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Monday local sports roundup: IOC selects July 23-Aug. 8 for its postponed Summer Games

MONDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWSThe Tokyo Olympics, called off this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, have been rescheduled for July 23, 2001 through Aug. 8, 2021.

The International Olympic Committee made the announcement on Monday, selection a date almost exactly one year beyond the original plan.

The Paralympic Games also have moved from 2020 to 2021, and will run from Aug. 24 through Sept. 5.

"With this announcement, I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese Government and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge," IOC President Thomas Bach said. "Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel."

NCAA approves extra year

Great news for college spring sport athletes: The NCAA Division I Council on Monday approved an extra year of eligiblity for all whose seasons were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The NCAA will allow each school decide whether to give seniors less or equal financial aid next year than what they received this year.

Roster limits in baseball will go up in baseball.

But it's unclear how schools will be able to afford the additional scholarship costs overall.

Pac-12 extends suspension

The Pac-12 has extended its suspension of organized team activites through May 31 due to COVID-19.

The league said it will grant limited exceptions. Those must be based on athlete well-being.

The Pac-12 also said it will re-evaluate the suspension over the coming weeks.

The suspension forbids any organized, in-person activities, as well as voluntary workouts, film study sessions, meetings, technique drills and practices.

Also not allowed are virtual group activities, including film study, beyond two hours per week for football and four hours per week for all other sports, though the conference said it is appealing to the NCAA to increase the two-hour limit.

Coaches can recommend written, self-directed workout plans. Taped demonstration videos on workout plans are allowed.

Athletic departments will be allowed to give sports medicine treatments, physical therapy and rehabilitation, along with academic support and mental health and wellness support.

Ex-Duck Stewart offers help

Former NFL and University of Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart and ex-NFL receiver Steve Smith, both former Carolina Panthers, have teamed up to help North Carolina residents battling the coronavirus.

Stewart and wife Natatlie and the Steve Smith Family Foundation, Convoy of Hope and Elevation Outreach have teamed up to raise $35,000 to bring an 18-wheel truck to Charlotte filled with 40 rons of food, water and other supplies.

"We're all going to need assistance from someone at some point in time in life, so why not create the culture of giving now and let it just run the test of time?" Stewart said on panthers.com.


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