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Tokyo’s 10-year-old sumo champion in training – in pictures

Kyuta Kumagai, crowned last year as the under-10 sumo world champion, is twice the size of other children his age and is so dominant that he wrestles – and beats – boys five or six years older. He trains six days a week in the hope that he will one day…

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Tokyo 2020 head says ‘impossible’ to delay Olympics as public opposition grows

Japanese poll on Wednesday finds just 16% think Games should go ahead this year but Tokyo committee chief says preparations will continueCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe president of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, Y…

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Tokyo 2020 head says ‘impossible’ to delay Olympics as public opposition grows

Japanese poll on Wednesday finds just 16% think Games should go ahead this year but Tokyo committee chief says preparations will continueCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe president of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, Y…

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Olympics official says he is not certain Tokyo Games will go ahead

IOC’s Dick Pound voices concern after host city declared state of emergency due to third wave of coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDick Pound, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee, has said he “can…

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Russia planned cyber-attack on Tokyo Olympics, says UK

Foreign secretary condemns ‘cynical and reckless’ bid to disrupt Games, before they were postponedRussian military intelligence services were planning a cyber-attack on the Japanese-hosted Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo this summer in a bid to disru…

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Winter Olympics: threat of boycotts clouds China’s ‘joyful rendezvous’ in the snow

Beijing is working overtime for another 2008-style showcase in 2022, but world is very different place this time around and the diplomatic gloves are off Ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing and neighbouring cities, China is working …

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Tokyo Olympics must be held at ‘any cost’, says Japanese minister

Seiko Hashimoto says country is planning for event next year even though a widely available vaccine is unlikelyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Tokyo Olympics must be held “at any cost”, Japan’s Games minister, Seiko Hash…

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Football’s first fa’afafine: trans rights trailblazer Jaiyah Saelua on stardom and sisterhood

Fa’afafine athlete and advocate Jaiyah Saelua, and Kaimana, the fa’afafine actor who will play her in Taika Waititi’s latest film, find shared celebration in a uniquely Polynesian storyJaiyah Saelua is a footballer first.The first openly transgender wo…

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Human Rights Watch criticises Japan after report reveals abuse of athletes

Physical and sexual abuse has led some to take their lives‘Sport has been a cause of pain, fear and distress for too many’A damning new study of sport in Japan has found child athletes have routinely suffered physical, sexual and verbal abuse from thei…

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Human Rights Watch criticises Japan after report reveals abuse of athletes

Physical and sexual abuse has led some to take their lives‘Sport has been a cause of pain, fear and distress for too many’A damning new study of sport in Japan has found child athletes have routinely suffered physical, sexual and verbal abuse from thei…

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Hong Kong football fan briefly detained ‘after shouting long live Liverpool’

Police reportedly interrogated lifelong fan who said he ‘felt an urge’ to voice his joy at club winning Premier League titleHong Kong media say police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool FC shirt who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-governme…

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‘We did it’: Joy and relief as Australia and New Zealand celebrate Women’s World Cup bid success

‘We freakin’ did it,’ says Matildas captain Sam KerrResult hailed as a ‘tremendous and exciting step forward’Australia and New Zealand were celebrating on Friday as the nations awoke to the news that their joint bid had won the race to host the 2023 Wo…

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Australia and New Zealand win race to host Women’s World Cup in 2023

Joint bid sees off challenge from ColombiaResult confirmed by Fifa council vote Australia and New Zealand have won the vote to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, despite the outsiders Colombia having tightened the race as the decision drew close.The neig…

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Women’s World Cup: winning bid to hold contest would bring $500m boost to Australia and New Zealand

Joint bid for 2023 tournament to be decided this week and would offer chance of soft diplomacyAustralia and New Zealand’s push to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup could result in diplomatic gains with China and other Asian countries, and long-term trade…

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Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup bid boosted after Japan ‘withdraws’

Japanese media reports country has decided against hosting 2023 competition, leaving only Colombia and joint Australia-NZ bid in the runningAustralia and New Zealand’s joint bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup has taken a significant step forward af…

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Tottenham’s Son Heung-min says he enjoyed his ‘tough’ military service

South Korean finished shorter period of service over lockdown‘We spent every day together in one room, 10 people very close’Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has described his military service in South Korea as “tough” but said he was able to enjoy it du…

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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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‘Bring our boys back home’: rugby team from Tonga trapped in New Zealand due to Covid-19

The 29-strong squad have been sleeping on the floor of an Auckland church and surviving off donated food after Tonga closed its bordersSign up to the coronavirus in the Pacific weekly briefing to your inboxFor the past six weeks, the days have followed…

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Taiwan takes action to welcome baseball fans back into stadiums

Attendees required to wear face masks and sit apartTickets will be sold to fans on a ‘real name’ basisBaseball fans will be let back into Taiwanese stadiums this week as the government begins relaxing some controls implemented to prevent the spread of …