Monday, July 26, 2021

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Tunisian Hefnawi. New Mellouli

On Republic Day, the eighteen-year-old Ayoub El Hefnawi gave Tunisia the first gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics, when he was crowned Sunday in the 400m freestyle, achieving a huge surprise, following in the footsteps of his compatriot Osama Mellouli.

El Hefnawy set a track of his own, after he excelled in the French championships at distances of 400 m and 800 m freestyle, and in Tokyo, he scored 3:43.36 minutes, achieving the third-best time this year, ahead of Australian Jack McLaughlin by 0.16 seconds and young American Kieran Smith by 0.58 seconds.

Al-Hefnawi’s name was often associated with the name of Mellouli (37 years), known for his brilliance in several races. He was crowned in the 1500m race at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 10km marathon in London in 2012. He was also one of the world champions in the 400 and 800m freestyle races.

While controversy arose over Mellouli’s recent statements about the inadmissibility of comparing him to El Hefnawy, the veteran swimmer said in an interview with “IFM” radio this month, “No athlete should be compared to another. Even my comparison with (American legend Michael) Phelps is not permissible. Every athlete has his advantages. “.

But Mellouli, who is participating in the current session in the Open Water Marathon, praised El-Hefnawi’s talent, saying that he will be his successor, “who is going through a distinguished career, happy to pass the torch to him… Ayoub went through difficult circumstances because he had to abandon his studies in order to achieve achievements in swimming. It was a risk for his future. I hope. To find a psychological and financial balance.

Regarding his emulation of Mellouli, also participating in Tokyo, El Hefnawy says, “Osama is a legend. I hope to become like him.”
This is the fifth gold for Tunisia in its history after the coronation of runner Mohamed Qamoudi in the 5000 m in 1968, Mellouli twice in 2008 and 2012, and the runner Habiba Laghribi in the 3000 m steeplechase in London 2012

Al-Hefnawi, who is affiliated with the Tunisian Esperance Club, began his career with the world of swimming at the age of six, thanks to his father, “My father was an athlete, a basketball player, and directed me to go swimming because it is beneficial in terms of health and builds your body well.”

He continued, “I used to live quietly and with time I gained confidence. In the last two years, I started to win Arab and African titles and became a champion in France.”

Regarding his competitions outside his country, he added, “It is my right as a foreigner to participate in the French Championship, and my goal was to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. At first, they looked at me in a superior way, so I demonstrated to them my abilities after that.”

The Tunisian Swimming Federation indicated at the end of last year that El Hefnaoui was studying at the French Sports Institute Pierre de Coubertin and was training in Tunisia under the supervision of coaches Sami Ashour and Gebran El Taweli.
Responsibilities began to grow, “with achievements starting from the age of 16, but the year 2020 was very bad, I did not participate in any competition in nine months” due to the Coronavirus.

Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui poses with his gold medal after the final of the men’s 400m freestyle swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on July 25, 2021. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)

From the first moment in the race, missing the American champion Mac Horton and the Chinese champion, Sun Yang, the 2012 champion, who was suspended due to doping issues, El Hefnawy remained among the leaders and was the first to arrive.
“I can’t believe it, that’s great,” he said after his coronation. “This morning I felt better than yesterday. I’m an Olympic champion now.”

The young man, born on December 4, 2002, finished eighth in the semi-finals, “I put my head in the water and this happened. I can’t believe it, this is a dream that has come true.”

Hafa added, “I was running with the swimmers in the first 200m, in the second 200m I pushed. I gave everything in the last 50m.”

And whether he is able to compete in the 800m race, he added, “God willing. I will do what I have to do and the rest is up to my Lord.”

This is Tunisia’s second medal in these games after Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi won a silver in the 58-kg weight category in taekwondo on Saturday. Hefnaoui commented, “Khalil and I are about the same age. Tunisia depends on us. We, the new generation, offer this medal to Tunisia, my family, and the Arabs.”

The Turkish city of Antalya was the last preparatory stop for Al-Hafnawi before his first participation in the Olympic Games, in which he hopes to achieve a second surprise in the 800m race.

Djokovic begins his quest for Olympic gold as tennis players suffer from high heat

Novak Djokovic started his path towards completing his grand slam title alongside Olympic gold with a 6-2 6-2 victory over the 139th-ranked Bolivian Hugo Dein on Saturday, in sweltering weather on the first day of tennis competitions in Tokyo 2020.

