Olympics postponed, India under lockdown

Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:Olympics delayAfter days of mounting pressure, Tokyo 2020 organisers bowed to the inevitable and postponed the Games to next year due to the rapidly-spreading outbreak.Now Japan faces the unenviable task of re-organising the event - with every aspect thrown into chaos, from venues to security and accommodation.Tokyo's governor also urged residents to stay home this weekend, warning of a "critical stag

26 March 2020

Doping scandal hits Thai Olympic medal machine

Thai weightlifter Sarat Sumpradit eats up to 10 egg whites for breakfast, works out four hours a day, and is banned from his smartphone at night as his training shifts into high gear for the world championships.However, the muscle-bound 25-year-old has a problem: Thailand is under a self-imposed ban from weightlifting for doping, meaning the hosts may be unrepresented at next month's world championships on home turf in Pattaya.After nine Thai lifters were suspended following drug tests,

14 August 2019

Malaysia's diving coach accused of raping Olympic hopeful

A Malaysian national diving coach will go on trial for allegedly raping a diver who was training for the next Olympics, a lawyer for the athlete and reports said Thursday.Huang Qiang is accused of raping the 20-year-old sportswoman at a gym at the national aquatics centre in Kuala Lumpur last month.Huang pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared in court in the capital Wednesday, Cheow Wee, a lawyer for the alleged victim, told AFP.The father of two, who was born in China but now has

12 October 2017