Winter Olympics 2018

Troubled Tokyo Olympics near finish line with one month to go

The Tokyo Olympics have weathered a historic postponement, an unprecedented ban on overseas fans and persistent domestic opposition, but with...

Japan lifting virus emergency one month before Olympics

Japan's government on Thursday approved lifting Tokyo's virus emergency just over a month before the Olympics, but set new restrictions that...

Japan to set 10,000-spectator cap ahead of Olympics

Japan is planning to set a cap of 10,000 fans at sports events ahead of the Olympics, a cabinet minister said Wednesday, as organisers weigh...

US to ‘supercharge’ pandemic fight with huge vaccine donation

The US will donate 500 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to poorer nations, the White House said Thursday, to "supercharge" the pandemic fight as...

US eases travel warning to countries including Olympics host Japan

The United States on Tuesday eased its warning against travel to a number of major nations including Olympics host Japan, Canada and Mexico after...

New poll finds half of Japanese back Olympics this summer

Half of Japan's public favours holding the Tokyo Olympics this summer, a new survey showed Monday, suggesting support for the contentious Games...

Tokyo 2020 chief says Games ‘100 percent’ on, with 50 days to go

The Tokyo Olympics are "100 percent" certain to go ahead, the chief organiser said Thursday, but warned that a major coronavirus outbreak mid-Games...

Aussie softball team first to arrive in Japan for Olympics

Australia's softball team on Tuesday became the first athletes to land in Japan for the Tokyo Olympics, in a major step forward for the pandemic-postponed...

Australia softball team to be first at virus-hit Tokyo Olympics

Australia's softball team flew out on Monday destined for Japan, where they will become the first overseas competitors to arrive for the coronavirus-plagued...

Tokyo Olympics fans to need vaccination or virus test : report

Tokyo Olympics fans may have to be vaccinated or test negative for the coronavirus before being allowed into venues, a Japanese newspaper report...

Japan extends virus emergency until month before Games

Japan's government on Friday extended a coronavirus emergency in Tokyo and other parts of the country until just a month before the Olympics,...

Japan medical groups warn over Olympics

A Tokyo medical group warned Thursday that the Olympics should be held without spectators because of virus risks, while a doctors' association...

Japan newspaper sponsoring Olympics joins cancellation chorus

Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper, an official Tokyo Olympics sponsor, called for the Games to be cancelled on Wednesday, in the latest sign of...

Japan opens mass vaccination centres ahead of Olympics

Japan opened its first mass vaccination centres on Monday in a bid to speed up a cautious Covid-19 inoculation programme with just two months...

Cancelling the Olympics? Huge consequences and a financial quagmire

Cancelling the Tokyo Olympics in response to mounting public opposition in Japan to holding the Games during the Covid-19 pandemic would be an...

China hits back at Pelosi ‘lies’ over Beijing Olympics boycott call

China on Wednesday branded US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "full of lies" after she called for a diplomatic boycott of next year's Beijing Winter...

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