The world number one did not want to spend much time on the court in the sweltering heat and humidity and quickly sealed his victory on center court in about an hour.

In the 33-degree heat and high humidity, the competitors struggled while playing, and ice packs and water spray through pipes did not help them much.

“It’s very tough,” said Djokovic, who will face Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round.

“I think today was the hottest day yet and I’m speaking on behalf of other players. Hard courts absorb heat and there’s not a lot of wind or breezes and it was definitely a tough atmosphere.”

“But I am happy to have passed the first hurdle and I think I played hard and can improve and feel satisfied with my performance.”

Steffi Graf remains the only one to win all the Grand Slam titles and Olympic gold in the same year (1988), but the 34-year-old Serbian needs the Tokyo gold and the US Open title to equal the former German player’s achievement.

Burberry is back in fashion but is looking for a new boss

Checks from Burberry are back in fashion, but the departure of the company’s CEO has taken its toll on the British luxury brand.

Although Burberry Group reported an improvement in sales last Friday, the decision of its chief executive, Marco Gopetti, to leave his post to move to smaller Italian rival Salvatore Ferragamo, threatens to unravel the recent improvement.

Sales jump
Gobetti had set himself a goal that included elevating the company from a luxury brand to the very highest echelons of luxury.

Indeed, Gobeti has managed to stabilize the company since he joined in July 2017, as evidenced by the 90% increase in sales in the same stores in the three months to June 26, compared to the same period last year. That exceeded analyst expectations, to the point that sales slightly exceeded the pre-pandemic stage.

Modern designs
Gobetti brought in a new designer, Riccardo Ticchi, and laid the foundations for turning Burberry into a super-luxury brand, building a line of handbags, modernizing its signature coats, and expanding the shoe line to include sneakers.

It also stopped selling the brand’s products in regular stores and reduced special discounts.

In addition, Burberry is getting closer to Millennials and Gen Z shoppers thanks to the streetwear it is launching in limited editions.

It is no longer surprising to see young Londoners dressed in the brown, black, red, and white checks that characterize Burberry, along with other brands such as Gucci and Balenciaga.

New suit
However, the British brand still lacks the same glamor as Gucci, plus the sales growth and market margin expansion that Gucci achieved just a few years after its parent company Kering launched the brand’s transformation in 2015.

Indeed; The work on the new Burberry suit is not finished yet. For example, it is necessary to continue working until the handbag line achieves its full potential, as handbags are one of the most important sales and profit drivers for other luxury brands.

The epidemic impeded the progress of “Barbarian”. Now that it is emerging from the crisis, the company is having to search for a new CEO.

Given the path of transformation it has achieved; The next CEO’s strategy would have to align with the broad outlines of Gobeti’s plan, although that might act as a deterrent for candidates who would want to put their stamp on Burberry.

More importantly, is the match that will arise between the new CEO and Tychi, who previously worked with Gobetti at LVMH’s Givenchy brand, and joined Burberry in March 2018.

In terms of continuity, Techy’s history attests to him remaining in his position at Genifchi for more than a decade after Guppette moved to LVMH’s Celine brand – Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

Ticchi’s relationship with the new CEO will be crucial to determining whether the designer stays long at Burberry.

New logo
At first, I questioned Gopetti’s appointment of Ticci, whose style aesthetic could best be described as falling in half between former Celine designer Phoebe Philo and Alessandro Michele’s fashion revolution at Gucci.

however; Embracing a change in creative management at this sensitive juncture would be beneficial.

In this regard, the company has put a lot of effort into creating a new logo, and the “monogram tchi” design intertwined with the letters “T” and “B” that adorns all of the brand’s products today, from blouses to sunblocks.

Where can you fly? The idea of ​​coexistence with “Covid” revives the Asian travel market

Some Asian countries have begun classifying COVID-19 as a disease that should be dealt with, not eradicated, raising hopes that 2021 will not be the year of canceling travel plans quite as feared a few months ago.

In this regard, Singapore’s Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said in a speech during a session of Parliament earlier this week that it is unlikely that the Coronavirus will disappear any time soon, however; With higher vaccination rates and better treatments, this epidemic can be considered “a flu-like”. Similarly, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pledged a “new deal” that would shift the country’s strategy from “eliminating the coronavirus” to his administration.

