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IOC chief insists Olympics will go ahead despite state of emergency in Japan Updated: 2021-05-24 16:09:31 KST

Time now for "This Week in Sports" and joining us in the studio is our sports editor Paul Neat.
Paul, we are now just 60 days away from the summer Olympics and even though 10 prefectures in Japan are under a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 situation, an International Olympic Committee chief insists that the Games will go ahead?

Yes, that's right. John Coates, the IOC vice president in charge of the Tokyo Olympics, said exactly that.
Coates on Saturday said to reporters that the Games would open even if Tokyo and other parts of Japan were under a state of emergency…. and that the Games would go on even if Japan’s local medical experts advised against it.
He said that the IOC’s anti-virus measures will ensure a safe and secure Olympics.
This after Japan's top COVID-19 advisor, Shigeru Omi, on Friday said that a decision must be made after taking into account the impact on the nation's medical system.
More than 80% of the Japanese public want the Olympics postponed or canceled but only the IOC has the power to do so.

To football now, the Premier League season came to a close on Sunday. Not the best of campaigns for Tottenham but it turned out to be a stellar year for Son Heung-min?

Yes, indeed. He recorded a new career high with 17 goals in 37 matches, his previous best was 14 in the 2016-17 season.
This earned Son the club’s sponsor’s Player of the Year Award.
Son was one of only three Premier League players to reach double figures in goals and assists, joining teammate Harry Kane and Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes.
Meanwhile, Son Heung-min on Monday was named in the Korean National Team squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Korea will play Turkmenistan on Saturday 5th June and Sri Lanka on Wednesday 9th June both at 8PM and then Lebanon on Sunday 13th at 3 PM.
All matches will be played at Goyang Stadium as a centralized hub and were originally scheduled for March 2020 but were postponed due to the pandemic.
The Olympic team will play two friendlies against Ghana on Jeju Island on June 12th and June 15th.
The squad includes three Europe-based stars Lee Kang-in, Lee Seung-woo and Jeong Woo-young.

To baseball now, two Korean derbies in MLB in the space of a week, this time with Ryu Hyun-jin and Choi Ji-man. How did it unfold?

Yes, Ryu Hyun-jin went up against Choi Ji-man in MLB on Sunday local time.
It was their first ever meeting in the majors.
The Rays won 6-4 at TD Ballpark in Florida, on Sunday local time.
But the all-Korean pitcher-batter duel ended in Ryu Hyun-jin’s favor.
Ryu got Choi to ground out in his first time up in the second inning.
In the sixth, Ryu struck out Choi with a fastball clocked at 91.6 mph, the hardest pitch he threw in the game.
It was Tampa’s 10th straight win but fifth loss in a row for Toronto.

And finally to golf. Phil Mickelson stunned everyone by becoming the oldest PGA Championship winner. What can you tell us?

Yes, that’s right. 50-year-old Phil Mickelson on Sunday became the oldest winner of a major golf tournament.
After a tense final round on the treacherous Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in Southern California, Mickelson shot six under par for the tournament, finishing two strokes ahead of the runners-up, Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen.
He hadn't won since 2019 at Pebble Beach and hadn't lifted a major championship trophy since 2013 at Muirfield.

Thank-you for that, Paul. We will see you again next week.

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