Latest 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games News

1 forecast shows US topping medal table at Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 23, 2019 2:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — If the Tokyo Olympics were opening today, the United States would top the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the forecast released Tuesday by Gracenote Sports , which supplies statistical analysis for sports leagues around the world. Simon Gleave, the head of sports analysis...

PHOTOS: Tokyo 2020 _ Japan's capital 1-year until Olympics

Jul. 22, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

The Summer Olympics will return to Tokyo next year for the first time since 1964. The world's best athletes will be on display, of course, but so will Japan's sprawling capital — a dense mix of the traditional and the eccentric. Small shrines and ancient temples nestle alongside gleaming towers and...

Year to go to Tokyo Games, with costs, ticket demand rising

Jul. 22, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The countdown for the Tokyo Olympics has hit 365 days. To mark the year-to-go mark, the gold, silver and bronze Olympic medals are to be unveiled Wednesday as part of daylong ceremonies around the Japanese capital. Tokyo's 1964 Olympics showcased bullet trains, futuristic designs and a new...

Tokyo 1-Year Out: Scandal, high costs but unrivaled demand

Jul. 22, 2019 2:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Despite scandals, rising costs and doubts about the economic payoff, the Tokyo Olympics will be a must-see event — if you can find a ticket or a hotel room — when they open in a year. Tokyo was supposed to be a "safe pair of hands" after Rio de Janeiro's corruption and...

Olympic robots offer 'virtual' attendance, help out on field

Jul. 21, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A cart-like robot scuttles across the field to bring back javelins and discuses. A towering screen-on-wheels is designed for "virtual" attendance. The cute ones are, naturally, the likeness of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots. Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp., a major Olympic sponsor,...

Biles hungry to keep edge as the world's top women's gymnast

Jul. 19, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Simone Biles is always about taking it a step forward. Often, it's a huge leap. With the Olympic Games in Tokyo just over a year away, the world's best gymnast believes her top-flight routine can always use a new wrinkle to stay ahead of her competitors. Such as tweeting out video of...

Swim star Sun Yang wants CAS public hearing over WADA appeal

Jul. 19, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — China's star swimmer Sun Yang wants a public trial at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September to defend himself against alleged doping rule violations that risk a ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In a statement provided to The Associated Press on Friday, lawyers for Sun said he will...

South Korea faces potential WCup qualifier in North Korea

Jul. 18, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and North Korea will meet on the qualifying path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but it's unclear whether a rare match between them in Pyongyang will materialize considering their political tension. With the Koreas, there's never a separation between sports and...

Simmons backflips, withdraws from Australia's Word Cup squad

Jul. 17, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ben Simmons' new contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers came with bad news for Australian basketball fans: The Melbourne-born NBA All-star won't play for the Boomers at the World Cup. Hours after Simmons and the 76ers agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract...

Ultra-competitive Hooper key attacker for US water polo

Jul. 11, 2019 3:25 AM EDT

Long before Johnny Hooper starred at California and starting playing water polo against the world, his biggest competition was his father, Gary. They played a couple different sports, and Johnny lost all the time at first. Gary Hooper was an elite athlete himself, a Hall of Famer in beach volleyball. While Johnny...