Belarus Olympic officials stripped of accreditation, sent home
Tsimanouskaya, who runs the 100- and 200-meter races, had criticized Belarusian Olympic officials in an Instagram video from the Tokyo Games after they tried to force her to run in a relay that she had not trained for. She said those comments led to an attempt to forcibly send her home Sunday.washingtonpost.com
At an extraordinary Olympics, acts of kindness abound
High-jumping friends agreeing to share a gold medal rather than move to a tiebreaker. Kanoa Igarashi of Japan was disappointed when he lost to Brazilian Italo Ferreira in their sport’s Olympic debut. The Japanese-American surfer could have stewed in silence, but he instead deployed his knowledge of Portuguese, helping to translate a press conference question for Ferreira on the world stage.news.yahoo.com
Israeli baseball team sparks outrage for posting TikTok video jumping on 'anti-sex beds' in Tokyo
The Israeli baseball team has apologized after receiving backlash for filming themselves jumping on cardboard boxes at the Tokyo Games. The controversy: Ben Wanger uploaded the now-deleted TikTok video on Monday, where players can be seen trying out the structural rigidity of the cardboard beds in the athlete’s village, according to Kyodo News. The video starts with one player jumping on the bed with more and more players joining to see if the rumors about the “anti-sex beds” were true.news.yahoo.com
Tokyo winds gain strength just as Olympic sailing events pick up
Like the winds at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour, the sailing competitions at the Tokyo Games were a little slow to get going, but with the first medal races due to take place at the weekend the tempo is picking up, along with the wind and the waves.
Podcast: Lawson Craddock’s bumps, bruises and fundraising prowess
Lawson Craddock covers a wide array of topics in this episode of In The Village with podcast host Elizabeth Beisel. The cyclist discusses raising big bucks to repair his hurricane battered velodrome back home in Houston, his collection of too many bicycles and he imparts this piece of wisdom: “I can tell you that racing these days is a whole lot easier when you don’t have a fracture in your shoulder blade.”
Podcast: Roker and Melvin share magical Olympic memories
In today’s episode of The Podium, Roker banters with his friend and Today partner Craig Melvin as they reflect on magical Olympic Opening Ceremony memories from Atlanta, Beijing and other Games. They also discuss the heightened appeal and excitement delivered by live sports “in an era where so much is on demand.”
Szilagyi wins 3rd Olympic sabre title, Sun takes épée
Aron Szilagyi carved out a little bit of Olympic history for himself on Saturday. The Hungarian became the first Olympic fencer to win three individual sabre gold medals after beating Luigi Samele 15-7 in the men’s final at the Tokyo Games. “I can’t even tell you my feelings, but I am pretty much overwhelmed,” Szilagyi said.news.yahoo.com
'This is in Lathrop's hands': Sheriff's police services may end February 2022
The City of Lathrop and the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office have been expecting to end their police contract as the city prepares to open its new police department in 2022. The sheriff's office had been providing policing services for three decades. However, Sheriff Patrick Withrow said the city stopped paying for a part of their contract in 2019, and owes the sheriff's office at least $1.65 million. See more in the video above.news.yahoo.com
2 more Olympic athletes among 91 total Tokyo virus cases
Two athletes were among four residents of the Olympic Village who were added to the tally Thursday of people accredited for the Tokyo Games who have tested positive for COVID-19 this month, bringing the number to 91. Skateboarder Candy Jacobs of the Netherlands and table tennis player Pavel Sirucek of the Czech Republic tested positive and had to leave the village to enter a quarantine hotel in cases announced Wednesday.news.yahoo.com
18-year-old pilot lands plane on New Jersey bridge
The pilot of a banner plane made an emergency landing Monday on a bridge in southern New Jersey, snarling traffic but causing no injuries, authorities said. Witnesses said Landon Lucas landed without incident after reporting engine trouble. (July 20)news.yahoo.com
Top Olympic sponsor Toyota pulls Games-related TV ads
Toyota won’t be airing any Olympic-themed advertisements on Japanese television during the Tokyo Games despite being one of the IOC’s top corporate sponsors. The extraordinary decision by the country’s top automaker underlines how polarizing the Games have become in Japan as COVID-19 infections rise ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony. “There are many issues with these Games that are proving difficult to be understood,” Toyota Chief Communications Officer Jun Nagata told reporters Monday.news.yahoo.com
First positive COVID tests for athletes in Olympic Village
Two athletes living in the Olympic Village have tested positive for COVID-19, the first to do so with the Tokyo Games opening on Friday. Organizers confirmed the positive tests on Sunday and both were listed as non-Japanese. Organizers on Sunday also said another athlete had tested positive but this person was not residing in the Olympic Village.news.yahoo.com
The waiting Games: Olympians navigate strict rules in Tokyo
Sydney McLaughlin turns 22 three days after the final of the 400-meter hurdles, in which she might win Olympic gold and may even lower her current world record. “Try and find a cupcake and then blow out the candles by myself,” McLaughlin said. Welcome to the no-fun Olympics, where celebrations and camaraderie will be muted by stringent rules and regulations due to the coronavirus pandemic.news.yahoo.com
Laurel Hubbard to become first transgender athlete to compete in Olympics
