TOKYO – International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach has been forced to postpone a visit to Japan, organisers said Monday, after a coronavirus state of emergency was extended less than three months before the Tokyo Games.
Inside China’s gymnastics machine: the children training for Olympic glory
BEIJING – Under the twin emblems of the Chinese flag and the Olympic rings, two tiny boys dangle from the high bar in a cavernous gym — the cradle of China’s elite gymnasts.
Australia could prioritise Olympic athletes for vaccine
SYDNEY – Australia is considering allowing its hundreds of Olympic athletes and support staff to jump the queue and get the coronavirus vaccine before heading to the Tokyo Games, a report said Friday.
Curtain falls on Bangabandhu 9th Bangladesh Games tomorrow
The curtain of the Bangabandhu 9th Bangladesh Games falls tomorrow (Saturday) at Bangabandhu NationalStadium.
Bangladesh Games to go on till official notification is issued
DHAKA—The Bangabandhu 9th Bangladesh Games will continue until the government notification over the nationwide lockdown is issued, said Games Steering Committee chairman Bashir Ahmed Mamun. His comment came just after Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader declared that a…
Torch relay for Tokyo Olympics kicks off
Tokyo, Mar 25 : The torch relay for the postponed Tokyo Olympics began its 121-day journey across Japan on Thursday and is headed toward the opening ceremony in Tokyo on July 23.
Legendary Olympic weightlifting champion Yury Vlasov dies
Yury Vlasov, a gold medalist of the 1960 Olympic Games, has died aged 85, Secretary General of the Russian Weightlifting Federation Alexander Kishkin told TASS on Saturday.
New director picked for ‘restrained’ Tokyo Olympic ceremonies
TOKYO – Organisers of the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics said Wednesday they have picked a new creative director to redesign “simpler and more restrained” opening and closing ceremonies for next year’s Games. The mammoth task will fall to advertising executive…
Tokyo Olympic CEO hints games could be in doubt even in 2021
TOKYO (AP) — As the coronavirus spreads in Japan, the chief executive of the Tokyo Games said Friday he can’t guarantee the postponed Olympics will be staged next year — even with a 16-month delay. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe…
Olympic dreams on hold for Japan volunteers, hosts
Japanese Olympic volunteer Ami Endo has dreamed for years of seeing the Games, but despite her crushing disappointment over Tokyo 2020 being postponed, she is determined to be part of next year’s edition.
Olympic sports fret over lost Games income
The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and the shutdown of the sporting calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic are going to hit international sports federations hard financially.
Aussie Olympic chiefs advise athletes to prepare for 2021
SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Olympic Committee is advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021. Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, on Monday said “It’s clear the games can’t be held in July” because of the…
As virus spreads, next casualty could be Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning coronavirus: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe…
Former Olympic swimming champion van der Burgh has virus
Former Olympic swimming champion Cameron van der Burgh said he has contracted the coronavirus and added his voice to concerns for athletes’ well-being if the Tokyo Games go ahead as scheduled. Van der Burgh, who retired from competitive swimming in…
Thousands flock to see Olympic flame in Japan
Tens of thousands of people flocked to a cauldron with the Olympic flame in northeastern Japan over the weekend despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump “postpone” idea shot down by Japanese Olympic minister
Tokyo (AP/UNB) — President Donald Trump’s suggestion to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year because of the spreading coronavirus was immediately shot down by Japan’s Olympic minister. “The IOC and the organizing committee are not considering cancellation or a…
Tokyo organizers downsize arrival ceremony for Olympic torch
Tokyo, Mar 06 (AP/UNB) — Tokyo organizers are downsizing the arrival ceremony for the Olympic torch because of the spreading coronavirus. Organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori said Friday that 140 children will not be sent to Greece to give the…
Tokyo Olympic boss ‘extremely worried’ about deadly virus
The chief executive officer of the Tokyo Olympics admitted Wednesday that organisers are “extremely worried” about the possible effect of the deadly new coronavirus on this summer’s Games.
Japan looking for big ‘medal bounce’ as Olympic host nation
Tokyo (AP/UNB) — Countries playing host to the Olympics usually get a medal “bounce,” pushed by cheering fans and the advantage of being at home.
Brazil held to 0-0 draw by South Africa in men’s soccer
Dhaka – Brazil started its quest for an Olympic gold medal in men’s soccer with a disappointing 0-0 draw against South Africa, a result that prompted loud jeers by some of the home fans.Despite an attack led by Barcelona striker…