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Olympic flame starts an uncertain journey

Greek gymnast Lefteris Petrounias, Olympic gold medalist and world champion, carries the Olympic torch during the flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday. The ceremony took place without spectators as a precaution amid the continuing spread of the coronavirus.

Former NCAA javelin champion banned four years for doping

A former NCAA champion in javelin was given a four-year doping ban in a ruling published Tuesday.

Ioannis Kyriazis of Greece, who also placed sixth at the 2017 world championships, tested positive for the steroid-like muscle builder Ligandrol, track and field's Athletics Integrity Unit said.

UEFA Postpones the European Championship for the Next Summer

UEFA has announced its decision to postpone the 2021 European Championship. The news was first posted on Twitter by the Norwegian Football Federation.

The European Championship has been postponed by one year to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament will be held from June 11 to July 11 next year.

Euroleague Basketball suspends its games for now

The Euroleague announced on Thursday the suspension of all its tournaments, i.e. its main competition, the Eurocup and the Next Generation Euroleague, with immediate effect.

The decision, that applies indefinitely, followed the diagnosis of a Real Madrid player with coronavirus, and the suspension of the NBA in the US.

Amid virus precautions, Tokyo Olympic flame is lit in Greece

The flame for the Tokyo Olympics was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the ancient games in a pared-down ceremony because of the coronavirus.

Standing in front of the ruined Temple of Hera in Ancient Olympia, a Greek actress playing the part of a pagan priestess used a concave mirror to focus the sun's rays on a silver torch, causing fire to spurt forth.

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