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Olympics Masks at Tokyo medal ceremonies ‘a must to have’ – IOC spokesman

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Sunday that masks are a “must to have” at Tokyo medal ceremonies after swimmers were seen taking off masks on the medal podium and hugging other competitors in...

Skateboarding-Huston, Horigome advance to finals in skateboarding’s debut

Skateboarding star Nyjah Huston of the United States and hometown favourite Yuto Horigome advanced to the finals of the men’s street event on Sunday in skateboarding’s historic debut at the Olympics. Huston, 26, recovered his form in the final two tricks after a stumbling start in his heat, a star-studded pack that included France’s Aurelien...

Swimming-Hafnaoui stuns in 400 free, gold for Japan’s Ohashi

Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui pulled off a major shock on the opening day of the Tokyo Olympics swimming medal events on Sunday with a stunning victory in the men’s 400m freestyle while the hosts celebrated a surprise gold for Yui Ohashi in the women’s 400m medley. Chase Kalisz powered to victory in the men’s 400m medley...

Archery-U.S. pair ousted in surprise loss to Indonesia

TOKYO, July 24 (Reuters) – The United States suffered a surprise loss to Indonesia in the mixed-team archery competition on Saturday, dashing the 8th-ranked pair’s medal hopes. Indonesian pair Diananda Choirunisa and Riau Salsabilla, ranked 36th in the world leading into the event, now go on to the next round to face Turkey in a...

Olympics Gymnastics- For medals, U.S. women face biggest opponents – each other

Mykayla Skinner finally made the U.S. women’s Olympics 2020 gymnastics team after being left off the Rio 2016 squad. The 24-year-old Arizonan’s vault is good enough to land her on the podium alongside teammate Simone Biles, but she might not get the chance to try. What happens in the qualification round on Sunday will decide...

Glittering gold distracts from Tokyo woes

Sport stretched out over Tokyo on Saturday as the Olympic Games finally got underway, but the shadow of COVID-19 and controversy was never far away on the opening day. China fired an ominous warning as Yang Qian grabbed the Games’ first gold, the morning after Japan’s global superstar tennis player Naomi Osaka had lit the...

24th July

Fiji athletes urged to stay focused

TEAM Fiji athletes have been urged to overcome the thought and effect of COVID-19  while preparing for their events in the Olympic Games in Japan. Chef de mission Patrick Bower reminded the athletes on the importance of giving their best at the Games for themselves and for the country. “Stay focused,” Bower told the athletes during their assembly at the...

Olympics ceremony: Naomi Osaka lights flame as Tokyo’s ‘games of hope’ open

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has lit the Olympic cauldron to mark the formal start of Tokyo 2020, in an opening ceremony shorn of glitz and overshadowed by a pandemic but celebrated as a moment of global hope. Organisers also paid tribute to medical workers as athletes from across the world paraded into an almost...

Olympics Scandal-hit Tokyo looks to final torchbearer to mend battered image

Battered by scandal on the eve of the opening ceremony, Tokyo 2020 organisers have the chance to patch up the Games’ image when they reveal today who will carry the Olympic flame for the final few steps to light the stadium’s cauldron. The identity of the final torchbearer is one of the Games’ most closely...

Sporting moments to look out for at Tokyo 2020

Superheroes the world over come head to toe in spandex. So too here in Tokyo, where the one person with the best shot at making – or even saving – these most beleaguered of Olympic Games, will be dressed in a red one-piece. Never mind that Simone Biles stands 1.42m in her stockinged feet, the...

Surfing-The hard work starts here, says ISA president

Surfing’s proud Olympic debut on Sunday will be the result of a decades-long struggle for acceptance by the sport’s governing body, but its president Fernando Aguerre has told Reuters the hard work is really only beginning. First elected to the top job in the International Surfing Association (ISA) in 1994, Aguerre is delighted to see...

ON-Tennis at the Tokyo Olympics

Focus on tennis at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: THE ABSOLUTE BASICS * There are five events in total – singles and doubles tournaments for both men and women, and a mixed doubles competition. * Each event follows an elimination format similar to most major tennis tournaments. Losers of the semi-finals play for the bronze medal....

WTA roundup: Katarzyna Kawa keeps Polish hope alive in Gdynia

Katarzyna Kawa kept a home-soil run alive when she upset No. 3 seed Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-2, 6-4 in the second round Thursday at the BNP Paribas Poland Open in Gdynia. Kawa, ranked No. 143 in the world, had little trouble as she converted five of nine break points and won 64 percent of...

Three more athletes test postive for COVID-19 at Games

TOKYO, July 23 (Reuters) – Olympics organisers said on Friday that three more competitors at the Tokyo Games, including one resident of the athletes’ village, had tested positive for COVID-19. Olympics-related cases rose by 19, organisers said, bringing the total number of disclosed cases to 106.

COVID-19 outbreaks among non-vaccinated players could mean forfeits

The National Football League informed its teams on Thursday that COVID-19 outbreaks among non-vaccinated players during the 2021 season could lead to forfeits and loss of pay if games cannot be rescheduled. According to a memo sent by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the league has no plans to add a 19th week to the regular...

