IOC president tells Olympic Movement “we will again have safe and secure Olympic Games” in Beijing

Thomas Bach, in an open letter on Friday, also thanked stakeholders for their “unprecedented” efforts to make Tokyo 2020 a success despite the pandemic.

FIFA delegation travels to U.S. stadiums as the next stage in choosing host cities for 2026 World Cup begins - Federation Focus

Also: World Curling Federation holds AGM; star-studded field for TotalEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup Finals 2021; pandemic forces changes to athletics and karate events

IIHF bans Belarus hockey president for five years for code of conduct violations - Federation Focus

Also: no contested election for next ITTF president; BWF calendar shrinks as event in India cancelled due to pandemic; FISU announces early bids for 2027 and 2029 World University Games

North Korea suspended by IOC for failing to participate in Tokyo though its athletes could still take part in Beijing 2022

Playbooks for Beijing 2022 will ”most likely” be released in October, according to IOC President Thomas Bach.

Japan wants out of hosting FIFA Club World Cup, citing health and financial concerns tied to COVID

Japan Football Association reportedly cannot make a profit without spectators filling the stands at Yokohama Stadium. Japan currently has spectator caps on sporting events due to the pandemic.

OpEd: The Keys to Tokyo’s Success - How Tokyo 2020 Pulled Off the Games That Many Believed Too Dangerous & Wanted Cancelled

While athletes performed at awe inspiring levels in Tokyo, The Opinionist says the controversy and conjecture that surrounded the Games has overshadowed the organization that made Tokyo 2020 possible and successful.

Paralympic Games student spectator program appears likely to be scaled back after a wave of withdrawals

Some local governments and individual schools are opting out due to an ongoing surge of Covid-19 infections in Tokyo.

A different vibe for the Paralympics as Tokyo deals with a surge in covid cases

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto: “These Games are generously hosted by the people of Japan. In gratitude, we will continue to take all possible measures against Covid-19.”

Paralympic torch relay en route to Tokyo after 43 prefectures of Japan hold ‘flame festivals’

The Paralympic torch relay will now pass through Chiba, Saitama and Shizuoka prefectures between August 17th-19th. It reaches Tokyo on the 20th, four days before the Games begin.

German ice hockey leader Franz Reindl pursues IIHF presidency

Three-time Olympian and 1976 bronze medalist with West Germany believes worldwide hockey family can be better united. Says sport is getting faster, but can always be improved

No spectators for Tokyo Paralympics as coronavirus infections continue to climb in Japan

Tokyo and the three prefectures staging the Paralympics, which begin August 24, will be under state of emergency during the event.

World Games 2022 organizers expect a groundswell of ticket sales – and a high-quality, Olympic-caliber field in many events

CEO of Birmingham 2022 Nick Sellers and honorary co-chair Cat Whitehill speak to Around the Rings about planning the world’s largest international competition for non-Olympic sports.

Hula’s Talks: Olympic historian Bill Mallon offers his assessment of Tokyo 2020

Mallon thinks historians “will talk about the fact that it was held during a pandemic”, but that “with time, that will fade, and the athletic performances will be remembered a little bit more”.

Thomas Bach on the success of Tokyo 2020: “the athletes gave these Olympic Games a great Olympic soul”

Bach believes feelings of togetherness and gratefulness among the athletes created this atmosphere around the Games

Around the Rings founder discusses key aspects of Tokyo 2020 in interview with MSNBC: “A very hollow experience” with no spectators in the stands

Ed Hula, host of the “Tokyo Report” podcast, talks with MSNBC’s Yasmin Vossoughian about whether the pandemic has destroyed sports.

Tokyo 2020: IOC President Makes Verbal Gaffe; Olympic Village Opens to Little Fanfare

(ATR) Thomas Bach’s first public comments since arriving in Tokyo won’t help his standing with the locals.

Hours at the airport without food or water: arriving to the Tokyo Games is not exactly a pleasure

(ATR) The Japanese capital's two major airports are taking center stage.

Tokyo 2020: the Games of Silence

(ATR) The Olympics without spectators does little to signal that we are escaping from the grasp of the pandemic. 

No Spectators at Tokyo Olympics

(ATR) Events will he held behind closed doors in Tokyo and the prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama.

BREAKING: No Spectators For Tokyo 2020

(ATR) The decision by organizers is an about face from plans to allow up to 10,000 fans in the stands at some venues.

31st SEA Games 2021 postponed to year 2022

Copa America will close with losses of $15 million

(ATR) The oldest soccer tournament in the world was moved to Brazil at the 11th hour due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

No Spectators for Olympic Events in Sapporo

(ATR) Further restrictions for the Torch Relay through Tokyo ahead of an expected decision on spectators at the venues.

TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES BADMINTON QUALIFIERS ANNOUNCED

Tokyo 2020 will show the world what is possible with courage and determination: APC President Rashed

Tokyo 2020 Spectator Plans to be Reviewed

(ATR) Attendance could be decreased further amid a continued increase of Covid-19 infections in the Japanese capital.

Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships cancelled

Jiri Kejval re-elected Czech NOC President for a third term

New BWF Tournament Calendar Pivots Away from Asia - Federation Focus

Also: World Taekwondo embraces virtual sparring; World Athletics relocates event from Belarus

The Opinionist: Spectators Will Define the Tokyo Olympics

Michael Pirrie says while the policy calls for fans in the stands, it "comes with terms and conditions attached".