Cancelling Tokyo Olympics ‘inconceivable’: Japan minister

first_img “We’ll have to start talking about this seriously from April,” Haruyuki Takahashi told the Journal, adding the board has not yet discussed the issue. Asked about the report, Hashimoto said she was told by the 2020 organisers that they are preparing for the Games as scheduled from July 24 to August 9. Promoted Content9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One Role7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesThe 90s Was A Fantastic Decade For Fans Of Action MoviesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet! The rapid spread of the virus, which has infected more than 560 people and been linked to 12 deaths in Japan, has cast a shadow over preparations for the Games. Hashimoto’s comments came after the Wall Street Journal quoted a member of the Tokyo’s organisers’ executive board as saying a delay of two years would be the most realistic option if the Games cannot be held this summer. Postponing or cancelling the Tokyo Olympics is “inconceivable”, Japan’s Olympic minister said Wednesday, as the new coronavirus outbreak raises fears the event could be scrapped. The new coronavirus outbreak has raised concerns about the Tokyo Olympics “From the viewpoint of athletes who are the main protagonists in the Tokyo Games, as they are making adjustments and preparations for this once-in-four-years event… it is inconceivable to cancel or postpone,” Seiko Hashimoto told a parliament committee. She conceded that “it is the IOC (International Olympic Committee) who will make a final decision on the Games”. Hashimoto added: “We think it is important that the government gives correct information so that the IOC makes an appropriate decision.”center_img Read Also: Tokyo 2020 sport climbing test event to go ahead without athletes Tokyo 2020 organisers said they had “sought clarification” from Takahashi. “He stated he had inadvertently given his personal opinion in response to a hypothetical question,” a statement said. “As IOC President (Thomas) Bach stated the other day, neither the IOC nor the organising committee are considering postponing or cancelling the Tokyo 2020 Games, and we are proceeding with our preparations for a safe and secure Games opening on 24 July 2020 as planned.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Road clearing gives way to ‘war vs virus’

first_img* all punongbarangays shall be in charge of the conduct of road clearing operations inbarangay roads and minor public-use streets within their jurisdictions, as wellas the maintenance of other local roads turned over by the city or municipalgovernment In DILG Memorandum Circular 2020-027,Secretary Eduardo Año spelled out the tasks specifically of barangay officials: Iglesia said local officials – provincial,city, municipal, and barangay – have become frontliners in the government’seffort to contain the spread of COVID-19. * spearheaded clearing operation in all provincialroads and interface with mayors to discuss the implementation of the DILG memoand formulation of strategies for the improved and continuous conduct of roadclearing operation in local government units/PN Just this Feb. 16, DILG gave local officials,including barangay leaders, 75 days or until April 30 to clear roads, includingthe local ones. * ensure the compliance of city and municipalmayors in their respective provinces Road clearing may resume once the currenthealth threat eases, he said. * undertake information disseminationcampaigns in their respective barangays For now, local officials, including those ofbarangay councils, must focus on addressing the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) pandemic, said Regional Director Ariel Iglesia.center_img * further, they shall harmonize barangayordinances with this directive, collaborate and coordinate with the mayor inregards to road clearing * ensure that provincial issuances andordinances are in harmony with the DILG memo ILOILO City – The Department of Interior andLocal Government (DILG) has temporarily suspended road clearing operations. The memo also tasked provincial governors todo the following: * reports on barangay compliance shall besubmitted monthly to the DILG President Rodrigo Duterte declared a state ofpublic health emergency on March 9 due to COVID-19. They supervise checkpoint and distribute homequarantine passes and assistance / relief goods to people economicallydisplaced by quarantine, he noted.last_img read more

