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Tokyo douses Olympic flame closing pandemic Games

Tokyo douses Olympic flame closing pandemic Games

TOKYO, Aug 8 - Tokyo doused its Olympic flame on Sunday in a ceremony that echoed the restraint of a Games held without spectators and transformed by the global pandemic, dazzling sport and deeply person turmoil. After postponing the Tokyo 2020 Games for a year, organisers said the event would serve as a symbol of world triumph over the pandemic. But with strict pandemic countermeasures and as COVID-19 variants have surged back around the world, the Olympics fell short of the triumph and
Athletics-Thompson-Herah completes sprint double-double

Athletics-Thompson-Herah completes sprint double-double

Elaine Thompson-Herah completed a second successive Olympic sprint double on Tuesday when she won 200 metres gold in a blistering 21.53, the second-fastest time in history. The Jamaican controlled the race from the start and was a clear winner, but 18-year-old Christine Mboma of Namibia produced an astonishing final 30 metres to make up four places and take silver in 21.81. Thompson-Herah, 29, ran 21.66 to win her semi-final. But, on a warm and humid evening at the Olympic Stadium, she was able
Sindhu awaits ice cream with Modi after second Olympic medal

Sindhu awaits ice cream with Modi after second Olympic…

NEW DELHI: Indian badminton ace PV Sindhu awaits a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after she became the country’s first woman to win two individual Olympic medals. "GOAT - Grittiest Of All Time", the Indian Express front page read on Monday (Aug 2), riffing off Greatest Of All Time after Sindhu beat China's He Bingjiao in Tokyo and swooped a bronze medal. The world champion's victory on Sunday came five years after she finished second at the Rio Games. Sindhu’s father PV
Badminton champion Marin withdraws from Tokyo due to knee injury

Badminton champion Marin withdraws from Tokyo due to knee…

MADRID: Spain's Olympic women's singles Badminton champion Carolina Marin confirmed on Tuesday (Jun 1) that she is unable to defend her crown in Tokyo due to a knee injury. Marin, a five-time European and three-time world champion who beat Pusarla Venkata Sindhu of India to claim gold at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, said she has torn her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and both meniscus in her left knee. "After examinations during the weekend and the medical consultation, I confirm that
Australia to fast-track COVID-19 vaccines for Olympic athletes

Australia to fast-track COVID-19 vaccines for Olympic athletes

SYDNEY: Australia's Olympic Committee on Wednesday (Apr 28) hailed a decision to fast-track COVID-19 vaccinations for athletes travelling to the Tokyo Games despite accusations of queue-jumping. The Australian government announced late on Tuesday that an estimated 2,000 athletes and staff members would get jabs before travelling to the games, which are scheduled to begin on Jul 23. "We want to see our athletes head to Tokyo to compete and then return to Australia safely," said health minister Greg Hunt. Australian Olympic Committee CEO

Browning breaks 17-year 100m Olympic drought by almost cracking…

Olympian-in-waiting Rohan Browning can taste more seismic breakthroughs after storming to third on the Australian men’s 100m sprint all-time rankings at the Queensland Track Classic. The best domestic ensemble assembled for a meet outside of a national championships in more than a decade had the crowd anticipating something special and the 23-year-old delivered with a sizzling 10.05 seconds meet record in the final. Only Patrick Johnson (9.93) and Matt Shirvington (10.03) are ahead of Browning and it seems only a matter of time

Masks and distancing required for roadside spectators during Olympic…

The 121-day torch relay is set to begin on Mar 25 at the J-Village training centre in Fukushima, launching the build-up towards the Jul 23 start of the Games, postponed from 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. "People are fine to watch from the side of the road, but when they do so we would like them to practise distancing and avoid crowds," Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto told a news conference. "We want to ensure a safe torch relay not only for
Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky wins by 21 seconds in her first…

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky secured an emphatic victory in her first race since March 2020 on Wednesday, winning the 1500-meter freestyle by 21.37 seconds at the TYR Pro Swim Series in San Antonio, Texas. American Ledecky, who has also won 15 world championship titles on top of her Olympic medal haul, finished in 15:42.92, leading a field of US national team and junior team swimmers. Her time is the fastest in the world this year by more than 17 seconds, a
Kane Tanaka

Aged 118, the world’s oldest living person will carry…

At 118 years old, the world's oldest living person is preparing to carry the Olympic torch this May in Japan. Kane Tanaka, who has twice survived cancer, lived through two global pandemics and loves fizzy drinks, will take the flame as it passes through Shime, in her home prefecture of Fukuoka. While Tanaka's family will push her in a wheelchair for most of her 100-meter (about 328 feet) or so leg, the supercentenarian -- a person aged over 110 years old -- is

2032 Olympic Games – Brisbane preferred bidder, IOC announces

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has named Brisbane, Australia as the preferred bidder to host the 2032 Olympic Games. The IOC's future host commission recommended the body enters "targeted dialogue" with Brisbane bid organisers and the Australian Olympic Committee. Several cities and countries had expressed an interest in hosting the Games, including Indonesia, Budapest, China, Doha and Germany's Ruhr Valley. Sydney hosted the 2000 Olympic Games. The state of Queensland hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Brisbane was praised for its high percentage

Olympics: Calls grow to relocate 2022 Beijing Winter Games

With the Beijing Winter Games less than a year away, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) are looking closely at human rights abuses in China, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday as calls to move the 2022 Games continue to grow. “In regards to the Olympics, we continue to be very, very vocal in standing up for human rights around the world and calling out human rights abuses, as I have personally in the past directly with

Abu Dhabi T10 out to prove format sustainability as…

The 2021 edition will kick off today and will include 29 matches over 10 days. The Abu Dhabi T10 League kicks off on Thursday, with the fourth edition looking to further establish a proof of concept and longer-term legacy for the format, even as its suitability to spearhead cricket's long-awaited return to the Olympics Games continues to be discussed. With the Covid-19 pandemic still far from gone, this year's tournament has gone to extraordinary lengths to try and conduct the 29 matches over