Interest in the Olympic Games among women is rising, with nearly as many women as men now keen on the sports extravaganza due to begin in the Japanese capital at the end of next week, according to research released on Wednesday.
Mo Farah will not race for a third successive 10,000 metres gold medal in Tokyo this year after he again failed to make the Olympic qualifying time in the British Athletics Championships on Friday – his last realistic chance to do so.
An overwhelming majority of Japanese said they were “interested in the Olympics”, although 58 percent said they did not want them to be held this year because of fears over COVID-19, a Yomiuri daily poll showed on Wednesday.
The cost of the postponement for the Tokyo Olympics could reach about $2.8 billion, according to figures released Friday by the Tokyo organizing committee, the Tokyo city government and Japan’s national government.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Tuesday that the best-case scenario for the 2020 Olympics postponed until next year is to have venues full of spectators, as organizers wrestle with how to plan for the Games amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Gymnasts from four nations tumbled, leapt and spun through a friendly meet in Tokyo on Sunday in a closely-watched event aimed at showing the world Japan can safely carry out the postponed 2020 Olympics in an era of coronavirus.