Going for the Gold: Coronavirus shows the link between politics and sports

first_imgThe spread of the virus also highlights the potential reach of political decisions in a globalized world. According to The New York Times, when officials in China first learned of the coronavirus, their reaction was to suppress the discovery rather than report it. At the time, this was a political calculation, a consideration made with the interests of the Communist party in mind. Now, that political calculation has not only led to a miserable situation for the Party but a potential catastrophe for the wider world of sports. However, there are growing fears that the 2020 Olympics in Japan might not even happen at all. In light of the dire condition brought upon many countries by the coronavirus, the Olympics is now in jeopardy. More than 1,000 people in Japan have been infected with the virus, 12 have died and several schools have been shut down.  Now, it’s on our sports pages.  The prospect alone of a cancelled Olympics shows just how inextricably linked sports are with politics. Months ago, the coronavirus was a story best suited for the front page of The New York Times or the Wall Street Journal. It was a story that highlighted communist suppression and the global threat of pandemics.  Tokyo was chosen for many reasons. The city has been a hub for international trade, culture and technology for decades, and it also boasts a metropolitan population of 36 million people, which gives the Games maximum exposure.  There are many different ways to approach the situation, and there’s not one easy answer. But whatever the IOC decides to do, it must not simply call off the 2020 Games. The Olympics might be cancelled due to concerns regarding Coronavirus. (Photo from BBC Sports/ Twitter) Other prominent examples exist to further highlight the connection between sports and politics. After 9/11, MLB postponed several of its games, pushing the World Series well into November. The NFL did the same, cancelling the weekend’s games after the attack.center_img Nathan Hyun is a sophomore writing about the 2020 Olympics. His column, “Going for Gold,” runs every other Wednesday. This is a better option than postponing the Olympics because of the challenges with timing that would arise otherwise. If postponed, many of the athletes and participants would have to wait longer, causing their entire training schedules to be thrown off and, for older athletes, possibly impacting their chances of participating in the Games at all. In addition, the Olympics has a tradition of hosting the Winter Games two years after the Summer Games, so a postponement would throw off the IOC’s time tables. The IOC would be doing athletes and sports fans all over the world a disservice by canceling the Olympics. Though the risk is real and must be approached with the utmost care, the Olympics is a historic tradition that should not be canceled altogether even if there is a fear of a health epidemic. The IOC definitely does not want to cancel the Olympics, and an overwhelming majority of people don’t want that either.  If I was in charge of determining where to move the Olympics, I would say move the Games to a location that has already hosted it in recent years such as Rio de Janeiro or London. Most likely, many of the Olympic venues are now being used recreationally and can be quickly turned around to accommodate the Olympics again. Every several years, the International Olympic Committee gathers to determine where the next Olympic Games should be held. Because preparation for the Olympics takes years, the IOC chose 2020’s Tokyo all the way back in 2011.  In the same vein, the Olympics, arguably the biggest international sporting event in the world, is under threat. Talk of a potential cancellation is in full swing, and representatives of the IOC have already publicly discussed the potential of delaying the Games or moving them to a different city, which is virtually unfeasible. last_img read more

As Lakers fall to Bucks, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope builds his case for free agency

