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Japanese Fans Might Be Allowed To Tokyo Olympics, With COVID-19 Precautions



TOKYO, May 31  — The Japanese government is considering allowing Japanese fans to attend the Olympic and Paralympic events if they provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result, Sputnik reported, quoting the The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper report.

The coronavirus test will need to have been taken no earlier than a week prior to attending the Olympics. Fans would not be allowed to cheer and would be required to wear face masks and take temperature checks.

The final decision on whether to allow Japanese fans at the Tokyo Olympics will be made in June, Yomiuri Shimbun said.

The Summer Olympics in Tokyo were initially scheduled for 2020 but were postponed in the spring of last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Games are currently scheduled to be held this summer, from July 23 until Aug 8.

Because of COVID-19, the Japanese government has decided to hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics without foreign spectators.

An increasing number of people have been calling for the Olympics to be cancelled, concerned by pandemic-related threats to public safety and the strain on the country’s healthcare system that is already struggling with a new surge in COVID-19 cases.

Sources: BERNAMA


Uber Cup Standings And Quarterfinals Schedule



AARHUS (Denmark), Oct 14 — Following are the final standings of teams in the Uber Cup 2020 after group level fixtures and quarter-finals draw at the Ceres Arena, here:

Group A


Points Played Won Lost Matches Games Points
Japan 3 3 3 0 15-0 30-0 631-341
Indonesia 2 3 2 1 8-7 18-14 571-541
France 1 3 1 2 4-11 8-24 458-613
Germany 0 3 0 3 3-12 7-25 471-636


Group B


Points Played Won Lost Matches Games Points
Thailand 3 3 3 0 15-0 30-1 648-374
India 2 3 2 1 7-8 16-17 584-546
Spain 1 3 1 2 5-10 10-22 457-606
Scotland 0 3 0 3 3-12 8-24 445-608


Group C


Points Played Won Lost Matches Games Points
South Korea 3 3 3 0 14-1 29-2 649-247
Chinese Taipei 2 3 2 1 11-4 22-9 570-370
Egypt 1 3 1 2 5-10 10-21 379-560
Tahiti 0 3 0 3 0-15 1-30 233-654


Group D


Points Played Won Lost Matches Games Points
China 3 3 3 0 15-0 30-2 663-395
Denmark 2 3 2 1 8-7 20-15 647-596
Canada 1 3 1 2 5-10 10-23 477-621
MALAYSIA 0 3 0 3 2-13 7-23 490-665


(Note: Top two teams from each group will advance to the quarter-finals)

Quarter-finals draw


(Note: All matches will be played on Thursday. Denmark time/Malaysian time)

South Korea vs Denmark – 1.30PM/7.30PM

Japan vs India – 1.30PM/7.30PM

Chinese Taipei vs China – 7PM/1AM (Friday)

Indonesia vs Thailand – 7PM/1AM (Friday)

Sources: BERNAMA

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Greatest Footballer That Never Play Football? The Unbelievable Carlos Kaiser



Most football fans have had to accept the disheartening reality that, no matter how much they wish to live the life of a footballer, they simply lack the capacity to become the sport’s next international superstar. However, it’s possible that the dream is still alive.

We know most of the well-known footballers for their skills such as Lionel Messi, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and many more. But do you know about a player that became famous even without ever kicking a ball? What if there was a way to gain access to sports vehicles, adoration, and lucrative football contracts without ever kicking a ball?

Meet Carlos Kaiser

Picture: Sportskeeda

Carlos Henrique Raposo, who was born in April 1963, always knew he wanted to make it great in Brazil’s football culture. According to him, he was given the nickname ‘Kaiser’ after Franz Beckenbauer, one of the world’s most renowned players at the time. Some of his buddies, however, dispute this, claiming that it was in reference to the Beer brand because their bottles were unusually wide.

Carlos began his childhood career with a great level of fitness but little more, as coaches and players quickly discovered. His teammates would have laughed at the prospect of him pursuing a career in football since he lacked skill with the ball at his feet.

Kaiser was hired as a footballer for a number of notable Rio de Janeiro clubs for almost 20 years in the 1980s and 1990s. He, on the other hand, never played a game or even kicked a ball. He lived the high life for all those years: he was a nightclub king and a party animal. He was good-looking, a fantastic dancer, a legendary womanizer, and a devoted Speedo wearer. He did everything a footballer should do, except play the game. He feigned to have heard an opposing fan shout abuses at the chairman the one time he was pushed onto the field during a game, leaped into the crowd to create a brawl, and was accordingly sent off.

Carlos returned to Brazil after his stint in Mexico, where he made great friendships in the Rio de Janeiro nightlife scene. Professional players and sports journalists were among those who took part. Clubs would swallow these lies and sign the player on short trial contracts after the former put in good words with managers and the latter created bogus stories in the newspaper about his career. After that, he’d claim to be short on match fitness and only do regular fitness training for a few weeks until he could fake a hamstring injury.

