Coronavirus: European Athletics urges study into 'potential postponement' of Euro championships

LAUSANNE (AFP) – Europe’s athletics governing body asked on Wednesday (March 25) whether this year’s European Championships in Paris can be held while the deadly coronavirus pandemic continues to spread. In a statement, European Athletics said its executive board had asked the local organising committee (LOC) for the event, set to take place between Aug 25-30, to perform “a study […]

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Olympics: Cancel them! For Games opponents in Japan, a delay still isn't good enough

TOKYO (AFP) – For many in Japan, the postponement of the Olympics to 2021 is a heartbreaking necessity. But for a small and motley crew opposed to the Games altogether, it still does not go far enough. “Damn it! We absolutely reject postponement. The Olympics should be cancelled and abolished,” an umbrella group of anti-Games activists tweeted after the historic […]

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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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