Hiromu Inada, 87, already has a certificate on his wall that confirms his status as the world’s oldest Ironman, but the Japanese man is still pounding away on his training bike and hopes to continue competing into his 90s.In 2018 at the age of 85 years and 328 days, Inada went to Kailua-Kona in Hawaii and set a new mark for the oldest person to complete the world championship Ironman – a feat beyond most people decades younger than him.The cancellation of this October’s Ironman because of the coronavirus pandemic has not dulled his ambition, and Inada is maintaining his grueling training schedule for a return to Hawaii next year. “My goal is next year’s world championship in Hawaii,” he told Reuters at his training facility in Chiba, east of Tokyo.”I will absolutely participate in it, and I absolutely want to break the world record of completing the race at the oldest age again. This is my current and biggest goal.”An Ironman race is widely considered one of the toughest endurance events in sport, requiring athletes to swim 3.86 km, bike 180.25 km and fun a full 42.19 km marathon.Slender and tanned from hours training outside, Inada looks like a man who has been competing in endurance tests all his life, but he only took up the sport in retirement. After working for public broadcaster NHK, Inada began swimming and running, and bought a bike age 69. He competed in his first triathlon a year later.After the death of his wife soon afterwards, Ironman competitions became an obsession for Inada.In 2015, at age 82, he took part in the Hawaii Ironman, bidding to become the oldest finisher on record, but he fell just short: his time was 5 seconds too slow to be officially registered.Inspired by support from the Hawaiian public, Inada returned the next year and completed the race in a qualifying time, earning his Guinness World Records certificate.”Until then, I had thought I would give up if I felt I had enough of it,” Inada said.”But since then, I have in my mind that I absolutely cannot give up, and I absolutely must complete [Ironman races], otherwise I feel sorry for those who support me.”Inada trains every day, waking up at 4:30 a.m. and hitting the swimming pool by 6:00 a.m.Inada sees the extended lead-in to his next trip to Hawaii as on opportunity to rest a sore knee and tweak his preparation technique.”I hope I can try new things to build my fitness,” he said.”I hope I can adjust my physical peak to the postponed race. So, I would rather think it was good that it was delayed.” Topics :
The €30bn ABN Amro pension fund said it has postponed its annual decision about the level of inflation compensation until July, because of current market volatility caused by COVID-19.Usually, the scheme establishes every April how much indexation it will grant, based on the consumer index of the previous year. In 2019 inflation was 1.8%.Given its funding level of 130% at year-end, the pension fund would have been allowed to grant a full inflation compensation. Its required funding level is 125%.However, the board noted that the scheme’s indexation rules allow for a deviation if the circumstances require this. At the end of April, its funding level remained at 130%, leaving the pension fund in a much better position than many of the large industry-wide schemes.According to statistics by supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank, the ABN Amro Pensioenfonds has hedged more than 100% of the interest risk on its liabilities.It annual pensions contribution amounts to 37% of the pensionable salary.FedEx likely to plug funding gap of Dutch schemeEmployer TNT/FedEx is expected to fill a €11m shortfall in its Dutch pension fund TNT at the end of the second quarter, if the scheme’s funding level doesn’t significantly improve by then.Its €750m pension fund said it expected the sponsor to plug the funding gap as its coverage ratio was no more than 92.4% at the end of March.The additional payment is a consequence of the contract for pensions provision between US owner FedEx and its Dutch scheme, which makes filling in a shortfall compulsary if the scheme’s coverage ratio is below 104% at the end of each quarter.The last time the employer had to fork out an additional contribution was in 2016.The expected additional payment would amount to approximately one-third of the sponsor’s annual contribution for the scheme’s 2,200 active participants.The US sponsor had been trying to get rid of its Dutch pension fund – the scheme of former Dutch delivery firm TNT Express, taken over by FedEx in 2015 – for two years, but negotiations with the unions have been on hold since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. FedEx Dutch employees accrue their pension with Vervoer, the €31bn sector scheme for private road transport and inland shippingFedEx Dutch employees accrue their pension with Vervoer, the €31bn sector scheme for private road transport and inland shipping.However, the unions oppose transferring TNT’s participants to Vervoer. They argue that the latter’s pension arrangements are less attractive, and lack, for example, an employer’s obligation to plug a funding gap.Vervoer’s coverage ratio stood at 90.7% at the end of March.In early March, the unions ceased negotiations for a new collective labour agreement (CAO), because they wanted to consult their rank and file before continuing.They explained that the negotiations were complicated, as they would not only cover new pension arrangements but also other labour conditions.Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the unions haven’t been able to consult their members during information meetings yet.Delivery firm FedEx is the second employer that has to fill in a shortfall in its Dutch pension fund, following declining funding levels as a consequence of the virus crisis.Earlier, ExxonMobil paid its Belgium-based Dutch scheme €250m to make up for its funding shortfall.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.
