“I can’t do, but I can watch,” she said, explaining how she has been spending time watching videos of her opponents, researching techniques and mentally rehearsing match scenarios.The 25-year-old, who competes in the 57-kg weight class, says she has never spent so much time away from the sport.Kawai has not been able to spar with her training partner since Shigakkan University, her alma mater and training base in the city of Obu, Aichi Prefecture, suspended all club activities in late March.”All I do is take in one day at a time,” she says.Four years ago, Kawai wrestled in the 63-kg event to avoid having to go up against 10-time world champion and four-time Olympic women’s wrestling champion Kaori Icho at 58 kg, and claimed the gold medal in her Olympic debut in Rio.But for Tokyo 2020, Kawai made the bold move of stepping down a weight division and coming face-to-face with Icho in order to leave the pathway open for her sister to make it to the Olympics with her.Risako is three years older than her sister Yukako, a 62-kg silver medalist at the 2018 world championships.Within a six-month span from December 2018, Risako fought Icho four times. She secured her place at the Tokyo Games at last year’s worlds along with Yukako, who finished third in the 62 kg and met the qualification standard set by the Japan Wrestling Federation.At the Asian Wrestling Championships held in India in February, both Risako and Yukako clinched the continental title in their respective weights and made clear it is their wish to deliver a repeat performance at the Tokyo Olympics.But a month after they put a bow on what was to be the final tune-up before the Olympics came the announcement that the games would be postponed for a year because of the global health emergency.”There was a part of me that wasn’t ready for the news,” Risako said. “But I switched gears and decided to think that I’ve been given more personal time so that means more time to get better.”Kawai, who is staying fit by running and doing strength training, overcame one of Japan’s greatest-ever Olympians in Icho. Now, her task is to beat each and every challenge the coronavirus pandemic puts in her path.Luckily, her sister will be right there with her to help navigate the unexpectedly extended road to their home games. Your news needs your supportSince the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis, The Japan Times has been providing free access to crucial news on the impact of the novel coronavirus as well as practical information about how to cope with the pandemic. Please consider subscribing today so we can continue offering you up-to-date, in-depth news about Japan. KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOS Olympic wrestling hopeful Risako Kawai says she has chosen to focus on what she can control rather than fussing over what she has been denied by isolation necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.With the outbreak affecting everyone’s lives, including those of athletes, Kawai has been exercising her mind, taking in knowledge that will keep her brain sharp and make her a better wrestler. wrestling, 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Risako Kawai, covid-19 Risako Kawai celebrates on the shoulders of her coach after winning the women’s 57-kg category at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in Kazakhstan’s capital, Nur-Sultan, on Sept. 19. | KYODO GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
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CSKA’s rival in the Europa League – the Maltese Cyrins, made two transfers before the duel with the “reds”. As it is known, the Bulgarian runner-up will meet the team from the island country in the first qualifying round. However, Syrins made a double transfer before the coveted battle.The team attracted Samba Tunkare and Wilfried Domarau from Gzira United.The Maltese media write that the team is already in the final part of its training, after they are aware that they have drawn a Bulgarian grandmaster in the first round. Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of Gong.bg. You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.
The Murcia born striker had just returned from a rather disappointing stint with Nottingham Forest, and instead of sitting around at Wolves, a return to his home country was organised.That went far better as he scored nine goals in 18 league appearances for the second-tier club, and impressed enough to attract the attention of some La Liga clubs, including Atlético Madrid.This is according to Marca, who claim that their director of football Andrea Berta is following Rafa Mir ‘very closely’ after his great performances during the final stretch of the season caught his eye.Embed from Getty ImagesIt’s explained the Italian has been tracking the Wolves loanee’s progress since his early days at Valencia, prior to his move to Molineux, attracted by his good ability in the air, solidarity when tracking back and proficiency in front of goal.Marca point out the seven goals scored by Mir since the Covid-19 restart have made him ‘one of the most desired footballers’ in the La Liga market, and while Huesca are still ‘fighting’ to keep him around longer, there are ‘many offers’ on Wolverhampton’s desk right now.Either way, the Spanish newspaper believe Mir will ‘almost certainly’ be playing in the country’s top-tier next season.The real question is with which club?by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Men In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndo Still unable to break through at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rafa Mir was sent out on loan to SD Huesca in La Liga2 to get himself some game time in January.
