Virus vaccine key for Olympics go-ahead in 2021: Tokyo chief

first_img Most of those backing a delay or cancellation said they simply didn’t believe the pandemic could be contained in time for the Games. Among the options that have been floated for a Games held during a pandemic is the possibility of limited spectators, or holding the event behind closed doors. But Mori said reducing the number of spectators would be tough. And he said holding the event without any fans was not an option for now. “If it’s the only way to do it, then it’s something we’d have to consider. If that happens, there might be talk of cancellation,” he was quoted as saying, without elaborating. New polls show a majority of Japanese residents believe the delayed 2020 Games should be further postponed or cancelled altogether Read Also: Chinese football gets go-ahead after 2,000 negative virus tests With just over a year to go until the rescheduled Games, there are persistent doubts about whether the delay will be sufficient for the pandemic to be brought under control. Japan has so far reported 26,300 COVID-19 cases with 989 deaths, but Tokyo has seen an increase in cases recently and the country’s borders remain almost completely sealed to overseas visitors. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind Loading… center_img The development of a coronavirus vaccine or treatment will be key to allowing the postponed Tokyo 2020 games to open in a year’s time, organising committee president Yoshiro Mori said Wednesday. Asked what factors will be crucial for the rescheduled Games to go ahead, Mori said “it would be whether the coronavirus woe is settling down.” “Specifically, the first point will be that a vaccine or drug has been developed,” he said in an interview with national broadcaster NHK, published Wednesday. Asked whether Tokyo could hold the Games if the virus situation remained unchanged, Mori said: “If things continue as they are now, we couldn’t.” But he said that scenario was hypothetical. “I can’t imagine a situation like this will continue for another year,” he said. Thomas Bach admits there is no ‘solution’ at this point to the challenges posed by coronavirus to the postponed Tokyo Olympics Tokyo 2020 should have been opening on Friday, but the Games were postponed in March as the coronavirus spread across the globe, marking the worst disruption to an Olympics since two editions were cancelled during World War II. The Games are now set to open on July 23, 2021, but recent polls have shown less public enthusiasm for hosting the event, as virus cases show a resurgence in Japan. Just one in four people in Japan want to see the delayed Tokyo Games held next year, with most backing either further delay or a cancellation, according to a survey published by Kyodo News this week.last_img read more

Q&A: What is Elijah Stewart’s ideal date?

first_imgThe Daily Trojan had the opportunity to sit down with sophomore guard Elijah Stewart to get to know him and his teammates a little better. Stewart is currently averaging 10.1 points and 3.7 rebounds a game while shooting 44.4 percent from the field overall and 42.7 percent from behind the arc. Here’s what he had to say:Daily Trojan: What’s your favorite basketball memory?Elijah Stewart: My best basketball memory that I can tell is when my high school team went to Hawaii [for a tournament].DT: When was the first time you dunked?ES: In a game, ninth grade, and it was an and-one.DT: What’s your go-to dunk?ES: Classic windmill.DT: Who on the team is the best dancer?ES: Best dancer? Outside of me, probably Shaqquan [Aaron]. He knows his moves that don’t make him look awkward.DT: Best rapper?ES: Julian [Jacobs]. It’s not even close, he is by far the best.DT: Who is your favorite superhero?ES: I just started watching Young Justice, and they’re big on the sidekicks coming up, so Aqualad, because he’s the only black superhero, and also Green Arrow.DT: What is your spirit animal?ES: Peacock, they look so nice, but they don’t let you get close to them, and I don’t like people touching me. You can look from a distance, but you can’t touch.DT: But, you play basketball…?ES: Oh for sure, and if you notice, I try to avoid all types of contact.On a serious note, they say people have three faces, and basketball is just one of my faces.DT: What other sports could you play at USC?ES: I could definitely walk-on track. For sure, football as a wide receiver. Tennis, I don’t think I could walk-on to the tennis squad. I couldn’t play water polo. Water polo players are crazy, mad respect there. I could for sure get baseball too. Put me in left field though, I ain’t trying to get too much action on defense; I’m more of a hitter.DT: What is your favorite place you have visited?ES: Italy. It was for basketball, but the competition was pretty good, but not as developed as here.DT: What is your favorite place on campus?ES: Campus Center is cool. I like Ground Zero on Mondays because that’s Open Mic Night, and you can hear awkward stand-up comedy.DT: What is your favorite class?ES: Dance class over the summer. It was traditional dance; we focused on ballroom.DT: So you can take a girl out dancing?ES: No. But I do know the different kinds of ballroom dances, but I would need to refresh myself on the material.DT: What is your favorite food?ES: That’s a tough one. I love food. I am a food connoisseur. I would recommend Flossie’s. It’s somewhere around the Forum. It’s like soul food, Louisiana type food.DT: What is your favorite pro team?ES: WarriorsDT: Have you been a fan before this season?ES: Oh for sure, even when [Steph] Curry was out there rolling his ankles every game.DT: Who is your favorite basketball player?ES: Probably Curry because not just up on the court, but he’s a family man. He isn’t around doing any weird stuff.DT: What’s your ideal first date?ES: For sure, first date. I’m taking a girl to … Hold up, I really got to think about this. The first date, you don’t want to go sit down and eat; y’all don’t really know each other. That’s not really interactive. You don’t want to take them to the movies ’cause you don’t get to talk … Like what did y’all do? You just sat next to each other for two hours. So I’m going to take you … We got to work on some team-building skills, so we’re about to go paintballing.last_img read more

Long named in Irish squad for Euro play-offs

first_imgSpeaking today in Abbotstown, the Ireland manager admitted that he retains injury concerns over the Gortnahoe striker and defender John O’Shea. O’Shea is suspended for the first leg in Zenica but a hamstring injury sustained at the weekend on Sunderland duty means he is not guaranteed to return for the decider.Meanwhile, Tipperary’s Shane Long is a doubt due to an ankle injury he picked up against Germany….although his boss at Southhampton has indicated that Long could return to action this weekend after making good progress.last_img read more