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Diaz, Asians barred from Cali competition

By WAYLON GALVEZ       A classic case of Asian xenophobia, brought about in likelihood by the widespread COVID-19, appeared to have been in full display in a weightlifting Olympic qualifier in South America. Despite approval from the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz was barred by organizers from competing […]

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Japan under pressure as worldwide sports collapse due to COVID-19

TOKYO (AFP) – The collapse of sports events worldwide over the rapidly spreading new coronavirus heaped pressure on the Tokyo Olympics on Friday as US President Donald Trump suggested delaying the Games by a year. Formula One’s Australian Grand Prix and The Players Championship, one of golf’s most prestigious events, were the latest to fall […]

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After qualifying to Tokyo Games, Marcial gets bonus by winning gold

BY NICK GIONGCO     Not even an assured berth in the Tokyo Olympics could slow down Eumir Felix Marcial’s strong drive in the Asia-Oceania Olympic Boxing Tournament in Amman, Jordan. The Filipino middleweight added the gold medal to his guaranteed Olympic ticket early Thursday (Wednesday night in Jordan) by getting past Abilkan Amankhul of […]

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Magno is 4th Filipino athlete to secure Tokyo Games slot

BY NICK GIONGCO     Flyweight Irish Magno took advantage of a rare chance to secure an Olympic slot after she posted a dominating win over Somaiya Qosimova of Tajikistan in the Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Wednesday in Amman, Jordan. Magno was awarded a 5-0 victory and it came just a day after being […]

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Tokyo 2020 organizers insist Olympics on despite virus ‘concern’

TOKYO (AFP) –Preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer are going ahead “as scheduled,” organizers insisted on Wednesday, while acknowledging they are ”concerned” about the spread of the new coronavirus. Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori made the comments after a member of the organizers’ executive board sounded the alarm on the virus outbreak, warning […]

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Coronavirus: Could  Olympics be cancelled?

LAUSANNE (AFP) – The 2020 Olympics are due to open in Tokyo on July 24 but with coronavirus sweeping the world, there is growing concern that the Games will be either postponed or even cancelled. So will the Games go ahead? And who will take the decision and when? AFP looks at the options. Q: […]

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