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Breastfeeding athletes can now bring their babies to the Tokyo Olympics


It should never have been up for debate, but at least it's happening. Athletes who are breastfeeding will be allowed to bring their babies to the Tokyo Olympics, the International Olympic Committee announced Wednesday. "We very much welcome the fact that so many mothers are able to continue to compete at the highest level, including at the Olympic Games," the IOC said in a statement, published by the Associated Press. "We are very pleased to hear that the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee has found a special solution regarding the entry to Japan for mothers who are breastfeeding and their young children." The move comes after Canadian basketball player Kim Gaucher posted a video to Instagram explaining she was being forced to choose between competing at the Olympics and spending 28 days without her three-month-old daughter, Sophie, or skipping the Games entirely.

Gymnastics test event canceled ahead of Tokyo Olympics

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on A gymnastics test event for the postponed Tokyo Olympics that would have included athletes from outside Japan was canceled on Tuesday. The Japan Gymnastics Association and international governing body FIG said the Tokyo World Cup, scheduled for May 4, would have been the last in a series of three following events in Germany and Britain. They were both also called off.

Tokyo Games must go ahead in 2021 'at any cost' - Japan's Olympic minister

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Olympic organisers are looking at over 200 proposals on how best to deal with Covid-19, including easing travel restrictions for athletes, anti-virus measures at the athletes' village and how to cope with spectators.

IOC's Bach says 'no plan B': Tokyo Olympics will be held

The Japan Times

International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach voiced confidence Thursday that the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead this summer, saying there is "no plan B" even as doubts grow amid a sharp resurgence of coronavirus cases in the Japanese capital and elsewhere. "We have, at this moment, no reason whatsoever to believe that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not open on the 23rd of July in the Olympic stadium in Tokyo," Bach told Kyodo News in an exclusive online interview two days ahead of the six-month countdown toward the Olympics. "This is why there is no plan B and this is why we are fully committed to make these games safe and successful," he said. However, he hinted at the possibility of reducing the number of spectators, saying the IOC has to be "flexible" and may need to make "sacrifices" to protect the lives of the people involved. "As I said, the priority is the safety. When it comes to safety, then there can be no taboo," Bach said.

Olympic rings back in Tokyo Bay; a sign of hope in pandemic

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on The five Olympic rings are back in Tokyo Bay. They were removed for maintenance four months ago shortly after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rings arrived on Tuesday after a short cruise from nearby Yokohama and are positioned on a barge in the shadow on Tokyo's Rainbow Bridge.