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FILE - In this March 20, 2019, file photo, Olympic torches of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are displayed during a press conference in Tokyo.(AP)

Tokyo Olympic CEO: Vaccine not requirement to hold games

Tokyo | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 08:33 PM IST
“The International Olympic Committee and the WHO already discussed this matter. It’s not a condition for the delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Games. A vaccine is not a requirement. Of course, if vaccines are developed we’ll really appreciate it. And for Tokyo 2020 this will be great. But if you ask me if that’s a condition — it’s not a condition.”
File image of Deepak Punia.(File)
File image of Deepak Punia.(File)

Deepak Punia, two other wrestlers test positive for COVID-19

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 07:26 PM IST
Besides the Olympic-bound Punia (86kg), the other two wrestlers who have tested positive for the virus are Navin (65kg) and Krishan (125kg).
File photo of Vinesh Phogat.(Getty Images for Laureus)
File photo of Vinesh Phogat.(Getty Images for Laureus)

Vinesh Phogat recovers from Covid-19, tests negative twice

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2020 02:24 PM IST
The only woman wrestler to have qualified for Tokyo Olympics, Vinesh said she would prefer to be in isolation for some time.
Chureito Pagoda, Fujiyoshida-shi, Japan(Unsplash)
Chureito Pagoda, Fujiyoshida-shi, Japan(Unsplash)

Japan to maintain 60 million tourist target for 2030 despite coronavirus pandemic: Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga

Japan | By Bloomberg | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 05:22 PM IST
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in an interview that the need to keep hotels and traditional inns afloat to reach that target is one reason he has pressed ahead with subsidies for domestic travel, despite criticism the policy risks further spreading the virus.
Graham Reid(Frank Uijlenbroek)
Graham Reid(Frank Uijlenbroek)

Hockey players begin training with basic exercise, to work on skill development next: Reid

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 01:16 PM IST
India men’s hockey team coach Graham Reid said their actions and decisions will determine how the players fare in Tokyo Olympics next year.
File image of Rani Rampal(Getty Image)
File image of Rani Rampal(Getty Image)

Khel Ratna will motivate me to strive for bigger feats: Rani Rampal

By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 12:12 AM IST
Rani, 25, had helped the Indian team secure a berth at the Tokyo Olympics, besides leading the side into the final of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.
Karmakar is one of the only five women who’ve successfully landed the Produnova(PHOTO: INSTAGRAM)
Karmakar is one of the only five women who’ve successfully landed the Produnova(PHOTO: INSTAGRAM)

I’m excited to be back on the mat, says Dipa Karmakar

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Navneet Vyasan
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 07:50 PM IST
Gymnast Dipa Karmakar feels India has a strong contingent for the Tokyo Olympics with a remarkably consistent track record backing them
Ayaka Takahashi(olympics.bwfbadminton.com)
Ayaka Takahashi(olympics.bwfbadminton.com)

Japan’s Olympic doubles champion Ayaka Takahashi announces retirement

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 12:12 PM IST
Takahashi and Matsutomo defeated Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in the Rio Olympics in 2016 to claim the women’s doubles gold medal and secure their nation’s first ever badminton title.
Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia during a training session ahead of the 18th Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia.(PTI)
Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia during a training session ahead of the 18th Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia.(PTI)

Bajrang Punia ramping at training with coach Bentinidis back by his side

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 11:09 AM IST
India’s top wrestling medal hope at next year’s Tokyo Olympics says his training has been boosted with his Georgian coach back from home.
India's Virdhawal Vikram Khade prepares to swim(AP)
India's Virdhawal Vikram Khade prepares to swim(AP)

Three elite swimmers get permission to train in Dubai, Srihari Nataraj elated

New Delhi | By Avishek Roy
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 12:42 PM IST
India’s swimming sensation Nataraj looks forward to get back to pool after longest break.
File image of P R Sreejesh.(Frank Uijlenbroek)
File image of P R Sreejesh.(Frank Uijlenbroek)

‘365 days more to prepare’: India goalkeeper PR Sreejesh on life amid lockdown and road to Tokyo Olympics

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Karan Prashant Saxena
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 08:46 AM IST
India goalkeeper PR Sreejesh who had to spend over three months away from wife and kids amid such unprecedented times recalls the life at SAI center amid lockdown.
Sudha Singh trains at NIS Patiala on Wednesday.(HT PHOTO)
Sudha Singh trains at NIS Patiala on Wednesday.(HT PHOTO)

