The 2016 Olympic Games officially kick started at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday 5th August. In a colorful opening ceremony at the Brazilian capital is the top story of the day.
With participants from 206 countries Olympics is the biggest sporting event in the work.
The official inauguration was done when the former Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima lit the Olympic cauldron at Rio’s Maracan stadium. Amidst struggling economy and political scandals, the games success was in doubt. But when it comes to party Brazilians knows it best. And they proved it at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony with a spectacular show of natural beauty, rich culture and history.
Rio Olympics 2016 Opening Ceremony
Here is a video showing highlight moments from the opening show.
Football associations have called on FIFA to shift its election which was scheduled to hold on June 1. With the suspension of the other contenders in the office of the FIFA president as a result of corruption charge; the current president of the association Mr. Sepp Blatter is the sole contender for the post of the president. The other candidate for the election Mohammed Bin Hammam withdrew from the race. The FA had decided to abstain from voting as a result of the corruptions charges that was leveled against FIFA.
The FA has now called on FIFA to postpone the election and wanted an outside body to improve on the governance system of FIFA. The chairman of FA David Bernstein said that the association is basing its decisions on two grounds: the allegation of corruption that is leveled against FIFA EXCO members makes it difficult to support any of the members for the election. The second reason according to him is that the lack of accountability and transparency make governance in the body unsatisfactory.
He therefore called on the postponement of the election to give time for reform minded candidates to emerge for elections. He also called for the appointment of an independent body to recommend on best way to bring about improved governance. He called on the national associations to support the stand of the FA on this issue.
Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer to win the finals of the Dubai Tennis Championship title. The Serbian took a little over one hour to finish the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. This is Djokovic’s third victory at the tournament. The 23 year old world ranked two players denied Federer his fifth title here.
This defeat is the second one for Federer at the hands of Djokovic after the first loss taking place in the semis of the Australian Open. Federer is still ahead in their head to head matches with a tally of 13-8.
Djokovic knew that he was to be at the top of his game and give his best. He was very happy with his performance. He was very focused and served to his satisfaction.
Federer squandered a nice chance to win as he was leading 3-1 in the second set of the match, but then lost five games. Federer felt that he started bad in the match and it was finished fast before he could bounce back as it happens with many three setter matches.
He felt that he was never in the game actually. In such games even though you may get a lead but it never really works out.
Djokovic feels that he is a different player this year in comparison to last year. The serve was missing last year and this year it is there taking his game to a higher level. In contrast Federer made a number of unforced errors and lost the match.
Roger Federer Gets a Chance to Avenge Defeat against Djokovic
The turf is going to be the finals of the Dubai Tennis Championship, which both the players have entered on Friday. Djokovic defeated world number 7 Thomas Berdych on Friday. The Swiss world number 2 defeated Richard Gasquet of France to reach the finals.
Federer will be gunning for the fifth Dubai Tennis Championship title. He has won the tournament from 2003-2007. Djokovic, 23, will be aiming for his third straight title here.
Despite the victory over Berdych, Djokovic described the win as a “catastrophe”. According to him this was the worst game for him in 2011. But he was relieved that ultimately he won the game as that is what counts. Both the players were level at one set all and Berdych was trailing 3-4 when he had to pull out due to thing injury handing over victory to Djokovic.
Federer feels that it is not a rematch exactly as this is a final match and they met in the semi finals of the Australian Open. But the 28 year old Federer was all praise for his opponent. The fact that Djokovic hasn’t lost a single match this season and he has won the last two tournaments here, point to the fact that he is a strong contender. Federer hopes to stop Djokovic from winning the tournament for the third time and winning it for the fifth time.
The Swiss champion, however, is happy with his semi final game. He looks forward to playing Djokovic, who he feels could be dangerous towards the end of a tournament where he could have found a groove.
Soccer City, South Africa: Spain won the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2010. Spain the European Champions lifted the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Netherlands in the final match played at Soccer City Johannesburg.
