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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Last year, the world curling championship was also withdrawn from Erzurum due to the threat of terrorism and was transferred to Copenhagen (Denmark).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.

Interesting sports you can play in the winter

Winter biking can be appropriate for many people’s workouts. But not always people love or have the opportunity to practice in the cold weather. So, try changing with interesting sports so you can change without cycling in the winter below.

Swimming

Swimming is a really good alternative to cycling in winter, especially if you can train your heart rate yourself. Professional cycling coaches put swimming in the forefront (along with Nordic running and skiing) on ​​cross-benefits for off-road cycling. All three activities combine the same muscle groups for cycling, and likewise, the trainer’s aerobic system will become better.

Speed ​​skating

Many of the top imported sports bike athletes have been practicing on the snowy roads in the winter. And some good athletes like Canada’s Clara Hughes even scored Olympic medals in both cycling and speed skating (an impressive medal in her case). The training strategy and pace are the same, and both sports are good for additional muscle groups.

Walking in the snow

Walking in the snow is actually not bad – says coach Overton – like the kind of jogging that puts on a weightlifting leg without worrying about injury

Play team sports

If it’s a team sport involving sustained activity, like playing football for an hour and running around the field, it could be as beneficial as jogging. But with basketball or softball, when you are not too familiar and easy to stand in one place looking at teammates, the benefits of training are not too much.

Rowing

Many rowers (and also bicyclists) will tell you that this is an activity that uses both legs and arms, but sailing still requires more hand movement – and that is not the same as pedaling a child bicycle. However, this is still a good subject to change if you are not interested in cycling, please practice over 1 hour to be effective.

Climb the mountain

Easy and quick climbing does not bring much benefit, but if hiking and long distance hiking are difficult and you can reach heart rate up to 130, then this is also a sport worth a try.

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.

The number of viral infections at Winter Olympics is more than tripled

The organizers of the Winter Olympics 2018 have mobilized all human resources and resources to prevent the spread of norovirus on a large scale, possibly spreading the athletes after the number of cases nearly tripled overnight.

According to Reuters, none of the 86 athletes were identified as infected with the virus causing vomiting and diarrhea. Two days before the opening of the Winter Olympics last year, organizers said they were doing everything they could to ensure the outbreak did not break out. Because if any athlete is infected, especially the famous stars, it will put the Korean host in a dilemma.

Accordingly, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a press conference to inform the situation related to norovirus disease. Mr. Kim Hyun-Jun – director of the center, said: “On 6.2, we recorded 32 cases, but today we confirm an additional 54 cases, bringing the total to 86 norovirus infections”. According to local media, three of the infected cases were in the food preparation section of the media village, the journalists’ accommodation area. Therefore, the virus may have spread through contaminated food and water.

Earlier, South Korea sent 900 soldiers to guard the 2018 Winter Olympics venues in place of 1,200 security personnel withdrawn and quarantined after the norovirus outbreak. Security personnel are currently gathered at the young athlete training center in Pyeongchang, separate from the Olympic venues this winter, which is considered the “epicenter” of this virus infection. Mr. Kim stressed that no athlete had been recorded to be infected with the virus. They would do their best to prevent any kind of accident that could prevent them from competing and enjoying the annual event.

According to AFP, quarantining infected people for 48 to 72 hours, and installing hand sanitizers at venues are two of the emergency measures imposed by organizers. Lowell Bailey – American triathlon winter (skiing, cross-country, shooting), expressed his concern on AFP: “I think athletes have endurance, we always trying to find the right balance between light-headed episodes and maintaining a comfortable mood in this situation: an epidemic occurs, someone is infected but the key is to keep focus and follow the what can be done”.

President Putin confirmed Russia did’nt boycott the Winter Olympics

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia would allow the athletes to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea as a neutral athlete rather than boycott the sports competition.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to ban Russia from attending the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea over allegations of doping. The IOC ban has caused fierce opposition among Russian politicians and athletes. Many sources believe that Russia may boycott the 2018 Winter Olympics by banning its athletes from going to Korea.

However, during a speech when visiting a car factory in the city of Nizhny Novgorod on December 6 (local time), Putin affirmed that Russia allowed its athletes to participate in the Olympic Games in South Korea as how athletes are neutral.

“We do not boycott the Olympic Games. Russia will not stop our athletes if they want to participate in the Olympic Games in Korea as a neutral athlete. The Russian athletes spent a lot of time and enthusiasm for the opportunity to compete in the Olympics. Being at the Olympics is so important to them”, said Putin.

Despite not boycott the Olympics, Putin harshly criticized the IOC’s decision to be staged and politically motivated. The Russian leader also echoed his view that there was no way the Russian government-sponsored athletes using doping.

“Most of the allegations are based on unverified and unfounded evidence”, Mr. Putin said. The evidence only revolves around the testimony of one person (former director of Russian doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, who is currently a refugee in the US).

Earlier, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, urged politicians, athletes and fans to stay calm before the IOC ban. Mr. Dmitry Peskov said that all reactions are wrong if carried too much emotion and have not been thoroughly analyzed.

In related developments, the host country of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Korea, said that they want Russia to attend this meeting. Lee Hee-beom, the head of Olympic Pyeongchang 2018, confirmed that they would ask the IOC to reconsider the decision.