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IOC says negative public opinion no threat to Tokyo Olympics

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The IOC on Wednesday downplayed concerns over Japanese public opinion calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled, before its virtual news conference was interrupted by an activist protesting the games. The news conference followed a monthly meeting of the International Olympic Committee's executive board held amid a state of… Read

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Tokyo Olympic sponsor Toyota 'conflicted' over Games

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A top executive of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games sponsor Toyota Motor Corp said officials of the Japanese company felt "conflicted" over the desire to see the Olympics succeed and public concerns about holding the event during a pandemic. Less than three months before the Games begin on July 23, Japan… Read

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Frustration in Japan as Suga pushes Olympics despite virus

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A full-page newspaper ad says Japanese will be "killed by politics" because the government is forcing them to endure the pandemic without vaccines. More than 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled. And a swimming star has faced pressure to drop out of… Read

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U.S. track and field team cancel Olympic training camp in Japan over COVID

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The United States' track and field team has canceled its pre-Olympics training camp in Japan out of concerns for safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, local authorities announced on Wednesday, raising more questions about the holding of the Games. The team was set to train in Chiba, the prefecture neighboring Tokyo,… Read

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Brazil to start vaccinating Olympic athletes

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Brazil will begin vaccinating Olympic athletes and other members of its Tokyo-bound delegation against COVID-19 this week. The hard-hit South American country is struggling to secure enough vaccines for its 212 million people, but will be able to immunize its Olympians thanks to donated doses from pharmaceutical companies, health officials… Read

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Rahm dreams of Olympic golf but rules 'not making it easy'

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Third-ranked Jon Rahm says he dreams of golfing in the Tokyo Olympics but COVID-19 safety regulations are making it tough to consider playing. The 26-year-old Spaniard, speaking Wednesday on the eve of the US PGA Byron Nelson tournament at TPC Craig Ranch in suburban Dallas, said it will be difficult… Read

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Japan to vaccinate Olympic athletes: reports

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Japan plans to vaccinate its Olympic athletes, domestic media reported Wednesday, a move that would place them ahead of the general population as the government faces pressure over a slow rollout. There was no immediate comment from Olympic organizers or Japan's Olympic Committee on the reports in the Nikkei and… Read

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280 sports doctors apply for 200 spots needed for Tokyo Olympics

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Around 280 certified sports doctors applied for 200 spots the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic organizing committee want to fill for this summer's games, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. The sources said the doctors would be unpaid volunteers, and the organizers are keen to ensure the impact on the… Read

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Tokyo Olympic torch relay pulled off streets in Hiroshima

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The Tokyo Olympic torch relay is being pulled off the streets in Hiroshima Prefecture as COVID-19 cases rise in Japan barely 10 weeks before the opening ceremony. Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki said that a ceremony next week without the relay is likely to still take place. This is at least… Read

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Rafael Nadal uncertain about playing in Tokyo Olympics

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Rafael Nadal joined the growing number of tennis players expressing doubts about competing in the Tokyo Olympics. The third-ranked Nadal, in Rome for the Italian Open, said Tuesday that his status for the Tokyo games is uncertain. "I don’t know yet. Honestly, I can’t give you a clear answer because… Read

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