Sporting Life: Still a race to be faster, higher, stronger, just later

A devastating illustration appeared the other day of the Olympic rings standing as five separate circular units. Not symbolically intertwined as normal, but practising social distance. It represented a world in separate pieces. A virus has shut down cities, closed borders and grounded planes. Nothing is safe from its reach, so what chance does a Games have. Now, finally, the […]

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Olympics: Change of culture needed at IOC, says athletes' association

BERN (REUTERS) – A change of culture is needed at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to make decision-making more inclusive, an association representing 85,000 athletes around the world said on Tuesday (March 24), following the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021. World Players Association (WPA) executive director Brendan Schwab said that, while he was happy with the decision to […]

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Olympics: From 'best prepared' to postponed – Tokyo 2020's rocky road

TOKYO (AFP) – Olympic officials regularly lauded Tokyo as the best prepared host city they had seen. But no one could have planned for the coronavirus pandemic that has forced an unprecedented postponement of the 2020 Games. And while organisers won praise, a plagiarism scandal, corruption charges and budget woes all clouded the horizon even before the virus outbreak threatened […]

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Coronavirus: Australia tells athletes to prepare for Tokyo Olympics in 2021

SYDNEY (AFP, REUTERS) – Australian Olympic officials on Monday (March 23) said “it was clear” that the Tokyo Games could not go ahead as scheduled and told its athletes to instead prepare for the event in 2021. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) shifted its tone on the Games overnight as the coronavirus crisis spirals, saying it would step up planning […]

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Olympics president Thomas Bach: 'Of course we are considering different scenarios'

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – As coronavirus has swept the globe, placing cities and countries on lockdowns, cancelling the spring sports calendar and jeopardising every major event scheduled for 2020, Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, has not wavered in his determination to hold the Summer Games in Tokyo. The opening ceremony is scheduled for July 24, with […]

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Gymnastics: USA federation surveying gymnasts on postponing Olympics

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – USA Gymnastics said on Friday (March 20) the federation was surveying its athletes on the possibility of postponing the Tokyo Olympics. “We know and respect that they may have different views on how best to advocate for their interests, which is why, this afternoon, we asked our Olympic hopefuls to share their thoughts about the possibility […]

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