TOKYO (AP) — The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee had a simple message for fellow members of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Yoshiro Mori says the games will go on “no matter what situation would be with the coronavirus.” Mori is also a former Japanese prime minister. He has been the main cheerleader for several weeks in Japan and has been backed in Switzerland by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach as reports have swirled that the Olympics might be canceled. The IOC has aggressively pushed back and says the Olympics will open on July 23.
Press Association The admirable Royal Diamond dug deep for trainer-jockey Johnny Murtagh to claim victory in the Gain Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh. Voleuse De Coeurs emerged as the biggest threat to the leader in the final furlong, but Royal Diamond would not be denied, holding on by half a length. Ernest Hemingway was disappointing, finishing well held in third. Murtagh said: “That was great. It was a big decision whether to go to York (for the Lonsdale Cup) or come here. I felt this was the right race for him as it’s just up the road. “He’s really come on from the last day. I tried to be a bit clever last time by going quick but not too quick in front. He’s a specialist over a mile and six, all of his wins have come at that trip. When the runner-up came to me, he stuck his neck out and ground it out. “He comes good at this time of year. Hopefully in three weeks’ time he’ll come back here and defend his title. He’s a wonderful horse for us to have.” Winner of the Irish St Leger itself over the course and distance last September, 7-2 shot Royal Diamond looked to have his work cut out in this particular event as he met 4-9 favourite Ernest Hemingway, who had proved too strong on their previous two meetings this season. Royal Diamond bowled along merrily at the head of affairs and it was clear from the home turn Ernest Hemingway was struggling to bridge the gap.
Captain of the Ghana’s home-based Black Stars team, Abeiku Ainooson, is confident of his side’s chances ahead of their return leg qualifier against Ivory Coast in Abidjan on Friday.Ghana holds a slim 2-1 lead over the Ivoirians and a positive result could see Ghana qualify for the impending CHAN in Rwanda for the fourth consecutive time.Ainooson expressed confidence in the team and the coaching staff, with the team having landed in at the Ivorian capital.“They came here and played a defensive formation but they got one goal out of it,” he said. “Physically they are very strong but for us we rely on tactics and techniques to beat them in the first leg.”“Our coaches have taught us a lot so we are going to capitalize on it come Friday. I think it is going to be a difficult but we can pull a surprise over there. Our aim is to qualify Ghana to Rwanda next year.”Ainooson remains one of the surviving members of the side that finished second to Libya in the 2013 edition held in South Africa. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports