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Rick Zamperin: NHL’s return to play plan to unfold in Toronto and Edmonton

Rick Zamperin: NHL’s return to play plan to unfold in Toronto and Edmonton

If the National Hockey League manages to pull off its grand, 24-team return to play plan this summer it will all unfold in the Great White North. As negotiations intensified Wednesday between the NHL and the Players’ Association on a framework for how the COVID-19-pandemic-delayed season will resume, we learned …

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Coronavirus: Montreal athletes anxious to start training, playing again – Montreal

Kenney says many Alberta school boards were planning layoffs before his government announced them

Athletes across Quebec are anxious to get back into their training facilities, gyms and parks that are closed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. In Kirkland, the Lakeshore Soccer Club is waiting for directions on how they can continue their program. “We are waiting for the Quebec Soccer Federations and …

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Coronavirus: IOC official disagrees COVID-19 vaccine needed for Tokyo Olympics – National

Coronavirus: IOC official disagrees COVID-19 vaccine needed for Tokyo Olympics - National

The head of the IOC’s co-ordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics said Wednesday he disagrees with suggestions by some scientists and doctors that a vaccine for COVID-19 is needed to hold the games. John Coates, an International Olympic Committee member from Australia who is a lawyer, said he had seen …

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Holding Olympics in 2021 will be ‘difficult’ without coronavirus vaccine: official – National

Holding Olympics in 2021 will be ‘difficult’ without coronavirus vaccine: official - National

It is too early to consider lifting Japan’s state of emergency over the coronavirus, the head of the Japan Medical Association said on Tuesday, adding that it will be difficult for Tokyo to host the Olympics next year without an effective vaccine. The comments by the head of the powerful physician’s lobby …

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Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympic organizers, IOC clash over who pays for postponement – National

Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympic organizers, IOC clash over who pays for postponement - National

An open conflict broke out Tuesday between Tokyo Olympic organizers and the IOC over who will pay for the unprecedented year-long postponement. Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya said the organizing committee has asked the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee to remove a comment from its website suggesting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe …

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Tokyo Olympics not possible without new structure, limited participation: expert – National

Tokyo Olympics not possible without new structure, limited participation: expert - National

A Japanese professor of infectious disease says he is “very pessimistic” the postponed Tokyo Olympics can open in 15 months. “To be honest with you, I don’t think the Olympics is likely to be held next year,” Kentaro Iwata, a professor of infectious disease at Kobe University, said Monday speaking …

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Coronavirus: Gymnast Ellie Black embraces Olympic postponement, aims for Tokyo 2021

Coronavirus: Gymnast Ellie Black embraces Olympic postponement, aims for Tokyo 2021

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 gave Canadian gymnast Ellie Black the gift of time. The 24-year-old from Halifax tore an ankle ligament landing a vault during last October’s world championship in Stuttgart, Germany. Black underwent surgery on her ankle later that month. Canada’s most decorated female gymnast …

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Coronavirus: No ‘Plan B’ for another Olympic postponement, organizers say – National

Coronavirus: No ‘Plan B’ for another Olympic postponement, organizers say - National

There is no “Plan B” for the Olympics if they need to be postponed again because of the coronavirus pandemic, Tokyo organizers said Tuesday. Masa Takaya, the spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics, said organizers are proceeding under the assumption the Olympics will open on July 23, 2021. The Paralympics follow …

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Japan declared a state of emergency, but it’s no lockdown. So what is it? – National

Japan declared a state of emergency, but it’s no lockdown. So what is it? - National

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other hard-hit Japanese prefectures to fortify the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. But this is no European or Wuhan-style lockdown. A look at what Japan’s state of emergency entails: Q. WHY DID ABE DECLARE A STATE …

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Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympic president, IOC’s Bach set to discuss new dates for games – National

Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympic president, IOC’s Bach set to discuss new dates for games - National

By Stephen Wade The Associated Press Posted March 30, 2020 6:48 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Tokyo Olympic President Yoshiro Mori said Monday he expects to talk with IOC President Thomas Bach this week about …

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