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IOC ‘fully committed’ to Tokyo Games despite virus: Olympics chief

first_img Loading… The International Olympic Committee is “fully committed” to holding the 2020 Games in Tokyo as planned despite the widening new coronavirus outbreak, the body’s president has pledged.International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said there had been no formal discussion about cancelling the Tokyo GamesThe IOC “is fully committed to a successful Olympic Games in Tokyo starting July 24”, Thomas Bach told Japanese media in a conference call late Thursday, according to Kyodo News.The comments came as the viral outbreak across Japan and dozens of other countries has fuelled concerns about the Summer Games, with a swathe of other sports events postponed or cancelled.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stepped up national measures to contain the virus, calling on organisers of large events to consider cancelling or delaying them.Everything from football matches and music concerts to the rituals that mark the opening of the March sumo tournament have been affected.On Thursday, Abe requested a nearly month-long closure of schools in a drive to curb the spread of COVID-19, linked to four deaths so far among nearly 200 known infections among the general Japanese public.Some 700 infections were also detected among about 3,700 passengers and crew on a cruise ship that was quarantined off Japan after one of its former passengers tested positive.Bach avoided directly addressing comments by senior IOC member Dick Pound, who hinted the Games could be cancelled if health authorities block travel.Pound also said, however, there has been no formal discussion among IOC members about cancelling the Games.In an interview with AFP, Pound said the Tokyo Games will go ahead as scheduled “absent some very serious and specific admonitions or regulations stemming from the WHO or the appropriate regulatory authorities”.“Unless there is a world situation that is so serious that the games cannot be held or that the regulatory authorities prohibit travel or that sort of thing, we’re carrying on,” he said.“But it would be irresponsible to carry on without having at least in the back of your mind that something might happen.”Bach said the priority now “is to ensure the qualification procedure and protecting the safety of athletes at the same time”, according to Kyodo. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 Most Handsome Indian Actors6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeSuper Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous MoviesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Read Also:Chinese swimmer Sun Yang banned for eight years for doping offence“This is what we’re doing in cooperation with the Japanese authorities, the World Health Organization, the Chinese Olympic Committee and many NOCS,” Bach said, referring to national Olympic committees.Disruption caused by the virus has affected Olympic qualifying in several sports, including football, boxing, badminton, handball and wrestling and sailing.Tokyo’s Olympic organisers have repeatedly said they are focused on holding a safe Olympics and Paralympics with the IOC’s full backing.last_img read more

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Altercation leads to stabbing; 3 wounded

first_imgILOILO City – Three persons were hurt ina stabbing incident in Barangay Ilaya Poblacion, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo. The suspects were arrested and now detainedin lockup cell of the Barotac Nuevo police station, facing charges./PN Teologia and Lachica allegedly attackedthe victims after a heated argument ensued between them. But it was notimmediately established what triggered the altercation. According to the police, the incidenthappened around 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 14. center_img The 29-year-old Jannie Dosano, his 28-year-oldbrother Aurelio and 26-year-old Robert Jocson were recuperating at the Don JoseS. Monfort Medical Center in Barotac, Nuevo. They all sustained stabwounds on the body, police said. Tagged suspects were Aljohn Teologia,28, of Barangay Tubungan, Barotac Nuevo and Archie Lachica of Barangay Licu-an,Barotac Nuevo.last_img read more

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INDOT tackles potholes in warm weather stretch

first_imgAurora, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to fill potholes in Central Indiana.Maintenance crews will be focused on filling potholes for the next few days as the weather allows.INDOT is bringing in extra equipment to help fill the potholes quickly and efficiently.Crews will be out during the day and overnight.INDOT wants to remind the public to move over on the roads when you see a crew out. Give them plenty of room and slow down.If you would like to report a pothole, please click here or call 855-INDOT4U.last_img read more

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UEFA postpones Champions League final and other club finals, providing no new date

first_imgUEFA postpones Champions League final and other club finals, providing no new date Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA postpones Champions League final and other club finals, providing no new date.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press center_img March 23, 2020last_img