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Olympic champions at the Tokyo Games can forget about having their medals hung around their necks as they stand on the podium, shaking hands with dignitaries and soaking up their success.Instead, the three medals will be presented on a tray to the athletes on the podium and they then have to hang them around their own neck in front of the empty stands.
Concerns are mounting in Indonesia over the ability of its regions to cope with a spike in coronavirus cases, according to its health minister, as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads quickly across the world's largest archipelago.Indonesia is struggling to slow the pace of COVID-19 transmission and on Wednesday reported a record 54,000 infections, up more than tenfold on the number of cases at the start of June, despite new containment measures.
World Cup organisers are hoping a personal message from chief executive Jon Dutton to Australia will persuade wavering NRL clubs and players to throw their weight behind the tournament.After months of delay caused largely by the latest spike in COVID-19 cases, officials are ready to confirm the tournament will go ahead as planned starting in October and have called a press conference for Thursday morning to make the announcement.
Thousands of truckies are pushing for strike action after one of the country's biggest transport companies proposed a new workplace agreement they say will drag down standards in Australia's deadliest industry.After negotiations between drivers and Toll broke down on Wednesday, the Transport Workers Union has written to the Fair Work Commission for permission to vote on strike action.
Storms have caused heavy flooding across parts of western and central Europe, with one man missing after being swept away by a raging stream in eastern Germany.Firefighters resumed their search for the man in Joehstadt, in Saxony state, on Wednesday morning.
Iran's outgoing president has warned his country could enrich uranium at weapons-grade levels of 90 per centy if it chose, though it still wanted to save its tattered nuclear deal with world powers.President Hassan Rouhani's comments, carried by the state-run IRNA news agency, came as he also criticised Iran's wider theocracy for not allowing his government to reach a deal soon to restore the 2015 atomic accord.
Pope Francis has been discharged from a Rome hospital and returned home to the Vatican, 10 days after undergoing planned surgery to remove half his colon.Francis sat in the passenger seat of the Ford car, which left Rome's Gemelli Polyclinic on Wednesday morning.
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) said it is investigating two matches from this month's Wimbledon grand slam after bookmakers flagged "possible irregular betting patterns"."Two alerts (were) provided to us during the Championships from the betting industry indicating possible irregular betting patterns," an ITIA spokesperson told Reuters.
A coronavirus cluster at a Japanese hotel where dozens of Brazilian Olympic team members are staying has raised new concerns about infections at what the world's top Olympics official promised on Wednesday would be "historic" Games.Just over a week before the opening ceremony of the postponed Games, seven staff at the hotel in Hamamatsu city, southwest of Tokyo, had tested positive, a city official said.
Just four of the England stand-ins responsible for a remarkable one-day series win over Pakistan have been retained for the Twenty20s, with nine players returning to the squad following isolation.Saqib Mahmood, Lewis Gregory and Matt Parkinson have all been rewarded for their roles in the clean sweep of wins at Cardiff, Lord's and Edgbaston, while Dawid Malan keeps his usual spot in the 20-over set-up.
It's not 'lights out' for Sydney's Vivid festival, but organisers have been forced to delay the harbour city's popular event due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown.The "light, music and ideas" festival, billed as the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, is usually staged in May and June.
About 100 opponents of military rule in Myanmar have marched through the centre of its biggest city of Yangon, as the United States called on Southeast Asian nations to take action to restore democracy and end violence in their neighbour.Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, but street protests have become rarer after they were suppressed by the army with the killing hundreds of people.
LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:* The lockdown of Greater Sydney and surrounds has been extended by at least two weeks, but the NSW premier says newly announced government support should cushion the financial blow.* NSW recorded 97 new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, with at least 31 of them circulating in the community during part of all of their infectious period.
A company behind a controversial mine expansion plan in Tasmanian wilderness has stopped works at the site after legal threats from conservationists.Majority Chinese government-owned Minerals and Metals Group (MMG) wants to build a new tailings waste storage dam in the Tarkine rainforest.
West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui has revealed his decision not to follow Todd Goldstein to the goal square in Monday night's loss to North Melbourne was a tactical move rather than a lack of effort.With the Eagles trailing by four points and just over three minutes remaining on the clock, Goldstein pushed forward and took a big contested mark.
The International Cricket Council has announced a new points system for the second World Test Championship, which starts next month.New Zealand were crowned the first Test world champions after a thrilling eight-wicket win against India in last month's final in Southampton.
A man who killed his partner in a crash was deliberately fishtailing his vehicle down a South Australian beach before losing control and rolling several times.Paige Prentice, 22, was thrown from the car and suffered severe injuries in the crash near Kingston, in the state's southeast, in December 2019.
Geelong players and staff have been placed under strict protocols in Perth and must return negative COVID-19 tests before being cleared to take on Fremantle in Thursday night's AFL clash.The Cats were due to be met by Western Australia police on arrival in Perth on Wednesday and be taken immediately for testing.
The United States rejects China's "unlawful" maritime claims in the South China Sea and stands with Southeast Asian countries facing Chinese "coercion", Secretary of State Antony Blinken says.China rejected Blinken's comments, which he made on Wednesday in an address in a video conference with foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN), as irresponsible and aimed at provoking discord.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Tony Smith will retire at the next federal election.Mr Smith, who represents the Victorian seat of Casey, was first elected 20 years ago this November.