Casino experience on bwin gets digital facelift

first_img GVC Holdings’ leading sports brand bwin has given its casino offering a “digital facelift” to create a more immersive experience for its users.The new site features sharper graphical displays, improved grid categorisation and a game view which allows games to be launched it either in embedded or breakout modes.There is also a Featured Games category and a new Live Casino category to speed up access to bwin’s new live experience. In the past twelve months, over 650 slot, skill and soft games have been added to the site from third party suppliers, while Pro Series table games and created 15 exclusive new slots have been developed by GVC’s in-house developers.Paris Anatolitis, bwin’s Head of Casino & Gaming, said: “We’ve spent much of the past year improving the product offering at bwin casino, today we are delighted to unveil a new website that reflects the quality of the product. We hope our players will love the new casino experience as much as we do.”Just last month, the operator appointed Robert Pires as an ambassador for its European sportsbook. The new role will see the French World Cup winner produce and feature in a series of short films and sporting challenges across bwin’s websites and social media channels. Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Submit Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Nigeria puts Iceland World Cup hopes on ice

first_imgNigeria put Iceland’s World Cup hopes on ice after substituting a purposeless first-half performance with an attacking intent to record a much-needed win in Russia.Nigeria made up for 45minutes of lethargy with four minutes of energy and two well-structured attacks to test the goal keeper for the first time in the game.Former Tottenham Hotspurs boss Tim Sherwood advice from inside the Supersports studio in South Africa during the break was spot on. ‘These guys are not good at possession football. They are fast off the ball and need long passes’.And Nigeria enacted this advice on the pitch to devastation. All goals, deadly pieces of counter-attacking football.Nigeria from defending a throw-in deep in their half, Victor Moses gained possession and pace darting along the right unhindered. His cross was plucked out of mid-air by Ahmed Musa’s foot and he allowed the ball to kiss the grass lightly before unleashing a shot into the net. His second would come barely 20 minutes later. Once again, a pass, Stoke-City style, from the Nigerian defence that had absorbed virtually the entire Iceland team found Musa high up the pitch.Giving the defender a run for his money, Musa run down the right and rounded up the goalkeeper for the easiest of finishes.It could have been more if Ndidi’s 58minute rocket against the bar from Coutinho’s favoured position is allowed for points for its brilliance.And Alex Iwobi wobbled in front of goal to shoot directly into a player when he had superior support all round him in the 85minute. The Super Eagles did  everything right which they could not do in the first half with a second half performance that was a superb graffiti to cover a very disappointing first halfNigeria played a 3-5-2 formation that allows the team to reap goals from ripe chances if you have quick wingers with lots of stamina.And Nigeria had it in Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Idowu who operated up and down the wide areas so the Super Eagles could flood the attacking areas, strangle the midfield and outnumber the opposition when defending.It was similar to what England played against Tunisia and turned up two-goal winners.But Nigeria nearly messed up the tactic in the first half with the bad habit of purposeless passing in their first match against Croatia resurfacing. They looked tentative on the ball and often waited for Iceland to run back into their defensive shell as if counter-attacking football was a new FIFA offence.Nigeria lacked the creativity of their jersey’s fashion designer as they were slow to construct an attack and when it was rarely fast, it broke down just as fast from either a faulty Moses cross or some other player’s pass.Nigeria passed more but completed less while Iceland passed less but completed their more. Nigeria had more possession but did less. Iceland had less but did more and the Super Eagles could not muster a single shot in the first half against Iceland’s six.Everton star Gylfi Sigurdsson sidefooted a tame shot into the Uzoho’s arms in the 6minute and when the goalkeeper later clawed away a cross in the 21minute cross into his box, the rebound fell to Bjarnason who rammed his shot into Moses to leave the Chelsea attacker writhing – save it for Nigeria. A quick-transitioning Iceland demonstrated clear intent with the ball as their thundering fans dwarfed the fact that this is a nation of 335,000 citizens.But with better crosses and an eye for set-pieces, the smallest country in Russia was having a good time against the most populous nation in Africa.Iceland’s 45th minute freekick from about 18 yards from the right teased several players to roll away, ending the first half too soon from their perspective.They headed into the tunnel knowing the game was there for the taking. But it was Nigeria who took it.The spectators know what happened in the first half but only the players would know what happened in the dressing room as Nigeria returned a completely different team. Idowu was replaced by Tyronne Ebuehi but for the spectators, the actual substitutions were that, blunt purpose came on for dull hesitation and long passing replaced shorter.Under one minute Etebo cut the grass with his low shot but Hannes Halldorsson saved easily. But he stood little chance barely three minutes later when Ahmed Musa blasted his shot into the net.It was Nigeria from then as Iceland began to see their real size as the gulf between a first-timer against a fifth timer began to show.Iceland despite all the promising set piece opportunities could not take the best of such chances when woeful African defending gave them a penalty. Gylfi Sigurdsson would have felt the way Messi felt after he missed his penalty in the opening game against Iceland.Sigurdsson shook off the goalkeeper completely but his 81minute shot was wide to deny themselves a much-needed revival.His miss would save Tyronne Ebuehi from a full-blown dressing down in Nigeria as the Super Eagles rescued a campaign that had several question marks on the opening day.Nigeria had two sets of supporters – home fans in Nigeria and away fans in Argentina as a win for Nigeria saved the South Americans as well as the West Africans.And so from an Argentine perspective, one step for Nigeria, one giant step for Messi’s Argentina.last_img read more

