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    July 24thth (maybe):

    The Olympic Torch Relay kicks off 26 March in Fukushima (maybe):

    • Abe insists Olympics to go ahead as planned despite Covid-19
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    ...I admire his confidence...
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    • #3
      • Flame Arrives in Tokyo Amid Rising Concern Olympics Be Delayed
      • Olympic Committee board member calls for postponement of Tokyo games

      Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) board member Kaori Yamaguchi has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because athletes are unable to prepare adequately as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, she told the Nikkei newspaper. -
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      • #4, little regard for the athletes, admin and spectators then: the show must go on!...
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        • #5
          • Summer Olympics In Tokyo Should Be Postponed To 2021, USA Swimming Says


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            • U.S. Olympic Committee says more 'clarity' needed for decision on 2020 games

            The committee responded to a postponement request by USA Swimming, whose CEO said, "Everyone has experienced unimaginable disruptions, mere months before the Olympic Games."

            Two major sports governing bodies in the United States have asked for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to be postponed amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.

            USA Swimming and USA Track and Field's chiefs both sent letters to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee sharing their concerns about athletes and asking for the games, which are due begin in July, to be postponed.

            But U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland said in a statement that more clarity is needed before making such a decision.

            "The USOPC has complete and total empathy for the athlete community as they manage the terrible stress and anxiety caused by the current lack of certitude regarding the Tokyo Games," Hirshland wrote. "We understand that the athletes have concerns about training, qualification and anti-doping controls, and that they want transparency, communication and clarity to the full extent possible."

            Hirshland said that the committee has also heard from some athletes who want to make sure their opportunity to compete in the games isn't prematurely taken away "until we have better clarity."

            She said that the U.S. committee is in communication with the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee and has been following advice from the World Health Organization.

            "They believe that it is premature to make a final call on the date of the Games, and we believe that we should afford them the opportunity to gather more data and expert advice before insisting that a decision be made," the statement read.

            Her response came after USA Swimming CEO Tim Hinchey asked for the games to be postponed by a year. In a letter posted Friday on Twitter, he said he has watched athletes "struggle to find ways to continue to prepare and train" as the virus spreads across the globe.

            "Our top priority at Olympic Swimming has been, and will continue to be, the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, staff, volunteers and other members," Hinchey wrote.

            "Pressing forward amidst the global health crisis this summer is not the answer," he wrote, adding that making everyone's health and safety a priority is the "responsible thing to do."

            "Everyone has experienced unimaginable disruptions, mere months before the Olympic Games, which calls into question the authenticity of a level playing field for all," he continued.

            USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel expressed similar concerns, telling Hirshland in a letter also posted on Twitter that it's hard for athletes to find a safe environment for training. He said moving forward with the Olympics in July "would not be in the best interest of our athletes."

            "We acknowledge that there are no perfect answers, and that this is a very complex and difficult decision, but this position at least provides our athletes with the comfort of knowing that they have adequate time to properly prepare themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally to be able to participate in a safe and successful Olympic Games, and that they can shift their focus toward taking care of themselves and their families," he wrote.

            The 2020 Tokyo Games are scheduled to begin July 24. The Olympic Flame arrived in Japan on Friday.:
            • Exclusive: Tokyo organizers quietly plan for potential Olympic delay, sources say

            Tokyo 2020 organizers have started drafting possible alternatives to holding the Olympics this summer, two sources familiar with the talks said, in contrast to the Japanese government's stance that postponement is not an option.

            While the coronavirus outbreak has disrupted sports events around the world, Japan has been steadfast in saying that the Games will go on. The top government spokesman on Wednesday said Tokyo wasn't preparing for postponement.

            Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has staked his legacy as Japan's longest-serving premier on the Games and is hoping for a boom in tourism and consumer spending. At risk is more than $3 billion in domestic sponsorship, an Olympic record, and some $12 billion spent on preparations.

            "Finally, we have been asked to make a simulation in case of a postponement," said one of the sources, an official close to the organizing committee who is involved in drafting the scenarios.

            Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

            "We are making alternative plans - plan B, C, D - looking at different postponement time-frames," said the official, adding the scenarios included cost estimates for different delays.

            Neither Tokyo 2020 organizers nor the International Olympic Committee (IOC) immediately responded to a request for comment. The government of Japan could not be reached for comment.:
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              • Thousands flock to see Olympic flame in Japan despite virus fears

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              • #8
                • Canada, Australia pulling out of Olympics because of coronavirus

                • The International Olympic Committee Is Finally Admitting It May Need To Postpone The 2020 Games
                confident they will come to a consensus in the next four weeks.:
                • Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen -- but in 2021, not 2020
                final decision within four weeks.:
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                • #9
                  • Olympics Committee member says games will be postponed this year

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                  • #10
                    Canada leads the way...

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                    • #11
                      • Coronavirus: Other times the Olympics have been postponed or canceled

                      With the coronavirus reportedly postponing the 2020 Summer Olympic, here's a look at other times they have been interrupted

                      International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound told USA Today on Monday that the 2020 Tokyo Games will likely be pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the games just a few months away and not enough progress made with tackling the outbreak, this was a long time coming, especially after Canada and Australia both announced they would not be sending their athletes to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

                      "On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided," Pound said. "The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know... We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense."

                      The Olympics are of course a major production to put on. Athletes, fans, broadcasters and workers come from all over the world for the event. The Olympics have been interrupted before, but rarely have they been postponed or canceled. Here's a look at those occasions.

