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Volleyball players lose in Turkey’s Nations League

11:41 pm The Dutch volleyball players have lost to Turkey in the Nations League. They did that in three sets. In the Canadian city of Calgary it was 25-23, 25-11 and 25-21 for the Turkish players against the rather hopeless Dutch formation of national coach Avital Selinger. The Orange had surprised earlier with a victory over Japan.

The Netherlands has only won the tournament twice so far. Against Turkey, the Orange only seemed to have opportunities to win a set in the first set.

Duplantis jumps world record of 6.16 meters with the pole vault

10:03 PM Armand Duplantis has broken his world record outdoor pole vault by 1 centimeter to 6.16 meters. The Swede reached this height in his second attempt at the Diamond League in Stockholm with a near-perfect jump. His old record of 6.15 was set in September 2020.

The 22-year-old Duplantis has jumped higher indoors. He set the official world record at 6.20 meters at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March. The Olympic champion was also present at the FBK Games in Hengelo this year. Then an attack on the world record failed due to the rain

Late cancellation of Olympic sprint champion Jacobs in Stockholm

6.12 pm: Olympic sprint champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs has withdrawn from the 100 meters at the Diamond League in Stockholm at the last minute. The Italian felt a pain during the last training and withdrew from the game on Thursday evening as a precaution. “He does not want to take any risks with a view to the approaching world championships,” the organization of the athletics gala reported.

Jacobs won Olympic gold in the 100 meters last summer and added the world indoor title in the 60 meters to his honors list this spring. Then the sprinter began to struggle with a thigh injury. He has not run many races this summer and has already canceled the Diamond League matches in Rome, Oslo and Eugene. He did win the Italian title last weekend in a not too startling time of 10.12.

The World Athletics Championships in Eugene begin on July 15. Jacobs said in the press conference prior to the Diamond League in Stockholm on Wednesday that he is fully focused on the World Cup. “That is my goal and I want to be in top shape in two weeks.”

Bautista Agut also drops out of Wimbledon because of corona

12:56 pm: Spanish tennis player Roberto Bautista Agut has had to withdraw from Wimbledon due to a positive corona test. The 34-year-old Spaniard, seeded seventeenth, would face Colombian Daniel Elahi Galán in the second round. Bautista Agut is already the third seeded player after Italian Matteo Berrettini and Croatian Marin Cilic who has to leave the grand slam tournament because of corona.

“Fortunately, the symptoms are not serious, but I think this is the best decision,” said Bautista Agut, who made it to the final of the grass tournament in Mallorca in the run-up to Wimbledon. The number 19 in the world won the Doha ATP tournament at the beginning of this year. “I hope to be back soon.” Galán got a free passage to the third round.

Berrettini reached the Wimbledon final last year, losing to Serbian Novak Djokovic. The Italian number 11 in the world had to unsubscribe from the organization on Tuesday after he tested positive. Cilic, winner of the US Open in 2014, had already dropped out of the schedule the day before.

Athlete Samuel not in action on a relay at the World Championships in athletics

11.34 am: Athlete Jamile Samuel will not play at the World Cup in Eugene next month. Earlier this week, Samuel was selected by the Athletics Union for the relay team in the 4×100 meters. However, the union has reversed that, the 30-year-old spinster reported on Instagram. The Athletics Union could not be reached for comment Thursday morning.

“Unfortunately I got a call today that I will not be going to Eugene. The Dutch federation has decided that I am not fit enough for the team,” wrote Samuel on Wednesday evening. “I canceled one relay race because I was worried about my fitness given my injury history. It is often risky to do a lot of racing in the final weeks before a major championship. I made the decision carefully, with the idea that I will be in the best shape imaginable for my team. I made the decision for my team because I didn’t want to risk an injury. The Dutch coaches disagreed and kicked me out of the team for Eugene,” said Samuel.

The Dutch athlete is disappointed with that decision. “It feels wrong to have these championships taken from me for the wrong reasons.” Samuel further reports that she is now concentrating on the European Championships in Munich in August. She will also run individual competitions.

Baseball player Balentien returns to Orange in Haarlem after 5 years

10:52 am: Baseball player Wladimir Balentien returns to the Dutch selection after five years. The almost 38-year-old Antillean is part of the group for the thirtieth edition of the Baseball Week Haarlem, from 8 to 15 July in the Pim Mulier stadium. Balentien last played for the so-called Kingdom Team in 2017 during the World Baseball Classic (WBC).

The team of the then national coach Hensley Meulens reached the semi-finals at the prestigious WBC, the unofficial World Cup. Balentien was then the star of the Orange squad. The outfielder from Willemstad will play for the first time on Dutch soil next month.

“Wladimir is one of the most successful hitters to ever play for the Kingdom team. It is a huge honor to add him to this selection,” said Rick van den Hurk, the new technical director of the Dutch federation.

