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Beijing 2022 Olympics faces 'special situation' after Tokyo delay

Apr 01, 2020 - 5:24 PM

Brace for back-to-back Olympics as the Tokyo Summer and Beijing Winter Games tip off just 6 months apart

WINTER RUN. Italy's Patrick Rastner and Ludwig Rieder take a corner in the double's luge training during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open July 2021

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The Tokyo Olympics was due to open on July 24 this year and run for 16 days, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the first peace-time postponement of the Games

POSTPONED. The Tokyo Olympics will be staged a year after its initial date. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels

Mar 30, 2020 - 7:18 PM

Hotels have seen bookings decimated by the coronavirus and had been clinging to the hope that the Olympics would help them claw back their losses this year

PUSHED BACK. The Tokyo Olympics will be staged no later than 2021. File photo by Kimisama Mayama/EPA-EFE

New Olympic date to be revealed likely 'this week' – organizers

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:34 PM

There are speculations that Japanese organizers plan to shift the Olympics to spring, avoiding the heat of the Tokyo summer that had been their main concern

DRAWING BOARD. The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics has handed organizers the "unprecedented" task of rearranging an event 7 years in the making. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Postponing Olympics saves athletes from mental turmoil

Mar 30, 2020 - 2:58 PM

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says that sports 'had to take a back seat' at the height of the coronavirus pandemic

POSTPONED. The Tokyo Olympics has been pushed back to 2021. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Tokyo organizers eye July 2021 for delayed Olympics

Mar 29, 2020 - 2:10 PM

IOC chief Thomas Bach says rescheduling the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is 'not restricted' to summer months

STARTING OVER. A dog is pictured on the Olympic Rings displayed at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the new National Stadium. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Osaka disappointed but supports Olympic delay

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:56 AM

'Sport will eventually unite us again and be there for us always, but that time is not now,' says former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 02: Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot during her Women's Singles fourth round match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on day eight of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 02, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

'Bigger' Tokyo 2020 Olympics is possible, says former POC chief

Mar 28, 2020 - 4:46 PM

Former Philippine Olympic Committee chief Celso Dayrit lists 6 'immeasurable benefits' to the historic delay of the quadrennial meet

REBOUND OPPORTUNITY. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics delay creates more opportunities for athletes and businesses affected by the coronavirus. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

'Just cancel it' – Mystic manga foreshadowed 2020 Olympics' demise

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:26 PM

Tokyo 2020 appears several times in Japanese manga series Akira, with uncanny if coincidental similarities to the real Olympics, now postponed until next year

EERIE SIMILARITIES. Japanese manga series Akira has trended on social media for "predicting" the Tokyo 2020 Olympics' future. Photo from

New Tokyo Olympics date 'won't satisfy everybody,' says athletics chief

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:48 PM

'We are probably not going to reach a solution that meets with the approval of every sport,' says World Athletics president Sebastian Coe

TOUGH TIMES. Pedestrians wearing face masks pass the logo of the Olympic Games at a subway station in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

LIST: How the coronavirus has hit global sports

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:59 PM

(UPDATED) Sporting events worldwide come to a complete standstill as the virus continues to wreak havoc

MAJOR HIT. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been pushed back to 2021. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

Athletes qualified for Tokyo 2020 will keep 2021 spots

Mar 27, 2020 - 1:48 PM

All athletes who secured Tokyo 2020 berths get to keep their slots for the 2021 Olympic Games

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Back to square one': Olympic delay puts Japan in a spin

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:02 AM

After postponing the Olympics to 2021, Tokyo starts working on an 'unprecedented' and complex task

STARTING OVER. The Olympic rings are seen through cherry blossoms in Tokyo's Odaiba district, the day after the historic decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Age concern: Olympics 2021 may come too late for 6 stars

Mar 26, 2020 - 3:50 PM

Pushing the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 may be an issue for some aging athletes

epa08072485 Playing Captain Tiger Woods of the USA team tees off from sixth tee during the Sunday singles matches on day four of the 2019 Presidents Cup golf tournament at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, 15 December 2019. EPA-EFE/TIM CARRAFA EDITORIAL USE ONLY AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

EJ Obiena 'lost for words' after Tokyo 2020 Olympics delay

Mar 25, 2020 - 9:53 PM

Pole vaulter EJ Obiena, the first Filipino to secure a Tokyo 2020 berth, has to wait another year for his Olympic debut

DISAPPOINTED. EJ Obiena faces big adjustments as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics gets postponed to 2021. Photo from aminoVITAL release

Prospective Olympians give postponement plenty of likes

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:42 PM

Although the Olympic delay means another year of hard work for the athletes, everyone agrees it's the right decision in the face of uncertainty

LOOKING FORWARD. South African swimming star Chad Le Clos says he’s ready to refocus for next year’s Olympics. Photo by Francois Xavier Marit/AFP

Cancel them! For Olympic opponents in Japan, a delay isn't enough

Mar 25, 2020 - 4:49 PM

A small and motley crew opposed to the Tokyo Olympics wants the Games scrapped altogether

