THE OLYMPIC STADIUM AND ITS “HAMMERING” PROBLEMS

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Ever since its inauguration the 5th of May 2012, two months before its first official use for the 2012 London Olympic Games, the London Olympic Stadium has been through some various problems about its use for a variety of sports such as football and athletics, and its controversial capacity that has varied overtime.

Originally built for the 2012 Olympic Games as the venue for athletics and both the opening and closing ceremonies the Olympic Stadium is known to be the first ever stadium that can be removed piece by piece. With an original capacity of 80000 the London Olympic Stadium underwent renovations so that it could be used for football upon the arrival of Premier League side West Ham United. 

After the arrival of the hammers, the Olympic Stadium saw its capacity reduced to 60000 even though a good part of the athletics track was covered by uncountable rows of seats.

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Since its inaugural match, West Ham have faced various problems with both the stadium and fans such as match-tickets marked with non-existing seating to complete discomfort among the distance of the crowd from the pitch and the vanishing atmosphere that the Boleyn Ground had every time the irons played. 

Ever since arriving at the now known as London Stadium tensions between the fans and the West Ham board have grown to an all-time high blaming them of selling their dream, the beloved Boleyn Ground, for a nightmare, that nightmare being the Olympic Stadium.

Although the president and its executives tried everything to put the fans on their side by adding a new set of seating on both ends for fans to be closer to action, it’s already too late.

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Except for the 2020-21 season (only season without fans for the most part), the new stadium was also affecting the team’s performance finishing on the bottom-half of the table 3 of the 5 full-seasons played at the London Stadium, historically that’s where West Ham would normally finish but with new owners and a big investment on the club with the promise of new signings that would improve the squad through time European football was the minimum fans would accept.

However as we all know, on this sport promises tend to be broke and of course, those signings once promised transformed into minimum investment on the acquisition of new players, an example of that is this season in which with only three weeks left of the transfer window the only signings have been Craig Dawson (he was already at the club on loan from Watford) and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola from French side PSG.

With the return of fans this weekend for the season opener against Newcastle United, manager David Moyes will try to repeat the feat he achieved last season but with the addition of the long-awaited return of fans, the perfect opportunity to give the irons hope for the following seasons, this time with both Premier League and Europa League football and a bright squad with talented players such as Algerian winger Said Benrahma, Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek and England international Declan Rice backed-up with the experience of veteran and captain Mark Noble. The London Stadium will hold both Premier League and European football for the second time in its short history.

However, a problem remains. If West Ham want to renovate the stadium demolishing the athletics track and therefore moving the stands closer to the pitch, they’ll need to buy the stadium, an investment that if not prepared correctly, could result on huge losses and high amounts of debt. 

An example of a team whose stadium was renovated was Spanish side Real Sociedad, their stadium known as the Reale Arena for sponsoring reasons had its low tier renovated bringing the stands closer to the action that resulted on an overall improvement on the players performances and making fans more involved on the game. 

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For the operation to happen not only do West Ham need to put in the money, but it also must be approved by the London council which would result on the creation of a new stadium where athletics could be held. In the case of this happening London could be seeing a potential decrease on the overall interest in athletics which would result on the loss of major athletics events for a pursuable future.

Nevertheless West Ham have the perfect opportunity this season to bring back to life the atmosphere that once died when the last game at the Boleyn Ground was played.

Europa League football as well as a promising squad that has shown to be solid on both ends and the possible signing of Serbian youngster Nikola Milenkovic after negotiations for both Kurt Zouma and Tammy Abraham got complicated could be the missing piece of the puzzle for the backline of the hammers and what a better place to make all of this happen than in the London Stadium, a place where Olympic records were beaten, and incredible stories will be written.

Football News, Brazil wins the Olympic Soccer Gold Medal at Yokohama Stadium, 19 years after winning the 2002 FIFA World Cup at the same venue

A great Saturday night of Olympic action to watch with the Men’s Soccer Final.

Both Spain and Brazil were side by side for the first 90 minutes of play.

Although the defending champs from Rio (Brazil) have struck the net first courtesy of Centre Forward Matheus Cunha, But Mikel Oyarzabal brought this equaliser to extra time for Spain within 20 minutes after the break.

In the end, Malcom scored the winning goal during the 2nd extra time play before Brazil successfully defended the goal medal for the second time at Yokohama Stadium.

This is the same venue where the Brazil Men’s soccer team last touched glory 19 years ago thanks to a Ronaldo double brace that helped them lift the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Hard luck for Spain with the silver where they were well in contention, but just couldn’t find a way to fire back especially when subbing a few players late in this game.

The Olympics are almost over and we can’t wait tonight for the Closing Ceremony as the baton prepares to hand over from Tokyo to Paris in 2024.

