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Flora Duffy wins first ever Olympic gold medal for Bermuda, breaks 45 year jinx

Bermuda becomes the smallest country to win gold after Flora Duffy decisively won the triathlon. Overcome with emotion, Duffy collapsed to the ground with her hands over her face. “I really just hope it inspires the youth of Bermuda that we’re from a small country — but that doesn’t mean we can’t do great things […]

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Simone Biles: 4-time Olympic gold medalist pulls out of gymnastics team final to ‘focus on mental health’

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles pulled out of the women’s gymnastics team final saying: “I have to focus on my mental health”. The American left the arena after the vault, but later returned to support her team-mates as they claimed silver behind the Russian Olympic Committee. Biles, 24, scored 13.766 – her lowest Olympic […]

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Naomi Osaka: Japanese tennis superstar suffers shocking exit in home Olympics

Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka suffered a surprise exit in her home Olympics as Czech Marketa Vondrousova earned a straight-set win in Tokyo. Osaka, 23, has been one of the faces of the Games in the Japanese capital and had the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron in last week’s opening ceremony But the four-time Grand […]

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IN PICTURES: Opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics took place on Friday in a nearly empty stadium after a year-long pandemic postponement.The curtailed celebration began with a video showing athletes training at home during the pandemic before fireworks burst into the air above the Olympic Stadium.Just a few hundred officials and dignitaries were in the stands […]

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Olympics opening ceremony director sacked on the eve of the event over Holocaust joke

Tokyo Olympics organisers have sacked the opening ceremony director on the eve of the event after reports emerged of a past joke he had made about the Holocaust. The latest in a series of embarrassments for the Tokyo organisers comes just days after a well-known musician was forced to step down as composer for the […]

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Tokyo Olympics biggest sponsor Toyota won’t run Games ads in Japan over Covid-19 situation

Toyota will not be releasing any commercials related to the Tokyo Games in Japan, choosing instead to run its “regular” ads there. The company has decided to keep a subdued role despite being the event’s biggest sponsor. According to Toyota’s North American division, the automaker’s decision is limited to Japan, and was made “out of […]

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Tokyo Olympics athletes’ village reports first Covid-19 case amid concerns of games becoming super-spreader event

An overseas visitor at the Tokyo Olympics athletes’ village tested positive for Covid-19, organizers said on Saturday. This is the first such case amid concerns the Games could become a super-spreader event. Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto confirmed a non-resident of Japan who is involved in organizing the Games had tested positive, adding that the […]

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Tokyo Olympics: Medal winners will wear medals on their own to protect against spread of coronavirus

Athletes at the Tokyo Olympic games will put medals around their necks themselves to protect against spreading the coronavirus. The “very significant change” to traditional medal ceremonies in the 339 events was revealed Wednesday by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. “The medals will not be given around the neck,” Bach told international media on […]

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Delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics to be held under state of emergency, will not have spectators

The delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will not have spectators due to the city’s coronavirus state of emergency through the Games, according to the Japanese Olympic Committee. The announcement was made following a meeting of five Olympic and Japanese government groups responsible for the Games. Japanese Olympic Committee Seiko Hashimoto said due to the pandemic, organizers […]

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Sun Yang: Ban against Chinese Olympic swimmer reduced to 4 years and 3 months; misses Tokyo Olympics

The ban on freestyle swimmer Sun Yang was reduced from eight years to four years and three months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas). The ban against the three-time Chinese Olympic champion dates back to February, 2020 and means the swimmer will miss this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo. A new Cas panel held […]

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Tokyo to lift state of emergency five weeks before start of Olympic Games

Tokyo to lift the state of emergency five weeks ahead of the start of the Olympic Games. Emergency Covid-19 restrictions have been in place in Japan’s capital and other prefectures since late April amid a surge in infections, but will be lifted on Sunday. However, some “quasi-emergency” measures will remain in some areas, including Tokyo, […]

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Tokyo Olympics: India drops Chinese brand as Olympics kit sponsor

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has dropped Chinese sportswear maker Li-Ning as its official kit partner citing public sentiment in the country and saying its athletes will wear unbranded apparel at the Tokyo Games instead. Chinese companies have faced a backlash in India since 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese forces […]