Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
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The 2020 Summer Olympics have been postponed from their July 24-August 9 date because of the Covid-19 pandemic and will now take place in 2021 from July 23 to August 8. The Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
British Olympic champion Matt Walls was treated in the stands for almost 40 minutes after both he and his bike were flung off the track. He was taken to hospital with another rider, while two spectators received medical attention.
The government’s promise to invest in sport could mean more future Olympians and historic wins for the city, but the sector will need to make money too. Hong Kong can’t rely on major league matches and sponsorship deals to generate profit, so it should play to its strengths in areas like sports tech and tourism.
Medal winners Doo Hoi-kem, Cheung Ka-long and Siobhan Haughey were all born months either side of the city’s emergence from British colonial rule. In the years since, government funding for elite sport has risen to more than HK$735 million a year.
City honours system that traditionally rewards retired officials, politicians, business and influential figures enhances its credibility and relevance.
Assassination of Japan’s longest-serving prime minister is a shock to the nation and world, and serves as wake-up call.
Fencer’s Edgar Cheung Ka-long and Vivian Kong Man-wai and Hong Kong men’s football team have added to the city’s success at last year’s Tokyo Olympics with exceptional results. Their achievements have provided welcome relief from the city’s ongoing battle with Covid-19
After woeful Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the Chinese FA has to choose new coach and get star player Wang Shuang back with game’s best.
Successor to Yoshihide Suga needs to be reasonable in Tokyo’s relations with Beijing for the sake of regional stability and a smooth post-pandemic recovery.
Games delivered on sporting side despite 12-month delay for Covid-19 but legacy remains unclear as positive cases spiral in Japan and all eyes move to Beijing.
Hong Kong’s participation in the Olympics proves Beijing hasn’t broken all its promises. Our sports stars have shown that Hongkongers, when left alone in the arenas they have been promised, can deliver.
Tokyo 2020 is a landmark example to a world trying to maintain normal life in uncharted territory.
Gauging Olympic success is not always a simple matter, but the ultimate winners from Tokyo are those who overcame unprecedented difficulties to compete.
Rather than vilifying those such as Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles for withdrawing from competition to protect their health, they should be held up as examples of courage and responsibility.