Olympic Dressage: Top British riders head to Tokyo to test Olympic 2020 facilities

William Fox-Pitt & Georgie Spence will have Side GBR’s first palate of Tokyo as they take part in the Olympic test occasion next month. Olympic followers from all over the world are requested to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympics Dressage fans can book Olympic Dressage Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.

William will ride Catherine Witt’s Summer at Fernhill and Georgie her own and Suzanne Doggett’s Hall town Harley (pictured) at the Ready Steady Tokyo event from 12 to 14 August. William, who has represented Britain at five Olympics, said: I am really excited to be asked to go to the test event, it will be one of life’s great experiences.

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“I rode in the test event at the London Olympics and that was a huge advantage for the real thing. I will also be there in a supporting role for Japanese rider Kazumasa Tomato, so I am looking forward to seeing the event from all angles.”

Georgie, who finished second on Hall town Harley at the US Nations Cup leg last year and won the Austrian leg the previous year, said it was an honor for both herself and Ms. Doggett to be invited to compete.

“The experience as a rider is going to be incredible and riding at the Olympic venue is something I will always be very proud of doing,” she said.

Suzanne has been a huge support to me for a number of years and I’m very excited to share this with her. I know this means a lot to her, too. I’m really looking forward to the whole experience, which has already started with planning the journey, managing, and planning for the conditions, and everything else that’s involved with the preparation.

The pair will be accompanied by their support teams and representatives from Team GBR, one of only a handful of national federations sending riders to the test event.

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“An Olympic and Paralympic Games held in the height of summer in Tokyo is likely to present us with some unique challenges,” team GBR performance director Vikki Underwood said. “

The test event provides us with the only opportunity to gather first-hand information on how we can optimally prepare and deliver success at the Games next year.

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Tokyo 2020: Jamaican Sprinter Williams reproached after a failed drugs test

Jamaican teenage sprint star Briana Williams has been given a public reprimand at an Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (IADP) hearing after testing positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide. I look forward to returning to the track for the Olympic 2020 season. Olympic Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Sprint can get Olympic Sprint Tickets online.

The 17-year-old is the current world under-20 champion in the 100 and 200 meters, with a personal best of 10.94sec in the 100m.

Tokyo 2020: Jamaican Sprinter Williams reproached after a failed drugs test
Tokyo 2020: Jamaican Sprinter Williams reproached after a failed drugs test

She recorded that time at the Jamaican Championships in June, booking her place at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships but also reportedly tested positive for the banned substance. 

Williams’ representative Emir Crowne claimed the substance was contained in an over-the-counter, cold-and-flu medication given to her by a close relative, but was not listed as an active ingredient as reported by Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner.

It was also reported that Williams declared the medication on her doping control form while being tested by Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission officials.  She was made aware of the result on July 25.

Tokyo 2020: Jamaican Sprinter Williams reproached after a failed drugs test
Tokyo 2020: Jamaican Sprinter Williams reproached after a failed drugs test

The IADP has now ruled that Williams “established no significant fault or negligence as she was given tablets by her guardian and had no intentions to cheat in her in-competition sprint event on the 21st June 2019”.

She has therefore been reprimanded but without a period of ineligibility.  The IADP has also recommended Williams undergoes another education program on the anti-doping rules.  Williams the world-youth 100m record holder says she now focuses her energy on making Jamaica’s national team to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan 2020.

Despite escaping a ban, Jamaica Observer reported that Williams will not make her senior national debut at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, beginning today. 

It was thought there would not be enough time for Williams to compete in Qatar’s capital even if she was cleared, but the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) opted to name her in their squad.

Tokyo 2020: Jamaican Sprinter Williams reproached after a failed drugs test
Tokyo 2020: Jamaican Sprinter Williams reproached after a failed drugs test

“It’s okay,” said Ato Boldon, Williams’ coach, to the Jamaica Observer.  She’s been exonerated and that’s the main thing – she’ll be back. The panel did its job in considering the scientific evidence and expert testimony that it heard. I am relieved for Briana, who has shown amazing resilience at her age.  I just spoke to her and she was crying happy tears.”

