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Olympic chief's Japan visit postponed over COVID-19 as Games loom

Olympic chief’s Japan visit postponed over COVID-19 as Games…

TOKYO: International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach has been forced to postpone a visit to Japan, organisers said Monday (May 10), after a COVID-19 state of emergency was extended less than three months before the Tokyo Games. Bach's trip was scheduled for May 17-18 but organisers "decided to postpone it based on various situations including the (government's) extension of a virus state of emergency". It is just the latest coronavirus disruption for the postponed 2020 Games, which have seen several test events cancelled,

Russia banned from 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup…

After not affiliating the country's state-sponsored doping scheme, the players will compete as unaffiliated athletes in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In PyeongChang, 168 Russians competed as Olympic Athletes from Russia. After being banned from the 2018 Games, Russia initiated the Russian Anti-Doping Agency but the officials were caught earlier this year manipulating data from its Moscow anti-doping laboratory and misleading WADA investigators. Meanwhile, Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, has said the Olympic governing body must abide by WADA's decision.