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2021 is last chance to hold Tokyo Olympic Games, agrees IOC chief

Thomas Bach says he understands comments by Japanese PM that 2021 is the ‘last option’The head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, has warned that the Tokyo Games would have to be scrapped if the coronavirus pandemic made it impo…

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South Korea football league imposes record fine on FC Seoul over sex dolls outrage

K-League says club ‘deeply humiliated’ female football fans and damaged the league’s reputationSouth Korea’s professional football league has imposed a record fine on one of its clubs for placing sex dolls in empty seats during a recent match played wi…

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South Korean football team apologises for using sex dolls to fill stands

K-League club FC Seoul said the dolls, used to make stadiums look less empty, had been ordered inadvertently after a ‘misunderstanding’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA professional football team in South Korea has apologise…

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South Korean football team apologises for using sex dolls to fill stands

K-League club FC Seoul said the dolls, used to make stadiums look less empty, had been ordered inadvertently after a ‘misunderstanding’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA professional football team in South Korea has apologise…

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It’s back: all eyes on Jeonju as football returns with K-League kick-off

In an empty stadium with strict coronavirus protocols enforced, probably the first spit- and snot-free match in football history drew legions of online fans to South KoreaSo football is back. Jeonbuk Motors and Suwon Bluewings opened the coronavirus-de…

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Holding Tokyo Olympics in 2021 will be ‘difficult’, Japanese health chief warns

Yoshitake Yokokura is the latest expert to cast doubt on plans to hold the Games in Tokyo next yearCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe head of the Tokyo Medical Association (JMA) has added his voice to speculation that the T…

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Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic

Japan’s prime minister and IOC president agree delayFate essentially sealed when Canada and Australia pulled outCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Tokyo Olympics are to be postponed until 2021 after talks between Japan’s pr…

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics in doubt as Canada becomes first team to pull out over coronavirus

Canada takes action to protect public health as Australia tells its athletes to prepare for Games in 2021Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCanada has become the first country to warn that it won’t send its athletes to the Toky…

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‘That’s a fact’: Olympics are ‘cursed’, says Japan’s deputy prime minister

Taro Aso highlights 40-year cycle to make pointTokyo officials and IOC insist Games will go aheadJapan’s deputy prime minister has said the Tokyo Olympics are “cursed”, as speculation mounts that the Games will have to be postponed due to the coronavir…

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‘That’s a fact’: Olympics are ‘cursed’, says Japan’s deputy prime minister

Taro Aso highlights 40-year cycle to make pointTokyo officials and IOC insist Games will go aheadJapan’s deputy prime minister has said the Tokyo Olympics are “cursed”, as speculation mounts that the Games will have to be postponed due to the coronavir…

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Japan must prepare for possibility of Olympics being cancelled, says senior MP

Former Japanese defence minister says officials must ‘start thinking now about what to do’ if Covid-19 leads to delay or cancellationCoronavirus – live updates A senior member of Japan’s governing party has said Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers must plan…

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Tokyo Olympics chief says coronavirus could disrupt Games

Toshiro Muto ‘seriously worried’ about spread of virus with 170 days to goA senior Olympic official in Japan has warned that the coronavirus outbreak could “throw cold water” on preparations for Tokyo 2020, although organisers insist that there are no …

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Japan in raptures as outsider wins sumo contest – and bursts into tears

The 188kg wrestler Tokushoryu bulldozes his way into the hearts of a nation unaccustomed to displays of emotionSumo fans in Japan are celebrating after the lowest-ranked wrestler beat incredible odds to emerge victorious at the first main tournament of…

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World’s richest cycling race puts keirin in spotlight before Olympics | Justin McCurry

The winner of this weekend’s Keirin Grand Prix in Japan will take home nearly $1m but why has international success been elusive for the 2020 Olympic hosts in the event it invented?Thousands of people armed with betting slips will pack into an ageing v…

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‘I forgot about Eddie’s magic’: Japanese fans face final with split loyalties

There is little appetite in Japan for England to exact revenge and genuine affection for the Springboks and their travelling fansIt has been almost a fortnight since Japan exited the Rugby World Cup, but it is standing-room-only at the No Side Club, a …

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Rugby mania has swept through Japan. But will that end after the World Cup? | Justin McCurry

Japanese rugby authorities failed to build on the team’s success in 2015 but, as a groundbreaking home tournament draws to a close, there are signs the boom may not turn to bustThe shift in the rugby world’s axis was apparent in a suburban Tokyo park l…

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2020 Olympic marathon could start at 5am to keep it in Tokyo

City officials hit back at plan to move event 800km north to Sapporo, saying they were not consulted about the shiftThe marathon and walking events at next summer’s Olympic Games could start at 5am to prevent them being moved hundreds of kilometres to …

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Uruguay rugby players questioned by police over alleged nightclub assault in Japan

The two unnamed players also allegedly punched walls Organising committee says both have expressed regretPolice in Japan have questioned two Uruguay players who allegedly assaulted a nightclub employee hours after the team’s exit from the Rugby World C…

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Rugby World Cup: England game cancelled with decision pending on Scotland as typhoon looms

Final pool game against France called a 0-0 drawDecision on Scotland-Japan game to be made on SundayNew Zealand v Italy also called off England and France will not play in Yokohama on Saturday evening after World Rugby and tournament organisers took th…

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Rugby World Cup: England game cancelled with decision pending on Scotland as typhoon looms

Final pool game against France called a 0-0 drawDecision on Scotland-Japan game to be made on SundayNew Zealand v Italy also called off England and France will not play in Yokohama on Saturday evening after World Rugby and tournament organisers took th…