Qualified athletes will retain spots for 2020 Olympics: sources

Olympics Mar 27, 2020

Qualified athletes will retain spots for 2020 Olympics: sources

Athletes who had already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics before they were postponed will keep their places when the showpiece takes place in 2021, sources told AFP on Thursday. Around 57 percent of the 11,000 scheduled participants for the Tokyo Games had already made ...

Japanese athletes react to Olympic postponement

Olympics Mar 25, 2020

Japanese athletes react to Olympic postponement

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Some of Japan’s top athletes have expressed mixed feelings following Tuesday’s announcement that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee had agreed to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics for “about a year” amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Veteran female sport climber Akiyo ...

Postponing Olympics 'wise and great,' Trump tells Abe

National Mar 25, 2020

Postponing Olympics 'wise and great,' Trump tells Abe

U.S. President Donald Trump told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during phone talks Wednesday that a roughly one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics was a "wise and great" decision, Japan's top government spokesman has said. A day after the International Olympic Committee board endorsed ...

IOC to start discussions on possible Tokyo 2020 postponement

Olympics Mar 23, 2020

IOC to start discussions on possible Tokyo 2020 postponement

The International Olympic Committee is stepping up its "scenario planning" for the Tokyo 2020 Games — including a possible postponement — as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, it said after an emergency meeting on Sunday. The IOC will hold discussions that will include an option of ...