Boldon of Trinidad and Tobago, was the men’s 100m Olympic silver medalist at Sydney 2000 and faced a similar situation to Williams in 2001.  He tested positive for the stimulant ephedrine but was only given a warning, as the substance can be found in many over-the-counter remedies.

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Australian softballers celebrate the Tokyo Olympic 2020 qualification

Australia’s softball team booked their place at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo defeating China 9-3 in the last game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier in Shanghai. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Softball can get Olympic Softball Tickets online.

It’s a fifth Olympic Games for the Australian team, with head coach Bob Harrow’s side way too strong for a gallant Chinese outfit at the Shanghai Sports Training Center A pair of double plays in the first two innings set the scene with Australia producing three double plays in total.

Australian softballers celebrate the Tokyo Olympic 2020 qualification
Australian softballers celebrate the Tokyo Olympic 2020 qualification

Chen Jia had initially led off with a single while Li Qi was hit by a pitch but a hard grounder to second base served a 4-6-3 double play for Australia. China continued to make inroads thanks to a single from Yan Siyu, but Australia delivered a five-run rally to take the lead which they would not relinquish.  

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Harrow said. It has been the longest week, but the players got their reward at the end of it with their hard work. It is simply great to be back at the Olympics after a 12-year wait. We have a great history in the Olympics, having won one silver and three bronze medals. I am aware the competition in Tokyo is going to be much tougher with higher-ranked teams, but we ourselves are going for the gold.”

Australia is the sixth and final qualifier for the tournament at Tokyo Olympic 2020 when the sport will be appearing on the Olympic program for the first time since Beijing 2008.

Australian softballers celebrate the Tokyo Olympic 2020 qualification

They join hosts Japan world champions the United States and Italy Mexico and Canada who qualified in earlier regional tournaments.  Australia’s captain Stacey Porter was overwhelmed at the result.

“I waited for 12 years to return to the Olympics and it is so rewarding to be back at the Tokyo Olympics,” she said.  Having won a bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics and the silver in Beijing 2008 I am looking forward to the gold medal in Tokyo. It is not going to be easy, but we are determined to emerge tops this time around. I may be 38, but I am far from quitting the game.”

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Tokyo 2020: Olympians ready to make Rugby World Cup history

A host of Olympians are set to take the field at the Rugby World Cup in Japan helping to enhance the reputation of the contracted form of the game. A total of 18 players from nine nations will be on show over the next six weeks of competition. Olympic Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Rugby can get Olympic Rugby Tickets online.

Rugby sevens made its Olympic 2020 Summer Games debut at Rio 2016 with Fiji proving too strong for Great Britain to take gold-winning 43-7 in the final. The sport is consistently improving thanks to increased competition and revenue and experience at the Rugby World Cup will undoubtedly help player development.

Tokyo 2020: Olympians ready to make Rugby World Cup history
Tokyo 2020: Olympians ready to make Rugby World Cup history

Of the 18, eight are Olympic medalists, including four Fijians: Leone Nakarawa Viliame Mata Josua Tuisova and Semi Kunatani. Two Britain silver medalists Ruaridh McConnochie and James Davies, who will represent England and Wales, respectively in Japan, and bronze medalists Chelsin Kolbe and Kwagga Smith from South Africa, complete the line-up of Olympic medal winners.

Also on the roster of Olympians is New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams and All Blacks teammate Reiko Ione who was named World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2017.

Host nation Japan includes three Olympians from the team who finished an impressive fourth in Rio 2016 and Argentina, France and the United States have also selected Olympians in their World Cup squads. Fiji captain Leone Nakarawa is relishing the transference of skills.

“Fifteen is more about power and endurance, so repeatedly getting tackled and getting up again,” said Nakarawa who will be competing at his third Rugby World Cup.  But the fitness and strength you get from sevens really helps.  Because of that you never feel tired out there.”

Tokyo 2020: Olympians ready to make Rugby World Cup history
Tokyo 2020: Olympians ready to make Rugby World Cup history

Great Britain is looking to go one better than silver in Tokyo Olympic 2020but McConnochie is fully focused on the challenge right in front of him.

“The Olympics was incredible and I never thought I would be here in a national 15s side at the Rugby World Cup,” he said. Going into Rio we knew it would be pretty chaotic. It is good to embrace that chaos and carnage and know that it is not always going to be perfect and it is how you react and overcome that.”

