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Olympics: Ellen White sends Team GB to knockouts with winner against Japan

Japan 0-1 Great BritainWhite scores her third goal of the Tokyo OlympicsEllen White scored her third goal at the Tokyo Olympics as a patient Team GB ensured their passage to the knockout stage with a 1-0 defeat of hosts Japan.The win means Team GB go i…

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Tokyo’s opening ceremony plays it safe in extraordinary circumstances | Justin McCurry

Most controversial Games in living memory opened with music, dance, pyrotechnics and Naomi Osaka in a sparsely populated stadium as protestors gathered outsideSetting the right emotional tone for the precursor to an Olympic Games being held in such ext…

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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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Legacy of 1964: how the first Tokyo Olympics changed Japan for ever

Hosting the Games 57 years ago helped transform Tokyo from ‘a polluted, fetid mess’ – this year’s contrast could not be greaterThe Covid-19 legacy of Tokyo 2020 should be apparent in a matter of weeks. Some will seize on a modest, and expected, rise i…

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Legacy of 1964: how the first Tokyo Olympics changed Japan for ever

Hosting the Games 57 years ago helped transform Tokyo from ‘a polluted, fetid mess’ – this year’s contrast could not be greaterThe Covid-19 legacy of Tokyo 2020 should be apparent in a matter of weeks. Some will seize on a modest, and expected, rise i…

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Legacy of 1964: how the first Tokyo Olympics changed Japan for ever

Hosting the Games 57 years ago helped transform Tokyo from ‘a polluted, fetid mess’ – this year’s contrast could not be greaterThe Covid-19 legacy of Tokyo 2020 should be apparent in a matter of weeks. Some will seize on a modest, and expected, rise i…

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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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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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There is a light that sometimes goes out: the Olympic torch protests

A woman attempted to extinguish the torch’s flame in Japan with a squirt gun – and she’s far from the first to stage a protest during the torch relayAre you kind of, sort of, not really into the fact that the Olympics are still going to happen later th…

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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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Socceroos drawn with Japan, Saudi Arabia in World Cup qualifiers

Group A: Iran, South Korea, UAE, Iraq, Syria, LebanonGroup B: Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China, Oman, VietnamFor the fourth straight World Cup qualifying campaign, the Socceroos have been pitted against Asian powerhouse Japan. Australia on Thursda…

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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…