Tokyo Olympics

    • Paris Mayor Hidalgo receives Olympic flag for 2024 Games

      Paris Mayor Hidalgo receives Olympic flag for 2024 Games

      The Olympic flag was passed to Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo for the 2024 Games at the Tokyo closing ceremony on Sunday as thousands gathered near the Eiffel Tower to celebrate the handover, news wires reported. Hidalgo waved the flag, decorated with the five Olympic rings, after she received it from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach in Tokyo. Paris will organise the Games 100 years after last hosting the Olympics in 1924.

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    • Belarus athlete under protection in Japan after forced deportation claim

      Belarus athlete under protection in Japan after forced deportation claim

      A Belarusian Olympic athlete who claimed her team was forcing her to return home spent the night under protection and may be seeking asylum, AFP reported, citing officials from the Japan's government and from the IOC on Monday. Sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya, 24, missed her chance of competing in Tokyo when the 200 metres heats went ahead without her in the Olympic Stadium. Japan's government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said authorities understood Timanovskaya had "expressed a will to seek asylum", but offered no further details.

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    • Covid cases hit record highs in Tokyo, officials raise the alarm

      Covid cases hit record highs in Tokyo, officials raise the alarm

      Japanese officials sounded the alarm on Thursday after the announcement of record-breaking coronavirus cases for the third straight day in Tokyo with the Olympics well underway, news wires reported. “We have never experienced the expansion of the infections of this magnitude,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters. He said the new cases were soaring not only in the Tokyo area but across the country.

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    • Tokyo Olympics kick off amid pandemic fears

      Tokyo Olympics kick off amid pandemic fears

      The most troubled Olympics in modern history finally get under way in Tokyo on Friday, after a one-year postponement due to the pandemic. The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics began in a nearly empty stadium with pink fireworks bursting into the air after a countdown, AFP reported. The ceremony in the 68,000-capacity stadium was taking place before just a few hundred officials and dignitaries, including Japan's Emperor Naruhito, US First Lady Jill Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, whose country will host the next Olympics in 2024.

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    • Two athletes, living in Tokyo Olympic Village, test positive

      Two athletes, living in Tokyo Olympic Village, test positive

      Less than a week before the start of the Olympic Games, two athletes became the first to test positive for the coronavirus at Tokyo's Olympic Village, Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday citing officials. A day after a non-athlete became the first person to test positive at the Olympic Village, the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee confirmed coronavirus infections among athletes for the first time.

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    • Japanese PM Suga survives vote of no confidence a month before Tokyo Olympics

      Japanese PM Suga survives vote of no confidence a month before Tokyo Olympics

      Japan's PM Yoshihide Suga survived a no-confidence vote by the opposition on Tuesday, news wires reported. The opposition move came just over a month before the Tokyo Olympics are due to start on 223 July. The capital is still under a state of emergency until Sunday. The opposition has criticized Suga for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and his unwavering commitment to put on the Olympic Games.

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    • Tokyo Olympics organisers will track journalists by GPS

      Tokyo Olympics organisers will track journalists by GPS

      Foreign journalists covering the Tokyo Olympics will have their movements tracked by GPS and could have their passes revoked if they break the rules, the Games president Seiko Hashimoto announced on Tuesday, news wires reported. The about 6,000 reporters visiting Japan for the Olympics must provide a detailed list of areas they will visit for their first two weeks in Japan, such as sports venues and hotels. Hashimoto said tracking technology would be used to make sure they only go where they are supposed to.

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    • Japanese doctors call for Olympics cancellation

      Japanese doctors call for Olympics cancellation

      A Japanese doctors' group urged the cancellation of the Olympics, even as Games organisers reported a surplus of applications from medics to volunteer at the virus-postponed event, AFP reported. An association of around 6,000 doctors working in Tokyo said they were "struggling with the fourth wave" of virus cases, calling it the largest so far.

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