Sapporo, which hosted the first Asian Olympic Games in 1972, looks set to host the Games again in 2026. Photos: Twitter Sapporo, which hosted the first Asian Olympic Games in 1972, looks set to host the Games again in 2026. Photos: Twitter
Sapporo, which hosted the first Asian Olympic Games in 1972, looks set to host the Games again in 2026. Photos: Twitter
Tim Noonan
Opinion

Opinion

Tim Noonan

Asia will return golden lustre to Olympics – and for that the ‘Lords of the Rings’ should bow forever

Battered and bruised, the International Olympic Committee is counting on Asia to restore the greatness to the Games over the next four years

Sapporo, which hosted the first Asian Olympic Games in 1972, looks set to host the Games again in 2026. Photos: Twitter Sapporo, which hosted the first Asian Olympic Games in 1972, looks set to host the Games again in 2026. Photos: Twitter
Sapporo, which hosted the first Asian Olympic Games in 1972, looks set to host the Games again in 2026. Photos: Twitter
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Tim Noonan

Tim Noonan

Tim Noonan has been crafting uniquely provocative columns for the SCMP and SMP for more than a decade. A native of Canada, he has over 20 years’ experience in Asia and has been a regular contributor to a number of prominent publications, including Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Independent.