Since the ITTF rankings have been frozen since April 2020, the restart plan will offer players the opportunity to elevate their world rankings before the end of 2020.
"The pandemic really has affected us tremendously. But I have not wasted my time. Instead, I kept improving my techniques. I was ready for this competition," he added.
"It's more important to enjoy the process," Gu added. "You can take pictures and enjoy the view so as to relax yourself when you go to different places to participate in competitions. It's also important to display sportsmanship. During the cycling portion of one triathlon, a competitor in front of me fell, and I immediately stopped to help him."
On paper, the Real Madrid squad doesn't look much stronger ahead of the new campaign than it did at the end of the last one, and any major arrivals appear unlikely. However, the summer chaos at FC Barcelona and the fact that Atletico Madrid haven't made any signings either implies that merely by standing still, Real could open up a gap.
Elsewhere, fifth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to advance, while fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece was upset by Croatia's Borna Coric in a five-set thriller.
British rider Adam Yates retained the yellow jersey and Peter Sagan took the green jersey.
Proceeding with his long-term project, the German is following his pattern of caring for his players' futures. Having told Draxler to possibly change the club to get more playing minutes underlines his strategy as much as it does to allow Havertz to leave the team despite important games to sign his contract at Chelsea. Enditem
TOKYO, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto said on Tuesday that the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games should be held "at any cost," trying to clear all doubts amid the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic and worries of policy change from a new government.
Playing in his second match for the Rio de Janeiro outfit, the 35-year-old combined with Rhuan Silveira before deftly sliding a shot past Cassio.
In his video, despite saying "unhappy", Messi explained he would see out the last year of his deal because he would "never go to court" against the club. Enditem
Tokyo 2020 organizing committee spokesman Masa Takaya said that Coates' comments have shown the IOC is "fully committed" to delivering the Games. He said that Tokyo 2020 will "carefully monitor the situation" and take countermeasures to ensure a safe and secure Games.