Olympic Golf Review

If you are a sports fan then certainly you are currently following the Olympic Games. Well if you are reading this then you either missed out on the golf festivities or you are looking for an excellent summary of what you witnessed. Allow us to fill you in on everything you need to know about Olympic golf this year.

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Heading into the tournament all eyes were on the Korean competitors, Sungjae Im and Si Woo. The stakes were high for these two, because in their home country all able bodied men are required to serve in the military for 18-24 months. Their only way out of this requirement was by winning a medal at the Olympic Games.

Unfortunately they did fall short of the medals, so they will have to return to their country and serve their time. We wish these men the best of luck in their future and hope to see them competing again soon.

Besides the Koreans there was a surprising victor sitting atop the leaderboard at the end of the first day of competition. This was none other than Austrian Sepp Straka who was leading on the first day by a score of eight under par.

Straka managed to make it through the first day without making a single bogey, which as you can imagine led to the strong start.

Straka wasn’t the only competitor that went bogey free on the first day, with Justin Thomas right behind him. Although the problem with Thomas was that he went birdie and eagle free as well. On Wednesday Thomas played eighteen holes and made eighteen pars. This would certainly please a lot of ameatur golfers around the world, but for the pros this would be an annoying day. Either way Thomas managed to laugh off the round when asked about the day and summarize it into one word, he simply said “Par”.

The Gold Medalist

From the second day onward, American Xander Schauffle sat atop the leaderboard and represented America well. Following in his father’s Olympic dreams, Schauffle was more than proud to take home the gold medal this weekend. For those that do not know, Schauffle’s father used to live in Germany and tried for the Olympics there. Until his hopes were crushed at the young age of 20 when he was hit by a drunk driver and became blind in his left eye. It is safe to say that Schauffle was more than proud to win this medal.

Looking Forward

Coming off the worldwide stage here we actually move forward with another worldwide event at the WGC-Fedex St. Jude Invitational. This is a great transition from the Olympics back to professional golf, because it keeps that level of international competition the same. Many athletes left the Olympics prouder than when they came and had a newfound appreciation and drive for the sport. It will certainly be fun to watch this passion carry over back onto the professional tours that the players are accustomed to.

Tennis News, Alexander Zverev goes one better from a semi-final comeback v Novak Djokovic to being a gold medalist for Germany

Great start from Alexander Zverev who got himself ahead with the first set win, having claimed easy games while Karen Khachanov struggled so far even though the Russian fought hard as of late.

Zverev continued to lead unbeaten after the break with plenty of consecutive games earned before he was too good for Khachanov in straight sets that earned him the gold medal for Team Germany.

The last time a German played a men’s singles final was Tommy Haas back in 2000 where he won the silver medal behind Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and Zverev today made this incredible breakthrough for his country after a semi-final comeback v Novak Djokovic.

Final Score: 6-3, 6-1 both to Alexander Zverev.

Khachanov may have tried his best to hold the German back, especially during a couple of break points that would’ve at least gave him some reprieve but his lack of execution & slow starts ultimately saw The Russian settle for silver.

That’s it for Tennis in the Olympic scene and there is one more grand slam left of 2021 which is the US Open that begins at the end of this month.

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Soccer News, Oly Whites out of the Olympic Quarter Finals after Japan win via penalty kicks 4-2

Well it’s a great journey for the Oly Whites or All Whites as they’re known through Soccer in New Zealand when they made it to the final eight, despite the fact they lost the second game v Honduras & a drawn previous game v Romainia.

That main credit came from their win during Game 1 v South Korea 1-0 courtesy of Captain Chris Wood.

They were good defensively that kept the game scoreless throughout 120 minutes of play, even a couple of saves from goalkeeper Michael Woud have held Japan back from closing out in regular 90 mins & an extra 30 mins.

But when it comes to the finishing/scoring parts NZ unfortunately lack the firepower needed in the net except Wood & Callum McCowatt, they just couldn’t find a way to trick Japan while the opposition remained calm with clean spotless strikes.

The final score is 0-0 with Japan as victors via penalty kicks 4-2.

What’s next for Japan now is they will have a big task ahead against Spain & fight for a spot in the gold medal match.

And there is no doubt that New Zealand will come back stronger, especially with a couple of talented youngsters coming through plus an automatic qualification looming for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Soccer News, Sam Kerr’s rescue & a Mary Fowler wonder goal in extra time helped Matildas hold off Team GB for a semi-final place v Sweden

What a game of soccer in the women’s quarter final: Great Britain v Matildas.

Aussies started well with Alanna Kennedy in the first half 0-1.

Although, they were close to being eliminated after the break thanks to an Ellen White double for Team GB.

But Sam Kerr saved Australia from despair just a minute before injury time 2-2, which gave them another chance in extra time.

