As sporting comebacks go, the return of another heavyweight giant could put even the remarkable renaissance of world boxing champion Tyson Fury in the shade. Former karate king Geoff Thompson is back training in a bid for a place at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics next year - at 62.
A global host of runners have found their steps hindered and halted by the pressure of events in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Training confined. Races cancelled. Games postponed…
Jigsaw puzzles have enjoyed a surge of popularity in recent weeks as people look to pass the time during lockdown periods.
Just under two months ago, I wrote a blog on the emergence of coronavirus as a new challenge for the organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
As the Olympic world hurtled towards the postponement this week, Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Tarō Asō spoke of a 40-year Olympic cycle. He recalled the Moscow 1980 Games, when Japan joined a boycott, and looked even further back to 1940, when Tokyo was awarded the Olympics but they never took place.
Just shy of two weeks ago, the European boxing qualifier for Tokyo 2020 began in London.
It appeared to have been so carefully choreographed.
Alan Hubbard: Saying sayonara - temporarily - to Tokyo 2020 is absolutely right but will damage Japanese pride
My late father-in-law Jack often spoke with understandable bitterness about his experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war (POW) during his four-and-a-half-year sojourn in the notorious Changi POW camp in Singapore, and later on the Burma Railway where brave soldiers were disgustingly treated like slaves.
As an emblem of our disrupted times, what took place yesterday at Sendai railway station in the Japanese prefecture of Miyagi works disturbingly well.
Michael Pavitt: IOC must act responsibly for Japan as well as athletes over potential Tokyo postponement
Right now, this is the new normal. We find ourselves glued to news channels indoors, waiting for the now daily broadcasts and measures from politicians that just days ago were unthinkable, as death tolls rise and economies collapse amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Given the current circumstances, it came as no surprise when the UEFA European Championships were postponed until 2021.
Japanese freestyle swimmer Naoko Imoto was chosen to collect the Olympic Flame in Athens this week. She proudly represented her country at the Centennial Olympics of 1996.
The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) steadfast refusal to contemplate Tokyo 2020 not taking place as planned has been the subject of understandable ridicule.
"Follow the money," a wise man once said.
Who would have thought that an incurable disease passed on by a bat to an exotic creature sold as an allegedly edible delicacy in a provincial Chinese market last November would, four months later, have brought not only the world of sport to a standstill, but virtually the world itself?