Indians’ Yasiel Puig becomes U.S. citizen on last day of three-game suspension

first_imgAn Indians spokesman said Puig’s naturalization ceremony took place in Miami, The Associated Press reported. Puig, traded to the Indians by the Reds last month, posted a photo mid-day Wednesday on Twitter showing him holding a small U.S. flag with the caption: “Thank you God for this great opportunity to be an American citizen.” The Indians tweeted their congratulations about “Puig our citizen.”Thank you 🙏 God for this great opportunity to be an American citizen 👌🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) August 14, 2019He successfully defected from Cuba in 2012 after several failed attempts. Related News Indians’ Yasiel Puig drops appeal, begins 3-game suspension Puig, 28, on Monday withdrew his appeal of the suspension, stemming from his involvement in a wild July 30 brawl with the Pirates while he was with the Reds. He was traded to Cleveland hours later.The Indians’ afternoon game against the Red Sox on Wednesday was the third game of his suspension.Puig is slashing .357/.413/.571 with a homer and six RBIs in 11 games with the Indians.center_img Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig, who is currently serving a three-game MLB suspension, has made use of his time away from the game.The native of Cuba on Wednesday became a United States citizen. Phillies’ defeat of Cubs aided by one of worst strike-3 calls of all timelast_img read more

Tropical Storm Bertha Forms, Hits South Carolina Coast

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha made landfall on South Carolina’s coast Wednesday morning shortly after it formed, becoming the second named storm before the official start of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season.A tropical storm warning was issued for South Carolina’s coast and the storm was expected to bring heavy rainfall, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.Bertha’s maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph (80 kph) as it came ashore but it was expected to weaken to a tropical depression after moving inland. The storm was centered about 20 miles (40 kilometers) east of Charleston, South Carolina, and was moving northwest near 9 mph (15 kph).Along America Street in Charleston, residents awoke Wednesday to an intersection that had become a water-filled canal. Cars parked on the curb had water up to their doors, The Post and Courier reported.Garbage cans had spilled over, and dirty diapers, magazines and food scraps clogged drains in the area, the newspaper reported.Earlier this month, Tropical Storm Arthur brought rain to North Carolina before moving out to sea. It was the sixth straight year that a named storm has developed before June 1, the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.The last time there were two named storms before June was in 2016, according to Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist with Colorado State University’s atmospheric science department. It also happened in 1887, 1908, 1951 and 2012, he said.“Most of these early season named storms form, at least in part, from non-tropical or subtropical processes and don’t necessarily imply anything about the remainder of the season,” Klotzbach said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.last_img read more

It’s 2021 or never for Tokyo, confirms senior Olympic official

first_imgAccording to Beckers a final decision on Tokyo “will be taken in the spring if questions (over the global health crisis) persist.”He said he was optimistic over the staging of the Games, rejecting any notion that it would be held behind closed doors.In March, Tokyo 2020 was postponed one year over the coronavirus, which has killed hundreds of thousands around the world and halted international sport and travel.Beckers heads the IOC’s coordinating commission for the 2024 Games and he said he wanted Paris “to be different” to past editions.“We want to stage Games that are economically responsible, inclusive, sustainable and useful for society.“The IOC’s desire is that the Games adapt to the needs of cities, countries, and vice versa. Paris will be the first edition that will fully fit into this vision.”“We must fight against gigantism,” he continued.“In Paris, we will return to a budget lower than that of previous editions: 3.8 billion euros for operations and around three billion for all infrastructure.” Share on: WhatsApp Brussels, Belgium | AFP | High-ranking Olympic official Pierre-Olivier Beckers on Saturday made plain that the delayed Tokyo Olympics “will be held in 2021 or not at all”.The Belgian was reiterating the stance put forward by Japan and International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach that next year was the last chance to hold the Games postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.“Today everyone is sure that they will start on July 23, 2021,” he told Belgian newspaper L’Avenir.“We are convinced that the Games will take place in 2021 or they won’t take place.“It’s unthinkable to keep such a project on the go for any longer considering the enormous costs and all the thousands of people involved.”Beckers suggested it was “essential” that the traditional sporting calendar emerges from its COVID-19 lockdown before allowing major sporting events like the Olympics to be staged.“All the sporting federations have to adapt to the Games’ postponement.“We can’t envisage a similar upheaval a second time,” stressed the president of Belgium’s Olympic Committee.last_img read more

