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Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Men's Marathon - Sapporo Odori Park, Sapporo, Japan - August 8, 2021. He was all alone - the greatest marathon runner in history and one of the greatest Olympians. "I wanted to create a space to show the world that this is a beautiful race," Kipchoge said after winning gold. Kipchoge was about to become only the third person ever to retain their Olympic marathon title, and cement his legacy. [nL5N2OL471]The marathon and the Tokyo Olympic Games at large were about more than just sports for Kipchoge, they were about the endurance of the human spirit.
Persons: Eliud, Kim Hong, Ji, Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge, Kipchoge, I'm, Omar Mohammed, Chris Gallagher, Ana Nicolaci da Organizations: Men's, REUTERS, Olympic, Olympic Games, Tokyo Olympic, Kipchoge, Sunday, Games, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Sapporo, Japan, Kenya, Ji TOKYO, Rio de Janeiro, October's, Netherlands, Ana Nicolaci da Costa
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Men's 4 x 400m Relay - Final - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 7, 2021. Netherlands took the silver medal in a national record time of 2:57.18 and Botswana claimed the bronze. "We ran another national record again today. Ramsey Angela of the Netherlands came storming down the home straight to pip Botswana to the silver medal in a national record time. His compatriot Liemarvin Bonevacia was ecstatic about the Netherlands winning their first Olympic medal in the event.
Persons: Rai Benjamin, Lucy Nicholson TOKYO, Michael Cherry, Michael Norman, Bryce Deadmon, Ryan Crouser, Carl Lewis, Isaac Makwala, Ramsey Angela, pip Botswana, Liemarvin Bonevacia, Sudipto Ganguly, Omar Mohammed, Mitch Phillips, Ed Osmond, Clare Fallon Organizations: United States, United, United States men's, Tokyo, Saturday, U.S, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, United, United States, Netherlands, Botswana, Curacao, Caribbean
Kenya's Faith Kipyegon relegated Hassan to bronze in retaining her 1,500m title while Shaunae Miller-Uibo was another repeat winner in the women's 400m. It took their athletics tally of golds this year to five - surpassing their previous best of three. KIPYEGON AFTERBURNERSIn the 1,500m, Kipyegon turned on the afterburners 300m out 500m and Hassan, looking tired after her gruelling week, was unable to respond as the Kenyan came home in an Olympic record 3:53.11 minutes. In the women's 20km walk, Palmisano completed an Italian double, winning on her 30th birthday a day after Stano's success. China's Liu Shiying won the women's javelin with an opening throw of 66.34 metres, well clear of Pole Maria Andrejczyk and Kelsey-Lee Barber of Australia.
Persons: Hassan, romping, Allyson Felix, Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei, Faith Kipyegon, Shaunae Miller, Uibo, Antonella Palmisano, Massimo Stano, Filippo Tortu, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, Andre de Grasse, Elaine Thompson, Herah, Ann Fraser, Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Briana Williams, Miller, pip Felix, Marileidy Paulino, Felix, Merlene Ottey, Carl Lewis’s, KIPYEGON AFTERBURNERS, Kipyegon, Laura Muir, Dawid Tomala, Jonathan Hilbert, Canada's Evan Dunfee, Dunfee, Jesus Angel Garcia, Saturday's, Palmisano, China's Liu Shiying, Maria Andrejczyk, Kelsey, Lee Barber, Mitch Phillips, Omar Mohammed, Amy Tennery, Sudipto Ganguly, Chris Gallagher, John Stonestreet Organizations: Italy Jamaican, Felix, Tokyo, Kenyan, Games, Thomson Locations: Italy, Tokyo, United States, Jamaica, Italians, Canada, Shelly, Britain, Dominican Republic, Hassan, Sapporo, Italian, Australia
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Men's Shot Put - Final - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 5, 2021. At that point, it looked like his own world record was in danger of falling. But he calmed down slightly in his later attempts before unleashing a 23.30m throw, breaking his Olympic record again, and coming within a whisker of the world record. This is only the third time that an athlete has broken the Olympic record three times during the shot put competition. Parry O'Brien of the United States did it in 1956 at the Melbourne Games and Ulf Timmermann of then East Germany at the Seoul Games in 1988.