Qualification is already underway for the Tokyo Olympic 2020 sevens tournament.

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Australia and China continue to unbeaten at Asia/Oceania softball qualifier for Tokyo Olympic 2020

Hosts China and Australia both made it two victories from two at the Asia/Oceania softball qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Chinese beat Philippines 8-3 in Group A at Shanghai Chongming Sports Training Center but did things the hard way for the second game in a row. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Softball can get Olympic Softball Tickets online.

It was the Philippines who drew first blood, racing into a 3-0 lead before the Chinese turned things around. New Zealand also opened up a 3-0 advantage against the hosts yesterday before also losing 8-3. Lu Ying hit a grand slam home run for China as they fought back impressively today and ensured qualification for the super round phase.

Australia and China continue to unbeaten at Asia/Oceania softball qualifier for Tokyo Olympic 2020
Australia and China continue to unbeaten at Asia/Oceania softball qualifier for Tokyo Olympic 2020

“I thought the game against New Zealand was enough and we showed character and confidence to come back to win,” said China’s Coach Corey Myers. But to go through it again today was nerve wrecking.”

New Zealand bounced back from their opening defeat by seeing off South Korea 5-1 in the group’s other game. They will now face the Philippines, who thrashed the Koreans 10-1 on day one in the last batch of group fixtures tomorrow to see who joins the Chinese in the super round.

In Group B, Australia backed up their 5-1 win over Chinese Taipei yesterday by easing past Indonesia 8-0 inside five innings. Chinese Taipei, the highest-ranked side at the event at number six in the world recovered with a 7-0 win over Hong Kong, who had pipped Indonesia 6-5 yesterday.

Australia and China continue to unbeaten at Asia/Oceania softball qualifier for Tokyo Olympic 2020
Australia and China continue to unbeaten at Asia/Oceania softball qualifier for Tokyo Olympic 2020

Australia will win the group and advance to the super round with a 100 percent record should they beat Hong Kong tomorrow. The Taiwanese will meet Indonesia and will be favorites to win and also go through. Results from the group phase carry over to the super round where teams play the two qualifiers from the other group.

The side topping the pile will qualify for Tokyo Olympic 2020 where both baseball and softball are returning to the Olympic programmer following their axing after Beijing 2008. They will complete a six-team line-up in Tokyo which so far includes hosts Japan world champions the United States America’s qualifiers Canada and Mexico and European qualifiers Italy.

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Tokyo Olympic 2020: places on offer at FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku

Sixty-two nations will take part in the upcoming Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku, where Tokyo Olympic 2020 places will be up for grabs as well as gold medals. Olympic Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Rhythmic can get Olympic Rhythmic Tickets online.

A total of 173 individual gymnasts are expected to participate at the event which begins at the National Gymnastics Arena tomorrow. It has shifted its position in the sports calendar following last year’s staging in Sofia with the next competition due to take place in 2021.

Tokyo Olympic 2020: places on offer at FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku
Tokyo Olympic 2020: places on offer at FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku

Russia is expected to maintain the domination they showed in Sofia where they won seven gold medals, with Bulgaria and Italy winning the two other titles on offer. Russia’s Dina Averina is the defending all-around gold medalist, having finished ahead of silver medalist Linoy Ashram of Israel and fellow Russian Aleksandra Soldatova in Sofia last year.

Averina won the all-around crown at the World Challenge Cup which concluded on August 31. Azerbaijan’s Zohra Aghamirova, who finished 24th in the all-around competition last year is hoping that familiarity will help her to a higher placing this time around as she has boarded at the school for gymnasts housed in the competition arena.

In what will be her third World Championships, the 18-year-old will be seeking success in the group competition with teammates Veronika Hudis, Yelyzaveta Luzan, and Maryam Safarova, with the hope of qualifying a place for an Azerbaijani gymnast at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Tokyo Olympic 2020: places on offer at FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku
Tokyo Olympic 2020: places on offer at FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku

Aghamirova won silver medals in the all-around and with the clubs at the Summer Universidad in Naples earlier this year. Zohra Aghamirova will be among the Azerbaijani gymnasts competing on home soil in Baku

“This competition is important Aghamirova said. It’s at home here in Azerbaijan and it’s important for the qualification for the Olympic Games. I hope to catch everything to give my best performance.”

