Latest 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games News

In this image provided by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), United States wrestler Lee Kemp, top, competes in the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The U.S. boycott of the Moscow Olympics crushed Kemp's dreams, along with all the predictions that he would win a gold medal. (Walter Meives/USOPC via AP)

BOYCOTT GAMES: Wrestler finds peace despite road not taken

Aug. 4, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Long before the days when most facts were a click away on the internet, Lee Kemp kept the details of his wrestling success to himself. “I was embarrassed,” he said. “If you tell someone you were pretty good, the first thing they'd ask you is ‘Did...

FILE - In this March 14, 2020, file photo, snow falls on the Olympic Rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo. Day 11 of the postponed Tokyo Olympics finally brought what was feared the most before the pandemic postponed the games for a year: A hot and humid Tokyo summer day. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Day 11 of postponed Tokyo Games finally brings summer heat

Aug. 4, 2020 2:54 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tuesday would have been Day 11 of the 2020 Olympics. And it finally brought what was feared the most before the pandemic postponed the games for a year: A hot and humid Tokyo summer day. After some showers and mild temperatures for the first 10 days, Tuesday temperatures reached a muggy 32...

Peter Schnugg stands for a portrait along the beach Friday, July 31, 2020, in San Diego. The former waterpolo athlete missed his chance to go to the Olympics in 1980 when the U.S. decided to boycott the games to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. Now he's unsure if he'll get the chance to see his niece, Maggie Steffens, try for a third consecutive gold medal with the U.S. women's water polo team. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

BOYCOTT GAMES: Former US water polo star looks back on 1980

Aug. 3, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — When the Tokyo Olympics was pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic, Peter Schnugg texted his niece, Maggie Steffens, to apologize. Schnugg had made plans to travel to Japan to watch Steffens try for a third consecutive gold medal with the U.S. women's water polo team. Olympic disappointment...

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...

Fans wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus take a selfie before the KBO league game between Doosan Bears and LG Twins in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, July 27, 2020. Masked fans hopped, sang and shouted cheering slogans in baseball stadiums in South Korea on Sunday as authorities began bringing back spectators in professional sports games amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: Lions place five players on COVID-19 list

Jul. 29, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Detroit Lions have placed wide receiver Kenny Golladay and tight end T.J. Hockenson on the reserve/COVID-19 list. That list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an...

FILE - In this 1920 file photo, Charles (Charley) Paddock, second from right, of the USA wins the 100 meters final with his famous

Planning for Olympics in a pandemic has echoes of 1920 Games

Jul. 27, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Olympic athletes competing for gold medals in a world reeling from a pandemic? It won't be the first time. A century before the Tokyo Games were postponed because of coronavirus, the Olympics were held in the Belgian city of Antwerp following the Spanish flu pandemic. The...

In a photo provided by NBC Sports, Molly Solomon, executive producer and president of NBC's Olympics production unit, poses for a photo in March 2020. With the Summer Olympics postponed a year due to the coronavirus, Solomon and her team have reset their countdown clocks while trying to adjust to a new set of challenges. Any Olympics provides plenty of compelling storylines, but Solomon says Tokyo takes on bigger importance with everything that has transpired worldwide this year. (Zi Wang/NBC Sports via AP)

NBC resets focus for Tokyo while looking ahead to Beijing

Jul. 27, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

When Molly Solomon took over as executive producer and president of NBC's Olympics production unit last November, she expected to be in Tokyo right now with the games in full swing. But with the Summer Olympics postponed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Solomon and her team have reset their countdown...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, spectators stadium seats are reflected on the class of the VIP launch of the Al Bayt Stadium, one of the 2022 World Cup stadiums, in Al Khor, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Doha, Qatar.  The gas-rich Persian Gulf nation Monday July 27, 2020, Qatar has expressed an interest in hosting the world’s biggest sporting events, the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in a letter to the International Olympic Committee. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, FILE)

Qatar interested in bidding for 2032 Olympics, Paralympics

Jul. 27, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

Qatar is keen on on hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The gas-rich Persian Gulf nation has expressed an interest in hosting the world's biggest sporting events in a letter to the International Olympic Committee. Qatar is turning its focus to bringing the Summer Games to the Middle East for the first...

This aerial photo shows the New National Stadium, main stadium for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The postponed Tokyo Olympics have again reached the one-year-to-go mark. But the celebration is small this time with more questions than answers about how the Olympics can happen in the middle of a pandemic. That was before COVID-19 postponed the Olympics and pushed back the opening to July 23, 2021. (Kyodo News via AP)

Column: Olympic athletes ponder what might've been in Tokyo

Jul. 24, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

Helen Maroulis will never forget that epic night in Rio. As she and thousands of her fellow Olympic athletes waited to make the long walk from a volleyball arena to the massive Maracanã Stadium for the opening of the 2016 Summer Games, a giant party broke out. “They were blasting music," Maroulis...

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 1936, file photo, German Nazi soldiers line up at attention during the opening ceremonies of the XI Summer Olympic Games at the Lustgarten in Berlin, Germany. The lighted Olympic torch is in the foreground. The torch relay was not always a fixture of the modern Olympics, which began in 1896. The relay tradition began with Adolph Hitler's 1936 Olympics in Berlin, the Games of the XI Olympiad, and was the brainchild of Dr. Carl Diem who was the head of the organizing committee. (AP Photo/File)

IOC apologizes, deletes tweet about 1936 Berlin Olympics

Jul. 24, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The IOC apologized on Friday and deleted a Twitter message which some saw as celebrating Nazi Germany’s hosting of the 1936 Olympics. Joining a message thread on Thursday one year before the Olympic cauldron is lit at the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games, the International Olympic Committee...