May Sumo Tournament To Be Canceled

May sumo tournament to be canceled

The Japan Sumo Association is set to cancel its May tournament as the government is preparing to extend the nationwide state of emergency for the coronavirus outbreak until the end of the month.

Multiple sources said that it is difficult for the association to go ahead with the summer grand tournament while the state of emergency is in effect.

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May Sumo Tournament To Be Reviewed

May sumo tournament to be reviewed

The Japan Sumo Association says it will reconsider its schedule for the summer grand tournament if the government extends the state of emergency.

The nationwide measure is currently due to expire on Wednesday, May 6.

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Sports Gym Ignores Closure Request, User Infected

Sports gym ignores closure request, user infected

A sports gym in Tochigi Prefecture, central Japan, remained open despite the local government's request to shut down amid the coronavirus outbreak. A member of the gym tested positive for the virus after the closure request.

The prefectural government on April 18 asked sports gyms and other facilities to suspend operations.

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Sumo Stable Master And 5 Wrestlers Test Positive

Sumo stable master and 5 wrestlers test positive

The Japan Sumo Association says a stable master and five wrestlers have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Stable master Takadagawa, whose ring name was Akinoshima, underwent a test on Thursday after developing a fever. His test result came back positive on Friday.

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Pro Baseball Season To Open With No Spectators

Pro baseball season to open with no spectators

Japan's professional baseball teams have agreed to hold games without spectators this season due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Representatives of the 12 clubs reached the agreement in an online meeting on Thursday. They discussed recommendations from infectious disease experts that games be held without spectators for a while once the season opens.

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Olympic Age Limits To Be Flexibly Applied

Olympic age limits to be flexibly applied

NHK has learned that the International Olympic Committee has told international sports federations to apply age limits flexibly for the postponed Tokyo Games.

The Summer Olympics have been pushed back a year due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Games are now scheduled to open on July 23, 2021.

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Sources: Tokyo Olympic Organizers Favor July 2021

Sources: Tokyo Olympic organizers favor July 2021

The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee will likely support the idea of delaying the Games to July of next year.

The committee has been working to set new schedules and secure venues for the events since they were postponed last week due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Olympic Flame To Be Exhibited In Fukushima, Tokyo

Olympic flame to be exhibited in Fukushima, Tokyo

The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics have decided to keep the Olympic flame in the capital city after displaying it for a month in Fukushima Prefecture.

The flame was brought to Japan from Greece on March 20. Torch relay was scheduled to start at the J-Village soccer training center in Fukushima on March 26. But Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach agreed to postpone the Games just two days earlier.

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Tokyo To Set New Dates For Olympics Next Week

Tokyo to set new dates for Olympics next week

The head of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee says he hopes to set new dates for the postponed events by the end of next week.

The committee has been working to finalize schedules and secure venues for the Games since they were postponed from this summer in the face of the coronavirus. It wants to hold them by the summer of 2021 at the latest.

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Japanese Pro Baseball Players Test Positive

Japanese pro baseball players test positive

NHK has learned that three Japanese professional baseball players have tested positive for the coronavirus. They are the country's first baseball players known to be infected.

Among them is Shintaro Fujinami of the Hanshin Tigers. He was reportedly tested on Thursday after consulting with a doctor. He had been complaining of being unable to smell the aroma of coffee for several days.

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Japan Pro Baseball Player Tests Positive For Virus

Japan pro baseball player tests positive for virus

A source familiar with Japanese professional baseball says a pitcher has become the country's first player of the sport to test positive for the new coronavirus.

Shintaro Fujinami of the Hanshin Tigers underwent the test at the advice of a doctor on Thursday.

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Tokyo Olympics Organizers Launch New Task Force

Tokyo Olympics organizers launch new task force

The organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has launched a task force to sort out issues arising from the postponement of the games.

The move comes after the International Olympic Committee decided on Tuesday to put off the games until the summer of 2021 at the latest due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump: 2021 Olympics Will Be 'fantastic'

Trump: 2021 Olympics will be 'fantastic'

US President Donald Trump has welcomed the decision to delay the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics by about one year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that he congratulated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the phone on a wise decision.

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