Paralympic closing marks end of Tokyo's 8-year Olympic saga

  • The final act of the delayed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics came Sunday, almost eight years to the day after the Japanese capital was awarded the Games. The Paralympics ended a 13-day run in a colorful, circus-like ceremony at the National Stadium overseen by Crown Prince Akishino, the brother of Emperor Naruhito. The Olympics closed almost a month ago.


Cuba to allow female boxers to compete

STORY: Female boxers in Cuba can compete again for first time in six decadesLocation: Havana, Cuba The Caribbean island has long been hailed for its top-ranked men's boxersBut women have been banned from competing since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolutionThe change quickly made waves in gyms in the Cuban capital of Havana[Idemalis Moreno, Cuban boxer]“If everything goes well, I could represent my country in the Olympics, in the Pan-American or Central American Games. We’ll see if we can contribute with as many achievements as the male boxers who have brought so many medals for boxing and for the Cuban delegation.”Cuba's recently approved family code provided the legal underpinnings for the moveIt’s aimed at wiping out discrimination against women and the LGBT community in Cuba's ‘machista' culture[Yisel Bello, Cuban boxer]“This news is really good for me because I have been waiting for it. I want to have a sporting life as a boxer, to give the best of me and to win a medal. I’m going to sacrifice to get a medal. If in the future women can be professional boxers in Cuba, I’d be happy as well.”
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