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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, center, announces that Tokyo, Kyoto and Okinawa will be applied for pre-emergency status under a new prevention law during a government task force meeting at the prime minister’s office Friday, April 9, 2021, in Tokyo. Japan announced Friday that it will raise the coronavirus alert level in Tokyo to allow tougher measures to curb the rapid spread of a more contagious variant ahead of the Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)

Japan imposes new virus measures in Tokyo ahead of Olympics

People urged to avoid nonessential travel outside their cities, health officials to patrol bars and restaurants

  • Apr 9, 2021

 

Montreal Impact's head coach Mauro Biello looks on from the sideline during second half MLS soccer action against the New England Revolution in Montreal, Sunday, October 22, 2017. nbsp;A year late due to the pandemic, Canada, with head coach Biello, kicks off its men's Olympic soccer qualifying campaign in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Friday against El Salvador. nbsp;THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Canadian men’s soccer team faces tough challenge in Olympic qualifying

Canadian men’s soccer team faces tough challenge in Olympic qualifying

 

Naomi Watanabe, a Japanese well-known entertainer, attends an event to promote the lottery application for tickets for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo in May 2019. Tokyo Olympics creative director Hiroshi Sasaki is resigning Wednesday, March 17, 2021 after making demeaning comments about the well-known female celebrity. Sasaki was in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics, which are to begin on July 23, 2021. Last year he told planning staff members that Watanabe could perform in the ceremony as an “Olympig.” (Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo Olympics: Yet another scandal over sexist comments

Organizing committee Yoshiro Mori was forced to resign after making sexist comments

  • Mar 18, 2021

 

Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020), speaks during a news conference with Toshiro Muto, left, CEO of Tokyo 2020, after a council meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Kimimasa Mayama/Pool Photo via AP)

Fans from abroad unlikely for postponed Tokyo Olympics

Olympics scheduled to open on July 23

  • Mar 3, 2021
Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020), speaks during a news conference with Toshiro Muto, left, CEO of Tokyo 2020, after a council meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Kimimasa Mayama/Pool Photo via AP)
Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Seiko Hashimoto, center, speaks during a Tokyo 2020 executive board meeting in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)

Tokyo Olympics add 12 women to executive board to reach 42 per cent

Board will now have 19 women among its 45 members

  • Mar 2, 2021
Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Seiko Hashimoto, center, speaks during a Tokyo 2020 executive board meeting in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)
Canadian boxer Mandy Bujold poses for a photograph at her boxing club in Toronto on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Bujold is in isolation in Kitchener, Ont., after the Canadian team training camp in Montreal was cut short due to a positive COVID-19 case. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Bujold, Canadian teammates in isolation after training cut short due to COVID-19 case

Bujold, Canadian teammates in isolation after training cut short due to COVID-19 case

Canadian boxer Mandy Bujold poses for a photograph at her boxing club in Toronto on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Bujold is in isolation in Kitchener, Ont., after the Canadian team training camp in Montreal was cut short due to a positive COVID-19 case. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Bobsleigh pilot Kaillie Humphries of the United States reacts at the finish line after taking first place during the women's monobob race at the Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships in Altenberg, Germany, Sunday, Feb.14, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Humphries applies for citizenship, with Beijing 2022 in mind

Humphries applies for citizenship, with Beijing 2022 in mind

Bobsleigh pilot Kaillie Humphries of the United States reacts at the finish line after taking first place during the women's monobob race at the Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships in Altenberg, Germany, Sunday, Feb.14, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole speaks at a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Kawai

O’Toole calls for relocation of Beijing Olympics due to China’s ‘genocide’ of Uighurs

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is calling on the government to…

Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole speaks at a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Kawai
Men’s 5000 metre gold medalist Mohammed Ahmed leads the pack ahead of silver medalist Justyn Knight at the Canadian Championships in Montreal on July 25, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

No spectators, attendance not mandatory: New rules announced for Olympic track trials

Athletics Canada announces safety measures for Olympic qualifying

Men’s 5000 metre gold medalist Mohammed Ahmed leads the pack ahead of silver medalist Justyn Knight at the Canadian Championships in Montreal on July 25, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Canada’s Nadia Moser competes during the mixed 4x7.5 km relay competition at the World Championships Biathlon event in Pokljuka, Slovenia, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Darko Bandic
Canada’s Nadia Moser competes during the mixed 4x7.5 km relay competition at the World Championships Biathlon event in Pokljuka, Slovenia, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Darko Bandic
Inductee to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, Dick Pound, a former vice-president of the International Olympic Committee, speaks to the media at the hall in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. Pound believes Olympians should still be high priority for the COVID-19 vaccine, despite news that they won't be required for participation in the Tokyo Games this summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Pound: Olympians should be considered for vaccines even though they’re not required

Pound: Olympians should be considered for vaccines even though they’re not required

Inductee to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, Dick Pound, a former vice-president of the International Olympic Committee, speaks to the media at the hall in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. Pound believes Olympians should still be high priority for the COVID-19 vaccine, despite news that they won't be required for participation in the Tokyo Games this summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
People walk past the Water Cube, which will be known as the Ice Cube when it hosts events for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. Canada will not boycott the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing despite calls from human rights organizations to do so. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mark Schiefelbein

Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic teams won’t boycott Beijing’s Games

