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 ...

Olympic postponement upends other major events

Olympics Mar 25, 2020

Olympic postponement upends other major events

The expected yet stunning decision Tuesday to postpone the 2020 Summer Games because of the new coronavirus could have a ripple effect on other major events, most notably the world championships for track and swimming. While the International Olympic Committee has yet to set a ...

Tokyo Olympic torch relay canceled following postponement of games

Olympics Mar 25, 2020

Tokyo Olympic torch relay canceled following postponement of games

The Japan leg of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay, scheduled to begin Thursday, has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, said Tuesday. The move comes after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President ...

Japan welcomes Olympic flame as doubts swirl over games

Olympics Mar 20, 2020

Japan welcomes Olympic flame as doubts swirl over games

The flame for this summer's Tokyo Olympics arrived in Japan on Friday, beginning the domestic buildup to the games even as doubts persist over what impact the COVID-19 pandemic may have on the country's hosting of the sporting showpiece. The Japanese leg of the torch ...

IOC considers 'different scenarios' for Tokyo Olympics Games

Olympics Mar 20, 2020

IOC considers 'different scenarios' for Tokyo Olympics Games

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said the organization was "considering different scenarios" for the Tokyo Games, but was optimistic about holding the event as scheduled despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The IOC will act on advice from its own task force and the World Health ...

Baseball's final Olympic qualifying event postponed to June

Baseball Mar 2, 2020

Baseball's final Olympic qualifying event postponed to June

Baseball's final qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics has been postponed from April to June because of concerns over the virus outbreak that has infected nearly 89,000 people and caused more than 3,000 deaths, mostly in China. The World Baseball Softball Confederation announced Monday the ...