Due to state-backed doping, approved by Putin (I assume), “Russia” will not be competing in Tokyo.
I am happy the athletes were not banned outright as, of course, many did not dope.
… a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling from December which barred Russia’s name, flag, anthem and other national symbols in a package of sanctions over what it deemed Russia’s failure to turn over accurate data from the Moscow drug-testing laboratory.
The team in Tokyo will be officially known not as “Russia,” but as “ROC”, for Russian Olympic Committee. …
Russian athletes had similar limits on their uniforms and symbols at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang …
Thomas Curran and Andrew Hill’s meta-analysis of rates of perfectionism from 1989 to 2016, the first study to compare perfectionism across generations, found significant increases among more recent undergraduates in the US, UK and Canada.
In other words, the average college student last year was much more likely to have perfectionistic tendencies than a student in the 1990s or early 2000s. …
Perfectionistic tendencies have been linked to clinical issues: depression and anxiety (even in children), self-harm, social anxiety disorder and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, hoarding, dyspepsia, chronic headaches, and, most damning of all, even early mortality and suicide.
Social media has likely compounded some of those problems.
SO — coaches should not encourage kids to be perfect.
The President of the Pan American Gymnastics Union (PAGU), Naomi Valenzo, confirmed to Gymnastics Now Monday morning that the artistic, rhythmic, and trampoline Senior Pan American Championships (commonly referred to as Pan Ams) will no longer take place in the United States.
Instead, Brazil has agreed to host the events in June …
This meet is critical in that 4 additional Olympic spots are decided from the AA. Two for men, two for women.
BUT the pandemic is worse than ever in Brazil. Over4,000 Covid-related deaths in 24 hours for the first time. Only 8% of the population has had the first dose of any vaccine. Their President is a COVID denier who opposes any lockdown measures.
How can Brazil be safe for international travel by June?
Is there enough time on the calendar to move it again? If so, where? Canada — for example — wouldn’t allow the international travel.
I feel PanAms will soon be cancelled. And that’s a shame for those gymnasts who’ve trained the past year for one last shot at Olympic qualification.