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  • ICYMI: Winter Federations on Fast Track With Ferriani; Cuban Arozarena Could be Olympian With Mexico


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    New AIOWF President Ivo Ferriani. (ATR)

    (ATR) International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) president Ivo Ferriani will lead his fellow winter sport federations through the Covid-19 pandemic and ahead to the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

    Ferriani, 60, was unanimously elected as the new president of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) during the organization’s online General Assembly held last week. The Italian sports leader replaces the retiring Gian-Franco Kasper, who had led AIOWF since 2014.

    “The biggest challenge for the members of the AIOWF is definitely the calendar planning for the upcoming events under the Covid-19 pandemic,” Ferriani says. “Some of these events are Olympic qualifiers and may have an impact on the qualification path.

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    Cuban Arozarena Could be Olympian With Mexico

    Randy Arozarena led the Tampa Bay Rays to the World Series in 2020. (Wikipedia)
    (ATR) 2020 Major League Baseball postseason revelation Randy Arozarena is eligible to play for Mexico in the Tokyo Olympics baseball tournament.

    In response to Around the Rings, a source from the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) confirmed that "if Arozarena has a Mexican passport and it has been more than three years since he last represented Cuba, he may be eligible to represent Mexico."

    After fleeing from Cuba, by sea, and arriving in the Mexican state of Yucatán, in 2015, Arozarena was inserted into the professional baseball system of that country and at that time he became a naturalized Mexican.

    During the postseason broadcasts and the World Series, Mexican commentators from American sports channels reiterated the Cuban's passage through Mexican clubs before making his debut in the Major Leagues.

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    South American Youth Games Postponed to 2022

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    (ATR) Add the South American Youth Games in Rosario, Argentina to the wave of postponements of sporting events in the Americas due to the current Covid-19 crisis.

    The Games, originally scheduled from March 19 to 28, 2021, will now run from April 28 to May 8, 2022.

    The decision was adopted on Wednesday by the South American Sports Organization (ODESUR), which for several weeks has been closely monitoring, together with the Argentine authorities, the possibility that the pandemic could force a delay.

    According to an official statement, ODESUR accepted a request for postponement from the organizers due to the critical situation amid rising infections.

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