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Category: Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

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Podium protests to be banned at Tokyo Olympics after athletes’ poll

IOC asked more than 3,000 athletes for their viewsTwo-thirds support ban on podium protestsAthletes will not be allowed to take a knee or protest against human rights abuses on the podium of Tokyo 2020 or the Beijing 2022 Olympics after two-thirds of c…

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USWNT face rivals Sweden at Olympics as GB play hosts Japan

Swedes knocked US out on penalties at Rio 2016 OlympicsReigning champions Brazil face Germany in men’s drawThe US women’s national team will face Australia, Sweden and New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics, while in the men’s competition 2016 winners Brazi…

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Self-medals, hot chips and Olympic qualification: a day at Australia’s athletics titles | Kieran Pender

With Tokyo selection on the line, Guardian Australia spent a day at the track and field national championshipsA cloud of Covid-induced uncertainty still lingers over Tokyo 2021, but there was no talk of Olympic cancellation at Australia’s track and fie…

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Self-medals, hot chips and Olympic qualification: a day at Australia’s athletics titles | Kieran Pender

With Tokyo selection on the line, Guardian Australia spent a day at the track and field national championshipsA cloud of Covid-induced uncertainty still lingers over Tokyo 2021, but there was no talk of Olympic cancellation at Australia’s track and fie…

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Citius, altius, virus: it seems absurd, but the Olympic Games must go on | Barney Ronay

Covid logic suggests Tokyo 2020 shouldn’t go ahead but there may be some undimmed joy in staging it after all this horrorThe American poet Edgar Allen Poe wrote a short story called The Masque of the Red Death about a prince who holds a fancy costume b…

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Cancelling Tokyo Olympics ‘remains an option’ says top Japanese politician

Toshihiro Nikai’s comments are at odds with the united front presented by the Japanese governmentA senior member of Japan’s ruling party has said that cancelling the Tokyo Olympics “remains an option” if the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen.“If…

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‘Cancel the Olympics’: fashion outcry as Canada brings back jean jackets for Tokyo

Denim outfits welcomed with mix of outrage and delightDesigners say uniforms reflect Tokyo’s street art and fashionFor sports fans, there are many reasons to be thankful that the Tokyo Olympics look like they will take place – a year late – despite con…

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‘Crunch time’: Australian Olympians nervously await Covid-19 vaccine

Slow vaccine roll-out affects 1400-strong Tokyo travelling partyAOC in talks with government as NZ vaccinates athletesTime is ticking as the Australian Olympic Committee waits for guidance on when its 1400-strong Tokyo Games travelling party will recei…

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‘Crunch time’: Australian Olympians nervously await Covid-19 vaccine

Slow vaccine roll-out affects 1400-strong Tokyo travelling partyAOC in talks with government as NZ vaccinates athletesTime is ticking as the Australian Olympic Committee waits for guidance on when its 1400-strong Tokyo Games travelling party will recei…

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‘Crunch time’: Australian Olympians nervously await Covid-19 vaccine

Slow vaccine roll-out affects 1400-strong Tokyo travelling partyAOC in talks with government as NZ vaccinates athletesTime is ticking as the Australian Olympic Committee waits for guidance on when its 1400-strong Tokyo Games travelling party will recei…

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Adam Peaty sends warning to Olympic swimming rivals at British trials

Peaty swims 100m breaststroke in 57.39 seconds in London‘I’m way ahead of where I should be,’ says Olympic championOlympic 100m breaststroke champion Adam Peaty sent an ominous warning to his rivals in Tokyo this summer by storming to victory at the Br…

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100 days to Tokyo: how Team GB is shaping up for a unique Olympics

Virtual diving meets, farming fitness and training on trampolines have featured in a buildup where the pandemic meant necessity has been the mother of inventionAt the start of April, Tom Daley tiptoed to the edge of a 10m board, inhaled deeply, and too…

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Netherlands humbling a reminder of Matildas’ place in world pecking order | Samantha Lewis

The 5-0 loss, following Sunday’s 5-2 defeat by Germany, prove Australia must temper Tokyo expectationsA month before the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Australia played two pre-tournament friendlies. The first was against eventual champions, the United States…

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Porridge, Jenga and 45,000 teabags: Team GB’s Olympic luggage revealed

Cargo ship with provisions will soon dock in JapanBrompton bikes and pillows also being shipped to Tokyo Team GB’s athletes at the Olympic Games this summer will be powered by 45,000 teabags, more than 7,000 bags of crisps and nearly 8,000 porridge pot…

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Hideki Matsuyama’s Masters win set to boost home interest in golf at Olympics

Masters champion could light cauldron at Tokyo GamesGolf’s return to Olympics hit by withdrawals at Rio 2016Golf’s rocky relationship with the Olympic Games hardly looked like improving when Dustin Johnson, the world No 1, confirmed he would skip the c…

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The Guardian view on the Tokyo Olympics: must the show go on?

With coronavirus surging in Japan and internationally, this summer’s Games are a risky prospectAs coronavirus swept the globe last spring, Japan portrayed the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics until this summer as an opportunity as wel…

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With Tokyo looming, Australian athletics golden era dawns in Sydney

The Track and Field Championships, which begin on Monday, look set to usher in a new golden generation of Australian athleticsBarring anything unforeseen, Tokyo 2021 will mark Craig Hilliard’s ninth Olympics. The veteran, who was head coach of Australi…

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‘I’m not a little girl anymore’: Simone Biles on world domination, pandemic ennui and staying on for Paris 2024

Much has changed since America’s greatest athlete set Rio aflame, but one familiar constant endures: her only competition is herselfSo much has changed in the five years since Simone Biles lit up the 2016 Olympics in Rio, affirming her presumptive stat…

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Japan denies planning to prioritise Olympic athletes for Covid vaccine

Reports the government was considering the move have provoked outrage on social media See all our coronavirus coverageJapan’s government moved to cool a social media furore by saying it was not looking to prioritise Covid-19 vaccines for Olympic athlet…

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Bruce Lee DVDs, a backyard dojo and Asif Sultani’s road to Tokyo Olympics | Mike Hytner

War, asylum and near death at sea have shaped a karateka’s journey from Afghanistan to Australia and now the OlympicsPitch black waves crash against the small, overcrowded boat carrying a group of asylum seekers. The fumes given off by the vessel’s eng…