Will Tokyo Olympics be canceled?
Yes, the Olympics still might be canceled The chief of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee refused to rule out a last-minute cancellation of the XXXII Olympiad as concerns about the pandemic continue to grow and the number of athletes testing positive for COVID-19 increases. FortuneYes, the Olympics still might be canceled
Officially, the Olympic Games begin on Friday, Jul. 23 and run through Sunday, Aug. 8 — and for all the armchair athletes out there, the biggest thrill is tuning in to watch the excitement.
For an American audience, NBC continues to have a lock on all things Olympic. Events will air across many NBC properties, including NBC, USA, CNBC and Golf Channel, as well as on Peacock (NBC's streaming platform), the NBC Sports app and on NBCOlympics.com.
For the first time ever, NBC will broadcast the opening ceremony live in the morning — that's 7:00 AM EDT (and 4:00 AM PDT!) for you super-early birds. But for folks who want to settle in for some pageantry later in the day, NBC will re-air the event Friday at 7:30 PM EDT, and then again for a third time overnight, so there's almost no chance that you will miss out. (The network will air the closing ceremony on Aug. 8 at 7:00 AM EDT.)
But! There are actually Olympic matches taking place before the official opening ceremony, including softball and soccer. So if you're a diehard for front-to-back coverage, set up your calendar now; first up is softball on Tuesday evening at 7:55 p.m. EDT.
For completists, NBC offers a full grid of when every sport is airing, from archery to wrestling. The Tokyo games feature the debut of five new sports — skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing, karate and 3x3 basketball — so there are even more choices on offer. The network also has a cheat sheet of particularly high-profile events, listed day by day. (We've also created our own Top 10 list.)
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20 July, 2021 - 04:16am
ZURICH, July 20 (Reuters) - World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a Tokyo Olympics Twitter message on Tuesday that COVID-19 can be defeated if all play their part.
"Glad to be in Japan to address the International Olympics Committee," Tedros said in his tweet. "I've come with a simple but urgent message: we can defeat COVID-19, but only if everyone plays their part.
"May these Tokyo 2020 Olympics be a source of hope and unity to achieve vaccine equity and end the pandemic."
IOC President Thomas Bach had said earlier that Tedros would be in Tokyo on Wednesday and deliver a speech to IOC members. read more
The WHO has advised Japanese organisers and the IOC on health measures to be taken by participants and at venues during the event from July 23 to August 8.
Earlier this month, Maria van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on COVID-19, told reporters it was urging organisers to take precautions to stem the spread of the coronavirus. read more
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