Olympic Daily News: 18 August 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points featuring ISU's 2020-21 schedule, Japanese basketball's plans to gear up for Tokyo 2020

By Scott Bregman

On this day four years ago, Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt successfully defended his 200m title in Rio, adding to his triumphs at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

International Skating Union releases 2020-21 calendar

After announcing that this season’s Grand Prix of Figure Skating series would continue – albeit as regional events – on 4 August, the International Skating Union released a calendar detailing singles, pairs and ice dance events for the 2020-21 season.

Highlights of scheduled events include the six Grand Prix events which will culminate at the final, scheduled for 10-13 December in Beijing. The season is set to conclude at the World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden, 22-28 March.

The first competition which could attract big names is the Japan Open in Saitama on 3 October.

Traditionally a free skate-only competition, the likes of Lausanne 2020 YOG gold medallists Kagiyama Yuma and You Young, who trains in Osaka alongside reigning Four Continents champion Kihira Rika, could be in the starting line-up.

Uno Shoma and Hanyu Yuzuru are less likely to compete given that they train outside of Japan. However, Hanyu remains currently in Japan, according to a recent NBC Olympic Talk post.

The ISU’s schedule announcement came with one, rather large, caveat: “Due to the current pandemic, new International Competitions, cancellations, postponements or changes of venues might happen any time.”

Coach Julio Lamas reveals plan to ready Japan’s basketball team for Tokyo

After going 0-5 in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Japanese men’s basketball head coach Julio Lamas is hoping to turn things around, according to The Japan Times.

Lamas has plans to take the squad to participate at the 2021 FIBA Asian Cup in November and February, along with as many as eight exhibition games against teams from the Americas and Europe.

The former Argentina coach is also stressing the importance of keeping focused and working hard, despite restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I told them that there are things that they can do at home even if they had to stay inside,” said Lamas. “I repeatedly told them to pay attention to what they eat. Because they’re only human, they could easily be negligent. You could end up watching TV all day.

“Your value as a player could go down unless you keep working – I’ve been staying in touch with them to prevent that.” - Japan men's basketball coach Julio Lamas

80-year-old cyclist loses age group world record after positive doping test

After setting a 500m time trial world record in the women’s 75-79 age group last August, Barbara Gicquel has now been stripped of that record following a positive test for a prohibited substance.

“The time has come for me to fill you in on why I have been fairly incommunicado since Sept. 27th of last year,” Gicquel wrote in a recent Facebook post, according to the Washington Post. “I did not feel I could talk with you and be real about what was happening in my life that was difficult to share … difficult on many levels.”

Gicquel has used a medicine called Estratest for more than a decade to treat bronchitis and other issues related to menopause, and never received a positive test prior to 29 August 2019. Estratest contains the anabolic steroid methyltestosterone, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

“I did break a rule by taking a banned substance,” Gicquel said. “But I did not dope.”

Trivia Tuesday

Yesterday, we asked which woman holds the record for most football goals at the Olympic Games. That’s Brazil’s Cristiane with a whopping 14.

Here’s today’s question.

Oscar Swahn set the record as the oldest Olympic champion in history. How old was he when he won shooting gold at Stockholm 1912?

  1. 52
  2. 62
  3. 72
  4. 82