In her quest for Tokyo, Sudha Singh stays clear of home

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 06:48 PM IST
Ace steeplechase runner and Asian Games medallist Sudha Singh, who is aiming for a last shot at gold at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, is one such athlete.
Target testing is a process where only those athletes with sharp dip or spike in performance are tested.(Getty Images)
Target testing is a process where only those athletes with sharp dip or spike in performance are tested.(Getty Images)

NADA readies draft to resume testing

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Navneet Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 11:52 PM IST
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has prepared a draft to resume testing elite athletes in contention for 2021 Tokyo Olympics, said its director-general Navin Aggarwal.
Dabang Delhi finished runner-up in the 2019 edition of the UTT(Image Credit: UTT website)
Dabang Delhi finished runner-up in the 2019 edition of the UTT(Image Credit: UTT website)

UTT postponed indefinitely due to Covid-19 pandemic

By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 07:58 PM IST
UTT, which began in 2017, was to take place after the Tokyo Olympics, which has now been moved to next year because of the pandemic.
Tugboats move a symbol installed for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on a barge from its usual spot off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo(AP)
Tugboats move a symbol installed for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on a barge from its usual spot off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo(AP)

Two employees of Tokyo Olympic organizers positive for Covid-19

Tokyo | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 05:04 PM IST
Organizers said a man and a woman had tested positive but gave few details. They said the man was in his 20s and the woman in her 30s, and that both were now working from home rather than at the headquarters located near Tokyo Bay.
FILE PHOTO: Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) attends an interview after the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Lausanne, Switzerland, March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) attends an interview after the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Lausanne, Switzerland, March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo(REUTERS)

Olympic committees discuss eradicating abuse in Japanese sport after damning report

Tokyo | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2020 04:41 PM IST
The IOC said in a statement on Thursday that Bach had held a teleconference with JOC chief Yasuhiro Yamashita to discuss what changes have and will be made
Badminton - All England Open Badminton Championships - Arena Birmingham, Birmingham, Britain - March 15, 2020 Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying celebrates winning the women's singles final match against China's Chen Yu Fei Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers/Files(Action Images via Reuters)
Badminton - All England Open Badminton Championships - Arena Birmingham, Birmingham, Britain - March 15, 2020 Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying celebrates winning the women's singles final match against China's Chen Yu Fei Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers/Files(Action Images via Reuters)

World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying plans to play on until at least 2021

(Reuters) - | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2020 03:12 PM IST
The 26-year-old said last year she would consider retiring after this year’s Tokyo Olympics but with the Games pushed back to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic Tai will stick around a bit longer.
A tugboat moves a symbol installed for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on a barge moved away from its usual spot off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Thursday.(AP)
A tugboat moves a symbol installed for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on a barge moved away from its usual spot off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Thursday.(AP)

Olympic rings in Tokyo Bay removed for “maintenance”

TOKYO | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2020 11:02 AM IST
The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled to open on July 23, 2021. The Paralympics follow on Aug. 24.
A shooter takes her aim.(Image Courtesy: NRAI)
A shooter takes her aim.(Image Courtesy: NRAI)

NRAI defers national camp indefinitely keeping in mind health safety

By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 08:12 PM IST
The NRAI had decided to conduct a national camp in the first week of August.
A shooter takes aim at the Karni Singh Range in New Delhi.(HT Photo)
A shooter takes aim at the Karni Singh Range in New Delhi.(HT Photo)

NRAI postpones compulsory shooting camp

PTI | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUL 31, 2020 12:42 PM IST
On Thursday, a shooting coach at the camp’s venue - Dr. Karni Singh Range - tested positive for Covid-19, but this will not force a closure of the facility.
Called NBA Campus, the bubble at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, has over 1500 persons comprising squads of all 22 teams(AP Photo)
Called NBA Campus, the bubble at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, has over 1500 persons comprising squads of all 22 teams(AP Photo)

From NBA to IOC, sharing the bubble map

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By B Shrikant
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 06:48 AM IST
NBA has shared its experience of creating a bio-secure bubble with IOC which is working different scenarios for the Tokyo Olympics, now deferred to July 23 to August 8, 2021.
File image of Vikas Krishan.(Action Plus via Getty Images)
File image of Vikas Krishan.(Action Plus via Getty Images)

