Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has vowed to get the pandemic under control and hold the already postponed Olympics this summer with ample coronavirus protection.
In the next leg of FIH Hockey Pro League matches, India is scheduled to play against Argentina in April, Britain, Spain and Germany in May.
Organisers said they would also reconsider how many athletes can take part in the ceremonies, and how to get them into the stadium safely.
"Given the coronavirus situation, anything can happen," Kono, a high-profile former foreign and defence minister, told a press briefing.
The Thailand Open is the first of three consecutive tournaments played in strict bio-secure conditions and behind closed doors in Bangkok, culminating in the World Tour Finals from 27 January.
Just over 80 percent of those asked by Kyodo news agency said the huge global event should be cancelled or postponed again — a jump from around 60 percent in a 6 December survey by the same outlet.
Captain Manpreet Singh says Indian men’s hockey team needs to be ‘mentally prepared’ for hurdles on way to Olympics
Pushed back by a year due to the pandemic, the quadrennial sporting extravaganza is slated to be held in July-August.
The 18-year-old pistol ace, a Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympics gold medallist, will train in Bhopal from 4-10 January, before reporting for her selection trials here on 11 January.
The global anti-doping body had accused Russia of planting fake evidence and of deleting files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify drug cheats.
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Tokyo organisers and the Japanese government are struggling with increased costs and, despite the growing possibility of vaccination, whether to allow foreign visitors and what safeguards and restrictions will apply to spectators and participants.
Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers hire new director for ‘simpler, more restrained’ opening and closing ceremonies
Organisers said the decision to replace a previous seven-person creative team would improve efficiency and reshape the traditionally lavish and spectacular ceremonies to be "in tune with the situation."
The Olympic Qualifying period for Tokyo will restart next year and the first qualifying tournament will be the Swiss Open from 2 to 7 March followed by German Open from 9-14 March.
The new restrictions on Russia will be weaker than before. In Tokyo and Beijing, Russia will be able to field athletes whose files in the Moscow doping lab database were altered or deleted while the data was under the control of the Russian state.
The CAS ruling is the latest stage in a long-running battle between WADA and Russia.
USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said the sanctions would be undermined since athletes would still be able to compete in uniforms in Russian colours with the word "Russia" on them.
Russian athletes and teams will still be allowed to compete at next year’s Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, as well as world championships including the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
The ban, as it stands, means Russia would miss the re-arranged Tokyo Olympics 2020 next year as well as football's 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2022 Winter Olympics in China.
The Games are scheduled to start in July after being postponed for a year due to the pandemic in a move unprecedented in peacetime.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Organisers announce new marathon route, race to be held in Sapporo to avoid Tokyo heat
A dummy-run marathon will take place on 5 May to test the circuit, which starts and ends at Sapporo Odori Park in the city centre, the organising committee said.