Games open Feb. 4, 2022, followed a month later by Paralympic Games

People walk past the Water Cube, which will be known as the Ice Cube when it hosts events for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. Canada will not boycott the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing despite calls from human rights organizations to do so. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mark Schiefelbein
A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past the Olympic rings on the exterior of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, which will be a venue for the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics, in Beijing on February 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Schiefelbein

Canadian human rights groups among coalition calling for Beijing Olympic boycott

Canadian human rights groups among coalition calling for Beijing Olympic boycott

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past the Olympic rings on the exterior of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, which will be a venue for the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics, in Beijing on February 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Schiefelbein
FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020, file photo, visitors to Chongli, one of the venues for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, pass by the Olympics logo in Chongli in northern China’s Hebei Province. A coalition of 180 rights group on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2020 called for a boycott of next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics tied to reported human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in China. The games are to open in one year, on Feb. 4, 2022, and are set to go forward despite the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Rights groups call for boycott of Beijing 2022 Winter Games

Open letter to governments calling for boycott

  • Feb 3, 2021
FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020, file photo, visitors to Chongli, one of the venues for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, pass by the Olympics logo in Chongli in northern China’s Hebei Province. A coalition of 180 rights group on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2020 called for a boycott of next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics tied to reported human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in China. The games are to open in one year, on Feb. 4, 2022, and are set to go forward despite the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk on the Odaiba waterfront as Olympic rings is seen in the background in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Tokyo Olympic Q&A: Officials try to explain how games happen

‘Playbooks’ to provide step-by-step details on how athletes and others will get safely in and out of Tokyo

  • Jan 26, 2021
People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk on the Odaiba waterfront as Olympic rings is seen in the background in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
David Shoemaker, chief executive officer of the Canadian Olympic Committee, speaks during the Olympic Partnership kick off event at the Sobey's office in Mississauga, Ont. on Monday, October 7, 2019. Shoemaker says the IOC remains committed to staging the Summer Games in Tokyo this summer.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Canada’s Olympic athletes try to tune out reports six months from Games

Canada’s Olympic athletes try to tune out reports six months from Games

David Shoemaker, chief executive officer of the Canadian Olympic Committee, speaks during the Olympic Partnership kick off event at the Sobey's office in Mississauga, Ont. on Monday, October 7, 2019. Shoemaker says the IOC remains committed to staging the Summer Games in Tokyo this summer.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
David Shoemaker, chief executive officer of the Canadian Olympic Committee, speaks during the Olympic Partnership kick off event at the Sobey’s office in Mississauga, Ont. on Monday, October 7, 2019. Shoemaker says the IOC remains committed to staging the Summer Games in Tokyo this summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Canadian Olympic boss says IOC plans to go ahead with Tokyo Games this summer

IOC calls cancellation decision “categorically untrue”

David Shoemaker, chief executive officer of the Canadian Olympic Committee, speaks during the Olympic Partnership kick off event at the Sobey’s office in Mississauga, Ont. on Monday, October 7, 2019. Shoemaker says the IOC remains committed to staging the Summer Games in Tokyo this summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks near banners of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The Tokyo Olympics are to open in six months on July 23. Interestingly, Tokyo organizers have no public program planned to mark the milestone. There is too much uncertainty for that right now. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Tokyo Olympics Q&A: 6 months out and murmurs of cancellation

Instead of a countdown celebration, the focus is on COVID-19

  • Jan 19, 2021
A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks near banners of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The Tokyo Olympics are to open in six months on July 23. Interestingly, Tokyo organizers have no public program planned to mark the milestone. There is too much uncertainty for that right now. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2021, file photo, people commute on the first business day of the year at a train station in Tokyo. Opposition to the Tokyo Olympics is growing with calls for a cancellation as virus cases rise in Japan. The International Olympic Committee and local organizers have already said another postponement is impossible, leaving cancellation, or going ahead, as the only options. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

To cancel or not?: IOC, Japan press ahead with Tokyo Games

Fearful public asks to call off Tokyo Games

  • Jan 13, 2021
FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2021, file photo, people commute on the first business day of the year at a train station in Tokyo. Opposition to the Tokyo Olympics is growing with calls for a cancellation as virus cases rise in Japan. The International Olympic Committee and local organizers have already said another postponement is impossible, leaving cancellation, or going ahead, as the only options. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
Anicka Newell, of Canada, makes her jump in pole vault during the NACAC Championships in Toronto on August 11, 2018. Anicka Newell knew before her back hit the mat. The 27-year-old won the Expo Explosion pole vault meet in Belton, Texas last weekend, but far bigger than the victory was her winning height of 4.70 metres - the Tokyo Olympic standard, exactly. And in a grim Olympic year that has seen countless global competitions wiped out by COVID-19, securing that precious standard is no small feat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Tokyo Olympic postponement has worked in Anicka Newell’s favour

Tokyo Olympic postponement has worked in Anicka Newell’s favour

Anicka Newell, of Canada, makes her jump in pole vault during the NACAC Championships in Toronto on August 11, 2018. Anicka Newell knew before her back hit the mat. The 27-year-old won the Expo Explosion pole vault meet in Belton, Texas last weekend, but far bigger than the victory was her winning height of 4.70 metres - the Tokyo Olympic standard, exactly. And in a grim Olympic year that has seen countless global competitions wiped out by COVID-19, securing that precious standard is no small feat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch