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Tokyo 2020: Why is Olympic decision taking so long?

Tokyo 2020: Why is Olympic decision taking so long?

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Even the Olympics is not immune. It now seems almost certain that Tokyo 2020 will be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world.But as the IOC gives itself another four weeks to mull over a delay, what forces are at play behind the biggest peacetime decision world sport has ever seen? Why do they need so long to do what most now see as the only option? And what will the fallout be?On Tuesday afternoon, the British Olympic Association (BOA) will add their voice to those demanding a postponement, following an emergency conference call with UK Sport, performance directors, and representatives of TeamGB athletes. Even an actual withdrawal has not been ruled out, depending o...

Coronavirus in sport live updates: Premier League ‘to resume in June’ with all games behind closed doors, International Olympic committee set final deadline over summer Games

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[unable to retrieve full-text content]We will bring you all the latest updates on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting sport and how clubs across the world are reacting… How Premier League plan to finish season and start 2020/21 campaign on time Professional football in England postponed until at least April 30 Rugby Football Union cancels 2019/20 season for all […] talkSPORT
The Latest: Handover of Olympic flame behind closed doors

The Latest: Handover of Olympic flame behind closed doors

Health
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 169,000 people and killed more than 6,500. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms but most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or people with existing health problems. More than 77,000 people have recovered from it so far, mostly in China. ——— Greece’s Olympic committee says the handover ceremony for the Olympic flame for the Tokyo games scheduled this Thursday will take place behind closed doors as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The Hellenic Olympic Committee said the accreditation cards that had been issued for the ceremony at the Athens Panaetenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896, will not be valid. The HOC’s headquarters w
Sun Yang: Eight-year ban for Chinese Olympic champion

Sun Yang: Eight-year ban for Chinese Olympic champion

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China's three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang has been banned for eight years for missing a doping test in September 2018.The 28-year-old was initially cleared of wrongdoing by Fina, the swimming federation, in January 2019.Following an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas), the decision has been overturned. An eight-year ban was imposed on Sun because this was his second offence.He had served a three-month suspension in 2014 for taking prohibited stimulant Trimetazidine.Sun won 200m freestyle gold at Rio 2016 having triumphed in the 400m freestyle and 1500m freestyle at London 2012.He had told an appeal hearing in November that he missed a t...
Richard Jewell: The 1996 Olympic bombing and the hero turned villain

Richard Jewell: The 1996 Olympic bombing and the hero turned villain

Entertainment
In the immediate aftermath of the bomb exploding, security guard Richard Jewell was a hero.When the 33-year-old discovered the khaki green military-style backpack containing the device - a pipe bomb weighing at least 18kg that would turn out to be the biggest of its kind ever seen by the FBI at the time - he did everything he had been trained to do. It was 12.55am, Saturday 27 July 1996. In the early hours of that morning, about 50,000 people were gathered at the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia, celebrating the previous day's sporting achievements at a concert. With the Olympics in full swing, this might easily have turned out to be one of the worst terror attacks in US history. Image: This image shows the crater caused by the bomb b...