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Tokyo opens new Olympic arena amid coronavirus fears

By AFP
03 February 2020   |   7:00 am
Tokyo opens a new Olympic arena, which will host the venue for volleyball and wheelchair basketball events, as governor Yuriko Koike promises to implement "thorough measures" to protect people from the deadly coronavirus in the run-up to the games this summer.

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