And they put in an outstanding shift that began a brilliant penalty save from the goalkeeper (Teagan Micah).

Then we saw Mary Fowler who is 18 years old, scored a screamer that broke the deadlock for Australia 2-3 before Sam Kerr once again helped enhance their gold medal hopes 2-4.

Even a hat-trick spell from White wasn’t enough to produce a miracle for Team GB in the end 3-4.

Now it’s the Matildas up against Sweden in the semis, they are one step away from a meeting with either USA or Canada for the gold medal match!

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Tennis News, Alexander Zverev rises in huge comeback from a 1st set loss that left Novak Djokovic out of the Gold Medal mix

Novak Djokovic is on a roll when he was too good for Alexander Zverev with the first set win at 6-1 after the first 37 minutes of play, such an outstanding impact immediately from the Serbian.

Meanwhile, Zverev was on the same starting zone as Djokovic but struggled so far to fire the pressure back on his opponent as he needed a 2nd set turnaround to stay in this fight.

The German bounced back immediately after the break, even in the toughest of battles Zverev earned his reprieve against the World No.1 where he was mightily up front with the 2nd set win at 3-6.

45 minutes in and we have a decider on our hands in a race to meet Karen Khachanov in the men’s singles gold medal match.

Zverev continued to win up to eight straight games in a row between the end of 2nd & midway through the final set at 0-4, while Djokovic is faltering where he continues to struggle with a lack of feel since the 2nd set.

And what a huge comeback from Germany’s Alexander Zverev who was too good in the end, having gone from a set down before he found a route that blew away Novak Djokovic with the win.

The final score is 6-1, 3-6, 1-6 & this game was completed in 2 hours and three minutes.

Bugger for the World No.1 who fired off well with an easy start, but began to lost some ground unfortunately & unable to find ways to get himself back in the game ever since. Novak still has a game to play for the bronze medal game though v Pablo Carreno Busta.

For now, it’s Alexander Zverev v Karen Khachanov for the gold medal in tennis at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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Tennis News, Karen Khachanov proved too good for Pablo Carreno Busta at the 2020 Olympic semi-final

Great opening half battle from both Pablo Carreno Busta and Karen Khachanov but it’s the Russian in Khachanov who won the first set while Carreno Busta began to fell behind with the loss of momentum there.

And nothing much has changed from Carreno Busta when he couldn’t reprise the same form that fired off from the beginning, even though the Spaniard reaped some consolation points which is too late to hold Khachanov back in straight sets.

The final score is 6-3, 6-3 as Karen Khachanov advances through to the gold medal match and we’ll see if either Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev come home first for the other berth soon.

He’s such a great player to watch who stayed on top of his game, especially with the first half momentum during each set where it gave plenty of patience for Khachanov to execute & harder for Carreno Busta to make up lost time.

For Carreno Busta, he will have a reprieve though in the bronze medal match.

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Tennis News, Pablo Carreno Busta denies Daniil Medvedev an all-Russian contest with a Quarter Finals Olympic win

Pablo Carreno Busta fired off well with an easy first set run against Daniil Medvedev at 6-2 which is incredible to see him build that momentum early.

Medvedev was faltering on the other end after he wasn’t able to catch up on Carreno Busta, even though he had little time picking up just only two points while the Spainard was leading just after halfway.

Although, the Russian began to bounce back immediately after the break at 1-3 in a bid to stay in this Quarter-Final contest, but Carreno Busta pulled off home first which is enough to advance in the 2nd semi-final game v Karen Khachanov.

Bugger for Medvedev who played exceptional at times especially during the 2nd set that led to a tiebreaker, he just couldn’t balance the momentum where the poor 1st set run ultimately cost him an all-Russian affair with Khachanov.

Final Score: 6-2 & 6-6 (7-6 tiebreaker) to Pablo Carreno Busta.

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Tennis News, Karen Khachanov advanced to the semi-final after a series of close battles v Ugo Humbert

It was a close first set battle from both Karen Khachanov and Ugo Humbert every time they claim a point each that went for so long until the tiebreaker at 6-6, but it’s Khanchanov who closed down Humbert 7-4 in this initial stage to the finish line as the Russian leads 1-0.

Humbert had the early say after the break with the 2nd set win 4-6, even though he fought hard to deny Khachanov a straight sets route that kept his gold medal hopes alive for the semis.

In the end, however, it’s Khachanov who pulled off home ahead of Humbert in the 3rd & final set 6-3.

He will now face against either fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev or Pablo Carreno Busta from Spain in the 2nd semi-final.

For Humbert, he played some great battles that picked up a few points that put the pressure back on Khachanov, but lacks the execution & consistency after his 2nd set mini win.

Final Score: 7-6 (7-4 tiebreaker) to Khachanov, 4-6 to Humber & 6-3 to Khachanov.

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