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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 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

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

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

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

On or off? Who's saying what over status of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Mar 21, 2020 - 9:28 AM

As the coronavirus sweeps the world, here's a look at the heated debate on whether the 2020 Tokyo Olympics should be postponed

SHOWCASE. People take pictures of the Olympic rings display installed off the shore of the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/ AFP

Virus, what virus? Tokyo Olympics organizers under scrutiny

Mar 20, 2020 - 5:23 PM

Olympic officials have been accused of shying away from making the huge decision of postponing the Tokyo Games

IN LIMBO. Mask-clad people pose with an installation of the Olympic rings in Tokyo. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

'Premature' to postpone Tokyo Olympics, says IOC chief

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:49 AM

The International Olympic Committee says it's 'considering different scenarios' for the Tokyo Games

epa06649266 The logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is seen through cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Japan, 06 April 2018. The Summer Olympic Games will start on 24 July 2020 and run until 09 August 2020. EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Japan welcomes Olympic flame as doubts swirl over Games

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:38 AM

What should have been a joyous Olympic celebration has been dramatically downscaled

FLAME. The 'Tokyo 2020 Go' aircraft, carrying the Olympic flame from Greece, is seen next to a ceremonial platform after arriving at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi prefecture. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Greece hands over Olympic flame to Tokyo 2020

Mar 19, 2020 - 7:43 PM

In a ceremony held behind closed doors, Greece hands over the Olympic flame to Japan

TURNOVER. Olympian Katerina Stefanidi lightsa cauldron during the olympic flame handover ceremon in Athens. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

No 'ideal' solution for virus-threatened Tokyo Olympics – IOC

Mar 19, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The International Olympic Committee says it intends to find a solution with the 'least negative impact' on the athletes

UNCERTAINTY Mask-clad people pose with an installation of the Olympic rings in Tokyo. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

'Putting us in danger' – athlete concerns grow ahead of Olympics

Mar 18, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Athletes have started to speak out on holding the Tokyo 2020 Olympics during the coronavirus crisis

SPORTS SPECTACLE. The Olympic rings stand at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the new National Stadium in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tokyo Olympics plans 'insensitive, irresponsible' – IOC member

Mar 18, 2020 - 1:04 PM

IOC member Hayley Wickenheiser says the coronavirus pandemic is 'bigger than even the Olympics'

UNCERTAIN. Whether the Tokyo Olympics will push through as scheduled remains a big question due to the coronavirus. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

'Heartbreaking': Olympic torch events downscaled over virus

Mar 17, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Tokyo 2020 organizers decide to push through with the start of the Olympic torch relay, but without spectators

FLAME LIGHTING. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics continues to be threatened by the widespread effects of the coronavirus. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Tokyo coordination chairman: 'No deadline for Olympic decision'

Mar 17, 2020 - 1:52 PM

Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers remain unwavered in pushing through with the quadrennial meet in July

NO DEADLINE. The staging of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics continues to be in question due to the coronavirus outbreak. File photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

'Nerve-wracking': No Tokyo 2020 Olympics build-up yet for EJ Obiena

Mar 17, 2020 - 12:19 PM

Tokyo 2020 Olympics-bound EJ Obiena hasn't joined a major competition yet this year due to the cancelation of several sports events

NO TOURNEYS. EJ Obiena waits for the start of his pole vaulting season as Europe is put on lockdown. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IOC set for crisis talks as fears grow for Tokyo Olympics

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:18 AM

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics faces another hurdle as Europe has gone into full lockdown

UNCERTAIN. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is set to convene once again on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

'Don't sacrifice lives': Doubts grow in Japan over Tokyo Olympics

Mar 16, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Public opinion in Japan appears to be moving against the Tokyo Olympics with a poll showing 45% were opposed to going ahead as planned

IN THE BALANCE. It remains uncertain whether the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead as scheduled. File photo by Philip Fong/AFP

IOC to hold coronavirus crisis talks with sports bodies

Mar 15, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Olympic officials set an emergency talk amid the coronavirus crisis even as Japan insists that the Games will go on as planned

A picture taken in Lausanne, on October 3, 2019 shows the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP)

Sporting calendar shredded as coronavirus ravages top events

Mar 14, 2020 - 11:06 PM

All major sporting events worldwide are swept aside by the coronavirus pandemic

Japan's Abe pledges Olympics to go ahead despite virus havoc

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:52 PM

'We want to hold the Olympics as planned without any trouble by overcoming the spread of infections,' says Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

STILL ON. A man wearing a face mask walks in the tunnel of a metro station with the board of the official 2020 Summer Olympics advertisement in Tokyo. Photo by Philip Fong/ AFP

Efren 'Bata' Reyes would have wanted to play in Olympics

Mar 14, 2020 - 4:12 PM

Filipino icon Efren 'Bata' Reyes says billiards could deliver the Philippines the elusive Olympic gold medal

LEGEND. Efren "Bata" Reyes says he had a good chance of capturing an Olympic gold medal when he was still at the top of his game. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Japan says no plans for Olympics without spectators

Mar 13, 2020 - 6:20 PM

The fate of the 2020 Games, scheduled to open on July 24, has been thrown into doubt by the coronavirus outbreak

PUSHING THROUGH. Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics said they are not thinking of scaling back the number of spectators for the Games. File photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

Tokyo governor says canceling Olympics 'unthinkable'

Mar 12, 2020 - 1:23 PM

Questions remain on whether the Olympics can be held as scheduled as the coronavirus takes a huge toll on sports across the globe

PANDEMIC. People wear face masks as they take pictures in front of the Olympic Rings at the Odaiba Seaside Park in Tokyo. Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

PH travel ban due to virus 'top concern' in Tokyo 2020 Olympics preparation

Mar 10, 2020 - 5:19 PM

Chef de mission to the 2020 Summer Olympiad Nonong Araneta says that the first priority is to be able to bring the athletes to their Olympic qualifiers

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL. Kiyomi Watanabe is among the Filipino athletes affected by the travel ban. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Olympic Flame lighting ceremony closed to public due to coronavirus outbreak

Mar 10, 2020 - 3:42 PM

The event will be limited to only 100 accredited guests from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organizing committee

CLOSED DOOR. The Olympic flame lighting ceremony will be closed to the public. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/EPA-EFE

Japan bars children from Olympic torch ceremonies over virus fears

Mar 07, 2020 - 6:25 PM

As the Olympic flame arrives in Japan this month, organizers decide to scrap plans involving children over concerns of spreading the virus

TORCHBEARER. Japanese actress Satomi Ishihara waves during a rehearsal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch relay. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP