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Will Japanese Olympians be vaccinated ahead of the public?


The vaccine rollout in Japan has been very slow with less than 1% vaccinated, causing concern about the postponed Tokyo Olympics that are scheduled to open in just over three months. Taro Kono, the minister in charge of the vaccine rollout, said last week that even if the Olympics go… Read

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Top 5 dishes in recipe contest to be served at Tokyo Olympic village


The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee on Monday announced five special dishes to be served at the athletes' village during this summer's games, following a recipe contest last year. The winners include cold "somen" noodles, a classic dish eaten in Japan's hot summer months. While it is common to soak noodles… Read

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Belgian Olympians promised priority vaccines ahead of Tokyo Games


Belgian Olympians traveling to Japan for the Tokyo Games were promised priority treatment for COVID-19 vaccines on Monday. The Belgian Olympic Committee said its 177 Olympic and 55 Paralympic athletes will get vaccine shots while most of the adult population of their age must still wait. The Olympics are set… Read

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Sapporo downsizes running event as virus cases rise


The city of Sapporo, host of marathon and race walk events at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, has downsized a test running event due to be held early next month as coronavirus cases rise. A 10 kilometre run for 2,500 participants has been cancelled, organizers said in a statement on… Read

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Australian swimmers 'pretty confident' for Tokyo after national championships


Australian swimming emerged from its national championships with a string of encouraging performances from the country's major medal threats in the leadup to the Tokyo Olympics. Kyle Chalmers, the Olympic 100m freestyle champion, added the 50m freestyle crown to his 100-200 double, while Ariarne Titmus won the women's 800 freestyle… Read

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No masks, no worries — for now; Aussies preparing for Tokyo


No masks. No worries. For now. Dani Stevens won a record 14th national title in the women's discus throw on Sunday to earn her spot on the Australian team for a fourth Olympics, less than a year after fearing a career-threatening neck injury could force her out of the Tokyo… Read

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Hashimoto wins Japan gymnastics nationals; leads race to Olympics


Daiki Hashimoto came from behind to win his maiden Japan national gymnastics championship on Sunday and take the lead in the qualification race for this summer's Tokyo Olympics. Hashimoto, who started the day in seventh place from Friday's preliminary round, claimed a dramatic victory after earning 88.532 points in the… Read

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Kipchoge shows he's ready for Olympic marathon


Eliud Kipchoge, the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder, won the Enschede marathon on Sunday in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. The 36-year-old Kenyan completed the course, over eight laps at Enschede airport, in 2 hours 4 minutes and 30 seconds. He was well outside his official world record… Read

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Ikee vows big performance at Tokyo Olympics


Swimming star Rikako Ikee vowed Saturday to make her presence felt at the Tokyo Olympics this summer after she dramatically earned her spot on Japan's team this month as she continues her recovery from leukemia. The 20-year-old, diagnosed with the disease in February 2019, stunned the world by winning all… Read

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Japanese artisans showcase Olympic collection under virus cloud


Craftsman Kimiaki Kono was hoping the Tokyo Olympics would be a chance to win new fans for Japan's lute-like shamisen, but the pandemic has left things on a sour note. "I want people around the world to know about this instrument," the 62-year-old told AFP at a Tokyo workshop where… Read

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