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[PODCAST] Targeting Tokyo: Kristina Knott

Jul 05, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Fil-Am sprinter Kristina Knott discovers her Filipino identity by representing the country

Olympics, virus dominate Tokyo governor vote

Jul 05, 2020 - 1:20 PM

The election comes as Tokyo fights a coronavirus spike that has seen more than 100 new cases reported in recent days

TOKYO VOTE. A man casts his vote for the Tokyo gubernatorial election behind a sheet of plastic as a precaution at a polling station in Shinjuku area in Tokyo on July 5, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

PH boxing's best Olympic chance on the line

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Philippine boxing chief Ricky Vargas laments a potential missed opportunity for history if the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were to be canceled

CHANCE FOR HISTORY. Eumir Marcial bears a big chance for the country's first Olympic gold. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz: Tokyo 2020 Olympics is top priority

Jun 29, 2020 - 6:16 PM

'I have only one chance and alam ko kaya ko manalo kaya ginagawa ko 'yung best ko every time,' says the 2016 Rio Olympic silver medalist

PRIORITY. Hidilyn Diaz remains focused on her journey to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics despite the uncertainty. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Half of Tokyo residents oppose Olympics in 2021 – poll

Jun 29, 2020 - 2:05 PM

The poll finds 51.7% of the respondents hope the Olympics in 2021 is postponed again or canceled

YEAR-LONG. Organizers had to push back the Tokyo Olympics for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP


Tokyo Olympics will be safe, governor says

Jun 13, 2020 - 1:31 PM

Although concerns remain whether the delay will be long enough to contain the virus, Tokyo promises a ‘safe and secure’ Olympic Games

READY. A dog is pictured on the Olympic Rings displayed at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the new National Stadium. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Two-thirds of sponsors unsure about 2021 Olympics – poll

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:40 AM

In a survey, several Olympic sponsors worry that the Tokyo Games could be scrapped altogether next year

Pedestrians wearing face mask walk before the logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games displayed on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Tokyo on March 24, 2020. - The International Olympic Committee came under pressure to speed up its decision about postponing the Tokyo Games on March 24 as athletes criticised the four-week deadline and the United States joined calls to delay the competition. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Tokyo Olympics organizers want to simplify Games

Jun 11, 2020 - 1:14 PM

Officials get ready to ‘replan and reposition’ the postponed Tokyo Olympics

The logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games is displayed behind cherry blossoms in Tokyo on March 30, 2020. - The 2020 Tokyo Olympics was postponed to no later than the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, the International Olympic Committee announced on March 24. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

It's 2021 or never for Tokyo, confirms senior Olympic official

Jun 06, 2020 - 8:30 PM

If the pandemic continues to rage by next year, Olympic organizers plan to issue a final decision on the Tokyo Games by spring

POSTPONED. The Olympic rings are displayed off the shore of the Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo 2020 Year Commemorative Ceremony last January 24 to mark what should have been 6 months before the Games opening. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tokyo to skip one-year Olympic countdown over virus

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:39 PM

As the pandemic continues to rage around the world, organizers think any Olympic buildup remains inappropriate

An athlete lights the Olympic torch during the olympic flame handover ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, on March 19, 2020 in Athens. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / various sources / AFP)

Tokyo weighs scaled-back Olympics, says governor

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:49 PM

As costs spiral for holding the first postponed Olympics, organizers plan to streamline events like the opening ceremony

The logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is seen through cherry blossoms in Tokyo. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

PH athletics national open to serve as Olympic qualifier

May 26, 2020 - 11:32 AM

The country's top track and field athletes get a chance to make their Tokyo 2020 Olympic cuts in December 2020

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL. Sprinter Kristina Knott vies for a maiden Olympic berth in the 2020 edition. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rice is life: How Margielyn Didal copes with Olympic road diet

May 24, 2020 - 11:16 AM

Margielyn Didal's lifeline comes from a Filipino staple that is not readily available in other countries