Caribbean launches marijuana commissionThe Regional Commission on Marijuana will stage the first of its national consultations on the use of the drug for medicinal purposes at a meeting in St. Vincent on Wednesday.Last year, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders agreed on the composition of a Commission to examine marijuana legalization throughout the 15-member regional bloc.Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, said then that the leaders had expected the Commission to “soon begin its work to look into the economic, health and legal issues surrounding the use of marijuana and to consult with stakeholders to get a view on the issue.”The marijuana legalization debate has been on the Caribbean’s agenda for more than a year.In February last year, Jamaica’s Parliament agreed to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medicinal marijuana industry. The legislation allows for residents can carry up to two ounces of marijuana without it being on their criminal record, and grow up to five plants where permitted.The consultation is being held in collaboration with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines government.
JEFFFERSON, S.D. (Aug. 7) – With only three more nights remaining before IMCA season championships will be decided, racers were gunning for the checkered flag Sunday at Raceway Park.The first feature of the evening was in the KISS 107 FM IMCA Sport Compact division where Luke Jackson made the pass on early leader Don Tank at the conclusion of the fourth lap en route to a feature victory. Tank held the second position until the final turn of the final lap, when Ramsey Meyer slipped by on the inside for the position.Steven Pierce led every lap of the CarQuest IMCA Hobby Stock feature for his second win of the season. While Pierce was in front enjoying a clear view, the action behind him was wild from start to finish. In a final green, white, checkered finish, Pierce took the win followed by John Cain and Matt Baker.MOPAR IMCA Northern SportMod point leader Karl Brewer took his second win in a row after a race long battle with AJ Boulware. Brewer did not take the lead until two laps remaining as he slipped by Boulware mere feet before the scoring line. Caution flew one half lap later, leading to a green, white, checkered finish where Brewer would hold on for the win followed by Darin Roepke and Boulware.Chris Mills extended his point lead atop the Casey’s General Stores IMCA Stock Car division with another feature win. Mills took the lead with six laps remaining in the feature from second place point man Travis Barker. In a final green, white, checkered finish, Mills and Barker would hold onto their top two positions followed by Jason Ward.The final feature of the evening saw Bob Moore make the pass on the outside of early leader Dan Loggins and go on for the win in the Total Motors IMCA Modified division. Moore, Jason Schneiders, and point leader Ricky Stephan broke away from the field in the closing laps and finished in that order.
Top two finishers in each of the five Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod race of champions heats advanced to Saturday shows.Three former race winners are in the Hobby Stock RoC. Lining up from first through 10th will be Matt Olson of Franklin, Minn., Tyler Henrichs of Americus, Kan., Chanse Hollatz of Clear Lake, Leah Wroten of Independence, defending winner Brandon Nielsen of Spencer, Jeff Ware of Columbus, Neb., 2012 winner Adam Armstrong of Beatrice, Neb., 2011 winner Shannon Anderson of Des Moines, Sal Hernandez of Columbus, Neb., and Jason Fusselman of Shelby.The aptly named Race of Champions sees another Minnesota driver, Fort Ripley’s Jacob Hagemann on the pole. Johnathon Logue of Boone, Tony Olson of Cedar Rapids, Dakota Sproul of Ellis, Kan., Kyle Olson of Cedar Rapids, Brett Meyer of Lytton, defending race winner Doug Smith of Lanesboro, Chad Ryerson of Wellsburg, Tyler Soppe of Sherrill and Mike Tanner of Smithville, Mo., round out the starting grid.Smith, Meyer and Soppe are the only three drivers to have qualified for the RoC previously. *** BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 4) – Hot laps are underway on the first day of the 35th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.The Labor Day program at Boone Speedway begins with qualifying heats for the Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for the Hobby Stocks and BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for Northern SportMods. Qualifiers for both RoC’s will head to the fan zone to determine where they’ll start in their respective Saturday event.The starting fields for two 25-lap qualifying features will be determined by 14 Hobby Stock heats. Twenty heats and the final 25-lap qualifier of the night are on tap for the Northern SportMods.“B” races for the Hobbies, a “B” qualifier and “C” races for the SportMods, and Modified, Sport Compact and Stock Car hot laps complete the card.