Lomai slotted in Kumul starting line up

first_imgCoach Michael Marum said from Sydney this afternoon Lomai got the nod ahead of Edward Goma, who is the 18th man.Goma replaced Townsville Blackhawks backrower Rhyse Martin who withdrew earlier this week due to personal reasons.“Timothy Lomai will partner Rodney Griffin in the second row in an otherwise unchanged line up announced last week,” Marum said.He said there were concerns with Adex Wera (calf) and Ase Boas (hamstring) but the injuries are improving as the days go by.“They’ve been attended to by the physios and are improving quite rapidly. They will be okay in the next 48 hours,” the coach said.He said apart from this, the camp has been very good so far with all the players and staff mixing very well. “We had our final field session this morning (Thursday) and was really good,” he said.The captain’s run will be held tomorrow (Friday) at 10am at Pirtek stadium, Paramatta.The PNG LNG Kumuls play Fiji Batis at 5.30pm on Saturday followed by Tonga versus Samoa at 7.30pm at the Pirtek Stadium in Paramatta, Sydney.Both matches will be televised ‘live’ to PNG and the Pacific by EMTV.The PNG LNG Kumuls team vs Fiji Batis on Saturday is:1. David MEAD – (Captain), 2. Justin OLAM, 3. Kato OTTIO, 4. Nene McDONALD, 5. Stargroth AMEAN, 6. Ase BOAS, 7. Watson BOAS, 8. Luke PAGE, 9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr, 10. Henry NOKI, 11. Timothy LOMAI, 12. Rod GRIFFIN, 13. Adam KORAVE, 14. Adex WERA, 15. Brandy PETER, 16. Willie MINOGA, 17. Kurt BAPTISTE, 18. Edward GOMACoach: Michael MARUMlast_img read more

Michel Hidalgo will be buried in the colors of Olympique de Marseille

first_imgMichel Hidalgo, a former French coach from 1976 to 1984, died last Friday at age 87, after a long illness. Hidalgo, considered one of the best coaches in the history of the French team, he trained Olympique de Marseille for five seasons, between 1986 and 1991. His wife Monique Hidalgo has made posted a message in which he thanks for all the signs of affection and reveals that Michel Hidalgo’s funeral will be held this Tuesday and will be buried with the colors of the Marseillaise ensemble: “Monique Hidalgo appreciates the events at the Stade Vélodrome in memory of Michel. We hope that all the former internationals with Michel Hidalgo will participate in the tribute. Michel will be buried tomorrow and will be dressed in his march with an OM tracksuit. Again, thanks for the affection for Michel, he deserves it because he passionately loved OM and the city of Marseille. Thank you, thank you, thank you“he said the warm message of gratitude from the family of the French myth. Michel Hidalgo was also part of the so-called “Foot Champagne” that Reims established during the 1950s. Along with Raymond Kopa, they played the final of the European Cup against Real Madrid, scoring a goal in the 3-2 defeat against the white team.“Hi everyone, I just want to make a quick video message just to say how deeply embarrassed I am by what happened this weekend.”last_img read more

