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England’s Gareth Southgate encourages young people to get vaccinated – video

‘If you haven’t had your vaccine yet, go and get it done … and you guys will get your freedom back’  England manager Gareth Southgate said, as he shared a video message for the NHS encouraging young people to get jabbedGareth Southgate joins cam…

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At least 100 of 613 US athletes unvaccinated as Tokyo Olympics begin

USOPC is ‘quite happy’ with number of vaccinated athletesVaccination is not required for athletes competing at GamesAbout 100 of the 613 US athletes arriving in Tokyo for the Olympics are unvaccinated, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s medical …

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South Africa is close to breaking point and cannot truly embrace this Lions series | Craig Ray

Rugby has been pushed to the margins of national consciousness as the pandemic has increased poverty and civil unrest in an already deeply troubled nationAs the Springboks and the British & Irish Lions close in on the first Test of what was suppose…

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BOA resigned to 14-day quarantine for Team GB athletes despite negative tests

Six athletes and four staff isolating after Covid case on flight‘We’ve tried … at least they can train,’ says BOA chair RobertsonThe British Olympic Association is resigned to the fact that six Team GB athletes will spend 14 days in enforced quarantine…

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Team GB frustrated with Olympic chiefs as Tokyo 10 struggle in isolation

Six athletes and four staff were pinged after flight to JapanSteeplechaser Zak Seddon: ‘We’ve had 11 negative tests’ Team GB officials are increasingly exasperated with the refusal of Tokyo 2020 authorities to say when the 10 British athletes and staff…

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Team USA chiropractor sorry for comparing Covid protocols to Nazi Germany

Rosie Gallegos-Main has worked with wrestling team since 2009Athletes and officials are under strict restrictions in JapanThe chiropractor for the American women’s wrestling team has apologized after comparing Covid-19 protocols to Nazi Germany in a so…

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Tokyo 2020 on a knife edge as rumours spread as quickly as Covid

Sensationalist headlines and the constant fear of a phone ping have added to Games jitters and clouded sporting anticipationIn Tinderbox Tokyo, on the eve of the first sporting action of these troubled Olympics, everyone appears to have the jitters. Th…

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Olympics to begin but softball opener is unlikely to distract a fearful nation | Justin McCurry

With Covid cases mounting and local resistance escalating ever higher, the hope is that the actual action beginning on Wednesday will dampen down the criticismThe Olympic softball teams of Japan and Australia will have to produce something close to a c…

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South Africa sweating over fitness of captain Kolisi for first Lions Test

Kolisi returning from 10 days in isolation after Covid-19Pollard or Am could lead Springboks if Kolisi misses outSouth Africa were braced on Monday for the prospect of going into the first Test against the British & Irish Lions without their inspir…

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Team GB athletes ‘in a panic’ before Olympics after teammates isolate

Six athletes given dispensation to train alone in YokohamaDaniel Rowden: ‘There’s a fear the same could happen to us’Several Team GB athletes have spoken of their panic and trepidation after six of their teammates were forced to self-isolate after a pa…

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IOC president promises ‘safe’ Olympics despite athletes’ village Covid case

Thomas Bach insists Tokyo Games are ‘secure’Anonymous visitor in 14-day quarantine after positive testThe president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, has urged the Japanese public to welcome the Olympics when it starts on 23 July and…

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Japanese people cower from Games they don’t want and should not be happening | Barry Glendenning

Only around 20% of Japan’s population has received both jabs but Bach insists against all the evidence that ‘the risk is zero’When the Tokyo Olympics were postponed for a year, the widespread presumption in the corridors of International Olympic Commit…

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Tokyo Games a ‘beacon of hope’ for peace, says Olympic president

Thomas Bach visits Hiroshima memorial to mark start of Olympic truce, but protesters say ‘go home!’Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee president, has said the Tokyo Games will be a “beacon of hope” for peace during a visit to Hiroshima, as…

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Silverstone organisers defend decision to allow 140,000 fans at F1 British GP

Race will be biggest sporting event since pandemic beganMeeting is part of government’s Event Research ProgrammeThe organisers of the British Grand Prix are confident they can safely hold the biggest sporting event since the pandemic began. The race at…

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Silverstone organisers defend decision to allow 140,000 fans at F1 British GP

Race will be biggest sporting event since pandemic beganMeeting is part of government’s Event Research ProgrammeThe organisers of the British Grand Prix are confident they can safely hold the biggest sporting event since the pandemic began. The race at…

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Thomas Bach promises ‘safe and secure’ Olympics as Tokyo Covid cases soar

Infections surge to highest level for almost six monthsOutbreak at Brazilian team hotel raises concernsCoronavirus – latest updates | All our coronavirus coverageThomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee president, has said a “safe and secure” T…

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Stokes fears England players could miss out on the Hundred due to Covid-19

‘If the players were unable to play that would be devastating’Inaugural edition could be affected due to rising casesBen Stokes has said it would be devastating if England’s Test players are unable to play in the inaugural edition of the Hundred due to…

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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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‘When a job calls, you need to stand up’: Ben Stokes ready to lead ODI rookies

Stand-in England captain admits shock at Pakistan series callStokes highlights Brydon Carse as having ‘X factor’At the halfway stage England’s run of white-ball fixtures was struggling to capture the imagination but seven positive Covid-19 tests and an…

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‘When a job calls, you need to stand up’: Ben Stokes ready to lead ODI rookies

Stand-in England captain admits shock at Pakistan series callStokes highlights Brydon Carse as having ‘X factor’At the halfway stage England’s run of white-ball fixtures was struggling to capture the imagination but seven positive Covid-19 tests and an…