Olympic Daily News: 23 July 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points – Tokyo 2020 one year to go, Ledecky on Ikee, IOC extends partnership with P&G

By ZK Goh

Today, 23 July, marks one year to go to the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympics. A ceremony has been held at Tokyo's National Stadium to commemorate the day.

On this day in 1993, Olympic track cycling pursuit champion Chris Boardman of Great Britain set a new UCI absolute hour record, riding 52.270 km in an hour to break countryman Graeme Obree's mark set just six days prior.

Boardman would go on to break the record again in 1996, which stood as the last UCI absolute mark. He also broke the UCI hour record (using approved restricted technology) in 2000, a record he held for nearly five years. The two categories were merged by the UCI in 2014 with no restrictions on modern technology.

Ledecky's inspiration from Ikee

Ikee Rikako's cancer fight and recovery has been a source of motivation for Katie Ledecky.

The five-time Olympic champion U.S. swimmer told Kyodo News that her Japanese counterpart Ikee, who led a moving ceremony in Tokyo today with the Olympic Flame to mark one year to the rescheduled Tokyo Games, had "moved" her with her positivity.

"She just has such a positive attitude … I think she has inspired many beyond her own country and the swimming community as a whole," Ledecky said.

"I know the whole swimming community has been behind her."

IOC and Proctor & Gamble extend partnership

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) have announced that P&G's Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partnership, under the IOC's The Olympic Partner (TOP) Programme, is being extended for the next four Olympic and Paralympic Games through Los Angeles 2028.

"Building upon the success of the last 10 years of partnership and the values shared by both organisations to improve life and create a better world, the IOC and P&G are committing to a first-of-its-kind, citizenship-driven partnership to advance important work in key areas – equality and inclusion, environmental sustainability and community impact," an IOC press release said.

P&G has been a TOP partner since 2010. The company says it will launch the Athletes for Good Fund, a joint initiative between P&G, the IOC, and the International Paralympic Committee that will issue grants to casues being supported by Olympic and Paralympic Games athletes and hopefuls which advance important work with shared core citizenship values.

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Test your knowledge

Yesterday's question was: What was the first Games at which National Hockey League players took part in ice hockey at the Olympics?

The correct answer was Nagano 1998, when the Czech Republic claimed gold – a story you can re-live in our original Five Rings Films documentary The Nagano Tapes.

Today we are asking:

Which of the following nations did NOT win their first Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016?

  1. Tonga
  2. Fiji
  3. Vietnam
  4. Singapore

We'll have the answer tomorrow.