At this time, Thailand reopened the tropical island of Phuket to vaccinated tourists. On Tuesday, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who is considering starting a long-awaited travel bubble with Singapore, suggested that the two countries should impose vaccination as a prerequisite for participation, while India raised domestic flight capacity to 65% from 50% as the ebb The latest wave of injuries.

Hopes to open the borders
Such moves reinforce expectations of freedom of travel at the end of the year. And at the present time,

Asia can’t help but look with envy at the crowds in Europe’s tourist hotspots, and New York is back in business, but hopes are set to begin reopening borders between countries by Christmas.

“We are seeing recognition, including in countries that have implemented a lot of strict restrictions, that this virus

It does not completely disappear. Instead, it is a virus that we will live with and manage. And in a time frame of 6 to 12 months, the trend will be towards easing restrictions, especially in places where vaccination progress is being made.”

Signs of recovery began to appear in airline seat capacity after it had been stable for more than 12 months, and positive signs began to emerge this month, according to flight tracking company OAG. The outlook for August and September is more robust.

A successful space tourism trip paves the way for Virgin Galactic flights next year

Billionaire Richard Branson and five Virgin Galactic employees took a major test flight into space on Sunday, bolstering the company’s plans to launch cruise flights next year.

The space plane landed above Earth in New Mexico at about 9:38 a.m. local time. Branson and the flight crew are expected to discuss the results of the flight at a news conference later on Sunday.

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jonathan Newton.

The Virgin Galactic space plane carrying company founder Richard Branson and five employees as planned has separated from a carrier plane to begin its rocket flight.

The VVS Unity aircraft ignited its rocket engine after separating from the carrier aircraft at an altitude of about 45,000 feet (13,700 meters).

The crew planned to climb to about 290,000 feet, or 55 miles (89 kilometers) above ground, before returning to the New Mexico runway. The flight started at 8:40 am local time and the flight was expected to last more than an hour.

The suborbital flight establishes a historic month in the future of space tourism, as Branson looks to demonstrate the capabilities of Virgin Galactic nine days before Amazon founder Jeff Bezos plans to fly into space on a rocket built by his Blue Origin space project.

Both companies strive to cater to wealthy tourists who are willing to pay top dollar for a short-term tour of weightlessness and unforgettable views of the earth and sky.

Branson, 70, and his fellow crew members experienced about four minutes of weightlessness. After reaching its highest altitude, the unit was designed to orbit and return to the US Aerospace Complex Airport in New Mexico.

The mission, which took about an hour, was the spacecraft’s 22nd test flight and the first with a large crew.

Virgin Galactic has dubbed the flight Unity 22, the first of two tests the company is planning this summer ahead of an astronaut training mission with Italian Air Force personnel later this year.

During the flight, Branson assesses the customer experience during the flights the company plans to launch, from the preparation process to the completion of the journey on the plane.

flight crew
Dave McKay “Mack”, Chief Airline Officer, is one of the first hires at Virgin Galactic. A former RAF test pilot and Boeing 747 pilot for Branson-backed Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited, he grew up in a rural village in northern Scotland and became the first Scottish to fly into space.

Michael Masucci “Soch”, pilot. He is a retired US Air Force officer with more than 10,000 hours of experience flying U-2 and F-16 aircraft, along with dozens of other aircraft types. He joined Virgin in 2013 and traveled to space for the first time in 2019.
Sirisha Bandla, Virgin Vice President of Governmental Affairs. You will be doing “experimental research” during the flight with a plant experiment from the University of Florida. Born in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, in southern India, she will become the second Indian-American to travel in space.

Colin Bennett, Virgin Galactic engineer. It evaluates cabin procedures during the test flight. Bennett worked for Virgin Galactic as a process engineer for six years in California, according to his LinkedIn page, and previously worked as an engineer at Virgin Atlantic.
Pete Musa, Virgin’s chief astronaut trainer. That flight is her second into space after one in February 2019. With that flight, she will be the 571st Moses to travel into space, according to Virgin Galactic. She will be the test director on Sunday’s flight and cabin captain. Musa worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for 24 years before joining the company. Her husband is Mike Moses, Virgin Galactic’s head of space missions and safety.

English FA facing UEFA investigation over fan disorder at Euro 2020 final

The English Football Association is facing an investigation by European football’s governing body UEFA over the fan disorder that occurred inside and around Wembley Stadium at Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.Ahead of kick-off, a number of fans without tickets had tried to force their way into the stadium.The English FA is also facing four UEFA charges relating to “the invasion of the field by its supporters,” the throwing of objects and the lighting of fireworks as well as “disturbance” during the national anthem.

