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Tokyo 2020: U-turn as hotels agree to wheelchair rooms for Paralympics

Promise by Japan that rooms will stay accessible as Paralympics legacy follows Guardian revelation that hotels wanted payment for conversionsThe Japanese government has promised that all hotel rooms that are converted to make them accessible for wheelc…

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Trump fetes sumo champ in Japan before grappling with trade

Visit to sumo wrestling’s spiritual home followed by golf and burgers as Abe tries to keep president on sideOn one side of the sumo ring stood a tall, hefty man with an unconventional hairstyle, bowing and smiling as the crowd applauded; opposite Donal…

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Rugby World Cup committee warns Japan not to run out of beer

Issue was raised as part of briefing sessions in cities tipped to deal with the largest influx of international visitorsIt’s the stuff of nightmares for rugby fans: organisers of the upcoming World Cup in Japan have raised fears that bars and restauran…

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Charging Paralympians extra for accessible hotel rooms? I expect more from Japan | Anne Wafula Strike

As a Paralympic athlete, I know the Tokyo 2020 Games can be a catalyst for change. But Japan must shift how it treats disabilityThe Paralympic Games cannot, and should not, be expected to resolve every aspect of disability inequality or remove the prac…

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Ichiro Suzuki retires to ovation after sparkling 27-year baseball career

Japanese star plays final MLB game in packed Tokyo Dome45-year-old was a 10-time All-Star and fierce competitorIchiro Suzuki was showered with cheers and chants on Thursday night while taking his final bow in a magnificent career that lasted nearly thr…

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Japanese Olympic chief to quit amid corruption allegations scandal

Tsunekazu Takeda denies claims relating to payments to consultancy linked to son of disgraced ex-Olympic officialThe president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) has said he will resign amid allegations of corruption over Tokyo’s successful bid to…

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Bangladesh cricket team escape Christchurch mosque shooting

Batsman Tamim Iqbal says he and his teammates fled after shots were fired at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in the New Zealand city Follow latest updates on the Christchurch shootings‘Multiple fatalities’ in mosque shootingsWhat we know so farThe Bangladesh…

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Hakeem al-Araibi: thank you Australia for bringing me home – but my fight is not over

Bahrain will do anything to hunt down dissident athletes and their families. International sporting bodies must step up to protect the helpless I can never truly express my gratitude to you all, the Australian people, for bringing me home. There were c…

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Craig Foster – the man behind Hakeem al-Araibi’s remarkable release

Hailed for mobilising the global football family, the SBS commentator now says ‘we are just warming up’On 7 December, 10 days after the Australian refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi was arrested at Bangkok airport, the former Socceroos captain Craig F…

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He’s free, but who’s to blame for Hakeem al-Araibi’s ordeal?

Campaigners examine whether the failings of Interpol, Australian police, the world’s footballing bodies and Thai authorities allowed the refugee athlete to fall into Bahrain’s webAs Hakeem al-Araibi settles back into his life in Melbourne after 76 days…

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North and South Korea to launch joint bid to host 2032 summer Olympics

Seoul’s mayor calls Games a chance ‘to change the fate of the Korean peninsula’Seoul is hoping to “change the fate of the Korean peninsula” with the launch of a bid to jointly host the 2032 Olympic Games with North Korea.Representatives from both Korea…

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Hakeem al-Araibi arrives in Australia to hero’s welcome

Wife of refugee thanks supporters for helping to secure his release as family call on Bahrain to ‘drop all the fabricated charges’Hakeem al-Araibi arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday, 77 days after he was arrested in Thailand on an Interpol red notice, dra…

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Hakeem Al-Araibi: Thailand to free Bahraini footballer

Thai authorities drop extradition case against refugee, meaning he can return to Australia The Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi is set to return to Australia after Thai authorities withdrew an extradition case against him.The surprise decision on M…

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Australia urges Thailand to use its powers to free Hakeem al-Araibi

Request comes as Thai prosecutor confirms country’s attorney general has authority to override court processThe Australian government has renewed demands for the release of Hakeem al-Araibi after the Thai prosecutor publicly confirmed the government ha…

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Hakeem al-Araibi faces further 60 days in Thai jail after extradition hearing

Refugee footballer arrived shackled and barefoot for hearing on Bahrain extradition requestRefugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi has been given 60 days to prepare a defence against Bahrain’s attempt to extradite him from Thailand.The 25-year-old will rem…

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Tokyo 2020 organisers cut crowds at sailing events over tsunami risk

Olympic authorities reduce crowd size to make evacuations easier The organisers of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo have decided to cut the number of spectators for the sailing events by a third so they can be quickly evacuated to higher ground in th…

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Hakeem al-Araibi’s detention not Sheikh Salman’s responsibility, AFC says

Asian Football Confederation, which has come under fire for failing to call for the refugee footballer’s release, says its president was recused from overseeing the region 18 months ago The Asian Football Confederation claims its president, Sheikh Salm…

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‘I’m tan, it’s pretty obvious’: Naomi Osaka responds to ‘whitewashing’ in advert – video

Naomi Osaka said she does not think one of her sponsors are guilty of ‘whitewashing’ after the player, who has a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, was depicted with pale skin in an advertisement.Nissin, who featured the US Open champion in an …

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‘Please help me’: refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi tells of his Thai jail ordeal

Exclusive: In an interview with the Guardian he pleads for his release and says he fears torture and jail if extradited to BahrainHakeem al-Araibi, the refugee footballer from Bahrain who was detained in Thailand while on his honeymoon, has said he is …

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South Korea unveils biggest ever investigation into abuse in sport

Human rights commission to interview possibly thousands of adults and children in wake of allegationsSouth Korea’s human rights commission plans to interview possibly thousands of adult and child athletes about a culture of abuse in sports after a wav…