DEMONSTRATION. Even back in February, some protesters gather near the J-Village, which will host the start of the Olympic torch relay in Naraha, Fukushima prefecture. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Tokyo postponement 'no impact' on Paris 2024 Olympics

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:42 PM

The four-year Olympic cycle may have been disrupted in Tokyo, but the Paris Games will go ahead as scheduled in 2024

This picture taken on October 21, 2019 shows a Paralympic Games logo during a logo presentation ceremony for Paris 2024 Olympic Games at the Grand Rex cinema in Paris. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Tokyo begins Olympic task of reorganizing Games

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:41 AM

The delayed Olympics – still to be called Tokyo 2020 – hopes to be a 'testament to mankind's defeat of the new virus'

A woman in a face mask walks past a display showing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games logo in Tokyo on March 24, 2020. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Only war has canceled Olympics

Mar 25, 2020 - 9:22 AM

It isn't the first time the Olympics has been disrupted in Tokyo

GLOBAL SPECTACLE. The Olympic rings logo is pictured in front of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

In Japan, disappointment but understanding over postponed Olympics

Mar 25, 2020 - 8:42 AM

For locals, it's a silver lining that the Tokyo Olympics has been postponed rather than scrapped altogether as some had feared

Pedestrians wearing face mask walk before the logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games displayed on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Tokyo on March 24, 2020. - The International Olympic Committee came under pressure to speed up its decision about postponing the Tokyo Games on March 24 as athletes criticised the four-week deadline and the United States joined calls to delay the competition. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Philippine Olympic Committee: Tokyo 2020 postponement 'not an issue'

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:21 PM

The decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics should not be a problem for the country's 2021 sports calendar, says POC president Bambol Tolentino

MORE TIME. EJ Obiena will have more time to prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics that is postponed to 2021. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

FULL TEXT: IOC, Japan postpone Tokyo Olympics to 2021

Mar 24, 2020 - 9:25 PM

The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan will still keep the name 'Tokyo 2020'

STILL 2020. The quadrennial meet to be staged in Japan will still keep the name 'Tokyo 2020'.  Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tokyo Olympics postponed over coronavirus pandemic

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:37 PM

The Olympics will be the highest-profile event affected by the virus that has killed thousands and closed sports competitions worldwide

TOKYO 2021. Japan and IOC president Thomas Bach agrees to delay the Tokyo Olympics to a year later. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

World Athletics ready to shift 2021 world champs for Olympics

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:19 PM

'We stand ready to work with the IOC and all sport on an alternative date including dates in 2021,' reads the statement

ADJUSTMENTS. World athletics is willing to adjust its schedule to accommodate the possible Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponement. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. Olympic officials: Tokyo postponement 'most promising path'

Mar 24, 2020 - 1:34 PM

Majority of the American athletes back the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

STATEMENT. The US Olympic Committee officials support the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Games. Photo from Team USA website

Olympic torch relay to proceed as scheduled with concern

Mar 24, 2020 - 12:18 PM

'The situation is getting worse and worse,' says Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto who also deems that the decision to proceed is still appropriate

DAY BY DAY. The Olympic torch relay organizers have 2 days to decide whether the ceremony will proceed as planned. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Postponing the Olympic Games: It's complicated

Mar 24, 2020 - 11:09 AM

Tokyo faces a logistical nightmare as the virus pandemic ravages years of Olympic planning

LOGISTICALLY-CHALLENGED. The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics poses great challenges in various sports and events in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

British Olympian attacks IOC chief over Tokyo 2020

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:24 AM

'IOC president Thomas Bach's stubbornness and arrogance has spectacularly failed in this instance and he has weakened the Olympic movement,' says Skinner

ATHLETES' SAFETY. British Olympic cyclist Callum Skinner continues to lead the movement urging IOC officials to postpone the 2020 Olympics due to the coronavirus. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Olympic postponement inevitable, says IOC official

Mar 24, 2020 - 3:06 AM

'My interpretation of the IOC's communications is they don't want to cancel, and they don't think they can continue with the July 24 date,' says senior International Olympic Committee official Dick Pound

VIRUS FEARS. Visitors wearing face masks walk past the Olympic Rings monument in front of the Japan Olympic Committee headquarters near the new National Stadium. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

Coronavirus 'no joke,' Olympic gold medalist warns

Mar 23, 2020 - 9:08 PM

Cameron van der Burgh, the 2012 Olympic 100m breaststroke world champion, reveals he battles with coronavirus

INFECTED. Retired swimmer Cameron van der Burgh says activities like walking "leaves me exhausted for hours." Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Australia tells athletes to prepare for 2021 Tokyo Olympics

Mar 23, 2020 - 7:08 PM

The Australian Olympic Committee decides an Olympics starting in July is not possible given the uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic

CLAMOR. Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are pressed to postpone the Games due to the coronavirus crisis. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Olympic postponement may be 'inevitable,' Japan's PM says

Mar 23, 2020 - 2:55 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concedes that postponing the Tokyo Olympics is a possibility as the coronavirus marches across the globe causing chaos

