Archive for the ‘Sports/Olympics’ Category

Tokyo Olympics: poll shows 60 per cent of Japanese public remains opposed to Games

Sunday, May 9th, 2021

Nearly 60 per cent of people in Japan want the Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled, an opinion poll showed on Monday, less than three months before the Games are due to begin.

Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium holds track and field test event, minus fans

Sunday, May 9th, 2021

Hundreds of athletes, including U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin, participated in a test event at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday in Tokyo, as organizers fine-tuned operations and COVID-19 countermeasures with under three months to go before the Tokyo Games.

Tokyo Olympic head says IOC visit to Japan could be ‘tough’ as COVID-19 cases surge, emergency order extended

Friday, May 7th, 2021
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The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said Friday that a visit to Japan this month by IOC President Thomas Bach seemed unlikely with a state of emergency order being extended by the government to Tokyo and other areas until May 31.

Melissa Bishop-Nriagu runs under 800m standard 3 months from Tokyo Olympics

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Melissa Bishop-Nriagu, the 2015 world silver medallist from Eganville, Ont., ran one minute 59.04 seconds Sunday night to win the women's 800 metres at a California high performance meet and dip below the automatic Tokyo Olympics qualifying time of 1:59.50.

Japanese nurses angered at call to work Tokyo Olympics amid COVID crisis

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Some nurses in Japan are incensed at a request from Tokyo Olympic organizers to have 500 of them dispatched to help with the Games. They say they're already near the breaking point dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Athletes to get daily COVID-19 tests in Tokyo, spectator decision by June

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
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Olympic athletes will be given daily tests for the coronavirus during their time in Tokyo for the delayed 2020 Games, organizers said on Wednesday.

IOC upholds Rule 50 prohibiting athlete protests at Olympic Games

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Athlete protests and political messages will remain banned at the Olympics, the IOC said Wednesday, after a survey found that a majority of competitors were in favour of keeping the ban in place.

Tokyo Olympics: Will Japanese Olympians be vaccinated ahead of the public?

Monday, April 19th, 2021

The vaccine rollout in Japan has been very slow with less than one per cent vaccinated, but it would be very unpopular to push young, healthy athletes to the front of the line. So far, the government has not issued any plans to do so.

Caster Semenya pins Olympic hopes on 5,000 metres

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Caster Semenya won the 5,000-metre race at the South African national championships on Thursday in a personal-best time and then said she's likely to focus on long-distance events for the rest of her career.

Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19 symptoms at Tokyo Games: report

Sunday, April 11th, 2021
Virus Outbreak Japan Olympics

Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics who come down with minor symptoms of COVID-19 could be isolated in a hotel lined up by local organizers of the games. The Japanese news agency Kyodo on Sunday said organizers are working to secure 300 rooms in a hotel near the Athletes' Village.