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Tokyo Paralympics: Visually impaired athlete forced to withdraw after accident with self-driving shuttle bus

Toyota has temporarily suspended its autonomous buses in the Paralympics athletes’ village after one vehicle hit a visually impaired Paralympian at a pedestrian crossing. Japanese athlete Aramitsu Kitazono was forced to withdraw from Saturday’s 81kg Judo category after the collision with the “e-Palette” vehicle left him with cuts and bruises. Toyota temporarily suspended the service […]

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Tokyo Paralympics: Opening ceremony gets under way with fireworks and performances in Japan’s capital

The Tokyo Paralympics has opened with fireworks, music, acrobats and clowns in the same empty stadium that hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics. Japanese Emperor Naruhito got the event under way, this time with the theme “we have wings”. The ceremony at the National Stadium was more low key than at previous […]

Politics

Brexit Britain’s London 2040! Bid to bring Olympics BACK to London begins

Celebrations as Team GB athletes return from Tokyo We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Ministers will engage with the London Mayor […]

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Tokyo Olympics: Tom Daley spotted knitting in the stands during women’s springboard final

Tom Daley was spotted knitting his way through the women’s three metres springboard diving final on Sunday. Cameras filming the action caught the 27-year-old sat in his Team GB kit while weaving some brightly coloured yarn in Tokyo. “Nothing to see here – just @TomDaley1994 having a knit at the diving,” tweeted Team GB. After […]

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Tokyo Olympics: Team GB claim six medals on day four following historic swimming and gymnastics success

Team GB added six medals to their Olympic tally on day four of the Tokyo Games, after historic success in the pool and the gymnasium. It is enjoying its best start to an Olympic Games in modern history, securing 13 medals on a Tuesday full of notable achievements. Britain added to Monday’s gold rush, kicked […]

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Tokyo 2020: Problems grow for organisers of ‘most unpredictable’ Olympic Games

The doomed Olympics? Not yet.  On the eve of the opening ceremony of Tokyo 2020 the peloton of problems for the Games organisers just keeps growing. The escalating COVID cases, no spectators at the venues, corporate sponsors backing away, the composer for the opening ceremony was sacked for bullying last week and now they have […]

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Tokyo Olympics could be cancelled amid rising COVID cases, chief admits

The Tokyo Olympics – due to begin on Friday – could be cancelled at the last minute because of rising coronavirus cases, the Games’ chief has admitted. Toshiro Muto said discussions are continuing because it is impossible to foresee what may happen with COVID-19 infections. With cases rising in the Japanese capital and a state […]

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Tokyo 2020: Virtual cheers and piped-in stadium noise – five ways fans will be involved in the Games

We’ve known for two weeks now that the Tokyo Olympics will be almost entirely played out with no fans inside the venues. Now the organisers have revealed the innovative solutions that might bring some atmosphere into empty stadiums and allow fans around the world to connect with the athletes taking part. 1. Virtual Cheers A […]

Business

Tokyo 2020: Can the Olympics succeed behind closed doors?

Intended to mark Japan’s economic revival but hit by the pandemic, the games have instead become a matter of survival. When Shinzo Abe became prime minister of Japan in 2012, one of his first actions was to summon the team in charge of Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games. Madrid and Istanbul were strong […]