From medals to pedals: Japan Olympic fencer turns to food delivery | AFP

With the Olympics postponed due to the coronavirus, top Japanese fencer Ryo Miyake has swapped his metal mask and foil for a bike and backpack as a Tokyo UberEats deliveryman.

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Japan hospitality keeps South Sudan athletes’ Olympic dream alive | AFP

The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was a heavy blow for many athletes, but a team of South Sudanese sprinters training in a Japanese town are hoping to turn the delay to their gain, taking advantage of hospitality and training facilities that aren’t available in their young but poor home country.

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Tokyo resets Olympic countdown clock with another 479 days to go | AFP

The Olympic countdown clock in Tokyo resumes after organisers announced the Games will begin on July 23 next year. The announcement had come less than a week after organisers were forced to delay the Games under heavy pressure from athletes and sports federations as the global coronavirus outbreak worsened. IMAGES

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US fencer hopes to compete in delayed Olympics

U.S. Olympic fencer Alexander Massialas is disappointed he won’t be competing in the Olympics this year, but he plans to train hard and come back stronger for the Tokyo Games in 2021. (March 25)

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Olympics postponed: Images of Tokyo’s new national stadium | AFP

Images from outside Tokyo’s new national stadium after Olympic chiefs postponed the 2020 Tokyo Games until next year, a historic move to push back the world’s biggest sporting event due to the coronavirus pandemic that is upending global society. IMAGES

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Olympic delay brings ‘mixed emotions’ for athletes

Delaying the Olympics to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic brought about a mix of disappointment and understanding, relief and concern for athletes. (March 24)

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Inside The Olympic Postponement | Ground Game/Inside the Outbreak | Associated Press

For the first time in history the International Olympic Committee has postponed the 2020 summer games to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The AP’s Ralph Russo sits down with AP Sports Writer Eddie Pells to take you inside the IOC’s landmark decision to postpone the games that were slated to begin July 24th.

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Olympic postponement may be ‘inevitable’ amid coronavirus pandemic | AFP

Postponing the Olympics over the coronavirus pandemic may become ‘inevitable’, Japan’s prime minister conceded Monday, after the International Olympic Committee said a delay was being considered as pressure grows from athletes and sports bodies.

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Olympic flame reaches Japan amid doubt about games

The Olympic flame on Friday completed its journey from Greece to Japan. Olympic and local organizers maintain the Tokyo Olympics will open on July 24. Others say they should be postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. (March 20)

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Olympic flame arrives in Japan ahead of Tokyo 2020 | AFP

The Olympic flame arrives in Japan to a muted reception, with what should have been a joyous celebration dramatically downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic that has cast doubt over whether the Games can even go ahead. IMAGES

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‘Heartbreaking’: Olympic torch events downscaled over virus | AFP

Chief executive Toshiro Muto says Tokyo 2020 organisers have taken the “heartbreaking” decision to scale back parts of the Olympic torch relay due to the coronavirus.

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See an Empty World Cleared by Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic is shutting down museums, theaters, and clubs. It’s forcing fashion shows to reschedule and talk shows to play to empty seats. Broadway’s going dark, March Madness is off, and politicians are rallying to audiences made up solely of their own aides. On March 12, an Olympic gold medalist lit the torch for a small, private audience then ran through trees alone.

The virus seems to be showing us what’s important: not sports or glamor, but health and family; not politics, but political action. It’s shutting down events that used to symbolize our connection as citizens and fans, while showing us how connected we have always been. We can see now visualize that what happens to one of us in Wuhan can derail traders in New York and kill leaders in Iran.

But our response is also shutting down services that perform a vital function. It’s pushing an estimated fifth of the world’s students out of classrooms and shutting down the places we need most in times of crisis. Italy’s ban on public gatherings mean a ban on funerals. Saudi Arabia suspended pilgrimages to Mecca, and both the Catholic Church in Rome and the Governor of Kentucky called on churches to close doors that have stood open through flood and famine. The Pope, meanwhile, is holding an audience from the comfort of his plush, private library. We are left to mourn alone.

The mental cost is real. A 2020 report on social isolation by researchers at the National Academies of Sciences found that older people who keep to themselves develop a “significantly” higher risk of dementia. Life won’t be much easier for younger generations kept apart and forced to live on screens, whose affect on mental health we don’t yet understand. The pandemic is forcing our society to take a hard reckoning of what is essential, and what we can do without. But the costs of those cuts can never be tallied.

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China: Keeping Olympic dreams alive | AFP

Chinese athletes gunning for glory at the Tokyo Olympics are training behind closed doors, going through disinfection chambers regularly and having their temperatures checked three times a day as part of strict measures against the coronavirus.

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For some Fukushima evacuees, Olympics are no reason for cheer | AFP

The Olympic torch relay that begins in Japan this month will start from Fukushima, emphasising what the government dubs the “Reconstruction Olympics”, but not everyone in the region will be cheering.

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Surfing: Teahupoo, the village riding Tahiti’s Olympic wave | AFP

At the end of the road on the island of Tahiti lies a legendary surf spot. Known for its mythical waves, Teahupoo is a favourite among surfers across the globe. Now, this small village is being thrown onto the world stage and looks set to host the surfing events of the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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Doping techniques | AFP Animé

Videographic looking at doping techniques in sport. China’s triple Olympic swimming gold medallist Sun Yang was found guilty of refusing to give a doping sample and banned for eight years in an eagerly-awaited judgement from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Wrestler says he was abused by university doctor

An Olympic wrestler is accusing a University of Michigan doctor of touching him inappropriately during medical exams at the school and says the physician’s reputation for such conduct was well known among his teammates. (Feb. 21)

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Surfs Up! Tokyo to debut new Olympic sport

Members of the USA Olympic Surfing Event are training in California to compete in the upcoming Summer Games in Tokyo where surfing will make its Olympic debut. (Feb. 3)

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Tokyo opens new Olympic arena amid coronavirus fears | AFP

Tokyo opens a new Olympic arena, which will host the venue for volleyball and wheelchair basketball events, as governor Yuriko Koike promises to implement “thorough measures” to protect people from the deadly coronavirus in the run-up to the games this summer.

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Olympian Schmitt prepares for life after swimming

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Allison Schmitt is getting ready for life after swimming. Schmitt wants to pursue a career in a mental health-related field and worked an internship counseling students last year. (Jan. 21)

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11-year-old British skateboarding sensation Sky Brown ready to star at Tokyo 2020 | AFP

Sky Brown is only 11 years old, but she already dreams of making her Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “People think that you’re too young, you can’t do it, and I want to show them that it doesn’t matter about your size or your age,” she says.

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ONLY ON AP Tokyo billed as ‘Recovery Olympics’

The torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will start in Fukushima, devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. The relay goes to 11 towns hit by the disaster, but bypasses Futaba, a part of Fukushima that Olympic visitors will never see. (Dec. 13)

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Scandal-hit Placido Domingo withdraws from Tokyo Olympic event | AFP

Scandal-hit opera star Placido Domingo, who is facing multiple sexual harassment accusations, says he would withdraw from a cultural event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, citing the project’s “complexity”. of Placido Domingo

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Paris Olympics: French PM tours site of 2024 Olympic village | AFP

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe kicks off the construction of the Paris-2024 athletes’ village in Saint-Ouen. IMAGES

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USA, Brazil react to US win and Olympic berth

USA players Khris Middleton and Joe Harris talk about the Americans clinching an Olympic berth and Brazil forward Anderson Varejao discusses his team’s loss to the USA in the World Cup. (Sept. 9)

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