The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, and also known as Tokyo 2020, is a multi-sport event set to be held in Tokyo, Japan July 23 to August 8, 2021.
Now that the cheering and the flag waving has died down, we need to talk about the Olympics. The sad reality is Ireland’s performance has been underwhelming — not just in Tokyo but ever since we first decided to participate in the five-ring circus.
Declan Foley states “there is much more to full participation in spiritual religion than rattling off prayers and receiving communion” (Religious education has a place for those who desire it’, Letters, August 10). Rattling off prayers is not recommended, but equating this with the reception of holy communion shows scant understanding of the sacrament.
The Olympic flame is barely extinguished as Irish athletes shift their focus to how they can benefit from their two weeks taking part in the greatest show on Earth. For some, like Irish golfer Rory McIlroy and US basketball superstar Kevin Durant, they go back to the usual grind, with Olympic success or failure having little or no impact on their bank balances, but for many, competing year to year is an ongoing financial struggle.
Ireland’s top Paralympic athletes have pleaded with the country to get behind them in the coming weeks with the same national pride and passion that buoyed up newly-crowned Olympic boxing champion Kellie Harrington.
New Olympic gold medallist Kellie Harrington insists she will be back at work in St Vincent’s Hospital in Fairview within the next couple of weeks despite her historic success in Tokyo today when she became only the third Irish boxer ever to win an Olympic gold medal.
Zaur Antia prefers to stay in the background and let his boxers take the limelight. Ireland’s head boxing coach is from Georgia and although he has lived in Ireland for 18 years, he is still uncomfortable speaking English.
Stephanie Meadow finished a brilliant seventh after a closing 66, and Leona Maguire tied 23rd as world No 1 Nelly Korda confirmed her status as the game's best player by claiming Olympic gold in a heart-stopping finale to the Women's Individual Stroke Play in Tokyo.
Stephanie Meadow produced a superb final round in the women’s golf tournament in Tokyo this morning to charge up the leaderboard but her effort wasn’t quite enough for a medal, the 29-year-old Jordanstown native finishing seventh.
Beatriz Iasmin Soares Ferreira is better known as ‘The Beast’. Kellie’s Harrington’s Olympic final opponent is rated as arguably the best pound-for-pound amateur female fighter in the world right now.
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