FUELING OLYMPIC DREAMS. Margielyn Didal shares her diet as national athlete and Olympic hopeful. Photo from Instagram (@margielyndidal)

Olympics official sees 'real problems' in holding Games in 2021

May 22, 2020 - 3:49 PM

If there are signs the pandemic is contained by October, the Olympics will start preparing 'different scenarios'

UNCERTAIN TIMES. A man looks at an Olympic rings display installed off the shore of the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tokyo Olympics qualification window opens for Junna Tsukii

May 21, 2020 - 7:07 PM

The World Karate Federation revises the Olympic qualification standards due to the postponement of the quadrennial meet

BACK ON TRACK. Junna Tsukii focuses on nailing an automatic berth to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo courtesy of Junna Tsukii

'Last option’: No Olympic postponement beyond 2021

May 21, 2020 - 5:32 PM

‘You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty, you cannot have so much overlapping with a future Olympic Games,’ says Olympics chief Thomas Bach

ON HOLD. A man wearing a face mask walks in the tunnel of a metro station with a panel ad of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

'Insensitive' Japan Olympic coronavirus logo pulled after row

May 21, 2020 - 1:37 PM

Tokyo Olympics organizers say it’s 'very disappointing' to see the Games logo 'distorted and associated with the novel coronavirus'

Logos of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are displayed at a subway station in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Olympic chief calls for 'vigilance and patience' ahead of Tokyo Games

May 16, 2020 - 11:09 PM

'So we have to be vigilant and we have to be patient at the same time to take the right measures to ensure the safe participation of everybody in the Games'

2021 OLYMPICS. The Olympic Rings logo is pictured in front of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne on March 18, 2020, as doubts increase over whether Tokyo can safely host the summer Games amid the spread of the COVID-19. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP


Olympic body creates $800 million fund to address coronavirus crisis

May 15, 2020 - 1:04 PM

‘Nobody knows how the world looks like tomorrow. It's a very incremental planning procedure,’ says International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach

MASK ON. Visitors wearing face masks walk past the Olympic Rings monument in front of the Japan Olympic Committee headquarters near the new National Stadium. File photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

Tokyo 2020 chief: Olympics will be canceled if pandemic not over

Apr 28, 2020 - 3:59 PM

Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori says no further postponement will be possible for the Olympic Games

IN PERIL. The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics remains in peril due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan virus expert 'pessimistic' Olympics can be held in 2021

Apr 20, 2020 - 3:17 PM

Kentaro Iwata says that for the Olympics to push through, the coronavirus needs to be contained not just in Japan, but everywhere

POSTPONED. The Tokyo Olympics has been pushed back from 2020 to 2021. File photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP


Japan ends Olympic flame display due to virus

Apr 07, 2020 - 9:36 PM

'Originally we wanted to hold the public display until the end of April,' says a Tokyo 2020 organizing committee spokesman

ENDING. The Olympic flame viewing comes to an end due to spiking coronavirus cases in Japan. Photo by Philip Fong/ AFP

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open July 2021

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The Tokyo Olympics was due to open on July 24 this year and run for 16 days, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the first peace-time postponement of the Games

POSTPONED. The Tokyo Olympics will be staged a year after its initial date. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP


Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels

Mar 30, 2020 - 7:18 PM

Hotels have seen bookings decimated by the coronavirus and had been clinging to the hope that the Olympics would help them claw back their losses this year

PUSHED BACK. The Tokyo Olympics will be staged no later than 2021. File photo by Kimisama Mayama/EPA-EFE


New Olympic date to be revealed likely 'this week' – organizers

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:34 PM

There are speculations that Japanese organizers plan to shift the Olympics to spring, avoiding the heat of the Tokyo summer that had been their main concern

DRAWING BOARD. The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics has handed organizers the "unprecedented" task of rearranging an event 7 years in the making. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP