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions PreviousMilwaukee Bucks’ Pat Connaughton dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, middle puts a shot against the Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez, left, and D.J. Wilson, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma(0) drives against the Milwaukee Bucks’ Tony Snell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee puts up a shot against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo(9) puts a shot against the Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Milwaukee Bucks’ D.J. Wilson(5) puts up a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers’ Moritz Wagner during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Los Angeles Lakers’ Reggie Bullock(35) puts a shot against the Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Los Angeles Lakers’ Moritz Wagner(15) drives against the Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo(9) puts a shot against the Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Los Angels Lakers’ Josh Hart, bottom, looses the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks’ D.J. Wilson, left, and Tim Frazier during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma(0) gets his shot blocked by Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez, right, as D.J. Wilson, left, looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)The Milwaukee Bucks bench reacts to teammate’s Brook Lopez’s three point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez dunks behind Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Milwaukee Bucks D.J. Wilson(5) drives against the Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez, left, and Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo reach for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer talks with Tim Frazier against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)The Bucks’ Khris Middleton, left, and the Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reach for a loose ball during the second half of Tuesday’s game in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Milwaukee Bucks’ Pat Connaughton dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, middle puts a shot against the Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez, left, and D.J. Wilson, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)NextShow Caption1 of 17Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, middle puts a shot against the Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez, left, and D.J. Wilson, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)ExpandMILWAUKEE — On the ninth and final day of what has been a monotonous Lakers road trip, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope wasn’t going to shoot during the two-hour build-up to the tip-off against the Bucks.The Lakers were without several stars, including LeBron James. The playoffs are no longer an issue. Even on days when he wants to warm up before the game, he tries to keep it brisk.So he wasn’t going to go on the Fiserv Forum floor beforehand and test out his shot before one of his teammates changed his mind.“I even thank Reggie Bullock: I wasn’t going to shoot pregame, but he made me go shoot – I appreciate that,” he said. “That really got me going just going out there and seeing the ball go through the net.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Caldwell-Pope said he liked his arc on his shots, and his follow-through felt right as he finished on looks when he wasn’t even open. The Lakers weren’t really worried about the form.“I mean it’s simple,” said Rajon Rondo, who had 10 assists. “We just got him the ball.”The 26-year-old Caldwell-Pope hadn’t scored more than 30 points in any game this season, but got a moment to shine with 34 minutes in the loss. While he tweaked his ankle in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to dampen his spirits as he said he thought he was OK to play in upcoming games.Bullock, who was teammates with Caldwell-Pope a few seasons ago on the Pistons, was enheartened by the showcase.“Lights out, that’s my boy, I’m proud of him,” he said. “He was definitely lights out.”There’s no mistaking priorities as the Lakers are not playoff-bound for the sixth consecutive year: There’s the future to think about, even as players spout cliches about focusing on the next game. The locker room includes at least seven veterans on one-year deals who will be trying to land on a roster.Does that explain the effort the Lakers showed in a comeback attempt? Rajon Rondo said no.Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed “We play with pride, and we haven’t been able to get the outcome we want, but contracts will be there,” he said. “But if you start thinking about contracts, you turn into a selfish player. So we just try to go out there and have fun, continue to play hard and play for one another.”Still, there are clearly players who appreciate the opportunity: Rondo had 13 points and six rebounds and helped spur the late run to make it close. Bullock had 13 points and was 3 for 3 on 3-point attempts.Even as the Lakers inched closer to elimination, Caldwell-Pope seemed to be looking forward to the final 11 games – no matter how miserable it might get in the standings.“It’s opportunities for everybody,” he said. “Unfortunately we’re not in the playoffs. I wish we was. These minutes and the games that we have left is a real opportunity for everybody to just go out there and show what you got and be consistent and get better.”Khris Middleton scored 30 points and had 10 rebounds, former Laker Brook Lopez tied a season-high with 28 points and Nikola Mirotic chipped in with 23 for Milwaukee (53-18).BROOM BALLWhen a ball became wedged between the top of the backboard and the shot clock early in the second quarter, the 7-foot Lopez grabbed a long-handled broom from a ball boy. After successfully knocking the ball loose, Lopez triumphantly raised his hands and bowed to the cheering crowd, which responded with a chant of “M-V-P.”“We’re all heroes. We’re just each waiting for our moment and mine came tonight,” Lopez said.News services contributed to this story.center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersCaldwell-Pope saw the ball go through the net a lot on Tuesday night, giving the Lakers’ their best hope of an upset against the NBA’s best team with a season-high 35 points. It wound up not being enough, as a closing Bucks run ensured a 115-101 defeat for the Lakers (31-40) – their fourth straight to wrap up an ugly northern trek.It was a game in which the Lakers were hobbled before they began, when James was declared out in the morning after a disheartening loss in New York. Just two days after a TV analyst publicly criticized James for sitting at the end of the bench apart from teammates, he did not emerge to sit on the bench at all for this game.But for those teammates came an opportunity, one that Caldwell-Pope seized: A free agent this summer, he and a number of other Lakers veterans have a chance to build their case for fresh contracts in July – whether that’s in L.A. or anywhere else.Caldwell-Pope started rolling in the second quarter, after an inauspicious two-point start. As he started launching 3-pointers, he could hardly miss. He went 8 for 10 from the field over a frustrated Pat Connaughton for 21 points in the second frame. He caught fire again with a deep buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the third quarter and helped front the 16-0 run that brought the Lakers out of a 23-point deficit.“He’s a very skilled shooter. It’s a lot of fun when he is having a game like that,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. 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PFF issues check to cover unliquidated accounts

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The PFF thus joins the NSAs of athletics, shooting, sailing and cycling as federations that have cleared their delinquent accounts. The PFF’s unliquidated assistance, however, was something the current administration inherited.“That amount is from past administrations of PFF from 1996 to 2010,” said PFF secretary general Edwin Gastanes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLast year, the PSC announced that “NSAs with outstanding obligations and/or unliquidated accounts shall receive no funding, effective Nov. 1, 2017.” PetroGazz out to stretch run vs Ateneo View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Philippine Football Federation issued a check worth P4,882,602.71 on Sept. 14 to cover all its unliquidated accounts with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) dating back to 1996.The development comes on the heels of the PSC tightening the noose on national sports associations (NSAs) with pending unliquidated financial assistance after accounting of such has pegged the amount to as much as P100 million.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more