The Championships conclude on September 22.

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China has winning start at Asia/Oceania Olympic 2020 softball qualifier

Hosts China survived an early scare before beating New Zealand 8-3 in their opening match of the Asia/Oceania softball qualifier for Tokyo 2020. The Kiwis, who performed a haka before the game, raced into a surprise 3-0 lead against the world number eight side who many consider tournament favorites. Olympic Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Softball can get Olympic Softball Tickets online.

“It is not the best way to chalk a win, but I am glad we recovered from the early deficit to get back into the game,” China’s American coach Corey Myers said.

China has winning start at Asia/Oceania Olympic 2020 softball qualifier
China has winning start at Asia/Oceania Olympic 2020 softball qualifier

“We have tougher games ahead, and in a way, I am glad we had to come from behind to win because it will serve us well for our remaining tough games. The players showed good character to get back into the game despite having some defensive issues in the early stages. In the end, it was a great start to the tournament, but we have to keep on improving.”

China’s play was riddled with defensive mistakes but they turned things around, with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. The other match in Group A at the Shanghai Chongming Sports Training Center saw the Philippines thrash South Korea 10-1.

In Group B, Chinese Taipei, the highest-ranked side at the event at number six in the world, were beaten 5-1 by world number seven Australia. There was also success for Hong Kong, who piped Indonesia 6-5. The top two teams from each group qualify for the super round phase where results will carry over.

China has winning start at Asia/Oceania Olympic 2020 softball qualifier
China has winning start at Asia/Oceania Olympic 2020 softball qualifier

Only the winners of the event will qualify for Tokyo 2020, where both baseball and softball are returning to the Olympic program following their axing after Beijing 2008. They will complete a six-team line-up in Tokyo which so far includes hosts Japan, world champions the United States, America’s qualifiers Canada and Mexico and European qualifiers Italy.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation event continues tomorrow. In Group A China takes on the Philippines with South Korea playing New Zealand while Australia will lock horns with Indonesia in Group B where Chinese Taipei faces Hong Kong.

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Olympic 2020: Blom recalls and leads at FEI Nations Cup Eventing in Waregem

Merel Blom of The Netherlands took over the outright lead in the penultimate International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Nations Cup Eventing competition of the season in Waregem Belgium after today’s jumping. Olympic Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Equestrian can get Olympic Equestrian Tickets online.

Blom, riding Cross border Radar Love finished the previous evening’s dressage section as joint leader with home rider Laure Redele riding Cheers 12, on 29.0 penalty points. But a faultless round in a time of 78.26sec was enough for her to head the overall competition going into tomorrow’s concluding cross-country with a score of 29.0 faults.

Olympic 2020: Blom recalls and leads at FEI Nations Cup Eventing in Waregem
Olympic 2020: Blom recalls and leads at FEI Nations Cup Eventing in Waregem

While Redele had an unhappy day which saw her drop to 86th place, the opposition behind Blom remained largely Belgian or German. Home rider Virginie Caulier who finished seventh in the dressage on Hobama de la Baille Rouge moved up to a second-place with 30.80, having incurred just 0.40 in terms of penalties.

Meanwhile, Germany’s double Olympic team eventing gold medalist, Ingrid Klimke moved up to third on Scrabble 15 after incurring just 1.20 faults for a total of 31.00. France won last month’s team competition on home soil at Haras du Pin.

A second-place finish saw Italy move into the overall lead of the Nations Cup series, after five of seven competitions Italy lead on 380 points with Sweden following on 345. The Netherlands also remains in the hunt for the overall title on 300 points.

Olympic 2020: Blom recalls and leads at FEI Nations Cup Eventing in Waregem

The battle for the overall title should become clearer after the three days of competition in Belgium, with the series concluding next month in Boekelo the Netherlands, from October 10 to 13. The event will see the awarding of the final Tokyo Olympic 2020 berth.

Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Belgium will battle for the place. Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Italy, Poland, United States, Brazil, China, Thailand and hosts Japan have already qualified for next year’s Olympics 2020.

