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John Coates ends 32 years as Australian Olympic boss, Ian Chesterman steps up
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John Coates ends 32 years as Australian Olympic boss, Ian Chesterman steps up

Ian Chesterman defeated former Olympic athlete Mark Stockwell 67-26 in the vote held during the AOC's annual general meeting.

China human rights record 'not our remit,' says IOC's John Coates ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics
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China human rights record 'not our remit,' says IOC's John Coates ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics

When asked about the treatment of the Uyghur minority in China, IOC Vice President John Coates said the body has no mandate to act.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC vice-president John Coates in Japan as preparations reach final stretch
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC vice-president John Coates in Japan as preparations reach final stretch

Ahead of IOC vice-president John Coates' arrival, several dozen people protested against the Games in Tokyo, though recent opinion polls suggest public opposition may be weakening.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Summer Games looking more and more like fan-free event
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Summer Games looking more and more like fan-free event

The prospect of empty venues at the postponed Olympics became more likely when the Japanese government decided Friday to extend a state of emergency until 20 June.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Major Japanese newspaper and Games' sponsor Asahi Shimbun calls for cancellation of mega event
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Major Japanese newspaper and Games' sponsor Asahi Shimbun calls for cancellation of mega event

It is the first of Japan’s major newspapers to make the move and joins some regional newspapers which have recently added to the growing opposition to holding the Olympics.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: John Coates invites trouble for defiant stance on Games despite virus
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: John Coates invites trouble for defiant stance on Games despite virus

Coates' defiant tone has stirred a backlash in Japan where 60-80% in polls say they do not want the Olympics to open in two months in the midst of a pandemic.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC’s John Coates insists Games will go ahead ‘whether there’s a state of emergency or not’
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC’s John Coates insists Games will go ahead ‘whether there’s a state of emergency or not’

Tokyo, Osaka and several other prefectures are currently under a state of emergency and health-care systems are being stretched. Emergency measures are scheduled to end on 31 May, but they are likely to be extended.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC vice-president John Coates says nothing can stop Games from going ahead
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC vice-president John Coates says nothing can stop Games from going ahead

Coates, who heads the IOC's Coordination Commission for the Tokyo Games, said a huge amount of work had been done to ensure the safety of athletes and the Japanese public.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Organisers, IOC ready to announce ban on fans from abroad
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Organisers, IOC ready to announce ban on fans from abroad

The announcement is expected to come after “five-party” talks on Saturday with the IOC, local organisers, the Japanese government, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the International Paralympic Committee.

Australian bid to host 2032 Summer Olympics in Brisbane fast tracked by IOC
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Australian bid to host 2032 Summer Olympics in Brisbane fast tracked by IOC

The government-backed Queensland bid was made more likely after hosting the Commonwealth Games — a two-week multi-sport event for former British Empire countries — at Gold Coast in 2018.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirms Australian bid for 2032 Olympics
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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirms Australian bid for 2032 Olympics

The Queensland bid will include cities in the southeast of the state and be centered around Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: For athletes at pandemic-hit Games, many rules, no partying, no hanging around
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: For athletes at pandemic-hit Games, many rules, no partying, no hanging around

From the Opening Ceremony to life in the village on Tokyo Bay, the postponed 2020 Olympics will be like no other. There'll be stringent rules and guidelines.

Legendary Australia swimming coach Don Talbot passes away aged 87
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Legendary Australia swimming coach Don Talbot passes away aged 87

Talbot, the foundation director of the Australian Institute of Sport in the 1980s and a former head coach of the Australian and the Canadian Olympic swim teams, died on the Gold Coast in Queensland state, Swimming Australia said Wednesday. He was 87.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC, organisers to convince sponsors Games will really happen next year
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC, organisers to convince sponsors Games will really happen next year

Surveys have shown a majority of Japanese companies and the pubic don't think the Olympics will happen next year — or should happen.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers seeking ways to cut costs of Games delayed by coronavirus pandemic
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Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers seeking ways to cut costs of Games delayed by coronavirus pandemic

Among the things to be reviewed are the number of officials scheduled to be present at Tokyo 2020, welcoming ceremonies for athletes and various costs at venues, athletes' villages, training facilities and the international press centre.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers, IOC dismiss Oxford study showing next year's Games will be costliest ever since 1960
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Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers, IOC dismiss Oxford study showing next year's Games will be costliest ever since 1960

According to the Oxford numbers, Tokyo’s spending is at $15.84 billion, already surpassing the 2012 London Olympics, which were the most expensive Summer Games to date at $14.95 billion. Tokyo organisers say officially they are spending $12.6 billion.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Governor Yuriko Koike pledges to hold Games next year 'by all means'
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Governor Yuriko Koike pledges to hold Games next year 'by all means'

"We have to go forward with the Games next summer by all means," Tokyo's governor Yuriko Koike said.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Shinzo Abe, aka 'Super Mario', loses out on hosting extravaganza
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Shinzo Abe, aka 'Super Mario', loses out on hosting extravaganza

Japan's longest serving prime minister Shinzo Abe would have been in the VIP box alongside IOC president Thomas Bach had the Olympics opened as scheduled a month ago and not fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Reduce costs, simplify Games to adapt to new normal, says IOC's John Coates
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Reduce costs, simplify Games to adapt to new normal, says IOC's John Coates

Coates is also President of the Australian Olympic Committee and added that the reaction of his country’s athletes to the postponement had been "inspirational".

Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers announce schedule for rearranged Games, reveal all 42 venues secured
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Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers announce schedule for rearranged Games, reveal all 42 venues secured

The Olympics in Tokyo were originally scheduled to be held in July-August 2020, but were deferred by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.