Tokyo 2020 preparing to deliver Games with COVID-19: CEO Muto

first_imgMuto said that although organizers hoped the threat posed by the virus could be reduced, nobody knows what the situation will be when the Games start on July 23, 2021.Organizers are assuming coronavirus will remain a major problem.”It is rather difficult for us to expect that the coronavirus pandemic is contained,” Muto told Reuters. “But if we can deliver the Games in Tokyo with coronavirus, Tokyo can be the role model for the next Olympic Games or other various international events.”Muto said he hoped Tokyo 2020 could be the benchmark in a post-pandemic world. Tokyo Olympics organizers are preparing to host the Games next year even if the global coronavirus pandemic hasn’t eased substantially, organizing committee chief executive Toshiro Muto told Reuters on Tuesday.The Tokyo Olympics had been scheduled to start on Friday but were put back to 2021 because of the pandemic.Since then, organizers have scrambled to rearrange an event that has been almost a decade in the making whilst trying to ensure next year’s Olympics are safe for athletes, officials and supporters. Topics :center_img “By delivering the Games successfully in Tokyo we strongly hope that can create a legacy that is in the history of mankind.”New sponsorsThe delay to the Games will incur additional costs for organizers.The International Olympic Committee has already estimated that the postponement will cost them $800 million but the Japanese side has been less forthcoming in giving exact figures.Muto said the final figure wouldn’t be known until December but hoped that bringing on new sponsors, despite the grim economic forecast, would help bridge the gap.“I know that businesses are in dire circumstances because of coronavirus but still there are companies who are coming forward to say they want to sponsor the Games, which we appreciate very much,” Muto said.”It is a bright piece of news.”On Wednesday, Tokyo 2020 announced that Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world, is joining as a new Games sponsor.Muto said he hoped all of Tokyo 2020’s current sponsors would extend their contracts until the start of the Games next year, although this will come at a cost.A poll conducted by Japanese public broadcaster NHK last month found two-thirds of Tokyo 2020’s corporate sponsors were undecided on whether to continue their support.”We are hoping that there will be additional contributions [from existing sponsors] in terms of sponsorship fee because of the postponement of a year,” Muto said. “We would appreciate a lot if they agree to this.”Muto did not give the names of any other new sponsors.September meetingsThe Games were already set to cost more than 1.35 trillion yen before the postponement, and increased spending might further alienate a public already skeptical of an Olympics they once embraced.A recent poll conducted by Kyodo News found that fewer than one in four favored holding the Games as scheduled next year.Muto said meetings would be held starting in September, with members of the Japanese government and the local Tokyo Metropolitan Government on how best to rebuild support for the Games.”By making a nationwide effort to implement all possible, conceivable measures to battle coronavirus, the people of the world will be able to come to Tokyo with a peace of mind,” he said. “Once we create such an environment, I think people’s opinions will change.” last_img read more

Thursday March 12th Local Sports

first_imgDES MOINES — Bishop Garrigan beat West Fork 66-52 in the Class 1A semifinal round of the boys state basketball tournament on Wednesday afternoon, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com. Garrigan shot 54% from the field, including 13-of-17 in the second half, while West Fork only made 40% of their shots. Garrigan was led by John Joyce who had 17 points, Angelo Winkel with 16 and Cade Winkel with 13. West Fork coach Frank Schnoes says their goal of containing Garrigan’s top three scorers was a tough one to achieve.Schnoes says his team now has to rebound to this morning’s consolation game against Montezuma.Jakob Washington had 17 points while Brayden Vold added 12 to lead West Fork. You can hear the West Fork-Montezuma game this morning starting at 10:05 on AM-1300 KGLO. Garrigan will face Wapsie Valley in the 1A championship game tomorrow afternoon after beating Montezuma 57-42. TODAY:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, Radio.com app — 1A boys consolation game — West Fork vs. Montezuma — pre-game 10:05, tipoff 10:20AM-1300 KGLO — Big Ten Tournament — Iowa vs. Minnesota — pre-game 12:30, tipoff 1:30 — 2A semifinals ThursdayBoyden-Hull 64, Camanche 49North Linn 79, Treynor 58 — 4A semifinals tonight6:30—#1 Ankeny Centennial (24-1) vs. #4 Waukee (22-2)8:15—#6 Ankeny (19-5) vs. #2 Cedar Falls (22-2) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Iowa State player and coach and current Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg left the school’s 89-64 loss to Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament because of a cold. Hoiberg was in visible discomfort on the Cornhuskers’ bench. Doc Sadler took over after Hoiberg left the floor near the end of the loss. Nebraska did not make any players or coaches available to the media after the game. Hoiberg was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. — 3A semifinals this afternoon2:00—#1 Norwalk (22-3) vs. #5 Ballard (19-6)3:45—#7 Clear Creek-Amana (20-5) vs. #6 Sergeant Bluff-Luton (15-10) — 4A quarterfinals WednesdayAnkeny 68, Iowa City West 54Cedar Falls 64, Dowling 62 PORT HURON, MICHIGAN— If you planned on heading out to Michigan to watch the NIACC women’s basketball team at the national tournament, you will have to put your plans on hold. With the first cases of COVID-19 being detected in Michigan, the state has limited all public events to no more than 100 spectators. In order to comply with the Michigan protocol, the NJCAA has made the decision to limit the Division II women’s basketball tournament in Port Huron to student-athletes, coaches, team personnel and necessary college administrators. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Oklahoma State’s Isaac Likekele (likely) went coast-to-coast for the go-ahead layup with 3.8 seconds left, lifting the eighth-seeded Cowboys to a 72-71 victory over No. 9 seed Iowa State in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday night. Likekele finished with 21 points for the Cowboys, who advanced to play No. 1 Kansas in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Cameron McGriff added 17 points and Yor Anei finished with 12 for Oklahoma State while Prentiss Nixon led Iowa State with 25 points. Michael Jacobson had 13 and Tre Jackson had 10 for the Cyclones.last_img read more

Arrest Warrant Issued for NFL Players Wanted on Armed Robbery, Assault Charges in Miramar

first_imgHe graduated from Miami Northwestern High School five years ago and attended the University of Georgia.New York selected him 30th in the 2019 draft.Meanwhile, Dunbar is a 2010 graduate of Miami’s Booker T. Washington High School. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 and becoming one of the most sought un-drafted free agents, eventually signing a three-year deal worth $1.57 million with the Washington Redskins.He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in March for a fifth-round selection in last month’s NFL draft, and is a cousin of former University of Miami star Denzel Perryman, who is now a linebacker for the Los Angeles Chargers.This is a developing story. Baker was the Giants’ first round pick in the 2019 draft and started 15 games last season. Miramar Police say they have a warrant for the arrest of New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar.The pair allegedly threatened another person a gun at a party on Wednesday and then robbed the individual, according to a police report.The players reportedly stole money and luxury brand watches from the victim.Baker, who was armed with a semi-automatic firearm during the incident, faces four counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm.Dunbar is also faceing four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.center_img Two NFL players are wanted in Miramar, on charges of armed robbery and assault.last_img read more