Badminton: Indonesia set to host Asian leg of badminton Tour

PETALING JAYA: With Malaysia out of the running with its borders closed, the All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) have hinted that they could host the two proposed Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour legs in Asia in November.

In the revised World Tour calendar released last Friday, the BWF listed Asia Open 1 (Nov 10-15) and Asia Open 2 (Nov 17-22), both with a US$1mil (RM4.17mil) prize purse, as among the five tournaments to salvage the circuit which was suspended since the completion of the All-England in mid-March.

While Denmark will hosts the first two legs next month, the destination for the two legs in Asia, as well as the season-ending World Tour Finals in December, have yet to be determined.

Denmark will proceed with plans to stage the US$750,000 (RM3.12mil) Danisa Denmark Open from Oct 13-18 with the Denmark Open 2, carrying the same prize purse, set to follow from

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Annual Coweta vs. Wagoner football battle set to go on Sept. 4 | Sports

Elwanda Tulloch

Expect the unexpected.

That’s how the annual Coweta vs. Wagoner football games have seemed to go in the last few years.

As one coach recently put it, “We hope to have more big, crazy plays than they do.”

It’s that kind of game and atmosphere. And, when you add the cloud of COVID-19 to the mix, just playing the game will be an accomplishment of preparation and social distancing when possible during workouts.

What are Coweta’s strengths? 

“Hopefully, we can stay away from the coronavirus,” Coweta coach Tim Harper said. “They’ve practiced and played

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World Para Swimming European Open Championships Set For May 2021

Elwanda Tulloch

The Madeira 2020 World Para Swimming European Open Championships in Portugal have been rescheduled to 16-22 May 2021.

The European Championships were initially meant to take place from 17-23 May this year but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April, World Para Swimming announced the 2020 season would be put on hold until September to monitor the situation.

On Tuesday they – alongside the Madeira local organising committee – announced the rescheduled dates with the event serving for some as preparation for the Paralympic Games which will take place in Tokyo from 24 August-5 September.

As an Open event, athletes from all continents will be able to compete with around 500 swimmers from more than 50 countries expected at the Penteada Swimming Complex, in Madeira’s capital Funchal.

This will be the second time the Portuguese island hosts the Euros following the 2016 edition.

Madeira 2020 will be jointly

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Badminton: Nagahara, Matsumoto set for Tokyo Olympics as Takahashi retires

Elwanda Tulloch

Mayu Matsumoto, left, and Wakana Nagahara of Japan, who won the women’s doubles title at the 2019 world badminton championships in Basel, Switzerland, attend a press conference at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Aug. 27, 2019, upon their return from the trip. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese women’s doubles badminton pair Wakana Nagahara and Mayu Matsumoto all but punched their tickets to the postponed Tokyo Games next summer after Rio de Janeiro Olympic champion Ayaka Takahashi announced her retirement on Wednesday.

Nagahara and Matsumoto, the winners of back-to-back world championships in 2018 and 2019, are set to follow Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota in claiming one of Japan’s two berths. Their world No. 2 ranked compatriots essentially sealed their spot in March when they won the All England Open.

Both pairs are readying to make their first Olympic appearances after Takahashi’s retirement guaranteed they will remain the two highest-ranked Japanese pairs

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