Tokyo Olympics: Brazil to start delivering COVID-19 vaccines to athletes ahead of Games

Government officials in Brazil plan to deliver coronavirus vaccines to its team going to the Olympic Games in Tokyo; nearly 2,000 athletes, coaches, referees and media will all receive doses; the Games are scheduled to open on July 23 By Associated Press Last Updated: 12/05/21 7:13am Brazil is about to start delivering COVID-19 vaccines to …

Tokyo 2020: Japan PM says he’s ‘never put Olympics first’ amid opinion poll where majority want Games cancelled

A poll showed 59 per cent of people in Japan wanted the Games cancelled as opposed to 39 per cent who said they should be held; asked whether the Games will continue even if COVID-19 infections spike, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga replied: “I’ve never put Olympics first” By Reuters Last Updated: 10/05/21 6:51am Japanese …

Team GB Olympics and Paralympics medal strategy to be shaped by gymnast abuse review

UK Sport chief executive Sally Munday: “We need to listen to and understand the conclusions of the Whyte Review…[it] is an extremely important moment for our system and our community”; UK targets 97 major sporting events it may bid to host By PA Media Last Updated: 06/05/21 10:38pm UK Sport chief executive Sally Munday says …

Sadiq Khan: London mayor says he will explore London Olympic bid if re-elected

The Labour candidate said he will work with “leading figures from sport, government, business and communities” to set up a committee to look into a London bid for the 2036 or 2040 Games, as part of his campaign By Reuters Last Updated: 04/05/21 7:17am Sadiq Khan is seeking re-election as London mayor Sadiq Khan has …

Team GB to have male and female flagbearers at Tokyo Olympics

Team GB has had 26 flagbearers at the Summer Olympics since 1906, but only three of them have been women; Chef de mission Mark England says change of protocol from the IOC creates “real hallmark legacy message” By Reuters Last Updated: 29/04/21 7:16am Two-time Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray was Team GB’s flagbearer at Rio …

Tokyo Olympics: Paula Radcliffe warns athletes to be careful of burnout ahead of Games

Radcliffe predicts a successful Tokyo Olympics for Team GB this summer but fears drug cheats may benefit from drug testing authorities struggling to do their job properly during the coronavirus pandemic By Jacqueline Beltrao, news presenter Last Updated: 24/04/21 1:20pm Paula Radcliffe believes Team GB have strong medal hopes for this summer’s delayed Tokyo Olympics …

Olympics cannot stop athletes taking a knee to protest racial injustice, says Callum Skinner

Callum Skinner, who won gold for Great Britain in the team sprint at Rio 2016, said: “People get frustrated by ‘Black Lives Matter’ because they see it as a political movement, but at its core it’s fighting for equality and that is something the Olympics should 100 per cent stand behind” By Reuters Last Updated: …

Tokyo 2020: Caster Semenya confirms she will not attempt 200m Olympics qualification

Caster Semenya is unable to defend her 800m Olympic title due to rules on testosterone levels; her appeal to the European Court of Human Rights is unlikely to be resolved in time; the 30-year-old did consider changing specialisms in order to take part in Tokyo Last Updated: 15/04/21 2:17pm Caster Semenya will not attempt Olympics …

Olympic Games may yet be cancelled due COVID-19, says senior Japanese ruling party official

Japan is grappling with rising coronavirus infections, with numbers trending higher in Tokyo after the government ended a state of emergency, and Osaka suffering a record number of cases; Nikai said: “If the Olympics were to spread infection, then what are the Olympics for?” By Reuters Last Updated: 15/04/21 8:19am A senior Japanese ruling party …

Tokyo Olympics: Team GB ‘on the cusp of history’ with more women than men set to qualify, says Mark England

1:37 Team GB chef de mission Mark England says there are opportunities for the British contingent to make history in Tokyo and feels excited with 100 days to go until the Olympic Games Team GB chef de mission Mark England says there are opportunities for the British contingent to make history in Tokyo and feels …