Persons: Ryan Crouser, Kai Pfaffenbach TOKYO, Joe Kovacs, Tomas Walsh, Crouser, Parry O'Brien, Ulf Timmermann, Omar Mohammed, Nick Mulvenney, Himani Sarkar Organizations: REUTERS, United States, Rio Games, New Zealand, Melbourne Games, Seoul Games, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, United States, East Germany
TOKYO, Aug 5 (Reuters) - U.S. men continued to sputter on the athletics track at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday, while kayaker Lisa Carrington became New Zealand's most decorated Olympian and American Ryan Crouser broke his own shot put world record. Olympics: Best of August 51/35 Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Women's High Jump - Qualification - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 5, 2021. Crouser, from a family of throwers, held up a card reading "Grandpa, we did it, 2020 Olympic champion". Less hip, Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura suffered an online backlash for having feted softball pitcher Miu Goto the day before by pulling down his mask and putting her gold medal between his teeth. read more#GermMedal was trending on Japanese social media - the words for germ and gold sound the same in the language.
Persons: kayaker Lisa Carrington, Ryan Crouser, Grant Holloway, Kristina Ovchinnikova, Hannah Mckay, SP1EH8503XNIA, Carl Lewis, Holloway, I've, Joe Kovacs, Ian Ferguson, Paul MacDonald, Mark Todd, I'd, Hector Thomas Cheal Pardoe, Australia's Kareena Lee, Keegan Palmer glided, Brazil's Pedro Barros, Takashi Kawamura, Miu Goto, Mitch Phillips, Sudipto Ganguly, Omar Mohammed, Toshiki Hashimoto, Sakura Murakami, Mari Saito, Tim Kelly, William Mallard, Himani Sarkar Organizations: Tokyo, Toyota, London Olympic, U.S, Ariake Urban Sports Park, Nagoya, Toyota Motor Corp, Thomson Locations: TOKYO, New, United States, U.S, Tokyo, Japan, Kazakhstan, China, Jamaica, Tokyo Bay, Odaiba
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Men's Shot Put - Final - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 5, 2021. read moreU.S. men, who once dominated the 4x100 metres, failed to qualify for the final despite having two individual 100m finalists on the team. A ragged run, with poor changeovers and a shocking second handover, dragged them to a desultory sixth in their semi-final. Australia's Kareena Lee was hit on the chest by a fish the day before, after taking bronze in the women's marathon swim. read moreThe hashtag #GermMedal was trending on Japanese social media - the words for germ and gold sound the same in the language.
Persons: Ryan Crouser, Kai Pfaffenbach, Lisa Carrington, kayaker Lisa Carrington, Grant Holloway, Carl Lewis, Holloway, I've, Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad, Andre De Grasse, Chemutai, Joe Kovacs, Ian Ferguson, Paul MacDonald, Mark Todd, I'd, Hector Thomas Cheal Pardoe, Australia's Kareena Lee, Keegan Palmer glided, Brazil's Pedro Barros, Takashi Kawamura, Miu Goto, Mitch Phillips, Sudipto Ganguly, Omar Mohammed, Toshiki Hashimoto, Sakura Murakami, Mari Saito, Tim Kelly, William Mallard, Himani Sarkar Organizations: REUTERS, New Zealand, Tokyo, Toyota, London Olympic, U.S, Ariake Urban Sports Park, Nagoya, Toyota Motor Corp, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, United, Japan TOKYO, New, United States, U.S, China, Jamaica, Kenya, Uganda, Tokyo Bay, Odaiba
Athletics-Gardiner takes 400m gold on night of firsts
  + stars: | 2021-08-05 | by ( Omar Mohammed | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
Anthony Zambrano of Colombia took silver, becoming the first male athlete from the South American nation to win an Olympic medal in athletics. Kirani James of Grenada grabbed bronze, his third medal in the event and his country's first of the Games, after winning gold in 2012 and silver in 2016. He is the first athlete to win three Olympic medals in the men's 400m. Zambrano, who went into the race wearing gold earrings saying "400", dedicated his silver medal to his mother. "I am very happy to win this medal and I want to dedicate this to my family, my country.
