As for the Olympics, she said, “the coronavirus infection is also the priority here as well”.”What can we do to host a safe and secure Games? How can we reduce its cost and simplify it? I wish to continue working on our coronavirus measures so that it will become reality,” she said.Her second term begins amid a growing weariness with the Olympics, as just over half of Tokyo’s residents do not think the Games should be held next year, according to a poll published late last month.The coronavirus also overshadowed Sunday’s voting with polling station staff donning masks, face shields and plastic gloves, while tape on the floor kept voters apart.Poll booths were sanitised after every use, and voters were urged to use hand sanitiser as they entered and exited.Koike’s main challengers were Kenji Utsunomiya, 73, a lawyer backed by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and two other opposition parties, and Taro Yamamoto, 45, a former actor and leader of the anti-establishment party Reiwa Shinsengumi.The men were nationally recognised figures, but were no rivals to Koike, who campaigned online and did not mingle with supporters or give speeches to reduce infection risks. Koike originally won the governorship in a landslide vote in 2016, becoming Tokyo’s first female leader.She has been seen as a steady pair of hands during the coronavirus crisis, issuing frequent video messages — including in English, which is highly unusual for a Japanese politician.However, she fluffed her biggest political gamble in 2017 when she created a new “Party of Hope” that coalesced opposition to Abe’s all-powerful Liberal Democrats in the national election.This sparked speculation she would ditch her role as Tokyo governor to run for the prime minister.However, despite initially promising opinion polls, support imploded because of public confusion over her intentions.Topics : Many observers say her smooth performance during the coronavirus pandemic contrasted sharply with current PM Shinzo Abe, who critics say bungled Japan’s response.The postponed Olympics, due to open on July 23, 2021, was also a major theme of the campaign and Koike pledged to reduce the Games budget as organizers grapple with the unprecedented challenge of rescheduling the event.Koike gave an “online” victory speech in front of a limited number of journalists to minimise the risk of coronavirus infection.”The immediate issue at hand is the coronavirus,” Koike said, as Tokyo has seen more than 100 new cases a day recently — many from clusters in the city’s host and hostess clubs. Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike declared victory in Sunday’s vote to elect the leader of one of the world’s most populous cities and immediately vowed to step up the fight against a recent coronavirus resurgence.Major media exit polls suggested a landslide victory after voting stations closed at 8 p.m., as Koike shrugged off challenges from a wide range of candidates, many of whom were political novices.The 67-year-old media-savvy Koike is a rare top female leader in Japan’s male-dominated politics and is often mentioned as a possible prime minister.
BEN Stokes put in a star performance with the ball as Rising Pune Supergiants ended Mumbai Indians’ six-match winning streak in the IPL with a three-run success.Leaders Mumbai came into yesterday’s meeting at Wankhede Stadium in glittering form but, despite a fifty from captain Rohit Sharma, they fell just short in their pursuit of 161 for victory.Stokes was key to Pune’s success, picking up 2-21 from his four overs – including a wicket-maiden – to help pay back some more of his hefty price tag in the pre-season auction.Pune openers Rahul Tripathi (45) and Ajinkya Rahane (38) set the platform for a respectable but by no means insurmountable 160-6, with Harbhajan Singh (1-20) and Jasprit Bumrah (2-29) particularly impressive for the hosts.They were outshone by Stokes, however, the England all-rounder conceding just seven from the penultimate over, leaving Jaydev Unadkat to just about defend 17 from the final set of six.It was Supergiants’ third straight win, and it began well with Rahane and Tripathi putting on 76 for the first wicket before the former chipped a return catch to Karn Sharma.Tripathi was next to fall, also to the leg-spinner, having struck three fours and two sixes from his 31 deliveries, and Pune struggled to regain their momentum with Manoj Tiwary’s 22 from 13 the best they could muster thereafter.In the reply, Stokes’ first victim was England colleague Jos Buttler and the all-rounder had figures of 2-0 from seven balls when Karn played on to leave Mumbai 86-4 in the 13th.Rohit represented their best chance of victory but he lacked the requisite support and eventually perished in the final over for 58 from 39 having struck six fours and three maximums – Harbhajan’s final-ball six doing little to spoil Pune’s party.
A minute silence was observed before the kick-off of Match Day 21 fixtures of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) during which all players are to wear black armbands by all players in honour of late Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, the former Super Eagles captain and Coach who passed on in the early hours of wednesday..The directive was issued by the League Management Company (LMC) which described the death of Keshi as a huge loss to African football.A statement by the LMC described Keshi as “a pathfinder, courageous athlete who remains one of the inspirational stories for young Nigerian and indeed African players’. The LMC described the late Keshi as one of the players that put the shine on the football league in Nigeria while it was still in amateur stages.“The exploits of Keshi and his team mates at New Nigerian Bank in the 1980’s registered Nigeria as a club football power house after the achievements of IICC Shooting Stars and Rangers International in the 1970’s”.“As a player and later, captain of the national team for over a decade, Keshi demonstrated dedication and love for father land. He was a team builder and leader whose influence on younger players was the driving spirit behind the achievements at the Nations Cup in Tunisia and a world cup outing that made the world take notice of the Super Eagles”.“As the Coach of the Super Eagles, Keshi invested gave a boost to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) by tremendous confidence in players from the league whom he took to the Nations Cup in South Africa in 2013 which Nigeria won. His decision showcased the abundant talents that are found in the NPFL and it was one of the biggest endorsements for our players”.The LMC said that there is no honour that is too much to be done to Keshi considering also his achievements as the coach of the Super Eagles during which he led Nigeria to a third Nations Cup victory.“We want to honour Keshi today as a deserving hero of the league and Nigerian football during our Match Day 21 fixtures with a minute silence before kick-off and the wearing of black armbands by all players”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram