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'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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tokyo Olympic athletes face tracking apps if virus persists, says task force

Apo - Olympic athletes could face strict controls on movement and repeated coronavirus tests under measures discussed Wednesday by a task force charged with finding ways to safely hold the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games.

Tokyo Olympics will go ahead 'with or without Covid' — IOC's Coates

Sydney - Tokyo's postponed Olympics will go ahead next year regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, IOC vice-president John Coates told AFP Monday, vowing they will be the "Games that conquered Covid".

Tokyo Olympics will go ahead 'with or without Covid' - IOC's Coates

Sydney - Tokyo's postponed Olympics will go ahead next year regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, IOC vice president John Coates told AFP Monday, vowing they will be the "Games that conquered Covid".

Stranded by virus, Japan couple become Cape Verde envoys

Apo - A pair of Japanese honeymooners stranded in Cape Verde by the coronavirus pandemic have been named unlikely ambassadors for the tropical paradise's Olympic team at next year's Tokyo Games.

Tokyo marks one year until Olympics with subdued ceremony

Apo - Japan marked a year-to-go until the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics with a subdued ceremony Thursday as the raging coronavirus pandemic fuels fears about whether the Games will go ahead at all.

Only one quarter of Japanese want Olympics next year: poll

Apo - Just one in four people in Japan want to see the coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Games held next year, with most backing either further delay or a cancellation, a new poll shows.Only 23.

Venues secured for delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics: organisers

Apo - Tokyo 2020 organisers said Friday they have secured all the venues needed to hold the Olympics next summer, clearing a major hurdle to hosting the event postponed over the coronavirus.

Tokyo governor Koike cruises to second term

Apo - Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike declared victory in Sunday's vote to elect the leader of one of the world's most populous cities and immediately vowed to step up the fight against a recent coronavirus resurgence.

Olympics, virus dominate Tokyo governor vote

Apo - The postponed Olympics and a worrying second surge in coronavirus cases are the main issues as Tokyo voters elect a governor on Sunday to run one of the world's most populous cities.

'Last option' — no Olympic postponement beyond 2021, says Bach

Apo - Olympics chief Thomas Bach agreed that 2021 was the "last option" for holding the delayed Tokyo Games on Thursday, stressing that postponement cannot go on forever.

'Insensitive' Japan Olympic coronavirus logo pulled after row

Apo - A satirical mock-up depicting the Tokyo Olympics logo as the new coronavirus has been pulled after Olympic organisers branded it "insensitive" and said it infringed copyright.

Tokyo Olympics 'difficult' if pandemic not contained: Abe

Apo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday it would be "difficult" to hold the postponed Tokyo Olympics if the coronavirus pandemic is not contained.
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