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State of Florida Offers to Host 2021 Olympics Should Tokyo Cancel Them
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Jan. 27, 2021— Following rumors that the Tokyo Olympic Games would be canceled, Florida's CFO has announced the state as a viable alternative host site.
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If Tokyo Bows Out as Olympics host, Florida Wants to Step In
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Jan. 27, 2021— If Tokyo bows out as the host of this summer's Olympics, Florida has reached out to the International Olympic Committee to host the Games.
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IOC President Assures Olympics Are On
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Jan. 25, 2021— IOC President Thomas Bach clarified the status of the 2021 Olympic Games in a video statement on Friday.
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Global Olympic Leadership Soundly Rejects Times Reporting Overnight
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Jan. 22, 2021— The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, said “We have not received any information suggesting the Games will not happen as planned, and our focus remains on the health and preparedness of Team USA athletes ahead of the Games this summer.” The USOPC, like many national federations, has deferred to the IOC in discussions of whether the Games will happen, though privately they’ve told their athletes and national governing bodies to prepare for Tokyo. (1/3) USOPC statement on the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020: — USOPC News (@USOPC_News) January 22, 2021 The Australi ...
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Japanese Government, IOC And IPC Insist Games Will Go Ahead After Cancellation Claims

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Jan. 22, 2021— The Japanese government , IOC and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have insisted the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will go ahead after a report in The Times quoted a senior official saying the Games would be cancelled. Speculation has been mounting for weeks now that the Olympics, which had already been pushed back a year from their original start date of July 2020, are under threat because of the pandemic. According to The Times, an unnamed senior Japanese government figure said: “No one wants to be the first to say so but the consensus is that it’s too difficult. “Personal ...
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IOC President Thomas Bach: No Plan B For Tokyo, Full Confidence In Olympics Going Ahead
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Jan. 21, 2021— IOC president Thomas Bach has full conviction in the Olympics taking place in Tokyo from July and insists there is no “plan B” leaving cancellation or going ahead as planned the only options. Speculation has mounted in recent weeks that the Games are under threat following the rise in coronavirus cases and the imposition of lockdowns and a state of emergency in Tokyo. The IOC responded to the latter by stating it had full confidence in the measures introduced by the Japanese authorities and that it was “fully concentrated and committed to the safe and successful delivery of the Olymp ...
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IOC Vice-President John Coates: Olympics Will Happen
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Sept. 7, 2020— The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will go ahead next year, pandemic or not, IOC vide-president John Coates told the AFP on Monday. In a phone interview, Coates said that the Tokyo Olympics would be the “Games that conquered Covid,” referring to the COVID-19 disease stemming from the novel coronavirus outbreak that has plagued the world over the last 6 months. “The Games were going to be, their theme, the Reconstruction Games after the devastation of the tsunami,” he added, referring to a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan in 2011. “Now very much these will be t ...
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Tokyo 2020 Confirms All Venues Have Been Secured For Olympic Games
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July 17, 2020— The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has secured all 43 venues for use during the rescheduled Olympic Games in July 2021, it was announced on Friday. The Olympic Village will also be used for its original intended purpose to house around 11,000 athletes after doubts were raised because of the handover of converted apartments to residents and developers following the Games which were due to start one week from today. So too was it confirmed that the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre will be housed in the Tokyo International Exhibition Center, as was originally planne ...
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Thomas Bach Announces Bid For Second Term of IOC Presidency
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July 17, 2020— IOC President, Thomas Bach, has announced that he will seek to be re-elected next year. The 66-year-old has held the position since 2013 after being elected for an 8-year term. The presidential election is due to take place in Athens next June. The announcement came during the IOC’s 136th Session which they held today. During the conference it was also announced that the schedule for aquatics at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics next year will remain identical to the original plan . If his bid for re-election is successful, Bach will hold the position for another 4 years. In the past the term ...
