Latest International Olympic Committee News

Olympic flame arrives in Beijing amid boycott calls

Oct. 20, 2021 02:21 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Olympic flame arrived in Beijing on Wednesday amid calls from overseas critics for a boycott of the Feb. 4-20 Winter Games. Beijing’s Communist Party Secretary Cai Qi, the top official in the Chinese capital, received the flame at a closely-guarded...

Rights activists urge boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Oct. 19, 2021 06:17 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Human rights activists urged international governments, sponsors and athletes on Tuesday to boycott what they called China's “genocide games” as Greek officials handed over the Olympic flame to 2022 Beijing Winter Games organizers. Activist...

Protestors disrupt flame lighting for Beijing Winter Games

Oct. 18, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

ANCIENT OLYMPIA. Greece (AP) — Three activists protesting human rights abuses in China sneaked into the archaeological site where the flame lighting ceremony for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics was being held Monday and ran toward the newly lit torch holding a Tibetan flag and a banner...

IOC voices Olympic concern at FIFA's biennial World Cup plan

Oct. 16, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The International Olympic Committee said on Saturday it has “concerns” about FIFA’s push for soccer World Cups every two years. Though IOC President Thomas Bach said last month “we will not interfere in this discussion,” his organization stepped...

IOC VP: Chinese human rights not a concern before 2022 Games

Oct. 14, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates says challenging China on its human rights record as Beijing prepares to host the 2022 Winter Games is “not in our remit." There has been widespread criticism of Beijing’s...

Veteran Pau Gasol announces retirement from basketball

Oct. 05, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Wishing his “older brother” Kobe Bryant could be there by his side, Pau Gasol finally put an end to a basketball career that went “way beyond my dreams and expectations.” Gasol announced his retirement from basketball on Tuesday after a career that...

Beijing Olympics open in 4 months; human rights talk absent

Oct. 04, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

When the International Olympic Committee awarded Beijing the 2008 Summer Olympics, it promised the Games could improve human rights and civil liberties in China. There is no such lofty talk this time with Beijing's 2022 Winter Olympics — the first city to host both the...

Boxing bouts fixed at 2016 Olympics, investigation finds

Sep. 30, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Boxing bouts for medals at the 2016 Olympics were fixed by “complicit and compliant” referees and judges, an investigation reported on Thursday. Investigator Richard McLaren was appointed by the International Boxing Association, known as...

Athletics investigators take over Belarus Olympic case

Sep. 30, 2021 07:08 AM EDT

MONACO (AP) — An investigation into two Belarus team officials who tried to force sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya on a flight from the Tokyo Olympics will now be run by track and field authorities. World Athletics said on Thursday its independent Athletics Integrity...

IOC urges Olympic teams to ask for more vaccines

Sep. 17, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic teams were urged Friday to contact the IOC about getting more vaccines ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, which will be held in the country where the coronavirus outbreak started. The International Olympic...