Tokyo Olympics

Olympics opening ceremony director sacked for Holocaust joke

Footage of Kentaro Kobayashi from the 1990s recently emerged in which he appears to make jokes about the Holocaust.

Japan's Olympic chief Seiko Hashimoto said the video ridiculed "painful facts of history".

The dismissal is the latest in a string of scandals to hit the Games.

Since the start of the year, three other organisers have been forced to step down from Tokyo 2020 - and the games have already been postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Malia Paseka is Tonga’s Flag bearer at the Tokyo Olympics

The 21-year-old will be Tonga's first female Olympian to compete in Taekwondo. 

Paseka qualified early last year by winning gold in the Women's 67kg division at the World Taekwondo Oceania 2020 Olympic Qualifications tournament held in Australia.

She also claimed gold and bronze medals at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa. 

     

Pita Taufatofua honoured to represent Tonga in 3 Olympic sports

The 37-year-old will be representing Tonga in the Tokyo Olympics in taekwondo.

He has previously competed in cross country skiing and sprint kayak 200m.

“I thought I wanted to be the first person in modern history to compete in three different Olympic sports. So we had the taekwondo inside. We had the cross country skiing which is a long distance event out in the snow and then now it was about a short distant evet, the sprint on water.”

The soon to be three time Olympian said it was after his qualification in taekwondo that made him pursue further in other sports.

Olympics chief Toshiro Muto doesn't rule out cancelling Games if Covid-19 cases spike

Asked at a news conference if the global sporting showpiece might still be cancelled, Toshiro Muto said he would keep an eye on infection numbers and liaise with other organisers if necessary.

"We will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases," Muto said.

"We have agreed that based on the coronavirus situation, we will convene five-party talks again. At this point, the coronavirus cases may rise or fall, so we will think about what we should do when the situation arises."

Gareth Baber on the pressure and privilege of coaching Fiji

Llanelli, south Wales. A small town backing on to green hills and a history of heavy industry.

Fiji, South Pacific. An tropical archipelago of palms, white sand and a slower way of life.

Half the globe away, and a world of difference.

But Baber, the Welshman who arrived as Fiji's sevens coach in January 2017, does not feel as far from home as all that.

"I spent a lot of time in Llanelli as a kid, in the pubs, playing pool, knocking about in the lanes outside," he told BBC Sport.

Olympic sponsor Toyota passes on Games TV commercials

Toyota Motor Corp chief executive Akio Toyoda and other executives will not attend the opening ceremony, Toyota said on Monday.

"It is true that Toyota will not be attending the opening ceremony, and the decision was made considering various factors including no spectators," a spokesperson said.

"We will not be airing any commercials related to the Games in Japan," she added.

Debutant Nini Manumua keen to represent Tonga in Tokyo Olympics weightlifting

The 21-year-old grew up in Tonga but now lives in the United States.

Manumu'a made a name for herself in the sport after claiming a junior world championship medal under the American flag.

She is now competing under the Tongan flag, inspired by her home nation’s history-making rugby league team, and has been working towards the Olympics for the last three years.

She has been handed a tripartite place by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

Fotofili to represent Tonga in 100m sprint at the Tokyo Olympics

The 23-year-old has represented Tonga in other international events.

Fotofili is from Lapaha in Tongatapu.

He started competing in the sport at the annual Inter-Collegiate Sports competition, representing Tupou College.

In 2017, he represented Tonga in the U20 Oceania in Fiji and the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila.

Fotofili went on to compete in the 100m, 400m and 4x100m relay at the Oceania competition in Australia in 2019.

In the same year, he participated in the 100m, 400m, 200m, 4x100m relay, and the 4x400m relay at the Pacific Games in Samoa.

Covid concerns raised in Tokyo

Just over a week before the opening ceremony, the spreading infections highlight the risks of staging the world's biggest sports event during a pandemic even without spectators in sports venues.

Seven staff at the hotel in Hamamatsu city, southwest of Tokyo, had tested positive for the coronavirus, a city official said.

But a 31-strong Brazilian Olympic delegation, which includes judo athletes, are in a "bubble" in the hotel and separated from other guests and have not been infected.

Roger Federer and Johanna Konta withdraw from Olympics

Federer, 39, has suffered a setback with an existing knee injury.

The Swiss legend won doubles gold at Beijing 2008 and silver in 2012, losing the singles final to Andy Murray.

Konta, 30, has contracted Covid after withdrawing from Wimbledon when a member of her team tested positive and she was identified as a close contact.

Federer, now ranked number nine in the world, had two knee surgeries in 2020.