Olympic Daily News: 12 June 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points. World Olympians Association grants announced, Megan Rapinoe on gender discrimination and LGBTQ representation

The World Olympians Association revealed its 2020 Grant awardees Friday. The grants are awarded to Olympian-led projects around the world aimed at making social, environmental and educational impact.

“We are delighted that we can support the inspirational work of Olympians across the world. The challenges that many communities have already faced this year make the work that these projects will be carrying out even more essential,” said World Olympians Association president Joël Bouzou.

“WOA supports Olympian-led projects that make a real difference to people’s lives. We are pleased to be able to help bring these inspirational initiatives to life.”

2020 World Olympians Association grant awardees announced Friday
2020 World Olympians Association grant awardees announced Friday2020 World Olympians Association grant awardees announced Friday

Here are the grant recipients.

The 2020 Service to Olympians Grant awardees:

  • Zambia’s Refugee, Youth and Street Kids Sports Programme will train Olympians how to lead effective projects that engage refugees and street kids in sport.
  • Puerto Rico’s Education for Olympians will educate Olympians during their competitive careers to make them aware of opportunities and prepare them for retirement.
  • Singapore’s Website for Singapore’s Olympians will help create a live resource to tell the stories of Olympians to inspire future generations.

The 2020 Service to Society Grant awardees:

  • Angola’s Basketball for Street Boys will continue to engage street children in Luanda through sport, to give them a sense of home life and to spend time with Olympians to share their values.
  • Botswana’s Sports Day will place sport at the heart of the community providing opportunities for young people to get involved in sport, whilst promoting the benefits of education.
  • Costa Rica’s Cycling to School aims to introduce cycling into communities for children that are often forced to walk long distances to go to school as a way of reducing the number of children that drop out of school.
  • USA’s Education Through Sports will enrich the lives of girls in Guinea by providing opportunities to play competitive recreational activities against girls from other schools.
  • Greece’s Olympic Green Values will run a series of workshops to promote Olympic and sporting values and environmental protection to young people.
  • New Zealand’s Rotorua Trust will help mentor and develop potential Olympians to perform on the world stage and inspire future generations in the community.

Football star Megan Rapinoe: “We feel a responsibility not only for ourselves and the next generation of soccer players coming... for girls and women all over the world.”

American football star and Olympic champion Megan Rapinoe told the American Civil Liberties Union podcast ‘At Liberty’ she and her U.S. soccer teammates want to fight for the future.

“We feel a responsibility not only for ourselves and the next generation of soccer players coming. But honestly, for girls and women all over the world,” she said of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s equal pay lawsuit.

The 2019 World Cup Gold Ball winner also talked about the importance of LGBTQ representation in sport.

“I've just seen how much impact I've been able to have just by saying, yes, I'm gay or just by standing up for people's rights or being vocal about it or being a public person who's out,” said Rapinoe.

Syria’s Sanda Aldass hopes to part of Refugee Olympic Team at Tokyo 2020

29-year-old judoka Sanda Aldass fled her native Syria for the Netherlands in 2015. Once there, she spent an agonising six months away from her husband and their young son, before being reunited and establishing a new home outside Amsterdam.

“Running around and doing some exercises filled up my time and also kept me in good mental health,” Aldass told Olympic.org. “I knew eventually they would come and that we would have a good place to live in. That let me cool down a little bit.”

Now, she’s dreaming of joining the Refugee Olympic Team at next summer’s 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“It’s just a dream now, out there it would be a dream coming true. I won’t believe it until it’s like, ‘Wow, I really made it’,” Aldass said. “My kids are like, ‘Mum, you have to go to the Olympics’. The goal for the whole family is reaching the Olympics. We will see. I am not thinking too far ahead.”


Yesterday’s question asked which of the following is NOT an Olympic throwing discipline: discus, shot put, javelin or tree trunk.

The answer is of course tree trunk – even if that might be quite entertaining.

Here’s today’s question.

Which country has won the most Olympic medals in Judo?

  1. Russia
  2. Korea Republic
  3. France
  4. Japan

(Floor) Flashback Friday

And, finally, we’ll send you off to the weekend with a look back at the women’s artistic gymnastics floor exercise champions at the past 10 Olympic Games.

It’s a who’s who of legends in the sport from Nadia Comaneci and Nellie Kim to Aly Raisman and Simone Biles.

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