New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to become the first transgender Olympian after qualifying for this summer's Tokyo Games.The state of play: Hubbard, 43, has effectively been guaranteed a spot in the women's super heavyweight category after the IOC amended qualifying rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Hubbard competed in men's weightlifting until she transitioned in 2012, and she's been eligible to compete as a woman since 2015, when the IOC issued new guidelines.Those guidelines allow transgender athletes to compete as women as long as their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months before their first competition.The backdrop: Hubbard's gold medal wins at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa triggered outrage, and Australia's weightlifting federation unsuccessfully sought to block her from competing in 2018.Earlier this year, American transgender powerlifter JayCee Cooper sued USA Powerlifting after it barred her from competition through policy that was at odds with IOC guidelines.Go deeper: The debate over trans inclusion in federally funded athleticsLike this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.news.yahoo.com
Olympic host Japan will not take part in China vaccine offer
Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020), speaks during a news conference Thursday, March 11, 2021, after attending the International Olympic Committee (IOC) general meeting. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)TOKYO – Japan will not take part in China’s offer — accepted by the International Olympic Committee — to provide vaccines for “participants” in the postponed Tokyo Games and next year’s Beijing Winter Games. Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa said Friday that Japan had not been consulted by the IOC about the Chinese vaccines, and that Japanese athletes would not take them. “We have been taking comprehensive anti-infectious disease measures for the Tokyo Games in order to allow participation without vaccinations,” Marukawa said. AdThe IOC has indicated it is a sports body and will not meddle in domestic issues in China.
IOC members worry about banning foreign fans from Olympics
(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)TOKYO – Several IOC members on Thursday reminded Tokyo Olympic organizers about the potential negative consequences of banning overseas fans from attending the postponed games. Tokyo organizers say a final decision about fans from abroad will be made before the torch relay starts on March 25. Many unsourced reports in Japan, citing unnamed officials, say the decision has already been made to keep fans from abroad out of the country. “So the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee is not in a position to comment.”AdRecent polls show up to 80% in Japan think the Olympics should be postponed or canceled. Reports in Japan say organizers are considering allowing some fans from abroad to attend if they have tickets from sponsors, national Olympic committees, or sports federations.
Fans from abroad unlikely for postponed Tokyo Olympics
This photo shows the opening remark session of a five-party meeting held by the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) at the Tokyo 2020 headquarters in Tokyo on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The organizing committee has budgeted income of $800 million from ticket sales. The Tokyo Games have been haunted by problems. A bribery scandal tied to the bid in 2013 forced the resignation two years ago of Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda. Last month, former organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori was forced to resign after making sexist comments about women.
Sexist remark about "annoying" women mars Japan's bid to show it's ready to host the Olympics
Just as Japanese and international Olympics officials are trying their hardest to demonstrate meticulous care in planning for the already-delayed Summer Olympics, the chief of the Tokyo Games has been forced to apologize for sexist remarks. Tokyo Olympic And Paralympic Games Organizing Committee (TOGOC) President Yoshiro Mori speaks to media from the TOGOC headquarters, January 28, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Takashi Aoyama/GettyThe International Olympic Committee issued a statement calling gender equality "a fundamental principle" for the organization and citing gains in recent years to reduce significant gaps in the number of women versus men on its leadership bodies. Also, all athletes and officials need to be tested 72 hours before leaving their home countries, and then they need to be tested every four days while in Japan. In the days ahead the Tokyo Olympics Committee is expected to release more detailed playbooks for other groups, including athletes, media and spectators.cbsnews.com
IOC, Tokyo Olympics to unveil rule book for beating pandemic
The Olympic rings are seen at the empty Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. The Tokyo Games, postponed in the midst of a pandemic, are scheduled to open on July 23. The rollout at Olympic headquarters in Switzerland is planned for Feb. 4, with Tokyo likely to present on Feb. 5. The World Health Organization said earlier this week that Olympic athletes should not be a priority ahead of health care workers, the elderly and the vulnerable. The president of the Japan Medical Association sounded a warning last week when asked about the Olympics and possible patients from abroad.
Breakdancing gets Olympic status to debut at Paris in 2024
GENEVA – Breakdancing became an official Olympic sport on Monday. The International Olympic Committee’s pursuit of urban events to lure a younger audience saw street dance battles officially added to the medal events program at the 2024 Paris Games. Also confirmed for Paris by the IOC executive board were skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing. Those three sports will make their Olympic debuts at the Tokyo Games which were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic by one year to open on July 23, 2021. Weightlifting should have 120 athletes in Paris, which is less than half of its total at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
Popovich knows filling US Olympic roster may be a challenge
And when presented with this potential scheduling conundrum, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich — who will coach USA Basketball men’s national team at the next Olympics — came up with a very quick, very lighthearted solution. “I don’t think we’re going to let the finals go seven games,” Popovich said. Popovich will be head coach of the Olympic team for the first time, succeeding Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. “The Olympics is always on my mind, just as Coach K told me it would be,” Popovich said Tuesday. The 2016 Olympic team was picked about six weeks before the start of the Rio Games, allowing time for a training camp and exhibitions before heading to Brazil.
