Katie Ledecky of the US wins gold medal in the women's 800m freestyle at Tokyo Olympics and Caeleb Dressel adds a world record to his growing medal haul.
Roger Federer says that how things go over the coming fortnight will affect his plans for the next couple of months.
Hiroshi Sasaki announced his decision after a report on Wednesday revealed his proposal that Naomi Watanabe, a popular entertainer, designer and plus-size model, appear as an “Olympig”, with pig ears, at the opening ceremony.
Under the state of emergency, the government has issued non-binding requests for people to avoid crowds and eating out in groups, and for restaurants and bars to close by 8 pm.
IOC member Dick Pound also said the ever-changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic meant nobody could be sure whether the Games would go ahead in less than 200 days.
An additional $1.5 billion will be needed for operational costs related to the delay caused by Covid-19, with additional costs split between the national government, city of Tokyo and the organisers.
The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. It has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday's "handover ceremony" merely symbolic.
US track and field federation urged this summer's event be pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The IOC has remained committed to staging the Tokyo Games as planned from July 24-August 9, saying on Tuesday after a meeting with international sports federations that measures against the virus were delivering results.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach noted the “difficult circumstances” created by the coronavirus outbreak, but stressed the IOC's commitment to the success of the Tokyo Games.
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