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Tour De Lombok Mandalika 2017 welcomes cyclists from 19 countries

  • Published in Sports

Twenty-one cycling teams from 19 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Spain arrived in Lombok to participate in the Tour De Lombok (TDLM) 2017, which was held from April 13 to 16.

TDLM 2017 is classified in the “2.2” category by the Union Cyclists International (UCI) after the Philippines. Divided into four legs totaling in 485.6 kilometers, the route passed through Lombok’s main cultural and tourist attractions.

The first leg of the race took riders from the governor's office in Mataram, the capital city of West Nusa Tenggara, to Kuta Beach in Central Lombok with a total distance of 126.3 kilometers. The second leg had the cyclists racing over 113.3 kilometers from Bangsal to Senaru in North Lombok. The third leg covered 112.1 kilometers from Kuta Beach to Sembalun in Central Lombok. The fourth and final leg was a 112-kilometer circuit race consisting of 10 laps in Mataram city.

The organizers coordinated with the local police to ensure safety, resulting in zero road closures throughout the event.
he head of the National Sports Council's (KONI) West Nusa Tenggara branch, Andi Hadiyanto, said the TLDM 2017 was not the only sports-tourism event held in Lombok this year. According to him, this kind of activity is not only aimed at promoting the captivating beauty of Lombok but also at encouraging sports participation by West Nusa Tenggara youth.

“A lot of cyclists were captivated by the beauty of Lombok and the friendliness of people that they encountered along the route of the race,” said Hadiyanto.

Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said international-scale sports tourism events could have a direct impact on and high media value for Lombok as well as Indonesia. He expressed optimism that Tour De Lombok would boost specific market interest in recreational sports. (asw)

The Jakarta Post


Dana Vollmer, the Olympic swimmer racing while six months pregnant

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With a little more than 1,000 days to go until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics begin, preparation - even at this stage - is key.
Such is the case with American swimmer Dana Vollmer, who claimed her seventh Olympic medal in Rio last year.
But she has had to adapt her preparation for Tokyo to cater for, in her words, the "bowling ball" in her stomach.
In her first race since Rio on Thursday, Vollmer was six months pregnant.
The first obstacle was finding a swimming costume that worked for her - up from the size 26 she wore in Rio to a size 32 at Thursday's race in Mesa, Arizona.
"It kind of holds everything in," she said, in an interview on the Team USA website. "We had to go up a few sizes to hold the belly."
Vollmer raced with her doctor's permission, and has amended her training programme while pregnant by doing more strength training.
In an interview before the race with ESPN, she said training was a welcome distraction.
"As hard as people think this is, the race is only 30 seconds long as opposed to the entire day I spend holding and chasing around a 35-pound two-year-old," she said. "This will feel like a break."
After winning gold in the 100m butterfly in the 2012 London Olympics, Vollmer took time off to have her first child, son Arlen, and returned in time to qualify for Rio.
But this time around, she has made the decision to continue training. Baby number two, a boy, is due in July.
"Putting the health of the baby first doesn't just mean sitting on the couch," the 29-year-old said.
Why it's OK to run when you are pregnant
Vollmer isn't the first woman to race while heavily pregnant - in June 2014, Alysia Montano competed in the 800m quarter finals of the US track and field championships while eight months pregnant.
Plenty of women have also taken part in the Olympics while pregnant, though none did in Rio, due to concerns over the effect of the Zika virus on unborn children.
The website of the US Swimming Masters, an organisation helping promote the sport, advises that women can carry on swimming even while heavily pregnant, but that each case is different.
Competing in the 50 metres freestyle only three months before giving birth did present one particular challenge for Vollmer.
"I don't think I've ever done a 50 where I took four or five breaths," she said. "A 50 felt long for the first time in my life."
In the end, Vollmer finished 55th in the preliminary round in Mesa, with a time of 27.59 seconds (last year, she swam the same race in 25 seconds).
Not that her time was a problem.
"Time didn't matter, place didn't matter," she said. "I've loved being here. I've loved seeing all my teammates, all the people from Rio. The race felt great."

BBC News


Aaron Hernandez: Jailed ex-NFL player acquitted of murder

  • Published in U.S.

Former US footballer Aaron Hernandez has been acquitted of a drive-by double murder that prosecutors said began over an argument about a spilled drink.
On Friday he was acquitted of seven charges, but was found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm.
The former tight end for the New England Patriots is already serving a life sentence for the killing of man who was dating his fiancee's sister.
Hernandez cried in court as the verdict was read, saying he is "very happy".
A judge added five years to Hernandez sentence after the verdicts were read.
He had been accused of the fatal shooting of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado outside a Boston nightclub in 2012.
Prosecutors said it happened after the American football star became enraged that one of the men had bumped into him causing him to spill his drink.
Lawyers for the state relied heavily on a former friend of Hernandez, Alexander Bradley, who said he had been the driver for the shooting.
Bradley, who is serving a prison sentence in another state, was granted immunity in order to testify.
He had also claimed that Hernandez shot him in the face, causing him to lose sight in his right eye, after becoming paranoid that he would tell someone about their crime.
Hernandez's lawyers mocked the immunity agreement as the "deal of the century".
One month after the deaths, Hernandez signed a $40m (£32m) extension contract with the Patriots.
Prosecutors pointed to one of Hernandez tattoos as evidence that he had committed the attack.
"That is not random. That is not art. That is evidence," Patrick Haggan told the court about a depiction of a handgun beside five bullets - the same number fired in 2012.
"That is a confession."

BBC News

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