No regrets for fist-raising Olympic champion sprinter 50 years on

By Emma Thomasson HERZOGENAURACH, Germany, Sept 19 : Tommie Smith, the former U.S. sprinter who won Olympic gold 50 years ago, is glad his decision to raise a black-gloved fist on the podium has inspired others even if it cost him his running career, as he sees a groundswell of support for equality. “I knew […]

Disaster risks make 2020 planning ‘more complex’: IOC’s Coates

By Elaine Lies TOKYO, Sept 12 : Planning for the Tokyo 2020 Games has been made harder because of the high disaster risks in Japan, a reality hammered home by a deadly typhoon and earthquake just last week, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and top Tokyo planner John Coates said on Wednesday. Western Japan last […]

Tokyo 2020 to up security with facial recognition system

By Jack Tarrant TOKYO, Aug 7 : Tokyo 2020 will be the first Olympics to use facial recognition technology to increase security around all venues, the organisers announced on Tuesday. Games organisers have linked up with Japanese telecommunications and information technology giant NEC to develop the first system of this kind to be implemented at […]

Olympics-‘We are alive’ ? Tokyo 2020 ceremonies to focus on rebirth

By Jack Tarrant TOKYO, July 31 : The opening and closing ceremonies at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will reflect themes of ‘reconstruction’ and ‘re-birth’ that have run through preparations for the Games, newly-appointed creative director Mansai Nomura said on Tuesday. Over the last two decades, the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics […]

Olympics-Tokyo focuses on environment two years out from Olympics

By Jack Tarrant TOKYO, July 23 : With two years to go until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Japanese capital is hoping to use the Games as motivation to improve its environmental sustainability. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who was previously Japan’s Minister of the Environment, has made lowering emissions and plastic litter prevention some of […]