Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo Olympic organizers meet to decide on spectator limits

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The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizers started a meeting Monday during which they are expected to agree to allow up to 10,000 spectators to enter each games venue, provided it does not exceed 50 percent of a venue's capacity. Representatives of five organizing bodies, including International Olympic Committee President Thomas… Read

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

New Zealand selects transgender athlete Hubbard for Olympic women's weightlifting team

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Laurel Hubbard hefted 185 kilograms in two lifts on the way to qualifying in the women’s super-heavyweight division for the Tokyo Olympics. That's heavy. But it's nowhere near the figurative weight Hubbard has carried to become the first transgender athlete to compete at an Olympic Games. Hubbard was among five… Read

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Alcohol allowed but no condom distribution in Tokyo Olympic village

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The organizing committee of this summer's Tokyo Olympics said Sunday that participants will be allowed to bring alcoholic beverages into the athletes' village but only for consumption in their rooms, as part of efforts to ensure the safety of the games amid the coronavirus pandemic. The organizing committee also said… Read

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Japanese condom makers fear anticlimax at Olympics

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For Japanese condom makers, the Olympics was supposed to be a golden opportunity, with hordes of eager tourists and tens of thousands of their innovative, ultra-thin prophylactics given to athletes. But a ban on overseas fans, strict virus rules, and regulations preventing the distribution of their premium condoms to competitors… Read

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Tokyo: Olympics like no other with Olympic Village to match

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The pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics will be like no other when they open on July 23. And they'll have an idiosyncratic Olympic Village to match. Start with the aptly named “Fever Clinic,” a prefabricated complex of isolation rooms inside the sprawling village on Tokyo Bay. This is where PCR tests will… Read

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Ugandan Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan

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A member of Uganda’s Olympic team has tested positive for the coronavirus and was barred entry into Japan, in the first detected infection among arriving athletes for the Tokyo Games opening in five weeks. The eight other members of the team left early Sunday by chartered bus for host city… Read

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Organizers show off athletes' village a month before Tokyo Olympics begin

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Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics opened the 44-hectare athletes' village to the media on Sunday, showing off rooms and a timber-laced shopping plaza where 18,000 athletes and officials will stay during the sporting extravaganza. The once-delayed Games are due to start on July 23 amid concern that the influx of… Read

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All Olympic live viewing events in Tokyo to be canceled: Koike

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Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike said Saturday that all mass public viewings of this summer's Olympics and Paralympics in the Japanese capital will be canceled as part of precautions against the coronavirus. After holding talks with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga for about an hour, the governor told reporters that some of… Read

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Tokyo LGBTQ center head hoping Olympics spark social change

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With the eyes of the world on Japan during the Tokyo Olympics, Gon Matsunaka, head of the country's first permanent LGBTQ community center, hopes the games will prove a catalyst in fostering a society in which discrimination is no longer accepted and diversity is embraced. Matsunaka, who has dedicated himself… Read

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Returning U.S. Olympians rely on experience for another shot at glory

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Earning a place on the United States Olympic team is tough at the best of times - but booking your ticket to a third, fourth or even fifth Games during a pandemic is an enormous challenge. For those bidding to get another outing with Team USA, after navigating unprecedented challenges… Read

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