Tokyo Olympics 2020 Latest Updates: As 'Games like no other' appear on horizon, a daily look at noteworthy developments
With 69 days remaining for the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony, there are as many questions as there are answers about how the Games will go on. Follow this live blog for a day-to-day breakdown of the most critical updates about Tokyo 2020:
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Fencer Bhavani Devi training with Italian national team; to get COVID-19 vaccines in Italy
To prepare for her historic appearance at Tokyo 2020 Olympics, fencer Bhavani Devi is training with the Italian national team. She is likely to fly to Tokyo from Italy itself after getting her COVID-19 vaccination done in the European nation.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Neeraj Chopra says he desperately needs competitions before Games; confident of breaching 90m mark
“I feel I’m very close to throwing over 90m this year. If I can get competitions, I’m ready to breach 90m," said javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who's touted as India's best hope for a track and field medal at the Olympics.
Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki said that a ceremony next week without the relay is likely to still take place. This is at least the sixth change to the relay — from rerouting to cancellation — in the last several weeks.
Serena Williams remains uncommitted about whether she will join up with Team USA in Japan this summer, especially if it means time away from her three-year-old daughter Olympia.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Despite 86-hour travel, missed World Cup, hard quarantines, Atanu Das focussed on bulls-eye
After their medal haul at Stage I World Cup, Indian archers returned home after an 86-hour journey. Then came news that they will miss World Cup Stage II. The archers also face hard quarantines at Paris WC and Tokyo 2020. Despite that Atanu Das is keeping his eye trained on the bulls-eye.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: In pandemic-affected year, Sharath Kamal confident of realising 17-year-old dream
"17 years after my first Olympics at Athens, I have hope that my dream will turn into a reality at Tokyo. I’m as close to making that dream into a reality as I can be,” said Sharath Kamal.
The Tokyo Olympics open in under three months and there are still more questions than answers despite the rollout on Wednesday of new rule books to explain how the games will take place in the middle of a surging pandemic in Japan
Overseas spectators have already been barred from the Games for the first time, and a ruling on Japan-based fans was expected by the end of this month.
The Playbook for athletes is to be updated on Wednesday, with Playbooks for media and others unveiled on Friday. A final edition of all Playbooks will be published in June.
Reports last week suggested the Japanese government is set to ban fans from abroad over fears of a rise in infections.
Olympics-bound wrestler Bajrang Punia becomes first high-profile Indian athlete to get COVID-19 vaccine shot
Wrestler Bajrang Punia, one of India’s brightest hopes to win a medal at the deferred Tokyo Olympics in July-August this year, has become the first high-profile Indian athlete to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa said on Friday that Japan had not been consulted by the IOC about the Chinese vaccines, and that Japanese athletes would not take them. She said the vaccines have not been approved for use in Japan.
The Tokyo Olympics is the most pressing agenda item at the start of Thomas Bach's new four-year term as president of IOC.
The torch relay, which starts in two weeks, is yet another hurdle for the postponed Tokyo Games. Any stumble could sow more doubts about the risk of holding the Olympics in a pandemic.
The international event will be replaced by a local event with only Japanese gymnasts to test the venue for the upcoming Olympics. Travel restrictions were cited as a prime reason for the cancellation.
Seiko Hashimoto is trying to assure everyone that the Olympics will be safe and secure, a phrase she repeated a dozen times on Friday in her inaugural news conference.
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga sought understanding for a two-week extension he said will be the last.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Katie Ledecky wins easily in first major swim meet with time ticking down to deferred games
Ledecky led by a half-pool length for most of the 30-lap race before touching in 15 minutes, 42.92 seconds. Ashley Twichell finished well back in second at 16:04.29.
Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto said that the safety of Japanese citizens "is the priority", after holding talks with top officials from IOC, IPC, Japanese government and Tokyo metropolitan government.