Tokyo Olympics 2020 Latest Updates: As 'Games like no other' appear on horizon, a daily look at noteworthy developments
With 83 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:
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.
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.
In a public poll, 91 percent of the respondents said they wanted spectators to be kept at a minimum or not allowed at all.
Hashimoto, a seven-time Olympian, pledged to increase the number of women on the Tokyo 2020 executive board from around 20 percent to 40 percent.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto top pick to be Games chief after sexism row, say reports
Seiko Hashimoto, 56, is a seven-time Olympian who competed at both winter and summer Games, and is currently one of just two women in Japan's cabinet.
Asked in a Super Bowl half-time radio interview if he thought the Tokyo 2020 Olympics would go ahead, US President Joe Biden said any decision "has to be based on science". "I hope we can play, I hope it's possible, but it remains to be seen," he said.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Nearly 60 percent say Yoshiro Mori unfit to serve as Games chief, says Japan poll
In a two-day nationwide survey of over a thousand people by Kyodo news agency, 59.9 percent of respondents said they did not think Yoshiro Mori was fit to serve as head of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Ground rules for thousands of Olympic and Paralympic officials to ensure safe travel, daily life and competitions at the Tokyo Games during the coronavirus pandemic were published on Wednesday.
Coronavirus pandemic: As World grapples with COVID-19 outbreak, Tokyo Olympics 2020 Twitter account shows uncanny optimism
Japanese officials insist the Olympics will go on as planned, and the Tokyo 2020 tweets reflect this