do so, at the scene of his first ever Formula One victory a decade ago, to reel in Vettel after the German led a Ferrari one-two in Monaco and powered 25 points clear.“Montreal has been a great hunting ground for me in the past and I plan for it to continue,” the triple world champion told reporters.With five wins and five poles from previous visits to Quebec, Hamilton would normally be the favourite, but champions Mercedes are no longer the dominant team.“The Ferrari seems to work everywhere. The next 14 races are going to be very, very difficult,” he said after struggling to seventh place in Monaco.“They have had arguably the strongest car all year. They look like our car which just worked everywhere last year.”The race will also mark the return of twice world champion Fernando Alonso to the Formula One grid after the Spaniard skipped the Monaco Grand Prix last month to chase IndyCar glory at Indianapolis 500.Alonso turned in an impressive performance at the famed Brickyard, qualifying fifth fastest and running at the front but late in the race suffered a familiar fate with his Honda power unit giving up.Little has changed at struggling McLaren during Alonso’s brief sabbatical with the team still hampered by an uncompetitive Honda engine.There is plenty of reason to party around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this week with the city celebrating its 375th anniversary, Canada its 150th birthday and the Canadian Grand Prix its 50th.Williams driver Lance Stroll will be hoping to contribute to the party atmosphere.For the first time since the days of 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, the Canadian Grand Prix will have some true home interest with teenager Stroll on the starting grid for Williams.While home fans would love nothing more than to celebrate a maiden win, the 18-year-old Stroll arrives with more modest goals and is still seeking his first championship point in what has been a challenging debut season.last_img read more

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Rashford happy with senior England call-up

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford believes that England manager Gareth Southgate has his best interests at heart and does not feel that he has been brought into the senior set-up too quickly, the 19-year-old has said.Rashford, who has eight caps for England, was scheduled to play in the U-21 European Championships in June, a decision United manager Jose Mourinho said “made no sense”.Southgate has included Rashford in the senior squad for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland and a friendly against France on June 13.“He has had to think about what’s best for England and for me as a player,” Rashford said. “I’m happy to be with the seniors and to continue my development. It’s important to be on the same page.“It’s something you look forward to, being selected for your country … Whatever age group you’re called upon it’s important you have a mindset where you’re going to achieve great things.“To me it’s not being fast-tracked. There’s been a lot of games; England and United have dealt with it in a positive way.” read more

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Olympiakos win tense battle at Partizan

first_imgOlympiakos moved into the driving seat to reach the Champions League playoff round after a fine brace by striker El Fardou Ben Nabouhane helped them win 3-1 at Partizan Belgrade in a tense atmosphere on Tuesday.The Greek side’s ultra fans have close ties with Partizan’s bitter city foes Red Star and the match was played under tight security with no visiting supporters present after the clubs agreed to give up their respective away ticket allocations.The third qualifying round first-leg match was not entirely incident-free, however, as Partizan fans threw firecrackers at Olympiakos midfielder Marko Marin when he went to take a corner and a plastic bottle at a visiting player as the teams went off at half-time.Olympiakos went ahead after six minutes when Ben Nabouhane scored with a crisp finish after he was put through by Marin.Partizan levelled four minutes later as their towering Cameroonian striker Leandre Tawamba scrambled the ball home from close range from a sharp low cross by midfielder Marko Jankovic.Ben Nabouhane restored the visitors’ lead with a magnificent long-range strike in the 57th minute and Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike sealed the win in stoppage-time after rounding goalkeeper Filip Kljajic and slotting the ball into an empty net.Vardar Skopje, aiming to become the first Macedonian side to reach the group stage, followed up their shock elimination of Malmo in the last round by beating FC Copenhagen 1-0 at home with a second-half goal from Brazilian Jonathan Balotelli.Romanian side FCSB, formerly Steaua Bucharest, twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at home to Czech side Viktoria Plzen while Milan Skoda’s first-half penalty gave Slavia Prague a 1-0 home win over BATE Borisov, champions of Belarus for the past 11 seasons.Alan Dzagoev and Pontus Wernbloom scored either side of halftime as CSKA Moscow won 2-0 at AEK Athens and Azeri champions Qarabag were held 0-0 by Moldovan counterparts Sheriff Tiraspol.last_img read more