Persons: Steven Gardiner, Anthony Zambrano, Kirani James of Grenada, Gardiner, I've, James, I'm, " Zambrano, Michael Cherry, Michael Norman, van Niekerk, Omar Mohammed, Shadia, Hugh Lawson, Toby Davis, Ed Osmond Organizations: Bahamas, South, U.S, Rio, Doha, Thomson Locations: TOKYO, Colombia, South American
Bolt, who won 200m golds at three consecutive Olympics, retired in 2017 and the United States are bidding to reclaim the title. The Americans last won a gold in the men's 200m event in the 2004 Olympics, when they ran the table and won all three medals. Trinidad and Tobago's Jereem Richards, the 2017 world bronze medallist, won his heat to also advance. Another teenager in the hunt for medals, Liberia's Joseph Fahnbulleh, 19, made it through after he finished second behind Canada's Aaron Brown. Jamaica's Rasheed Dwyer, the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, won his race to advance with the 5th fastest time of the round.
Persons: Usain Bolt, Noah Lyles, Kenneth Bednarek, Erriyon Knighton, Bednarek, Knighton, Canada's Andre De Grasse, overtaxing, Tobago's Jereem Richards, Liberia's Joseph Fahnbulleh, Canada's Aaron Brown, Eswatini's Sibusiso Matsenjwa, Jamaica's Rasheed Dwyer, Omar Mohammed, Ana Nicolaci da Organizations: USA, Thomson Locations: TOKYO, Jamaica, United States, Eugene , Oregon, Tokyo, Trinidad, Ana Nicolaci da Costa
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Women's 800m - Final - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 3, 2021. Mu, whose parents moved to the U.S. from Sudan two decades ago, said it was "awesome" that she won gold at such a young age. "I wasn't really putting gold on that, but as it got closer to the final today, I was like, 'Yeah, we want gold'," the 19-year old said. The 19-year old broke 2004 Olympic champion Kelly Holmes's British national record with a time of 1:55.88. "Kelly is a massive legend of the sport and she always will be with that double Olympic gold.
Persons: Athing Mu, Raevyn Rogers, Lucy Nicholson TOKYO, Mu, Semenya, Madeline Manning's, Keely Hodgkinson, Rogers, Britain's Hodgkinson, There's, Kelly Holmes's, Kelly, Hodgkinson, I'm, Omar Mohammed, Ed Osmond Organizations: United States, U.S, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, United States, Sudan, American, U.S, America
She will be joined in the final by compatriot Beatrice Chepkoech, the 2019 world champion who broke the world record in 2018 with a stunning 8:44.32 performance in Monaco. "I am feeling good, even though I have a little problem," she said afterwards, without giving any further details. Also contending will be American Courtney Frerichs, who impressively defeated Chepkoech to win her race with a 9:19.34 performance. The first three in each heat and the next six fastest progress to the final on Wednesday. Reporting by Omar Mohammed; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da CostaOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Beatrice Chepkoech, Chepkoech didn't, Chepkoech, Bahrain's Winfred, Yavi, Courtney Frerichs, Emma Coburn, Ethiopia's Mekides, Omar Mohammed, Ana Nicolaci da Organizations: Kiyeng, Thomson Locations: TOKYO, Kenya, Rio, Monaco, Ana Nicolaci da Costa
Double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won silver while fellow compatriot Shericka Jackson took bronze. "Congratulations to the ladies of Jamaica for the clean sweep," Richardson, who had been a Tokyo medal contender before the ban, wrote on Twitter. On Saturday in Tokyo, the lone American competing in the final Teahna Daniels finished seventh with a time of 11.02. Silver medallist Fraser-Pryce, who said Tokyo 2020 would be her last Olympics, tweeted her satisfaction at seeing Jamaica's dominance in the race. Jamaica's clean sweep confirmed its supremacy in the event, with 10 of the 12 available women's 100m medals since 2008 going to them, including all gold.
