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US Gymnast Biles withdraws from Olympic women’s all-around competition.

Fathmath Thaufeeq



The American gymnastics withdrew from Thursday’s all-around gymnastics competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Wednesday.

According to the statement issued by US Gymnastic on Wednesday, the 24-year-old Simone Biles withdrew from the competition to focus on her mental health as she felt she wasn’t mentally ready.

Biles withdrawal comes just one day after she pulled out of the team event at the Ariake Gymnastics Center, where the ROC beat the U.S. to take gold.

According to the statement Biles has not decided whether she will participate in the individual event finals scheduled to be held next week. Biles qualified for the finals on each apparatus. US Gymnastics said Biles will be evaluated before deciding if she will participate in next week’s individual events.

“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement released Wednesday. “Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”

Biles told that her main concern in withdrawing from the team event was costing her teammates a medal.

“I think they get a gold medal in fighting. They never gave up,” said Biles. “And look at them, they did exactly what I said they would do, they were going to go out there and do what they were supposed to. Now, they’re Olympic silver medalists.”

I was like, ‘I think the girls need to do the rest of the competition without me,’ and they were like, ‘I promise you, you’re fine. We watched you warm up.’ And I said, ‘no, I know I’m going to be fine, but I can’t risk a medal for the team, so I need to call it'” Biles explained in a post-event press conference.


Bank of Maldives has renewed their sponsorship given to Maldives National Football Team.





Bank of Maldives (BML) has renewed their official sponsorship agreement given to Maldives national football teams.

BML has informed that just as before, the agreement will state that BML is the exclusive sponsor for National Senior men’s football team, National Senior women’s football team, and the National Youth football team.

BML’s CEO and managing director Tim Soya shared his joy in renewing the partnership during a time where the love of football and the excitement for the sports is increasing. Tim further stated that BML gives utmost importance to be a part of the successes that the national football teams gain in international competitions and wants to spread the skill of playing football to generations of Maldivians. Tim stated that he has high hopes that Maldives will win in the upcoming SAFF Championship.

Football Association of Maldives’s (FAM) president Bassam stated that he is very proud that BML has extended the agreement and renewed it. Since 2017, BML has been the official sponsor of Maldivian national football teams.  And they will remain to be the official exclusive sponsor in the upcoming SAFF championship 2021 as well.

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Pele is no longer in intensive care

Adam Layaan Kurik Riza



Pele, the legendary Brazilian footballer, has been transferred out of intensive care 10 days after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from his colon, according to the hospital where he is being treated.

According to a statement made by Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital, the 80-year-old will continue his recovery in a general room. It didn’t specify when he might be released.

Pele took to social media to thank supporters for their support and assure them that he is “ready to play 90 minutes.”

“Don’t believe for a second that I haven’t seen the thousands of beautiful comments I’ve received around here,” the three-time World Cup champion posted on Instagram.

“Thank you so much to everyone who took a minute out of their day to send me happy vibes. Love, love, and more love!”

Pele has struggled with a number of health issues in recent years, including complications after hip replacement surgery, as well as kidney and prostate issues.


Source: Xinhua News Agency

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A stadium built with Chinese assistance strengthens Sino-Cambodian ties

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Tourists passing along National Road 5 in the northern suburbs of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, may notice a massive “sailing ship-shaped” construction out there, the China-funded Morodok Techo National Stadium.

When Cambodia organizes the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games for the first time in May 2023, the 60,000-seat stadium will be the focal point for tournaments. The project, designed by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) with grant funding from China, began in August 2017 and was finished last month.

The stadium was handed over to Cambodia on Sunday, in the company of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Thong Khon, Cambodian Tourism Minister and President of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia said the stadium is a tremendous achievement in Cambodia’s sports sector and a new emblem of Cambodia and China’s unshakable ironclad friendship.

The 39.9-meter-tall tower was created in the shape of a “sailing ship,” with two 99-meter-tall prows, and it was surrounded by an ancient Angkor-style moat.

“The sailing ship represents a long-standing traditional friendship between Cambodia and China since Chinese people used to visit Cambodia by sailing ships in ancient times,” Thong Khon explained.

He claims that the 99-meter-tall prows of the sailing ship-like stadium symbolize the “Sampeah” gesture (in Cambodia, placing both palms together in a prayer-like fashion as a greeting or a method of showing respect), which really embodies Cambodian culture and tradition.

The five-story stadium, which covers a 16-hectare plot of the 85-hectare Morodok Techo National Sports Complex, was built using innovative technology and high-quality materials, he said.

“The CSCEC was very cautious, and it used high-end technology for the stadium’s construction while adhering to all technical standards,” he stated. “The stadium has a seating capacity of 60,000 and is designed to enable for a complete evacuation in seven minutes in the event of an emergency.”

QR codes have also been embedded on each seat, according to him.

The stadium, which was roughly 18 kilometers north of the city, also included a hotel, sportswear and equipment shops, food courts, and other facilities, he claimed. “It would not only help the growth of the sports sector, but it will also operate as a magnet to draw tourists, particularly Chinese visitors, to Cambodia in the post-COVID-19 period.”

The stadium is one of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation projects between Cambodia and China aimed at increasing sports, cultural exchanges, and people-to-people contact.

Hun Sen remarked at the occasion that the stadium was the result of tight cooperation between Cambodia and China and that he never imagined the kingdom would have such a beautiful stadium.

“It’s a new record of Cambodia and China’s unshakable friendship,” he remarked. “Without China’s backing, we would not have had this stadium.”

“I can say that this is only the fruit of our unshakable friendship from the start of the season,” Hun Sen continued.

Meanwhile, Wang said that the stadium was the largest sports complex that China has ever donated to its foreign partners.

“We built this very enormous stadium in Cambodia because our two peoples’ friendship is really deep,” he explained. “I hope that Cambodian citizens and athletes enjoy their sporting activities at this stadium and that Cambodian athletes achieve even greater success at the 2023 SEA Games.”

Phay Siphan, the Cambodian government’s main spokesman, stated that the stadium clearly highlighted China’s special interest in assisting Cambodia’s sports growth.


Source: Xinhua News Agency

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