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IOC insists Tokyo Olympics will go ahead despite coronavirus

Meetings in F1 and athletics have already been cancelled‘The IOC is in contact with the World Health Organisation’It is the ultimate sporting get-together: 11,000 athletes from 200 countries all striving to live up to the Olympic motto – faster, higher…

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Tokyo Olympics chief says coronavirus could disrupt Games

Toshiro Muto ‘seriously worried’ about spread of virus with 170 days to goA senior Olympic official in Japan has warned that the coronavirus outbreak could “throw cold water” on preparations for Tokyo 2020, although organisers insist that there are no …

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Tokyo 2020 organisers ‘seriously worried’ about impact of coronavirus on Olympics – video

Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers fear that the coronavirus outbreak may begin to dampen enthusiasm for the Games as the 24 July date of the opening ceremonies approaches. The Tokyo 2020 chief executive officer Toshiro Muto said he was seriously worried th…

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Japan in raptures as outsider wins sumo contest – and bursts into tears

The 188kg wrestler Tokushoryu bulldozes his way into the hearts of a nation unaccustomed to displays of emotionSumo fans in Japan are celebrating after the lowest-ranked wrestler beat incredible odds to emerge victorious at the first main tournament of…

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‘I forgot about Eddie’s magic’: Japanese fans face final with split loyalties

There is little appetite in Japan for England to exact revenge and genuine affection for the Springboks and their travelling fansIt has been almost a fortnight since Japan exited the Rugby World Cup, but it is standing-room-only at the No Side Club, a …

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2020 Olympics: Tokyo accepts ‘painful’ decision to move marathon to Sapporo

Move follows Olympic committee’s sudden decision to relocate event to avoid sweltering heatTokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, has reluctantly dropped her opposition to the International Olympic Committee’s surprise decision to move next year’s Olympic mar…

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Rugby mania has swept through Japan. But will that end after the World Cup? | Justin McCurry

Japanese rugby authorities failed to build on the team’s success in 2015 but, as a groundbreaking home tournament draws to a close, there are signs the boom may not turn to bustThe shift in the rugby world’s axis was apparent in a suburban Tokyo park l…

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2020 Olympic marathon could start at 5am to keep it in Tokyo

City officials hit back at plan to move event 800km north to Sapporo, saying they were not consulted about the shiftThe marathon and walking events at next summer’s Olympic Games could start at 5am to prevent them being moved hundreds of kilometres to …

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‘Everyone’s a fan now’: Japan brims with pride after hosts exit World Cup | Justin McCurry

A captivating run to the quarter-finals could provide an enduring rugby legacy in JapanThe Japanese juggernaut finally came to a halt in the face of a South African roadblock on Sunday. The sequel to the Brighton miracle lacked the drama and romance of…

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Tokyo 2020: a sneak peek at some of the Olympic venues – gallery

With 282 days to go, the Tokyo 2020 organisers have held a World Press Briefing at some of the venues to show how preparations are progressing Continue reading…

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Brave Blossoms tackle typhoon Hagibis flood waters for training – video

Rugby World Cup hosts Japan braved high waters and a sodden pitch for their captain’s run at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium on Saturday, as Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Honshu, Japan’s most populous island.The Brave Blossoms are scheduled to face Sco…

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Scottish Rugby boss calls for 24-hour delay to Japan match – video

Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson has asked World Rugby to postpone the pivotal Pool A encounter against host nation Japan by 24 hours rather than risk cancelling it because of the approaching typhoon Hagibis. Scotland need to beat Japan …

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Formula One cancels all Saturday running as Typhoon Hagibis looms at Japan GP

Qualifying postponed from Saturday to early SundayRace at Suzuka circuit to go ahead as plannedOrganisers of Japan’s Formula One Grand Prix have cancelled all practice and qualifying sessions scheduled for Saturday due to the approach of Typhoon Hagibi…

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Brave Blossoms challenging old ideas of what it means to be Japanese

Japan’s Rugby World Cup side, along with Naomi Osaka, Rui Hachimura and others, show the potential for a more inclusive definition of Japanese identityAmong the many striking images of Japan’s gleaming start to the Rugby World Cup, one in particular sh…

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Take a bow: Rugby World Cup teams charm Japanese hosts by copying local custom

All Blacks, Ireland and Wales win enthusiastic response from hosts with ‘gesture of respect’ to crowds after their gamesJapan’s rugby players have discovered they can, after all, teach the All Blacks something: how to execute a respectful post-match bo…

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‘Someone shouted tsunami’: Kamaishi set to play emotional role in World Cup story | Andy Bull

Kamaishi, the small town in which 1,000 people died in the 2011 tsunami, welcomes the Rugby World Cup on WednesdayThere used to be a telephone box in the middle of the Kamaishi stadium. Nodoka Kikuchi reckons it was somewhere right around the halfway l…

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Let’s ruck and roll: Japan wakes up to the arrival of rugby giants

The stakes are high for the first Asian host of the Rugby World Cup, both on and off the pitchThe Rugby World Cup megastore in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district is doing a brisk business in official merchandise. Wallabies and All Blacks T-shirts have sold out,…

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Let’s ruck and roll: Japan wakes up to the arrival of rugby giants

The stakes are high for the first Asian host of the Rugby World Cup, both on and off the pitchThe Rugby World Cup megastore in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district is doing a brisk business in official merchandise. Wallabies and All Blacks T-shirts have sold out,…

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Volunteers introduce World Cup fans to Japan … and themselves to rugby

Though some Team No-Side members found love for the game overseas, many will soon be seeing a live match for the first timeTwo days out from opening night, Tokyo Stadium was buzzing with workers fixing the trimmings, hanging banners from the gantries, …

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Rugby World Cup: All Blacks cover up tattoos in Japan to tackle yakuza link

With body ink associated with yakuza gangsters, New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup stars are happy to hide their artwork The All Blacks are gamely braving Japan’s humidity and covering up their considerable collection of tattoos as they prepare for their de…