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A video screen shows Cathy Freeman lighting the Olympic Cauldron as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Freeman, who lit the cauldron at the original opening ceremony and won the 400-meter race at the track in one of the country's all-time great sporting moments, said it was a wonderful gesture to have

Thorpe, Freeman celebrate 20-year Sydney Games anniversary

Sep. 14, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

Australians have such fond memories of the Sydney Olympics that officials brought back star athletes such as Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe to help celebrate the 20th anniversary. For good measure, they even re-lit the cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park. Freeman — by video link in Victoria state — and...

A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks in front of Tokyo 2020 sign Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Tokyo. The CEO of the Tokyo Olympics Toshiro Mut said Friday that having a vaccine is not a requirement for holding next year Olympics and Paralympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Tokyo Olympic CEO: Vaccine not requirement to hold games

Sep. 4, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A vaccine is not a requirement for holding next year's postponed Olympics and Paralympics, the CEO of the Tokyo Games said Friday. Toshiro Muto was speaking after a task force meeting with government officials, disease experts and Japanese Olympic officials. It’s the first of several...

A lantern containing the Olympic Flame is shown prior to public display Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Tokyo. The Olympic flame is going on display in Tokyo, just a short walk from the new National Stadium where it was supposed to be burning a month ago.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Olympic flame going on display in Japan Olympic Museum

Aug. 31, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic flame is going on display in Tokyo, just a short walk from the new National Stadium where it was supposed to be burning a month ago. The flame arrived in Japan from Greece in March and has been largely hidden away in Tokyo since the Olympics were postponed until next year because...

FILE -In this Sept. 14, 2016, file photo, Matt Stutzman, of United States, holds the bow with his foot as he competes in the individual compound-open, during the Paralympic Games at the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Stutzman is among several Paralympic athletes who are profiled in the Nexflix documentary “Rising Phoenix” that will be released in 190 countries on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)

Paralympic documentary: 'None of the bodies look the same'

Aug. 24, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Matt Stutzman was born without arms — just stumps at the shoulders. Ellie Cole's right leg was amputated when she was 3, lost to cancer. Bebe Vio had parts of all four limbs amputated after she contracted meningitis as an adolescent. Doctors were able to save her life but not her arms...

During a long exposure catching a streak of light from passing cars, journalists report on the special lighting of the Tokyo Skytree in red, blue and green; the symbol colors of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, in Tokyo on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. The lighting Monday marked one year to go before the planned opening of the Paralympics that was postponed due the the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Tokyo Skytree lights up to mark 1 year to go for Paralympics

Aug. 24, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Skytree was lighted in red, green and blue on Monday to mark one year to go for the opening of the Paralympic Games. The Olympics and Paralympics were to take place this year but have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tokyo Olympic organizers have also announced that...

A symbol installed for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on a barge is moved away from its usual spot by tugboats off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The five Olympic rings floating on a barge in Tokyo Bay were removed for what is being called “maintenance,” and officials says they will return to greet next year's Games. The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and are to open on July 23, 2021. The Paralympics follow on Aug. 24. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Survey: Majority of Japanese firms oppose Olympics next year

Aug. 20, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A majority of Japanese companies among almost 13,000 surveyed oppose holding the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year, according to an online study published Thursday. The survey by a Japanese research company, published by the Kyodo news agency, showed 27.8% want the games to be canceled,...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, then-WNBA president Lisa Borders speaks before Game 1 of the WNBA basketball finals in Seattle. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee received a positive progress report from the committee that analyzed the federation's problems and recommended dozens of changes a year ago. The Borders Report, spearheaded by former WNBA Commissioner Lisa Borders and released last summer, included a detailed road map for the USOPC to make athletes the top priority after years of adhering to what was described as a “money for medals” philosophy. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Borders' report card: USOPC 'hugely on track' on reforms

Aug. 18, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee received a positive progress report from the committee that analyzed the federation's problems and recommended dozens of changes a year ago. The Borders Report, spearheaded by former WNBA Commissioner Lisa Borders and released last...

Senate passes bill to drastically overhaul USOPC

Aug. 4, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would give Congress the power to dissolve the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee's board of directors and would more than double the federation's funding for the U.S. Center for SafeSport passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday. The bill was written in response to multiple...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Los Angeles 2028 organizers in Beverly Hills, Calif. New financial reports from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee include unprecedented detail about money that goes to the sports organizations it oversees. It's a feature the federation is hoping will add layers of information to help people decipher its often opaque accounting picture.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

USOPC opens books, gives more detail about sports funding

Aug. 3, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — New financial reports from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee include unprecedented detail about money that goes to the sports organizations it oversees — a feature the federation is hoping will help followers decipher the U.S. Olympic system's often opaque...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, members of Japan's national wheelchair basketball team warm up on the court during a grand opening ceremony of the Ariake Arena, a venue for volleyball at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and wheelchair basketball during the Paralympic Games, in Tokyo. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic schedule remains essentially unchanged for the event postponed until next year, organizers said on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Tokyo organizers made the same announcement several weeks ago for the postponed Olympics. The Paralympics open on Aug. 24, 2021, and close on Sept. 5. The Olympics are to open on July 23. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tokyo Paralympic competition schedule will be same next year

Aug. 2, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic schedule remains essentially unchanged for the event that has been postponed until next year, organizers said on Monday. Tokyo organizers made a similar announcement several weeks ago for the postponed Olympics. The Paralympics open on Aug. 24, 2021, and close on...