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Should the Tokyo Olympics go ahead?

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As Japan struggles to contain its fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, there is overwhelming public opposition in the country to the Summer Games going ahead this year.


Japan’s Asahi Shimbun, an official partner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, has this week called for the Games to be cancelled.

But with the opening ceremony scheduled to take place in under two months, is it too late for the major sporting event to be postponed, or even cancelled altogether?

Stephen Nagy, a Senior Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the International Christian University in Tokyo, spoke with Ticker News.

“The IOC… should take a stronger stance in supporting Tokyo to either host the Olympics or postpone it by another year.”

If the games were to be cancelled altogether, Stephen Nagy believes it would send a negative message to other cities interested in hosting the Olympics down the track.

“This will raise questions for cities around the world… which city is going to want to risk money if there is a potential cancellation,” he explained.

But Dr. Nagy says he is “quite confident the Japanese Government and organisers can put together a safe Olympics” as the likelihood of a “spillover of the virus into the local community is very, very low”.

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Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper publisher, cited risks to public safety and strains on the medical system, in calling for the Games to be cancelled.

“We ask Prime Minister (Yoshihide) Suga to calmly and objectively assess the situation and decide on the cancellation of the event this summer.”

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Electronic Entertainment Expo stuns gamers!

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Gaming fans have been keeping a keen eye on the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week.

Big game publishers have not disappointed… With a host of new games on the way there is barely enough space to mention them all here!

Studios like Nintendo, Microsoft, Capcom, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Square Enix and Sega (to name a few) have been sharing their latest games and hardware this week!

Independent developers have also had their chance to shine with small studios sharing heartfelt and clever games that – at times, outshine the big players.

Halo: Infinite will have free to play multiplayer across Xbox and PC

One game in particular has shone bright – Halo: Infinite is promising a return to form with the series now offering free Multiplayer which looks set to boost the communities numbers – 343 industries has promised that fans both old and new will find something to enjoy!

Battlefield 2042 feels like a love letter to fans of the series offering a “return to all-out war”

Battlefield continued to excite fans with a new gameplay reveal and the game even looks well placed to dethrone their competitors – Call Of Duty: Warzone when it releases in October.

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Djokovic creates history at Roland Garros

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Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas at Roland Garros.

Novak Djokovic has won the 2021 French Open, defeating fifth-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five-set thriller.

In his first grand slam final, Tsitsipas won the first two sets. But he needed medical treatment for a back injury at the end of the third.

This gave Djokovic the chance to strike and claim victory in the final three sets: 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

Djokovic looked exhausted during the first two sets after a gruelling match against the king of clay, 13-time winner Rafael Nadal a few days earlier.

“It was not easy for me, both physically and mentally,” Djokovic said.

But Novak Djokovic bounced back to claim victory, in his second grand slam title of the year. He said he was grateful to a young boy who offered support and advice throughout the final.

“I found that very cute and very nice,” he said.

“To give the racquet to the best person was him. That was my gratitude for him sticking with me,” he said.

Novak Djokovic becomes the first man to win all four majors twice since Rod Laver in 1969.

“Of course, I am thrilled and I’m very proud of this achievement. I think part of the history of the sport that I love with all my heart is always something that is very inspiring and very fulfilling for me,” he said.

The win marks the end of Roland Garros, which saw big names Naomi Osaka and Roger Federer withdrawing from the tournament.

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The major change for NBA superstar Lebron James

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NBA superstar, LeBron James is set to change his jersey number, beginning at the start of 2021-22 NBA season.

James will switch from number 23 to number 6, a number he wore at the Miami Heat.

James originally wanted to do the switch back in 2019, but his sponsor Nike said no due to potentially tens of millions of dollars’ worth of wasted inventory.

It is assumed that Nike and the Los Angeles Lakers have worked out a deal together to make the switch happen.

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