2020 Tokyo Olympics

Bach tries to boost Olympic morale in Japan

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Hoping to boost morale in Japan by assuring people that the Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled, IOC President Thomas Bach held a conference call limited to three of Japan's main media outlets — newspapers Asahi and Yomiuri, and the Kyodo news agency. Bach was responding to comments made… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Japan to decide on Olympic torch relay format next week

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers said on Friday they will make a call next week on how they plan to hold the ceremonial torch relay amid growing worries the coronavirus could scale back or even cancel scheduled events at the Games. The chief executive of the committee, Toshiro Muto, has said… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Virus threat to Olympics casts shadow over marathon trials

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The nation's top distance runners carry a new concern into the U.S. Olympic Team Marathon Trials. “The possibility that you make this team and then you don't have an Olympics to go to,” Jacob Riley said. The top three men's and women's finishers on Saturday will earn spots on the… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Media giant Discovery insured against Olympic disruption

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Baseball and basketball played before empty stands. Soccer leagues delayed matches. Clubs left out of Asian competitions or matches were forced to relocate. And the rapidly spreading virus that has infected more than 81,000 people globally and left more than 2,750 dead, mostly in China, continues to threaten the Tokyo… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Athletes should not risk health for Tokyo Games: Thorpe

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Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe says athletes should not put their Olympic dreams before their health in deciding whether to compete at the Tokyo Games as global health authorities battle to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. The flu-like virus is believed to have originated in a market selling… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Careers could end without Olympic highlight if Tokyo Games canceled

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The potential cancelation of the Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus outbreak could end the careers of several athletes like twice shot put champion Valerie Adams, according to Athletics New Zealand's high performance director Scott Goodman. The Tokyo Olympics are still scheduled to take place from July 24-Aug 9 and… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Swimmers concerned Olympics will be canceled

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If any thoughts were creeping into their minds that the Tokyo Olympics might be canceled because of a viral outbreak, elite swimmers Katinka Hosszú, Chad le Clos and Sarah Sjöström certainly didn’t show it during a strenuous two-hour training session Wednesday. It was only after the three swimmers — who… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Olympic organizers consider downsizing torch relay over virus

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The CEO of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee said Wednesday the Olympic torch relay could be downsized in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. "Bringing spectators together in large numbers increases the risk of infection. Downsizing is among the approaches we can consider," Toshiro Muto told reporters.… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Colombia face potential weightlifting ban after positive tests

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Colombia's weightlifters could be banned from this year's Tokyo Olympics after three of their athletes failed doping tests and were provisionally suspended for a year, the Colombian Weightlifting Federation said. The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said Juan Felipe Solis, Ana Segura and Yenny Sinisterra had all tested positive for banned… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo organizers, government go on the offensive over virus threat

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Tokyo Olympic organizers and the Japanese government went on the offensive Wednesday after a senior IOC member said the 2020 Games were being threatened by the spread of a viral outbreak, with their fate probably decided in the next three months. Tokyo organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto abruptly called a… Read

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