Santamaría: “We lost, but had not killed or stolen”

first_imgBy World Cup 82. Spain for the first and only time assumes responsibility for organizing the World Soccer Championship. Expectations are maximum. José Emilio Santamaría (7/31-1929) is the technician chosen to drive the boat. The Selection barely passes the first league and is eliminated in the second. Tremendous disappointment and a pointed and crucified man. The maximum responsibility is imputed to him. That man, now 90 years old, confesses for the first time after that debacle. Break their silence. Human, sore and tremendously sincere. All that can be when you do not want to stir history up a lot and refuse to give your own names.-Let’s get into the background. When you arrived in Spain, at Real Madrid, you had already been international with Uruguay, you had played the 1954 World Cup and you had even been about to play the ’50 in Brazil with your ‘maracanazo’.-So is. In 1950 I was very young and played in midfield and the owner was Obdulio Varela. In my team, Nacional, I went to play central and my coach, Enrique Fernández, told me that since I was not going to play in the national team, he would not let me go and just the day before I had to resign. I lost the title of world champion for that reason.-And they take revenge at 54 in Switzerland.-Yes, I already started there. The mud prevented us from playing the final. We played against the great Hungary that was playing crazy football and in the play that should have been 3-2 for us, the ball stopped on the same goal line. Then in overtime they beat us.-And that World Cup opens the doors of Real Madrid.-Yes. We did a training at the Bernabéu and the president, Don Santiago asked me if I was descendants of Spaniards. I said yes and the procedures began, which took two years. For me it was a new world. My wife and I came with a child and then we reached seven, although unfortunately one of us left.-Triumphs fully at Real Madrid and the doors of his second team are opened.-A satisfaction that gave my parents, playing with Spain. I debuted in 1958 against Northern Ireland and we won. 6-2. Then I played the World Cup in Chile in 62, which played a trick on us with a goal annulled Adelardo against Brazil.-He retires from football and in 1968 signs for the Federation.-When I retired from Real Madrid I kept working in the quarry and the Federation called me to take charge of the youth and amateur teams. We won a match against France in the Parc des Princes with Santillana and Guisasola, who then played for Athletic, in the midfield. That victory gave belief to managers to support grassroots football. We did the 68 Mexico Olympics and the 1970 European Amateur in Italy, which we won. Espanyol called me in 1971 and I spent seven years there. -That team was good: six Real Sociedad players who had been the league champion those two years, five from Real Madrid, four from Barcelona, ​​three from Sporting, who were a good team… They were a team to have done something else.-It all depended on the classification, if we had been first in the group you were practically in the semifinals.-The team formed it without any pressure, they were what you wanted.-Those who were were the ones who were standing out the best. Then, the temperament of each one is missing when he is in a final and the responsibility he acquires. Sometimes you risk doing things that do not tell you confident that you are doing well, but there are other things you do that are not sent to you by anyone and you do them the same on your own … and of course.– Everything starts badly from the first match against Honduras (1-1).-There was a lack of confidence to win Honduras who was not an enemy. There the team was affected. That tie didn’t have to have happened and it did. I told them that we had not played enough, but that we had two games to qualify. What happens is that later the things that come come and I do not want to say because they were very unpleasant.-In what sense?-In his performance in the field. There is a time when you are playing and you make a determination without thinking about what you were doing. They risked. The risk led us to lose the papers when we least should have lost them. And that left us hanging.-You suffered a lot, I could verify it live.-Yes. The truth is, I shouldn’t have “grabbed” him. He had already passed a stage in the Federation at the youth, Olympic and professional levels and the professional was not shot for more demanding matches. I was convinced of what we were doing.-But being a coach when your country is the organizer is the maximum illusion that a coach can have.-I’m not the only one. There have been more coaches who did not win at home. What we lacked was continuity before the World Cup and seeing that more important than the results was the performance of the players. There was no activity before arriving with four or five games that put you in tune.– What influence did the environment, the press, everything that involved the team, have the poor performance of the team? You in public always defended your players. (embed) (/ embed) “I just hadn’t achieved a goal. The word failure for me does not exist ” -It means that there begins the ordeal that had to happen later during the World Cup.-The mistrust was total. I couldn’t trust anyone, who I was going to trust. There was only one in Madrid who told me: “Pepe, what lesson did you give us?” And I said, “No lesson, it’s my job.” I had no one with me, what was I going to do? The processes began, then the World Cup comes, there are strange things in the matches … At the London hotel I should have told Porta that I was leaving.-One year before the World Cup, the National Team toured South America with six friendlies. A good idea that went wrong because it was a failure.