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Senegal and the IOC Agree to Postpone the Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2022 to 2026
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July 16, 2020— The IOC and Senegal understand that this news will be disappointing for many young athletes. Both parties can only appeal to their understanding. This agreement results from the large scale of the operational challenges which the IOC, the NOCs and the IFs are facing following the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. With this in mind, the IOC will continue to offer all IFs and NOC Continental Associations the full content of the educational programmes of the Youth Olympic Games. This will allow for the objectives of this very important and much-appreciated component of the Y ...
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Youth Olympic Games to Be Postponed From 2022 to 2026
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July 15, 2020— The 2022 Youth Olympic Games, which were scheduled to be held in Dakar, Senegal, have been postponed to 2026, as mutually agreed upon by IOC President Thomas Bach and Senegal President Macky Sall . With the coronavirus affecting the entire world and subsequently pushing the summer Olympics in Tokyo back a whole year to 2021, that has drastically affected the rest of the international sporting calendar. Had the Youth Olympics gone on as scheduled, the IOC would have the Summer Games, the Winter Games, and the Youth Games all in a span of 12 months. The IOC said in a release : “The pos ...
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With $20 Billion on the Line, Tokyo Shows Olympic Hosts Must Plan for Pandemics
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July 15, 2020— The Tokyo Olympic Games are scheduled to kick off in 53 weeks, the postponement a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether the Olympics take place in 2021 or if they are canceled, Tokyo 2020 has become a case study for how future Olympic hosts will need to demonstrate their readiness for the worst-case scenario: cancellation. If the Olympics are to take place, the urgency of finding and distributing a vaccine cannot be understated. Andrew Zimbalist , an economist at Smith College in the United States, told Kyodo news. “The best scenario at this point, given that the infrastructural a ...
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Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games Postponed to 2026
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July 15, 2020— The 2022 Youth Olympic Games set to take place in Dakar, Senegal have been postponed to 2026, IOC President Thomas Bach announced Wednesday. The 2026 games will now be the fourth edition of the summer event, and the first Olympic event ever hosted in Africa. “The postponement of Dakar 2022 allows the IOC, the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the International Federations (IFs) to better plan their activities, which have been strongly affected by the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, by the subsequent postponements of major international sports events, and by the ope ...
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Swimming: Rikako Ikee aiming for October return to competition
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July 9, 2020— Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee, who has been battling leukemia since last year, says she intends to return to competition in early October.
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July 9, 2020— The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee will issue Tokyo 2020 ticket refund s to people unable to attend the Games due to their one-year postponement, according to sources speaking to today. To date, about 4.48 million tickets for the Olympics and some almost 1 million tickets for the Paralympics have been sold through the official ticketing website. The Games were to have opened this month, on July 24 but the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic shunted the world’s biggest multi-sport event into next year. The Olympics Opening is now scheduled for July 23, 2021, prompting the ...
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Postponed Olympics could be in doubt even for 2021, says Tokyo Games CEO
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April 11, 2020— Earlier this month it was confirmed the Olympics would be held from July 23 to August 8 next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week announced much of…
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Tokyo 2020 CEO Muto: There Are No Guarantees The Games Will Go Ahead In July 2021
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April 10, 2020— Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto admits there are no guarantees that the rescheduled Olympic Games will go ahead as planned next year as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the world. The International Olympic Committee postponed the Games for the first time in their history last month as the death toll rose daily. Olympic trials worldwide and sports events were cancelled and lockdown in many countries meant there was no access to training facilities and postponement was inevitable. The IOC then announced the Games would take place from 23 July-8 August, a ...
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Japan's sudden spike in coronavirus cases after Tokyo Olympics postponement raises eyebrows
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April 10, 2020— The sharp rise in cases and deaths has prompted speculations that Japan had previously understated the scope of its outbreak. Several Japanese citizens, whom ABC News spoke to on the streets of Tokyo, said they believe the government was trying to keep the numbers low so that the Olympics would take place as scheduled.
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April 4, 2020— The postponement of the Olympics is expected to add $2.7 billion to the cost of the Games for the host country, Japan. The cost estimate from December, when Tokyo Olympic organizers increased the figure to $12.6 billion. When Tokyo was awarded the Olympics in 2013, the bid committee projected total costs would be $7.3 billion.
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