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The Northern Territory news Sat 31 Jul 2021



The Northern Territory news Sat 31 Jul 2021

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30 LIFESTYLE SATURDAY JULY 31 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 DOWNLOAD NOW AND TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS STAY ALERT! SCAN TO DOWNLOAD THE APP Have every big moment sent straight to your home screen A DOUBLE-bogey on the 18th hole soured Cameron Smiths charge up the standings on day two of the stroke play from Kasumigaseki Country Club. From the tee, Smiths ball struck an empty grandstand and cannoned across the grass and into the pond on the par 4. He found the green in four but twoputted, undoing much of the work done to put himself within reach of the leaders. Smith shot a 67 to finish four under behind world number five Xander Schauffele who shot 63 to grab the clubhouse lead on 11-under before weather halted play for a second time on Friday at the Olympic golf tournament. Rory McIlroy shot a six-under 66 to move within striking distance of the medal placings. Dangerous weather brought an early end to play on day two, leaving Marc Leishman stranded on the 17th hole. Double despair sees sour end for Smith CALLUM DICK GOLF 06 POOL DECK DRUG ROW ITS NOT A CLEAN POOL ONE of the champions on the US swim team says he is competing in a pool that is probably not clean. After taking the silver medal in Thursdays 200m backstroke final, Ryan Murphy said he was frustrated by ongoing questions about drug usage in international swimming. There are also concerns about the IOC decision to allow some Russian athletes to compete despite the country being banned for systemic doping. The cleared athletes compete under the banner of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). Ive got about 15 thoughts, Murphy said, when asked if the race was fair. Thirteen of them would get me into a lot of trouble. It is what it is. It is a huge mental drain on me to go throughout the year that Im swimming in a race thats probably not clean, and that is what it is. The people that know a lot more about the situation made the decision they did. It frustrates me, but I have to swim the field thats next to me. I dont have the bandwidth to train for the Olympics at a very high level and try to lobby the people who are making the decisions that theyre making the wrong decisions. The 200m backstroke final was won by Russias unbeatable Evgeny Rylov and, when asked if Murphys comments were directed at him, Rylov said: I have always been for clean sport. I am always tested. I also fill out all the forms, so from the bottom of my heart I am embracing clean sport. I have devoted my life to this sport. I would rather not react to what you are getting at. Murphy responded that it was going to take a long time to clear this sport of doping, saying he had spoken to Fina officials about it. When you hear that from the top, thats tough to hear. Yeah, thats what I believe, he said. Murphy later said he was clarifying his comments and was talking about swimming in general and it was not to make any allegations here. Like congratulations to Luke and Evgeny. They did an incredible job. The bronze medallist Britons Luke Greenbank said: Its obviously a very difficult situation not knowing whether the race is clean. Its a strange situation but Ive got to keep my mind on my own situation and focus on what I can control. The ROC sits fourth on the medal table in Tokyo, with 335 athletes cleared to compete across all sports. A World Anti-Doping Agency investigation found that more than 1000 Russian athletes from 30 sports either benefited from, or were involved in, a state-backed doping scheme between 2011-2015. But the IOC and Court of Arbitration for Sport devised a workround to allow Russian athletes to attend as neutrals. Its athletes are marching under a different flag and their uniforms, while in the Russian colours, are of a different design to the official Russian uniforms. The Russian national anthem is not played at medal ceremonies, with a portion of Tchaikovskys Piano Concerto No. 1 played instead. But, while the team can only call itself ROC on paper, announcers at venues call its full name of Russian Olympic Committee, meaning there is no doubt it is a Russian team competing. American rower Megan Kalmoe also hit out after the Russians took silver in the rowing tandem A finals. Seeing a crew who shouldnt even be here walk away with silver is a nasty feeling, she posted on Twitter. Really disappointing overall and I feel for the other athletes in the A final. WADA, which unsuccessfully lobbied to have the Russian athletes wear neutral colours, remains deeply unhappy with the neutering of its findings, which in cluded that Russia had swapped dirty urine samples with clean samples through a hole in the wall at the Sochi Winter Olympics, and manipulated and covered-up data at the Moscow laboratory used to process athlete samples. Russia was originally banned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport from competing in the Olympics, Paralympics and world championships for four years. Last year, the ban was cut to two years. Under the deal struck with the ICO, Russia sent 335 athletes who were not found to have been involved in the doping scheme to Tokyo to compete, where they have so far won nine gold, 12 silver and nine bronze. There is precedent for the quasiban. The Kuwait Olympic Committee was banned from the Rio Games in 2016 for passing sports laws that the IOC complained affected its autonomy. Kuwait athletes were instead allowed to compete under the name Athletes from Kuwait. Taliban-controlled Afghanistan was banned from Sydney in 2000 because of its discrimination against women and did not take part. A lack of drug testing and Russias loophole has swimmers on edge, writes Jacquelin Magnay and Ellen Whinnett US out of mixed relay gold race THE United States, the reigning world champions and hot favourites for the inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay, were disqualified from their heat after an erroneous baton changeover. Their disqualification, for a first handover outside the permitted zone, deprives 35year-old Allyson Felix of a chance to become the most decorated female athlete in track and field history. Felix, on the comeback trail, is currently tied with Jamaican legend Merlene Ottey with nine medals, a dazzling haul that includes six golds and three silvers. Felix did not take part in the heat would no doubt have started the final on Saturday had the US made it through. American silver medallist Ryan Murphy; (inset) with Team ROCs Evgeny Rylov (centre) and Team Great Britains Luke Greenbank after the 200m backstroke final. Pictures: Getty Images

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