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IOC chief sorry for not honoring 1972 Olympic attack victims

Sep. 21, 2022 13:34 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The head of the International Olympic Committee apologized Wednesday for the organization's longtime failure to commemorate 11 Israeli athletes killed by Palestinian militants at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Thomas Bach spoke at a ceremony in Tel Aviv marking the...

IOC president Bach discusses 'challenges' for 2026 Games

Sep. 16, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Costly construction delays, a leadership vacancy linked to a volatile political climate and a lack of sponsors amid a spreading financial crisis has prompted International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach to acknowledge the “challenges” facing organizers of the 2026 Winter...

IOC publishes rights strategy months after Beijing Olympics

Sep. 09, 2022 14:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The IOC approved its human rights strategy on Friday, completing a years-long process months after the Beijing Olympics brought scrutiny on how sports engage with a host nation’s record on discrimination and civil liberties. The 50-page Olympic document guided by...

US sprint great Allyson Felix joins IOC athletes' commission

Jul. 27, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — American sprint great Allyson Felix and a refugee cyclist originally from Afghanistan joined the International Olympic Committee's athletes' commission on Thursday. Felix is the most decorated female track and field athlete in Olympic history with seven...

Paris 2024 gets Macron's support for huge opening ceremony

Jul. 25, 2022 13:39 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Organizers of the Paris Olympics marked the two-years-to-go milestone to the 2024 games by unveiling the official slogan — "Games Wide Open" — on Monday and said they got fresh backing from French President Emmanuel Macron for their planned giant opening ceremony along the Seine...

Tokyo Olympic aftermath still being untangled a year later

Jul. 21, 2022 01:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics survived the COVID-19 postponement, soaring expenses and some public opposition. A year later, the costs and benefits remain as difficult to untangle as the Games were to pull off. In his speech at the closing ceremony, IOC President Thomas Bach said...

Los Angeles Olympics to begin July 14, 2028

Jul. 18, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2028 Los Angeles Olympics kicked off a six-year countdown on Monday with the announcement of the dates for the Games’ return to the city. The opening ceremony will be July 14. Competition will run through July 30. The Paralympic Games will be Aug. 15-27. ...

Ukraine on her mind as high jumper goes for gold at worlds

Jul. 16, 2022 19:26 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — It took her three days by car to escape from Ukraine after the war started. Champion high jumper Yaroslava Mahuchikh can only guess at how long it will take to get back. On her way out, Mahuchikh heard gunfire and could sometimes see shells raining down miles...

Jim Thorpe reinstated as sole winner for 1912 Olympic golds

Jul. 15, 2022 21:31 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Jim Thorpe has been reinstated as the sole winner of the 1912 Olympic pentathlon and decathlon in Stockholm — nearly 110 years after being stripped of those gold medals for violations of strict amateurism rules of the time. The International Olympic...

Column: Welcome to the Island of Misfit Sports

Jul. 15, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Like a fish out of water, Elisabeth Hammerstad tracks down a simple garden hose to wash off the sand and drench herself in a bit of relief from the blistering Alabama heat. The fair-skinned Hammerstad, her hair tied back in a French braid, has just helped...