In Brief: German Olympic Sports Confederation welcomes decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

A spokesman for the German Olympic Sports Confederation said between the shutdown of training facilities and the ban on any groups larger than two getting together, training for elite athletes had become impossible. In local news, Berlin Senate announced measures yesterday to suspend evictions and protect tenants who are behind on their rent due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo (c) IOC/JOHN HUET

By Sylvia Cunningham and Caleb Larson

 

The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) is welcoming the decision to postpone the 2020 games in Tokyo due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Spokesman Michael Schirp said between the shutdown of training facilities and the ban on any groups larger than two getting together, training for elite athletes had become impossible.

“They can do what you or I can do, some personal fitness. But that is not what these race horses – if you may allow the term – need. Preparation for July and August would not have been possible,” Schirp said. “So it’s a great step that the Olympic Games are postponed.”

The Olympic flame will remain in Japan as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) says it signals a “light at the end of the tunnel” of this pandemic.

The IOC says the games will be postponed to a date no later than summer 2021.

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The Berlin Senate announced yesterday that evictions are being suspended to protect tenants who are behind on their rent due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Housing Senator Katrin Lompscher said the proposed measure was both an effort to contain the growing pandemic, as well as a way to support those who are in financial need.

In addition to stopping evictions, the Senate is also working on measures to compensate landlords for lost rent and tenants who are in arrears.

The Senate says it will also work with utility companies to ensure that gas and power continue uninterrupted for the duration of the health crisis.

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According to a new poll from public broadcaster ARD, a vast majority of Germans support the ban on gatherings of no more than two people to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

This comes at a time when Germans are increasingly fearful of being infected. Just three weeks ago, an ARD poll found less than a quarter of the population was worried. That number has increased now to 55 percent.

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