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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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Olympic torch goes on display in Japan before rescheduled Games – video

The Olympic flame has gone on display in Tokyo, having arrived from Greece in March and been mostly hidden away since the Olympics were postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.The flame was unveiled on Monday at a small ceremony by Ya…

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Naomi Osaka reflects on challenges of being black and Japanese

‘It’s a bit ignorant. … It’s not really a hate thing’Grand slam winner also pays tribute to mentor Kobe BryantNaomi Osaka has spoken about her experiences of being black and Japanese, as well as her memories of her mentor Kobe Bryant, in an interview…

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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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Masahiro Tanaka hit in head by line drive in scary Yankee Stadium scene

Yankees star hit by line drive in frightening scene in practiceTanaka helped to his feet and walked off the field with helpYankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during live batting …

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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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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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Professional sumo wrestler Shobushi dies at 28 after contracting Covid-19

Wrestler one of youngest to die from virus in JapanShobushi had been in intensive care for three weeksA 28-year-old sumo wrestler died on Wednesday from the coronavirus. The Japan Sumo Association (JSA) confirmed the death and identified the wrestler a…

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Tokyo Olympics not reliant on Covid-19 vaccine, says senior IOC member

John Coates says the IOC will ‘continue to plan’ for 2021Views counter to Shinzo Abe’s belief that ‘it would be hard’A senior IOC figure has played down suggestions from the Japan Medical Association that it would be “difficult” for the Tokyo Olympics …

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Tokyo Olympics not reliant on Covid-19 vaccine, says senior IOC member

John Coates says the IOC will ‘continue to plan’ for 2021Views counter to Shinzo Abe’s belief that ‘it would be hard’A senior IOC figure has played down suggestions from the Japan Medical Association that it would be “difficult” for the Tokyo Olympics …

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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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Tokyo Games chief says postponed Olympics not certain to go ahead in 2021

‘I don’t think anyone can say if it is possible by next July’Japanese media estimate cost of posptonement at $2-6bnThe chief executive of the Tokyo Games cannot guarantee the postponed Olympics will be staged next year even with a 12-month delay.Japan’…

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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 2020 Olympics in doubt as Canada becomes first team to pull out over coronavirus

Canada takes action to protect public health as Australia tells its athletes to prepare for Games in 2021Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCanada has become the first country to warn that it won’t send its athletes to the Toky…

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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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‘That’s a fact’: Olympics are ‘cursed’, says Japan’s deputy prime minister

Taro Aso highlights 40-year cycle to make pointTokyo officials and IOC insist Games will go aheadJapan’s deputy prime minister has said the Tokyo Olympics are “cursed”, as speculation mounts that the Games will have to be postponed due to the coronavir…

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‘That’s a fact’: Olympics are ‘cursed’, says Japan’s deputy prime minister

Taro Aso highlights 40-year cycle to make pointTokyo officials and IOC insist Games will go aheadJapan’s deputy prime minister has said the Tokyo Olympics are “cursed”, as speculation mounts that the Games will have to be postponed due to the coronavir…

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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 …