AOC says the Tokyo Olympic Games are on, dismisses ‘unfounded rumours’ of cancellation

The head of the Australian Olympic Committee, Matt Carroll, has said the Tokyo Games will take place as expected this year and dismissed “unfounded rumours” that they are to be cancelled. “The Tokyo Games are on,” Carroll said. “Tokyo 2020 will be a very different Games, simpler, but with a focus on the athletes and … Read more

IOC dismisses reports Tokyo Olympics will be cancelled because of COVID-19 pandemic

International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president and chair of the Tokyo Coordination Commission John Coates has shot down media reports suggesting Tokyo is looking for a way out of this year’s postponed Olympic Games. Key points: Coates says no discussions have taken place about cancelling the Tokyo Games Japan’s Prime Minister rejects the suggestion his Government … Read more

Tokyo Olympics has ‘no Plan B’ and will go ahead in 2021, IOC head says

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has reaffirmed his commitment to holding the Tokyo Olympics this year, saying there was “no Plan B” for the showpiece sporting event. Key points: The Tokyo Games are set to begin on July 23 Mr Bach said there was no reason to believe the Games would not go ahead … Read more

The difference between the Australian Open COVID plan and rules at other international tournaments

The world’s best tennis players have had an abrupt introduction to the world of hotel quarantine and isolation upon their arrival into Australia. Of all the players set to compete in the first major of the season, 72 are now in hard quarantine after three of the 17 charter flights were impacted by positive COVID … Read more

How is the Australian Open dealing with international tennis players to ensure they are COVID-free?

Tennis stars and their coaching staff have started to arrive in Australia ahead of the Australian Open, which begins on February 8. About 1,200 players and coaching staff are expected to travel to Australia for the tournament, which has been delayed by three weeks. But there have already been hiccups, with Andy Murray and Madison … Read more

English Premier League football players told to stop hugging or risk matches being stopped

The British government is increasingly alarmed by the sight of soccer players hugging and kissing in celebrations, risking coronavirus infections and the sport’s ability to be allowed to continue during the latest lockdown. Key points: UK Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said footballers were “no exception” to COVID rules The EPL said clubs will be punished … Read more

Pakistan: ucciso agente di scorta a vaccinatori anti-polio – Asia

(ANSA) – ISLAMABAD, 12 GEN – Un poliziotto a guardia della squadra di vaccinazione contro la poliomielite è stato ucciso oggi a colpi d’arma da fuoco nel nord-ovest di Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in Pakistan.    L’attentato è avvenuto nel distretto di Karak, durante l’attuale campagna anti-polio in tutto il Paese. “Il poliziotto è stato ucciso mentre le … Read more

‘I think it’s time to get on with this’: Mayor John Tory calls for near total lockdown over COVID-19, expresses frustration with Doug Ford’s delay

Toronto Mayor John Tory wants the Ontario government to immediately impose an almost total lockdown on the region and says he supports some restrictions on people’s movements. Tory told CP24 on Monday that COVID-19 indicators show the city and region are at risk of the health-care system being overwhelmed to the point that doctors have … Read more

Coronavirus: Kingston prepares to receive out-of-region COVID-19 patients – Kingston

Hospital CEOs across the province received a 7-page memo from Ontario Health advising them to prepare to accept COVID-19 patients from outside their regions. Ontario Health issued the notice after projections showed that by Jan. 24, Ontario will see more than 500 COVID-19-related critical illness patients in intensive care units and over 1,700 COVID-19 hospitalizations. … Read more

Coronavirus concerns push Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix to late 2021, says Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll

The Australian Grand Prix will be postponed to the back end of the Formula 1 season with Bahrain replacing it as the opening race in March, according to Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll. Key points: There has been speculation that quarantine requirements for international arrivals in Australia would make it logistically difficult to stage … Read more

England cricketers Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes in isolation after Ali tests positive for COVID-19 on Sri Lanka tour

England all-rounder Moeen Ali was isolating in Sri Lanka on Monday after testing positive for coronavirus upon his arrival in the south Asian country for the team’s two-Test cricket tour. Key points: England cricketers Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes are both isolating after Ali tested positive to COVID-19 on arrival in Sri Lanka The spinning … Read more