Latest International Olympic Committee News

Sapporo says it can hold 2030 Olympics and also save money

Nov. 29, 2021 07:11 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The northern Japanese city of Sapporo became a frontrunner to land the 2030 Winter Olympics after the mayor talked up a plan Monday that he said would cut the costs of holding one of sports' most expensive events. Mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto said at a news...

Sapporo expected to announce cost cuts to land 2030 Olympics

Nov. 28, 2021 06:00 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The northern Japanese city of Sapporo is set to announce what it says will be a reduction in costs that will make it an attractive venue for the 2030 Winter Olympics. City officials were expect to announce details on Monday. The...

WTA remains "concerned' about Peng's ability to speak freely

Nov. 27, 2021 22:38 PM EST

Steve Simon, the head of the WTA, says he remains “deeply concerned” about the whereabouts of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai and her ability to “communicate freely, openly and directly" after allegations that a powerful politician forced her to have sex. Peng, a...

Former Brazil Olympic boss sentenced to jail for corruption

Nov. 26, 2021 10:51 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for more than two decades, was sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in jail for buying votes for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics. The ruling by Judge Marcelo Bretas became public...

WADA approves reforms; athlete groups say they're not enough

Nov. 25, 2021 13:42 PM EST

The World Anti-Doping Agency approved a series of reforms designed to give athletes a bigger voice in decision-making, though the changes were roundly criticized by activist groups that said they didn't go far enough. At its board meeting Thursday, WADA announced it was...

IOC call with Chinese tennis star Peng raises more questions

Nov. 22, 2021 10:58 AM EST

A video call between the head of the International Olympic Committee and Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, whose nearly three-week disappearance from public view sparked an outcry, was meant to reassure the world that she was safe — but instead has raised more questions. ...

Olympic officials: Chinese tennis star Peng says she is safe

Nov. 21, 2021 13:35 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai told Olympic officials in a video call from Beijing that she was safe and well, the International Olympic Committee said Sunday after Peng reappeared in public at a youth tournament in Beijing, according to photos released by the...

IOC says Peng Shuai has told Olympic officials she is safe

Nov. 21, 2021 12:28 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has taken part in a 30-minute video call from Beijing with IOC officials and told them she was safe and well, the Olympic body said on Sunday. The call came amid growing global alarm over Peng. Her appearance...

Tennis players take on Communist Party: Where is Peng Shuai?

Nov. 20, 2021 19:55 PM EST

Some of the world's most famous tennis players, distraught by the disappearance of colleague Peng Shuai, are challenging China's Communist Party to get answers. So far it's a standoff with little visible impact as tennis greats like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal —...

Column: Where is Peng Shuai? Why isn't the IOC speaking out?

Nov. 19, 2021 16:22 PM EST

Where is Peng Shuai? It's a question that must be asked — loudly, for everyone to hear — by the International Olympic Committee as it prepares to hold the Winter Games less than three months from now in Beijing. Peng is, after all, one of its...