Locked-down Indian shooter uses flat as makeshift range | AFP

From his coach’s apartment, 17-year-old world number one in 10-metre air rifle, Divyansh Panwar, is keeping his dream of competing in the next Olympics in Tokyo alive — whenever they will be.

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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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Here are the top stories for Monday, March 30th: US Navy hospital ship arrives in NYC; NY governor issues plea for medical volunteers; Spain marks day of mourning while Italy sees glimmer of hope; Organizers set 2021 date for Tokyo Olympics.

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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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US athletes say postponement of the Olympics ‘the right call’ | AFP

As the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics was announced, two US athletes — Erik Kynard Jr. and Chari Hawkins — breath sighs of relief and say it’s good for the world.

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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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Here’s the latest for Tuesday, March 24th: 2020 Tokyo Olympics postponed; India to go into nationwide lockdown; Trump hopes to reopen U.S. economy by Easter; Orchestra hosts online concert in isolation.

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Tokyo Olympics postponed over coronavirus pandemic | AFP

The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be held in around a year as a ‘testament’ to humanity’s victory over the new coronavirus pandemic,says Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. COMPLETES 1Q50UO

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Here’s the latest for Monday March 23rd: NY Gov orders non-essential workers to stay home; Senate, White House work on coronavirus aid bill; Trump offers to help Iran & North Korea; 2020 Olympics may be postponed.

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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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Tokyo residents react to doubts over 2020 Olympics | AFP

Tokyo residents give their views on the fate of the 2020 Olympics, as the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe. Tokyo Olympics organisers, Japan’s government and the International Olympic Committee have been adamant that the Games – which are due to open on July 24 – will go ahead as planned despite the global panic.

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World Athletics fines Russia $10m, caps neutral Russian athletes at 10 | AFP

World Athletics fines Russia’s track and field federation $10 million for breaching anti-doping rules and caps at 10 the number of Russians allowed to compete as neutrals at the Tokyo Olympics. SOUNDBITE

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Will the Olympics happen? Tokyo governor gives her take | AFP

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike says cancelling the 2020 Olympic Games is not an option but that the classification of the new coronavirus as a pandemic will likely have an impact on the event. Doubts are increasingly being raised over whether the Olympics can be held as scheduled from July 24 to August 9.

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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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Nine years on, state of the clean-up at Fukushima’s nuclear plant | AFP

AFP has been granted rare access to reactor control rooms and other parts of the Fukushima nuclear facility in a tour of the plant in the months before the Tokyo Olympics is held. One Tokyo Electric official hopes that there won’t be ‘further worries for local residents’ as decommissioning continues.

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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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Tokyo Olympics on, organisers say, as virus hits Japan events | AFP

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are going ahead, organisers say, even as the government calls for major events in coming weeks to be postponed, cancelled or scaled back over the new coronavirus.

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French track cyclists gear up for World Championships | AFP

Equipped with a brand new bike, France’s track cyclists are setting their sights on the Tokyo Olympics. But before then, the athletes will have a chance to prove themselves at the World Championships.

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Uzbekistan’s 44-year-old gymnast heads for ‘last’ Olympics | AFP

Aged 44 and readying for her eighth Olympics in Tokyo, Uzbek gymnast Oksana Chusovitina makes light of her record-breaking survival in a sport dominated by teen prodigies. But while the desire to compete still burns in Chusovitina, she says she has given her word to her family, whom she calls her “strongest motivation”, that the Tokyo Games this year will be her “last Olympics”.

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Colourful performances and a ‘drag Olympics’ at Yangon Pride party | AFP

People gather to take part in at a Pride event in Myanmar’s commcercial capital Yangon, with performances and a ‘drag Olympics’ competition. Space is gradually opening up for the LGBT community in the majority-Buddhist country.

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Ski mountaineering, on its way to the Olympics | AFP

Ski mountaineering is on the programme for the first time this year at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Lausanne. Formerly a means of getting around in the mountains in winter, the practice spread to the leisure sector with ski tours, and has moved on to competition with legendary races such as the Patrouille des Glaciers in Switzerland or the Pierra Menta in France.

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