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Sport The Tokyo Olympics

18:15  13 may  2021
18:15  13 may  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

When the Tokyo Olympics were first postponed, these female athletes used the year off to pursue another dream — motherhood

  When the Tokyo Olympics were first postponed, these female athletes used the year off to pursue another dream — motherhood Rugby sevens player Alicia Quirk had expected last year that she would be chasing gold at the Tokyo Olympics, but she is now approaching her first-ever Mother's Day with a much greater prize — her daughter Matilda.Quirk's hopes of winning back-to-back Olympic gold medals were put on hold in 2020, prompting her to use the break from competing to pursue her other lifelong dream — motherhood.

Le logo officiel des Jeux olympiques de Tokyo dans les locaux du comité d'organisation à Tokyo le 30 avril 2021 © Philip Fong AFP / Archives The official logo of the Tokyo Olympics on the premises of the Organizing Committee in Tokyo on April 30, 2021

The Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga undergoes Pressure ever stronger to cancel the Tokyo Summer Olympics, already postponed from one year, now scheduled from July 23 to August 8th. Japan faces a fourth wave of coronavirus infections. The state of emergency has been extended until the end of May. The health crisis remains worrying. The majority of Japanese demands the cancellation or a new postponement of the games. But the Prime Minister claims that his government has taken the necessary steps to keep it safe.

IOC president Thomas Bach's visit to Japan postponed amid Covid crisis

  IOC president Thomas Bach's visit to Japan postponed amid Covid crisis Bach was due in Japan next week to attend a torch relay event in Hiroshima and then meet Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga, but he is now unlikely to visit until June.Bach was due in Japan next week to attend a torch relay event in Hiroshima and then meet Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga.

with our correspondent in Tokyo, Frédéric Charles

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga repeats that the International Olympic Committee has the last word on the fate of the games. Today, the Japanese doctors' association requires their cancellation. The Japanese medical system is weakened by rising infections and vaccination takes place very slowly.

Dozens of Japanese cities give up to host foreign athletes for training camps. The US athletics team cancels his near Tokyo.

The fear that the situation worsens the majority of the Japanese fear that the Games holding the health crisis in Japan

, a feeling shared by the Toyota Communicator Director, a big sponsor of the games. The boss of the SoftBank group - Masayoshi sound - does not know how foreign countries can support the sending of athletes to Tokyo. In early June, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga meets in Tokyo the President of the International Olympic Committee. We will then be more fixed on the holding of the Games, and on the pandemic in Japan.

Watch Simone Biles' 'insane' and risky Yurchenko double pike vault .
The 24-year-old four-time Olympic gold medalist was filmed practicing her Yurchenko double pike vault while training for Saturday's U.S. Classic.The 24-year-old four-time Olympic gold medalist was caught on camera practicing her Yurchenko double pike during podium training for this weekend's U.S. Classic meet, which will mark Simone's first competition in more than 20 months.

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