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National Olympic Committees 'confident' after touring Tokyo 2020 venues

The Japan Times

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizing committee drew rave reviews from its future guests after completing its first organized group tour for National Olympic Committees earlier this week. Organizers of Tokyo's second Summer Games have had to weather a number of controversies to date, with issues ranging from an enormously expensive new National Stadium to logo plagiarism accusations and an overall budget that was once said to be ballooning out to ¥3 trillion ($26.6 billion). But such headaches have not detracted from the work being put in behind the scenes by the organizing committee, which the NOCs came to recognize on their visit. Representatives from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and New Zealand participated in a three-day guided visit to 26 of the Tokyo Games venues. Four more similar tours will be conducted in the lead up to 2020, with a seminar attended by all 206 NOCs to be held one year before the Olympics open.

The 15 most gravity-defying gymnastics moments from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics


Every four years the Olympics serves as a reminder that the human body has remarkable capabilities. And gymnastics is one of the most physically challenging, visually stunning sports around. Since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics kicked off on July 23, we've seen astonishing displays of strength, grace, and agility. We collected photos of 15 of the most mind-blowing gymnastics moments so far to help you relive the highlights.

Tokyo survey shows 79% of Olympic volunteers concerned about COVID-19

The Japan Times

Volunteers for next summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are overwhelmingly concerned about the transmission of novel coronavirus infection during the event, a survey by the government of Tokyo showed Wednesday. In the online survey responded to by 13,480 City Cast volunteers, 75.1% also said they want the Japanese capital to create a safe environment for the volunteers to work in. City Cast volunteers will offer transport and sightseeing information to spectators and tourists during the Olympics and Paralympics, which were postponed for one year due to the pandemic. In response to a multiple-choice question about their concerns at the games, 79% of the volunteers said they are worried about the pandemic situation, followed by 49.3% who expressed concern about the impact the postponement will have on their motivation. As for training for the games, 76.7% said they want to know how to protect themselves from the coronavirus and high heat during the summer sporting events, while 58.6% said they want to be prepared for emergency situations such as using defibrillators, the survey showed.

Online petition author urges Tokyo governor to cancel Olympics

The Japan Times

A Japanese lawyer who launched a popular online petition calling for the cancellation of this summer's Olympics on Friday urged the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to call off the games, saying protecting people's lives from the coronavirus must be the top priority. Kenji Utsunomiya, who on May 5 launched the online campaign that has so far gathered 350,000 signatures, said Japan and the rest of the world are not ready to stage the Olympics and Paralympics due to the global health crisis. "Holding the Olympics should be welcomed by everyone, but that is not possible under the current situation. So the Olympics must be canceled," Utsunomiya, former head of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, told reporters after handing over the request addressed to Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike. The submission of the request comes with less than three months until the scheduled opening of the postponed Tokyo Olympics. A cloud of uncertainty looms over the games as Japan grapples with surging infections, driven by highly contagious virus variants.

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.