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IOC's Thomas Bach cancels Japan trip because of virus cases

May. 10, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach has canceled a trip to Japan because of surging cases of COVID-19 in the country, the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said Monday in a statement. Bach was to visit Hiroshima next Monday and meet the torch relay and then probably...

Two Tokyo Olympics: Inside and outside the National Stadium

May. 09, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Seated inside Tokyo's new $1.4 billion National Stadium, Sebastian Coe again tried to reassure athletes and skeptical residents of Japan that the postponed Olympics will be safe when they open in just under 11 weeks. An IOC member and two-time Olympic gold...

Packed trains, drinking: Japanese impatient over virus steps

May. 07, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Trains packed with commuters returning to work after a weeklong national holiday. Frustrated young people drinking in the streets because bars are closed. Protests planned over a possible visit by the Olympics chief. As the coronavirus spreads in Japan...

Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan could be 'tough'

May. 07, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said Friday that a visit to Japan this month by IOC President Thomas Bach seemed unlikely with a state of emergency order being extended by the government to Tokyo and other areas until May 31. ...

Pfizer and BioNTech to donate vaccines for Olympic athletes

May. 06, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Vaccine developers Pfizer and BioNTech will donate doses to inoculate athletes and officials preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, the IOC said Thursday. Delivery of doses is set to begin this month to give Olympic delegations time to be fully...

Anti-Olympic petition gains tens of thousands of signatures

May. 06, 2021 06:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An online petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled has gained tens of thousands of signatures since being launched in Japan only days ago. The rollout of the petition comes with Tokyo, Osaka and several other areas under a state of emergency...

Tokyo Games need 500 nurses; nurses say needs are elsewhere

May. 02, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Some nurses in Japan are incensed at a request from Tokyo Olympic organizers to have 500 of them dispatched to help out with the games. They say they’re already near the breaking point dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Olympic officials have said...

Biden to veer from Trump, Obama policies in taking on NKorea

May. 01, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Joe Biden plans to veer from the approaches of his two most recent predecessors as he tries to stop North Korea’s nuclear program, rejecting both Donald Trump’s deeply personal effort to win over Kim Jong Un and Barack Obama’s more...

Biden to veer from Trump, Obama policies in taking on NKorea

Apr. 30, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Friday that President Joe Biden plans to veer from the approaches of his two most recent predecessors as he tries to stop North Korea’s nuclear program, rejecting both Donald Trump’s deeply personal effort to win over Kim Jong Un and Barack...

More tests and still more questions about the Tokyo Olympics

Apr. 28, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics open in under three months and there are still more questions than answers despite the rollout Wednesday of new rule books to explain how the games will take place in the middle of a surging pandemic in Japan. The 60-page, second version...