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2020 Tokyo Olympics

Securing use of Olympic venues priority for organizers

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Securing the use of all venues, including the athletes village, is the priority for organizers facing the mammoth task of postponing the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games by a year, the International Olympic Committee said. A task force established to handle the postponement to the summer of 2021, brought about by… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

FIFA extends age limit for Tokyo Olympics

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FIFA has extended the age limit for the men’s soccer tournament at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic. FIFA says it also postponed two women’s age-group World Cups due this year, and no international games will be played in the early June dates protected for national team… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Solidarity fund for swimmers 'huge', says Olympic champ Peaty

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Britain's Olympic 100 meters breaststroke champion Adam Peaty has called the International Swimming League's emergency fund of £15 million ($18.3 million) for swimmers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic "huge for the sport". The ISL has introduced the "solidarity program" to help swimmers continue to train for major events… Read

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Olympic delay adds workload, costs and cash flow uncertainty

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Postponing the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 will make the event more costly for all parties, the International Olympic Committee acknowledged on Thursday, although it offered few details on what the final bill might be. Four directors of the Olympic body held a conference call three days after Tokyo’s new dates… Read

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Athletes confused over qualifying for Games

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The decision to delay the Tokyo Olympics by a year is sparking both anxiety and hope among the world's athletes as the coronavirus pandemic adds to confusion over who might qualify for the Games, now in 2021. Legal experts warned of a Pandora's Box of messy legal challenges from athletes… Read

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Olympic sports fret over lost Games income

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The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and the shutdown of the sporting calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic are going to hit international sports federations hard financially. Many sports that are part of the Games depend heavily on the payouts every four years from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). "The… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Olympic flame to stay a month in Fukushima; next stop unsure

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The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan's northeastern prefecture of Fukushima. Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima. The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope… Read

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Biles says mental strain to wait for Olympics will take toll

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Reigning world and Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Simone Biles says coping with the mental strain of waiting another year for the Tokyo Olympics will take a heavy toll by 2021. Biles, who turned 23 last month, told the Today show on U.S. Olympic telecaster NBC that she expects coaches will… Read

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Beijing 2022 Olympics face 'special situation' after Tokyo delay

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Beijing 2022 organizers said they face "a special situation" after the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics means less than six months between the Summer and Winter Games. The Tokyo Olympics are now scheduled to run from July 23 to Aug 8, 2021 after they were put back a year… Read

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2020 Olympics postponement signals growing power shift from IOC to athletes

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Tweeting from her Toronto couch two weeks ago, six-time Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser had two words for the International Olympic Committee, which had yet to postpone the Tokyo Summer Games amid the coronavirus pandemic: "Insensitive and irresponsible." Days later the IOC acquiesced, delaying the Olympics until July 2021 and sparking what… Read

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