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Hockey Pro League will give us top level competition ahead of Tokyo Olympic – Graham Reid

Graham Reid
With the FIH announcing the resumption of it's premier event the 2020 FIH Hockey Pro League  season, Indian Men's Hockey Team Chief Coach Graham Reid expressed that the tough competition against top nations will help his team prepare best for the Tokyo Olympic Games. He said, "It's very encouraging to have international competition restarting and the Hockey Pro League...

Tokyo Olympics Games in doubts with 1-day COVID-19 infection record

Tokyo Olympics
The spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics expects  the postponed games to go ahead in 2021 despite a recent poll in Japan in which 77% of respondents said they did not believe the games could be held next year. The poll by the Japan News Network said only 17% thought it could be held next year in the face of...

IOA chief confident of sending record 125 athletes to Tokyo Olympics

Indian team at London 2012
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra is confident of sending a record contingent of 125 athletes to next year's Tokyo Olympics. On the occasion of International Olympic Day celebrations, the IOA boss was joined by sporting legends such as Leander Paes, Abhinav Bindra and Anju Bobby George during a webinar, which focussed on sport in the post COVID-19...

Call to cancel Tokyo Olympics – Debate emerges in governor’s race

Yuriko Koike
The contentious issue of the billions being spent on the postponed Tokyo Olympics has entered the debate in the race for governor of Japan's capital. Incumbent Yuriko Koike is a strong favorite to be reelected — and a strong supporter of the Olympics — in a field of more than a dozen candidates. The campaign officially opened Thursday. Taro Yamamoto is...

Tokyo Olympic board member would support another delay

An executive board member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee says another delay should be sought if the games can't be held next year. The Tokyo Olympics were to be held this year but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The suggestion comes from Haruyuki Takahashi in an interview published Monday in the Japanese sports newspaper Nikkan Sports. “The...

Tokyo Olympic head says 80 per cent of facilities lined up for 2021

Tokyo 2020 Main Stadium
About 80 per cent of the facilities needed for next year's postponed Tokyo Olympics have been lined up, the president of the organising committee said Friday. Two of the largest venues have not yet been secured, however. "For a significant number of facilities, about 80 per cent of them, we have already gained basic approval for their use next...

Tokyo Olympics talk of simplifying to keep costs down

2020 Tokyo Olympics games
One thing is certain: Tokyo organizers want to somehow simplify next year's postponed Olympics to keep costs down. Estimates in Japan say the delay alone could cost $2 billion to $6 billion, most of which will be absorbed by Japanese taxpayers. But how to do it and where to cut or reduce is still unclear. And there's unlikely to be...

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...