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IOC working with sports federations on July-Aug 2021 Olympic Games – Yomiuri

Thursday, 2020-03-26 09:30:15
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FILE PHOTO: International Olympic Committee member John Coates attends the International Olympic Committee (IOC) 135th Session in Lausanne, Switzerland, January 10, 2020. (Reuters)
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The International Olympic Committee is working with the International Athletic Federation and others to arrange for a July-August 2021 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan's Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday.

The paper cited an interview with Australia Olympic Committee board chair, John Coates, also head of the IOC's Coordination Commission for the Tokyo Games, who said he hoped for a decision within four weeks.

* Roger Federer has joined the list of sports stars helping out the needy during the coronavirus pandemic, with the former world number one and his wife donating one million Swiss Francs (US$1.02 million) to vulnerable families in his native Switzerland.

* Amateur boxing's international governing body (AIBA) should be able to complete its reforms and have its suspension lifted before the Tokyo Games are held in 2021, a Russian boxing official who also holds a position at AIBA said on Wednesday. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year suspended AIBA over issues surrounding its finances and governance and took over the boxing competition and qualification for the 2020 Olympics.

* Commonwealth Games organisers are firm on the dates for Birmingham 2022 and want sports affected by the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to work with them and avoid 'cannibalising opportunities' for all. The English city is due to stage the 22nd edition of the Games from July 27 to August 7 but both athletics and swimming world championships now face a potential clash with the Olympics in 2021.

* European Athletics named Dobromir Karamarinov as interim president after Norwegian Svein Arne Hansen suffered a serious stroke last week, the Bulgarian told Reuters on Wednesday. Karamarinov, who served as European Athletics' first vice president, will perform Hansen’s duties while he recovers.

* The Rugby Football Union (RFU) will provide a 7 million-pound (US$8.3 million) relief package to community clubs in England during the coronavirus pandemic, the body's chief executive officer Bill Sweeney said on Wednesday.

* The players at Union Berlin have agreed to go without their wages after the Bundesliga club said that the stoppage caused by the coronavirus pandemic had left it in an "extraordinary and difficult situation". Like football around the world, the Bundesliga has been suspended because of the global health crisis, depriving clubs of much of their revenue for possibly months.

* This year's Wimbledon Championships, scheduled for June 29-July 12, could be postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELT) said on Wednesday (Mar 25).

Reuters, CNA