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Diving qualifier and test event confirmed for Tokyo

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A 2020 Olympics diving qualifier and test event will go ahead in Tokyo in May but a marathon swimming qualifier scheduled for Fukuoka has been moved to Portugal, world body FINA said on Friday. A decision was yet to be taken on artistic swimming qualifiers also scheduled for Japan. FINA… Read

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Dressel wins twice in Pro Swim series as Tokyo prep ramps up

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Caeleb Dressel came away with two wins and plenty of fine-tuning to do on day two of the Pro Swim Series in Mission Viejo, California, on Friday with the Tokyo Olympics on the horizon. Dressel, who has added 13 world titles to his resume since winning two Olympic relay golds… Read

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Leukemia survivor Ikee wins another Olympic swimming berth

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Swimming star Rikako Ikee, recovering from leukemia, claimed a Tokyo Olympics berth in the women's 4x100 freestyle relay on Thursday after winning the 100-meter freestyle at Japan's national championships. Ikee won in 53.98 seconds and has now qualified for two Olympic events. Her 100 butterfly victory on Sunday at Tokyo… Read

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Rakuten CEO Mikitani says hosting Tokyo Olympics this summer 'too risky'

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Hiroshi Mikitani, chief executive of Japanese e-commerce group Rakuten Inc, said on Wednesday it was "too risky" to hold the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this summer, as the nation struggles with a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mikitani's remarks, posted to his Twitter account, come a day after 2020 organizers… Read

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U.S. Olympic athletes detail anti-Asian racism

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Asian-American athletes hoping to represent the United States at this year's Olympics shared personal stories of racist abuse on Wednesday, vowing to use their platforms to raise awareness in the fight against discrimination. The United States has seen a surge in anti-Asian violence in the past year, which activists have… Read

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Biles hints at retirement U-turn, eyes 2024 Olympics

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U.S. gymnastics superstar Simone Biles says she may reconsider her decision to retire after this year's Tokyo Olympics, hinting she could yet compete at the 2024 Paris Games as a specialist. The reigning world and Olympic all-around gymnastics champion, regarded by many as the greatest gymnast in history, had previously… Read

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Australian field hockey teams face lack of games before Olympics

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Australia's traditionally strong Olympic field hockey teams are having trouble playing competitive matches ahead of the Tokyo Games, not unlike dozens of other international sports facing continuing delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian men and women’s teams were set to resume their FIH Pro League campaigns this month,… Read

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Japan denies considering vaccine priority for Olympic athletes

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Japan said on Thursday it was not currently looking to prioritize COVID-19 vaccines for Olympic athletes, dismissing a media report that sparked a social media outcry since the country's inoculations are trailing other major economies. Only a million people have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine since February,… Read

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Former Tokyo 2020 sports director Murofushi being treated for brain lymphoma

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Koji Murofushi, an Olympic gold medalist who until September 2020 was sports director for the Tokyo 2020 Games, is undergoing treatment for brain lymphoma, a rare type of cancer, according to a media report on Wednesday. Murofushi, 46 and a former hammer thrower, was diagnosed with the illness after developing… Read

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Tokyo Olympic torch relay taken off streets of Osaka

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The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will not run through the streets of Osaka Prefecture next week because of rising COVID-19 cases. The move is a setback for Tokyo organizers, who began the relay two weeks ago from northeastern Fukushima prefecture with 10,000 runners planning to crisscross Japan over the course… Read

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