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FILE - In this Dec 22, 2015, file photo, Toshiaki Endo, center, minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, speaks with media after a meeting of Cabinet ministers including Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo. Former Olympic minister Endo said at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday, June 5, 2020, that a decision of whether to hold the Games should be made around March, which is a crucial time to finalize participating athletes, NHK said. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Former Olympic minister says March is deadline for Tokyo

Jun. 5, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Next spring has been set by former Olympic minister Toshikai Endo as a possible deadline for deciding whether the postponed Tokyo Games can go ahead. “March next year is a time when we face major questions on whether athletes can be selected,” Endo was quoted as saying by...

FILE - In this June 3, 2020, photo, the Olympic rings float in the water at sunset in the Odaiba section in Tokyo. The Japanese public is being prepared for the reality of next year's postponed Olympics where athletes are likely to face quarantines, spectators will be fewer, and the delay will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. In the last several weeks, IOC President Thomas Bach has given selected interviews outside Japan and hinted at empty stadiums, quarantines and virus testing. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Postponed Tokyo Olympics could be downsized and simplified

Jun. 4, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese public is being prepared for the reality of next year’s postponed Olympics, where athletes are likely to face quarantines, spectators will be fewer, and the delay will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. In the last several weeks, International Olympic Committee President...

FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, workers stand at the bottom of the Olympic rings at Tokyo's Odaiba district. Just two months after the unprecedented postponement. Chief Executive Toshiro Muto was asked Thursday, May 28, 2020 about progress rescheduling next year's Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Tokyo Olympics just beginning the race to reset themselves

May. 28, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Just two months after the unprecedented Olympic postponement, organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto was asked Thursday about progress toward next year's rescheduled Tokyo Games. “If you ask, are we just around the first corner of the 400-meter race, I cannot answer that...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, a child waves a Chinese national flag and an Olympic flag during a ceremony to mark the arrival of the Olympic flag and start of the flag tour for the Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022 at a section of the Great Wall of China on the outskirts of Beijing. Uncertainty surrounds how the postponed Tokyo Olympics will be held next year in the midst of the coronavirus. The same questions permeate three mega-events that will be staged in China within a year after the Tokyo Games close. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Tokyo Olympics followed up by 3 mega-events -- all in China

May. 22, 2020 2:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Uncertainty grips next year’s postponed Tokyo Olympics: Will there be fans or empty stadiums in 14 months? And how will thousands of athletes, staff, and technical officials travel, be housed, and stay safe amid COVID-19? And Tokyo is not alone. China — where the COVID-19...

FILE - In this April 27, 2020, file photo, a station passageway is crowded with commuters wearing face mask in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic CEO Toshiro Muto talked Thursday, May 21, about the need to take “countermeasures” to combat COVID-19 at next year's postponed games. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Countermeasures needed for Olympics, but what will they be?

May. 21, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto spoke Thursday about the need to take “countermeasures” to combat the coronavirus at next year's postponed games. But what measures, exactly? Muto acknowledged there is talk about holding next year's Tokyo Olympics without fans,...

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus rides a bicycle in front of an advertisement of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Japan is still under a coronavirus state of emergency, which was extended this week until the end of May, though there have been no hard lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WHO head urges global unity to help make Tokyo Olympics safe

May. 16, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said Saturday it will not be easy to make next year's Tokyo Olympics a safe global gathering after the pandemic. Speaking at a joint news conference with the IOC, the WHO's director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for “national...

A directional arrow on a street points to the Signal Iduna Park, Germany's biggest stadium of Borussia Dortmund in Dortmund, Germany, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Bundesliga will now restart on May 16, 2020 when Borussia Dortmund will play the derby against FC Schalke 04 at home without spectators due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

The Latest: Aussie rules football to kick off on June 11

May. 15, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Australian...

FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo, a man walks in front of a Tokyo Olympics logo at the Tokyo metropolitan government headquarters building in Tokyo. At least 70% of U.S. Olympic sports organizations have applied for government loans in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a chilling figure that underscores the frailties embedded within the world’s most dominant Olympic sports system.  (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

IOC sets aside $800M for loans, payments linked to pandemic

May. 14, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The IOC set aside $800 million on Thursday for loans and payments arising from the pandemic that forced the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to be postponed. It is still unclear how big the total postponement bill will be with Olympic organizers and public authorities in Japan facing extra costs estimated...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo, Jason Hackedorn looks into Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, in Cleveland. With the distinct possibility of pro sports resuming in empty venues, a recent poll suggests a majority of U.S. fans wouldn't feel safe attending games anyway without a coronavirus vaccine.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

The Latest: Serena, Venus, Sharapova in tennis gaming event

Apr. 29, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova are scheduled to compete in a video game tennis tournament for charity called the “Stay at Home Slam.” The IMG agency says Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori are also among...

FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori, left, speaks in teleconference with John Coates, chairman of the IOC's Coordination Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed a month ago. But there are still more questions than answers about the new opening on July 23, 2021 and what form those games will take.(Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP, File)

IOC official disagrees COVID-19 vaccine needed for Olympics

Apr. 29, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — The head of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics said Wednesday he disagrees with suggestions by some scientists and doctors that a vaccine for COVID-19 is needed to hold the games. John Coates, an International Olympic Committee member from Australia who is a...