                      1916 Summer Olympics
                      These games were canceled because of World War I. They were scheduled to be held in Berlin. The war began in 1914 and lasted until the winter of 1918. Berlin eventually got to host the Summer Games in 1936, which were the last games to be played before the start of World War II.

                      The 1940 Summer and Winter Olympics
                      Both were called off due to World War II. The summer games were scheduled to take place in Tokyo. They were rescheduled for Helsinki, Finland, but then eventually canceled altogether. The Winter Olympics were set for Sapporo, Japan but moved because of the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937. They were eventually set to take place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany but the second world war caused the cancellation of the games entirely.

                      The 1944 Summer and Winter Olympics
                      World War II lasted long enough that is also caused the cancellation of the 1944 Games. London won the bid for the Summer Games, while Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy was awarded the Winter Games. Neither got to host in that elected year due to the war. Cortina d'Ampezzo eventually hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics.:
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                        • IOC, Japan's prime minister agree to postpone Olympics for 1 year

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                        • #13
                          • New dates announced for Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed over coronavirus concerns

                          The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games that were postponed last week due to concerns around the coronavirus pandemic have been rescheduled for next summer.

                          The games will open July 23, 2021, and close Aug. 8, 2021. The Paralympics will be held Aug. 24 through Sept. 5, 2021.

                          The Olympics were originally scheduled to take place between July 24 and Aug. 9 this year, but Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed last Tuesday to postpone the games, as countries around the world struggle to contain the pandemic that has claimed more than 34,000 lives and forced millions around the world into lockdowns.

                          The new schedule was agreed upon in a telephone conference between IOC President Thomas Bach, Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori and other officials, the IOC said in a statement Monday.

                          The new dates give health authorities and all involved in the organization of the games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the statement added.

                          "The new dates, exactly one year after those originally planned for 2020 also have the added benefit that any disruption that the postponement will cause to the international sports calendar can be kept to a minimum," the IOC said in its statement. "Additionally, they will provide sufficient time to finish the qualification process. The same heat mitigation measures as planned for 2020 will be implemented."

                          After the new dates were announced, World Athletics said its championships that were to be held in Eugene, Oregon, from Aug. 6 to 15, 2021, will be moved to new dates in 2022, so they don't clash with the new Olympic schedule.

                          The Olympics is the biggest event yet to be affected by the growing global pandemic.

                          The decision to postpone the games was welcomed by many athletes and national committees after growing calls for the games to be delayed or canceled because of the outbreak.

                          NBCUniversal, which is the parent company of NBC News, paid $4.4 billion for U.S. media rights to the four Olympics from 2014 to 2020.:
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                          • #14
                            Slightly OT but any chance of FIFA using the current pandemic to cancel the 2022 Football World Cup in Qatar ?
                            I visited TC a few times as a guest but had to stop. It is a sickening place. - Aging One


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                              Tokyo 2020 weightlifting bans for Thailand and Malaysia confirmed by sanctions panel

                              Thailand and Malaysia have been officially banned from sending weightlifters to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games because of multiple doping offences, the Independent Member Federations Sanctions Panel has announced.

                              The Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association (TAWA) and the Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MFW) have also been suspended as members of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for three years and one year, respectively.

                              In its decision, the panel said the ban on Thai and Malaysian weightlifters from Tokyo 2020 would apply whenever the Games take place after the event was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

                              Thailand, the country with the worst recent doping record in the sport, had voluntarily withdrawn from international competitions, including Tokyo 2020, after nine of its weightlifters tested positive at the 2018 World Championships.

                              The decision from the panel, which punishes countries with multiple doping failures, makes that exclusion legally binding, pending any appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

                              No Thai weightlifters had entered the IWF's Olympic qualification process following the self-suspension, imposed after 10 athletes failed drugs tests within a calendar year.

                              Thai athletes over the age of 18 have been excluded for an additional 11 months following the next IWF event which takes place, while under-18s cannot compete for five months after the next IWF competition.

                              The panel said the suspensions "will not start to run during the period when all IWF events are cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic".

                              Officials at the TAWA, under new leadership after Prachaya Keeratinant was elected President last month, have been suspended for two years and are not eligible to be appointed to any IWF position until its status with the worldwide body is restored.

                              There is no mention in the ruling of where this leaves Intarat Yodbangtoey, who has a seat on the IWF Executive Board but is no longer an official of TAWA, having withdrawn from the presidential election won by Keeratinant.

                              In a statement, the panel said the sanction on the TAWA will be in place until at least March 7, 2022 and could lifted on or after that date if the troubled federation meets a set of pre-determined criteria.

                              The entire Executive Board of the TAWA resigned in late January, three weeks after the broadcast of a German television documentary that claimed doping was widespread in Thai weightlifting.

                              Malaysia has been punished after three weightlifters were caught doping in a calendar year.

                              Athletes from the country have been banned from participating at IWF events for an additional five months following the next competition sanctioned by the worldwide body to take place.

                              The suspension of the MWF could be lifted as early as October 4 this year if the organisation can demonstrate it has adhered to criteria designed to prevent further doping issues in the future.

                              The panel, which comprises legal and anti-doping experts from the United States, Germany, Canada and New Zealand, suspended Egypt for two years in September because of six positives by youth and junior lifters.

                              Its existence had been threatened until members of the IWF Executive Board voted to retain it in December.

                              A number of Executive Board members - mostly from nations that cannot send a maximum team to Tokyo 2020 because of doping violations - had earlier proposed that the panel be disbanded.:

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