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Sport 8 things to know about Mopsie, the hoof-thumping horse at the Tokyo Olympics dressage event

06:01  04 august  2021
06:01  04 august  2021 Source:   thelistwire.usatoday.com

Mystery Solved: Why the 2021 Olympics are still called the ‘Tokyo 2020’ Olympics

  Mystery Solved: Why the 2021 Olympics are still called the ‘Tokyo 2020’ Olympics In fact, throughout Tokyo, “2020” is everywhere. Because the 2021 Olympics are, officially, the 2020 Olympics. “There are many reasons,” a Tokyo organizing committee source told Yahoo Sports. One of them, he said, was that “last year in March, torches, medals, other branding items, and merchandise were already being made using the name ‘Tokyo 2020’ and a name change would have meant additional costs.” Maintaining the ‘Tokyo 2020’ brand In other words, Olympic organizers had already committed millions upon millions of dollars to the "Tokyo 2020" brand.

The Tokyo Olympics have been full of unbelievable moments of sportsmanship, humanity, and calamity. Star athletes have made their countries proud, pushing themselves to the brink of human possibility to take home gold. But one athlete has emerged whose star power overcomes creed or country, whose grace and Known by a nickname — his real name is Suppenkasper — Mopsi is the dressage horse of the American rider Steffen Peters. Mopsi trotted into the hearts of millions with his astounding performance in the dressage grand-prix freestyle individual final on Wednesday.

Competition for the Olympic dressage medals at the Tokyo Olympic Games promise to be a real sporting highlight among the equestrian disciplines. Welcome to Horse & Hound’s coverage of the dressage competitions at the Tokyo Olympics . Olympic dressage : what you need to know .

(Corrects to say Australia in headline, not Australian)

a close up of a busy city street: A COVID-19 lockdown remains in place as outbreak of cases affects Sydney © Reuters/LOREN ELLIOTT A COVID-19 lockdown remains in place as outbreak of cases affects Sydney

By Renju Jose and Byron Kaye

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man in his 20s died at home of COVID-19 in Sydney, authorities said on Wednesday, one of the country's youngest coronavirus deaths.

The man, who was unvaccinated, was 13 days into home isolation after testing positive when his health deteriorated rapidly, authorities said, adding that he lived with one person who had been hospitalised with the virus.

The death highlighted the risk from the virus and the importance of getting vaccinated, said health leaders, who have set a target of having half of Sydney's population inoculated before lifting the city's lockdown by a target date of Aug. 28.

Where are the Olympics in 2021? Locations, venues & more to know about Tokyo Games

  Where are the Olympics in 2021? Locations, venues & more to know about Tokyo Games Sporting News breaks down everything you need to know about the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, including locations, venues and more.The 2021 Olympics, delayed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will finally take place from July 23 through Aug. 8 in Tokyo, even as the pandemic continues to take its toll not just on the sports world, but the world at large. Indeed, the 2021 Olympics — including the opening and closing ceremonies — will be held without spectators amid growing coronavirus numbers in Japan.

Competition for the Olympic dressage medals at the Tokyo Olympic Games promise to be a real sporting highlight among the equestrian disciplines. Olympic dressage : what you need to know . Dressage was first seen in the Olympics in the 1912 Games in Stockholm with only men allowed to

But no horse at the Olympic jumping qualifier had ever seen anything like obstacle number 10. Key points: The equestrian course featured a life-sized statue of a sumo wrestler. Riders say the display might have distracted the horses and stopped them from qualifying. The Games have a reputation among riders for flashy course design, including an oddly shaped jump at Rio de Janeiro in 2016 that caused similar consternation. Brash said the colourful designs are expected at the Olympic Games.

"It demonstrates again how this disease is lethal, how it affects people of all ages," said Gladys Berejiklian, premier of New South Wales state, of which Sydney is the capital.

The man's identity and how he caught the virus were not disclosed. He lived in southwest Sydney, the epicentre of an outbreak related to the Delta virus strain that has ravaged the country's most populous city for weeks.


Video: Australia records first COVID-19 death of 2021 (Reuters)

Of about 17 deaths from the virus since the flare-up began in June, nearly a third have been people at home, according to the government. The man's death was referred for a formal inquest, the authorities said.

A woman in her 80s also died in a hospital in the past day, taking the national total to 927 since the start of the pandemic.

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  Future Olympics locations: List of host cities for 2022, 2024 Games and beyond Sporting News has you covered on future Olympic host cities, including their bidding processes, Olympic histories and venues.There's no denying the Olympics have lost significant luster in 2021 amid the pandemic, which has forced the Games to take place without fan attendance. Moreover, an increasing number of people associated with the Olympics — both in its organization and the athletes themselves — are testing positive for the virus. Some have even occurred in the Olympic Village, where athletes and other organizers reside during the Games.

The Tokyo Olympics grand prix dressage completed today and what an incredible day of sport it was, stuffed full of highs and lows. Here are the things you need to know Day two of the Tokyo Olympics dressage was British number one Charlotte Dujardin’s time to shine. One of those came in the form of the very sad elimination under blood rules for Britain-based Singaporean rider Caroline Chew and her lovely horse Tribiani, who had already made history just by getting to Tokyo as the first Singaporean rider to compete at the Games.

Welcome to Horse & Hound’s coverage of the Tokyo Olympics eventing . Our team of journalists, both on location in Japan and working from here in the UK, are keeping you up to date with all the latest Olympic eventing news as it happens throughout the Games. The Olympic eventing is taking place from 30 July to 2 August 2021 with the dressage and showjumping phases at the equestrian park in Tokyo ’s Heritage Zone, while the cross-country phase is being hosted at Sea Forest Park on an island in the bay.

On Wednesday, Sydney reported 233 new cases, up from 199 a day earlier.

Total infections in the state's worst outbreak since the start of the pandemic topped 4,000 since the first one was detected on June 16.

In a bid to arrest a spike in cases, authorities have taken aggressive countermeasures, including sealing off high-risk suburbs and asking military to help police enforce lockdown rules.

State Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said the state should hit a target of six million shots by the end of the month - at least one dose to all of its adult population.

Neighbouring Queensland reported 16 locally acquired cases, the same as the day earlier, prompting authorities to declare it the state's worst outbreak since the start of the pandemic and warn that a lockdown in state capital Brisbane might be extended beyond Sunday.

"Every time someone leaves their home they increase the risk that this lockdown may need to go on longer ... now is not the time to buy outdoor furniture, there will be time before summer to get sun lounges," Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

The fast-moving Delta strain has alarmed authorities while a slow vaccine rollout frustrated residents. Only about 20% of people older than 16 have been fully vaccinated.

(Reporting by Renju Jose and Byron Kaye. Editing by Gerry Doyle)

Tokyo Olympics cost $15.4 billion. What else could that buy? .
TOKYO (AP) — The official price tag for the Tokyo Olympics in $15.4 billion, which a University of Oxford study says is the most expensive on record. What else could those billions buy? The ballpark figure for building a 300-bed hospital in Japan in $55 million. So you could put up almost 300 of these. The average elementary school in Japan costs about $13 million. For that price, you get 1,200 schools. A quick search finds a Boeing 747 is priced at roughly $400 million. Voila: 38 jumbo jets for the cost of the Tokyo Olympics.The point is, Olympic Games are costly and may bump aside other priorities.

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