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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 …

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South Korea ready to kick off football season – with the world watching on

The K-League starts on Friday with players having labelled water bottles and told that excessive spitting is prohibitedIn a pre-season friendly in the penultimate week of April in South Korea, two Incheon United players picked up water bottles, went to…

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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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Olympics Q&A: What now for the Tokyo Games? | Simon Burnton

How will the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics because of coronavirus affect an event thought to cost £10bn?See all our coronavirus coverageAmong several options considered by the organising committee in recent days has been short-term postponeme…

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Tokyo Olympics organisers considering options to delay – reports

As thousands flock to the Olympic flame in Japan, the organising committee is reportedly drafting plans to postpone the GamesAs huge crowds defied coronavirus fears to queue for hours to see the Olympic flame in northern Japan, a report emerged that or…

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Abe insists Olympics to go ahead as planned despite Covid-19

Japan’s prime minister say country will host the Games ‘without problem, as planned’Follow the latest updatesCoronavirus: at a glanceJapan is still preparing to host the Olympics, Shinzo Abe has said, despite growing concern about the viability of the …

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Abe insists Olympics to go ahead as planned despite Covid-19

Japan’s prime minister say country will host the Games ‘without problem, as planned’Follow the latest updatesCoronavirus: at a glanceJapan is still preparing to host the Olympics, Shinzo Abe has said, despite growing concern about the viability of the …

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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…