Due to the lack of MRI scans at the time, this worked perfectly. He’d finish the short-term trial contract, which normally lasted three months, and then start over. He’d further bolster his ruse by pretending to call about transfer offers on phony cellphones. Injuries were difficult to argue during this time, thus owners and managers would frequently “take his word for it.” Because alternative information was not readily available, this was also true for his journalist accomplices.

Finally, Kaiser’s nightclub adventures had positioned him as the unofficial pimp to every top football talent in Rio. He provided the girls, and it was handy for everyone to pretend that he was a player and a member of the establishment.

In 2018, Carlos, had a bad hip and poor eyesight, and also converted to Buddhism and realized his lifelong ambition of becoming a fitness coach who works with female bodybuilders.

He claimed he had never loved football and that it was not his cup of tea. He’s not proud of what he did, and he regrets not seizing the opportunities that were presented to him. If he had put the same effort into playing as he did in convincing everyone that he was a brilliant footballer, he may have been the wonderful footballer everyone thought he was.

Picture: The Guardian

Also, there’s a movie made about Carlos Kaiser that you can catch on Amazon Prime and IMDb. A movie that is so fantastical that it’s hard to believe it’s real. The film, directed by Louis Myles, is a stunning ode to a man who grew into a peculiar kind of a legend in his own right. Despite his shithouse behavior, Kaiser is regarded by many as the quintessential Carioca, and this documentary surely pays homage to his colorful samba stylings. The film is a treat to see, with vintage material, celebrity interviews, engaging narration, gloriously trashy 80s song, and Raposo himself.

Sources: Last Word On Sports, IMDb, The Guardian, Irish Mirror, Joe

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Stunning Loss To Canada Sees Malaysia End Uber Cup Campaign In Dismal Fashion



AARHUS (Denmark), Oct 12  — The young Malaysian Uber Cup squad completed their campaign with a shocking 4-1 defeat by Canada in their last Group D match at the Ceres Arena here last night (early today in Malaysia).

National singles shuttler S. Kisona, who was rested for the match against China on Sunday, played in the first singles but it was clear to see that she was far from her best and suffered a huge setback against world number 183 Talia Ng.

The 23-year-old Kisona managed to go toe-to-toe with the Talia until 6-6 in the first game before a lapse in concentration saw the Canadian bag seven straight points en route to winning it 21-9.

In the second game, world number 53 Kisona again started well to lead 5-1. Then, her game fell apart as Talia regained control to romp home 21-14 to put Canada 1-0 up.

In the first doubles tie, world number 68 Teoh Mei Xing-Yap Ling raised Malaysian hopes with a dominant performance in the first game against world number 20 Rachel Honderich-Kristen Tsai to win 21-13.

However, the more experienced Rachel-Kristen stepped up a gear to win the next two games 21-10, 21-14 for Canada to take a 2-0 lead.

Canada then clinched the winning point through world number 185 Rachel Chan, who needed just 33 minutes to outplay world number 123 Eoon Qi Xuan 21-12, 21-13 in the second singles tie.

Although Canada had won the match, Malaysian scratch pair Go Pei Kee-M. Thinaah made sure the team did not suffer a whitewash when they delivered the country’s first – and only – point by defeating Catherine Choi-Crystal Lai 21-12, 21-13.

“This is the first time we have been paired up. We didn’t think too much about it and just went all out. Although we are happy that we won, we are also sad because the team lost,” said Thinaah.

In the final tie of the night, 18-year-old K. Letshanaa ran out of steam after winning the first game against Wen Yu Zhang in the third singles to go down 21-17, 16-21, 21-12.

This Uber Cup campaign has proven to be a humbling experience for the young Malaysian team, who came to Aarhus with hopes of making the quarter-finals.

Instead, they head home after failing to get past the group stage with three straight defeats – 4-1 to Denmark on Saturday (Oct 9), 5-0 to China on Sunday (Oct 10) and now 4-1 to Canada – to finish at the bottom of the group.

With only the top two teams from each group advancing to the quarter-finals, China and Denmark have booked their berths in the last eight with two wins each. The group winner will be decided on Tuesday, with China the clear favourites against the hosts.

While the Malaysian women’s Uber Cup campaign ended last night, the men’s team are set to start their Thomas Cup journey on Tuesday (1 am Wednesday Malaysian time) when they take on Canada in their opening Group D tie.

Malaysia, who are expected to beat Canada and confirm their quarter-final berth, will wrap up their Group D fixture against Japan on Thursday (Oct 14). There are only three teams in Group D after England pulled out earlier.

Other results


Thomas Cup:

Indonesia bt Thailand 3-2

Taiwan bt Algeria 5-0

Uber Cup:

Indonesia bt France 4-1

Taiwan bt Tahiti 5-0

South Korea bt Egypt 5-0

Japan bt Germany 5-0

Sources: BERNAMA

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