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2020 Tokyo Olympics

Shuttlers to keep Tokyo Olympic badminton ranking points earned before shutdown

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Shuttlers will keep ranking points they earned during the original Olympic qualification period before the novel coronavirus pandemic forced the Tokyo Games to be postponed, the Badminton World Federation said on Wednesday. The All England Open, played from March 11-15, was the final event to count towards Olympic qualification before… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Coates says Tokyo Games face 'real problems' due to COVID-19

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Tokyo Games organizers face "real problems" staging the Olympics next year as coronavirus infections continue to soar, senior international Olympic official John Coates said. Coates, Australia's Olympic chief and head of the International Olympic Committee's inspectorate for Tokyo, said organizers had to assume there would be no vaccine for COVID-19,… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Springboks' Kolbe would prefer to face the Lions than go to Olympics

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South Africa's World Cup hero Cheslin Kolbe has said he would rather play against the British & Irish Lions next year and forego the chance to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. The winger, whose try in the closing stages of last year’s World Cup final in Japan sealed success against… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Olympic inclusion a boost for climbers, says Britain's Horrocks

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The inclusion of sport climbing at the Olympics is a boost for competitors as they will receive additional funding, allowing them to focus on their training, former British Bouldering champion Imogen Horrocks has said. Sport climbing will make its debut in the Tokyo Games, which were scheduled to take place… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Farah feels Tokyo delay could help 10,000 meters title defense

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Multiple Olympic champion Mo Farah says the postponement of the Tokyo Games to 2021 could work to his advantage as the Briton will now have around 20 months to train for the defense of his 10,000 meters title having switched his focus back to the track. The 37-year-old retired from… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Olympic cycling champion Van der Breggen to retire after Tokyo Games

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Dutch Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen has said she will retire from cycling after defending her road race title at the rescheduled Tokyo Games in 2021. The 30-year-old, who won road race gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016, will become a coach with the Boels-Dolmans team after ending… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo Games could be greatest ever, says Coates

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Senior international Olympics official John Coates said on Saturday the delayed Tokyo Olympics could end up being the greatest Games ever, coming next year as the world emerges from COVID-19 crisis. Coates, Australia's Olympic chief and head of the International Olympic Committee's inspectorate for the Games, cited the examples of… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Australia grapples with disrupted winter sports program

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While the COVID-19 pandemic put Olympic plans in the shredder for hundreds of Australian athletes hoping to compete in Tokyo in 2020, it has also disrupted winter sports programs for the 2022 Beijing Games. Australia, which won three medals at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, has shelved plans for… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo 2020 'G-SATELLITE' carried to International Space Station

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The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) on Monday announced the successful launch of its “G-SATELLITE Go to Space” satellite. The satellite will initially dock with the International Space Station before being released to orbit the Earth during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Developed primarily… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Olympic flame arrival ceremony details announced

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The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) on Thursday announced details of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame arrival ceremony that will take place at Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Matsushima Base in Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on Friday March 20. The Olympic flame will be welcomed… Read

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