In a statement on Tuesday, UEFA said it had opened disciplinary proceedings against the English FA as well as a separate investigation into events involving supporters which occurred inside and around Wembley at Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.

Corona postpones the “travel bubble” between Australia and Singapore until the end of 2021

The Australian Trade Minister announced today, Sunday, that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Sydney indicates the postponement of plans for the “travel bubble” between Australia and Singapore until at least the end of the year.

While opening the travel corridor between the two countries remains a priority, the scale of the virus outbreak, which has forced the country’s largest city to shut down again, means plans are on hold, Dan Tehan told the Sydney Morning Herald.

He added, “It has been rethought because of the third wave of the virus. We hope that at the end of the year we will be able to look again at the issue of the travel bubble with Singapore.”

It is reported that after initial discussions, the two countries have not yet committed to a specific date for opening a travel corridor between them.

While Australia represented an early success story in combating Corona, the slow introduction of the anti-virus vaccine suggests that even with the rest of the world opening its borders, it is expected that Australia’s borders will remain closed until mid-2022.

Only 26 percent of the Australian population got the first dose of the vaccine, compared to about 68.5% in Britain, according to Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker.

Even when Australia’s borders open, the Australian trade minister expects vaccine passports to be a requirement for travel for years to come. “It might be like the little yellow pamphlet of yellow fever.”

SAGE expert warns peak of the third wave could last six weeks in threat to British summer

The summer Covid peak could last for six weeks after lockdown rules ease and put a “considerable burden” on the NHS, a Government SAGE expert has said.

Professor Graham Medley, who chairs the modelling group SPI-M, warned of the challenges facing the health service with the pinnacle of the third wave of the virus expected to continue for weeks. null

Daily deaths could soar to 100 to 200 at the peak, with between 1,000 and 2,000 hospitalisations per day, the Government’s scientific advisers have predicted.

But uncertainty about how quickly people will return to their pre-pandemic habits has left experts unsure about the size of the next wave.

Boris Johnson confirmed plans to press ahead with lifting England’s remaining lockdown rules on July 19 but the PM urged people to exercise caution with their newfound freedoms.

There is some disquiet in Westminster about the decision to axe restrictions while cases remain high, with Health Secretary Sajid Javid admitting infections could soar to 100,000 a day.

But he told MPs that vaccines had weakened the link between cases and hospitalisations and expressed confidence that the jab would protect people from a serious illness.

Prof Medley told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: “We’ve never seen a peak before that hasn’t been controlled.

“The intention is not to introduce a lockdown for this peak. Then we are going to see a natural peak and that may well take long and disseminated.

Early goal and dramatic finish deliver a championship for Italy.

Italy beat England in a penalty shootout to win the European soccer championship on Sunday, dashing England’s hopes of winning its first major title since the 1966 World Cup and restoring the reputation of an Italian squad that had been humiliated five years ago when it failed to qualify for the World Cup.

The final was worth the wait: It saw England take the lead on a goal by defender Luke Shaw after only two minutes, and then a second-half response from Leonardo Bonucci. Before and after was a whirlwind of highs and lows, hard fouls and close calls, misses and makes, before Italy prevailed in the shootout, 3-2.

Even the shootout had full chapters of drama: Players brought on just so they could take part missed their shots, and Italy’s surest penalty taker failed to convert an attempt that would have won it for his country.

Only when Gianluigi Donnarumma, Italy’s hulking goalkeeper, had pushed aside the final attempt, by the England teenager Bukayo Saka, was it over, his save setting off a wild celebration that saw players from each team dissolve into tears.

For English fans, the ending — the entire day, really — was an emotional was hope and optimism to surprise to disbelief as they stumbled out of Wembley into the night, into a steady London rain.

Beaming Kate Middleton out of Covid isolation as she joins William at Wimbledon

Kate Middleton has been spotted for the first time out of Covid isolation as she joined Prince William at Wimbledon.

The Duchess of Cambridge was all smiling on centre court in a bright green dress as she watched the women’s final between Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova. null

She and William were snapped wearing face masks as they took their seats.

Kate had been pinged by the NHS Covid-19 App last Friday at the same venue before going into quarantine.

The 39-year-old royal, patron of the All England Law Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), will also be in the stands for the men’s final tomorrow.

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