Olympic Daily News: 17 June 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points. U.S. Open tennis tournament set to return, Christian Coleman suspended, Simone Biles back being Simone Biles

By Scott Bregman ·

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U.S. Open tennis tournament to be held without fans

The U.S. Open tennis tournament is going ahead despite concerns of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The tennis major, normally the end of the grand slam season, will be the second of 2020 after a postponement of the French Open and cancellation of Wimbledon.

The event will look and feel very different than in past years, with no fans enjoying the action at the U.S.T.A. Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and players undergoing coronavirus testing once or twice each week.

“Our team has literally worked around the clock to figure out a way we can have the U.S. Open and do it in a safe way,” Patrick Galbraith, the president of the U.S.T.A., said in a conference call, according to the New York Times.

Whether the top players in the world participate is still an open question with men’s world No. 1 Novak Djokovic calling restrictions around the tournament “extreme.”

100m sprint world champ Christian Coleman suspended

Team USA’s Christian Coleman, who is the reigning 100m world champion, has been provisionally suspended from athletics because of "whereabouts" violations. The suspension comes after the American missed three drugs testing attempts, the most recent on Dec. 9, 2019.

In a lengthy statement on his Twitter account, Coleman took responsibility for the first two misses (Jan. 16, 2019 and April 26, 2019) but not the third and most recent. Three missed drug tests or whereabouts filing failures results in a 12-month suspension, according to the Athletics Integrity Unit rules.

“I think the attempt on December 9th was a purposeful attempt to get me to miss a test,” Coleman wrote, before adding, “I am willing to take a drug test EVERY single day for the rest of my career for all I care to prove my innocence.”

Boxing’s Manish Kaushik: “I will do my best to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games”

Indian boxer Manish Kaushik is looking to make history for his country next year at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The reigning World bronze medallist, who has already qualified to the games, hopes to become India’s first Olympic champion in boxing.

"I will do my best to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games but I know my weight class is seriously difficult,” Kaushik said according to Inside the Games.

If successful, it would be just the third medal in the sport for India after compatriots Vijender Singh (Beijing 2008) and Mary Kom (London 2012) took bronze.

Trivia time!

Yesterday, we asked which sport was not part of the Olympics from 1904-2016. The answer was golf, which was part of the Olympic programme in 1900 and 1904 before being reinstated for Rio 2016. The sport will once again feature at Tokyo 2020.

Here’s today’s question:

Who won the men's 100 metres gold medal in Rio 2016?

  1. Justin Gatlin
  2. Yohan Blake
  3. Tyson Gay
  4. Usain Bolt

ICYMI: Simone Biles back being Simone Biles

In case you missed it yesterday, four-time Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles is back doing things no one else on planet Earth can.

The 19-time World champion caused quite a storm last season debuting a triple-twisting, double back flip on the floor exercise and Tuesday posted a video of the same element performed off the 10 centimeter wide balance beam.