REUTERS: British Basketball is to get 75,000 pounds from UK Sport as a second wave of funding to help support preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the British governing body said on Friday (Feb 8).Basketball lost out in the initial round of government funding in which 14 Olympic and Paralympic sports shared a 3 million-pound investment pot in December."I want to express my thanks to UK Sport for their latest show of support," British Basketball chair Maurice Watkins said in a statement."This news is another step forward for basketball and whilst we were disappointed to miss out during the initial allocation from the Aspiration Fund, we are pleased to have now been awarded additional financial assistance as our teams gear up for an exciting 2019."Britain, which has never won a medal in Olympic basketball, claimed 67 medals, including 27 golds, at the 2016 Rio Games. … [Read more...] about British Basketball receives funding boost for Tokyo 2020: UK Sport
Durant, James in 35-player US Olympic basketball team pool Brian Mahoney (philstar.com) - April 7, 2018 - 12:00pm LeBron James is putting himself in position to play in a fourth Olympics, and Kevin Durant and Chris Paul a third. The NBA stars were among the headline names on the list of 35 players chosen Friday (early Saturday in Manila) for USA Basketball’s national team pool of players for 2018-20. Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis also were on the list of players the Americans can choose from if they qualify for the 2019 Basketball World Cup and 2020 Olympics. The remainder of the list: Golden State’s Klay Thompson and Draymond Green; Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry; Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal; Portland’s Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum; the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan and Tobias Harris; Detroit’s Blake Griffin and Andre … [Read more...] about Durant, James in 35-player US Olympic basketball team pool
The Winter Olympics are better than the Summer Olympics, obviously. How much better? I lack the superlatives but I shall find them.The Winter Olympics win on sportswear alone. I have often turned off the TV in the Summer Olympics because I’ve seen something horrible, like the armpits of male basketball players. Can’t they wear T-shirts? One watches weightlifting with dread lest something give way or the athlete simply explodes from effort. And those wrestling outfits that look like rompers with shoulder straps.In Winter, people dress with swagger in hats and scarves, great long-armed opera gloves and huge sunglasses. The speed skaters are naked except for cut-resistant science skin painted onto their streamlined bodies. Snowboarders dress like astronauts because they sail alone into blue space. Curlers wear what everyone in my neighbourhood wears all year round, androgynous gear. I could curl, thinks everyone. … [Read more...] about Here’s why the Winter Olympics will always best the Summer Games
The 2018 Winter Olympics officially kicked off on Friday with the opening ceremony held in the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. While NBC will air the ceremony in primetime on Friday evening in the US, the ceremony was carried live – sans commentary this year – online. Below we will follow along with the biggest moments from the opening ceremony.The show opened with fireworks and an incredible view of the stadium with the mountain events lit up in the background.The stadium, which was built just for the Olympics and will be torn down later this year, is a pentagon to represent the five goals of the games: the economy, technology, the arts, peace, and the environment.The show opened with a large white tiger being followed by a group of children out of cave.The children appeared to discover a world of other mythical creatures.The opening scene was followed by the introduction of the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in.The ceremony then moved into the pageantry … [Read more...] about WINTER OLYMPICS: Here are the biggest moments from the opening ceremony
MOSCOW—Russia’s going crazy for the Olympics. The 1972 Olympics.Even as the Russian team faces up to being barred from next month’s Winter Games for doping offences, audiences are flocking to see a movie about Soviet glory on the Olympic basketball court 46 years ago.Going Vertical tells the story of the Soviet Union team that won gold in 1972, becoming the first basketball team in history ever to beat the United States at the Olympics.It’s a tale of Cold War rivalry, inspiring speeches and something very familiar to Russian sports fans after recent scandals — a gold medal decided by officials. Read More: … [Read more...] about Basketball film lets Olympic fever grip Russian cinemas despite doping scandals.