The goal of the match was scored by midfielder Andres Iniesta. The winning goal came at 116th-minute in the match which moved to extra time after both teams failed to score in the regular time.
Spain was in control of the match at most part though they failed to score. Still, Robben’s pace was a persistent threat to the Spaniards and he almost scored in 82nd minute. Xavi and Iniesta played well, but they failed to score in regular time. Spain coach Del Bosque replaced David Villa with Fernando Torres during the extra time and minutes later Iniesta produced the winning goal.
South Africa: The FIFAWorld Cup Football 2010 last 16 teams are identified when Spain defeated Chile and Switzerland ended up with a goalless draw with Honduras. Here is the complete run down of pre-quarter matches.
In the first pre-quarter match today Latin American force Uruguay will meet Asian tigers South Korea. In a second match the “never die” United States will meet Ghana, the lone African team to enter in Round of 16.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to Wimbledon for the first time in 33 years on Thursday, taking pre-match tennis lunch with some of the elites of the sport.
The Queen, who last visited the All England club in 1977 was welcomed by thousands of fans and subjects who lined the pathway from court number one, passing down toward the Millennium building on a bright morning.
Once inside the player-media complex after her 20-minute walkabout, the 84-year-old monarch met a receiving line of the world’s tennis elite.
American Andy Roddick, three-time finalist at Wimbledon, replaced Andy Murray in the receiving line, with the Scot due to start the afternoon with his second-round match against Finn Jarkko Nieminen.
That was to be followed by women’s second seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark facing Kai-Chen Chang of Taiwan while 2008 winner Rafael Nadal was later to face Dutchman Robin Haase.
Once the Queen made her way across the skybridge connecting the player lawn to the Centre Court complex, a procession of well-dressed players followed, with Roger Federer looking particularly prepared for the occasion in a dark suit and white shirt for his later lunch date with the monarch.
The monarch was also offered with miniatures of the men’s and women’s trophies.
Portugal crushed North Korea by 7 goals to nil in their FIFA world cup 2010 match. The Group G second match between Portugal vs North Korea was completely dominated by the European team especially in the second half where 6 goals were scored.
Real Madrid star RONALDO scoring his Goal for Portugal
Man of the match Ronaldo not only created numerous chances to score but also hit a goal by himself in the 87th minute when Portugal completed demolishing N.Korea by 7 goals.
Soccer City, South Africa:Brazil defeated Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) by 3-1 in their world Cup Group G match. Star striker Kaka received a second yellow card and was shown a red card when he appeared to dig an elbow into the chest of Kader Keita. The African players couldn’t make much of impact agaist the 5 time world champions Brazil.
Kaka got Red card in 88th minute during the Brazil vs Ivory Coast match
After 25 minutes from the start of the game, Kaka gave a brilliant pass to Luis Fabiano who cleared the defender before receiving the ball at the right hand corner of the goal post and converted into a goal with a spectacular shot.
Luis Fabiano hit his second goal just after 5 minutes when the play restrated to take the South Americans to a 2-0 lead. Elano completed the tally with the 3rd goal in 62nd minute and in return Ivory Coast replied with a goal by Didier DROGBA in 79th minute.
Kaka Red Card:
Brizilian star Kaka got his first caution yellow card in 85th minute and got a second one in 88th minute. With the late red card Kaka is going to miss the next world cup match.
Brazil won the match by 3-1. With this victory Brazil booked a place in last 16 at the FIFA World Cup 2010.
Switzerland stunned Spain with a shocking 1-0 victory. Spain according to bookies, one of most favorable team win this world cup, dominated the game. But they couldn’t score and several attempts towards goal missed narrowly. When Gelson Fernandes’s strike against the run of play found the net, Switzerland pulled off the biggest shock so far at this FIFA World Cup Soccer. The Spanish fans are still in shocks since none expected the Spaniards to lose agaist Swiss.
Gelson Scoring Winning Goal in Spain Vs Swiss Match. Image courtesy FIFA
The credit goes to the tough Swiss defence who kept the Spanish strikers from scoring goal despite numerous attempts from the Spaniards.