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Wednesday 7 June 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Olympics

All time
# Covid-19
Olympics likely to go behind closed doors amid Tokyo state of emergency
Participants have already begun arriving in Japan, with 11,000 Olympic athletes set to take part.
# All That Glitters
Paul O'Donovan: 'Really, there's a ceiling on how happy you can be, winning medals'
‘There was a pre-Socratic philosopher, Heraclitus, who said, ‘A man can never fall in the same river twice.”
# future plans
Naomi Osaka confirms she will do press conferences at Olympics
The world number two told Japan’s national broadcaster NHK she was getting ready to play on home turf.
# Ireland 7s
'The fanbase was a few 100. Look on Twitter now and it's gone absolutely mad'
Ian Fitzpatrick is one of the ‘originals’ in the Ireland 7s squad who are heading for the Olympics.
# Athletics
US sprint sensation could miss Olympics after testing positive for marijuana - report
Sha’Carri Richardson became sixth-fastest woman ever recently when she completed the 100m in 10.72 seconds.
# On the plane
Simone Biles qualifies for Olympics after easy victory in St Louis
The 24-year-old Biles will be the oldest American women’s gymnast at the Games since 2004.
# decision
Serena Williams the latest tennis star to opt out of the Olympics
The 39-year-old has four Olympic gold medals and made her debut at the Sydney Games in 2000.
# Athletics
Mo Farah will not defend 10,000m title after failing to qualify for Olympics
The two-time Olympic champion missed the qualifying time in an invitational 10,000m at the British Athletics Championships.
# like a fine wine
37 years on from Games debut, Aussie veteran set for 8th Olympics
Equestrian Anthony Hoy was named on the Australian team on Friday.
# Disappointment
Injury prompts Ireland's Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe to 'pass my place onto another athlete' at Olympics
The pentathlete has a hip issue and says that ‘to travel and not represent myself or my country to the fullest would be dishonourable’.
# Golf
McIlroy and Lowry to represent Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics
The Irish pair were among the 60 players included in the field.
# speed
'The first try is ridiculous... His pace is absolutely frightening'
Jordan Conroy made a big contribution towards Ireland 7s qualifying for the Olympics.
# evening fix
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# Olympics
New Zealand weightlifter selected as first transgender Olympian
Kiwi officials made a groundbreaking call on ‘a highly sensitive and complex issue.’
# Tokyo
Up to 10,000 fans allowed at Tokyo Olympics events, organisers reveal
Competition could move behind closed doors if infections surge though.
# End of the road
The second-most decorated male swimmer in history's Olympic career looks over
Ryan Lochte’s bid to make a fifth Games ended in an emotional 200m medley defeat.
# slow vaccine rollout
Plans for six Tokyo sites to livestream Olympics scrapped
The sites will instead be offered as vaccination centres
# Opting out
Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon and targets Olympics
The world number two pulled out of the French Open citing her struggle with depression and anxiety.
# tokyo drift
Irish Olympian Barr: 'There’s no point in worrying about what you can’t control'
The Waterford man on all things Tokyo as uncertainty reigns over the rescheduled Games.
# 2021 Games
Japan extends state of emergency until 20 June - just one month before Olympics start date
‘The situation continues to be uncertain,’ says Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
# Adaptation
The former footballer set to be one of Sligo's first Olympians
Chris O’Donnell was a part of the mixed 4x400m relay team that sealed Ireland’s qualification earlier this month.
# tokyo rift
Over 80% of Japanese oppose Olympics this summer
There’s less than 10 weeks to go to the virus-postponed Tokyo Games.
# old-fashioned trolling
'I remember people in a pub asking was I finished with the running because I was so 'useless' at it'
Derval O’Rourke on why it is important to show respect to all Irish athletes who compete at the Olympics.
# Unacceptable
'Could you manage for a year on €12,000? Probably not. So why are we expecting elite-level athletes to do it?'
Derval O’Rourke has called for a ‘full review’ into the funding system in Irish sport.
# Full Steam Ahead
Nothing can stop Olympics from going ahead this summer, says IOC official
The Tokyo Games are due to start on 23 July, though polls show that most Japanese people support cancellation or another delay.
# Historic
New Zealand weightlifter set to be first transgender athlete to compete at Olympics
Laurel Hubbard is on the verge of reaching the Tokyo Olympics under coronavirus-enforced new qualifying rules.
# tokyo games
No change for Irish camp as hundreds of Japanese cities rethink plans to host Olympic teams
Cities and towns in Japan are reconsidering whether to accommodate teams over Covid-19 measures.
# Aoife Cooke
Cork native Cooke secures Olympic qualifying standard for marathon in Tokyo
Aoife Cooke’s personal best of 2.28.30 came at the Cheshire Elite Marathon.
# ruled out
World 100m champion Coleman has ban reduced but will still miss Olympics
The 25-year-old’s ban for breaching anti-doping ‘whereabouts’ rules has been cut from two years to 18 months.
# Tokyo
Olympic torch relay banned from public roads across Japan's Osaka region
Olympic officials are battling the logical issues tied to a new surge in cases.
# Tokyo
'Ray of light': Olympic torch relay begins after year's delay
Spectators were barred from the departure ceremony and first leg over ongoing fears about Covid-19.
'I still need to step up if I want to be really serious about going for a medal'
After a fantastic season, Nadia Power feels there is plenty more work to be done.
# Shut out
Overseas fans likely to be barred from Tokyo Games: local media
Officials fear that an influx of visitors from abroad will endanger the Japanese public.
# Tokyo Olympics
Japan to end state of emergency over Covid-19 in some regions as rate of infection slows
Tokyo’s response to the virus is being closely watched around the world as doubts swirl over the postponed Tokyo Olympics
# going back down under
Brisbane the frontrunner to host 2032 Olympics
The IOC have given the Australian city the status of preferred bidder, with no other cities currently in the process.
# problems
Olympic medallist charged with running drug ring in Australia
Scott Miller, 45, and an accomplice were arrested in police raids.
# tokyo 2020
Tokyo Olympics chief quits in sexism row but unease remains over macho culture
One of just two women in Japan’s cabinet has been mooted as a possible successor.
# Gold medal for sexism
'Speechless': Anger grows over Tokyo 2020 chief's sexist comments
Olympic medallists, Japanese sports officials and local volunteers have lambasted the former prime minister’s comments about women.
# tokyo 2021
Poll: Should the Olympics be postponed again?
There are concerns the Olympic Games may not go ahead this year in Tokyo given the situation in many countries due to Covid-19.
# yoshiro mori
Tokyo Olympics chief apologises but refuses to resign over sexist comments
Yoshiro Mori prompted outrage in Japan for saying that women speak too much in meetings.