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Paris, LA to host 2024 & 2028 Olympics

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Paris and Los Angeles have been named as hosts of the 2024 and 2028 summer Games respectively by the International Olympic Committee.

Both cities had wanted to host the 2024 event, before LA agreed to wait an extra four years after the IOC made guarantees on funding.

The Paris Games, which had fallen short with bids for 2008 and 2012, will mark 100 years since it was last held in the French capital.

Los Angeles hosted it in 1932 and 1984.

Paris and Los Angeles had been the only two candidates for the 2024 Games after Hamburg, Rome and Budapest withdrew from the race.

The IOC voted in June to award the 2028 Games at the same time as 2024.

The Californian city wanted the earlier Games because of its readiness to host while Paris said its prospective site for the Games would not be available for redevelopment after 2024.

IOC President Thomas Bach said the votes for both cities were “unanimous”.

Paris – famous landmarks

Paris’ bid team made liberal use of the city’s most famous landmark, incorporating a stylised version of the Eiffel Tower in their logo.

When the action starts it will be the backdrop for the triathlon, marathon and open-water swimming, reports the BBC.

The beach volleyball will take place in nearby Champs de Mars, while the road cycling will finish on the Champs-Elysees, which also hosts the final stage of the Tour de France.

The athletics will take place at the Stade de France, which staged football’s 1998 World Cup final and Euro 2016 final, while the gardens of former royal palace Versailles will host the equestrian events – eventing, showjumping and dressage.

Los Angeles – familiar venue

Los Angeles’ bid said it was about “what we have, not what we’re going to build”.

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which hosted athletics at the 1932 and 1984 Games, is to fulfil the same role in 2028.

Organisers plan to use Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy’s StarHub Center for rugby and modern pentathlon events, while making use of Santa Monica beach for volleyball.

Two significant elements are yet to be constructed, however – baseball ground Dedeaux Field will be converted into an open-air venue for swimming and diving.

And new MLS side Los Angeles Football Club are still building the 22,000-seater stadium that will host football matches.

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Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 team plane catches fire in mid air after ‘bird flies into engine’

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Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 team plane catches fire in mid air after ‘bird flies into engine’

Saudi Arabia’s official team plane caught fire in mid air as they travelled to their World Cup match on Wednesday.

The Green Falcons, who fell to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Russia on the opening day of the World Cup, were on their way to Rostov in preparation for their second Group A match when the incident happened.

Flames were seen from the engine as the Russian Airlines Airbus as they flew in to take on Uruguay on Wednesday.

An official statement read from the football association read: “The Saudi Football Federation wishes to reassure everyone about the safety of all members of the mission of the national team after a minor technical malfunction in an engine.

“The plane landed a few minutes ago at Rostov on Don Airport, and UNOMIG personnel are now safely heading to their residence.”

Videos uploaded to twitter show fire shooting from the engines underneath the wings.

The plane was a Rossiya Russian Airlines Airbus A319-100 and no one was hurt in what must have been a terrifying incident.

A statement from Rossiya claimed that the preliminary cause of malfunction was a bird flying into the engine – but both were working on landing at Rostov-on-Don.

“As flight FV1007 from St Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don began to land, the (Airbus) A319 plane suffered a technical fault with one of its engines, with a bird getting caught seen as the preliminary cause,” a Rossiya airlines spokesman said.

“Nothing threatened the safety of the passengers. The aircraft’s landing took place in a routine fashion. No warning was sounded during the landing at Rostov-on-Don airport,” the spokesman said.

The players were then filmed calmly leaving the stricken jet, which is 12 years old, before travelling to their hotel in the south of the country after leaving Moscow.

The aircraft was initially purchased as new by American airline Frontier Airlines, before being bought by Russian-based Donavia in July 2013.

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Ezenwa: We can still progress

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Ezenwa: We can still progress

Despite defeat to Croatia in which many fan described the Super Eagles performance as far below par, Enyimba International FC goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, as come out to state that the team is still very focus on making it out of Group D.

 

“We remain focus as a team so as not to allow the defeat against Croatia weighs us down because we got two winnable matches ahead,” he said.

 

The former IfeanyiUbah goaltender went on to describe the experience as a big lesson for the team even as he went on to encourage Uzoho [a player he calls his younger brother] to not allow the result affect him as his performance was very good despite conceding two.

 

“It’s a big lesson for us. We have taken the positives from the game and moved on. The focus now is on our next game against Iceland.

 

“Uzoho did very well despite losing 2 – 0 on the night. He should remain focused and not allow the defeat weigh him down.

“I have been encouraging him (Uzoho) because I see him as a younger brother as he did his best but the two goals he conceded were not chances anyone would say he should have saved.”

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Iceland show support for Ikeme

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Super Eagles next World Cup Group D foes Iceland have backed Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme to beat the acute leukemia he was diagnosed with last year.

Iceland face the Eagles in Volgograd on Friday in continuation of the World Cup in Russia.

Iceland forward Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, a former teammate of Ikeme at Wolverhampton Wanderers, has posted on Twitter a picture holding a shirt with Ikeme’s name and No.1 on it with his teammates surrounding him.

Ikeme, who would have been the Super Eagles first choice in Russia, was diagnosed with acute leukemia during a pre-season routine medical check-up at his club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He is now undergoing treatment in England

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