Rio will host a great Games, says Coe

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President, Sebastian Coe remains confident that this year’s Olympic Games, slated to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil between August 5 and 21, will be a success despite the upheaval currently taking place in the country.It is widely expected that on Wednesday members of the Latin American country’s senate will vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. The country is also facing economic challenges and still battling the Zika epidemic.But despite all this, Coe said no consideration is being given to moving the Games.”The Rio Games are going to take place, and I know it will be a success, and our responsibility now, as member federations, international federations and members of the sporting community, is to do everything we can to help the organising committee and make this a great Games,” Coe told The Sunday Gleaner.Coe said that close tabs have been kept on what is going on in the country in terms of preparations for the games and he himself will be journeying there shortly for a firsthand view of things.”Our competition team is regular in Rio,” Coe revealed. “I am going in a couple of weeks’ time to watch the test events in Rio, the Ibero-American Championships in Athletics, so I will get a better feel of how the stadium is working and all those things.”Having been chairman of London’s organising committee for the 2012 Games, Coe says he understands the difficulties involved in planning for one of the world’s biggest events, but believes Brazil will put on a great spectacle.”I know how tough this is and I am sure that Rio will be a good Games and I think they have a spirit that will surprise a lot of people,” Coe said.ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more


first_imgChoctaw Indian Waylon Gary White DeerA unique famine commemoration walk will take place in Co Donegal this Sunday.Action from Ireland (Afri) announces the first Ballyshannon Famine Walk, in conjunction with the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group, is to be held as part of National Heritage Week. Beginning at 2:15 pm.The walk will proceed from the Famine workhouse in Ballyshannon to the Famine graveyard behind St Annes Church, where a lecture by well known historian Anthony Begley will highlight the afternoon’s activities. “The walk is to honour the memory of Ireland’s Famine dead, and in remembering, to help heal” said Choctaw Indian Waylon Gary White Deer, an Afri organiser.In 1847, the Choctaw donated monies from “meagre resources” to feed Irish Famine victims.“We will also be walking to show solidarity with those who still hunger in a world of plenty” Maire Nic Fhearraigh, another organiser added.“And we are very pleased to be working with the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group, who are hosting this important event” There are no fees for the walk or the lecture, and the public is cordially invited to participate.CHOCTAW INDIAN TO LEAD OFF DONEGAL FAMINE WALK was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more