Japan: 1st Olympic torch relay virus case reported

  Anadolu file photo ANKARA (Anadolu/PNA)– Tokyo Olympics organizers have confirmed the first Covid-19 case from the nationwide Olympic torch relay, local media reported on Thursday. The coronavirus patient is a police officer who engaged in traffic control duties in the western Kagawa prefecture last Saturday, according to the Kyodo news agency. The organizers said the … Continue reading


North Korea pulls out of Tokyo games over Covid-19 fears

ANKARA (Anadolu/PNA) – North Korea on Tuesday withdrew from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games because of coronavirus fears, becoming the first country to formally exit the event. The decision was taken during a North Korean Olympic committee session in Pyongyang last month, Japan’s Kyodo News quoted a website run by North Korea’s Sports Ministry as saying. … Continue reading


IOC back in Tokyo as world prepares for next year’s Games

IOC back in Tokyo as world prepares for next year’s Games For the first time since February 2020, the IOC’s Coordination Commission Chair, John Coates, returned to Japan with IOC President Thomas Bach for the joint International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Tokyo 2020 Project Review. The meetings, held between 16 and 18 November, … Continue reading


No need for ‘drastic decisions’ on Tokyo Olympics for now: IOC

LAUSANNE (PNA/Xinhua) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday said there is “no need for any drastic decisions” regarding this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, despite growing concern over the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The IOC made a statement after its executive board held a teleconference with international federations on how to deal with … Continue reading