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In 2002, India was being tagged as the perennial bridesmaid of world cricket. The team would perform brilliantly in the league stages only to capitulate in the final. In the 2002 Natwest Trophy, India had played brilliantly in the league stages against Sri Lanka and England but in the final, they were 146/5 chasing 326. Yuvraj and Mohammad Kaif stitched a 121-run stand and his knock of 69, combined with Kaif’s unbeaten 87 helped India achieve their highest successful chase in ODI cricket at that time. The sense of belief that India got to perform in big tournaments was only due to Yuvraj.Five years after the Lord’s miracle, dark clouds once again lingered in Indian cricket after the team were eliminated in the 2007 50-over World Cup. A new format was born courtesy Twenty20 cricket. 2007 was also the year of the World T20. India did not have much belief under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. However, Yuvraj looked upon it as an opportunity. He signalled India’s intent in the clash against England when he became the third player after Sir Garfield Sobers and Herschelle Gibbs to hit six sixes in an over.The six sixes not only sealed Yuvraj’s greatness, but it showed that India were worthy competitors on the global stage. His exhibition of clean-hitting against the Australian line-up which included Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee was a sight for sore eyes. The aggression and belief generated by Yuvraj’s knock were vital in India winning the tournament for the first time and showing they were now established world beaters.In 2011, India was riding the wave under MS Dhoni but Yuvraj was battling his inner demons. During the World Cup, in each and every match, Yuvraj put in great performances with both bat and ball. At the same time, he was also battling the disease. Winning the World Cup and the Man of the Series Award was fitting for Yuvraj as he sealed his legacy.Yuvraj’s legendary status was enhanced when he fought back cancer and made a comeback on the big stage. Despite his waning powers, England and Australia continued to face his brilliance at regular intervals. In the 2014 World T20, his 68 against Australia helped India reach the semi-final. In 2017, he smashed 150 in Cuttack and gave himself an outside chance to feature in the 2019 World Cup.His retirement is the end of an era of Indian cricketers who helped India become the world beaters that they are now. Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman all retired before Yuvraj. With his retirement, it is the end of an era. Thank you, Yuvraj for all your contributions. Yuvraj Singh made a mark in the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy.Yuvraj was the key in India’s 2007 World T20 triumph.Yuvraj was the Man of the Series in the 2011 World Cup triumph. New Delhi: His 84 against the all-conquering Australians gave India new hope in the new millennium in Kenya. His partnership with Mohammad Kaif in the Natwest Trophy final against England in Lord’s 2002 was the epitome of the new, young and emerging India. In 2007, his six sixes in the World T20 and taking on the might of Australia in a new format helped India recover from the scars of their early World Cup exit. In 2011, he overcame cancer and gave India the World Cup title after 28 years. In a nutshell, all these achievements sum up Yuvraj Singh, the man for the big occasion and India’s ultimate match-winner.Yuvraj epitomised the fearlessness, brilliance and aggression that was much-needed for India at a time when they were still Tigers at home and Lambs abroad. In the new millennium, Indian and world cricket was still reeling from the match-fixing scandal. His 84 against Australia and his 41 against South Africa came against two of the most feared bowling attacks at that time. Facing up to the might of Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock was no easy task for many seasoned campaigners but Yuvraj and his youthful confidence earmarked him as a future star. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Associated Press Television News Marcus Stroman’s recovery from a torn left calf muscle was almost complete, and he was in line to possibly make his season debut for the New York Mets next week against the Miami Marlins.But the idea of traveling to one of the country’s coronavirus hot spots played a factor in Stroman’s decision Monday to opt out of the 2020 season.“Obviously, you see the Cardinals, the Marlins, you see spikes everywhere in the country, you see protocols not being handled properly from citizens everywhere,” Stroman said during a Zoom call. “You see us going to Florida soon. That was a big discussion I had with my family. Going to see the Marlins soon, that’s something I don’t want to be in that situation.”Stroman, scheduled to become a free agent after the season, is the second Mets player to opt out this month. Designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes left the team Aug. 2.Stroman said he had daily conversations with his family about what to do. His grandmother and uncle have compromised immune systems and are around his mother on a regular basis.