Thursday, June 17, 2021


Indonesian badminton champion Markis Kido dies at 36

Kido, who won gold in men's doubles at the 2008 Olympics, passed out while playing in Jakarta on Monday evening and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

New poll finds half of Japanese back Olympics this summer

This is an increase from 39% who stated their support in May for the Games to proceed.

10,000 Olympic volunteers quit ahead of Games

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto says the reduction in volunteers will not affect the running of the Games because the event has been scaled back, so fewer people are needed.

Japan to extend virus emergency until month before Olympics

Tokyo and nine other parts of the country are currently under emergency orders which mostly involve closing bars and restaurants early and banning them from selling alcohol.

National archer Haziq Kamaruddin dies aged 27

A family member says he collapsed and lost consciousness after performing the subuh prayer.

Japan to extend emergency virus measures as Olympics approach

The government is expected to extend the restrictions until the end of May and also impose them in Fukuoka and Aichi prefectures, where infections are spiking.

Covid death toll passes 3 million as India cases surge

An average of more than 12,000 deaths were recorded globally every day in the past week, shooting the overall toll past three million on Saturday.

Japan starts vaccine rollout with healthcare workers

Japan has so far approved only the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and started administering the first shots at a Tokyo hospital on Wednesday morning.

Japan pledges safe Olympics, medical experts aren’t so sure

Organisers point to the success of other sports events during the pandemic, but experts note the Olympics will be on an entirely different scale.

Tokyo Olympics boss refuses to resign over sexist remarks

Mori's comments, in which he said women speak too much in meetings, are the latest headache for organisers already battling public disquiet about the pandemic-postponed Games.

With 6 months to go, cancellation fears cloud Tokyo Olympics

A poll this month found 80% of respondents opposed hosting the event this year, with 35% favouring outright cancellation and 45% calling for further postponement.

Japan planning mass virus jabs ahead of Olympics, reports say

The government is hoping the majority of adults will be vaccinated by July, when the Games are due to open.

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