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Serena Williams to skip delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Serena Williams has confirmed she will skip the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 23-time grand slam champion speaking to reporters a day before the start of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, Williams said on Sunday: “I’m actually not on the Olympic list … not that I’m aware of. And if so, then I shouldn’t be on it.” […]

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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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Ugandan Olympic coach tests positive for Covid after arriving in Japan

A member of Uganda’s Olympic team tested positive for COVID-19 in Japan after getting AstraZeneca’s vaccine and testing negative at home. It’s the first detection of the virus in incoming athletes five weeks ahead of the games. The member who tested positive was denied entry into the country and was instead sent to a government-run […]

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Tokyo Olympics: 10,000 fans will be permitted to attend games at venues

Up to 10,000 fans will be permitted at Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues, despite warnings from health experts. Overseas spectators are already banned but organisers said domestic fans could attend providing crowds did not exceed 50% of a venue’s capacity. Fans will not be allowed to shout or speak loudly, and must wear face masks at […]

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Tokyo cancels public viewing sites for summer Olympics

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike cancelled all public viewing sites for the summer Olympics, diverting some as Covid-19 vaccination centres. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike cancelled all public viewing sites for the summer Olympics, diverting some venues to be COVID-19 vaccinations centres instead. Foreign spectators are banned from attending the Games, delayed by a year due to […]

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Tokyo Olympics: Gamble between people’s health, livelihoods and lives

With five weeks to go for the opening of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, many people continue to question the decision to hold the Games and risk unleashing another wave of infections that could derail the country’s fragile economic recovery. Though foreign spectators have been barred from attending the Games, the event will still draw […]

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon but plans to return at Tokyo Olympics

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from this year’s Wimbledon but is planning on returning at the Tokyo Olympics, according to her agent Stuart Duguid. “Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year. She is taking some personal time with friends and family,” Duguid said in a statement on Thursday. “She will be ready for the […]

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: About 10,000 volunteers have pulled out of the games

Thousands of volunteers have pulled out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in recent weeks, organizers said, fuelling concerns Japan may not be ready to host the rescheduled Games as the country struggles to rein in a new wave of Covid-19 cases. About 10,000 of the 80,000 registered volunteers supporting athletic events had quit as of […]

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Cancelling or postponing Tokyo Olympics won’t hurt Japan’s economy: IMF

Cancelling or postponing the Tokyo Olympics Games probably will not hurt Japan’s economy much but may require the government to offer tailored support for hard-hit small firms, a senior International Monetary Fund (IMF) official has said. While the government plans to proceed as scheduled, a renewed spike in coronavirus infections and slow vaccine distribution schemes […]

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Indian women’s and men’s hockey teams seal berths for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Indian women’s hockey team sealed Tokyo Olympics berth pipping USA 6-5 on aggregate despite losing 1-4 in the second leg of the FIH Qualifier here on Saturday. Skipper Rani Rampal’s 48th minute strike pulled one back to maintain the slender lead till final hooter. Indian women have now qualified for back-to-back Olympics having sealed it […]

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Vinesh Phogat wins bronze medal at Wrestling World Championships, secures spot for Tokyo Olympics

Wrestler Vinesh Phogat clinched her maiden Wrestling World Championships medal  in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday. Vinesh Phogat defeated two-time world bronze medalist Maria Prevolaraki of Greece by fall in the bronze medal bout of 53 kg freestyle event. She is only the fourth Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the prestigious tournament. This […]