The 23-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan last month withdrew from the French Open after the first round when she was fined $15,000 over her decision not to speak with the press during the tournament.
Rafa Nadal, 20-time Grand Slam champion, says two-week gap between French Open and Wimbledon not enough time for him to recuperate after demanding clay-court season.
South Korea military begins annual drills around a set of islands also claimed by Japan days after planned talks between the two countries' leaders were called off amid a spat over an Olympics map.
The New York Times has published allegations implicating around 12 coaches and officials in sexual abuse that involved around 100 women players. However, FIBA chief Hamane Niang was not directly implicated in the scandal.
The statements by IOC's vice president come as questions continue to be raised about the viability of holding the Olympic Games this July, given the ongoing pandemic and an extension of a virus state of emergency in Tokyo and other parts of Japan.
Many are calling for the global governing body's draconian law to be scrapped. The IOC has not yet stated what the punishment will be.
North Korea's Olympic Committee has decided not to participate in the 32nd Olympic Games in order to protect its players from the world public health crisis caused by Covid-19, the country's sports ministry says.
Tokyo Olympic torch relay began in northeastern Fukushima prefecture, the area that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and the meltdown of three nuclear reactors.
About 3,000 spectators were expected to attend the relay’s starting ceremony in Fukushima on March 25 but organisers have scaled back the event over Covid-19 concerns.
The Japanese government, Tokyo metropolitan government and Tokyo 2020 organising committee are leaning towards holding the massive event in front of a domestic audience only, local media reports say.
The coronavirus has killed over 2.52 million people and infected more than 113.9 million globally. Here are the virus-related developments for February 27:
Equality activists say only a complete shake-up can bring about real change, and accused Tokyo Olympics kingmakers of failing to take the gender imbalance issue seriously.
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