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Naomi Osaka provides spark at subdued opening of Tokyo Olympics

Ceremony began as the most downbeat in Olympic history but finished in spectacular fashionTokyo Olympics – live updatesAmid the darkness of the Tokyo skyline, a moment of hope and raging illumination. After nearly four hours of an opening ceremony that…

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Pandemic and flagging support to make Tokyo Olympics opener a show like no other

A ceremony devoid of fans and low on athletes will set the tone for a Games mired in coronavirus uncertaintyWhen a national leader as conservative as Shinzo Abe was persuaded to emerge from a giant pipe in Rio dressed as the world’s most famous plumber…

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Tokyo Olympics: fears athletes could face hottest Games on record

Beach volleyball players have already found sand too hot for their feet during practiceAs if the coronavirus was not enough to contend with, Olympic athletes who have arrived ahead of the start of the Tokyo Games on Friday now find themselves at the sh…

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Tokyo Olympics: fears athletes could face hottest Games on record

Beach volleyball players have already found sand too hot for their feet during practiceAs if the coronavirus was not enough to contend with, Olympic athletes who have arrived ahead of the start of the Tokyo Games on Friday now find themselves at the sh…

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Tokyo Olympics: fears athletes could face hottest Games on record

Beach volleyball players have already found sand too hot for their feet during practiceAs if the coronavirus was not enough to contend with, Olympic athletes who have arrived ahead of the start of the Tokyo Games on Friday now find themselves at the sh…

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Toyota scraps Olympics TV ads amid lukewarm support in Japan

Carmaker will not air any Olympic-themed ads despite being one of the Games’ top corporate sponsorsThe Tokyo 2020 Olympics sponsor Toyota will not run Games-related adverts on TV and its executives will not attend the opening ceremony, the company has…

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Olympics chief accused of insulting Hiroshima survivors with visit to atomic bombing site

Survivors’ groups say Thomas Bach should stay away, accusing him of using site to ‘justify holding of the Olympics by force’ despite pandemicSee all our coronavirus coverageResidents of Hiroshima have called for the cancellation of a visit to Hiroshima…

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Fukushima to ban Olympic spectators as Covid cases rise

U-turn deals blow to Japan’s hopes of using Games to showcase recovery from 2011 tsunamiThe Fukushima prefecture of Japan will bar spectators from the Olympic events it hosts this summer owing to rising Covid-19 infections, its governor said on Saturda…

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Tokyo to be put under state of emergency for duration of 2020 Olympic Games

Measure increases the likelihood that the Games in Japan will be held without a single spectatorSee all our coronavirus coverageJapan’s government is to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo that will be in force during the Olympics, as the capital bat…

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Tokyo Olympics: attendance to be slashed at opening ceremony

Covid pandemic means only a limited number of VIPs will be allowed in 68,000-seat stadiumCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic is forcing organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to restrict attendance at the…

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Japan may be forced into U-turn over Olympics crowds

Plans to allow 10,000 locals into events at risk with Tokyo’s Covid restrictions unlikely to be liftedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJapan could be forced to reverse a decision to allow up to 10,000 local sports fans to att…

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Japan could allow up to 10,000 spectators at Tokyo Olympic events

Health experts approve plans to increase cap from 5,000, with final decision expected later this monthCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUp to 10,000 people could be allowed to watch Olympic events in Tokyo this summer, after J…

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‘Claims could run into billions’: the interests at stake if Olympics in Japan were cancelled

IOC officials have avoided any mention of the commercial forces driving the Tokyo Games towards their 23 July opening dateThe least divisive statement in the saga surrounding Tokyo 2020 – assuming, as many people now do, that it will happen in just ove…

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Tokyo cornered into going ahead with Games, says Olympic official

Member of Japanese Olympic Committee criticises IOC and says Games will leave a ‘bitter taste’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA senior Japanese Olympic official has criticised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for ig…

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China bans extreme sports in wake of Gansu ultramarathon tragedy

Authorities crack down on sports including trail running and wingsuit flying ahead of centenary celebrationsChina has indefinitely suspended extreme sports events, including ultramarathons, trail running and wingsuit flying, in response to the deaths o…

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‘Courageous’: Japanese athletes and sponsors voice support for Naomi Osaka

Messages flood in after tennis player withdraws from French Open saying press conferences worsen her anxiety and depressionAthletes and sponsors in Naomi Osaka’s native Japan have joined much of the tennis world in rallying behind the player after she …

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‘Courageous’: Japanese athletes and sponsors voice support for Naomi Osaka

Messages flood in after tennis player withdraws from French Open saying press conferences worsen her anxiety and depressionAthletes and sponsors in Naomi Osaka’s native Japan have joined much of the tennis world in rallying behind the player after she …

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‘Courageous’: Japanese athletes and sponsors voice support for Naomi Osaka

Messages flood in after tennis player withdraws from French Open saying press conferences worsen her anxiety and depressionAthletes and sponsors in Naomi Osaka’s native Japan have joined much of the tennis world in rallying behind the player after she …

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Tokyo Olympics: local fans may need to show vaccination proof or negative Covid test

Games authorities are relying on Japan’s spectators to provide atmosphere but are now in a race against time to inoculate populationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSports fans in Japan could be allowed to attend Olympic even…

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Tokyo Olympics: local fans may need to show vaccination proof or negative Covid test

Games authorities are relying on Japan’s spectators to provide atmosphere but are now in a race against time to inoculate populationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSports fans in Japan could be allowed to attend Olympic even…