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5 Afghan Athletes to Represent Afghanistan in Tokyo Olympics

The Afghan Olympic Committee on Tuesday announced that five athletes will represent Afghanistan in the Tokyo Olympics. 

Fahim Anwari in swimming, Mahdi Yovari in shooting, Kmimia Yosefi in athletics, Farzad Mansouri in taekwondo and Shah Mahmood Noorzahi in athletics are the Afghan athletes who will represent the country in the Olympics. 

The Olympics are scheduled to start on July 23. 

Japan is considering an extension of two weeks to a month for coronavirus prevention measures in Tokyo and other areas, Japanese media said on Wednesday, with less than a month left until the opening of the summer Olympics, Reuters reported. 

Japan's capital and other areas are under a "quasi" state of emergency set to be lifted on July 12, but a recent uptick in infections has officials concerned and could affect the number of spectators allowed into Olympics venues, said Reuters.

As Tokyo's infections rose to 714, their highest since May 26, the Mainichi Shimbun daily said the government was considering the extension that would overlap with the Olympics, due to open on July 23 after a year's delay over the pandemic, the report said. 

A government meeting later in the day will discuss how to tackle signs of an impending surge that have worried experts and ignited concern about the spread of more infectious variants. 

"Any decisions regarding quasi-emergency measures will be taken based on policies we have in place," Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a news conference, as reported by Reuters.

5 Afghan Athletes to Represent Afghanistan in Tokyo Olympics

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The Afghan Olympic Committee on Tuesday announced that five athletes will represent Afghanistan in the Tokyo Olympics. 

Fahim Anwari in swimming, Mahdi Yovari in shooting, Kmimia Yosefi in athletics, Farzad Mansouri in taekwondo and Shah Mahmood Noorzahi in athletics are the Afghan athletes who will represent the country in the Olympics. 

The Olympics are scheduled to start on July 23. 

Japan is considering an extension of two weeks to a month for coronavirus prevention measures in Tokyo and other areas, Japanese media said on Wednesday, with less than a month left until the opening of the summer Olympics, Reuters reported. 

Japan's capital and other areas are under a "quasi" state of emergency set to be lifted on July 12, but a recent uptick in infections has officials concerned and could affect the number of spectators allowed into Olympics venues, said Reuters.

As Tokyo's infections rose to 714, their highest since May 26, the Mainichi Shimbun daily said the government was considering the extension that would overlap with the Olympics, due to open on July 23 after a year's delay over the pandemic, the report said. 

A government meeting later in the day will discuss how to tackle signs of an impending surge that have worried experts and ignited concern about the spread of more infectious variants. 

"Any decisions regarding quasi-emergency measures will be taken based on policies we have in place," Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a news conference, as reported by Reuters.

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