Cardiff Met’s Scottish hockey international Callum Mackenzie believes postponing the Olympic Games by 12 months has improved his chances of going to Tokyo. The student - who represents Cardiff and Met Hockey Club as well as Scotland and GB U21s - admits having no hockey to play for the time being has come as a bit of a shock. But with the Olympics being shelved until next summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mackenzie feels he has another year see if he can break into the Great Britain squad and achieve the dream of representing his nation at the Games.
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac and Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Martyn Phillips are to take 25 per cent salary reductions amid the coronavirus shutdown. The WRU said it had announced “further measures to reduce costs during the current period of inactivity in the game in Wales”. It added: “With no stadium events currently and pressure on other income streams, and following in-depth reviews of potential ‘return to rugby’ dates, a comprehensive plan for cost savings has been implemented.
David Brooks has set his sights on making a major impact for Wales at next year’s delayed Euro 2020 finals. The Wales forward might have struggled to make this summer’s tournament, originally scheduled for June, due to a serious ankle injury which has meant he has not played a game this season. But the re-scheduling of the finals means Bournemouth star Brooks, as well as injured Wales teammate Joe Allen, have 12 months to get back to their best.
Aled Davies has revealed he is preparing for the re-arranged Paralympic Games in his back garden. On the day the new dates of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were announced, multiple gold medallist Davies was already focussing on the re-set target. Because of the coronavirus crisis, this year's Olympics - due to take place from July 24, 2020 to August 9 this year - and the Paralympics, scheduled between 25 August 25 and September 6, have been postponed.
Clyne Golf Club have received the Wales Golf Club of the Year Award in their 100th year and as a culmination of fifteen years of development. It was fifth time lucky for the Gower club after a steady climb through what has been a tough time for all golf clubs, who became one of the first clubs in Wales to receive the R&A Women in Golf Charter – and the award comes as a bit of good news in uncertain times.
Alix Popham has sent out an emotional plea to Welsh rugby fans to tune in to the funeral of his former Newport, Dragons and Wales team mate Matthew J Watkins today. Watkins lost his brave battle to a rare form of pelvic cancer on March 7 at the age of 41. He won 18 Welsh caps and played for Newport, the Dragons, the Scarlets and Gloucester. Due to restrictions on public gatherings during the current lockdown, only close members of his family will be able to attend what would otherwise have been a massive funeral at Thornhill Crematorium in Cardiff.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games – and the Wales team preparing for the Birmingham event - could face major disruption as a result of the decision to re-schedule the Tokyo Olympics for 2021. The Olympics will now take place between July 23 and August 8 in 2021 - a move that could have serious implications for the Commonwealth Games the following year. The push back from 2020 means next year’s World Athletics Championships could now have to be re-scheduled in 2022, causing a potential clash with the next Commonwealth Games.
Missing your Parkrun? Looking for inspiration? Or, just looking for a distraction in these worrying times? Owen Morgan reckons a newly launched book could be exactly what you're looking for. "Beyond Limits" couldn't be a more appropriate title for the story of a remarkable ultra runner, explorer, mum and multi-award-winning television presenter. After being told that she would never be able to run again following a freak rugby injury, Lowri Morgan has defied all the boundaries set before her.
Wales lacrosse captain Dr Eleanor Gaastra has put her sporting ambitions to one side as the coronavirus pandemic forces the focus on to her day job in intensive care. The 31-year-old is a specialist anaesthetist at Salisbury District Hospital and admits her thoughts currently barely extend beyond keeping her patients – and herself – healthy. Gaastra told the Sunday Telegraph: “Everybody in the country’s life has changed. The focus is obviously on coronavirus – and so it should be.
Swansea City believe “huge interest” in Wales’ cancelled game with Austria will encourage Ryan Giggs and his players to visit the Liberty Stadium in the future. Wales’ friendly with fellow Euro 2020 finalists Austria, which was due to be played in Swansea last Friday night, was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The game would have marked the return of the national team to Wales’ ‘second city’ for the first time in seven years, with Croatia the last international visitors there in March 2013.
Welsh swimming will plunge into 2020 with two familiar faces leading the way, but reasons for optimism that results and performances in 2019 suggest new names are on the near horizon as Graham Thomas reports. Georgia Davies and Alys Thomas may be defying age as well as the traditional perceptions... Read More
Georgia Davies surprised herself when she took a bronze in the 100m backstroke at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow. The Welsh double bronze Commonwealth Games medallist of 2018 is not renowned as a short course competitor but managed to finish third in the final and make the... Read More
Matt Richards Wants Wales To Win Gold In Japan . . . And Then The 16-Year-Old Aims To Chase The Same Thing There Himself
He may still be only 16, but Welsh swimming sensation Matt Richards already has his eyes set on next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Those same eyes are on Japan for the next few weeks, too, as the young Welsh rugby fan tells Liz Byrnes. Matt Richards gave his parents a... Read More
By Liz Byrnes in Gwangju Daniel Jervis admitted he “buckled under the pressure” after he failed to make the final of the 1500m freestyle at the World Championships in South Korea. Jervis arrived in Gwangju ranked third in the world after rattling David Davies’ British record at the British Championships... Read More
Calum Jarvis was a proud man after the Great Britain 4x200m freestyle relay squad finished fifth at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. The 27-year-old swam the second leg as the British quartet came home in 7mins 02.04secs, just 0.06secs off the podium as Duncan Scott set a new... Read More
Georgia Davies and Alys Thomas narrowly missed out on medals at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Davies was equal fourth in the 50m backstroke, 24 hours after claiming her first medal in four World Championships in the mixed 4x100m medley relay after Thomas had come fifth in the... Read More