– To that tour already it was a little bitten by the subject. I did not like it very much. In depths I do not want to enter. I talked to the players about normal and gave them some freedom to take off the weight of being all day thinking about the game. I don’t know if it was poorly done. I do not know. INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) A set pieceYour football or current football? I liked mine. Now South American and European soccer has been mixed for good.Pablo Porta. A man with future views.Quini. Honesty on the field and off the field.Juanito. The picaresque.Arconada. I do not answer.Saporta. An engine based on Don Santiago.Mestalla. Nice.Santiago Bernabeu. Glorious. When he arrived chewing the cigar, we left because there was anger for someone.Football. Something adorable that will remain adorable for all the years to come. INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) “Things were done in games that I had not scored. Risks were taken ” – That has always been so because the one who is in the field is the one who must demonstrate eighty percent of his possibilities, the one who is outside, writes or speaks according to his own criteria. There was little communication with me. You know that too well. And I was where I had to be. Since we arrived in Valencia. The Press shouldn’t have been a problem. With the Press there must be a dialogue of understanding. I cannot say if the Press influenced or not because with me there was little deal. I cannot consider her as my enemy. The big disappointment was that after Wembley no one came to talk to me.– The pressure experienced during that World Cup has been unmatched in the history of the National Team.-After the game against England, I doubted the support for myself by the person who was on the play who was the public and the informants. I felt touched because they did not talk about what I had announced to them.-The issue of Security surrounding the team could also influence the group. They were with a policeman behind until the rest days.-The issue of security is sometimes given more importance and hierarchy than it should have. The time comes when you feel uncomfortable. You are continuously controlled. The picaresque enters the player. All the bullshit you can do, you do. “I disappeared because I had not achieved something that was essential for the entire country” INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) – I have a phrase of his from the few times he spoke of the World Cup. “They taught me to have a grudge.”– I said that? Never. I never spoke of rancor. I speak of mistrust to people why you ‘do’ things in the field that you have never done before. You start to doubt if they are with you or against you.– In his case, the coach was blamed more than the players. There were moments when you seemed to have lost yourself.-I repeat. All that comes from the England match. If 34 people don’t talk to you at all, you have to think that they are against it. I don’t know if it was political, nor did I want to know. I retired from football and out.-In the end, he got into a mania for what had been his life until then, soccer.-I didn’t get into a hobby. Then I joined the veterans of Real Madrid and with that I was drowning … Little by little uncovering my way of thinking that they were all enemies and I began to see friendly and reasonable people.-Do you accept that the World Cup changed your life? It was six years that he did not want to see anyone.-Yes Yes. I totally left. I didn’t want to know anything. From no one. I didn’t go to stadiums. I started going when I was going back to the veterans, with that help work. What is clear to me is that things happened before the World Cup and things happened along the way and then others. As I did not see it, I cannot say it, but I know that on the bus when I was no longer there there was a great … no fight, a confrontation between two players. After the game that left us out.– and how it is explained that a man who had dedicated his whole life to soccer could live without soccer. You were 53 years old and had lived soccer since before the age of 20. It seemed that you went to the moon.-There comes a time when bitterness deprives you of having confidence about the people you are going to speak to. As what failed you at the time failed you, you begin to doubt everyone. Which is not correct either. But at that time it was that. Little by little I started to do things again. I also have satisfactions of that time.-He did not call people to encourage him …-No, people didn’t call me to talk about it, no. My friends were always with me and since I have a large family, with positive sons-in-law, I have continued living. – And it comes back in 1978.– Porta calls me to move people because that did not work. I suggest you make selections of all ages, from under-15 to under-21. There was only the sub-18. Also an Olympian with three seniors up to 25 years old. I plan with the future in mind. They liked it and so we started playing games with all the teams and the girl was delighted. We begin to know the world.(embed) (/ embed) – In 1980 they convince him to take over the absolute … that two years later he has to play no more and no less than the World Cup as host.– I did not want Kubala to be fired, who was in office. It was working fine. But he wanted to go. We plan one game a month. We had no filming. In March ’81 we played at Wembley against England who had only lost a home game against Hungary in 1953 (3-6) and won (1-2). That day something happened to me that marked me for later. 