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This crisis is bigger than even the Olympics – IOC member

MONTREAL (AFP) – International Olympic Committee member Hayley Wickenheiser said Tuesday that vows to press ahead with plans for the Tokyo Games are “insensitive and irresponsible.” Wickenheiser, a member of Canada’s women’s ice hockey team that won four straight Olympic golds between 2002 and 2016, made her comments on Twitter. The 41-year-old IOC Athletes Commission […]

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Tokyo Olympics flame festivities scaled back over virus

TOKYO (AFP) – Tokyo 2020 organizers said Tuesday they were scaling back parts of the Olympic torch relay due to the coronavirus, but that spectators would still be allowed to watch from the roadside. Welcome ceremonies will no longer take place and departure ceremonies will be closed to the public, organisers said in a statement. […]

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IOC in crisis talks as fears grow for Tokyo Games

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AFP) – The International Olympic Committee will hold high-level talks on Tuesday, as doubts grow over the Tokyo Games and with some in Japan urging officials not to risk lives by pressing ahead during the coronavirus emergency. While countries across Europe have gone into full lockdown after the continent was declared the new epicentre of the […]

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Diaz trains in fear in Malaysia

BY WAYLON GALVEZ     Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz is looking for a favorable decision by the International Weightlifting Federation as the board is set to meet March 18 and 19 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The federation is expected to tackle the cancelation of many Olympic Qualifying Tournaments or OQTs in different parts of […]

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Tokyo 1940: Missing Olympics

TOKYO (AFP) – Fears are growing that this year’s Olympics may be postponed or axed because of the coronavirus pandemic but Japan has been here before – the cancelled summer Games of 1940 were also due to be hosted in Tokyo.  Japan’s military aggression in Asia forced the annulment of what became known as the […]

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Watanabe may become 5th Pinoy to compete in Tokyo Games

BY NICK GIONGCO       Fil-Japanese bonebreaker Kiyomi Watanabe’s inclusion in the Tokyo Olympics is almost a done deal. Judo chief Dave Carter said the International Judo Federation (IJF) has “decided to cut off our qualifications systems to until the Düsseldorf Grand Slam held third week of February.” With Watanabe, 23, making the cutoff […]

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