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Olympics Beijing Games had 72 COVID cases, none athletes, among early arrivals

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu. Beijing Olympics organisers said on Sunday they had confirmed 72 cases of COVID-19 among 2,586 Games-related personnel entering China from Jan. 4 to Jan. 22, with no cases among 171 athletes and team officials arriving in that period. Final preparations are taking place for the Winter Games amid a global surge Read More…

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A month before 2022 Winter Games, Beijing enacts COVID ‘closed loop’

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS/Thomas Peter, REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins. BEIJING, Jan 5 (Reuters) – With a month to go before the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics organisers have begun a “closed-loop” operation to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak among Games participants from leaking into China’s general public. The 2022 Games, which open on Feb. 4, are set Read More…

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Tokyo douses Olympic flame closing pandemic Games

Reading Time: 3 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch. TOKYO, Aug 8 (Reuters) – 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 Read More…

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Nigeria shocks Team USA in pre-Olympic stunner

Reading Time: 3 minutes Image Credits: D'Tigers/Twitter, Ned Dishman/NBAE/Getty Images. The Nigerian men’s basketball team, D’Tigers are not playing! Seriously, they mean business. On Saturday night, Nigeria pulled off an international shocker against the Team USA basketball squad 90-87 with a roster primarily filled of little-known NBA players that found a way to beat a group of All-NBA, All-Star Read More…

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Sanwo-Olu approves grants worth N20m for Olympics-bound Lagos athletes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: TVC News, LASG. The Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Sola Aiyepeku, on Friday said Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved N20 million for Lagos-based athletes going for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Aiyepeku told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the governor approved the grant as part of efforts Read More…

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Taking a knee, raising a fist to be punished at Tokyo Games – IOC

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse, AP. Taking a knee during the Tokyo Olympics or lifting a fist in support of racial equality will be punished as the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday maintained its ban on athletes’ protests inside stadiums, at ceremonies and on podiums. The IOC’s Rule 50 forbids any kind of “demonstration or political, Read More…

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International spectators to be barred from Olympics in Japan

Reading Time: 3 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha, REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis. International spectators will not be allowed to enter Japan for this summer’s Olympic Games amid public concerns over coronavirus, organisers said on Saturday, crushing many fans’ hopes and setting the stage for a drastically scaled-back event. Some 600,000 Olympic tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded, as will Read More…

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Olympics: Japan to ban entry of foreign athletes during virus emergency

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS, REUTERS/Denis Balibouse. Japan will temporarily suspend exemptions allowing foreign athletes to train in the country ahead of the Summer Olympics, Kyodo News reported, as it closes its borders to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases just six months before the Games. The suspension will last until Feb. 7, the scheduled end of Read More…

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Prioritise Olympics athletes for vaccine so Tokyo Games can go ahead – IOC member

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS/Christinne Muschi. Athletes should be prioritised for the novel coronavirus vaccine so the beleaguered Tokyo Games can go ahead later this year, according to senior Olympics official Dick Pound. Canadian Pound, the longest-serving member of the International Olympics Committee (IOC), told Sky News in the UK that the Games could still go ahead Read More…

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Residents uncertain about Games as costs, COVID-19 cases rise

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: Kazuhurio Nogi/AFP/Getty Images, Jae C. Hong/AP. Japanese residents are torn between trepidation and tentative support for next year’s Olympic Games that are now set to be far more expensive than expected amid a spike in coronavirus cases. In an announcement on Friday, organisers said the postponed Games would cost an additional 294 billion Read More…