Source: Alex Pavlovic, NBC Sports, Bay AreaNeed to know: Madison Bumgarner is only 30 years old, which seems weird because he’s been around for parts of 11 seasons. And despite not being MADISON BUMGARNER the past few years because of various injuries and perhaps some natural regression, it’s quite possible he has more strong seasons left. His stats since 2017: 19-25, 3.57 ERA, 3.94 FIP with 413 strikeouts in 448.1 innings. Not bad, not great.MORE: Braves one of six teams that could use MadBum’s services Regardless of how hot the Hot Stove Season actually is this year — it’s been lukewarm, at best, the past few offseasons — Sporting News will have you covered with all the trade rumors and free-agent rumblings you can handle.Rumor: The Braves have made Madison Bumgarner a priority. Could this happen: Bumgarner makes sense for the Braves on the surface. He’s a proven front-line starter with a stellar postseason resume who could give a young Atlanta rotation a boost in multiple ways. The only issue would be the money and the years. It seems risky for the Braves to give MadBum a long-term deal, but it seems unlikely he’d accept a one- or two-year contract. Still, the two sides have had mutual interest in one another of late — Bumgarner is a North Carolina boy from right in the heart of Braves country, after all — so it’s the kind of signing that could easily happen.Potential domino effect: Getting Bumgarner would mean the Braves could officially move on from lefty Dallas Keuchel, who is already expected to be elsewhere next season. It would also, presumably, mean the Braves could focus the rest of their offseason on re-signing Josh Donaldson and/or adding more offense to the lineup. But Atlanta is said to potentially have interest in finding more than one established, successful starter to further balance out the youth in the rotation, which now looks to be without veteran innings-eater Julio Teheran. MORE RUMORS: Rays, Marlins want Howie Kendrick
LAS VEGAS — After blowing a two-game lead in the final 10 days of the season and being forced to share the Mountain West Conference regular-season title with BYU and New Mexico, the Utah basketball team wasn’t satisfied.They wanted an “outright” title as they called it and, although it wasn’t a technically correct term for a tournament title, they were a determined bunch heading into the MWC tournament last week.Now they stand alone as the MWC’s best team after defeating San Diego State 52-50 in the finals Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.”We got the whole thing this time,” said Ute coach Jim Boylen. “Last Sunday I talked with my team and I said, ‘We’re going to win one outright.’ We refocused, we practiced well and my assistants did a great job. We came down here to win.”After surviving a late Aztec rally, the Utes celebrated for the second time in a week, cutting down nets, putting on championship T-shirts and those hats with the tags hanging off the sides.Tournament MVP Luke Nevill had another big game for the Utes with still another double-double, scoring a game-high 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.”It’s fantastic,” said Nevill as he was surrounded by joyous Ute fans on the court. “This is what we planned from the start of the season. It proves to everyone who doubted us that we’re the best.”Lawrence Borha added 12 points, including three clutch free throws down the stretch, while Carlon Brown had 10 points, five rebounds and three steals in a solid effort.Utah overcame its second-worst shooting night of the season and used some stellar defensive play to win its second MWC tournament title, joining the 2004 team.The Utes held the Aztecs to 35.7 percent shooting, which would have been closer to 30 if not for Richie Williams’ three baskets in the final 25 seconds.Williams put a scare into the Utes with his sudden outburst after going scoreless before that.After his second straight 3-pointer brought the Aztecs within one at 51-50 with 7.6 seconds left and Borha made one of two with 5.7 seconds left, Williams had one last chance.He dribbled up the court and, just as he was going up for a potential game-tying shot from inside the 3-point line, Utah’s Shaun Green stripped the ball and held on for dear life as the buzzer sounded. “I was in the right spot and put my hands in at the right time and happened to get a steal,” said Green, who added, “There’s not a better feeling in the word than to go out with a championship in my senior year.” The Utes had started off ice cold and the Aztecs threatened to break away when they went up 20-12 late in the first half. However, the Utes rallied to get within two as Borha sank a 15-footer at the buzzer to make it 20-18.In the second half, led by Brown, who had kept Utes in the game early, the Utes came out smoking.Brown scored the first two baskets, the second a spectacular dunk off a lob from Luka Drca to put the Utes up for good. From there, the Utes kept getting the ball to Nevill, who scored on hook shots or went to the foul line.The Utes went up by seven at 40-33 on a 3-pointer by Borha with 8:05 left and still led by seven at 45-38 with three minutes left. Over the last 1:10, the Utes made 7-of-10 free throws, but the Aztecs came back to get within one on Williams’ second 3-pointer in 12 seconds. However, he never got the chance to get another basket, thanks to Green’s steal.It was only fitting that a defensive play capped the Utes’ championship. The Utes were as solid as they’ve been all season in keeping the Aztecs off balance and out of rhythm.”We were very prepared,” said Boylen. “I think our preparation is why our defense was so good tonight and our toughness. I knew our defense was solid and our offense came around at the right time.”The Aztecs were led by Lorrenzo Wade with 12 points and Ryan Amoroso with 11 points and 15 rebounds.San Diego coach Steve Fisher said he had “immense disappointment” over not winning the championship.”We have great pride in our team,” he said. “With all our heart, we believed we would be the team celebrating on the court. When you’re not, it hurts.”The Aztecs, who fell to 23-9, are hoping to join the Utes in the NCAA Tournament next week. If they don’t get a bid, they’ll surely receive an invitation to the NIT.E-MAIL: email@example.com