Japan’s bike samurais gear up for Olympics
19 July 2021 | 6:27 am
Frenchman Benoît Vêtu is the head coach of the Japanese national track cycling team. After winning the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics with the Chinese women's sprint team, he will try to reproduce the feat with the Japanese team – this time at the Tokyo Olympics, which will start on July 23. Vêtu is just one of the foreign coaches recruited at considerable expense by the Japanese to shine in Tokyo. We profile the man as well as the sport of keirin, a cycling track event which is highly popular in Japan and which generates large sums of money thanks to betting.
Military experts in South Korea are analyzing exactly what type of missiles were launched, but said they appeared to be cruise missiles. Pyongyang has increased weapons testing in the past few weeks.
Uyghurs say China's treatment of the Muslim minority group in the remote Xinjiang region amounts to "genocide." They are calling for a boycott of the upcoming Games.
Over 200 NGOs and rights organizations have called for a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. They have raised concerns about atrocities and human rights violations by the Chinese government.
Japan's government also reported the launch and condemned the tests as a threat to the region's peace and security. Nobuo Kishi, the Japanese defence minister, said the missiles appeared to have landed in the ocean near North Korea's east coast.
While the International Olympic Committee has said that politics and sport do not mix, there are many examples to the contrary. Athletes have often been advocates for social change, while activists are angry about Beijing hosting the Winter Olympics despite rampant allegations of human rights abuses. More than 200 global groups have made a joint call for a diplomatic boycott. We take a closer look.
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