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The Fighter: The Journey of Clarisse Agbegnenou to Olympic Glory

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A fighter from birth

“I was born 2 months early, I am what we call a premature baby. But, I was born so early that the doctors weren’t sure they could save me », says Clarisse Agbegnenou. Despite a very weak kidney and 7 days of coma, the very little Clarisse wins her first fight: she survives. Her doctors then baptized her “the fighter”.

In March, in Tokyo, Japan, Clarisse participated in training to prepare for the Olympics (© Kunihiko Miura /The Yomiuri Shimbun via AFP)

A great champion…

Not very tall, but wanting to stand out among her 3 brothers, Clarisse Agbegnenou started judo at the age of 9. And very quickly, nothing stops him: his adversaries never have the last word. His new nickname becomes “the bulldozer”!
Today, the Frenchwoman is 6 times world champion, 5 times European champion and once Olympic champion in Tokyo in 2021.

…which still needs to progress

However, on May 21, at the World Judo Championships in Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East, Clarisse didn’t manage to put gold on her kimono. In her under 63 kg category, she settled for the bronze medal.

A calm mother before the Olympics

Is she worried about this result a few weeks before the Paris Games? She answers : ” No, but I will be even more vigilant so as not to be stupidly surprised…”.
And Clarisse confides that she hopes “ resist all pressures thanks to my 2 year old granddaughter, Athena, who will be my first supporter on the edge of the tatami.”

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Real Betis Sells Majority Stake in Basketball Team to Grupo Hereda, Aiming for ACB Return

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Real Betis announced on Thursday that it has sold 99.9% of the shares of Real Betis Baloncesto SAD to Grupo Hereda. The new basketball team will keep the crest, colours and name until 30 June 2029.

We want to make a winning team that can return to the ACB and for this great city to recover elite basketball

The Betis club has released its first team and all of its youth teams. On the other hand, the Real Betis Foundation maintains the basketball schools, which have 30 locations and more than 2,000 young people enrolled.

Pedro Fernández, CEO of Grupo Hereda, has sent a message of hope to the fans: “We want to build a winning team that can return to the ACB and for this great city to recover elite basketball. Real Betis Baloncesto is one of the benchmarks of national basketball, a historic club, but we are going to need everyone’s support to achieve this goal.”

On the other hand, Ramón Alarcón has highlighted that Betis “wants to continue to contribute its grain of sand and that is why we maintain our connection with the project by giving up our brand, our crest and our colours”. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

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2024-07-25 17:23:31
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European Football Championship: UEFA punishes seven national associations for racism at the European Championship

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The European Football Union (UEFA) has imposed fines on seven national associations following racist incidents at the European Championships in Germany. The association announced this in a statement. The associations affected are Albania, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Croatia and Serbia, as their fans were noticed for racist behaviour at matches in the tournament in June and July. In some cases, UEFA also imposed a ban on the sale of tickets for the next away match in a UEFA competition.

According to the association, Croatia must pay 50,000 euros, Romania 40,000 and Serbia, Slovenia, Albania and Hungary 30,000 each. Austria was fined 20,000 euros.

The punishment against Austria relates to the match against Poland on June 21, as the Austrian news agency APA reported, citing the national association. According to the report, it was about a banner held up in the fan block with the inscription “Defend Europe” – the title of a campaign by the right-wing extremist Identitarian Movement. The banner cannot be attributed to the organized fan scene of the national team, the Austrian association announced after the match.

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The behaviour of Hungarian fans in the group match against the German national team on 19 June in Stuttgart was also investigated. UEFA did not provide any further details, particularly regarding the other penalised associations, in its statement.

The European Football Championship took place from June 14 to July 14 in ten German cities. The DFB team was eliminated from the competition in the quarter-finals against Spain – the eventual tournament winners.

The European Football Union (UEFA) has imposed fines on seven national associations following racist incidents at the European Championships in Germany. The association announced this in a statement. The associations affected are Albania, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Croatia and Serbia, as their fans were noticed for racist behaviour at matches in the tournament in June and July. In some cases, UEFA also imposed a ban on the sale of tickets for the next away match in a UEFA competition.

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North Korea’s Threats Prompt Caution as South Korean Government Declines to Restrict Leaflet Scattering

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There is a possibility that North Korea will strike at the origins of leaflet scattering by domestic civic groups, but the government does not plan to request that the groups refrain from scattering leaflets.

A Ministry of Unification official met with reporters at the government complex in Seoul on the 25th and said about concerns about North Korea’s artillery attack, “In the past, North Korea has threatened to strike at the source of anti-North Korea leaflets, so I think the relevant groups are aware of that situation.”

When asked whether they would request self-restraint in scattering leaflets due to concerns about the possibility of artillery fire from North Korea, a Unification Ministry official responded, “This has already been reported and the groups themselves are probably well aware of it,” reaffirming their existing policy of not directly requesting self-restraint. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Meanwhile, Minister of National Defense Shin Won-sik said in an interview with Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun the previous day, “Vice Department Director of the Workers’ Party of Korea Kim Yo-jong signaled a change in response in her statement on the 16th criticizing the scattering of leaflets by a South Korean civilian group,” and “There is a possibility that they will shoot down South Korean balloons used to scatter leaflets or fire or shell the bases from which the balloons are flying, so we are closely monitoring the situation.”
2024-07-25 15:49:57
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