Olympic Daily News: 17 September 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points as Amy Tinkler calls for change, Billie Jean King honoured

By Scott Bregman

Divers… Assemble!

Start your day with this viral video from Olympic champion diver Jack Laugher and his friends Olympic bronze medallist Dan Goodfellow, James Heatly, world medallist Matty Lee, Yona Knight-Wisdom, Lucas Thomson and Noah Williams.

Rio gymnastics bronze medallist Amy Tinkler: I feel I’ve given British Gymnastics plenty of time

Amy Tinkler, who won floor exercise bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, accused British Gymnastics chief executive Jane Allen of ‘hanging gymnasts out to dry’ in a letter shared on social media.

In the letter, addressed to Allen, Tinkler says she has received no explanation about the closing of her complaint against British Gymnastics and national coach Amanda Reddin nearly a month ago.

“I feel I’ve given British Gymnastics plenty of time to do the right thing. You, as CEO, must recognise that,” writes Tinkler. “It is now obvious that your organisation acts only when a light is shone on your behavior. Left to your own devices, you’ll ignore those who you should be supporting.”

Tinkler sharing her experience in gymnastics is part of a larger movement in the sport called ‘Gymnast Alliance,” and was sparked – in part – by the Netflix documentary ‘Athlete A.’ The documentary examined gymnastics in the United States in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

British Gymnastics issued a statement in response to Tinkler’s letter.

“We apologise to Amy for any issues with our communications around her complaint,” the statement read. “She deserves answers and we have offered to meet her either in person or virtually so we can talk her through the answers to her questions.”

Tiger Woods faces uphill battle for Tokyo 2020 qualification as U.S. Open gets underway

With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games pushed back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, golf star Tiger Woods faces an uphill battle to earn a spot to the Games.

Qualification will be based off the Official World Golf Ranking, and Woods win at the 2019 Masters, which put him in contention for the Games, will now carry less weight.

A victory at the U.S. Open, which begins today at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, would be a big boost to Woods’ – or any American's – Tokyo hopes.

"I've never played in the Olympics and I'm sure that I won't have many more opportunities going forward," Woods said last May.

American Dustin Johnson is currently the top-ranked player in the World and leads Olympic qualifying. Previously, Johnson had said Tokyo was not in his sights but with the Games pushed back a year, the door appears open.

“We will likely sit down and look at the schedule later this year and formulate a plan for 2021,” David Winkle, Johnson’s manager, said according to NBC Olympics.

Tennis’ Fed Cup renamed to honour legendary Billie Jean King

Tennis’ Fed Cup, known as the World Cup of women’s tennis, is the largest annual team competition in women’s sport where nations to go head to head for tennis glory.

Founded in 1963, the U.S. has won more titles than any other nation with 18, led by household names and Olympic champions Venus and Serena Williams, while the Czech Republic has won six of the last nine years, helmed by the likes of Rio 2016 bronze medallist Petra Kvitova.

Thursday the International Tennis Federation announced that the competition will change its name to honour a living legend of the sport, the competition now to be known as the Billie Jean King Cup.

A change-maker in tennis and women’s sport as a whole, King was a world No.1 singles and doubles player who won a total of 39 Grand Slam titles across singles, doubles and mixed doubles. She’s also one of the founding members of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).

“Be bold. Make history,” is the competition’s new slogan, a well-known King saying.

Speaking in a live video tele-conference on Thursday, King said: “I’m still overwhelmed. I want this to be a force of change and to not let up. I’m so honoured. We don’t do this alone. When I look at the ‘Billie Jean King Cup,’ I want everyone to know it’s theirs, too.”

Thursday’s Trivia

Yesterday, for Mexican Independence Day, we asked which sport the nation has won the most Olympic medals in. That would be diving where Mexican athletes have won 14 medals, including one gold.

Here’s today’s question.

Which nation has NOT been represented at every modern-era Summer Olympics?

  1. Great Britain

  2. Greece

  3. New Zealand

  4. France

A ‘Daily Dog’ whodunnit

They all look innocent to us. File this one under unsolved mysteries.