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Russia faces next wave of punishment in endless doping saga

Dec. 7, 2019 5:18 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The never-ending Russia doping saga hits another dramatic peak Monday when its Tokyo Olympics status and prospects for hosting international sports events are on the line. World Anti-Doping Agency leaders have been urged by expert advisers to take a hard line on Russian state tampering with a...

Troubled waters: Open water swimming faces do-over of 2016

Dec. 6, 2019 2:36 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Haley Anderson has been through this before. In the lead-up to the Rio Olympics, all the talk about open water swimming focused on the conditions rather than the competition. Now, it's happening again with the Tokyo Games less than a year away. This time, there is concern about the...

Olympic champion Biles to headline post-Olympic tour

Dec. 4, 2019 5:24 PM EST

Simone Biles wants to bring gymnastics to the masses and plans to bring some of her friends along for the ride. The Olympic and world champion is headlining a tour in the fall of 2020 that will be a mixture of sports and entertainment intended to inspire the next generation of female athletes. The “Gold...

Details confirmed for Tokyo Olympic marathon, race walks

Dec. 4, 2019 2:31 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Dates and details of the routes to be used for the Tokyo Olympic marathon and race walk events in Sapporo were announced Wednesday, weeks after the IOC ordered the switch in search of cooler temperatures despite opposition from city officials. The IOC and the Tokyo organizing...

Hot Water: Pressure to move Tokyo Olympics open-water venue

Dec. 4, 2019 4:02 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The IOC moved next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks out of the Japanese capital to avoid the stifling heat and humidity. Now some swimmers and an 11,000-member coaching body are asking that something similar should be done with the distance-swimming venue in Tokyo Bay....

Olympic judo champ gets 5 years for sexual assault of pupils

Dec. 2, 2019 11:56 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Two-time Olympic judo champion Peter Seisenbacher was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday for sexually assaulting two young girls he was coaching in the early 2000s. An Austrian regional criminal court found Seisenbacher guilty of the abuse, which took place in Vienna between 1999 and...

Olympic champion Mo Farah to make track comeback in 10,000

Nov. 29, 2019 7:00 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Olympic champion Mo Farah is returning to the track and wants to defend his 10,000-meter title at next year’s Tokyo Games. Announcing his plans on his YouTube channel on Friday, Farah said: "I’m really excited to be competing. I’m back on the track.” Farah is a...

Draws take place for Olympic basketball qualifying tourneys

Nov. 27, 2019 9:45 AM EST

If Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to compete in the Olympics next summer, Greece will have to win a few games in Canada first. The draws to see which countries will grab the remaining basketball berths in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — four men’s spots and 10 women’s spots in the 12-team fields...

76ers’ Brett Brown to coach Australia at Tokyo Olympics

Nov. 26, 2019 5:24 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown will guide the Australian men’s team at next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Basketball Australia said Wednesday he will succeed Andrej Lemanis, who coached the Boomers to the semifinals at the 2016 Olympics — the team’s...

WADA panel recommends neutral status for Russia at Olympics

Nov. 25, 2019 7:53 PM EST

MONTREAL (AP) — Russian athletes will have a chance to compete at next year’s Olympics, but their flag would not fly in Tokyo if the World Anti-Doping Agency approves a recommendation it received Monday. The WADA compliance review committee proposed a four-year ban on Russia hosting major events but...