March 29, 1981 marked a historic milestone for the London Marathon, one of the six most prestigious marathon runs on the planet. Today, millions of long-distance lovers love to celebrate the 39th anniversary of this special run.

This day just 39 years ago, the London Marathon officially opened with the participation of 7,055 athletes. The starting line, located at Greenwich Park, has become one of the most distinctive features of the prestigious run of nearly four decades.

The 1981 London Marathon was founded by Olympic journalist and Chris Brasher and athlete John Disley. Shortly after attending the New York City Marathon in November 1979, Brasher wrote an article in The Observer and was inspired here to propose the London Marathon.

In its first year of organization, the London Marathon took place on March 29, 1981, with over 20,000 registered users, but only over 7,000 were accepted. The record for that year was 6,255 who completed the race with a finish line set at Constitution Hill.

Over the years, the London Marathon has become one of the six most prestigious marathons (World Marathon Majors) with rapid growth. As of 2009, 746,635 people had completed the race. In 2010, 36,549 were awarded a medal for completion.

In 1983, wheelchair content was first introduced to the competition to create fairness for disabled athletes. In 2013, the IPC Athletics Marathon World Cup was held together with the London Marathon.

This year, the London Marathon was jubilantly celebrating its 40th anniversary on April 26, 2020, but the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic caused the race to delay until October 4, 2020. This promises to be one of the most worth watching events on the planet with the two best marathon runners in the world today: Eliud Kipchoge, the Kenyan star holding the world record (2:01: 39), was the first person in the world to run 42.195km under 2 hours and was also the reigning champion of the London Marathon when last year came in first with a record of 2: 2: 37 (fourth crowned).

The opponent of the “Goat” will be Kenenisa Bekele, the Ethiopian runner holding the second fastest marathon record in history: 2:01:41 at the Berlin Marathon 2019 (only less than Eliud Kipchoge’s world record of 2) seconds). Bekele also holds the world and Olympic records for the 5000m and 10,000 men’s distances.

The US-Iran tensions have raised security concerns in Asia’s second qualifying round and the 2022 World Cup finals.

Earlier, tensions between the United States and Iran have escalated after a drone attack at Baghdad airport (Iraq) that killed Quds task force commander Qassem Soleimani. However, the attack on Tuesday not only caused tensions in politics, but sports were more or less affected after the death of the Iranian general.

Tensions then escalated when Iran fired a series of ballistic missiles at a military base in Iraq, where US troops were stationed. The Iranian side also warned of threats to attack some of the US allies and US military bases that have raised widespread fears of conflict in the Middle East, of which Qatar is no exception.

The confrontation in politics has in fact affected sports, including football. Previously, due to security concerns, the US men’s team on Wednesday decided to cancel the training tour in Doha (Qatar) in preparation for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers for North Central America and the Caribbean.

Most recently, US defender Sergino Dest has asked permission to return home from the Ajax club training camp in Qatar because of concerns about rising tension between his country and Iran. This was confirmed by the Dutch club on October 10: “Sergino Dest is not comfortable with the growing tension in the area.”

The Ajax club said Dest had made a request to leave the training camp in Qatar, where teammates were preparing for the remaining phase of the Dutch top division after winter break. Sergino Dest is a US-Dutch national, but the player chose to play for the United States.

Along with the downing of a Ukrainian plane in Iran, the moves were more or less disturbing to the organization of the 2022 World Cup, the event hosted by Qatar. Earlier, according to Al Jazeera, Washington had sent nearly 3,000 troops to the Middle East amid growing threats to US forces in the region. Qatar has about 10,000 US military personnel at Al Udeid base. It is one of the most important US military bases in foreign countries and operates throughout the Middle East.

So, while it is not possible to predict the impact on Qatar’s hosting, the second qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia starting again in March is becoming a topic of discussion if the tension is over the straight US – Iran does not cool down. Notably, Iran will play at home against Hong Kong in Group C on schedule on March 26. Then, on June 4, Iran and Iraq received respectively Bahrain and Cambodia. These will be matches where the public is very concerned about security if the conflict in the Middle East continues.

In addition, the second qualifying phase of the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Asia has many home matches from Middle Eastern countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Syria, Palestine and UAE, the team will host Vietnam in the match on 9.6 of Group G.

Former England football player David Beckham has had many years playing for LA Galaxy since 2007, and is very close to former basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, who has also devoted his career playing for the basketball team. LA Galaxy, but has just suddenly died after a recent tragic helicopter crash.

The tragedy with Kobe Bryant made not only sports, politicians, but also the world entertainment industry mourned this famous former basketball player because after retirement, he had many projects and plans for the future is in many areas, and it’s just the beginning of a new chapter in my life.

As recently as Kobe Bryant invades the television industry, participating in many commentary programs and owning an intensive basketball analysis program on ESPN.

