Daily Archives: March 22, 2020

‘IOC considering different options for 2020 Olympics, including postponement’

The International Olympic Committee is to step-up its “scenario planning” for the Tokyo 2020 Games — including their postponement — it said after an emergency meeting on Sunday. The IOC will hold detailed discussions which will include possibly changing the July 24 start date due to the global coronavirus pandemic, but emphasised that a cancellation of the Games would not solve any of the problems.

‘IOC considering different options for 2020 Olympics, including postponement’

The International Olympic Committee is considering postponing the 2020 Olympics as one its options as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, a source close to the IOC told AFP on Sunday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in quarantine after doctor tests positive for virus

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has gone into quarantine after being informed that a doctor who administered a vaccine to her has tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Merkel’s spokesman said the German chancellor, who is 65, was informed about the doctor’s test shortly after holding a news conference Sunday announcing new measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Thank you for putting us before yourself: Tendulkar hails medical professionals

As India continues to fight against coronavirus, former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar thanked all the medical professionals of the country ‘for putting us before yourself’.

Track legend Carl Lewis wants Olympics postponed for two years

Nine-time Olympic track and field champion Carl Lewis says he wants a delay of up to two years for the Tokyo Olympics but rejects any bid to cancel them outright. The 58-year-old US athletics legend told Houston television station KRIV that he backs the calls for postponement by USA Track and Field and USA Swimming due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Germany bans meetings of more than two people in public

PCB supports Misbah-ul-Haq after PSL debacle

Pakistan’s national head coach and chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq has the full backing and support of the cricket authorities despite his recent failure as a coach in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Most US athletes in survey want Olympic delay: Report

Almost three-quarters of the 300 US athletes who took part in a virtual town hall with US Olympic officials support delaying the 2020 Tokyo Games, USA Today reported on Sunday. The poll followed calls to postpone the Olympics due to the global coronavirus pandemic by USA Swimming and USA Track & Field — the federations set to send the most American athletes to Japan in an expected delegation of more than 600 competitors

French athletics chief joins calls for Olympic postponement

The president of the French Athletics Federation on Sunday said he did not understand why the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was refusing to postpone the Tokyo Olympics in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Spain PM to extend covid-19 state of emergency until April 11

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday that his government would ask parliament to extend for another 15 days until April 11 the state of emergency which it has imposed this month to try to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The nationwide state of emergency was first announced on March 14 and it bars people in the nation from leaving home except for essential outings.