Olympic Daily News: 11 June 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points. Naomi Osaka determined to continue speaking out, Sports Illustrated highlights obstacles Black athletes face in daily lives. 

Our hearty congratulations go out to two-time Olympic gymnast Jake Dalton and his wife Kayla, who announced Wednesday that they are expecting their first child.

The couple, married six years, was candid about their struggles in infertility, saying they used in vitro fertilisation.

“We do recognise for people that are trying and yearning to be parents, that announcements like these are tough,” said Kayla Dalton. “We are sensitive to that and just want you guys to know that you’re not alone.”

Tennis star Naomi Osaka: “I’m vocal because I believe in the movement and want to try to use my platform to facilitate change.”

The number one women’s tennis player in the world Naomi Osaka isn’t backing down. The 22-year-old has faced online backlash stemming from her support of the Black Lives Matter movement, but remains committed to using her voice.

“I’m vocal because I believe in the movement and want to try to use my platform to facilitate change,” Osaka told Reuters.

She says that athletes have the ability to move and change public opinion even more so than politicians, and she doesn’t want to sit on the sidelines.

“Being silent is never the answer," says Osaka. "Everyone should have a voice in the matter and use it.”

Exclusive: Naomi Osaka aiming to win gold for Japan at Tokyo 2020

Exclusive: Naomi Osaka aiming to win gold for Japan at Tokyo 2020

Sports Illustrated profiles black athletics athletes encounters in racism

In the wake of the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, Sports Illustrated gathered a round table of black athletics athletes to share their daily experience being black in the United States.

The article seeks to show the obstacles facing black people in the country in their day-to-day lives, expanding beyond stories of their sporting prowess and success.

“There’s times when white men look at me, not even as a human being,” said Will Claye, a three-time Olympic and six-time world medallist. “I’ve always been a good athlete and so I’ve always been seen by white men like a horse. This is like horse racing, and we’re a great breed. That’s how they looked at us as slaves 400 years ago. That’s not right.”

New Zealand’s Mahe Drysdale will continue to Tokyo 2020

Mahe Drysdale, the two-time Olympic gold medallist rower from New Zealand, is feeling renewed.

In April, as the news of Olympic postponement began to sink in, he wrote that his motivation to continue to Tokyo 2020 was lacking and wondered if he “even wanted to go to the Olympics.” But added that he would “probably” compete in Tokyo.

Now, he says to expect him at next summer’s Olympic Games.

"It was pretty mentally tough through lockdown, but as soon as I got back on the water my mental health went from pretty low to straight back up,” Drysdale said, according to Inside the Games.

Drysdale wins gold in Men's Single Skulls

Drysdale wins gold in Men's Single Skulls

Trivia time.

Yesterday we asked which of the following was NOT an early name for table tennis: ping pong, whiff waff, flin flan, Ding Dong. The answer? Ding Dong.

Now, here’s today’s question:

Which of these is not a throwing event at the Olympic Games?

  1. Discus
  2. Shot put
  3. Hammer
  4. Tree Trunk

Hanyu hopes to see you soon

We leave you today with a message from double Olympic figure skating champion Hanyu Yuzuru.

“I’m very sad that I could not meet you in Fantasy on Ice this year,” he said. “I would like to spend my days working together with you to prevent the spread of infection.”

But have no fear – we haven’t seen the last of the man who owns two Olympic titles, two world titles and four Grand Prix Final titles.

“I will continue to work out to be skating in front of you,” said Hanyu. “I hope I can skate in front of you without any anxiety in your heart.”

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