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Instagram has bought in special ‘Olympic Accounts’ ahead of the upcoming Tokyo games.

Athletes can now have dedicated “athlete accounts”, which keeps their personal life and sporting life separate.

The new accounts will automatically filter out words, phrases and emojis that are deemed offensive.

The new safety aspects were shown to New Zealand Olympians this week at an online forum hosted by Facebook last week. Facebook is the company which runs Instagram.

The Black Caps are the World Test Champions after beating India by 8 wickets in Southampton, UK.

New Zealand chased down a tricky total of 139 with only the loss of two wickets. Captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor completed a 96 run partnership to secure the victory. Williamson ended on 52* and while Ross Taylor was 47* at the end.

A draw looked likely on the final day, after rain had disrupted a lot of the match. However, some excellent bowling from Man of the Match Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee, ensured India was bowled out for 170 in their second innings.

The result means that New Zealand topple cricket’s superpower India and claim the biggest win in their history. It is the first major global cricket tournament the Black Caps have won.

In 2019 they came close to winning the One Day World Cup, only to be undone by an obscure rule.

Transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard has been selected to represent New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics.

Hubbard will become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics. She will compete in the weightlifting competition.

The 43 year old is a former World Championship silver medalist and recently finished sixth at the 2019 IWF World Championships in Thailand.

Laurel has had to meet a number of eligibility criteria to secure her spot. These include rules from the International Olympic Committee for transgender athletes.

The Auckland Tuatara, New Zealand’s only professional baseball team, will skip the 2021/22 Australian Baseball League season.

The decision has been made due to the ongoing uncertainty around the trans-Tasman travel bubble. 

The Tuatara also missed out last season, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. In 2019 the Tuatara made the playoffs for the first time. 

The Tuatara say they have the complete backing of the league and the clubs, and will return to the diamond in 2022/23.

Tuatara management hope to put together a summer baseball programme for Kiwi fans to enjoy around the country. 

The Blues are the 2021 Trans-Tasman Super Rugby champions.

Their fourth Super Rugby title came when they beat the Highlanders 23-15 in the Trans-Tasman final at Eden Park. The last time they won the title was in 2003.

In a tight, brusing final, it was Blake Gibson’s try in the 77th minute which sealed the victory.

The Blues had led 13-6 at halftime but the Highlanders came into the match in the second half. They had the momentum for most of the second half until Gibson’s try.

The New Zealand Warriors will not have a women’s team this year.

Last week the club announced that it will withdrawn from the 2021 women’s NRL competition. The club said it was a financial decision due to the effects of Covid-19.

Warriors chief executive Cameron George said the club is committed to rejoining an expanded competition in 2022.

A number of top Kiwi Ferns players have already headed to Australia to play in state leagues ahead of the NRLW.

Warriors captain Georgia Hale moved from New Zealand to Australia this year and has been playing in the NSW Premiership for the North Sydney Bears, after turning out for the Tweed Seagulls in Queensland’s BHP Premiership.

Swimming New Zealand has announced a team of 7 swimmers for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

All seven of the athletes will be making their Olympic debuts at Tokyo. The most decorated member of the team is medley swimmer, Lewis Clareburt – who claimed the bronze medal in the Men’s 400m IM at the 2019 FINA World Championships.

17-year-old Erika Fairweather is a contender for the youngest New Zealand athlete at the Olympic Games. The Dunedin Kavanagh College student says she’s thrilled to be heading to her first Olympic Games.

The swimming team to represent New Zealand at Tokyo 2020 is:

  • Lewis Clareburt – 200m & 400m Individual Medley
  • Zac Reid – 400m & 800m Freestyle
  • Erika Fairweather – 200 & 400 Freestyle, 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
  • Eve Thomas – 800m & 1500m Freestyle, 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
  • Hayley McIntosh – 1500m
  • Ali Galyer – 100m & 200m Backstroke, 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
  • Carina Doyle, 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay

New Zealand has won a total of 8 Olympic medals in swimming. The last medals brought home were by Danyon Loader from the Atlanta 1996 Olympics where he won two gold medals – one in the 200m and another in the 400m Freestyle events.

Two large football tournaments have started around the world.

Firstly, the European Championship has started in Europe. This competition includes the top 24 teams from Europe.

The favourite teams for this competition include France, Belgium and England. This year the competition is being held in a number of countries due to Covid-19. Usually it is just held in one country.

The second tournament is the Copa America and is being held in Brazil. This competition includes the 10 best teams in South America. As expected Brazil and Argentina are the top two teams in this competition.

Novak Djokovic and Barbora Krejcikova have been crowned the King and Queen of the 2021 French Open. The French Open is a unique tennis tournament as it is played on clay.

Novak Djokovi won his 19th Grand Slam title. However, the Croatian had to work hard to Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. He was two sets down before clawing back to win 6-7 (6-8) 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4.

The victory moves Djokovic one major title behind the men’s record jointly held by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

In the women’s final, unseeded Czech Barbora Krejcikova claimed her first Grand Slam title. It was only her 5th attempt as she been more of a doubles player in the past.

Krejcikova beat Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 2-6 6-4. The match looked to be slipping from Krejcikova when she lost the second set. However, she turned things around in the final set to claim her victory.

Amazingly, Krejcikova also won the women’s double title as well with Katerina Siniakova 

The Black Caps have beaten England in the second cricket test to claim a 1-0 series win.

The result is New Zealand’s second series victory against England in England and the first since 1999. It also sees New Zealand move back to the top of the ICC Test Team Rankings.

New Zealand dominated the game, beating England by eight wickets.

England were bowled out for 122 in their second innings which meant that the Black Caps only needed 38 runs for victory. New Zealand got the runs with only 2 wickets down.

Stand in captain Tom Latham, praised the squad’s depth after they came into the contest having made six changes from the drawn first test at Lord’s.

New Zealand will enjoy an extra day’s rest before they take on India in the ICC World Test Championship Final starting in Southampton on Friday.