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British medical journal calls for global conversation on Tokyo Olympics

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A British medical journal has called for a "global conversation" about what to do with the Tokyo Olympics set to open next month amid the coronavirus pandemic, while criticizing global health organizations for being largely silent on the topic. In an editorial dated Saturday, The Lancet said the silence by… Read

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Osaka earns Olympic tennis spot as rankings for Tokyo Games released

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World No. 2 Naomi Osaka earned her first Olympic berth for Japan on Monday with the release of the international tennis rankings used to determine automatic qualification for this summer's Tokyo Games. Automatic entry will be awarded to the top 56 men's and women's singles players, with a limit of… Read

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Aussie McKeown smashes world backstroke record at Olympic trials

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Australia's Kaylee McKeown threw down the Olympic gauntlet to American rival Regan Smith by smashing her 100 meters backstroke world record Sunday, while Ariarne Titmus fired a warning shot to superstar Katie Ledecky with the second fastest 400 meters freestyle ever. McKeown, 19, touched in 57.45 seconds at the Australian… Read

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Suga says he won support from all G7 leaders for Olympics

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Sunday said he had won firm support at a G7 summit meeting in Britain for holding the Tokyo Olympics despite public concern that the sports extravaganza could worsen the spread of coronavirus infections. "I won very strong support from all the leaders ... as… Read

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Phelps is gone, but others ready to fill the void

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Not long after rolling into town, Michael Phelps would dutifully pop into the interview room to muse on his outlandish accomplishments in the pool. There was always an extra bit of excitement in the arena when he arrived, even if he rarely revealed anything of great importance. Like Jordan and… Read

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Schools pull out of Tokyo Olympic spectator program over virus fears

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Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have begun accepting cancellations from schools no longer wishing to participate in a program that offers students the chance to watch events at nearby venues. Some local governments close to Tokyo have already opted out of the program because of concerns over coronavirus… Read

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JOC executive says Tokyo Games should be held without spectators

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One of Japan's sporting legends and an executive of the country's Olympic committee says the Tokyo Games should be held without spectators to ensure the safety of the public and accused the organizers of using a "double standard". The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) board member Kaori Yamaguchi, an Olympic judo… Read

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Bored Games: Aussie softball team finds Olympic bubble challenging

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No meeting fans, no eating out and no sightseeing -- life in the Tokyo Olympic bubble is challenging for athletes, the first team to arrive in Japan has warned. Australian softball head coach Laing Harrow told AFP his players have been bingeing on Netflix and hitting the gym in a… Read

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From triumph of 1964 Olympics to COVID: Japan then and now

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Japan hoped that holding the 2020 Olympics would reprise the triumph of 1964, when it became the first Asian host of the Games and gained a huge economic boost, but the coronavirus has muted the excitement of an event since rescheduled to start on July 23. Japanese society is very… Read

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China's Su runs 100 meters in 9.98 seconds in Olympic trials

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Su Bingtian has confirmed his strong form by clocking 9.98 seconds to win the 100 meters at China's national athletics trials for the Tokyo Olympics in Shaoxing, local media reported. The 31-year-old, the first Asian-born athlete to go under 10 seconds in the blue-riband sprint, ran the same time at… Read

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