Postponing Olympics saves athletes from mental turmoil

Mar 30, 2020 - 2:58 PM

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says that sports 'had to take a back seat' at the height of the coronavirus pandemic

POSTPONED. The Tokyo Olympics has been pushed back to 2021. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP


'Just cancel it' – Mystic manga foreshadowed 2020 Olympics' demise

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:26 PM

Tokyo 2020 appears several times in Japanese manga series Akira, with uncanny if coincidental similarities to the real Olympics, now postponed until next year

EERIE SIMILARITIES. Japanese manga series Akira has trended on social media for "predicting" the Tokyo 2020 Olympics' future. Photo from v-storage.bnarts.jp


Age concern: Olympics 2021 may come too late for 6 stars

Mar 26, 2020 - 3:50 PM

Pushing the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 may be an issue for some aging athletes

epa08072485 Playing Captain Tiger Woods of the USA team tees off from sixth tee during the Sunday singles matches on day four of the 2019 Presidents Cup golf tournament at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, 15 December 2019. EPA-EFE/TIM CARRAFA EDITORIAL USE ONLY AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Prospective Olympians give postponement plenty of likes

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:42 PM

Although the Olympic delay means another year of hard work for the athletes, everyone agrees it's the right decision in the face of uncertainty

LOOKING FORWARD. South African swimming star Chad Le Clos says he’s ready to refocus for next year’s Olympics. Photo by Francois Xavier Marit/AFP

Cancel them! For Olympic opponents in Japan, a delay isn't enough

Mar 25, 2020 - 4:49 PM

A small and motley crew opposed to the Tokyo Olympics wants the Games scrapped altogether

DEMONSTRATION. Even back in February, some protesters gather near the J-Village, which will host the start of the Olympic torch relay in Naraha, Fukushima prefecture. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Tokyo begins Olympic task of reorganizing Games

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:41 AM

The delayed Olympics – still to be called Tokyo 2020 – hopes to be a 'testament to mankind's defeat of the new virus'

A woman in a face mask walks past a display showing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games logo in Tokyo on March 24, 2020. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Only war has canceled Olympics

Mar 25, 2020 - 9:22 AM

It isn't the first time the Olympics has been disrupted in Tokyo

GLOBAL SPECTACLE. The Olympic rings logo is pictured in front of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

In Japan, disappointment but understanding over postponed Olympics

Mar 25, 2020 - 8:42 AM

For locals, it's a silver lining that the Tokyo Olympics has been postponed rather than scrapped altogether as some had feared

Pedestrians wearing face mask walk before the logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games displayed on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Tokyo on March 24, 2020. - The International Olympic Committee came under pressure to speed up its decision about postponing the Tokyo Games on March 24 as athletes criticised the four-week deadline and the United States joined calls to delay the competition. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

FULL TEXT: IOC, Japan postpone Tokyo Olympics to 2021

Mar 24, 2020 - 9:25 PM

The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan will still keep the name 'Tokyo 2020'

STILL 2020. The quadrennial meet to be staged in Japan will still keep the name 'Tokyo 2020'.  Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tokyo Olympics postponed over coronavirus pandemic

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:37 PM

The Olympics will be the highest-profile event affected by the virus that has killed thousands and closed sports competitions worldwide

TOKYO 2021. Japan and IOC president Thomas Bach agrees to delay the Tokyo Olympics to a year later. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

World Athletics ready to shift 2021 world champs for Olympics

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:19 PM

'We stand ready to work with the IOC and all sport on an alternative date including dates in 2021,' reads the statement

ADJUSTMENTS. World athletics is willing to adjust its schedule to accommodate the possible Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponement. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. Olympic officials: Tokyo postponement 'most promising path'

Mar 24, 2020 - 1:34 PM

Majority of the American athletes back the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

STATEMENT. The US Olympic Committee officials support the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Games. Photo from Team USA website

Olympic torch relay to proceed as scheduled with concern

Mar 24, 2020 - 12:18 PM

'The situation is getting worse and worse,' says Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto who also deems that the decision to proceed is still appropriate