34 Spanish informants went to that trip. Pablo Porta asks me to have a coffee with the journalists and the managers after lunch and before the game. He asks me to say how we were going to play. The gada gallegada ’came in and I wanted to eat them, but I did. I ‘rotten’ because I already wanted to leave. I said I had never done it but that I was going to. I explained to them who were going to play, how we were going to play, our faults and that of the English, our virtues and that of the English. At least thirty of them had that little smile, as if to say this one who is going to cheat. I’m not messing with journalists. It was what happened.The game ends, we win and we go to the hotel. I arrive and do not see anyone. Only Porta and Havelange, (FIFA President), speaking. I was with Alejandro Vogel and I told him, this is over, it’s over now. Three quarters of an hour waiting and from time to time Porta looked at me and thought this is going to put the dagger in me, for me. My idea was to tell him I was leaving.-But why you wanted to go with a World Cup ahead and above in Spain.– Because I didn’t have the support I had to have. ‘You want to’ believe that we arrived on the plane the next day, we arrived in Madrid and not a conversation with any journalist. What was happening, something had to happen there. We had won in England…! After explaining everything as I explained it to him and then it happened as is, nobody came to ask me anything, nor did they speak to me. I did not have the support of his peers then. I thought there was something strange there. INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) – The World Cup arrives. Is it noticeable that the team, being classified ex officio, has been without competition matches for two years?-What I noticed is that things were done in the games that I had not scored and things that are very profound and I don’t want to say but that really … You heard family phone conversations with players. I do not. Team people. Things had happened in games that are not normal. That was the big problem there was.(embed) (/ embed) “Until ’82 I had achieved everything in football” “I do not speak of rancor, I speak of mistrust. If they are with you or against you ” -You are now 90 years old, in your life there is a before and after the World Cup.-My life does not change. I withdraw from something that I have not achieved. Until then he had achieved everything. I disappear because I had not achieved something that was essential for the entire country. You can emphasize that as a son of Galician I feel as Spanish as the most. That World Cup hurt my soul, it was so that I had not stepped on a playing field anymore. I do not seek justifications. None. I was responsible, I did not get the team … although the goals are made by the players, that my mandate did not reach the players and it is possible that this was the mistake. -While constantly reading and listening to the word failure, what did you think?-I did not read the Press, nor did I listen to Radio or Television for a year after the World Cup. But the word failure for me does not exist. Today you get one thing wrong and the next day you get five good ones. I have been successful in this or I have not been successful. There were three positions that could have gotten them differently. I will not give names. I did an examination of conscience where I could be wrong. Not wanting to know anything about anything helped me recover. I was going to the stadium. And I only trusted what I saw.– He always bragged about always keeping his head high.– Yes, I had not killed, I had not stolen, I had not cheated … I had told what I was doing. He had 34 people who could testify, none did at the time. No one. But it does not matter. I do not know how to lie. You can tell right away if I’m lying. They didn’t teach me to lie when I was little.(embed) (/ embed) INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) – What part of the blame was the result of the World Cup?– Only one thing, that I did not succeed in the preparation before the World Cup. Why? Because we lacked contact. Why? Because there was the doubt …-He never tried to defend himself, speak, give his reasons.– I retired because I did not fulfill the objective that I had. Why did those who heard me not come near me? Was there a slogan? It makes me think. Can not be. There was something strange.– We crucified you for the 82nd World Cup, but then 26 years passed before Spain won a title. Santamaría was not the only one who had not won.– This i do not know. If there was any special order, any special command, there was a policy … What do you want me to say?-How did you experience the triumphs of the National Team from 2008 to 2012?-Very good. I have felt one more. The mere fact of having defended the colors of Uruguay and Spain and seeing that what I had in mind and could not resurface. I had precisely that in mind, to move people to give them maturity and seniority. They did it with another coach, well, and with a different mindset. But the root was sown there. I feel part of those successes. All the selections we create have been shot and matured. Today the Spanish player goes outside and comes out with his chest open, before only those who left after the Civil War went to South America and Mexico. I am a participant even if nobody tells me.I have seen that the things that I had programmed then began to work, the selections were phenomenal and one day I saw the president (Villar) and said to him, do you know who was the one who invented all this? And he said yes, you. Well, you’ve never invited me to any final, I said. I, everything that has been achieved afterwards, I give as my thing, although nobody praised me at all. “That World Cup hurt my soul. I didn’t want to know anything about anything or anyone ” FOOTBALL 19/20INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) (embed) (/ embed)last_img read more