Latest International Olympic Committee News

Olympic athletes promised legal support if they protest

Apr. 22, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Athletes who make political or social justice protests at the Tokyo Olympics were promised legal support Thursday by a global union and an activist group in Germany. The pledges came one day after the International Olympic Committee confirmed its...

Will Japanese Olympians be vaccinated ahead of the public?

Apr. 19, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The vaccine rollout in Japan has been very slow with less than 1% vaccinated, causing concern about the postponed Tokyo Olympics that are scheduled to open in just over three months. Taro Kono, the minister in charge of the vaccine rollout, said last week...

Column: The Tokyo Olympics will go on, but in name only

Apr. 16, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

In 1964, less than two decades removed from World War II, Japan used the Summer Olympics to showcase its astonishing recovery from a horrific defeat. It was an undeniable triumph for the host nation. This time, the Tokyo Games will be a...

Head of Tokyo Olympics again says games will not be canceled

Apr. 16, 2021 06:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The head of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday was again forced to assure the world that the postponed games will open in just over three months and not be canceled despite surging COVID-19 cases in Japan. Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto was asked...

100 Days: Tokyo Olympics marked by footnotes and asterisks

Apr. 13, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo pitched itself as "a safe pair of hands” when it was awarded the Olympics 7 1/2 years ago. “The certainty was a crucial factor," Craig Reedie, an IOC vice president at the time, said after the 2013 vote in Buenos Aires. Now,...

EXPLAINER: Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and some options

Apr. 07, 2021 06:38 AM EDT

The U.S. State Department says it's talking with allies about China's human rights record and how to handle next year's Beijing Winter Olympics. A department spokesman on Tuesday suggested that an Olympic boycott to protest China’s rights abuses was among the...

US weighs joint approach to Beijing Olympics with allies

Apr. 06, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Tuesday the Biden administration is consulting with allies about a joint approach to China and its human rights record, including how to handle the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics. The department initially suggested that an...

Blackhawks' Bowman named as GM of 2022 US Olympic men's team

Mar. 31, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

With an opportunity to draw from what he considers the deepest pool of American-born talent ever assembled, Stan Bowman welcomes expectations that come with being the general manager of USA Hockey’s 2022 Olympic men’s national team. “I’m humbled and honored and...

2026 Olympics plan for Cortina bobsled track, outdoor oval

Mar. 30, 2021 15:33 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Organizers for the 2026 Olympics are sticking with their plans to spend 50 million euros ($60 million) to rebuild an abandoned bobsled track in Cortina d’Ampezzo and take on the risky proposition of holding speedskating at an outdoor oval in Baselga di Piné. ...

EXPLAINER: Tokyo Olympics march on without fans from abroad

Mar. 21, 2021 02:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics and the International Olympic Committee have banned fans from abroad with the games opening in four months. It's part of the fallout from holding the Olympics in the middle of a pandemic. IOC President Thomas Bach said Saturday he was...