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Flying Car Could Light Tokyo Olympic Flame in 2020

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Toyota has pledged 42.5 million yen (around $375,000) over the next three years to support the development of a flying car designed to light the Olympic Flame at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

One of the founding principles of Toyota is “Monozukuri wa Hitozukuri,” which translates to “Developing people through craft of making things,” according to the press release. Belief in that principle led to the support of the project. With these funds, the team can now speed up their engineering and development processes.

“This activity is an effort to make a dream vehicle – a flying car that gives dreams which connects to the next generation, with members spending time working outside office hours,” the project’s technical leader Tsubasa Nakamura said in the statement. “Development continues daily to realize the lighting of the Olympic flame to give dreams and aspiration to people all over the world.”

The project launched in 2012 and is run by Cartivator, a volunteer team of engineers and start-up professionals, the statement added.

The company wants the first models to be released in 2025, with mass productions for developing countries by 2040. By 2050, their stated goal is to “realize the world where anyone can fly in the sky anytime.”

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New Zealand sweeps Rugby World Cup Sevens, celebrates with haka

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SAN FRANCISCO — New Zealand has won a World Cup Sevens double for the second time after the men’s team beat England 33-12 in San Francisco on Sunday to follow the Black Ferns’ win in the women’s tournament.

The New Zealand teams won the men’s and women’s titles in Russia in 2013 and again were dominant.

Sione Molia scored two of New Zealand’s five tries in the men’s final, and South Africa held off Olympic champion Fiji 24-19 to take bronze.

The weekend results mean New Zealanders are the men’s and women’s World Cup holders in the traditional 15-a-side rugby and the sevens.

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Tour de France rider expelled for punching cyclist

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CARCASSONNE, FRANCE (AP) — Team Sky rider Gianni Moscon was expelled from the Tour de France on Sunday after he appeared to deliberately hit a fellow cyclist during the race.

The Italian lashed out at French rider Elie Gesbert of Team Fortuneo while both were competing during Stage 15 from Millau to Carcassonne.

“I’m sorry for today’s incident, and I totally regret my actions,” Moscon said. “I would like to personally apologize to Elie Gesbert…. What happened was wrong and was a bad example coming from me to everyone, and I want to publicly apologize. … I make no excuse for it and accept the decision of the race organizers.”

Team Sky director Dave Brailsford said the team would consider taking further action against Moscon after the Tour concludes next weekend.

The 24-year-old Moscon was suspended by Sky for six weeks last year for using a racial slur against an opponent.

His expulsion leaves Sky with seven riders.

Sky’s Geraint Thomas is leading the race ahead of teammate Chris Froome after 15 of 21 stages.

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