Articles from The Guardian - olympics

BBC to broadcast summer of sport nostalgia during coronavirus crisis

The BBC is preparing to unleash the power of nostalgia in a bid to help self-isolating fans through a summer of no sport.

British sports bodies fear financial ruin because of coronavirus pandemic

  • Handful of national governing bodies face an existential threat
  • ‘Sports like ours will find it very difficult to recover’

Some British sporting bodies, including those sending athletes to next year’s Olympics, fear they could go under because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Guardian can reveal.

Japan businessman admits giving gifts for successful Tokyo Olympic bid

  • Haruyuki Takahasi lobbied IOC members to try to win votes
  • Takahashi received significant funds from Tokyo bid committee

New questions about Tokyo’s successful bid for the 2020 Olympics have been raised after a businessman admitted he had given digital cameras and Seiko watches to lobby Games powerbrokers, including an influential International Olympic Committee figure suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid.

Tokyo Olympics to start in July 2021 after coronavirus rescheduling

  • Decision announced on rescheduled dates
  • Games set to run from 23 July to 8 August

Japanese organisers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have decided that the Tokyo Games will start on 23 July 2021.

The Games were postponed last week due to the deepening coronavirus outbreak and it was initially suggested they may be rescheduled for next spring. But organisers have now settled on the same summer slot planned for this year, with the event now running until 8 August 2021.

Sebastian Coe says delaying 2020 Games relieved 'mental turmoil' of athletes

  • ‘Sport, on this occasion, had to take a back seat,’ says Coe
  • Atheletes’ wellbeing became the priority in postponing Games

Sebastian Coe has said the postponement of the Olympics was necessary in order to safeguard the psychological wellbeing of athletes because many were in “mental turmoil” not knowing if the Tokyo Games were to proceed as scheduled.

GB hockey captain Hollie Pearne-Webb: 'These things gel you, going through tougher times'

Great Britain’s hockey captain, who played a key part in the Rio gold, believes the postponement of the Olympics will give extra time to develop her young squad

When Hollie Pearne-Webb was growing up, she had an indoor pastime that drove her mum potty. She had fallen hard for hockey from her very first session, as an eight-year-old, at the club near her Derbyshire home. Now she hated to be without a stick in her hand. “I was always knocking around a ball inside the house, hitting things,” says Pearne-Webb with a laugh.