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Tokyo Olympic 2020 Rowing qualification and final places demanded at Rowing Championships

Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens of Canada moved a step closer to defending their women’s pair title as they qualified for the final and next year’s Olympic 2020 Games at the World Rowing Championships in Austria. Olympic Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Rowing can get Olympic Rowing Tickets online.

The Canadian team competing together for the first time this year after Filmer took time off from the sport finished second behind Australia’s Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre in the opening semi-final.

Tokyo Olympic 2020 Rowing qualification and final places demanded at Rowing Championships
Tokyo Olympic 2020 Rowing qualification and final places demanded at Rowing Championships

Morrison and McIntrye were in ominous form, clocking 6min 58.000sec to beat their Canadian rivals by two seconds. Aina Cid and Virginia Diaz Rivas were third in 7:03.160. New Zealand’s Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler world silver medalists in Plovdiv last year continued their impressive run of form by winning the second semi-final.

Prendergast and Gowler, fastest in the world this year, crossed the line in 6:57.920. They finished ahead of Americans Megan Kalmoe and Tracy Eisser who were second in 7:01.780, while Kiri Tontodonati and Aisha Rocek of Italy did enough for third.

The six boats which booked a place in the final all secured a place at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Qualification for Tokyo Olympic 2020 was also on the line in the lightweight men’s double sculls.

Ireland’s defending champion Paul O’Donovan and new partner Fintan McCarthy won the second semi-final in 6:13.460. Italy’s Stefano Oppo and Pietro Ruta recorded an almost identical time in the opening race as they triumphed in 6:13.300.

Tokyo Olympic 2020 Rowing qualification and final places demanded at Rowing Championships
Tokyo Olympic 2020 Rowing qualification and final places demanded at Rowing Championships

They will be joined by boats from Spain Poland Germany and Norway in the final. Romania edged a hard-fought first men’s four semi-final in 5:47.700 beating Britain by a slender margin to seal their final spot.

Italy was third, claiming the last available Olympic slot from the race. World champions Australia also safely progressed alongside Poland and the United States. World silver medalists Australia comfortably qualified in the women’s four after winning the first semi-final in 6:25.340 three seconds faster than nearest challengers Denmark.

The Australian team’s time was bettered in the second race by the crew from the Netherlands who clocked 6:22.780. The first medals will be on offer tomorrow.

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Tokyo 2020: Garnbret defends the combined title to win third gold at IFSC World Championships

Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret successfully defended her combined title to win her third gold medal of the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Championships in Japan. The Slovenian laid down a huge marker before climbing’s Olympic debut at Tokyo Olympic 2020 where the combined will be the sole event contested. Olympic Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Sport Climbing can get Olympic Sport Climbing Tickets online.

She ended on a total of 12.00 points as she added to the individual bouldering and lead titles she had already claimed at the Ésforta Arena Hachiōji.  Garnbret was sixth out of eight finalists in the opening speed discipline but was second in bouldering and topped the pile in lead to claim victory.

The Slovenian was one of only two athletes to achieve a top in the bouldering as she confirmed her status as the world’s best all-round female climber.

“I didn’t have the best start in speed I didn’t have the best start in bouldering,” said Garnbret who also won the combined World Cup title this term to The Japan Times. But I enjoyed every single round and it just feels amazing I have had a dream season.”

Akiyo Noguchi won home silver for Japan to give the Tokyo Olympic 2020 host nation hope of success at the Olympics. She ended on 21.00 points after winning the bouldering alongside respective finishes of third and seventh in lead and speed.

Tokyo 2020: Garnbret defends the combined title to win third gold at IFSC World Championships
Tokyo 2020: Garnbret defends the combined title to win third gold at IFSC World Championships

Noguchi had already won a silver medal in the individual bouldering Shauna Coxsey who topped the qualification round clinched bronze with a second place in speed the third place in bouldering and a seventh place in the lead at Olympic 2020.

The Briton ended on 42.00 points and earned a second third place following her bouldering bronze.  Alexandra Miroslaw of Poland topped the speed round after also winning individual gold in the discipline in Hachiōji but missed out on a combined medal in fourth place. The men’s combined final is tomorrow on the last day of the Championships.

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