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The new date for the Tokyo Olympics has been announced.

IOC president Thomas Bach has announced that the Tokyo Olympic Games will start on 23 July, 2021 and run to 8 August.

The Olympics will still be called Tokyo 2020 despite taking place in 2021.

The Paralympic Games, originally due to start on 24 August, 2020, will now take place between 24 August and 5 September, 2021.

The decision to postpone both events was taken to protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved and to support the containment of the Covid-19 virus.

Bach said: “I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese Government and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge.

The new dates also took into consideration the rest of the global sports calendar after the men’s football European Championship was postponed to the summer of 2021.

It was the first time in the Olympic Games’ 124-year modern history that they have been delayed. However, they were cancelled altogether in 1916 because of World War One and again in 1940 and 1944 for World War Two.

Indycar racer Sage Karam has won the first race of the virtual INDYCAR iRacing Challenge.

He won the American Red Cross Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International, after starting from pole position.

Karam led for 43 of the 45 laps and beat Felix Rosenqvist by 3.6174 seconds. Will Power finished third.

The INDYCAR iRacing Challenge is a series of 6 online races. They have been developed because of the postponement of races due to coronavirus.

Karam is one of the most experienced iRacing drivers in this field. He has been working at home on his virtual races, practising on his simulator.

Kiwi Scott McLaughlin was completing his first Indycar race. He was strong, finishing fourth.

Future events will be held weekly, each Saturday, through to the 2nd May.

World Rugby has announced that the 2020 Bledisloe Cup games between the All Blacks and Australia will be played on Play Station 4.

At this stage, the agreement is that both coaches will play each other over 3 test matches, played over 3days. The games will be played using the new Rugby 20 game which came out in January of this year.

All three games will be shown live on Sky Sport with Ian Smith confirmed as the commentator.

In a surprise move, both the New Zealand Rugby Union and Australian Rugby Union have agreed that the coach that wins two games will see his country declared the 2020 Bledisloe Cup champion.

The move has meant that All Black coach Ian Foster’s first game in charge as head coach will be slightly different than expected. Sources in his bubble say he has been training hard each day, learning the ins and outs of the game daily.

The move has excited All Black fans both in New Zealand and around the world. Many codes are considering using virtual games as a way of keeping their fans engaged during this time. V8Super cars have run events online and the Grand National, Britain’s biggest horse race, is also being run online. At this stage, rugby seems to be ahead of the game.

Australian coach Dave Rennie is understandably anxious about the change of format. Speaking directly to Kiwi Kids News today he had this to say.
“I am extremely nervous. I have had to get my 14-year-old son to help me set up the Play Station in our house and I have only just worked out how to login by myself.”

World Rugby will be controlling all 3 games. They are expected to announce, at their April 1st news conference, the usernames that both coaches would be using for the games.  
Dave Rennie will be playing under the username ‘bumblingwallabies’ while Foster has been given the username ‘2outof3aintbad’. Both are apparently references to their respective showings in last years Rugby World Cup.
As expected, the South African team were also given a special username for use later in the year. Their name – ‘winningtheworldcupbutnotbeatingtheallblacksdoesntcount’ – will be used when they play in the Virtual Rugby Championship later in the year.  

Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson has spent his time in isolation giving his dog slip catching practice.

Williamson should be in India getting ready for the start of the Indian Premier League season.

However, with the cancellation of this competition, he has been spending quality time with his pet dog, Sandy. 

Last Friday, Williamson shared a video to his 916,000 Instagram followers of an impressive piece of fielding from Sandy. Waiting patiently in the slip cordon, Sandy leapt into the air to dismiss Williamson with a stunning catch. Williamson’s reactions shows how excited he was.

The video has been viewed more than 270,000 times.

Numerous people around the world have posted clips on social media of their dogs trying to do something similar. Could your dog do this? Let us know in the comments below.

Radio Sport shut down yesterday and will not restart broadcasting in the near future.

With the cancellation of virtually all local, national and international events and competitions, Radio Sport was unable to supply content.

Therefore, the company that runs the radio station, NZME, has been forced to close the station.

It was believed Radio Sport had about 25 fulltime staff and some casuals.

Radio Sport began as Sports Roundup, on Radio New Zealand during the 1980s and early 1990s providing live commentary of summer sports like cricket.

It became a dedicated sports network following privatisation in 1996 when RNZ’s commercial and non-commercial services were split.

All Black players will take a pay cut due to COVID-19.

The All Black staff have already had a pay cut with no games being played and the 2020 calendar still unconfirmed.

Discussions are already underway with the players on how their reductions would be managed.

Sporting experts believe the All Blacks will take a big hit financially. With so many countries in lockdown and borders closed all over the world, it could be months before the sport starts back up again and even longer for the restart of international competition.

New Zealand Rugby gets most of its revenue from TV Stations and broadcasting rights. However, many of these are set to finish if no games are played.

Six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady has signed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after leaving the New England Patriots.

The quarterback, therefore, ends a 20-year spell of success with the Patriots.

“Excited, humble and hungry,” he said. “I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the Buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do.”

He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time having won the Super Bowl more times than any other player – in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Brady has made a total of nine Super Bowl appearances. He has also been named the championship game’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) four times – both NFL records.

The Bucs have only won the Super Bowl once in their 45 years in the NFL and are owned by the Glazer family, who also control Manchester United.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been postponed until 2021.

Following a meeting of the IOC, it was decided that the event, due to begin on 24 July, will now take place “no later than summer 2021”.

The announcement was made by Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister.

The event will still be called Tokyo 2020 despite taking place in 2021.

While the Games is the biggest sporting event to be affected by the pandemic, there has been a huge impact on a host of other major tournaments and sports:

  • In rugby union, the end of this year’s Six Nations was postponed, Super Rugby has stopped.
  • In football, Euro 2020 was postponed and will be played in the summer of 2021.
  • The first eight Grand Prix of the Formula 1 season has been delayed, with the Monaco Grand Prix cancelled.
  • All cricket is cancelled.
  • All forms of professional tennis have been postponed until 7 June, ruling out the clay-court season, while the French Open – the year’s second Grand Slam, has been rescheduled for September.
  • Golf’s Masters and PGA Championship have both been postponed, with a decision yet to be made about September’s Ryder Cup.
  • The London Marathon has been moved from 26 April to 4 October.

The New Zealand Warriors have decided to stay in Australia for as long as it takes to finish the 2020 season.

Their decision has been made due to Australia and New Zealand’s new border restrictions. This means families are no longer able to join them on the Gold Coast.

But their commitment has been hailed by other clubs in the competition. All of the 15 other clubs and their fans throwing support behind the Auckland side. 

“You have to commend the Warriors for the selfless way they’re going about it to keep the competition going,” said Manly Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler. 

 To stay in Australia, the Warriors are relying on the NRL to get them through.

The Warriors were well beaten by the Canberra Raiders last night. Their second loss in as many games.

E-sports have been officially recognised as a national sports organisation in New Zealand.

E-sports is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. It is played by millions of people globally.

Esports, the simple abbreviation for ‘electronic sports’, is defined as a form of sports where the primary aspects of the sport are facilitated by the competitive playing of video games.

E-sports in New Zealand is looked after by the New Zealand E-Sport Federation.

It is estimated that there are around one million esports gamers in New Zealand. Therefore, this is an area of sport that could grow very quickly.