DAY BY DAY. The Olympic torch relay organizers have 2 days to decide whether the ceremony will proceed as planned. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Postponing the Olympic Games: It's complicated

Mar 24, 2020 - 11:09 AM

Tokyo faces a logistical nightmare as the virus pandemic ravages years of Olympic planning

LOGISTICALLY-CHALLENGED. The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics poses great challenges in various sports and events in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

British Olympian attacks IOC chief over Tokyo 2020

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:24 AM

'IOC president Thomas Bach's stubbornness and arrogance has spectacularly failed in this instance and he has weakened the Olympic movement,' says Skinner

ATHLETES' SAFETY. British Olympic cyclist Callum Skinner continues to lead the movement urging IOC officials to postpone the 2020 Olympics due to the coronavirus. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Olympic postponement inevitable, says IOC official

Mar 24, 2020 - 3:06 AM

'My interpretation of the IOC's communications is they don't want to cancel, and they don't think they can continue with the July 24 date,' says senior International Olympic Committee official Dick Pound

VIRUS FEARS. Visitors wearing face masks walk past the Olympic Rings monument in front of the Japan Olympic Committee headquarters near the new National Stadium. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

Coronavirus 'no joke,' Olympic gold medalist warns

Mar 23, 2020 - 9:08 PM

Cameron van der Burgh, the 2012 Olympic 100m breaststroke world champion, reveals he battles with coronavirus

INFECTED. Retired swimmer Cameron van der Burgh says activities like walking "leaves me exhausted for hours." Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP


Australia tells athletes to prepare for 2021 Tokyo Olympics

Mar 23, 2020 - 7:08 PM

The Australian Olympic Committee decides an Olympics starting in July is not possible given the uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic

CLAMOR. Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are pressed to postpone the Games due to the coronavirus crisis. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP


Olympic postponement may be 'inevitable,' Japan's PM says

Mar 23, 2020 - 2:55 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concedes that postponing the Tokyo Olympics is a possibility as the coronavirus marches across the globe causing chaos

NO CANCELATION. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says canceling the Tokyo Olympics is not an 'option.' Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP


Canada urges Tokyo Games delay, won't send team in July

Mar 23, 2020 - 1:24 PM

The International Olympic Committee has come under increasing pressure to push back the Games as the coronavirus global death tally continues to rise

DECISION TIME. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in calls to postpone the Tokyo Olympics. Photo Mladen Antonov/AFP


Olympics postponement an option, cancelation 'not on agenda'

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:02 AM

A decision on the fate of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is set to be made 'within the next 4 weeks'

The logo for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is seen in Tokyo on March 15, 2020. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Track legend Carl Lewis wants Olympics postponed for 2 years

Mar 23, 2020 - 2:08 AM

Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis says the 'complete uncertainty' makes it difficult for many athletes

SOLIDARITY. Athletics icon Carl Lewis says it’s important to put the athletes first. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

IOC asks member countries about coronavirus impact

Mar 22, 2020 - 8:10 PM

In a questionnaire, the International Olympic Committee asks sports officials worldwide how the pandemic affected their athletes' training and preparation

A man walks in front of the Olympic rings displayed in the Tokyo's Nihonbashi district. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Thousands flock to see Olympic flame in Japan despite virus fears

Mar 22, 2020 - 2:48 PM

More than 50,000 people queue to watch the flame displayed at Sendai station even if it remains uncertain whether the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead

HOPEFUL. People wearing face masks take pictures in front of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame displayed outside Sendai railway station at the Miyagi prefecture. Photo by Philip Fong/ AFP

No need to rush Tokyo Olympic decision says U.S. as splits emerge

Mar 21, 2020 - 6:30 PM

US Olympics won’t insist on an immediate decision from Tokyo Games organizers even as USA Swimming, its biggest sports federation, calls for postponement

STILL READY. Logos for the upcoming of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are displayed at a subway station in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP