1st Tokyo Games Athlete Hospitalized With Covid - 19

1st Tokyo Games athlete hospitalized with COVID-19

The organizers of the Tokyo Paralympics have said that a Paralympian from overseas has been hospitalized since Tuesday after having tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games said on Thursday that this is the first case of COVID-19 hospitalization among athletes involved either in the Tokyo Olympics or Paralympics.

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Kunieda Into Wheelchair Tennis Semis

Kunieda into wheelchair tennis semis

Japanese wheelchair tennis player Kunieda Shingo has advanced to the semifinals in men's singles. The 37-year-old is now just two wins away from his third gold medal in the event.

Kunieda faced off against his longtime rival, France's Stephane Houdet. The two have played more than 60 times so far, including in the final of the 2012 London Games, which Kunieda won.

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Afghan Para Athlete Competes In Long Jump

Afghan para athlete competes in long jump

Hossain Rasouli, one of two Afghan athletes competing in the Tokyo Paralympics, took part in the men's long jump event on Tuesday.

The two athletes at one point gave up hope of competing in Tokyo, after the local Paralympic committee announced that there was no safe way to travel.

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Ipc Pledges Support For Two Afghan Athletes

IPC pledges support for two Afghan athletes

An official at the International Paralympic Committee says two Afghan athletes are grateful to be taking part in the Tokyo Games and the IPC will support them.

IPC Chief Brand & Communications Officer Craig Spence spoke at a news conference on Sunday.

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2 Afghan Athletes To Participate In Tokyo Games

2 Afghan athletes to participate in Tokyo Games

The International Paralympic Committee said two Afghan athletes who were due to compete in the Tokyo Games arrived in Japan on Saturday. They once gave up their participation following the Taliban's takeover.

The two are a male track athlete, Hossain Rasouli, and a female taekwondo athlete, Zakia Khudadadi.

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2 Afghan Athletes Arrive In Japan For Paralympics

2 Afghan athletes arrive in Japan for Paralympics

Sources say two Afghan athletes who were due to compete in the Tokyo Paralympics have arrived in Japan. They once gave up their participation following the Taliban's takeover.

The two are a male track athlete and a female taekwondo athlete.

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Japan's Kunieda Aims For Another Tennis Gold

Japan's Kunieda aims for another tennis gold

On day 4 of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan's wheelchair tennis star Kunieda Shingo won his first match in the men's singles.

He's aiming for his third gold medal in the division, which would bring his total to four Paralympic golds.

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Japan Makes Wheelchair Rugby Semis

Japan makes wheelchair rugby semis

In the Tokyo Paralympics, Japan's wheelchair rugby team has defeated two-time defending champion Australia in the pool phase. The host nation advanced to the semifinals with three straight wins.

Japan's ace player Ikezaki Daisuke scored 24 tries, leading his country to a 57 to 53 victory.

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130,000 Tokyo Olympic Meals Wasted

130,000 Tokyo Olympic meals wasted

The organizers of the Tokyo Games say that during the month starting July 3, about 130,000 meals prepared for the Olympics were thrown away.

It had been reported that about 4,000 boxed lunches and other food prepared for staff and volunteers went uneaten at the Olympics opening ceremony on July 23. Many similar cases of food waste were reported at competition venues.

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Refugee Para Athletes Hope To Raise Awareness

Refugee Para athletes hope to raise awareness

Members of the Refugee Paralympic Team have expressed their hope that the Tokyo Games will raise public awareness of global refugee issues.

The team is composed of six people who have fled their countries due to conflict and other circumstances. The athletes compete in Para swimming, Para athletics, Para taekwondo and Para canoe.

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Ipc Chief: Safety Of Athletes Paramount

IPC chief: Safety of athletes paramount

The chief of the International Paralympic Committee has suggested that officials will discuss a response if there are any changes in the coronavirus situation that could affect the safety of athletes.

IPC President Andrew Parsons gave an exclusive interview to NHK in Tokyo on Saturday.

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Athletes' Village Reopens For Paralympics

Athletes' village reopens for Paralympics

The Tokyo Games athletes' village reopened quietly on Tuesday, one week before the Paralympics. Neither a ceremony nor events were held, due to anti-coronavirus measures.

About 4,400 Paralympians and staff from roughly 160 countries and territories are expected to take part, but no athletes were seen arriving in the morning.

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