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  • #ICYMI: Sydney 2000's Magical Moments Re-ignited, Asuncion 2022 Lives Despite Pandemic


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    Cathy Freeman on screen at 20th anniversary of Sydney 2000 (AOC)
    (ATR) It was a moment when all Australians and billions around the world focused on Sydney for the 2000 Olympic Games – a city girt by sea, showcasing a plethora of nature’s gifts of beauty rich and rare.

    Sydney didn’t let Australia down with Olympic boss Juan Antonio Samaranch declaring the Games of the 27th Olympiad “the best Olympic Games ever.”

    And today 20 years on, Sydney celebrated what was a defining moment in the celebrated Olympic history in Australia’s picturesque harbor city – the second time Australia had hosted the Games after Melbourne in 1956.

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    Asuncion 2022 Lives Despite the Pandemic

    Camilo Pérez López-Moreira (COP)

    (ATR) In mid-June when Latin America became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide, the cases in Paraguay were just over 1,000 and the deceased, a dozen.

    It seemed that Paraguay had achieved control of the infections. The government decided to return to "normality", with a mask and social distancing.

    But today Paraguay registers more than 28,300 infections while deaths add up to more than 540.

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    ITF Renames Fed Cup

    ITF president David Haggerty (upper right) and vice president Katrina Adams (lower left) joined Billie Jean King (lower right) for a virtual press conference. (ATR)
    (ATR) The Fed Cup is now the Billie Jean King Cup.

    The annual women’s team tennis event – which began in London in 1963 – will bring a fresh look in 2021 with the new name, honoring King, a pioneer for women’s tennis, and the most decorated player and captain in the event’s history having raised the trophy 10 times.

    “Be Bold, Make History” is the new slogan of the tournament. BNP Paribas will remain as the title sponsor.

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