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Canada pulls out of Olympics, Japan says delay may be 'inevitable'

Apo - Canada pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics over coronavirus fears as Japan's prime minister Monday admitted a delay may be "inevitable" and the International Olympic Committee said a decision should come within weeks.

'Heartbreaking': Olympic torch events downscaled over virus

Apo - Tokyo 2020 organisers said Tuesday they had taken the "heartbreaking" decision to scale back parts of the Olympic torch relay due to the coronavirus, but stressed that spectators would still be allowed to watch from the roadside.

What would an Olympics cancellation cost Japan?

Apo - Japan and Olympic organisers are at pains to insist this summer's Games in Tokyo are on, despite the new coronavirus outbreak, but what would a cancellation cost the world's third-biggest economic powerhouse?

Tokyo Olympic boss 'extremely worried' about deadly virus

Apo - The chief executive officer of the Tokyo Olympics admitted Wednesday that organisers are "extremely worried" about the possible effect of the deadly new coronavirus on this summer's Games.

Tokyo to 'strengthen testing' for coronavirus before Olympics

Apo - Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike promised Sunday to implement "thorough measures" to protect people from the deadly coronavirus in the run-up to this summer's Olympic Games.

Tokyo unveils heat-busting stadium, 7 months before Olympics

Apo - Tokyo formally unveiled its 60,000-seater main Olympic Stadium Sunday, more than seven months before the 2020 Opening Ceremony -- with a host of special features to beat the feared heat.

Defiant governor says Olympic marathon should stay in Tokyo

Apo - Tokyo's governor insisted Wednesday she still wants to see the Olympic marathon held in the capital next year, despite plans to move the event to northern Japan over heat concerns.

Tokyo 2020 marathon move decision 'final', says IOC's Coates

Apo - The decision to move the Tokyo 2020 marathon and race-walking events to northern Japan is "final", the International Olympic Committee's John Coates said Friday despite opposition from local officials.

Bottas Japan win seals sixth world title double for Mercedes

Suzuka - Valtteri Bottas jumped from third to first with an electric start to win the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

NBA backs free speech after Hong Kong tweet furore

Apo - The NBA has insisted it backs free speech, after US politicians accused it of caving to China in a row over a pro-democracy tweet that has cost the Houston Rockets lucrative Chinese sponsors and airtime.

NBA chief backs 'free expression' after Hong Kong tweet furore

Apo - The NBA backs "freedom of expression," its commissioner has insisted, after the organisation was criticised for its response to a pro-democracy tweet by a Houston Rockets executive that angered China.

'We love China': Rockets' Harden 'sorry' over GM's Hong Kong tweet

Apo - Houston Rockets star James Harden on Monday apologised to China over a tweet by the team's general manager backing Hong Kong's democracy protests that cost the franchise TV exposure and sponsorship in the lucrative Chinese market.

'Chance of a lifetime': fans cheer Japan rugby win

Apo - Rugby fans from long-time supporters to newly minted enthusiasts crammed into bars and viewing zones in Tokyo on Friday to cheer as Japan kicked off the World Cup with a win in the opener against Russia."I have been so looking forward to the World Cup....

'Changing Japanese society': Tokyo marks year until Paralympics

Apo - With hands-on exhibitions for children and a world-record attempt, Tokyo Sunday marked one year until the 2020 Paralympic Games that organisers hope can change outdated attitudes towards disabled people in Japan.

One leap at a time: the 'Blade Jumper' with Olympic dreams

Apo - Triple Paralympic champion Markus Rehm, known as the "Blade Jumper", regularly outperforms able-bodied athletes in the long jump but dreams of beating them on the same stage.The charismatic German's world-record leap of 8.

Water bacteria cancels Tokyo 2020 paratriathlon test swim

Apo - The swimming section of a paratriathlon test event for Tokyo 2020 was cancelled Saturday due to high levels of bacteria in the water, the latest in a series of difficulties over water quality and temperature.

Tokyo 2020 construction worker dies, heatstroke suspected

Apo - A worker at a Tokyo 2020 Olympics construction site has collapsed and died, organisers said, reportedly of heatstroke as the Japanese capital swelters through a blistering heatwave.

Tokyo unveils 'cherry blossom' Olympic torch

Apo - Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Wednesday unveiled a cherry-blossom shaped torch for the Games as the city prepares for the famed flower season to begin in coming days.

Japan Olympic chief facing corruption probe to step down

Apo - The head of Japan's Olympic Committee said Tuesday he would step down in June, as French authorities probe his involvement in payments made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Games.

Japan Olympic chief facing corruption probe to step down

Apo - The head of Japan's Olympic Committee said Tuesday he would step down in June, as French authorities probe his involvement in payments made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Games.

Japan's 'Uncle Olympics' fan dies just short of 2020 Games

Apo - A Japanese Olympic mega-fan who attended every summer games since Tokyo in 1964 has died, just over a year before his home city was to host its second Olympics.

Japan eyes 2020 Olympics to retake place on tech podium

Apo - Driverless cars, robot volunteers and ultra high-definition TV: Japan Inc. hopes to use the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to show the world it has regained its touch for innovation and technology.

Japan's only homegrown sumo champ bows out in tears

Apo - The only Japanese-born grand champion or "yokozuna" in sumo tearfully insisted he had "no regrets" as he announced his retirement Wednesday after a disastrous run of form and injury.

IOC backs daylight savings to ease Tokyo 2020 heat fears

Apo - The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday backed calls by Japanese organisers to implement daylight savings time at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as concerns mount over athlete safety in soaring temperatures.

'Japan nearly slayed the giant' - cheers to tears for despairing fans

Apo - From Tokyo bars to a Buddhist temple, for millions of Japanese football fans the emotions were the same -- pinch-me optimism to crushing disappointment, all in the space of 25 agonising minutes.

Busted flush: Japan fans spark plumbing pinch in World Cup loo dash

Apo - Armchair Japan fans following their team's 2-1 World Cup win over Colombia risked triggering a plumbing disaster of biblical proportions when millions rushed to the toilet at half-time.

IOC helping N. Korean athletes prepare for Olympics

Bejing - The International Olympic Committee is working on a special programme to help North Korean athletes take part in the next two Olympic Games in Japan and China, IOC President Thomas Bach said Tuesday.

Japan's Olympic golf venue admits first female members

Apo - Japan's golf venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has granted full membership to women for the first time, after lifting a ban under pressure from Games authorities.

Boston marathon winner Kawauchi to quit his day job

Apo - The Japanese high school clerk who sensationally won the Boston Marathon despite having neither a coach nor a sponsor announced Thursday he was packing in his day job and turning pro.

Japan hails school clerk who won Boston Marathon

Apo - Japan on Tuesday hailed local school clerk Yuki Kawauchi, the surprise winner of the Boston Marathon, who called work after his victory to ask for an extra day off to celebrate.
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