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Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021

Tokyo: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to no later than the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday. The Games were scheduled for July 24-August 9, but after telephone discussions between IOC president Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a historic joint decision was taken for …

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Canada, Australia withdraw from Tokyo Olympics

REUTERS Toronto/Tokyo Canada and Australia said they would not be sending athletes to the Tokyo Olympics if the Games went ahead as scheduled this year as pressure on organisers to postpone because of the coronavirus pandemic reached fever pitch on Monday. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese government had on Sunday and Monday slightly shifted their position that the …

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‘Tears of joy’, ‘logo dropped’, ‘possibly postponed’: The rocky road of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

AFP Tokyo Olympic officials regularly lauded Tokyo as the best prepared host city they had seen. But no one could have planned for the coronavirus pandemic that may now force a postponement of the 2020 Games. And while organisers won praise, a plagiarism scandal, corruption charges and budget woes all clouded the horizon even before the virus outbreak threatened the …

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FIFA chief eyes reboot for soccer to avoid coronavirus crisis

AP Geneva The future of soccer could be fewer games and fewer top competitions to help avoid a financial crisis, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in a newspaper interview published Monday. With soccer around the world in near-total shutdown and no end in sight because of the coronavirus pandemic, Infantino said the sport risked going into recession. “Maybe we can …

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Postponing Games may become inevitable: Japan PM

AFP Tokyo Postponing the Olympics over the coronavirus pandemic may become “inevitable”, Japan’s Prime Minister conceded Monday, after the International Olympic Committee said a delay was being considered as pressure grows from athletes and sports bodies. The comments from Shinzo Abe were his first acknowledgement that the 2020 Games may not open as scheduled on July 24, as the coronavirus …

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Tokyo organisers quietly plan for potential Olympic delay

Tokyo: Tokyo 2020 organisers have started drafting possible alternatives to holding the Olympics this summer, two sources familiar with the talks said, in contrast to the Japanese government’s stance that postponement is not an option. While the coronavirus outbreak has disrupted sports events around the world, Japan has been steadfast in saying that the Games will go on. The top …

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Dybala, Maldini test positive with COVID-19

Rome: Argentina striker Paulo Dybala said Saturday that he has become the third Juventus player to test positive for coronavirus while former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini revealed that he and his son have also been infected. “Hi everyone. I just wanted to let you know that we have received the Covid-19 test results and that Oriana (Sabatini, his girlfriend) …

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‘Indians favour equal pay for women athletes’

New Delhi: An overwhelming majority of Indians say women athletes should receive equal pay as the males but 38 per cent believe that sports featuring women are not as entertaining as those featuring men, according to a BBC research. The research, based on answers received from 10,181 respondents from 14 Indian states, shows that three quarters of Indians think sport …

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Premier League targets June return

London: The English Premier League is tentatively targeting a resumption on June 1 with a view to completing the season over six weeks before making an August start to the 2020-21 campaign, the Sunday Telegraph reported on Sunday. The report said the sketchy plan was a “best-case scenario” aimed at mitigating the heavy losses clubs are sustaining as they continue …

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Now, Indian athletes join call for Olympics to be delayed

New Delhi: Some Indian athletes have joined the clamour for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because they have no access to training facilities, which are under lockdown to arrest the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Calls from athletes and federations for a delay in the Games, which is scheduled to run from July 24 to August 9, have intensified …

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