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Tokyo a candidate for track and field world championships

May. 25, 2022 07:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The $1.4 billion Tokyo national stadium, built by the Japanese government for last year’s Olympics, is being viewed as a site for the track and field world championships. An inspection team from World Athletics — the governing body of the sport — met with Tokyo...

Bach says Russia ban is to protect athletes, not punish them

May. 20, 2022 09:17 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Russian athletes and officials who have been banned from international sporting events because of the war in Ukraine are being protected rather than punished, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Friday. Most sports bodies have followed the IOC...

IOC reveals more talks with Peng Shuai, plans Europe visit

May. 20, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has continued to speak with Olympic officials since the Beijing Winter Games and wants to visit Europe soon, IOC president Thomas Bach said on Friday. The fallout from Peng's allegations last November of being sexually...

All-Japan committee meets to promote Sapporo Olympic bid

May. 10, 2022 02:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Yasuhiro Yamashita, the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee, acknowledged the biggest stumbling block to holding the Olympics is the billions in costs. However, in another breath on Tuesday at a so-called “All Japan” meeting to promote Sapporo's bid for the 2030...

IOC head in Brisbane for 1st time since city awarded Games

May. 07, 2022 03:11 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — IOC president Thomas Bach was in Brisbane on Saturday for the first time since the Queensland state capital was awarded the 2032 Olympics. Bach flew into Australia last weekend to attend a testimonial dinner for outgoing Australian Olympic Committee...

Salt Lake, Sapporo head race to 2030 Olympics, and maybe '34

May. 02, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

Fraser Bullock, who leads Salt Lake City's bid to return the Winter Olympics to Utah, sounds very confident about success. “I believe we'll host a future Game(s). It's a question of when,” he said last week in a local television interview. But will it be in 2030,...

Chesterman elected president of Australian Olympic Committee

Apr. 30, 2022 07:41 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Ian Chesterman has moved up from vice president to president after voting was held Saturday to replace departing Australian Olympic Committee chief John Coates. Chesterman defeated former Olympic swimmer Mark Stockwell 67-26 in the vote held during the AOC's annual...

Russian swimmer Rylov banned for appearing at Putin rally

Apr. 22, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian Olympic gold medalist swimmer Evgeny Rylov has been banned from the sport for nine months for appearing at a rally in support of President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Rylov stood on stage with medalists from other Olympic...

Alex Gilady, Israeli Olympic Committee member, dies at 79

Apr. 14, 2022 05:59 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Alex Gilady, an Israeli media pioneer and longtime International Olympic Committee member, has died. He was 79. Gilady was a former sport executive at U.S. network NBC and was the first Israeli journalist to report from Egypt in 1977 ahead of the signing of a...

Olympic sailor from Tunisia, aged 17, dies in training

Apr. 11, 2022 16:46 PM EDT

Olympic sailor Eya Guezguez of Tunisia has died in a training incident, the IOC announced on Monday. She was 17. Guezguez was training with her twin sister Sarra alongside their national team on Sunday when their boat capsized due to strong winds. Eya died while Sarra survived. ...