Justin McCurry in Tokyo

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Name: Justin McCurry in Tokyo
Date registered: January 17, 2015
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/olympic-games

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  1. Fukushima to host Tokyo Olympics events to help recovery from nuclear disaster — March 17, 2017
  2. Tokyo Olympic golf course must give female members equal rights or lose event, says IOC — February 21, 2017
  3. Japan urged to go smoke-free by 2020 Tokyo Olympics — January 31, 2017
  4. Tokyo Olympic golf course urged to let women be full members — January 19, 2017
  5. Tokyo pledges to keep 2020 Olympic rowing event in the capital — November 29, 2016

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Mar 17

Fukushima to host Tokyo Olympics events to help recovery from nuclear disaster

Some baseball and softball events will be held about 70km from nuclear power plant that suffered triple meltdown in 2011

Fukushima has been chosen to host baseball and softball matches at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, organisers said on Friday, a move they hope will boost the region’s recovery from the March 2011 nuclear disaster.

Azuma baseball stadium, about 70km north-west of the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, will host at least one baseball game – possibly the opening match – and one or more softball fixtures, according to Yoshiro Mori, the 2020 organising committee president.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/17/fukushima-to-host-tokyo-olympics-events-to-help-recovery-from-nuclear-disaster

Feb 21

Tokyo Olympic golf course must give female members equal rights or lose event, says IOC

Kasumigaseki Country Club is due to host the men’s and women’s tournaments in 2020 but the IOC has demanded it allows full access to both sexes

The venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic golf tournament could have the event taken away unless it grants equal playing rights to female members, the International Committee (IOC) has warned.

Kasumigaseki Country Club, a private golf course in Saitama prefecture, north-west of Tokyo, forbids women from becoming full members and from playing on Sundays.

Related: Tokyo Olympics: soaring costs set up showdown with IOC

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/21/tokyo-olympic-golf-course-must-give-female-members-equal-rights-or-lose-event-says-ioc

Jan 31

Japan urged to go smoke-free by 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Campaigners call for full ban on smoking in bars and restaurants to comply with IOC requirement to stage healthy Games

Anti-smoking campaigners in Japan have called on the government to make restaurants and bars smoke-free in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and end the country’s reputation as a smoker’s paradise.

Japan is expected to pass legislation soon that will ban smoking in or near public buildings such as schools or hospitals, but the bill says the crackdown will apply to restaurants only in principle.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/31/japan-urged-to-go-smoke-free-by-2020-tokyo-olympics

Jan 19

Tokyo Olympic golf course urged to let women be full members

City’s governor, Yuriko Koike, urges Kasumigaseki Country Club, a venue for 2020, to let women play on Sundays

The venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics golf tournament is facing pressure to allow women to become full members after the city’s governor, Yuriko Koike, called on it to grant equal playing rights to all golfers.

Koike, who became Tokyo’s first female governor last summer, voiced anger that women were not eligible for full membership of Kasumigaseki Country Club, which will host the men’s and women’s golf tournaments in 2020.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/19/tokyo-olympic-golf-course-urged-to-let-women-be-full-members

Nov 29

Tokyo pledges to keep 2020 Olympic rowing event in the capital

City governor’s commitment comes after she vowed to cut spiralling costs of hosting next summer Games

Tokyo will not relocate the 2020 Olympic rowing and canoe sprint competitions outside the capital to save money, the city’s governor, Yuriko Koike, has said, but volleyball could be moved to neighbouring Yokohama.

Koike has vowed to cut the cost of next summer’s Games amid warnings that the bill could rise to $30bn (£24bn) – four times the initial estimate. But on Tuesday she ruled out an earlier suggestion by her review panel to move the rowing and canoe sprints hundreds of miles north of Tokyo.

Related: IOC may move some Tokyo 2020 Olympic events to South Korea

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/29/tokyo-2020-olympic-games-rowing-event-city

Oct 18

IOC may move some Tokyo 2020 Olympic events to South Korea

Japanese media report canoeing and rowing may move in response to soaring costs despite promise of a ‘compact’ games

The International Olympic Committee is considering moving the rowing and canoeing events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to South Korea in an attempt to cut soaring costs, according to Japanese media reports.

Depriving Japan of the events risks provoking a backlash from the Tokyo 2020 organisers, and would make a mockery of the city’s vow to hold a “compact” Games.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/oct/18/ioc-move-events-tokyo-2020-olympics-south-korea

Oct 04

Tokyo Olympics: soaring costs set up showdown with IOC

Panel of experts has warned cost of 2020 Games could rise to four times the original estimate and proposed a change in venues

The governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, is heading for a confrontation with the International Olympic Committee and the organisers of the 2020 Olympics over a warning that the Games could cost 3tn yen (£23bn) – four times the original estimate – and a proposal to cancel the construction of three new venues.

A panel of independent experts formed by Koike to review venues and costs recently proposed renovating existing venues in Tokyo for volleyball and swimming, and moving the rowing and canoe sprint several hundred miles from the capital.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/oct/04/tokyo-olympics-soaring-costs-set-up-showdown-ioc

Oct 04

Tokyo Olympics: soaring costs set up showdown with IOC

Panel of experts has warned cost of 2020 Games could rise to four times the original estimate and proposed a change in venues

The governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, is heading for a confrontation with the International Olympic Committee and the organisers of the 2020 Olympics over a warning that the Games could cost 3tn yen (£23bn) – four times the original estimate – and a proposal to cancel the construction of three new venues.

A panel of independent experts formed by Koike to review venues and costs recently proposed renovating existing venues in Tokyo for volleyball and swimming, and moving the rowing and canoe sprint several hundred miles from the capital.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/oct/04/tokyo-olympics-soaring-costs-set-up-showdown-ioc

Sep 01

Japanese Olympic Committee clears Tokyo bid leaders of illegal activity

Inquiry says £1.7m paid to Black Tidings consultancy was legitimate and not linked to winning bid to host 2020 Games

Officials who led Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics have been cleared of any illegal activity by a Japanese investigation, following revelations that the city had paid more than $2m to a company linked to the son of the disgraced former world athletics chief Lamine Diack.

A report published on Thursday by an independent panel appointed by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) said the $2.3m (£1.74m) payment to Black Tidings, a Singapore-based consultancy, was legitimate and had been made in return for consulting services.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/sep/01/japan-olympic-committee-clears-tokyo-bid-leaders-papa-massata-diack

Aug 22

From Rio 2016 to Tokyo 2020: Olympic drama moves on

Shinzo Abe made charming cameo as Super Mario in Rio but he will need super powers to stage successful 2020 Games

Shinzo Abe’s cameo as Super Mario at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony may have endeared him to the huge international audience, but his transformation was but a brief distraction from the serious business of putting on a spectacle in four years’ time to eclipse the past fortnight.

As soon as the IOC president, Thomas Bach, officially closed the Rio Games, the pressure was on the Japanese prime minister and his large delegation of Tokyo officials to secure a smooth path to the 2020 Olympics, preparations for which have been dogged by allegations of corruption, soaring costs and the potential for the weather to spoil the show.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/22/from-rio-to-tokyo-olympic-drama-moves-on-2020-games