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U.K. undecided over Pfizer’s offer to fast-track COVID-19 jabs for Olympians

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

LONDON (AP) — The British government is still deciding whether to accept an offer from Pfizer to fast-track Olympic and Paralympic athletes for COVID-19 vaccines. Jabs are only being given to Britons aged 38 or older — though this will be extended to those over 35 from next week …

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Olympic official says Tokyo Games will go ahead, but admits opposition ‘a concern’

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

Top Olympic official John Coates said on Saturday that while Japanese sentiment turning against the Tokyo Games was a “concern”, he could foresee no scenario under which the sporting showpiece would not go ahead. Questions have been raised about the viability of staging the Games in July and August …

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London Ont. Olympic champ bobsledder in hospital with COVID-19

London Ont. Olympic champ bobsledder in hospital with COVID-19

Olympic champion bobsledder Alex Kopacz of London Ont. Canada has been hospitalized with COVID-19. The 31-year-old brakeman entered London’s University Hospital on Wednesday and required oxygen to help him breathe. “I’ve never felt so close to my own death before,” Kopacz told The Canadian Press from his hospital room …

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Summer Olympics to move ahead ‘regardless’ of coronavirus pandemic: Tokyo 2020 president – National

Summer Olympics to move ahead ‘regardless’ of coronavirus pandemic: Tokyo 2020 president - National

Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori said on Tuesday that Japan would hold the Summer Olympics regardless of the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and was working closely with the International Olympic Committee to make them happen. “We will hold the Olympics, regardless of how the coronavirus (situation) looks,” Mori …

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Tokyo Olympic organizers to unveil coronavirus safety ‘playbook’ in early February – National

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Remember the word: Playbook. This is the rule book that the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organizers are set to roll out next week to explain how 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and tens of thousands of others will try to safely enter Japan when the Olympics open in …

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Tokyo Olympics organizers, Japanese government deny report Games will be cancelled – National

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, local organizers and the Japanese government are pushing back against reports that the postponed Tokyo Olympics will be cancelled. Now set to open July 23, the Tokyo Games were postponed 10 months ago at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, and now the …

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COMMENTARY: The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed spectator sports forever – National

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In recent years, some sports facilities have been called “white elephants.” The term dates back to ancient Asia when a king would gift a white elephant to a subordinate he was dissatisfied with because the associated costs of keeping a white elephant significantly outweigh its value. Today’s white elephants …

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80% of people in Japan say Tokyo Olympics should be called off amid COVID-19: poll

80% of people in Japan say Tokyo Olympics should be called off amid COVID-19: poll

More than 80 per cent of people in Japan who were surveyed in two polls in the last few days say the Tokyo Olympics should be canceled or postponed, or say they believe the Olympics will not take place. The polls were conducted by the Japanese news agency Kyodo …

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Senior IOC official says he ‘can’t be certain’ Tokyo Olympics will happen – National

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A senior member of the International Olympic Committee has said he “can’t be certain” the postponed Tokyo Olympics will open in just over six months because of the surging pandemic in Japan and elsewhere. The comments by Canadian IOC member Richard Pound to British broadcaster the BBC came as Japanese Prime …

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Coronavirus pandemic poses planning challenges for Canada teams bound for Tokyo Olympics – National

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Getting a bunch of people together from across Canada to play sports against a bunch of people from another country is logistically complex at the best of times. Stir in a pandemic discouraging international travel and invasion of personal space, plus the clock ticking down toward the athletic moment …

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