first_imgJapanese Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto suggested in Parliament this week that the Tokyo Games could be postponed by a few months from the planned July 24 opening and still meet a contract agreement with the International Olympic Committee.Reading from a prepared text on Tuesday, Hashimoto said: “The IOC has the right to cancel the games only if they are not held during 2020. This can be interpreted to mean the games can be postponed as long as they are held during the calendar year.”The modern Olympics have been canceled only three times, all during wartime.ELECTION 2020-ALABAMA-SENATESessions, Tuberville head to runoff in Alabama Senate race Worldwide, more than 93,000 people have been infected and over 3,100 have died, the vast majority of them in China. The number of countries hit by the virus exceeded 70.VIRUS OUTBREAK-TOKYO OLYMPICS‘Host City Contract’ gives IOC much leeway to cancel OlympicsTOKYO (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has said repeatedly that the Tokyo Olympics will open as planned in just under five months despite a virus outbreak that has spread from China to at least 70 countries.But the “Home City Contract” signed in 2013 by the IOC, the city of Tokyo, and the Japanese Olympic Committee, gives the IOC wide latitude to terminate. It can call off the games because of a state of war, civil disorder, boycotts or if it has “reasonable grounds to believe that the safety of participants in the games would be seriously threatened or jeopardized for any reason whatsoever.” March 4, 2020 The school said in a statement that it was making the move with the “health and well-being of the campus community in mind.”The cancellations are believed to be the first by a major sport in the United States due to the virus.The university said the men’s team would not travel to Seattle University in Washington or Utah Valley University for WAC games on Thursday and Saturday. The school also said the women’s team would not host Seattle or Utah Valley at the campus’ Jones Convocation Center on the same days.The Western Athletic Conference and Seattle declined to comment about Chicago State’s decision.Chicago State said it is also evaluating whether to attend next week’s WAC tournament in Las Vegas. The school said it would make a decision about participation later this week. The school also said it is reviewing travel plans for intercollegiate sports teams. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSChicago State’s men’s basketball not traveling due to virusCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago State University men’s basketball team will not travel for two regularly scheduled Western Athletic Conference games this week, and its women’s team will not host two games, the school said late Tuesday, citing the spread of the coronavirus. MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will face former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville in a runoff to determine which of them will be the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama.The winner of the March 31 runoff will face incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones as Republicans try to reclaim the Senate seat in the once reliably red state.In Tuesday’s voting Sessions fell short of winning the GOP nomination for the Senate seat he held for 20 years. Tuberville, boosted by name recognition from years as a football coach at Auburn University, positioned himself as a political outsider and tried to capitalize on Trump’s past criticisms of Sessions.CYCLING-OBIT-PORTALPortal, who helped guide Chris Froome at Tour, dies at 40 Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Nicolas Portal, a team official who helped guide four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome to victory at the race, has died. He was 40.Portal’s cycling team, Ineos, says the former rider turned sports director died suddenly at his home in Andorra on Tuesday. Media reports say he had a heart attack.As Froome’s sports director, Portal helped plot the Briton’s wins at the Tour, speaking into his ear via radio from a team car.Froome says on Twitter that “He was the kindest, happiest guy I knew and always lived life to the fullest.”last_img