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Olympics athletes allowed to remove masks during podium moment

TOKYO: Athletes must wear masks at all Tokyo Olympic Games venues including medal ceremonies, the International Olympic Committee said on Sunday, but under a new policy they are briefly allowed to remove them on the podium for a photo opportunity.

Algerian judo player suspended for withdrawing against Israeli opponent

TOKYO: The International Judo Federation suspended an Algerian judoka and his coach for withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics before his event started, after the draw set him on course for a match against an Israeli. Fethi Nourine and his coach

Tennis star Osaka lights flame as COVID-hit Tokyo Olympics open

TOKYO: Japan’s global superstar Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron to mark the start of Tokyo 2020, in an opening ceremony overshadowed by a pandemic but defined by hope, tradition and gestures of diversity. Postponed by a year due to

Coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Olympics torch relay begins

TOKYO: The Tokyo Olympics torch relay kicked off on Thursday, a year late and without spectators, marking a major step towards the start of the games on July 23 this year. The rose-gold, cherry blossom-shaped Olympic torch was lit at

International spectators barred from Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO: International spectators will not be allowed to enter Japan for this summer’s Olympic Games amid public concerns over coronavirus, setting the stage for a drastically scaled-back event. Around 600,000 Olympic tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded, as

50-year-old man fools people as a young woman biker in Japan

Anything seems possible in the era of fast-paced technology after a popular Japanese ‘female’ motorbike rider turned out to be a 50-year-old man. Hailing from Tokyo, a man named Zonguu who uses the username ‘azusagakuyuki’ on Twitter had been gaining

Bach re-elected as IOC chief, promises ‘safe, secure’ Tokyo Olympics

GENEVA: International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach promised to deliver a “safe, secure” Tokyo Olympics this year as he was re-elected for a second term. As he opened the IOC Session, Bach said it was no longer a question of

Usman Khan aims to represent Pakistan in Tokyo Olympics

Usman Khan is the first Pakistani to qualify for Olympics in the equestrian category but needs support to represent his country in the event. Usman is ranked No 1 in Africa and Middle East Group ranking and No 2 in

Tokyo Stock Exchange resumes after outage debacle

TOKYO: The Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) resumed normal trading on Friday, with the main index holding steady a day after the worst-ever outage brought the world’s third-largest equity market to a standstill. The glitch was the result of a hardware

Only one quarter of Japanese want Tokyo Olympics next year

TOKYO: A new poll shows that just one in four people in Japan want to see the coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Games held next year, with most backing either further delay or cancellation. Only 23.9 percent of respondents in the three-day nationwide

Tokyo Olympics would be cancelled if not held in 2021: IOC chief

LONDON: International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach has said the Tokyo Games would have to be scrapped if the event cannot be held next year due to the coronavirus crisis. In March, the IOC and Japanese government took the

Olympics will be cancelled if COVID-19 not over: Yoshiro Mori

OSAKA: Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori has expressed a concern that the delayed Olympics will have to be cancelled if the coronavirus pandemic is not contained by next year. The pandemic has already forced a year-long delay of the Games,

World’s oldest man dies in Japan at 112

TOKYO: A Japanese man recently named the world’s oldest living male has died aged 112. Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, north of Tokyo, died on Sunday at his nursing home in the same prefecture.

Rouhani seeks support for Iran economy on Japan visit

TOKYO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sought economic support from Tokyo as he wrapped up his two-day visit to Japan on Saturday. Rouhani’s trip to Japan is the first by an Iranian head of state in two decades. This comes

Japanese PM opens Tokyo 2020 National Stadium

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hailed the completion of the National Stadium built for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Sunday. The stadium, built at a cost of 156.9 billion yen ($1.44 billion), will have a capacity of 68,000 when

Citizenship law: Japanese PM delays trip to India due to protests

NEW DELHI: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has delayed his official trip to India which was scheduled on Sunday due to protests over a controversial citizenship law. Shinzo Abe canceled a trip to Assam that was scheduled for Sunday to