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“All 73 Team NL Paralympic champions have a chance to win a medal”
15:16: Esther Verger does not predict how many medals the Tokyo Paralympic team will receive. “I don’t think it’s fair,” the chef said ahead of Tuesday’s opening ceremony.
“First of all, I find it difficult to determine my position compared to the rest of the world and I don’t want to put pressure on the athletes,” says the former Tokyo wheelchair player.
“What I do know is that we are here with 73 athletes. TeamNL’s selection policy is very strict, so if you are here, you should be here and have a chance to win a medal. The athletes are fit, strong and ready. Me. I am sure they will do their best.”
Vergeer (40) once again emphasized the importance of the Paralympics as a platform for athletes with disabilities. “All the Paralympics here take their sport very seriously. They are high level athletes who are no less than Olympic athletes. They all have a history, often beautiful and inspiring, but they are also outstanding athletes with an extraordinary discipline. I think he can be an example for all Dutch people to follow”.
Hockey players Dee Goede, Matala and Verschuar in vying for the prize
13.31Eva de Goede, Frédéric Matala and Maria Verchur compete for the title of FIH Hockey Player of the Year. The three women who won the Olympic title with the Netherlands in Tokyo competed against Argentina’s Augustina Albertario, Augustina Gorzelani and Indiana Georgette Kaur in the polls.
In addition to the three Orange players, national team manager Alison Annan was also named coach of the year. You will compete against Sjoerd Marijne among others. The Dutch coach reached the semi-finals along with Indian hockey players.
From Monday we vote for candidates online. Voting ends on 15 September. Winners will be announced in late September or early October.
National federations represented by managers and coaches account for 50 percent of the vote. A quarter of the vote came from fans and players and another quarter from the media.
Referee Gozubuyuk blows the whistle during the World Cup qualifying match between Italy and Bulgaria
10:46: Dutch referee Serdar Gozobuyuk leads the World Cup qualifier between Italy and Bulgaria. The Group C match will be played in Florence on Thursday, 2 September. Kick-off at 20:45 at Artemio Franchi Stadium.
Gözübüyük is assisted by assistant referees Jost van Zuylen and Johan Balder. The fourth officer is Allard Lindhout. Paul van Bueckel will serve as assistant video referee, assisted by Rob Deberink.
European champions Italy lead Group C in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
Tennis player Kyrgios retires from Winston Salem with knee injury
08:37: Tennis player Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the Winston-Salem Championships at the last minute with a knee injury. Given the US Open, the last major tournament of the year, the Australian would prefer a week off.
“I have had knee pain for a few weeks now. I decided to take a closer look at my body because of the US Open,” he said after the cancellation.
Kyrgios will face Andy Murray in the first round. The Scotsman will now face the lucky loser Noah Robin. The American Robins had only an hour left after their last playoff game, which they lost, before facing Murray. Murray won 6-2, 6-0 in 58 minutes.
“It was a strange situation,” Murray said after the game. “At 45 minutes I kept looking for a different opponent and I wasn’t going to play until tomorrow. But then he was Robin, after all. But it was tough for him, because he’s already played 2.5 hours of heat.”
Murray plays in his second match against American Francis Tiafoe.
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