By Jack Tarrant TOKYO (Reuters) - All the venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be 100 percent smoke-free, the organisers said on Thursday. The ruling is part of dramatic changes taking place in Japan, which lags many countries in efforts to fight smoking, with attempts to tackle tobacco often stymied by pro-smoking politicians, restaurateurs and Japan Tobacco, which is one-third owned by the government. At most sporting venues in Japan, there are designated areas for smokers to use but this will not be the case at Tokyo 2020. "Based on the development of the law and regulations and guidance from the IOC, Tokyo 2020 has decided to adopt a stricter non-smoking policy to protect the health and safety of athletes, spectators and officials," the organisers said in a statement. "(Tokyo 2020) will ban smoking in indoor venues, outdoor venues and in venues’ secure perimeters operated by Tokyo 2020 – a similar policy to that enacted during the Olympic Winter … [Read more...] about Olympics: Tokyo 2020 venues to be 100 percent smoke-free
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In a break with tradition, organisers of the Paris Olympics want to include Breakdancing as a sport in the 2024 programme. The organising committee says Breakdancing – along with the new sports of surfing, skateboarding and climbing which debut in 2020 in Tokyo – will help take the Games out of stadiums and onto the streets. The organisers say they want to deliver a Games that are "in keeping with the times and inspire new audiences and attract young people ... and which can be played anywhere and anytime in urban and other environments". The IOC needs to approve the French proposals before they can be formally added to the Paris Games sports programme. … [Read more...] about Breaking with tradition: will breakdancing become an Olympic sport?
By Jack Tarrant TOKYO (Reuters) - Two of Japan's largest convenience stores will cease stocking adult magazines as they look to clean up their image ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and next year's Tokyo Olympics. 7-Eleven Japan Co. confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday that they would stop selling adult magazines nationwide by the end of August. Kyodo News reported that Lawson Inc., another major chain, would follow suit. A spokesman for 7-Eleven said the change had also come about as the demographic of shoppers at their stores altered. "In the past, 7-Eleven was mostly used by male customers to buy beverages and fast food, and our product assortment was designed accordingly," the chain said in an email to Reuters. "However, as the role and usage of 7-Eleven stores has changed in recent years, 7-Eleven became an important shopping destination for families, children and elder people as well. "In order to create a proper shopping environment for all our customers, we decided to stop handling … [Read more...] about Japanese stores to cut the smut ahead of global sports events
By Angel KrasimirovSOFIA (Reuters) - A bid by Balkan countries to host the 2030 soccer World Cup would have a realistic chance because the governments of Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Romania would offer support for the joint candidature, Bulgaria's Sports Minister Krasen Kralev said on Wednesday.gi No Balkan nation has hosted the World Cup and last month's announcement raised eyebrows given the poor sports infrastructure in the region but former long-distance runner Kralev said it was an achievable target."Оur bid is completely realistic, we are aware that we have to meet a number of FIFA criteria," the 51-year-old Kralev told Reuters. "Let us remind you that Russia also began building the necessary sports infrastructure after being named host of the 2018 World Cup."The Balkan quartet will also bid to host the European championship in 2028, hoping that would give them a chance to improve or build new stadiums.Kralev said that Greece had already announced it would modernise its … [Read more...] about Balkan 2030 World Cup bid is realistic, says Bulgarian sports minister
By Frank Pingue and Jonathan Allen (Reuters) - Like a world-class gymnast, the United States Olympic Committee(USOC) needs to nail a perfect landing to put a damaging sexual abuse scandal behind it ahead of the 2020 Games in Tokyo, sports sponsorship experts said. The USOC's announcement this week that it would seek to revoke the status of USA Gymnastics as the national governing body for the sport reflects pressure from fans, athletes and sponsors for a lasting solution for the scandal-plagued organisation. "If the USOC didn't take this step now, then they would have had somewhat of a revolt on their hands from athletes and fans," said Jim Andrews, an independent sponsorship consultant. USA Gymnastics has been in turmoil since dozens of female gymnasts, including Olympic champions such as Simone Biles, came forward to accuse former team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Nassar was sentenced in February to up to 125 years in prison after some 200 women testified about decades of … [Read more...] about USOC under pressure to fix USA Gymnastics before Tokyo 2020