Saturday , March 6 2021

Winter Games – OS in Calgary? No thanks, sport

The citizens of the Canadian metropolises decide on winter games in 2026. The special Olympics come to Berlin. Angelique Kerber has a new coach.

Olympia, Calgary: Citizens in Calgary have decided not to host the winter holidays in 2026 and have given the International Olympic Committee (IOC) another setback. For the eight-year games, there are only two candidates in Stockholm and Milan with Cortina d 'Ampezzo. In the referendum in the Canadian metropolis of millions, hosted by the Winter Olympics in 1988, the 56.4 percent opposed the plan, with 43.6 percent in favor. 304,774 citizens voted. The referendum is not legally binding, but in advance all participants had signaled: If no page gets a single voice, the application is dead.

The Winter Games 2026 remains a problem child for the IOC. It is also unclear whether Stockholm and Milan / Cortina d'Ampezzo will be able to keep their candidacy for the election of host at the IOC congress in June 2019 in Lausanne. Previously, Sapporo (Japan), Graz with Schladming (Austria) and Zion (Switzerland) had already left the group of applicants.

Special OS, Berlin: The World Games in the special Olympic Games will take place in 2023 for the first time in Germany. Berlin on Tuesday evening in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) preferred to Moscow, the only resistance candidate. Special Olympics World Games is considered to be the world's largest inclusive sports event for people with mental or multiple disabilities. In Berlin in June 2023, around 7,000 athletes, athletes and partners from 180 nations participate in 25 sports. "I think the games are an excellent way to promote inclusion, coherence, justice and respect," said Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in the application. "We are very pleased with the decision, which we also perceive as an appreciation for our association, for Berlin and Germany," says Christiane Krajewski, CEO of Special Olympics Germany (SOD). "We are very pleased with our athletes, with whom we want to create fantastic summer games in Berlin in 2023." The common vision is to celebrate a "global sporting festival and create a clear sign of integration into society".

Tennis, Kerber: Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber has found a job in search of a new coach. When the management of the 30-year-olds is confirmed on the SID request, Kielerin will be handled in the future by former Australian Open-finalists Rainer Schüttler. "Angelique has appeared in recent years what she is like a master," said Schüttler: "I look forward to working together in this exciting phase of my career and I can not help but appreciate that her talent can achieve a lot . "

Schüttler begins to work with Kerber after his holiday in late November. In mid October, one week before the WTA final in Singapore, Kieler had surprisingly been divorced from his coach Wim Fissette (38). Like in the previous year, Kerber will complete the season opener at the Hopman Cup in Perth together with Alexander Zverev. Then, in January, the preparation tournament in Sydney and the Australian Open in Melbourne on the program.

Tennis, season finals: Professional tennis player Kevin Anderson is almost safe in the knockout round after his second round wins at the London finals finals. The Wimbledon finalist from South Africa outclassed the Japanese Kei Nishikori in 6:01, 6: 1 in 74 minutes and barely displaced one of the first two places in the group "Lleyton Hewitt". In the beginning, Anderson (32), who competes for the first time of the top eight of the season, defeated Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets. Despite the debate, Nishikori is still in the semifinals on Saturday, even in his hand, because he had surprisingly surprised in his first match against the record winner Federer. On Friday, 28-year-old Thiem meets.

Anderson crowns the best season ever for his career in London. This year he won the tournaments in New York and Vienna – on his way to the title he hit Nishikori. In Wimbledon Anderson only lost in the final against the world's number one player Novak Djokovic. Serbia is in the group "Guga Kuerten" on Wednesday (15.00 MEZ / Sky) next opponent of Hamburg Alexander Zverev.

Football, Italy: AC Milan Gonzalo Higuain has been suspended for two matches after his break in the match against former club Juventus (0-2). The 30-year-old had acted "threatening" against the referee, the sports court of the Italian Football Association figured. Higuain had seen the red card after he was first awarded a hand penalty and later, after a warning, the referee and several Juve players had started. Argentina had left Juventus in the summer after the millionaire Ronaldo was announced.

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