Opening of Tokyo Olympics will be ‘a moment of joy and relief’, says IOC president | Tokyo Olympics News

Opening of Tokyo Olympics will be 'a moment of joy and relief', says IOC president | Tokyo Olympics News

TOKYO: The opening of Tokyo 2020 will be a moment of joy and relief, said the head of the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday. With two days to the official opening of the 32nd Olympic Games, the president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, told reporters that when athletes will enter the stadium on Friday 23rd … Read more

Cardboard beds at Tokyo Olympic Village are ‘sturdy’, says IOC | Tokyo Olympics News

Cardboard beds at Tokyo Olympic Village are 'sturdy', says IOC | Tokyo Olympics News

TOKYO: The cardboard beds at the Tokyo Olympic Village are “sturdy”, organisers reassured on Monday, after a report warned they weren’t strong enough for sex. Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan filmed himself jumping repeatedly on a bed to prove the point, after the report in the New York Post claimed the beds were deliberately flimsy to … Read more

Tokyo Olympics: IOC member Ryu Seung-min tests positive for COVID-19 | Tokyo Olympics News

Tokyo Olympics: IOC member Ryu Seung-min tests positive for COVID-19 | Tokyo Olympics News

TOKYO: An International Olympic Committee member from South Korea has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after arriving in Tokyo for the Olympic Games and has been isolated. Ryu Seung-min, who won the Olympic table tennis gold in men’s singles in 2004, was diagnosed with the virus after landing at Narita International Airport on Saturday. … Read more

IOC backs transgender weightlifter’s selection for Tokyo Olympics, says to review rules later | Tokyo Olympics News

IOC backs transgender weightlifter's selection for Tokyo Olympics, says to review rules later | Tokyo Olympics News

TOKYO: The International Olympic Committee on Saturday backed New Zealand’s selection of transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard for the Tokyo Olympics despite criticism, saying that under the current rules – which will be reviewed in future – she can compete. Hubbard is set to become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Games after she … Read more

IOC guidelines for medal ceremony: Participants to wear mask all times, no group photo on podium | Tokyo Olympics News

TOKYO: Athletes, presenters and volunteers will not pose for group photographs and wear masks on the podium during Tokyo Olympics medal ceremonies, the International Olympic committee said on Thursday, announcing a series of health-safety measures keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic. That athletes and medal presenters would be required to wear masks was made clear … Read more

Official in IOC refugee team for Olympics tests positive for COVID-19 | Tokyo Olympics News

Official in IOC refugee team for Olympics tests positive for COVID-19 | Tokyo Olympics News

DOHA: An official of the International Olympic Committee‘s refugee team has tested positive for COVID-19 here, leading to a delay in their travel plans for the Tokyo Games even though all others have returned negative results for now. “…the IOC Refugee Olympic Team came together for a ‘Welcome Experience’ in Doha, Qatar. Twenty-six of the … Read more

Covid-19 cases found at Olympic hotel as IOC hails ‘historic’ Tokyo Games | Tokyo Olympics News

Covid-19 cases found at Olympic hotel as IOC hails 'historic' Tokyo Games | Tokyo Olympics News

TOKYO: A coronavirus cluster at a Japanese hotel where dozens of Brazilian Olympic team members are staying has raised new concern about infections at what the world’s top Olympics official promised on Wednesday would be “historic” Games. Just over a week before the opening ceremony of the postponed Games, seven staff at the hotel in … Read more

Losing semifinalist to get shot at gold medal if finalist contracts COVID-19: IOC | Tokyo Olympics News

NEW DELHI: If a wrestler contracts COVID-19 infection ahead of his title clash during the Tokyo Olympics, the losing semi-finalist will get a shot at a gold medal, according to the regulations published for the Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). However, there was no clarity as to what would happen to the finalist, … Read more

Olympics in times of COVID-19: IOC allows teams to have alternate players as part of team squad | Tokyo Olympics News

NEW DELHI: Owing to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, participating countries will be allowed to have ‘stand-by’ or ‘alternate’ players as part of certain team squads during the upcoming Tokyo Games, the International Olympic Committee has said. In the Olympics, team sports consist of fewer players than what is available for other international events … Read more

IOC vice-president in Japan as Olympic preparations ramp up | Tokyo Olympics News

TOKYO: International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president John Coates arrived in Japan on Tuesday, as organisers ramp up final preparations with just over five weeks until the pandemic-postponed Games open. Ahead of his arrival, several dozen people protested against the Games in Tokyo, though recent opinion polls suggest public opposition may be weakening. Later on Tuesday, … Read more