Mission Olympics: Vikas Krishan prefers US Pro bouts to National camp in Patiala

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 01:47 PM IST
Vikas is currently training in Bengaluru’s Inspire Institute of Sports (IIS) with another professional boxer and close friend Neeraj Goyat after being asked to leave NIS Patiala for alleged violation of COVID-19 quarantine norms, later deemed unintentional.
India captain Manpreet Singh in action(Hockey India)
India captain Manpreet Singh in action(Hockey India)

‘Maintaining fitness levels at this time is the most important thing’: India Hockey captain Manpreet Singh | Exclusive

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Karan Prashant Saxena
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 03:23 PM IST
In an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times, Manpreet speaks on the life amid lockdown at SAI Center in Bengaluru, and the plans to prepare for Tokyo 2020.
Parents are wary of sending children to train at academies in the time of the pandemic(Abhinav Saha/HT)
Parents are wary of sending children to train at academies in the time of the pandemic(Abhinav Saha/HT)

After the boom, the backfire

Hinndustan Times, New Delhi | By Ajai Masand
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 08:09 AM IST
The growing profile of shooting sparked a buzz of activity in the country’s numerous academies, which are counting losses and looking to shut shop as trainees stay home due to Covid-19.
(L-R) Boxer Amit Panghal, boxer Manish Kaushik, coach CS Kutappa and coach Santiago Nieva during an interview with Hindustan Times, at HT House, in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
(L-R) Boxer Amit Panghal, boxer Manish Kaushik, coach CS Kutappa and coach Santiago Nieva during an interview with Hindustan Times, at HT House, in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

For Olympic athletes, it’s starting from zero

New Delhi | By Avishek Roy & Sandip Sikdar
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 10:04 AM IST
If it weren’t for the pandemic, the boxers, a record nine of whom had qualified for the Olympics, would have been at the peak of their abilities right now, waiting for their turn in the ring at Tokyo. Instead, they are starting from scratch.
The Khelo India Games will be held in Panchkula.(Khelo India Twitter)
The Khelo India Games will be held in Panchkula.(Khelo India Twitter)

Haryana to host 2021 Khelo India Youth Games after Tokyo Olympics

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 11:41 PM IST
Haryana has done well in all three editions of KIYG. While they came second in both 2019 and 2020 editions (200 medals in 2020 and 159 medals in 2019), Haryana won it in 2018 with 102 podium finishes (38 gold, 26 silver, 38 bronze).
Likith SP
Likith SP

Likith SP chasing an Olympic dream, in a pond

New Delhi | By Navneet Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 07:05 AM IST
Back in February, Likith and 15 other elite swimmers had visited an organic farm owned by their coach Parth Varanashi for what was meant to be a two-week camp, a mere change of scenery from their usual pool work in Bengaluru.
FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, stands in front of The Tokyo Olympic flag 1964 at The Japan Olympics museum in Tokyo, Japan, February 26, 2020.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, stands in front of The Tokyo Olympic flag 1964 at The Japan Olympics museum in Tokyo, Japan, February 26, 2020.(REUTERS)

Postponed Tokyo Olympics hit 1-year-to-go mark -- again

Tokyo | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2020 07:45 PM IST
Organizers produced a 15-minute, no-fans event on Thursday inside the new national stadium; screening a video to promote next year’s opening. They also teased the presence of the Olympic flame, which arrived in Japan in March and had been hidden away ever since.
Hockey players (L-R) Manpreet Singh, Rani Rampal and Savita Punia.(PTI)
Hockey players (L-R) Manpreet Singh, Rani Rampal and Savita Punia.(PTI)

On track for a podium finish in Tokyo Olympics: Hockey skippers Manpreet and Rani

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2020 01:54 PM IST
The past year has been quite productive for the Manpreet-led men’s team which managed to maintain its consistency and qualify for the Olympics while also notching up good results in its maiden FIH Hockey Pro League campaign with wins against Netherlands, world champions Belgium and Australia.
Olympic Games mascot Miraitowa amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo.(REUTERS)
Olympic Games mascot Miraitowa amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo.(REUTERS)

Postponed Tokyo Olympics hit 1-year-to-go mark... again

TOKYO | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2020 08:57 AM IST
Tokyo observed the original date a year ago. That was before the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the Olympics and pushed back the opening to July 23, 2021. Fireworks cascaded over Tokyo Bay back then, and local celebrities unveiled the medals in a highly choreographed show.
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