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Japan: Olympic Games host face surge in Covid-19 cases; emergency extended in Tokyo, expanded to other cities

Japan is extending a state of emergency in Tokyo and expanding it to new regions as the Olympic Games host faces a surge in Covid-19 cases. The restrictions are being imposed in areas surrounding the capital as well as in the city of Osaka. Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga warned infections were spreading at an […]

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Hong Kong police investigate incident where crowd watching Olympics boo China’s national anthem

Hong Kong police are investigating an incident where a crowd watching the Olympics booed China’s anthem. Hundreds gathered at a shopping mall on Monday to watch a broadcast and cheer on Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung, who won gold in the men’s individual foil. When the Chinese national anthem was played, some in the crowd […]

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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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Momiji Nishiya: 13-year-old makes history by clinching gold medal in women’s street skateboarding at Tokyo Olympic Games

Japan’s Momiji Nishiya made history on Monday by winning the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women’s street skateboarding at the Games in Tokyo. At the age of just 13, Nishiya topped a youthful podium with Rayssa Leal of Brazil, also 13, taking the silver medal and Japan’s Funa Nakayama, 16, winning bronze. With an average […]

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Hosting Olympics is NOT profitable: Japan’s losses run in billions of dollars

Hosting the Tokyo Olympics has accumulated losses running into billions for Japan. The nation is projected to generate revenue of only $6.7 billion, whereas the budget for the Tokyo Olympics has exceeded $20 billion. It was earlier forecasted that the postponement of the Olympics due to the pandemic had alone cost a whopping $3 billion […]

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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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‘By the time Olympic flame is extinguished 100,000 more people would’ve died,’ WHO chief

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, delayed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, finally kicked off on Wednesday. While the sport is a welcome distraction amid the global pandemic, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has urged us not to forget our reality. “By the time the Olympic flame is extinguished on […]

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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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Plague of oysters threaten major Tokyo Olympic venue site

A major Tokyo Olympic venue, Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo Bay, which is to host canoeing and rowing events suffered huge damage after it was ‘plagued’ by a sea of oysters. The unwanted visitors have costed organisers $1.28 million in emergency repairs. Massive numbers of them had attached themselves to floats intended to stop waves […]