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Olympic committee board member blasts Tokyo Games organisers

Olympic committee board member blasts Tokyo Games organisers

GAMES, JAPAN, OLYMPICS, Sports
She says IOC ‘seems to think that public opinion in Japan is not important A Japanese Olympic committee board member on Friday blasted organisers of the Tokyo Games for ignoring public concerns about holding the global sporting showpiece amid a pandemic, as Japan’s top medical adviser urged new steps to reduce the risk. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) appeared to think it could steamroll over the wishes of the Japanese public, who, surveys show, overwhelmingly want the games cancelled or postponed, the JOC’s Kaori Yamaguchi said in an opinion piece carried by Japan’s Kyodo news agency. Already postponed from last year because of the pandemic, a scaled-down version of the Games with no foreign spectators is set to start on July 23rd despite public fears the event cou...
Embattled Japan donates more than a million Covid-19 shots to Taiwan, doubling Taipei’s vaccine stocks

Embattled Japan donates more than a million Covid-19 shots to Taiwan, doubling Taipei’s vaccine stocks

Asia, HEALTH, JAPAN, TIWAN
Workers load vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to an airplane before the plane, heading towards Taiwan, takes off from an airport in Narita, Japan © Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan The Japanese government has gifted 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine to Taiwan in an effort to alleviate the island’s supply challenges and slow down a domestic spike in virus cases. “At the time of the great east Japan earthquake 10 years ago, people in Taiwan sent us a lot of donations promptly. I believe that is etched vividly in the minds of Japanese people,” said Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi as he announced Japan's donation to its former colony on Friday afternoon. The AstraZeneca vaccines, 1.24 million in total, touc...
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Organising Committee chief Seiko Hashimoto says Games ‘100 percent’ on

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Organising Committee chief Seiko Hashimoto says Games ‘100 percent’ on

GAMES, JAPAN, OLYMPICS, Sports
Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto made the comments exactly 50 days before the pandemic-postponed Olympics, which remain plagued by public opposition. The Tokyo Olympics are "100 percent" certain to go ahead, the chief organiser said Thursday, but warned that a major coronavirus outbreak mid-Games could slam the door shut on fans. Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto made the comments exactly 50 days before the pandemic-postponed Olympics, which remain plagued by public opposition. "I believe that the possibility of these Games going on is 100 percent that we will do this," Hashimoto told BBC Sport, adding that fans could be locked out during the Games. "The biggest challenge will be how we can control and manage the flow of people," she said. "If an outbreak should ...
Team USA Fails to Qualify for Men’s 3×3 Basketball Debut at Tokyo Olympics

Team USA Fails to Qualify for Men’s 3×3 Basketball Debut at Tokyo Olympics

Basketball, GAMES, JAPAN, OLYMPICS, Sports, USA
When 3x3 basketball debuts at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, one heavyweight name will be missing after the United States men's team failed to qualify. At the 2021 FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament this week in Graz, Austria, Team USA topped its group despite losing to Belgium. But on Sunday in the quarterfinals, the Netherlands eliminated the U.S. from the tournament, where the top three teams will advance to Tokyo. Team USA was considered one of the Olympic favorites after winning the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The team was made up of former Purdue star and Timberwolves forward Robbie Hummel, No. 1 ranked U.S. 3x3 player and former NBA first-round draft pick Dominique Jones, former Princeton standout Kareem Maddox, NBA G League guard Canyon Berry, son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick...
Ogier wants to stay in Toyota fold after full-time WRC career ends

Ogier wants to stay in Toyota fold after full-time WRC career ends

EUROPE, GAMES, JAPAN, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports
Sebastien Ogier says it is “my wish to stay” with Toyota long-term after his full-time WRC career ends, with the reigning World Rally champion eyeing up other motorsport challenges. Ogier will heavily scale back his WRC involvement at the end of this season, having made his WRC debut back in 2008 and collected seven world titles. The Frenchman does intend to put together a partial programme in 2022 when the new Rally1 regulations come into effect, with Toyota his first choice. Although it is yet to be seen how many appearances Ogier will make, Rally Monte Carlo appears to be a certainty, and last January he won his home round for a record-extending eighth time. “About rallies, it is true that I’m not closing the door to still do some rallies maybe, but so far the only one ...
French Open 2021: Naomi Osaka faces default from Grand Slam for refusing to speak to media

French Open 2021: Naomi Osaka faces default from Grand Slam for refusing to speak to media

GAMES, JAPAN, Media, Sports, TENNIS
World number two Naomi Osaka faces expulsion from the French Open and future Grand Slams if she continues to refuse to speak to the media, organisers said. Japan's Osaka said last week she will not give any news conferences during Roland Garros because she wants to protect her mental health. She was fined $15,000 (£10,570) for not doing media after Sunday's first-round win over Romania's Patricia Maria Tig. The second seed won 6-4 7-6 (7-4). A joint statement from the four Grand Slam organisers said Osaka also faces "more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions". Later on Sunday, Osaka tweeted "change makes people uncomfortable". The Grand Slams added that following Osaka's announcement on Wednesday, Roland Garros teams asked the 23-year-old to reconsider...
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Summer Games likely to be a fan-free event

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Summer Games likely to be a fan-free event

GAMES, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, JAPAN, OLYMPICS, Sports, TOKYO, WORLD
The prospect of empty venues at the postponed Olympics became more likely when the Japanese government decided Friday to extend a state of emergency until 20 June. Tokyo: The president of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee hinted Friday that even local fans may be barred from venues when the games open in just under two months. Fans from abroad were ruled out months ago as being too risky during a pandemic. The prospect of empty venues at the postponed Olympics became more likely when the Japanese government decided Friday to extend a state of emergency until 20 June as COVID-19 cases continue to put the medical system under strain. The state of emergency was to have been lifted on Monday. The extension in Tokyo, Osaka and other prefectures raises even more questions ...