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Tokyo Games postponement blessing in disguise for Indonesian sports

first_imgAthletes and sports federations look at the postponement of the 2020 Olympics as a blessing in disguise despite having to wrap their heads around revised training programs and budgets, as it gives them another year to hone their skills and prepare for competition on the biggest stage.Veteran weightlifter Eko Yuli Irawan was not discouraged when he heard that the Tokyo Games were postponed to sometime next year, no later than summer 2021. He is still hopeful to come out on top at the sporting event to bring home Olympic gold.“One thing is certain; the preparation time will be much longer,” Eko told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. “It also does not affect me mentally; I will keep adhering to the [training] program.” Having participated in three Olympic games since 2008, the Indonesian has collected one silver and two bronze medals. Silver, which he won in the men’s 61-kilogram category at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, is his highest achievement so far.At the age of 30, which by occupational standards can no longer be considered young, Eko and the Indonesian Weightlifting, Powerlifting and Bodybuilders Association (PABBSI) will now have to design a training program that is suitable for maintaining him at his prime as they push ahead with the year-long preparation for 2021.Indonesia weightlifting team manager Alamsyah Wijaya said the postponement had forced him to review all training programs, but he insisted the association would continue to train athletes who had been preparing for the Tokyo Games.“We will ask the Youth and Sports Ministry not to stop the training program. [With this delay] we will be entering the halfway period of our preparations at the end of this year,” Alamsyah said on Friday. “Like it or not, […] we are entering the performance maintenance period again.” The PABBSI has secured two spots for the Tokyo weightlifting event, one for Eko and the other for youngster Windy Cantika Aisah, who competes in the women’s 49-kg category.The association has received Rp 10 billion (US$616,142) from the ministry for its 2020 training programs, which include preparations for the Olympics. But now that the Summer Games have been moved back to 2021, Alamsyah said the PABBSI would talk to the ministry about shifting some of the funds previously allocated for tryouts and overseas training camps toward keeping the Olympics training program afloat for the remainder of the year.So far, plans to participate in a tryout in Romania and a tournament in Kazakhstan have been scrapped because the events were canceled, while training camps also had to be postponed in light of Japan’s decision to push back the Games over fears of exposing people to a risk of COVID-19 contagion.Based on the team manager’s calculations, the 2020 funds should be enough to cover training until the end of the year, including wages for the athletes and coaches.“Our program mustn’t stop. If it is stopped right now because the government doesn’t have enough funds, for instance, we’ll lose three months’ worth of preparations,” he said, adding that an official letter would be sent to the sports ministry soon to find the best solution.“When we summon athletes back to the training camp, they can’t immediately get back to their usual level of performance. If the government’s budget is limited, we’ll adjust our program – so long as we can continue with training.”Similarly, the Indonesian Shooting Association (Perbakin) said it would also coordinate with the government to ensure it can continue preparations for the deferred Summer Games.The association has had to nix several plans for oversea tryouts, including the Shooting World Cup in India, tournaments in Germany and Azerbaijan and the Olympics test event in Tokyo.“Because there have been a number of canceled events, some of the allocated funds can no longer be accounted for,” Perbakin secretary-general Firtian Judiswandarta said on Friday.“We’ll consult with the Youth and Sports Ministry on how to shift those funds into our training program,” Firtian told the Post. Perbakin received Rp 7.9 billion for its 2020 training fund.On the bright side, the delay also gives the association time to book more places for Tokyo.The Indonesian shooting squad had booked one spot in the Tokyo Games through Vidya Rafika Rahmatan Toyyiba. The 18-year-old secured her spot after finishing 14th overall in the women’s 10-meter air rifle qualifier during the 2019 Asian Shooting Championship in Qatar.Now it could also prepare Vidya for a place in the women’s 50-m rifle three-positions category, and another spot in the 10-m air rifle mixed team category, with fellow shooter Fatur Gustafian, Firtian said.Topics :last_img read more

