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Athletes already qualified for Tokyo Games get to keep spots

Olympics Apr 8, 2020

Athletes already qualified for Tokyo Games get to keep spots

About 6,500 athletes who already have earned their spots for the Tokyo Games are in for 2021 under re-drawn qualifying regulations published Tuesday by the International Olympic Committee. The IOC released its rewritten roadmap for qualifying for the games, which were rescheduled due to the ...

Virus fears halt public display of Olympic flame in Fukushima

Olympics Apr 7, 2020

Virus fears halt public display of Olympic flame in Fukushima

The public exhibition of the Olympic flame in Fukushima Prefecture will be suspended after Wednesday due to escalating concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus in Japan, the Tokyo Games organizing committee said Tuesday. The flame was put on display last Thursday following the ...

Olympic saga reveals Japanese sports world's lack of influence

Olympics Apr 6, 2020

Olympic saga reveals Japanese sports world's lack of influence

The unprecedented decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics for a year amid the spread of the coronavirus has highlighted the impotence of Japan's sports community. Although the decision was finalized at a lofty political level, it only happened after individual athletes forced the ...

Olympic delay adds uncertainty to workload, costs and cash flow

Olympics Apr 3, 2020

Olympic delay adds uncertainty to workload, costs and cash flow

Postponing the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 will make the event more costly for all parties, the International Olympic Committee acknowledged Thursday, although it offered few details on what the final bill might be. Four directors of the Olympic body held a conference call three days ...

Sapporo to remain as Olympic venue for marathons, race walks

Olympics Apr 3, 2020

Sapporo to remain as Olympic venue for marathons, race walks

Kit McConnell, the International Olympic Committee's sports director, said Thursday he anticipates the marathon and race walking events will remain in Sapporo next year for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which have been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking on a conference call, ...