“This was a decision I had to kind of take myself out of it and look out for the best interests of my family,” Stroman said.His decision came four days after he threw 85 pitches in his second simulated game and a day before he was scheduled to throw another simulated game.On Sunday, manager Luis Rojas expressed hope it would be the last simulated game for Stroman, who was injured during the Mets’ summer workouts. New York’s next road trip is to begin Friday at Philadelphia and conclude with a four-game set at Miami Aug. 17-20.Rojas said he understood Stroman’s decision but was surprised.“He wanted to do another one just to play it safe and see how he felt coming out of it and then come join us,” Rojas said Monday. “But, once again, we fully support him.”Stroman will go on the restricted list, allowing the Mets to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.He will now head into free agency — he reached the six years of service time while on the injured list — without throwing a pitch this season. At 29, he’s expected to be one of the most sought-after starters on the open market.He was due to make $4.4 million — the prorated portion of the one-year, $12 million deal he signed in January — and will give up the remaining total, a little more than $3.25 million, unless he has a precondition.Stroman’s exit further weakens a rotation that looked like one of the best before the pandemic shut the game down in March. While two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom has been impressive in four starts, Noah Syndergaard is out for the season after Tommy John surgery and Michael Wacha went on the injured list Sunday with a shoulder injury Sunday.With Stroman out, rookie left-hander David Peterson, who is 2-1 with a 3.78 ERA in his first three big league starts, is locked into a rotation spot. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said relievers Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman are possibilities to fill the fifth spot.Stroman was 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA in 11 starts last season for the Mets, who acquired him a little over a year ago. He grew up on Long Island about 50 miles from Citi Field.“I remember coming over here and us going on that little win streak last year and the environment at Citi Field,” he said. “It felt like playoff games that I was pitching in when I came over at the trade deadline.” LIVE TV First Published: 11th August, 2020 07:21 IST Written By WATCH US LIVE COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 11th August, 2020 07:21 IST Mets’ Marcus Stroman Opts Out Of Season Over Virus Concerns Marcus Stroman’s recovery from a torn left calf muscle was almost complete, and he was in line to possibly make his season debut for the New York Mets next week against the Miami Marlins. FOLLOW US
Brett Favre is one cool grandpa, but apparently not cool enough.The Hall of Fame quarterback brought his grandson to the Bahamas for the Baha Mar Showdown and even introduced him to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is one of the hosts of the celebrity golf tournament. Favre shared the special encounter on Instagram and included a subtle burn as he referred to Rodgers as his grandson’s favorite quarterback. Ouch. Steelers’ Ryan Shazier eyeing return: ‘I still want to make the Hall of Fame’ Robert Griffin III: Ravens’ new offense will shock people in 2019 At least little Parker is keeping his loyalty in the Green Bay family.And Favre still has a fan in his former backup. My grandson Parker said “my favorite QB and favorite retired QB 😂😂together for a picture how cool” fun day of golf thanks 12A post shared by Brett Favre (@brettfavre) on Jun 29, 2019 at 4:12am PDT”My grandson Parker said ‘my favorite QB and favorite retired QB together for a picture how cool’ fun day of golf thanks 12,” Favre wrote. Related News View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Saints’ David Onyemata gets 1-game suspension, report says Great day here on Day 1 of @theshowdowngolf here @bahamarresorts Love getting to play with @brettfavre today and beat up on @cp3 and @mac11 #greenbayQBbestballteam #teamNFL #A post shared by Aaron Rodgers (@aaronrodgers12) on Jun 28, 2019 at 8:49pm PDT
So, in front of the @Raiders , I thought I was cool & could sing “Lean on Me” better than @renfrowhunter on #hardknocks . I was #BRUTAL & #totallydiscombobulatedMaybe some footage will show up somewhere.😉Then Jon Gruden and I made this silly video. #chucky@derekcarrqb @nfl pic.twitter.com/tHEEPZKzGm— Frank Caliendo (@FrankCaliendo) August 15, 2019Thursday tweet of the dayOdell Beckham Jr.’s new shoes aren’t your average pair of Chuck Taylors.