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Cycling: Wiebes wins first women’s edition of the Scheldeprijs
3.17 pm: The Dutch cyclist Lorena Wiebes won the first women’s edition of the Scheldeprijs on Wednesday. The Team DSM rider was ahead of the Danish Emma Norsgaard and the Italian Elisa Balsamo after 136 kilometers in a bunch sprint in Schoten, Belgium.
For the 22-year-old Wiebes, it was the first victory of the season. Halfway through last year, she switched from Parkhotel Valkenburg to Team Sunweb, the team that this year became Team DSM.
Olympic Games: Olympic torch relay avoids Osaka due to a state of emergency
2.12 pm: The relay with the Olympic flame must avoid the prefecture of Osaka. The government of the region comparable to a province has decided this because of the increasing number of corona infections. Earlier it was announced that the runners with the torch would not come to the capital of the same name.
Nearly 9 million people live in Osaka prefecture. After more than 800 new corona cases were detected one day, the local government declared a state of emergency. It was the highest number of infections in the area since the outbreak of the pandemic. The organizing committee of the Olympic Games in Tokyo announced on Wednesday that the planned passage on April 13 and 14 will be replaced by a private meeting in the park where the world exhibition took place in 1970. “We are working with all the boards of the prefectures to ensure that every part of the torchlight procession is safe,” said the organizers of the Games.
The torch relay started on March 25 in Fukushima. Some 10,000 runners will bring the Olympic flame to Tokyo where the Games begin on July 23.
BMX: BMX riders start World Cup season in Verona
2.11 pm: The World Cup season for BMX riders starts on May 8 and 9 in Verona, Italy. The international cycling union UCI has designated four weekends in which the cyclists compete for the World Cup. The matches in Verona are still a qualifying moment for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Initially, the season was to start in Stuttgart, but that city gave back the organization due to the strict corona restrictions in Germany.
The Dutch BMXers will also travel to Verona. The Netherlands has three starting tickets for the Games for both men and women. Cycling Federation KNWU nominates the highest ranked BMX rider in the world rankings and designates the other places based on an internal ranking. At the moment, Niek Kimman (sixth) is the driver with the highest ranking for men, Laura Smulders (third) for women.
After the races in Italy, the third and fourth moto will follow on 29 and 30 May in Bogota, Colombia. The KNWU will not send a delegation there. In the last two weekends of October, the World Cup season will be concluded with four match days in Sakarya, Turkey.
There are already competitions for the BMX European Cup in Verona a week before, on 1 and 2 May.
Judo: Judo coach Arens is counting on the strongest team at the European Championship
1.37 pm: National coach Maarten Arens of the Dutch judokas is counting on the fact that he will soon be able to send his strongest formation to the mat at the European title fight in Lisbon. A few weeks ago, a few of his athletes became infected with the corona virus at a training camp in Georgia. “For the time being, I assume that we will not make any changes to the formation,” says Arens.
According to him, there is no cause for great concern. “We were in Georgia because a training camp there is very important to us. But we soon found out that the rules were not being observed very well there. We left immediately but were unable to prevent some infections. It’s annoying, but we know that a small risk cannot be ruled out in everything we do. ”
For privacy reasons, Arens does not say who it is. He also cannot indicate whether the athletes in question have now tested negative. In Georgia there were also athletes who go to Lisbon. Arens: „Even if there were to be changes in the selection, do not immediately conclude that it concerns corona. Maybe some athletes make a certain choice, because at other tournaments more points can be obtained for the ranking. But as far as I am concerned, we are going to Lisbon with the intended formation. ”
In Lisbon, according to Arens, it is primarily about Olympic qualification. In three classes, the Dutch still have to decide among themselves who can go to Tokyo. This applies to Sanne van Dijke and Kim Polling (-70 kg), Guusje Steenhuis and Marhinde Verkerk (-78 kg), and Henk Grol and Roy Meyer (+100 kg). Arens: „Lisbon is the last measurement moment. Then the selection committee makes a decision. ”
Preparations went well. Arens: „There are still some minor injuries, but we almost always have them. But we did well in previous grand slams and the Masters in Doha. Last weekend there was still gold for Kim Polling in Turkey. With the help of quick tests, we have been able to train well for a long time, young talents develop well and our top players get medals. For the time being, things are looking good in this Olympic year. ”
Arens himself was missing from the training session in Georgia, as he is recovering from surgery on an inguinal hernia. He is present in Lisbon.
Football: De Bruyne is going to make ten years at Manchester City
12:00 PM Manchester City hopes to be able to build on the qualities of the Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne for many years to come. The leader from the Premier League has extended the midfielder’s contract by two years until the summer of 2025. De Bruyne has been playing football at the English top club since 2015.
“I can’t be lucky,” said De Bruyne (29) on the website of the club with which he so far won two league titles, once the FA Cup and four times the League Cup. In 2020, the Belgian international was also named best player of the year in England. “Since I have been employed by this club I have felt at home. I love the fans, my family enjoys it here and I have developed further as a football player. ”
Football: Hoekstra after 22 years as assistant coach Excelsior
11:42 am André Hoekstra is leaving at the end of this season after 22 years of service as assistant coach of Excelsior. The first divisionist from Rotterdam wants to “take a different path” and therefore says goodbye to a “real clubman.” Former Feyenoord player Hoekstra worked as an assistant together with fifteen different head trainers.
Hoekstra (58) previously worked as head of training, trainer of the second team and assistant trainer at RBC Roosendaal and ADO Den Haag. Before joining Excelsior, he was head coach in The Hague for a year and a half. With Excelsior he was promoted four times to the Eredivisie in which he was active as an assistant for ten seasons.
“I will always follow Excelsior, although unfortunately it will no longer be part of the staff from next season,” says Hoekstra. “Of course I think it’s a shame that the club has taken this decision, but in the football world you know that this moment can come.”
Football: Almere City FC Friday for 23 minutes to Kerkrade
10:50 am The remainder of the game Roda JC – Almere City FC, which was halted after 67 minutes on Monday due to the snowfall, will be played on Friday. The kick-off in Kerkrade is at 5 p.m. The score is 0-0.
Almere City FC’s home game against Telstar, which was to be played on Friday, has been moved to next Monday. On that day, Roda JC will visit provincial partner MVV according to the schedule.
Basketball: LA Lakers finally beat Raptors again
8:09 AM Los Angeles Lakers have finally beaten Toronto Raptors again in the North American NBA basketball league. In Tampa, the defending champion was 110-101 too strong for the champion of 2019. For the Lakers, it was the first victory against the Canadian team after eleven consecutive defeats in the mutual duels.
The Los Angeles club missed the injured top players LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond against the Raptors. In the absence of this illustrious trio, Talen Horton-Tucker did the honors as a substitute with 17 points. Markieff Morris also impressed with 15 points and 9 rebounds. The Lakers are in fifth place in the Western Conference.
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