Persons: Sha'Carri Richardson, Lee Smith, Jamaica's, Elaine Thompson, Thompson, Shelly, Ann Fraser, Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Richardson, Gail Devers, Marion Jones, Teahna Daniels, Herah, Silver, Fraser, it's, Elaine, Shericka, Omar Mohammed, Ana Nicolaci da Costa Organizations: Diamond League, Gateshead, Twitter, U.S, Games, United, United States Anti, Doping Agency, Thomson Locations: Gateshead, Britain, TOKYO, Rio, Jamaica, Tokyo, Japan, United States, American
TOKYO, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Venezuelan triple jumper Yulimar Rojas soared out to 15.67 metres on Sunday to smash the world record with her final attempt, as she became the first woman Olympic champion in her country's history. A charismatic presence throughout, Rojas began with a brilliant jump of 15.41m that took her 2cm beyond the Olympic record set by Cameroon's Francoise Mbango in 2008 in Beijing. But the world best mark of 15.50m, set by Ukraine's Inessa Kravets in 1995, was the main target in her sights. Rojas has been the dominant force in the sport since the last Olympics, winning the world title a year later and repeating the feat in Doha in 2019. Of Rojas' record, she said it spurred her on.
Persons: Yulimar Rojas, Rojas, Cameroon's Francoise Mbango, Ukraine's Inessa, muttered, Patricia Mamona, Spain's Ana Peleteiro, Mamona, COVID, Peleteiro, Colombia's, Omar Mohammed, Hugh Lawson, John Stonestreet, Clare Fallon Organizations: Thomson Locations: TOKYO, Venezuelan, Beijing, Rio, Doha, Tokyo
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Women's 100m - Final - OLS - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - July 31, 2021. Poland edged clear to take their first gold in any sport in Tokyo, with Dominican Republic squeezing through for silver. Stahl added Olympic gold to his world title with a throw of 68.90 metres, leading a Swedish one-two with Simon Pettersson (67.39). The wide-open men's 100m final is the undoubted highlight of Sunday's programme but there are also medals up for grabs in the men's shot, men's high jump and women's triple jump. Reporting by Mitch Phillips, Sudipto Ganguly, Amy Tennery and Omar Mohammed; Editing by Ed OsmondOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Elaine Thompson, Ben Stansall, Thompson, Herah, Daniel Stahl, Swede Daniel Stahl, Usain Bolt, Thomson, Florence Griffith, Shelly, Ann Fraser, Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Fraser, I've, Dina Asher, Smith, LUMPY, Ronnie Baker, Fred Kerley, Canada's Andre de Grasse, Jamaica's, Yohan Blake, Tyquendo Tracey, Stahl, Simon Pettersson, Kenya's Mark Otieno, Mitch Phillips, Sudipto Ganguly, Amy Tennery, Omar Mohammed, Ed Osmond Organizations: Poland, Sweden TOKYO, Olympic, Swedish vikings, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, Jamaica, Poland, American, U.S, Seville, Dominican Republic, United States, Swedish
Athletics-Ethiopian Barega wins men's 10,000 metres
  + stars: | 2021-07-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
TOKYO, July 30 (Reuters) - Selemon Barega of Ethiopia won the men's 10,000 metres gold medal, the first of the Olympic athletics programme, on Friday, defeating world champion and world record holder Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda. Cheptegei's compatriot Jacob Kiplimo took bronze. The 21-year old Barega's victory was secured on the last lap as he sprinted to the finish line to secure a shock win. The Ethiopian delegation at the Olympic stadium applauded him as he smiled broadly and ran a victory lap with his country's flag draped around his shoulders. Reporting by Mitch Phillips and Omar Mohammed, editing by Ed OsmondOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Joshua Cheptegei, Cheptegei's, Jacob Kiplimo, Mitch Phillips, Omar Mohammed, Ed Osmond Organizations: Olympic, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: TOKYO, Ethiopia, Uganda
