“Of course I would say I want the Olympics to happen, because I’m an athlete and that’s sort of what I’ve been waiting for my entire life,” Osaka said Sunday while competing at the Italian Open.“But I think that there’s so much important stuff going on, and especially the past year,” she added.
ROME -- Naomi Osaka is conflicted over whether the Tokyo Olympics should be held amid the coronavirus pandemic.The second-ranked tennis player, who represents Japan, was asked about the games at the Italian Open on Sunday."Of course I would say I want the Olympics to happen, because I'm an athlete and that's sort of what I've been waiting for my entire life," she said.
TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan extended on Friday a state of emergency in Tokyo and three other areas until the end of May to stem a surge in novel coronavirus cases, but Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated that it was still possible to host the Tokyo Olympics just months away.
(Bloomberg) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga extended a state of emergency that covers Tokyo and expanded it to two more regions hit by rising virus cases, in an attempt to stem infections ahead of the capital’s hosting of the Olympics in less than three months.
A virus state of emergency in Tokyo and other parts of Japan was extended on Friday, less than three months before the Olympics, with restrictions also imposed in more regions as cases surge.The emergency measures, less strict than blanket lockdowns in other countries, had been due to end on May 11 but will now continue until the end of the month, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said.
(Corrects Suga’s first name in paragraph 6) TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan’s government is set to extend on Friday a state of emergency in Tokyo and three other areas by about three weeks until the end of May to curb a surge in novel coronavirus cases just months before the start of the Tokyo Olympics.
Naomi Osaka named Laureus Sportswoman of the Year, with fellow tennis player Rafael Nadal winning the 2021 Laureus Sportsman of the Year; pioneer Billie Jean King collected the Lifetime Achievement Award Naomi Osaka, the legendary Billie Jean King, and Rafael Nadal all scooped top honours at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Seville on Thursday.
A half marathon was held on Wednesday in Japan, as Olympics organisers hoped to show COVID-19 safety measures would ensure a safe running of the games this summer.The Tokyo Olympics test was actually held in the northern city of Sapporo instead of the capital, due to organisers’ concerns over the summer heat in Tokyo.
Naomi Osaka is lending a helping hand to even more aspiring athletes."We believe that all kids — especially girls — deserve a chance to play, no matter where they come from or what they look like," Osaka tells PEOPLE."The more we provide girls with opportunities to get active, the more opportunities we are giving them to become leaders in their communities."
The organisers of the Tokyo Olympics have sparked anger in Japan’s medical community after they asked 500 nurses to volunteer at this summer’s Games.The request came as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and organisers pressed ahead with plans to hold the Games, even as the coronavirus pandemic continued to worsen in the host nation, amid warnings that the event could place an intolerable strain on exhausted health workers.
Every Roland Garros court will be allowed to be 35% full with a limit of 1,000 spectators at the beginning of the French Open amid an easing of COVID-19 restrictions, National Education, Youth and Sports minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Sunday.The limit will be raised to 65% - 5,000 fans - starting June 9 when the claycourt Grand Slam quarter-finals get underway, Blanquer told France 3 TV channel.
Naomi Osaka says she feels more comfortable on clay as she aims to win the French Open for the first time in her career.Osaka has won the US Open and the Australian Open twice as her rise to stardom continues at a rapid rate, but she is yet to get beyond the third round of the French Open.
Japan's western prefecture of Osaka confirmed a record daily total of 1,262 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, along with 41 deaths, national broadcaster NHK reported.Osaka's previous high was 1,260 infections, announced on Wednesday, NHK said.The capital Tokyo has also seen a surge in infections, with 1,050 new cases on Saturday, according to the broadcaster, after reporting in excess of 1,000 cases on Thursday as well.
(Reuters) - Japan's western prefecture of Osaka confirmed a daily record of 1,262 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, along with 41 deaths, national broadcaster NHK reported.The previous high was 1,260 infections announced on Wednesday, NHK said.The capital Tokyo has also seen a surge in infections, with 1,050 new cases on Saturday, according to NHK.
(Reuters) - Japanese regulators are set to approve Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine as soon as May 21, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported Saturday, without citing the source of the information.Takeda Pharmaceutical Co, Japan's biggest drugmaker, is handling domestic regulatory filing and imports of about 50 million doses of the Moderna shot, or enough for 25 million people.
(Reuters) - Japanese shares ended lower on Friday, weighed down by technology firms' disappointing outlook, while a spike in domestic COVID-19 infections hit investor sentiment.The Nikkei 225 Index fell 0.83% to close at 28,812.63, while the broader Topix slipped 0.57% to 1,898.24.
TOKYO, April 30 (Reuters) - Japanese shares fell on Friday as lacklustre earnings reports and profit forecasts from technology firms, and a spike in domestic infections of the novel coronavirus weighed on investor sentiment.The Nikkei 225 Index was down 0.46% at 28,920.24, as of 0200 GMT, while the broader Topix edged 0.07% lower to 1,907.67.
Australian athletes going to Tokyo for the Olympics later this year will be given priority access to Covid-19 vaccinations, the government said on Tuesday.Tokyo, Osaka and two other Japanese prefectures last week entered a state of emergency in an effort to contain a resurgence of the virus.