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31 Mar 2020
World Athletics Championships to move to 2022

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 30, 2020: World Athletics issued a press release on March 30 following the announcement of the new dates for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The statement read: “The IOC, IPC, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced that the postponed 2020 Games will take place from 23 July to 8 August, 2021.

“We support the new 2021 dates for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games announced today ....

31 Mar 2020
FINA statement on new dates for Tokyo 2020, plans for Fukuoka 2021

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 30, 2020: World governing body FINA welcomes the announcement of the new dates for Tokyo 2020 – July 23 to August 8, 2021 – and the clarity it brings.

In a statement issued on March 30, FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione said: “Faced with the unprecedented need to reschedule the Olympic Games, our friends at the IOC and Tokyo 2020 have reacted with great speed and professionalism.

“To already know the ....

31 Mar 2020
Maldivian athletes get government boost with loan and health insurance plan

Male, Maldives, March 31, 2020: The Maldivian government will introduce a loan scheme and a health insurance scheme for its athletes. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced the decision in his presidential address to the parliament last month.

President Solih revealed that the government was working to bring in a loan scheme to assist athletes who retire after representing the country for at least five years in any sport.

The sch....

31 Mar 2020
IOC announces new dates for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Paralympics

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 30, 2020: The International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan today (Monday, March 30) agreed new dates for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2021.

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be celebrated from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The Paralympic Games will be held from August 24 to September 5,....

30 Mar 2020
World Athletics wishes speedy recovery to Asian Games champ Hadadi

Tehran, Iran, March 30, 2020: World Athletics has sent a “get well soon” message to Iran’s four-time Asian Games discus champion Ehsan Hadadi.

The 35-year-old track and field athlete, who won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics, has contracted the novel coronavirus.

In a tweet, World Athletics said: “We've received word that Iranian discus thrower @EhsanHadadi has tested positive for Coronavirus. We wish him a full and swift ....

30 Mar 2020
Pakistani squash great Azam Khan passes away, aged 95

London, England, March 30, 2020: World Squash has paid tribute to Pakistan’s Azam Khan, who has died at Ealing Hospital in London aged 95 from the novel coronavirus.

Azam Khan is regarded by many as the most gifted squash player of all time. Based for many years in London, where he owned the New Grampians Squash Club, Azam was the younger brother of Hashim Khan, winner of six British Open titles.

Azam finished as runner-up in three ....

30 Mar 2020
Hong Kong NOC President joins video call with IOC President

Hong Kong, China, March 30, 2020: The President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, Timothy Fok, joined a video conference on March 27 with the President of International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach.

Other participants included representatives of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Olympic Council of Asia and National Olympic Committees.

The IOC President gave an update on the latest progress of t....

30 Mar 2020
Swim king Schooling urges social responsibility

Singapore, March 30, 2020: One of Asia’s leading athletes, Joseph Schooling, has taken to social media to urge people to stay at home and avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

The 24-year-old Singaporean swimmer, who won Olympic gold in the men’s 100m butterfly at Rio 2016, posted in his Facebook account: “Stay Home and stay safe everyone. By working together and being socially responsible, we can beat this virus. #SGunited.”


30 Mar 2020
Philippine government offers sports stadiums for COVID-19 patients

Manila, Philippines, March 30, 2020: The Philippine Sports Commission has volunteered its own sports venues to ease the pressure on hospitals in the fight against COVID-19, reports Inquirer.net.

PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) had sent its staff to survey the Philsports Complex in Pasig City. The staff will also visit the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Manila this week.

30 Mar 2020
Macau government to build waterfront sports and recreation park

Macau, China, March 30, 2020: The Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) of the Macau SAR Government has announced that a “green promenade” project with sports and recreation facilities along the peninsula’s south shore waterfront will start next month.

The large-scale project was announced by the bureau on Friday, reports the Macau News.

According to an IAM statement, the project will be launched in response to the public’s long-standing c....

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