Hot favourite Cheptegei left it way too late to chase him down and only just caught 20-year-old compatriot Jacob Kiplimo on the line to take silver. The heavily-fancied United States team won their heat comfortably but were disqualified for exchanging the baton outside the box, as several teams seemed confused by the track markings. The women's shot put qualification saw three Chinese athletes qualify for Sunday's final, with double world champion Gong Lijiao topping the list on 19.46 metres. Earlier in the day, the women 100 metres sprinters opened the programme with some unexpectedly rapid heat times. Reporting by Mitch Phillips, Sudipto Ganguly and Omar Mohammed; Editing by Peter Rutherford and Ed OsmondOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Selemon Barega, Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Kiplimo, Sifan Hassan, Yulimar Rojas, Gong Lijiao, Elaine Thompson, Herah, Shelly Anne Fraser, Pryce, Fraser, Marie, Josee, Lou, Mitch Phillips, Sudipto Ganguly, Omar Mohammed, Peter Rutherford, Ed Osmond Organizations: U.S, Hassan, United States, Saturday's, Triple, Ivory, Thomson Locations: TOKYO, U.S, Nigeria, Nigerian, Poland, Netherlands, Jamaica, Britain, Venezuela, Ivory Coast
Athletics-U.S. 4x400 mixed relay team reinstated to final
  + stars: | 2021-07-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Mixed 4 x 400m Relay - Round 1- OLS - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - July 30, 2021. The American team, comprising Elija Godwin, Lynna Irby, Taylor Manson and Bryce Deadmon, were reinstated by jury decision, Tokyo 2020 organisers said on Saturday. "Both teams have now been reinstated after appeal and will race in the first ever Olympic mixed relay final at 21:35," the statement read. Olympic organisers had not added the United States to the start list for the medal race by Saturday morning. The United States won gold when the mixed relay featured at the world championships for the first time in Doha in 2019 and are favourites to capture the maiden Olympic gold for the event.
Persons: Lynna Irby, Taylor Manson, Lucy Nicholson TOKYO, Elija Godwin, Bryce Deadmon, Amy Tennery, Omar Mohammed, Pritha Sarkar, Stephen Coates, Karishma Singh Organizations: Heat, United, American, Dominican Republic, United States, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, United States, Dominican Republic, Doha
"The health and safety of our athletes, coaches and staff is our top priority," USOPC tweeted after confirming the positive test announced earlier by the athlete's father. United States Track and Field (USATF) said that Kendricks and his close contacts were immediately notified and protocols were activated to isolate him. "We are following the guidance on next steps to ensure the safety of the remainder of our delegation, and to offer support to Sam," USATF tweeted. Kendricks won the world title in 2017 and 2019 and Olympic bronze in Rio 2016. Reporting by Mitch Phillips, Omar Mohammed; Editing by Kenneth & Shri NavaratnamOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Sam Kendricks, David W Cerny TOKYO, USOPC, Sam, Kendricks, Mondo Duplantis, Mitch Phillips, Omar Mohammed, Shri Organizations: Ostrava, Spike, Tokyo, United States Olympic Committee, USATF, USOPC, Team USA, United States, Field, Kenneth, Thomson Locations: Ostrava, Czech Republic, U.S, Rio, Sweden
SAITAMA, Japan, July 28 (Reuters) - The United States got back on track in their quest for a fourth consecutive men's basketball gold medal on Wednesday with a 54 point blowout win against Iran buoyed by a barrage of three pointers, putting their shock loss to France behind them. Lillard, who plays for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, finished with a game high 21 points, with the United States ending up with 19 threes for the game. Iran were again their own worst enemy, sloppy with the ball and committing 23 turnovers that resulted in 37 U.S. points. The United States next play against the Czech Republic on Saturday, while Iran face France on the same day. The Germans had five players score in double figures and withstood an explosive game from Nigeria forward Jordan Nwora, who put up a game high 33 points.
