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Terrorism threatens the winter sports festival

Concerns of terrorism continue to put winter sports in Europe on alert and force the continent’s Olympic Committee to schedule emergency meetings to consider moving for the Winter Olympics (Winter European Youth Olympic Festival – EYOF) that Turkey hosted.

AFP cited a statement by the European Olympic Committee (EOC) saying the organization is closely monitoring the host country’s security developments for the winter sports festival for young athletes.

The final decision on whether to continue to Erzurum province (Turkey) to organize the event (taking place from 11-18 February) was made after a meeting between EOC and Turkish Olympic Committee on January 26 to come in Lausanne (Switzerland). “The safety of the above athletes attending the event is our top priority”, the EOC said in a statement Wednesday.

Security concerns at the EYOF event (expected to be 1,500 athletes aged 14-18 years old) are currently in the state of red alert after a series of terrorist attacks in Turkey, including The latest was a 39-gun shooting dead at Reina nightclub (Istanbul) on the first day of 2017. Earlier, in December last year, a car bomb exploded in the city of Kayseri (located far from Erzurum 640 km to the west) causing 13 deaths and 50 injuries.

Islamic State terrorist organizations (IS) are all accused of carrying out attacks. According to Reuters, only in 2016, ISIS made four terrorist attacks on Turkey after the country took military actions to repel the said terrorist organization.

Meanwhile, in the face of terrorist fears, the British Olympic Association (BOA) reassured the athletes by claiming to place their full confidence in the measures to tighten security at EYOF. The BOA believes that terrorism is currently a concern not only for winter sports, but also for summer sports events and other tournaments around the world.

Last year, the world curling championship was also withdrawn from Erzurum due to the threat of terrorism and was transferred to Copenhagen (Denmark). This year’s EYOF event was originally given to Sarajevo but was later discussed with Erzurum (winning the EYOF 2019 bid) because Bosnia said it was not timely to prepare the infrastructure and the organization.

MU choose strikers for the winter

Having clarified the key goals of MU for the position of the winter striker, the Red Devils have determined to bring back at least one name, the fans also make their own interesting votes.

MU has targeted 3 key targets for the striker position. Faced with injury and poor performance of the attack, the Red Devils are determined to bring at least one name right this winter.

The list of strikers MU has many choices, but shortened the quality to only three names including: Dembele (Lyon), Mandzukic (Juventus), Erling Haaland (Salzburg).

Too eager to expect the intestine team to recruit the new striker, the Red Devils fans quickly voted. Specifically, MU gave up 39% of the votes for the French striker Dembele. Dembele followed in second place was the surprising name Erling Haaland with 34%. Haaland has been a fairly hot name recently. Meanwhile, veteran striker Mario Mandzukic received the lowest votes with 18%. Another unexpected name that MU fans “choose to send gold” is the striker Callum Wilson of Bournemouth. The English striker has a very impressive scoring record this season.

Dembele is one of the Red Devils’ long-term goals, while Mandzukic’s free contract (aspiring to leave Juventus) is said to be attractive to the potential he brings, compared to what MU must give up. out. Meanwhile, Erling Haaland is the name that brings the most interesting. The 1999-born star of Solsa in Molde, he came to light from the U20 World Cup with a top scorer record, scoring 9 goals in one match alone. Haaland also recently compared Rooney with a teen hattrick on the day of the Champions League debut. Only 3 people who can do this are Raul, Wayner Rooney and Erling Haaland.

MU is currently ranked 12th at NHA rankings. This is a disappointing position compared to what the Reds are aiming for. At this time, both fans and MU only hope the winter will come quickly so they can receive more reinforcements. And Solsa, can your chair hold until winter? It is a difficult question to answer.