Olympic cleanup: swimming in the Seine
23 July 2023 | 1:23 pm
Swimming in the Seine has long been forbidden but taking a dip in the iconic river could soon become a reality. Just in time for the 2024 Summer Olympics, Paris has embarked on its most ambitious bid yet to clean up one the world’s busiest waterways.
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18 Jul 2021
At the Bagni Misteriosi in Milan, a historic swimming pool in the Italian city, one of the most eagerly awaited events of the summer calendar took place on Monday with a performance by the La Scala ballet.
2 Aug 2021
Australian swimmers spoke to the media on Monday after completing the race in the Tokyo Olympic games, with the team's star Emma McKeon bringing the nation seven medals in a single year. McKeon became the nation's most decorated Olympian and the first woman to win seven medals in swimming as she won two more gold medals in the Tokyo race on Sunday.
19 Sep 2021
Hundreds of Tunisian protesters form a human chain over the weekend to highlight the pollution plaguing the coast south of the Tunisian capital. Organisers say some 3,500 people joined the protest along the beaches between Rades and Borj Cedria, a 13-kilometre (eight-mile) stretch of sheltered coastline home to around 300,000 people.
15 Oct 2021
Allyson Felix says she is proud of fellow sports stars speaking out on mental health issues, although more has to be done to support athletes including those with young children. Felix was speaking shortly before being confirmed as Sportswoman of the Year at the Annual Salute to Women awards in New York. Tennis player Naomi Osaka, who spoke about her mental health problems earlier this year, was given the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award. Felix, 35, is now the most decorated female track and field athlete of all time at the Olympics, and no American has won more than her 11 medals, which included a gold and a bronze in Tokyo.
5 Nov 2021
Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed on Friday (November 5) it has postponed the Afghanistan test in Hobart scheduled for Nov. 27 until the situation regarding the women's game in the South Asian nation becomes clearer. CA had said in September it would scrap the test if the Taliban government, which took power in August, did not allow women and girls to play the sport.
22 Jun 2022
The sport's authority cited "welfare, legal and reputational risk" for the decision. Over the weekend swimming's world governing body FINA voted to restrict transgender athletes in elite women's competitions.
3 Aug 2022
Canadian-born artist and mechanical engineer Jonathan Tippett has managed to build the world’s largest exoskeleton mech suit. Now, he has his sights set on a new breed of mechanized sport – a global mech racing league.
28 Oct 2022
On May 5, 1992, on the French island of Corsica, local football club Bastia were hosting Marseille for a French Cup semi-final. But what should have been a day of celebration turned into a nightmare. Less than 10 minutes before the start of the match, the top of the temporary metal stand that had been installed to double the Furiani stadium's capacity collapsed.
20 Nov 2022
We look at reactions in the British papers and illustrated press as Jeremy Hunt prepares to unveil the most severe budget in decades. Also, criticism pours in ahead of the World Cup and Qatari authorities are forced to apologise after a video showed them trying to shut down a Danish reporter's liveshot.
Top athletes are under considerable pressure to succeed. And only those who can deal with that constant pressure have a chance of getting funding. Speed skater and Olympic participant Bente Pflug tells her story.
The Government of Rwanda has been promoting the participation of sports to all classes of citizens to leave no one behind. They have introduced new sports and physical practices, such as this new one ‘Street Tennis.’
Quidditch, also known as quadball since 2022, is a team sport that was created in 2005 at Middlebury College in Vermont, United States, and was inspired by the fictional game Quidditch in the Harry Potter books by the author J. K. Rowling.
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Twenty countries agreed at the COP28 climate summit to triple their nuclear energy capacity by 2050 to reduce carbon emissions. How feasible is the target given the complexities and cost of building new nuclear plants?
16 mins ago
In an interview with FRANCE 24, former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko (2014-2019) reacted to the US Senate withholding a major package of financial and military aid for Kyiv. Poroshenko warned that the coming days are among "the most important in Ukrainian history" and undoubtedly for the world.
16 mins ago
Olaf Scholz became the first German chancellor to light Berlin's central Hanukkah menorah, in what he called a sign of "solidarity" with Jews amid a surge of antisemitism during the Israel-Hamas war.
1 hour ago
As a nation enters a third winter of fighting for its very existence, it must wait – one ocean away – on a domestic partisan feud. Republicans in the US Senate have shrugged off Joe Biden's plea not to gift a win to Vladimir Putin and have blocked aid for Ukraine over a dispute on funding for the border with Mexico.
2 hours ago
While the world watches Israel's war with Hamas and the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, surely anything that eases tensions is to be welcomed? So why won't Israel's government call time on attacks by Jewish settlers in the West Bank, settlers who since October 7 have stepped up their push to forcefully expel Palestinians from their land?
2 hours ago
Cyclone Michaung has hit the coast of Andhra Pradesh state in southeastern India, causing widespread damage. At least eight people have been killed in intense floods in the city of Chennai further down the coast.
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