Persons: Damian Lillard, Lillard, Behnam, we've, Gregg Popovich, Kevin Durant, Bam Adebayo, Johannes Voigtmann's, Jordan Nwora, Omar Mohammed, Shri Navaratnam, Peter Rutherford Organizations: United, Iran, Trail Blazers, France, Sunday, Olympics, GERMANY WIN, Italy, Thomson Locations: SAITAMA, Japan, United States, France, Tokyo, Iran, U.S, Czech Republic, GERMANY, Germany, Nigeria, Australia
That burden seems to have been exacerbated by a year a grief, loss and restrictions tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. 'A DIFFICULT ROAD'Even prior to arriving in Tokyo, athletes were facing new and unfamiliar pressures linked to the pandemic. "When we found out that the Games had been postponed because of the pandemic, our training base was closed. The 21-year-old nonetheless won the men's 200m freestyle gold on Tuesday to help Britain to its best ever start to an Olympic Games. "Sitting in my flat in isolation, an Olympic gold was a million miles away."
Persons: Ledecky, Simon Biles, Biles, Katie Ledecky, Angelina Melnikova, Tom Dean, COVID, Dean, Sanguk, Georgian Sandro Bazadze, Oh, Sunisa Lee, Bernard Ouma, Timothy Cheruiyot, Ishii, Murakami, Megumi Murakami, John Sibley, Sakura Murakami, Aaron Sheldrick, Amy Tennery, Omar Mohammed, Alan Baldwin, Christian Radnedge Organizations: Tokyo, U.S, Russian Olympic Committee, Games, Olympics, Olympic, Thomson Locations: TOKYO, Tokyo, U.S, lockdowns, United States, Britain, Korean, Japan, Switzerland, Shiokaze
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Basketball - Men - Group A - France v United States - Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan - July 25, 2021. The French had upset the U.S. men when they last met in the 2019 FIBA World Cup quarter-finals and they had their number again on the first day of group play at the Saitama Super Arena, powered by a game-high 28 points from Evan Fournier. "It felt good, it felt good," Fournier told Reuters. Team USA clawed back to briefly regain the lead in the fourth quarter, but the French wouldn't go away and took their first ever Olympic win versus the United States. Preparations were also disrupted by the absence of players due to this year's late NBA playoffs and late replacements due to COVID-19 tests and injury.
Persons: Edrice, Rudy Gobert, Vincent Poirier of France, Brian Snyder SAITAMA, Evan Fournier, Fournier, Omar Mohammed, Chris Gallagher, Kenneth Maxwell, Karishma Singh Organizations: Saitama, Vincent Poirier of France REUTERS, Sunday, Olympics, Reuters, Team USA, Olympic, NBA, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, France, United States, Saitama, Japan, French, Nigeria
KENYAThe Kenyan shilling is expected to come under pressure in the coming week as demand for dollars increases in the market. Commercial banks quoted the shilling at 108.05/108.25, compared with last Thursday’s close 107.85/108.05. TANZANIATanzania’s shilling is expected to hold steady as dollar inflows from daily corporate operations and retail companies match demand. UGANDAThe Ugandan shilling is expected to be stable, with inflows from exporters of commodities like coffee helping absorb appetite from merchandise importers. “Interim trends suggest that the rate is likely to trade between 22.650 to 22.850 in the short to medium term,” pan-African commercial bank Access Bank said in a note.
