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Japan dismisses Olympics cancellation report as teams back Games

Apo - Japan dismissed a report claiming officials see cancelling the Tokyo Olympics as inevitable on Friday, as heavyweights the United States, Canada and Australia said they were still preparing for the Games.

Japan PM 'determined' to hold Olympics despite cancellation report

Apo - Japan's prime minister said he was "determined" to hold the Tokyo Olympics as organisers on Friday brushed off a report claiming officials think cancellation is inevitable.

IOC chief says 'no plan B' for Tokyo Olympics: Kyodo News

Apo - The virus-delayed Tokyo Olympics will go ahead this summer, and there is "no plan B", International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach said in an interview Thursday.

With six months to go, cancellation fears cloud Tokyo Olympics

Apo - When the Tokyo Olympics were postponed last year, officials promised they would open in 2021 as proof of mankind's triumph over the coronavirus.

Tokyo 'unwavering' on Olympics but fans not guaranteed: CEO

Apo - Olympics organisers are "unwavering" on holding the coronavirus-delayed Games this year but can't rule out staging it without spectators, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto told AFP.

Tokyo to cut back on athletes at Olympics opening ceremony

Apo - Tokyo Olympics organisers said Monday they will slash the number of athletes at the opening and closing ceremonies of this year's coronavirus-delayed Games, as a report said thousands fewer will attend.

'Anything can happen' with Tokyo Olympics: Japan minister

Apo - A Japanese cabinet minister admitted Friday that "anything can happen" with the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympics, becoming the first senior official to concede uncertainty about the Games as Japan and other countries battle a surge in cases.

Tokyo Olympics organisers say cancellation report 'fake news'

Apo - Tokyo Olympics organisers played down a poll showing plunging support for the Games on Tuesday and said a report claiming cancellation could be discussed next month was "fake news".

Support for Olympics hits new low in Japan: poll

Apo - Support for holding the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympics this summer has hit a new low in Japan, a poll found Sunday as the country battles a third wave of infections.

Op-Ed: Yes, 2020 has been a very tough year, but we have had worse

I don't know how anyone else feels about 2020, but if it was possible, I would vote for either a rerun or just removing it from the history books. Actually, 2020 is just one of seven years considered to be in line for the "worst year" in US history.

Russia hails CAS not banning athletes from Olympics, slams Putin exclusion

Moscow - Russia's Olympic Committee on Thursday expressed its satisfaction with the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision not to ban the country's athletes from participating in the Olympics.

WADA calls Russia ban over doping 'very strong' move

Montr - By excluding Russia from major international sporting competitions for the next two years over systematic doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport made a "very strong" move that validates the work of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), its director ...

Bid to make 'ecocide' a crime gains new momentum

Paris - Climate change, oil spills, deforestation. The injuries caused to the natural world by states and companies threaten whole ecosystems and imperil the environment that sustains life itself. But are they crimes?

Tokyo 2020 unveils plan for socially distanced Olympic torch relay

Apo - Tokyo 2020 organisers said Tuesday they will press ahead with a nationwide, socially distanced torch relay -- 100 days before the Olympic flame begins its coronavirus-delayed journey around Japan.

Emissions fell record 7 percent in 2020: study

Paris - Carbon emissions fell a record seven percent in 2020 as countries imposed lockdowns and restrictions on movement during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Global Carbon Project said Friday in its annual assessment.The fall of an estimated 2.

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to cost extra $2.4 billion

Apo - The coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Olympics will cost at least an extra $2.4 billion, organisers said Friday, with the unprecedented postponement and a raft of pandemic health measures ballooning an already outsized budget.

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to cost extra $2.4 billion: organisers

Apo - The coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Olympics will cost at least an extra $2.4 billion, organisers said Friday, with the unprecedented postponement and a raft of pandemic health measures ballooning an already outsized budget.Tokyo 2020 said an additional $1.

18 percent of Olympic tickets sold in Japan to be refunded

Apo - About 18 percent of tickets sold in Japan for next year's coronavirus-postponed Olympics will be refunded, Tokyo 2020 organisers said Thursday, with over 3.6 million seats still reserved domestically for the Games.

Less contact, short trips: virus-hit Olympics bosses set out rules

Apo - Athletes at the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympics will face regular testing, restrictions on mingling and potential punishment for non-compliance with health rules, organisers said Wednesday as they outlined plans for holding the Games.

Argentina dump rugby captain Matera over 'xenophobic' posts

Sydney - Argentina rugby skipper Pablo Matera was stripped of the captaincy and suspended over "discriminatory and xenophobic" tweets on Tuesday.

Delayed Tokyo Olympics to cost additional $1.9bn: report

Apo - The coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Olympics could cost $1.9 billion more than its original budget of $13 billion, a 15 percent increase, a report said Sunday.

IOC's Bach 'very confident' Tokyo Olympics will have fans

Apo - Olympic chief Thomas Bach said Monday he is "very, very confident" that spectators will attend next year's Tokyo Olympics, as he kicked off a Japan trip to boost momentum for the pandemic-postponed Games.

'Our dream came true' says North Macedonia after winning Euro 2020 place

Skopje - The small Balkan state of North Macedonia was over the moon Friday after qualifying for next year's European football championships, a historic victory that goes beyond sport for a country which struggled for decades to have even its name recognised.

North Macedonia secure historic qualification for Euro 2020

Tbili - North Macedonia will go to a major tournament for the first time in their history after a Goran Pandev goal gave the Balkan nation a 1-0 win away to Georgia in their Euro 2020 qualifying play-off final on Thursday.

Japan tests virus measures at near-full baseball stadium

Apo - Fans flooded into a baseball stadium in Japan that will host Olympic events next year as officials tested virus-prevention measures Friday with their eyes on the delayed Games.

Tokyo 2020 organisers weigh virus control centre for Games

Apo - Tokyo 2020 organisers and Japanese officials said Tuesday they may set up an infectious disease control centre at next year's pandemic-postponed Games, as they debate how to hold the event safely.

Olympic chief says Games cannot be 'marketplace of demonstrations'

London - Olympic chief Thomas Bach warned against allowing the Games to "descend into a marketplace of demonstrations" on Saturday after criticism of a rule banning protests by athletes.

'LGBTQ landmark': Tokyo opens Olympics Pride House

Apo - Tokyo on Sunday opened its first major community hub for LGBTQ people, part of a pre-Olympics project that campaigners hope will tackle stigma and raise awareness of discrimination.

Tokyo Olympics organisers say will cut costs by $280m

Apo - The cost of the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympics will be slashed by $280 million, organisers said Wednesday, touting a scaled-back, less flashy Games, with cuts to everything from staffing to pyrotechnics.

Japan PM Suga 'determined' to hold Olympics despite pandemic

New York - Japan is "determined" to host the postponed Olympic Games in 2021 despite the coronavirus pandemic, the country's newly elected prime minister told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.
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