$20k custom Chuck Taylors for @OBJ 😳Street artist @kaiaspire hooked Odell up 👟 @brgridiron(via @brkicks ) pic.twitter.com/Gue89s54Yb— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 15, 2019 And then there’s the developing quarterback battle in Tennessee. Those stories and more in Thursday’s edition of NFL News and Notes. Related News The NFL announced a partnership with rapper Jay-Z this week and Carolina’s Eric Reid responded to the development on Wednesday, which led to quite a bit of discussion Thursday. Plenty of those centered around Reid’s friend Colin Kaepernick.While Kaepernick is looking for a job in the NFL, Broncos defensive end Bradley Chubb is looking to build on a successful rookie season. Three things that matterEric Reid’s response to Jay-Z’s partnership with the NFLPanthers defensive back Eric Reid is continuing to speak his mind.Although Jay-Z has been a vocal supporter of Kaepernick’s national anthem protests, the rapper agreed to partner with the NFL and assist it with its musical and entertainment endeavors moving forward and hopes to improve its social justice initiatives along the way.Reid fired back after the announcement of the deal via Twitter late Wednesday, claiming the agreement was “burying” Kaepernick’s career, as the former 49ers quarterback hasn’t been on an NFL team since 2016 and is still working to find a job this season.These aren’t mutually exclusive. They can both happen at the same time! It looks like your goal was to make millions and millions of dollars by assisting the NFL in burying Colin’s career. https://t.co/LFBZpbj2tw— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) August 15, 2019Given the day-to-day interactions between entertainment and the NFL, Reid will likely become vocal more throughout the 2019 season. It’ll be something to keep an eye on for sure.Bradley Chubb’s plans for Year 2Denver’s under-the-radar defensive end has big plans for 2019.The NC State product set a franchise rookie record last year by recording 12 sacks and says he hasn’t played to the best of his abilities just yet.Chubb doesn’t care about being a household name, but told NFL Network he’s ready to unveil some fun “antics” in Year 2. Perhaps something similar to when he stole Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant’s towel twice in college.”Now I’m more comfortable,” Chubb said. “I’m going to do those little antics. I feel like I’m going to start doing some of the stuff I did, like talking to guys before the play is snapped and stuff like that. A few different things. But just because I’m more comfortable now, I can really open up and be more who I am.”Chubb’s improvement and personality could put him in the national spotlight, and another defensive stud next to Von Miller would make for some great entertainment.The Titans’ QB battleIt’s become evident that Marcus Mariota isn’t a shoo-in to start for Tennessee, as reserve signal-caller Ryan Tannehill is making his case for the top spot.Mariota is convinced he doesn’t need to compete with Tannehill to win the job though.”When it comes down to it, I am just competing against myself,” Mariota said Thursday. “I just try to be the best version that I can be, day in and day out.”The 25-year-old might be facing some pressure to perform against the Patriots in Saturday’s preseason matchup.Two things that don’t matterAntonio Brown’s feud with a chefRaiders wide receiver Antonio Brown is being sued for $38,000 by “Sports Chef” Stefano Tedeschi.The chef claims he and his staff were hired to make meals for nearly 50 of Brown’s Pro Bowl teammates in January but received no payment and was barred from retrieving his equipment and food from an Orlando mansion Brown had rented.This is a little bizarre, but we’ve come to expect things like this from Brown so it’s not that surprising. Brown’s frostbitten feet and helmet conundrum are certainly more pressing for Oakland than his spat with a chef.Landry Jones became the XFL’s first playerThe XFL announced Thursday it has signed Jones as its first player and quarterback. Jones will be one of the league’s eight “leading quarterbacks” that will be signed in the coming months.The 30-year-old spent five seasons with the Steelers and hasn’t seen NFL action since 2017, so you probably shouldn’t expect him to make to much noise.One video you have to seeLet’s just say Frank Caliendo’s Jon Gruden impression is a must see. Tony Romo thinks Cowboys can sign all three of their stars Tom Brady says ‘hell no’ to becoming football coach
JOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, LA FORCE, WINNER: “Mike and Paradise Woods stumbling at the start really didn’t change anything for me. I had a great outside post and she tends to like being in the clear, my horse. It did help a little, her stumbling, obviously because it made the trip more difficult for him and only helped us.“She’s just an honest trying filly, she’s very, very classy.“Paddy put the cheaters on her today, not blinkers but the firs, just a little on the side to change a little something, change it up and I think it helped. Like I said, she really brings it every time.“It’s very rewarding getting this win with her. She ran second to Unique Bella so many times so I really believe she deserves this.”MIKE SMITH, PARADISE WOODS, SECOND: “She stumbled really bad, which she’s done in the past. I still thought I could win it at the quarter pole, but by the time I got out, the winner kicked away from us and we couldn’t get ’em.”TRAINER QUOTESPATRICK GALLAGHER, LA FORCE, WINNER: “The filly was in a good spot. The favorite stumbled at the start. I have to watch the replay, but we thought she (Paradise Woods) would be on the lead but it didn’t turn out that way, La Force put it together and we were very happy. Chuck gave instructions to the jockey when we were in the Paddock and that was it. “We finally got the win today after knocking on the door so many times. We’re just glad to get there and win. Winning a graded race is a big help for a broodmare prospect so now, she’s done that. We’re really, really happy with her performance.