Persons: , naira, Omar Mohammed, Chijioke, Nuzulack Dausen, Elias Biryabarema, Chris Mfula Organizations: U.S ., Kenyan, Access Bank Locations: NAIROBI, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, KENYA, NIGERIA, TANZANIA, Dar es, UGANDA, ZAMBIA
NAIROBI, July 15 (Reuters) - Loans restructured by Kenya’s small and medium-sized businesses jumped tenfold in 2020 compared with a year earlier largely due to the impact of COVID-19, the central bank said on Thursday. The central bank took action last year to help these businesses to survive the economic slowdown brought about by the coronavirus, with many at risk of shutting down. The central bank said on Thursday the amount of loans that small and medium-sized businesses restructured totalled 234.7 billion shillings ($2.17 billion) last year, up from 20.6 billion shillings in 2019. It said the trade sector accounted for 74.2% of the restructured loans in 2020. That represented 19% of total loans, down from 57% of total restructured loans at the depth of the crisis, the bank said.
Persons: , George Obulutsa, Omar Mohammed, Jane Merriman Organizations: Kenya, Kenyan Locations: NAIROBI
ADDIS ABABA, July 15 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's media regulator said it had suspended the news website The Addis Standard on Thursday and accused it of advancing the agenda of a terrorist group. The Addis Standard website - which has regularly criticised the government - was still visible in Ethiopia on Thursday, but its most recent stories were a day old. "The temporary suspension followed complaints and alarming trends in EMA’s (The Ethiopia Media Authority's) monitoring findings," the regulator said in an online statement. The Addis Standard's publisher, JAKENN Publishing, said on Twitter it was "deeply disturbed" by the regulator's decision to suspend its media licence. The Commission said federal police had told it that three of the journalists had since been released.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Addis, Omar Mohammed, George Obulutsa, Katharine Houreld, Andrew Heavens Organizations: Addis, Ethiopia Media, Media, JAKENN, Twitter, Reuters, Ethiopian Human Rights, Awlo Media, Ethio, YouTube, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Tigray, WhatsApp, Nairobi
Troops in Eritrean uniforms are seen on top of a truck near the town of Adigrat, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021. The push sparked calls from Amhara politicians for irregular militias to mobilise and arm themselves. The war pits Tigrayan forces - both formal and irregular - against the Ethiopian military and its allies from Amhara and the neighbouring nation of Eritrea. The aid worker, citing information received from colleagues there, said locals greeted Tigrayan forces with songs, cheers, and celebratory gunfire. The fighting started overnight, two refugees living in a camp adjacent to the town told Reuters, saying gunfire began around 1 a.m. and continued intermittently for about 14 hours.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Mai Tsebri, Tigrayan, Abiy, TPLF, Lotte Knudsen, Mahlet Hailu, Dawit Endeshaw, Emma Farge, Stephanie Nebehay, Omar Mohammed, Katharine Houreld, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Forces, National Movement of Amhara, Ethiopian, Donors, Reuters, Eritrean, EU, United Nations, Human Rights, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Thomson Locations: Adigrat, Ethiopia, Baz Ratner NAIROBI, Ethiopia's Tigray, Amhara, Africa's, Tigray, Tigray's, Eritrea, Mai, Ethiopia's, Mekelle, Geneva, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir attends a meeting on the cutting of the number of states from 32 to 10, at the State House in Juba, South Sudan February 15, 2020. Violence exploded in South Sudan in late 2013, two years after it seceded from Sudan, when Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, sacked vice president Riek Machar, from the rival Nuer group. "I assure you that I will not return you back to war again," Kiir said in a speech marking independence day. On Friday, Pope Francis told South Sudan's leaders they had to do much more to establish peace and promised to visit the country, where violence is still raging in some areas, according to United Nations reports. Kiir, Machar and other politicians of predominantly Christian South Sudan were hosted at a Vatican retreat in 2019, where, on the last day, Francis knelt at their feet as he urged them not to return to conflict.
Persons: Salva Kiir, Pope Francis, Riek Machar, Kiir, Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Jim Wallace, Denis Dumo, Philip Pullella, Omar Mohammed, John Stonestreet Organizations: State, REUTERS, South, United Nations, of, Thomson Locations: Juba, South Sudan, Jok, JUBA, Sudan, Rome
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