The selection of national coach Evert-Jan ‘t Hoen has four debutants: Dennis Burgersdijk, Ryan Huntington, Chris Stuart and Kevin Josephina. The national coach has set the goal of reaching the final. The Haarlem baseball week will be held again for the first time since 2018. In the previous edition, won by Japan, the Dutch finished third. The van ‘t Hoen team opens the tournament against Italy and then plays against Cuba, Curaçao, the United States and Japan.

Badminton couple Tafeling/Piek to quarter-finals Malaysian Open

10.07 am: The Dutch badminton players Robintabeling and Selena Piek have reached the quarterfinals in the mixed doubles at the Malaysian Open. In the second round of the tournament they were too strong for the French couple William Villeger/Anne Tran. It became 21-14 21-12 for Tafeling and Piek.

In the quarterfinals they will face the Danish couple Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra Bøje. The Malaysian Open has World Tour Super 750 status.

At the even more highly regarded Indonesian Open, Tafeling and Piek were stranded in the first round two weeks ago.

Clubless Bazoer and Troupée are training at old club FC Utrecht

9.59am: Riechedly Bazoer and Giovanni Troupée are training with Jong FC Utrecht for the time being. The two footballers currently do not have a club and will be given the opportunity to maintain their condition at their old club. This also applies to 19-year-old Frenchman Zineddine Bourebaba, whose contract was terminated at the beginning of this year. The midfielder then returned to his family in France due to private circumstances.

Bazoer (25) played for Vitesse in the past three seasons. The born Utrechter, who broke through at Ajax, played six months for FC Utrecht in 2019. Bazoer hopes for a transfer and is emphatically associated with the German club Borussia Mönchengladbach, but for the time being he is training with Jong FC Utrecht.

Defender Troupée (24) played for FC Twente last season. He was previously under contract with FC Utrecht for years, which loaned him to ADO Den Haag and Twente in between.

Dutch champions Visser and Hagenaar in selection European Championship gymnastics

09:30 am: Naomi Visser and Jordi Hagenaar lead the Dutch selection in August at the European Championships in the German city of Munich. Visser and Hagenaar became Dutch champions in the all-around last weekend in Ahoy.

The experienced forces Tisha Volleman, Vera van Pol and Sanna Veerman complete the women’s team. Shadé van Oorschot, who surprisingly finished third in the all-around at the NK, will make his debut in the European title battle this summer.

In the men’s team, in addition to Hagenaar, the team consists of Jermain Grünberg, Martijn de Veer, Loran de Munck, Rick Jacobs and Yazz Ramsahai. It will be their first European Championship for Grünberg, De Veer and Ramsahai. Of the six designated gymnasts, five may compete in Munich. The reserve will be announced later.

During the European Championships this year, gymnastics will be held in a team. Individual finals are also on the program.

The European Gymnastics Championships take place in August. The women’s tournament will be held between 11 and 14 August and the men’s European Championships between 18 and 21 August.

British football fans also get stadium ban for online misconduct

08:30 am: British football fans can now also be banned from stadiums if they misbehave online. In recent years, it has become increasingly common for professional football players to receive hate messages or even discriminatory and racist comments via social media. Justice promises to take a stricter approach in England and Wales.

Supporters who display “deliberately hateful behaviour” can now face more severe punishment by the court. Anyone convicted of online misconduct can also receive a stadium ban.

“As prosecutors, we play a vital role in tackling these crimes,” the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement. “We need to keep our national sport safe and inclusive. There is no place for hatred in football. Hate crimes can have major consequences for the victims.”

English footballers Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka received numerous racist messages via social media last year after the lost European Championship final against Italy. The three black football players had missed in the penalty shootout from 11 meters. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson immediately announced that he wanted to impose stadium bans on online racism. That has now been formally established.

Volleyball players surprise undefeated Japan in Nations League

07.28 am: The Dutch volleyball players have inflicted Japan’s first defeat in the Nations League. The team of national coach Avital Selinger defeated the Asian women at the start of the third week of play, in the Canadian city of Calgary, in five sets: 23-25 ​​25-20 24-26 25-21 15-10. Japan was the only country still unbeaten in the Nations League.

The Japanese volleyball players had won their first eight games in the national competition, while the Orange squad had only won one. Selinger’s team won the final match in the Brazilian capital Brasilia 3-0 against South Korea almost two weeks ago. Against Japan, the second win in a row followed, a surprise one too.

Captain Anne Buijs took 22 points, Fleur Savelkoel came to 20 points. Celeste Plak, Juliët Lohuis and Eline Timmerman each scored 16 points. In Japan it had to come mainly from Sarina Koga, who came to 31 points.

With the second win in a row, the Orange climbed to fourteenth place in the competition with sixteen countries. The Dutch volleyball players will play against Turkey on Thursday and will also meet Belgium and Canada in the coming days in Calgary. A place in the top 8 and therefore a place for the quarter-finals of the Nations League is almost impossible for the Orange.

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