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Brussels bomber’s brother not named to Belgium Olympic team

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Taekwondo athlete Mourad Laachraoui, whose older brother, Najim, was one of two suicide bombers in the March 22 Brussels airport attacks, was passed over for the Rio Olympics, the Belgium Olympic Committee announced Thursday.

Belgium announced its three Olympic taekwondo selections and did not include Laachraoui, who last month won gold at the European Championships in a non-Olympic weight class.

Laachraoui, who took the European 54kg title, was one of three candidates for the Belgium team in the lightest Olympic men’s division of 58kg.

The athlete chosen for the Olympics was Si Mohamed Ketbi, who qualified the quota spot for Belgium last year and was No. 7 overall in the Olympic 58kg rankings at the end of May.

Laachraoui was No. 11 in the Olympic 58kg rankings at the end of May but was considered a possible Olympic selection after he won gold at Europeans in the lighter weight class.

Ketbi, the reigning World 58kg silver medalist, missed the European Championships and has reportedly had trouble making weight, which had put him in danger of not being named as Belgium’s Olympic representative at 58kg.

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David Rudisha escapes car crash ‘well and unhurt’

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David Rudisha, a two-time Olympic champion and world record holder at 800m, is “well and unhurt” after a car accident in his native Kenya, according to his Facebook account.

Kenyan media reported that one of Rudisha’s tires burst on Saturday night, leading his car to collide with a bus, and he was treated for minor injuries at a hospital.

Rudisha, 30, last raced July 4, 2017, missing extended time with a quad muscle strain and back problems. His manager said last week that Rudisha will miss next month’s world championships.

Rudisha owns the three fastest times in history, including the world record 1:40.91 set in an epic 2012 Olympic final.

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Tokyo Paralympic medals unveiled with historic Braille design, indentations

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The Tokyo Paralympic medals, which like the Olympic medals are created in part with metals from recycled cell phones and other small electronics, were unveiled on Sunday, one year out from the Opening Ceremony.

In a first for the Paralympics, each medal has one to three indentation(s) on its side to distinguish its color by touch — one for gold, two silver and three for bronze. Braille letters also spell out “Tokyo 2020” on each medal’s face.

For Rio, different amounts of tiny steel balls were put inside the medals based on their color, so that when shaken they would make distinct sounds. Visually impaired athletes could shake the medals next to their ears to determine the color.

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The design is centered around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolize Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

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