Latest International Olympic Committee News

Lawyer details limits on Olympic athlete sponsorships

Oct. 18, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A lawyer with the Association of National Olympic Committees on Friday detailed the limits on athletes promoting their sponsors within new guidelines for the 2020 Tokyo Games. ANOC legal commission chairman Michael Chambers told the 206-nation group members that only generic advertising...

Tale of 2 Cities: Sapporo likes race move; Tokyo not much

Oct. 17, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Sapporo officials are thrilled with a proposal to move next year's Tokyo Olympic marathons to the northern Japanese city to avoid the summer heat in the city. That was not the case in Tokyo, where the reaction to the move seemed to catch city and organizing committee officials by surprise. "We...

Olympic marathons set to move out of Tokyo to cooler north

Oct. 16, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Amid concern about the expected searing heat in Tokyo, the IOC wants to move the 2020 Olympic marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to find cooler and safer race conditions. The International Olympic Committee detailed a new plan Wednesday to stage the marathons and race walking events...

US relaxes sponsorship rules for Olympic athletes

Oct. 8, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be able to thank personal sponsors, appear in advertisements for those sponsors and receive congratulatory messages from them during next year's Tokyo Games under guidance released Tuesday by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee....

Tokyo Games: Union wants venue inspection, worker interviews

Oct. 2, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An international labor union investigating worker safety and the use of migrant workers at venues for next year's Tokyo Olympics is asking for a joint inspection of construction sites and an open interview with workers. The Building and Wood Workers' International, in a report earlier this...

The Latest: Chepkoech, Coburn qualify in steeplechase

Sep. 27, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Latest on the world track and field championships (all times local): 7.40 p.m. Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech qualified fastest for the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase final at the world track championships, with defending champion Emma Coburn of the United States also through....

IOC president promises 'fresh look' at Russian doping

Sep. 27, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The leader of the IOC pledged that he supports reopening the Russian doping case, promising "a fresh look" at the new evidence after allegations that critical lab data was manipulated before it was sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency. IOC president Thomas Bach spoke Friday at a news...

Russia fears missing Olympics over doping data tampering

Sep. 23, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Russia's doping troubles are nowhere near over. After a head-snapping day of developments from Moscow to Tokyo to the Middle East, the country has new fears that its status at next year's Olympics could be in jeopardy — and no doubt about where it stands in track and field. "It...

Iran suspended from world judo over Israel boycott policy

Sep. 18, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran has been suspended from international judo competitions because it boycotts bouts with Israeli athletes. Less than a month after world champion Saeid Mollaei walked off the Iranian team in protest of the boycott policy, the International Judo Federation (IJF) said...

SKorea asks IOC to ban 'rising sun' flag at Tokyo Olympics

Sep. 11, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has formally asked the International Olympic Committee to ban the Japanese "rising sun" flag at next year's Tokyo Games, calling it a symbol of Japan's brutal wartime past and comparing it with the Nazi swastika. South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on...