NO CANCELATION. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says canceling the Tokyo Olympics is not an 'option.' Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Canada urges Tokyo Games delay, won't send team in July

Mar 23, 2020 - 1:24 PM

The International Olympic Committee has come under increasing pressure to push back the Games as the coronavirus global death tally continues to rise

DECISION TIME. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in calls to postpone the Tokyo Olympics. Photo Mladen Antonov/AFP

Olympics postponement an option, cancelation 'not on agenda'

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:02 AM

A decision on the fate of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is set to be made 'within the next 4 weeks'

The logo for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is seen in Tokyo on March 15, 2020. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Track legend Carl Lewis wants Olympics postponed for 2 years

Mar 23, 2020 - 2:08 AM

Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis says the 'complete uncertainty' makes it difficult for many athletes

SOLIDARITY. Athletics icon Carl Lewis says it’s important to put the athletes first. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

IOC asks member countries about coronavirus impact

Mar 22, 2020 - 8:10 PM

In a questionnaire, the International Olympic Committee asks sports officials worldwide how the pandemic affected their athletes' training and preparation

A man walks in front of the Olympic rings displayed in the Tokyo's Nihonbashi district. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Thousands flock to see Olympic flame in Japan despite virus fears

Mar 22, 2020 - 2:48 PM

More than 50,000 people queue to watch the flame displayed at Sendai station even if it remains uncertain whether the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead

HOPEFUL. People wearing face masks take pictures in front of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame displayed outside Sendai railway station at the Miyagi prefecture. Photo by Philip Fong/ AFP

No challenge can stand against Junna Tsukii's Tokyo 2020 Olympics quest

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Junna Tsukii remains hopeful that she can pursue her Olympics dream

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES. Junna Tsukii remains optimistic of her chances in qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo from aminoVITAL release

No need to rush Tokyo Olympic decision says U.S. as splits emerge

Mar 21, 2020 - 6:30 PM

US Olympics won’t insist on an immediate decision from Tokyo Games organizers even as USA Swimming, its biggest sports federation, calls for postponement

STILL READY. Logos for the upcoming of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are displayed at a subway station in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

On or off? Who's saying what over status of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Mar 21, 2020 - 9:28 AM

As the coronavirus sweeps the world, here's a look at the heated debate on whether the 2020 Tokyo Olympics should be postponed

SHOWCASE. People take pictures of the Olympic rings display installed off the shore of the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/ AFP

Virus, what virus? Tokyo Olympics organizers under scrutiny

Mar 20, 2020 - 5:23 PM

Olympic officials have been accused of shying away from making the huge decision of postponing the Tokyo Games

IN LIMBO. Mask-clad people pose with an installation of the Olympic rings in Tokyo. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

'Premature' to postpone Tokyo Olympics, says IOC chief

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:49 AM

The International Olympic Committee says it's 'considering different scenarios' for the Tokyo Games

epa06649266 The logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is seen through cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Japan, 06 April 2018. The Summer Olympic Games will start on 24 July 2020 and run until 09 August 2020. EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Japan welcomes Olympic flame as doubts swirl over Games

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:38 AM

What should have been a joyous Olympic celebration has been dramatically downscaled

FLAME. The 'Tokyo 2020 Go' aircraft, carrying the Olympic flame from Greece, is seen next to a ceremonial platform after arriving at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi prefecture. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Greece hands over Olympic flame to Tokyo 2020

Mar 19, 2020 - 7:43 PM

In a ceremony held behind closed doors, Greece hands over the Olympic flame to Japan

TURNOVER. Olympian Katerina Stefanidi lightsa cauldron during the olympic flame handover ceremon in Athens. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

No 'ideal' solution for virus-threatened Tokyo Olympics – IOC

Mar 19, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The International Olympic Committee says it intends to find a solution with the 'least negative impact' on the athletes

UNCERTAINTY Mask-clad people pose with an installation of the Olympic rings in Tokyo. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

'Putting us in danger' – athlete concerns grow ahead of Olympics

Mar 18, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Athletes have started to speak out on holding the Tokyo 2020 Olympics during the coronavirus crisis

SPORTS SPECTACLE. The Olympic rings stand at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the new National Stadium in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tokyo Olympics plans 'insensitive, irresponsible' – IOC member

Mar 18, 2020 - 1:04 PM

IOC member Hayley Wickenheiser says the coronavirus pandemic is 'bigger than even the Olympics'

UNCERTAIN. Whether the Tokyo Olympics will push through as scheduled remains a big question due to the coronavirus. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

'Heartbreaking': Olympic torch events downscaled over virus

Mar 17, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Tokyo 2020 organizers decide to push through with the start of the Olympic torch relay, but without spectators

FLAME LIGHTING. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics continues to be threatened by the widespread effects of the coronavirus. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Tokyo coordination chairman: 'No deadline for Olympic decision'

Mar 17, 2020 - 1:52 PM

Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers remain unwavered in pushing through with the quadrennial meet in July

NO DEADLINE. The staging of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics continues to be in question due to the coronavirus outbreak. File photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE