The countdown clock for the postponed Tokyo Olympics hit 200 days to go on Monday.
Also on Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he would consider calling a state of emergency as new coronavirus cases surge to record numbers in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures. Japan has never had a lockdown for COVID-19, attempting to juggle the economy and health risks.
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It’s nearing deadline time for Tokyo Olympic organizers, the International Olympic Committee, and various Japanese government entities as they try to pull off the Games in the middle of a pandemic.
Officials have promised to announce concrete plans early in the new year about how to get 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes into Japan; about the safety of the Athletes Village, and hundreds of thousands of fans, media, judges, officials, broadcasters and VIPs.
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The new year is here.
Suga pledged again to hold the Olympics, saying it would be “proof that people have overcome the coronavirus.” And he said vaccine approval would be speeded up by a month so that vaccinations could begin in February instead of March.
Japan has attributed more than 3,400 deaths to COVID-19, modest by global standards for a country of 125 million, but worrying as new cases rise quickly. A poll last month by national broadcaster NHK show 63% want the Olympics postponed or canceled.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and the governors of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures asked the national government Saturday to declare the state of emergency after the capital saw a daily record of 1,337 new cases on New Year’s Eve. That marked a jump of almost 400 in just a few days.
Yoshiro Mori, the president of the organizing committee and a former prime minister, again ruled out any cancellation of the games in an interview several days ago with the Nikkan Sports newspaper. He was asked when a decision would come about having local fans or fans from abroad.
“Sometime from March through May,” he replied. “The final deadline for a decision would be May, but it may come sooner.”
Any reduction in fans will hit the organizing committee budget. Tokyo has budgeted $800 million for ticket sales, and any shortfall will have to be made up by government entities, which are footing most of the Olympic bills.
The official budget for the Tokyo Olympics was increased last month to $15.4 billion, an increase of $2.8 billion because of the delay. However, several government audits the last few years suggest the real number is about $25 billion.
All but $6.7 billion is public money.
Mori indicated the opening ceremony, scheduled for July 23, could be troublesome with thousands of athletes and officials gathering to parade around the stadium. He also suggested the ceremony couldn’t be shortened, since television broadcasters had paid for the lucrative time. He said some officials might be cut out of the parade.
Television determines much of the Olympic scheduling, and selling broadcast rights accounts for 73% of the IOC’s income. Another 18% is from large sponsors such as Coca-Cola and Toyota.
The torch relay, which begins on March 25, will also face crowding with 10,000 runners expected across almost four months. Coca-Cola and Toyota are the prime sponsors.
Bangladesh Navy ended as unbeaten champions in the Bangabandu Victory Day Basketball Tournament beating Bangladesh Army 77-40 in the final at the Dhanmondi wooden floor gymnasium here on Friday.
The sailors' team dominated the first half and led 36-23. They were even more dominant in the second half.
Shamsuzzaman caged 20 and Masud 10 for the champion Navy while Alim scored 11 and Tanu 7 for the runners-up Army team.
Secretary General of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) Syed Shaheed Reza was the chief guest in the day 's final and later he distributed the trophies.
Earlier in the semifinals, Bangladesh Navy beat Dhumketu Club by 94-46 points while Bangladesh Army defeated Josephites Club by 87-52 points.
Bangladesh Ansar won the Mujib Borsho National Women’s Kabaddi title, dethroning holders Bangladesh Police by 22-16 points in the final at National Kabaddi Stadium on Wednesday.
The winners led the first half by 10-8 points.
Bristi of Bangladesh Police was adjudged the player of the tournament while Smriti of Ansar was named the best player of the final.
Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports M Akhter Hossain was the chief guest at the event and handed over the trophy to the champions Bangladesh Ansar.
Secretary of National Sports Council M Masud Karim, President of Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation (BKF) Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun and BKF General Secretary Habibur Rahman were also present to distribute the other prizes.
Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Army moved into the final of the Bangabandhu Victory Day Basketball Tournament, thrashing their rivals in the semifinals at the Dhanmondi Wooden Floor Gymnasium on Wednesday.
The two teams will play final on Friday at 10am at the same venue.
Bangladesh Olympic Association Secretary General Syed Shaheed Reza will be the chief guest at the final and will distribute the trophies.
In the day’s first semifinals, Group A champions Bangladesh Navy beat Group B runners-up Dhumketu Club by 94-46 points after leading the first half by 52-23 points.
Shamsuzzaman scored 35 and Jamil 18 points for Navy while Riam earned 23 and Tahsin 8 for Dhumketu Club.
In the day’s other match, Group B champions Bangladesh Army defeated Group A runners-up Josephites Club by 87-52 points after dominating the first half by 46-25 points.
Wadud scored 19 points and Alim 14 for the winners while Avi managed 19 and Ibrahim 13 for the losing side.
Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Army emerged group champions to reach the semifinals of the Bangabandhu Victory Day Basketball Tournament on Tuesday.
In the semifinals on Wednesday, Group A champion Bangladesh Navy will play Group B runners-up Dhumketu Club at 9am while Group B champion Bangladesh Army will face Group A runners-up Josephites Club at 10:30am.
In the day's match, Bangladesh Navy clinched the group crown crushing Bangladesh Police by 111-38 points after leading the first half by 52-20 points at the Dhanmondi wooden floor on Tuesday.
Sajib caged 18 and Amir 16 for the Navy while Aziz scored the match highest 19 and Mahmudul 8 for police.
In the day's other match, Dhumketu Club booked a semifinal berth eliminating Bangladesh Air Force by 67-62 points after trailing the first half by 23-30 points at the same venue.
Tareq contributed 17 and Tahsin 16 for the winners while Khairul Basher scored 20 and Mehdi Hasan 14 for the losers.
Earlier, Bangladesh Army confirmed the Group B title with a comfortable 72-42 points victory over Bangladesh Air Force on Monday.