Novak Djokovic faces tough draw at Olympics

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s road to the Golden Slam is not an easy one, with possible matches against Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev in his path at the Tokyo Olympics. Djokovic, representing Serbia, has won the season’s first three grand slams and could become the first male player ever to win the Golden Slam...

2020 Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony: Nagasau, lead Team Fiji into Olympic Stadium

Team Fiji appeared on the television screens in the homes of hundreds of thousands of Fijians back home at exactly 1.03am (Fiji time) as they paraded, masked up, into an empty stadium for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Dressed in traditional kuta attire (woven reeds), Fiji’s Women’s Rugby 7s Pacific Games...

Tennis-Japan’s Osaka returns to spotlight in Centre Court Games opener

KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 (Reuters) – Japan’s Naomi Osaka will return to the spotlight on Saturday, kicking off her Olympic campaign in the first match on Centre Court as a home crowd favourite after taking a mental health break two months ago. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion and world number two, has not played...

23rd July

Team Fiji set for Olympics start – Bower

All are safe and well at the Olympic Games Village in Japan, says Team Fiji chef de mission Patrick Bower. The former Suva school teacher said Fiji’s athletes and officials had been strictly following the games protocols laid down by Japan amidst the rise and scare of the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan. “We are all safe and healthy,” Bower said from the Games Village in Tokyo...

Fiji’s Dr Mitchell re-elected into International Olympic Committee board

Fiji-based Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) president Dr Robin Mitchell has been re-elected into the executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for another four-year term. He his new term is from 2021 to 2024, ONOC noted in a statement issued today. The election was part of the second day of the IOC Meeting...

Guinea reverses decision to pull out of Tokyo Olympics after IOC weighs in

The West African country of Guinea has reversed an earlier decision to pull out of the Olympics and will send a delegation of five athletes to the Tokyo Games. Minister of Sports Sanoussy Bantama Sow made the announcement on Thursday after national and international outcries that followed an earlier declaration that Guinea would not send...

Tokyo Olympics: Early typhoon threat to Games

Weather experts are monitoring a developing typhoon that is threatening to affect the Tokyo Olympics. United States meteorologist Eric Holthaus shared a radar image of an incoming typhoon to the south-east of Tokyo, warning it could hit the Japanese capital by the end of the weekend. With the storm in its infancy, accurate trajectory predictions...

Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act won’t keep Tokyo clean – lawyer

(Reuters) – The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act (RADA) is essential to restoring integrity to international sports and protecting clean athletes but won’t be able to keep the Tokyo Games clean, a Helsinki Commission hearing in Washington was told on Wednesday. RADA, which was signed into law last December, allows the United States to prosecute individuals for...

Coates pulls rank as Queensland premier backflips on opening ceremony

TOKYO, July 22 (Reuters) – Olympic boss John Coates left few in doubt about the power of sport in Australian politics as he publicly ordered Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to attend Tokyo’s opening ceremony after the IOC awarded Brisbane the 2032 Games. With around 13 million people locked down in Australia due to COVID-19 outbreaks,...

Japanese Emperor says virus prevention at Olympics ‘far from easy task’

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Emperor Naruhito on Thursday acknowledged the difficulty of preventing the spread of coronavirus during the Olympics, at a meeting with International Olympic Committee officials. “Managing the Games while at the same time taking all possible measures against COVID-19 is far from an easy task,” Emperor Naruhito told IOC President Thomas Bach...

Rockies score 5 in first en route to win over Mariners

Austin Gomber won in his return from the injured list, Dom Nunez had a three-run double, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Seattle Mariners 6-3 in Denver on Wednesday. Daniel Bard pitched the ninth for his 15th save and capped three scoreless innings from the Colorado bullpen. Mitch Haniger, Kyle Seager and Luis Torrens hit...

MLB roundup: Rays earn walk-off win over Orioles

Austin Meadows delivered a two-run, two-out walk-off single in the ninth inning as the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Fla. With the Rays down 4-3 in the ninth, Mike Zunino walked and Randy Arozarena — who homered twice in the contest — blooped a ball...

‘Fight!’: Japan cheerleaders root for athletes as Games set to open

TOKYO, July 22 (Reuters) – Japanese cheerleaders danced and waved pom poms outside a Tokyo train station on Thursday to show their support for Olympic athletes the day before the pandemic-postponed Summer Games finally get underway. “Let’s support them with all our strength!” head cheerleader Kumi Asazuma shouted to passers-by outside Shimbashi Station as the...

Olympics opening ceremony director steps down over past comments on holocaust -paper

TOKYO, July 22 (Reuters) – Olympics opening ceremony show director Kentaro Kobayashi has stepped down from his post following news reports about his past comments on the Holocaust, the Mainichi newspaper reported on Thursday.

Japan former PM Abe to miss Games opening ceremony – media

TOKYO, July 22 (Reuters) – Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who memorably dressed up as the titular plumber from the Super Mario video game to promote the Tokyo Olympics in Rio, will not attend the opening ceremony, public broadcaster NHK and other media reported. Abe played an outsized role in attracting the Olympics to...

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