North Korea will not participate in Tokyo Olympics

North Korea will not participate in Tokyo Olympics

Seoul: North Korea has said that it will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics due to the Corona epidemic. A website of the North Korean Ministry of Sports said that the decision was taken during a meeting of the National Olympic Committee on 25 March.

Members believed that players' safety was paramount in the midst of the Corona epidemic. South Korea's Unification Ministry on Tuesday regretted the decision, saying that they hoped that the Tokyo Olympics would prove to be a way to improve mutual relations between the two Koreas. Japan's Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa told reporters that she was still awaiting confirmation and could not comment immediately. 

The Olympic Committee of Japan said that North Korea has not yet informed it that it will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics. North Korea sent 22 players to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in 2018. The 'cheering group' of women, apart from government officials, artists, journalists, had 230 members. In those games, North and South Korea marched under the blue map symbolizing the unified Korean peninsula. 


FC Goa ready for AFC Champions League group stage debut

FC Goa ready for AFC Champions League group stage debut

Madgaon: AFC Champions League football tournament will be held for the first time since Wednesday in India and FC Goa will be the only team from the country to participate in the group stage of the continent's top club football competition. The FC Goa team will clash with Al-Rayan SC of Qatar at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Wednesday and head coach Juan Ferrando is hopeful that the team will be able to take advantage of playing at home.

In this continent's most prestigious club competition, Indian Super League 2019-20 champion FC Goa has been placed in Group E along with Persepolis of Iran, Al-Rayan and Al-Wahda of UAE. The path of the Indian team will not be easy against the team of Al-Rayan, playing under the guidance of former Paris Saint Germain manager Laurent Blanc. Al-Rayan has such legendary players as former FC Porto star Yasin Brahimi and Ivory Coast's Yohan Boli.

It will not be easy for FC Goa to overcome the challenge of strong teams of Persepolis and Al Wahda. Before his league debut, Ferrando described his players' chance to play once in their lifetime against some of Asia's biggest players. FC Goa qualified in the group stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League by winning the ISL Winners League Shield in the 2019-20 season. This is the first time an Indian team is playing in this phase of the competition.