Olympic Daily News: 28 June 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points. Simone Biles and Sunisa Lee on new mindset for 2020, NBA publishes schedule for restart, Andy Murray withdraws from tournament

By ZK Goh

On June 28, 2012, Anthony Davis was selected first overall in the National Basketball Association Draft by the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans).

Just weeks later, Davis would have a role at London 2012 as a late call-up to Team USA as an injury replacement.

Davis averaged 7.6 minutes per game over seven games, scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds in the tournament en route to winning Olympic gold.

Simone Biles and Sunisa Lee reflect on what's left of 2020

Team USA gymnasts Simone Biles and Sunisa Lee have (separately) been reflecting on the challenges 2020 has posed for each of them.

Biles, the quadruple champion from Rio 2016, had expressed a desire to retire after Tokyo 2020 but had to re-focus after the Games were postponed.

Speaking on a Facebook Live video with MasterClass, she noted that she would normally have been taking part at the national Olympic trials this past week.

"I have never felt more prepared and more ready in my life. I do feel ... that loss of direction, because I've never had a year where I don't compete," she said.

Biles recently showed off a new triple-double dismount from the balance beam.

Another gymnast who should have been at the Olympic trials was Lee. But, even if they had gone ahead, the 17-year-old may have been forced to miss them.

The Minneapolis-based athlete twisted her ankle just two weeks after returning to full-time training when her gym reopened.

"The toughest part was going back on the uneven bars," Lee told the New York Times. "I was really upset when I hurt my ankle on bars because now I can’t do them for another few weeks. It’s basically the same injury I had last year going into national championships."

One thing that has kept Lee going? Talking to Biles. A lot.

"It’s really nice to get to know her in this way because she was my idol and I used to see her as this intimidating gold medallist, but now she’s a friend."

NBA restart schedule confirmed

Back in the world of basketball, the NBA confirmed the schedule for its restarted season on Saturday (27 June).

Each of the 22 teams taking part in the resumption will play eight regular-season games, which will begin on 30 July. These games will help determine the seeding for the playoffs, which will feature 16 teams.

However, there may be additional play-in games as part of the league's temporary structure to see out the 2019/2020 season.

All eyes will be on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, who held the NBA's best record before the season was suspended.

Murray pulls out of exhibition tournament

Double Olympic champion Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Battle of the Brits behind-closed-doors exhibition tennis tournament taking place in Roehampton, England.

Murray played four games in five days and had lost in the semi-finals to British number one Dan Evans, who overcame a 1-6 first set loss to Murray. Evans went on to win the tournament.

The 33-year-old, whose last tournament was the Davis Cup Finals in November 2019, had been due to play in a third-place playoff against Cameron Norrie but decided to pull out to protect his health.

He's next expected to play in New York in August.

Trivia time

Yesterday we asked you: When did basketball 3x3 first appear at the Youth Olympic Games?

The answer was Singapore 2010, the inaugural Summer edition of the Youth Olympics. Well done if you got it correct!

Here's today's teaser:

Which of the following Olympic sports features both male and female athletes competing against each other in all events?

  1. Sailing
  2. Equestrian
  3. Golf
  4. Modern pentathlon