Some Of Europe's Best Head To Debrecen
May 15, 2012
European Championships: the entry for the continent's showcase in Hungary has been severely weakened by the demands of the Olympic season but among those heading for a London 2012 warm-up are Germany's top team and Federica Pellegrini (ITA). Fred Bousquet (FRA), who missed the Olympic cut for France at trials in March, is uncertain for Debrecen after straining ribs in the heats of the 100m butterfly at the US Grand Prix in Charlotte last weekend. France and Britain are among nations sending only a few of their Olympic teams the likes of Yannick Agnel and Camille Muffat (FRA) among those who will skip the championships. Racing gets underway in Debrecen next Monday.
Poland: With one day remaining at Polish nationals in Olsztyn, key names have made their national cut for London 2012, the FINA A cut not required to earn selection. The best of the action:
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USA: About 1.7 million US children can participate in the Olympics this year, First Lady Michelle Obama told the nation her husband leads. Mrs Obama "Let's Move" initiative aims to combat childhood obesity and will be organised with the US Olympic Committee, the Partnership for a Healthier America, US Paralympics and several national sports governing organisations. The point: to get children off their backsides, away from computer screens and bad diets, in part by enthusing 1.7 million of them with the Olympic message. "That is so important, because sometimes all it takes is that first lesson, or clinic, or class to get a child excited about a new sport," said Michelle Obama. "So this summer, together with our children, we can support Team USA not just by cheering them on, but by striving to live up to the example they set." PHA President and CEO Larry Soler added: "It's important for us to remember that being active and moving more doesn't mean you have to train like our nation's elite athletes, but being active is part of a healthy lifestyle." Part of the programme will see USA Swimming offer starter courses for 600,000 youngsters. Obesity statistics have it that 35.7 per cent of American adults - that's 78 million people - and 16.9 per cent of children and adolescents - that's 12.5 million more - are officially obese. A nation of plenty - including extremes.