Tokyo unveils Miraitowa and Someity as 2020 mascots

By Jack Tarrant TOKYO, July 22 : The mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were named during a ceremony in the Japanese capital on Sunday. The Olympic mascot, a blue-checked pointy-eared figure, was named as Miraitowa — combining the Japanese words ‘mirai’, meaning future, and ‘towa’, which means eternity. The Paralympic counterpart, […]

Faster, Higher, Hotter – Tokyo weather prompts 2020 fears

By Jack Tarrant TOKYO, July 18 : As the two-year mark approaches for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Japan is being scorched by an intense heatwave that has prompted fears of similar extreme weather when the sporting showpiece takes place in the country. More than a dozen people have died as temperatures soared above 40 degrees […]

Swiss Winter Olympic bid derailed after voters reject funding

By John Revill ZURICH, June 10 : Swiss voters killed off their country’s chances of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics on Sunday after refusing to approve financial support for the bid in a poll. Some 54 percent of voters in the southern canton of Valais rejected granting 100 million Swiss francs ($101.5 million)towards the event, […]

Tokyo 2020 marathon to end with gruelling incline

By Jack Tarrant TOKYO, May 31 : The route for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics marathon was announced on Thursday with the main feature being a steep incline to finish the race at the newly built Olympic stadium. The route will pass through many of the city’s historic and popular areas including Tokyo Tower and ‘Thunder […]

India leaving no stone unturned in Tokyo preparation: Rathore

By Anupam Pratihary Undated May 9 : A former champion shooter himself, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore knows how lack of infrastructure can scuttle Olympic dreams and the Indian sports minister is determined to ensure his athletes get the best possible preparation for the Tokyo Games. In an interview with Reuters, Rathore said the government was “leaving […]