A timeline of the debate to postpone the Tokyo Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — How the debate over postponing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics changed this year during the coronavirus outbreak: Jan 11 "We are aware of the r...

Tokyo Olympics officially postponed until 2021

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have...

Japan likely to agree with postponement of Olympics over coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japan will soon inform the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that it will agree with a postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics should the organization reach such a dec...

As virus spreads, next casualty could be Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning coronavirus: The 202...

Tennis tours stop until June for COVID-19; rankings frozen

The ATP and WTA professional tennis tours suspended all competition through at least June 7 because of the new coronavirus pandemic and froze their rankings Wednesday "until further notice." ...

French Open postponed until September because of COVID-19

The French Open tennis tournament was postponed for about four months because of the coronavirus pandemic, shifting from May to September. The French tennis federation announced the ...

Japan PM insists on holding 2020 Tokyo Olympics as scheduled

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In a video conference between the G7 countries on Monday (March 16), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe insisted that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics being carried out as planned,...

Japan's ancient sport sumo grapples with coronavirus

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's ancient sport of sumo is grappling with the harsh reality of the coronavirus outbreak. The Spring Grand Sumo Tournament kicked off on Sunday in Osaka at Edion Ar...

Olympic flame-lighting in Greece to proceed despite virus

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Next week's flame-lighting ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will go ahead in Greece despite concerns about the virus outbreak, organizers said Tuesday. The ...

Japan sumo tournament to be held without live audience for first time

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, which was set to take place in the Japanese city of Osaka March 8-22, will be held with no spectators for the first time in its history, ...

Russian doping appeal gets closed-door hearing after April

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — There will not be a public hearing when Russia's appeal against widespread sporting sanctions goes before sport's highest court. The Court of Arbitratio...

Swimming authorities worked to protect Sun Yang from ban

GENEVA (AP) — International swimming authorities worked to protect three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang from being banned from the sport in a doping case, according to a Swiss supreme court document. ...

Outbreak, economic ills dim luster of Japan's Olympic year

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should be basking in the limelight this year in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Instead, the virus outbreak that has spread from China to even remote part...

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Japanese government insists on holding 2020 Olympics despite surge in virus cases

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Despite having confirmed 97 cases of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, not including the passengers on the virus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship, Japa...