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Category: Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

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British sports bodies fear financial ruin because of coronavirus pandemic

Handful of national governing bodies face an existential threat‘Sports like ours will find it very difficult to recover’Some British sporting bodies, including those sending athletes to next year’s Olympics, fear they could go under because of the coro…

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Simone Biles fears mental toll on athletes after postponement of Tokyo Olympics

Gymnast was set to be one of the stars of this summer’s GamesAmerican says she agrees with decision to delay Tokyo OlympicsSimone Biles has spoken of her fears of the mental toll on athletes as they ponder an extra year of preparation for the Tokyo Oly…

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UKA urged to gift Tokyo Anniversary Games to ease tension with West Ham

Former UKA chair Ed Warner says ‘radical’ idea could be solutionWest Ham adamant London Stadium will stay set up for footballUK Athletics can end its spat with West Ham United over whether the Premier League club can stage the Anniversary Games at the …

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Japan businessman admits giving gifts for successful Tokyo Olympic bid

Haruyuki Takahasi lobbied IOC members to try to win votesTakahashi received significant funds from Tokyo bid committee New questions about Tokyo’s successful bid for the 2020 Olympics have been raised after a businessman admitted he had given digital c…

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Jade Jones: ‘Olympics delay gives me a year to become a better athlete’

Britain’s two-time taekwondo gold medallist is staying positive following the Tokyo Games move to summer 2021 – partly because it means she can still create historyA week since the Tokyo Olympics were postponed in response to the coronavirus outbreak t…

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British and Irish Lions allay fears over 2021 tour’s clash with Tokyo Olympics

South Africa games to kick-off with minimal clashTicket sales and hospitality packages delayedThe British and Irish Lions have played down concerns over next year’s tour of South Africa clashing with the rescheduled Olympic Games, with evening kick-off…

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Tokyo Olympics to start in July 2021 after coronavirus rescheduling

Games will run from 23 July to 8 AugustParalympics will take place from 24 August to 5 SeptemberCoronavirus – latest updatesNext year’s Tokyo Olympics will now officially open on 23 July 2021 – 364 days later than planned – in order to give organisers …

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Sebastian Coe says delaying 2020 Games relieved ‘mental turmoil’ of athletes

‘Sport, on this occasion, had to take a back seat,’ says CoeAtheletes’ wellbeing became the priority in postponing GamesSebastian Coe has said the postponement of the Olympics was necessary in order to safeguard the psychological wellbeing of athletes…

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GB hockey captain Hollie Pearne-Webb: ‘These things gel you, going through tougher times’

Great Britain’s hockey captain, who played a key part in the Rio gold, believes the postponement of the Olympics will give extra time to develop her young squadWhen Hollie Pearne-Webb was growing up, she had an indoor pastime that drove her mum potty. …

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Tokyo 2021 is golden chance to close Big Sport circus and give the Olympics back | Barney Ronay

Games officials have the power to purge profiteering from elite competition and rewrite how we watch and enjoy sportCitius. Altius. Cancelled by a bat virus. In the end the decision to postpone the Olympic Games came as no surprise to anyone. Tokyo 202…

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IOC under fire after boxers at London event test positive for Covid-19

IOC accused of being putting athletes’ health in jeopardy Two Turkish boxers and head coach test positive for virusCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageThe International Olympic Committee has been accused of being putting athl…

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Coronavirus: athletes say Tokyo 2020 postponement is ‘perfect decision’ – video

Athletes who were on their way to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have spoken about their relief that the Games have been postponed. ‘We felt under pressure to train, we felt under pressure to compete,’ said Team GB’s Adam Peaty. The Olympic breaststroke champ…

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Live sports have shut down. When they come back, we must demand better | Musa Okwonga

For too long, profit has come before people’s enjoyment of the games they love. The break gives fans a chance to reassess • Coronavirus latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageSport is gone, at least for the time being. The arrival of the coron…

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IOC hopes to agree new Tokyo Olympics date ‘as soon as possible’

‘Here We Go’ taskforce setup to reorganise 2020 GamesIOC president admits finding new date in 2011 is ‘challenging’Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, hopes a decision on a new date for the Tokyo Games can be “agreed as s…

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IOC hopes to agree new Tokyo Olympics date ‘as soon as possible’

‘Here We Go’ taskforce setup to reorganise 2020 GamesIOC president admits finding new date in 2011 is ‘challenging’Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, hopes a decision on a new date for the Tokyo Games can be “agreed as s…

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Johanna Konta dwelling on uncertain future with Olympics delay

Knee rehab continues in isolation amid coronavirus outbreak‘It’s important to be hopeful,’ British No 1 says of WimbledonCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageTennis, already frozen in the sunshine, took another hit on Tuesday …

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Olympic postponement inevitable but finding right way to do it caused delay | Sean Ingle

Shinzo Abe hinted at a decision in mid-March but Japan seemed reluctant to lose face by rescheduling the Tokyo GamesIt sounds preposterous in hindsight, especially now the Tokyo Olympics has joined the ranks of the sporting postponements, but barely a …

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Olympic postponement inevitable but finding right way to do it caused delay | Sean Ingle

Shinzo Abe hinted at a decision in mid-March but Japan seemed reluctant to lose face by rescheduling the Tokyo GamesIt sounds preposterous in hindsight, especially now the Tokyo Olympics has joined the ranks of the sporting postponements, but barely a …

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International Olympic Committee has rare chance to live up to its hype | Andy Bull

Thomas Bach’s Hallmark card philosophy of peace through sport is always trumped by reality but the IOC could deserve plaudits for once if a belated Tokyo Games gives the world a partyLoth as I am to call the good men and women of the International Olym…

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International Olympic Committee has rare chance to live up to its hype | Andy Bull

Thomas Bach’s Hallmark card philosophy of peace through sport is always trumped by reality but the IOC could deserve plaudits for once if a belated Tokyo Games gives the world a partyLoth as I am to call the good men and women of the International Olym…