“Yes, anything can happen in racing and something just happened. The favorite (Paradise Woods) was one-to-five and she didn’t probably have her best shot today. La Force has been running in these spots for quite a while now and she’s been close and then…sometimes you get disappointed and you really shouldn’t. If you’re running second or third in a graded stakes with a filly, you should always be very happy.”OWNER QUOTESCHARLES WINNER, LA FORCE, WINNER: “It is very rewarding, thank you to Paddy who did a great job, thank you to Drayden who always rides her beautifully. She tries hard every single time. Paddy’s done a great job with her and it all worked out today. Drayden told me she’d win!“I’m so happy for my partners Ro and Ward. It was a terrific race, and to beat Paradise Woods was really special because she is a special horse. We’re dreaming!”ROBERTA WILLIFORD, LA FORCE, WINNER: “We’re happy, anytime you win your happy. I’m proud of the filly, I’m proud of Paddy, I love my co-owner and my husband.“WARD WILLIFORD, LA FORCE, WINNER: I’m smiling this is a thrill, winning a graded stakes at Santa Anita is as good as it gets. I’m sure there’s a few things we can maybe do more of, but this was absolutely fabulous”NOTES: The winning owners are Roberta Williford, Ward Williford, and Charles Winner.German-bred La Force’s proud owners, from left, Charles Winner, Roberta and Ward Williford, savor victory after the Grade II $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO
As regional champions, Australia’s boys will now compete at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games sevens competition in October if given the go-ahead by their National Olympic Committee (NOC). As per an International Olympic Committee ruling, only one male and one female team can attend the Youth Olympic Games from each nation.It was not all plain-sailing for Australia, the setback to Samoa having been preceded by a scrappy 29-25 win over the Cook Islands. But they rallied well, scoring 104 points with only five conceded in reply in their final three pool games against the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga.As well as beating Australia, unbeaten Samoa enjoyed emphatic victories over the Solomon Islands and the Cook Islands and also got the better of Fiji and Tonga in one-score games.Australia started the final in determined fashion and scored early through Jordan Williams. Less than a minute later Australian captain Jack Walsh crossed for the first of his three tries to make the score 10-0 before Samoa quickly responded with a converted try for Tuna Tuitama. Walsh crossed again, however, to take Australia’s lead into double figures at the break. In a one-sided second half, Walsh completed his hat-trick and Williams scored a second with Tolu Koula also getting on the scoresheet.“Obviously we came off a loss against Samoa at the start but from there on we built further. We really bonded well throughout the week and the team came through for each other. It was good to get a win in the last game,” said Walsh.Fiji defeated Tonga 21-14 in the third place play-off and the Cook Islands finished the weekend strongly with a 41-5 win over the Solomon Islands in the fifth place play-off.”The rugby standard was unreal, you had no easy games. All the teams were really good and had the ability to win,” Walsh added.
The death is reported of journalist Zeogar Jaynes last week, after a brief illness in Monrovia.The announcement shocked co-workers, relatives and friends. The former vice president of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, Ms. Matilda Brooks of UNMIL Radio, wrote on her facebook, “I’m in tears this morning. How can u leave us so soon? We always look up to u for advice. There’s not a day we’ll not call upon u for a piece of advice that you’ll not give. .we will forever miss u. When I need to take a professional decision it’s u I called.”Mr. Momolu V. O. Sirleaf, former SWAL president said he was devastated to hear about his friend’s death. The closeness of the two climaxed when the deceased was part of friends who participated in his recent wedding, as the above group photo indicates.Former SWAL President Isaac Yates wrote in his facebook, “I am devastated and broken over the news of the death of a great brother and friend Zoegar Jaynes. My eyes are teary, my day is wasted but a great friend, a family man, a man of devotion and character has departed us so soon ZQ.”Information received said Mr. Jaynes died of diabetic complications-diabetic ketoacidosis.Daily Observer’s Omari Jackson regretted his untimely death and said Liberia has lost a man who was dedicated to his duties as a family man and a colleague. He urged the family and friends particularly the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, SWAL, to introduce a lecture series to honor his life.Siebo Williams wrote about his death, “So it is really true that my brother and friend alias “FABULOUS and ZQ” is gone. So it is true in the words of Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan that ‘Death is the Price We Pay for the Gift of Life?’. So long bro. RIP in the bosom of the Almighty. Your powerful voice will live on forever in broadcast journalism in Liberia and for the BBC Fast Track Sports Program.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)