IOC shuts down media reports of Tokyo Olympic Games cancellation

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the local organisers have refuted media reports that the Tokyo Olympic Games have been cancelled. According to a statement issued by the IOC on Friday, reports of an outright cancellation are "categorically untrue."

The Times of London reported on Thursday that the Japanese government had privately concluded that the event would have to be cancelled due to the surge of new cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The report quoted an unidentified senior member of the ruling coalition.

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Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.