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Korea’s Asiad football gold secures military exemption for Son

first_imgTottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min’s professional career received a boost in the form of military exemption when South Korea won the Asian Games soccer gold on Saturday.Substitute Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan scored in extra time after a barren regulation time to help South Korea retain their title with a 2-1 victory against arch-rivals Japan.Ayase Ueda reduced the margin for Japan with five minutes left in extra time but his side could not find the equaliser to take the match to penalties.All able-bodied South Korean men must complete 21 months service in the military as a deterrent against the North, but exemptions are offered to athletes who win gold at the Asian Games or a medal of any colour at the Olympics.Son, who captained South Korea as one of the over-aged players in the under-23 competition, had a role in both goals.Gamba Osaka striker Hwang Ui-jo’s profligacy meant South Korea were not able to seal the victory in 90 minutes and it was left to Lee to score the first goal when he planted his drive into the top of the net from a Son layoff.Hwang’s pinpoint header from Son’s corner eight minutes later doubled South Korea’s lead though Japan refused to give up.Son was substituted seconds before the final whistle only to run back on the field in jubilation to celebrate the victory, which has huge ramifications for his career.Son made one appearance from the bench for Spurs before linking up with South Korea’s Games squad earlier this month and was congratulated by the Premier League team after the final.“Congratulations, Sonny — #AsianGames WINNER!” Spurs tweeted.last_img read more

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Bernal takes Tour yellow as hailstorm stops stage

first_imgColombian Egan Bernal was catapulted into the overall lead of the Tour de France in dramatic circumstances on Friday as the 19th stage of the race, effectively the penultimate stage, was stopped early because of a hail storm.Team Ineos rider Bernal, who began the day a minute and a half behind, had overhauled France’s Julian Alaphilippe during the climb up the Col de L’Iseran.Alaphilippe began eating back into the lead with a brilliant descent, only to be told to stop riding after organisers called the race off because of the dangerous conditions ahead.There was confusion on the roads initially, as the riders were descending in ideal conditions, but up ahead even the use of bulldozers was unable to make the road safe, while a small landslide also made conditions hazardous.The race timings were taken from the top of Col de L’Iseran and unofficial timings give Bernal a lead of 45 seconds going into Saturday’s final mountain stage, as he seeks to become the first Colombian to win the Tour.Team Ineos sports director Nicolas Portal said: “We had the race in our hands and Egan would have liked to ride the last climb but the riders’ safety comes first, ASO (organisers) did a great job.“We wanted to smash it today and the guys were super-motivated. It would have been ideal if the race could have continued because even if he had reduced the gap in the descent, Julian would have suffered in the last ascent.”last_img read more

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Ayew strike lifts Palace to win at Brighton

first_imgJordan Ayew’s late goal helped Crystal Palace claim a 1-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, leaving the hosts without a win in eight Premier League matches this year.Both teams were wasteful in front of goal in the first half, with Brighton midfielder Solly March failing to convert any of his three good chances.The atmosphere in the Amex Stadium intensified at the half-hour mark after Palace forward Wilfried Zaha was involved in an altercation with Brighton substitute Ezequiel Schelotto, who was shown a yellow card despite not being on the pitch.Neal Maupay and Lewis Dunk went close to finding a breakthrough for Brighton shortly after the interval but it was Palace forward Ayew who found the net against the run of play.Christian Benteke carved open the Brighton defensive line after 70 minutes with a deft reverse pass for Ayew to score his seventh league goal of the campaign.Palace climbed to 12th in the table on 36 points, three places and eight points better off than Brighton who are now winless in their opening eight league matches of a calendar year for the first time since 1998 when they were in the fourth tier.last_img read more

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