AP Interview: Italian swimmers locked up in Alpine resort
(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, file)ROME – The high-altitude training camp in the Alps was supposed to represent ideal preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. Instead, a large portion of the Italian swimming team — 13 elite athletes — has been locked in their tiny hotel rooms for nearly two weeks with the coronavirus. “We gave them some exercises to do and some of the athletes have told us they are doing them. Simone Sabbioni and Alice Mizzau, two more Italian swimmers from a different club, are quarantined in another hotel. All of the swimmers tested positive again in the latest round of tests on Thursday, although they are now all asymptomatic.
IOC gives assurance to sports bodies that Tokyo is on track
TOKYO – The International Olympic Committee tried to assure dozens of international sports federations on Thursday that the postponed Tokyo Games will open on July 23. The IOC and Tokyo organizers have been holding on-line sessions this week with about 200 national Olympic committees, and with the more than 30 summer sports bodies that are represented on the program. Earlier this month, local organizers announced cuts to the Olympic program amounting to about $280 million — about 2% of the official budget. Andrew Ryan, the executive director of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, touched on the cuts in his opening remarks on Thursday. Each of the international federations jealously guard their events at the Olympics, expecting the best facilities, which must be paid for by local organizers.
Bach offers pep session for Tokyo Games and talks up vaccine
Yuriko Koike, right, reacts before an on-line meeting focused on how to pull off the delayed Tokyo Games, in Tokyo, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. “We have very encouraging news about the development of a vaccine — and not only a vaccine, but vaccines,” he said. Back repeated several times that next year's games have to be “fit for the post-Corona world.” He said the Tokyo Olympics were the “best prepared” in history, but that will not be enough. He also said the IOC and local organizers would not be rushed to reveal details of exactly how the Tokyo Olympics will take place. It forced the resignation last year of Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee.
New Japanese PM gets word out: He supports Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO – Japan’s new prime minister has gotten the word out to the president of the International Olympic Committee that he is behind next year’s delayed Tokyo Games. Yoshiro Mori, the head of the local organizing committee and also a former prime minister, said Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has a “strong commitment" to the Tokyo Olympics. Bach was very pleased when he heard this," Mori said, speaking on Thursday at the organizing committee offices. Mori told Bach the reappointment of the two ministers directly connected to the Olympics — Education Minister Koichi Hagiuda and Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto — showed the government's continued support. “Making the Olympics and Paralympics a success, using all means, is the strong commitment of Japan,” Haiguda said, speaking alongside Mori.
Postponed Tokyo Olympics hit 1-year-to-go mark -- again
The postponed Tokyo Olympics have again reached the one-year-to-go mark. That was before COVID-19 postponed the Olympics and pushed back the opening to July 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO The Tokyo Olympics have hit the one-year-to-go mark again. That was before the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the Olympics and pushed back the opening to July 23, 2021. The Tokyo Games would be canceled this time if they can't be held.
Tokyo Olympics just beginning the race to reset themselves
TOKYO Just two months after the unprecedented Olympic postponement, organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto was asked Thursday about progress toward rescheduling next year's Tokyo Games. In the last week, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and IOC member John Coates, who oversees preparations for Tokyo, have speculated more openly on how the games might be held. Coates, speaking last week at a News Corp Australia digital forum and reported in The Australian newspaper, was very frank. He ran off the numbers: 11,000 Olympic athletes, 5,000 technical officials and coaches, 20,000 media, and 60,000 volunteers. Muto has always said the games are on, though Bach and Tokyo organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori agree they cannot be delayed again.
US, New Zealand join calls for Tokyo Games to be postponed
The Olympic Rings pictured in front of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne on March 22, 2020. The United States added its significant weight to calls for the Tokyo Games to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with New Zealand Olympic organisers seeking a swift decision to allow teams to reset and prepare for a delayed event. The Sankei newspaper reported Japan's government is negotiating with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the Games by up to a year, in what would be a first in the Olympics' 124-year modern history. Efforts to contain it have led to major travel, commercial and social restrictions, which have also disrupted many athletes' preparations for the Games. The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee said it had listened to feedback from athletes and was encouraged by a clearer path towards postponement.cnbc.com
Canada, Australia withdraw from Tokyo 2020 as organizers ponder postponement
The Olympic Rings pictured in front of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne on March 22, 2020. Canada and Australia said they would not be sending athletes to the Tokyo Olympics if the Games went ahead as scheduled this year as pressure on organizers to postpone because of the coronavirus pandemic reached fever pitch on Monday. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese government had on Sunday and Monday slightly shifted their position that the Games would start as planned on July 24, announcing a month-long consultation over other "scenarios". "The world is facing a crisis and this is more important than any other sport event," he told Reuters from Ottawa. Soon after the Canadian statement, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) said it had told its athletes to prepare for a Tokyo Games taking place in 2021.cnbc.com