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Postponed Tokyo Olympics could be downsized and simplified

Tokyo 2020
The Japanese public is being prepared for the reality of next year's postponed Olympics, where athletes are likely to face quarantines, spectators will be fewer, and the delay will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. In the last several weeks, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has given selected interviews outside Japan and hinted at empty stadiums, quarantines and virus...

IOC approves updated ISSF qualification system for Tokyo Olympics

Indian Shooting
The International Olympic Committee has approved the world shooting governing body's updated qualification system for the Tokyo Olympics, which could see India add at least one more quota to the 15 secured so far. India have so far earned a record number of quota places in the qualification cycle that began with the 2018 World Championship in Korea.Indian shooters...

IOA president tells Khanna, explain losses in hotel bookings for Tokyo Olympics

Anil Khanna
Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra on Thursday demanded an explanation from finance committee chairman Anil Khanna on the losses incurred due to delay in hotel bookings for the Tokyo Games. The budget shot up Rs 73 lakh due to the delay. In a letter to Khanna, who is also the IOA's senior vice-president, Batra talked about how the delay...

Tokyo Olympics ‘difficult’ if pandemic not contained: Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday it would be "difficult" to hold the postponed Tokyo Olympics if the coronavirus pandemic is not contained. The premier's remarks came a day after Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori said in an interview with a local sports daily the Olympics will have to be cancelled if the coronavirus pandemic isn't brought under...

Tokyo Olympics unrealistic without a vaccine?

Yoshitake Yokokura
The head of Japan's medical association thinks it will be difficult to hold the Olympics without an effective coronavirus vaccine. “I hope vaccines and drugs will be developed as soon as possible,” Japan Medical Association President Yoshitake Yokokura said Tuesday. Japan and the International Olympic Committee agreed to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games until July next year due to the...

Tokyo Olympics: more questions, few answers

Thomas Bach
The Tokyo Olympics were postponed a month ago. But there are still more questions than answers about the new opening on July 23, 2021, and what form those games will take. In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, will the Olympics really start in 15 months? If so, in what form? With fans? Without fans? Can they open without...

Tokyo Olympics, IOC conflict over who pays for postponement

Tokyo Olympics 2021 (Source: Reuters)
Media reports in Japan estimate the year-long delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic will cost $2 billion to $6 billion.

COVID-19 vaccine is only hope for Tokyo Olympics to happen in 2021

Professor Sridhar, who is chair of global health at the University of Edinburgh, said the chances of Tokyo 2020 going ahead as planned "all depends on a vaccine".

Fans planned to travel for Tokyo Olympics not getting refunds

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Aircraft
Thousands of fans planning to travel to the Olympics in Tokyo face uncertainty over flight refunds and reimbursements from hotels, after the 2020 Games were postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic and fear they may become victims of greed. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) last month made the decision to delay the Games because of the...

Tokyo Olympics in doubt even in 2021, hints organizing committee CEO

Tokyo 2020
As the coronavirus spreads in Japan, the chief executive of the Tokyo Games said Friday he can't guarantee the postponed Olympics will be staged next year