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Editorial: Russian athlete’s doping scandal debases spirit of fair play at Games

The spirit of fair play, the foundation of sports, has been slighted. Relevant organizations such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) need to get to the bottom of this issue as soon as possible and deal with it appropriately.   A doping scandal has come to light at the Beijing Winter Olympics. A banned drug has reportedly been detected in….Read more

  • February 17, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 12:56 p.m.
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Returning Japan Olympians to have smartphones undergo security check

TOKYO – The Japan Sports Agency said Tuesday members of the country’s Beijing Winter Olympics delegation will have their mobile devices inspected upon their return amid fears the compulsory COVID-19 app could pose a security risk.   The JSA said experts will screen the devices with the Beijing Games official app, My2022, installed and will delete suspicious apps if necessary, all with the permission….Read more

  • February 9, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 2:44 p.m.
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Japanese Paralympians to receive smartphones amid app security concerns

The Japanese Paralympic Committee has decided to provide smartphones to all members of its delegation to the Beijing Paralympics in response to security concerns over a mandatory app.   Beijing Olympic and Paralympic officials require athletes, officials and reporters to install an app on their phones to keep track of their health as part of anti-virus measures. But experts in….Read more

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Editorial: Japan athletes make good start in Beijing, help brighten atmosphere

Japanese athletes have won a number of medals in the early days of the Beijing Winter Olympics. Their ability to display their strengths on this great stage, which comes around once every four years, reflects the strict training they have gone through.   Ski jumper Ryoyu Kobayashi won Japan’s first gold medal in the normal hill individual event at this….Read more

  • February 8, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Editorial: China risks a deeper rift with its Olympic diplomacy

With the 2022 Winter Olympics now in full swing, Beijing is in the global spotlight over the high-stakes game of diplomacy that is being played out. China reportedly rolled out the red carpet for foreign leaders who paid courtesy visits.   The United States and Britain are among countries that opted to “boycott” the Games by not sending senior government officials to Beijing in….Read more

  • February 8, 2022
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POLITICS

Gov’t instructs athletes to remove Beijing Olympic app upon return to Japan

With regards to the “My 2022” app, which the Beijing Organizing Committee recommends athletes use to track their health, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu noted at a press conference held on Feb. 3 that the government has requested Japanese athletes to minimize the use of the app and remove it from their smartphones upon return to Japan. The request was….Read more

  • February 4, 2022
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JOC struggling to find sponsors due to prices, politics and pandemic

By Shioya Kogo, staff writer   The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) is having difficulty finding sponsors after significantly hiking its rates, but it is not expected to suffer a financial hit from commercial partnerships drying up.   Currently, the organization is seeking companies that are willing to sign a three-year sponsorship deal starting in 2022.   As of Jan. 31,….Read more

  • February 3, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:30 p.m.
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Editorial: China must not use political pressure to restrict athletes at Beijing Games / Role of media more important than ever

The Beijing Winter Olympics kicks off amid a confrontation between the United States and China, and with the world still reeling from the novel coronavirus pandemic. It is hoped that this will be an international event where athletes will be able to safely demonstrate their abilities and deliver excitement to the world.   This will be the fourth Winter Olympics….Read more

  • February 4, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 1:07 p.m.
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Editorial: Olympic results should lead to further development of world-class athletes

Japanese athletes’ spectacular showing at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics should not be a momentary event.   Continued support is essential to nurture athletes capable of competing in the world.   The Japan Sports Agency has compiled a plan to continue improving the performance of athletes after the Tokyo Games. From now on as well, the agency plans to improve….Read more

  • January 23, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 6:03 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

55% say they are interested in Beijing Games, Nihon Yoron Chosakai poll

Nihon Yoron Chosakai conducted a nationwide mail-in survey to probe views on the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games. A total of 55% of respondents said that they are either “interested” (17%) or “generally interested” (38%) in the 2022 Winter Games.   Some 65% of pollees said they are either “in favor” or “generally in favor” of Sapporo City’s hosting the….Read more

  • January 9, 2022
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , PP. 3, 4
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