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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Will be ‘very difficult’ for Thomas Bach to visit Japan right now, says organising committee head
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Will be ‘very difficult’ for Thomas Bach to visit Japan right now, says organising committee head

Bach said recently he hoped to go to Hiroshima to meet the torch relay — and presumably to Tokyo — on 17 and 18 May. But he has said his plans were not finalised.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Latest Updates: As 'Games like no other' appear on horizon, a daily look at noteworthy developments
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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:

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Pfizer, BioNTech to donate vaccines for athletes and officials, confirms IOC
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Pfizer, BioNTech to donate vaccines for athletes and officials, confirms IOC

The Pfizer donation followed talks between the firm’s chairman and CEO, Albert Bourla, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Anti-Summer Games petition gains tens of thousands of signatures in Japan
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Anti-Summer Games petition gains tens of thousands of signatures in Japan

The postponed Olympic are to open in just under three months on 23 July.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: More tests for athletes, but questions about the Games remain
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: More tests for athletes, but questions about the Games remain

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

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Full venues at pandemic-hit Games 'very difficult', say organisers
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Full venues at pandemic-hit Games 'very difficult', say organisers

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.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: More COVID-19 tests, no 14-day quarantine in updated rules
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: More COVID-19 tests, no 14-day quarantine in updated rules

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.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Don't overhype Rikako Ikee's return, pleads Japan teammate Ryosuke Irie
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Don't overhype Rikako Ikee's return, pleads Japan teammate Ryosuke Irie

Ikee clinched a place in Japan's medley relay team at the trials for the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Games on Sunday, just two years after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers set to meet for talks on banning overseas fans from Games
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Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers set to meet for talks on banning overseas fans from Games

The move would be an unprecedented decision that will further scale back once-grand ambitions for the pandemic event.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe urges organisers to rush decision on fans
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe urges organisers to rush decision on fans

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
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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

IOC chief Thomas Bach pleads for no boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics, 'athletes would suffer'
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IOC chief Thomas Bach pleads for no boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics, 'athletes would suffer'

Bach batted off talk of a potential boycott, claiming the International Olympic Committee's political neutrality and saying it was up to governments to live up to their responsibilities.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Hosts Japan says they will not take part in China vaccine offer
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Hosts Japan says they will not take part in China vaccine offer

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.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Summer Games get IOC-funded Chinese coronavirus jab offer
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Summer Games get IOC-funded Chinese coronavirus jab offer

Around 11,000 athletes are expected at the Tokyo Olympics and 3,000 at the Beijing Games, with 4,000 and around 500 for the respective Summer and Winter Paralympics.

Thomas Bach re-elected as International Olympic Committee president until 2025
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Thomas Bach re-elected as International Olympic Committee president until 2025

Bach was unopposed and won the vote 93-1, with four members abstaining, following an opening eight-year mandate dominated by the Russian doping scandal and the first Olympics to be postponed in peacetime.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC president Thomas Bach promises 'safe, secure' games
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC president Thomas Bach promises 'safe, secure' games

The Tokyo Olympics is the most pressing agenda item at the start of Thomas Bach's new four-year term as president of IOC.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 torch relay among final hurdles for postponed games
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Tokyo Olympics 2020 torch relay among final hurdles for postponed games

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.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Gymnastics test event in May cancelled, to be replaced by local event
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Gymnastics test event in May cancelled, to be replaced by local event

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.

Thomas Bach set to be re-elected as IOC president unopposed, faces another turbulent spell in charge
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Thomas Bach set to be re-elected as IOC president unopposed, faces another turbulent spell in charge

The most pressing agenda item at the start of Bach's new four-year term is the Tokyo Olympics that is currently in a state of doubt due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Tokyo Olympics 2020: New games president Seiko Hashimoto tries to assure Japan on safety
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: New games president Seiko Hashimoto tries to assure Japan on safety

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.