Toni Jean Frye

first_imgToni Jean Frye, age 76 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at the Waters of Batesville.The middle daughter of Anthony and Genevieve (nee: Niedzwiecki) Sojewicz was born in Syracuse, New York on November 21, 1943.She is survived by her daughter, Trisha Frye of Kernersville, North Carolina; two sons, Gregory (Robin) Frye of Val Verde, CA, and Peter (Kristina) Frye of Batesville; two grandchildren, Zachary and Samantha Frye; and her sister, Joanne Furze.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel and her younger sister, Patricia Aylesworth.Toni had a love for her children and grandchildren. She did her best to show it in all of her life, though at times, it may have been harder for her to express it.  The skills she learned in writing during her youth, she passed on to her children, teaching them the importance of writing properly and writing well. She was a brilliant cook who enjoyed cooking and sharing the best meals, including Polish specialties like perogies and babka. And when she could unfortunately no longer do her own cooking, Toni still loved sharing weekly lunches with her grandkids from McDonalds at the Waters.  She was an avid reader of good books, whether it was Stephen King, spy novels, or historical novels.  She loved watching and talking about both classic and modern films and television, from Casablanca to Saturday Night Fever and even Kill Bill, from Gunsmoke to Law and Order. She had a passion for listening and dancing to good music-from Neil Diamond to the Rolling Stones, with Elvis being a particular favorite.  Though she may no longer be with us, these loves, and the love she shared, will endure.  May she continue to dance and feast in her new life to come.Her wishes were to be cremated.  Visitation will be at St. Johns United Church of Christ in Batesville on January 11, 2019 from 10am-12pm, with a service at 12:00pm, followed by a lunch. Memorial donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more

Brandon Figueroa on stepping out of his brother’s shadow with a breakthrough 2019

first_imgHe followed it up with an even better showing in August, notching a spectacular knockout of Javier Nicolas Chacon for his first successful title defense.”My goals were to at least become an interim world champion,” Figueroa told Sporting News. “I became that. I honestly didn’t believe I would be a regular champion for the WBA. But here I am, defending it. It’s an amazing feeling what I’ve accomplished in one year.” Since then, Figueroa was bumped up to WBA “Regular” champion status by the sanctioning body as he looks to defend again, facing Julio Ceja as part of the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz 2 card Saturday night.Join DAZN to watch 100+ fight nights a yearSince he was a little kid growing up in Weslaco, Tex., the 22-year-old was always in the shadow of his older brother, former WBC lightweight titlist Omar Jr. Their father, Omar Sr. had always given the majority of his attention to his elder son because he felt the 29-year-old had more potential of the two. However, the tide started to shift a bit when Brandon was 15 and he stopped a Mexican pro fighter during a sparring session. That was Brandon laying the groundwork toward eventually becoming a world champ himself.”I definitely do feel like I’ve carved my own path,” Figueroa admits. “I’m grateful to my brother for paving the way for me and opening up doors. At the end of the day, I’m the one who puts in the hard work in the gym. I’m the one who puts my life on the line every time I’m in the ring. I’ve worked hard to get here. I feel like in my own way. I’m creating my journey. I just know that I’m an action-packed and fan-friendly fighter. I feel like little-by-little I’m starting to get that respect. I’m only 22, and I only have a lot to prove to myself.” Saturday’s fight is the biggest of the year for the rising star because of how quickly he ascended boxing heights and the fact that he’s on the undercard of one of the top names in the sport in Wilder. Figueroa has relied on big brother to help him navigate the waters of what’s been a hectic lead-up. Entering 2019, Brandon Figueroa had one clear goal in mind: Become a world champion. While it’s easier said than done, Figueroa accomplished the feat in April when he stopped Yonfrez Parejo to become the interim WBA super bantamweight champion.  “He helps me out in the little things like keeping me loose, not overthinking about the fight, how to handle the media interviews, which allows me to focus on going out there and giving it my all,” Figueroa said.A win over Ceja (32-4, 28 KOs) would make Figueroa 4-0 for 2019 and erase any lingering doubt about him being in the shadow of his brother.”It would make it an amazing year for me,” Figueroa said. “To start off the year becoming the interim champion and then defending the title. Winning on a card like this, I deserve to be the regular champion. I have to win in spectacular fashion and look really, really well to not put any doubt in people’s minds and prove to myself that I belong here.”last_img read more