Kosuke Kitajima shall not go to the Olympics
Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima has announced his retirement after the News that he shall not have a berth in the 200 metres breast-stroke event at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Mr Kitajima, who at the age of 33 has already won four gold medals, ended up coming in fifth position with a time of 2 minutes 9.96 seconds, in his country’s selective event to choose the country’s representatives in the Olympic Games, and also missed the opportunity in the 100 metres breast-stroke.
Considered the most important Japanese swimmer of all time, his curriculum also includes silver medals in the 4×100 medley relay at the London Olympics in 2012, and bronze medals at the same event in 2004 and 2008. The swimmer got very emotional during his farewell, and said that he may have seek information from other athletes about what to do with his spare time and also his thirst for adrenalin, from now on.
The Japanese vacancies for the Olympics were conquered by Yasuhiro Koseki (2 minutes 8.14 seconds) and Ippei Watanabe (2 minutes 9.45 seconds).
Italy secures qualification in water polo
After beating Romania by eight goals to seven in the world pre-Olympic qualification tournament held at the Polo Natatorio Bruno Bianchi, in Trieste, Italy secured its place in the men’s water polo event at the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro. This team won silver at the Olympic Games in London.
Apart from Italy, the other countries that qualified for the Olympics in men’s water polo were Spain, France and Hungary – with the last of these being the main champion of men’s water polo events. This completes the list of the 12 national teams that shall participate in this event at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics: the others are Brazil, Serbia, Croatia, the United States, Greece, Australia, Japan and Montenegro.
Neymar’s destiny as yet uncertain
The arrival of Neymar to be part of the Brazilian men’s football team during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has not yet been confirmed. Brazil’s coaching team is still talking to FC Barcelona, trying to get the player released for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and also for the Centenary Edition of the Copa America. However, it is speculated that Neymar himself would be interested only in participating in the elimination phase of the Cup, thus saving energy to be fully fit to take part in the Olympic Games.
However, the player’s proposal may not be confirmed if another rumour is confirmed. The Spanish media has been spreading the idea that Nike is requesting the presence of the player who is the company’s main propaganda boy, during the Conmebol competition, as this shall be played in the United States and, more importantly, because Lionel Messi, who is a propaganda boy for competitors Adidas, has already confirmed his presence at the tournament.