In March 2018, this Philadelphia-born star “Dear Body of Basketball” won an Academy Award for “Best Short Animation”.

However, now all the next plans of Kobe Bryant are unfinished. In thousands of words shared about the tragedy of the loss of sports and entertainment in the US, former player Beckham wrote a long and touching letter on Instagram.

Beckham said that it took him many hours to think about what happened to Kobe Bryant and to be very thoughtful to think about what to write, but still no words can describe my feelings after the departure of Kobe (Bryant).

Beckham and Kobe Bryant have been close since 2007, when Beckham decided to move to the United States to play for LA Galaxy in the MLS. The former player also goes to the Staples Center to see Kobe Bryant play for the LA Galaxy professional basketball team.

Also in the letter, Beckham wrote: “This is a special athlete, a husband, a father, and a friend. It is difficult to write these words. It is painful to know that we have lost a wonderful person and his beautiful, talented daughter.

At the same time, Kobe’s determination as he has overcome his pain to complete the match has inspired me every day. There are times when I go to see basketball and know that special things always happen when the game has 2 minutes”.

Sharing the loss of his best friend, Beckham also did not forget to share his sadness with the families of other victims who also suffered a great loss in the tragedy with Kobe Bryant.

Beckham’s touching letter now attracts more than 2 million viewers and shares.

Due to the Kobe Bryant tragedy, LA Galaxy’s basketball game earlier this week was delayed, while thousands of fans arrived in front of the Staples Center, LA basketball’s home ground Galaxy, to commemorate its legendary athlete.

 With the 20th Grand Slam title just won at Roland Garros, Serena Williams is very close to Steffi Graf’s 22 championship title to become the greatest female tennis player in history.

Indeed, Serena’s outstanding accomplishments and performance despite being 33 years old are truly impressive. But not only that, many ideas that Serena deserves to be the best athlete in the United States.

Actually, the word “best” is not really appropriate because it is something that is difficult to measure and compare. But it must be admitted that the dominance of Serena is almost absolute and no American athlete can approach that.

Serena has become the oldest woman in tennis history to hold the No.1 position in the world (for 2 consecutive years). And this seems to be going on as she doesn’t have a real rival to challenge. The 33-year-old has won the last three Grand Slam titles in a row. Since the beginning of the season, she has won 32 matches and lost only 1.

At Wimbledon later this month, Serena will aim to win the 21st biggest title. Throughout its career, Serena has spent 245 weeks holding the No. 1 position in the world. New York Times journalist Harvey Araton once compared his Williams sister to LeBron James, a basketball player well known for his dominance. But Serena played alone, and Lebron played team sport.

But will fans really be happy for Serena when women’s tennis is rated boring because of her excellence? Any tournament that Serena participated and she was not injured, all predictions that she would win the championship. Serena has no real opponents. Maria Sharapova is always inferior when they meet. Victoria Azarenka has potential but now is in a form of injury. Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska are difficult to be compared. The only person who could easily cause Serena trouble was Justin Henin, who had long since racked the racket.

So at the age of 33, the American tennis player is still an inviolable empire, so much so that people have to wonder how long she will stop.

A lawsuit filed by four American athletes accused the former US Olympic taekwondo coach Jean Lopez and her brother Steven of forcing them to be sex slaves.

Four American female athletes have filed a lawsuit in federal court, accusing the US Olympic Committee (USOC) and the American Taekwondo Federation (USA TKD) of forcing them to train and become sex slaves during their travels. According to AFP, four athletes, including Heidi Gilbert, Mandy Meloon, Amber Means and Gaby Joslin, have gone to Colorado court as a plaintiff of what they called “two decades of taekwondo athletes in the US Olympic team have been abused, exploited and sexually trafficked by the same organizations, officials, coaches and assistant coaches, who are entrusted with the duty to protect the athletes”.

The complaint of the four female athletes mentioned above named the former US Olympic taekwondo coach Jean Lopez and his younger brother Steven (each won 2 Olympic gold medals). Jean was banned by the US Center for SafeSport from the US Center for SafeSport for a lifetime ban from participating in every tournament, every taekwondo event in the world. Steven is temporarily restricted from participating in the investigation.

Meloon, a world champion twice in a 2007 lawsuit, reported that she had been raped by Jean at the 1997 World Cup in Egypt when she was 15 years old. She left Jean’s 2007 team and submitted the case to the USOC Arbitration Board. Gilbert claimed Jean had sexually assaulted her after competing in Ecuador in 2002 and in Germany in 2003. According to the lawsuit, female athletes who wanted to join the US taekwondo team had no choice but to respond sexual needs of the Lopez brothers. If they refuse, they will be forced to sit on the bench, suspended or kicked off the team by the Lopez brothers, USOC and USA TKD”.

USD TKD sends press releases to the newspapers stating that there is no time to review the details of the lawsuit and because “this is a legal issue under investigation, it is not appropriate for us to comment deeper in the moment”.