Latest 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games News

FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, United States' Rose Lavelle, left, is challenged by Netherlands' Danielle Van De Donk during the Women's World Cup final soccer at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. Twenty players have been named to the U.S. women's soccer team that will play for a spot in the Tokyo Olympics. Coach Andonovski announced the roster for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)

US Olympic qualifying roster minus 5 from World Cup team

Jan. 17, 2020 2:56 PM EST

The United States’ roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament will look very similar to the one that won the Women’s World Cup in France, with notable exceptions. Alex Morgan, Mallory Pugh, Allie Long, Morgan Brian and Tierna Davidson were on the title team but were left off the...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, technicians walk at the three thematic districts at the under construction site of the Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The United States, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, said its participation at this year's World's Fair in Dubai is being made possible by “the generosity of the Emirati government.” (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

US says its pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai sponsored by UAE

Jan. 16, 2020 8:29 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States said its participation at this year's World's Fair in Dubai is being made possible by “the generosity of the Emirati government.” The U.S. State Department said Wednesday Emirati sponsorship of America's pavilion, estimated to be at least...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 photo, Danny Valencia throws a ball during Israel's national baseball team practice, in Tel Aviv, Israel. As a baseball-crazed kid growing up in Miami, Danny Valencia dreamed of playing in the Major Leagues. The thought of heading to the Olympics, for a foreign country no less, never crossed his mind. But that’s the next surreal step for the 35-year-old Valencia, who recently became an Israeli citizen thanks to his Jewishness and is now the star player in Team Israel’s improbable run to the Tokyo Games. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel's unlikely Olympic baseball team dreams big for Japan

Jan. 15, 2020 1:03 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — As a baseball-crazed kid growing up in Miami, Danny Valencia dreamed of playing in the Major Leagues. The thought of heading to the Olympics, for a foreign country no less, never crossed his mind. But after nine years and nearly 100 homers in the big leagues, that’s the next...

Fifth annual SheBelieves Cup field includes US, England

Jan. 13, 2020 2:18 PM EST

The Women's World Cup champion U.S. team will face Spain and England, two teams it defeated on the way to the title, as well as Japan in the fifth annual SheBelieves Cup kicking off in March. Doubleheader matches in the round robin-style tournament will be held in Orlando, Florida, on March 5, in Harrison, New...

FILE - In this May 23, 2017 file photo, Jimmy Fallon attends the SeriousFun Children's Network Gala at Pier Sixty in New York.  Fallon is heading to prime-time with a new NBC comedy-variety series called “That's My Jam.” Fallon will host the show inspired by his popular, celebrity-studded musical segments on “The Tonight Show.”  (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

Jimmy Fallon heads to prime-time with celeb musical series

Jan. 11, 2020 2:12 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Fallon is adding his first prime-time series to his his late-night empire. He'll host “That's My Jam,” a comedy-variety event series on NBC inspired by his popular, celebrity-studded musical segments on the “The Tonight Show.” It will premiere...

Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), delivers a speech during the 135th Session of the IOC on the sideline of the the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, at the SwissTech Convention Centre, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

IOC president defends rules limiting Olympic protests

Jan. 10, 2020 8:32 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The political neutrality of the Olympics would be undercut if an athlete took a knee in protest on the medal podium at this year's Tokyo Games, IOC President Thomas Bach said Friday. One day after the International Olympic Committee published guidelines specifying which type of...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968 file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Athletes are prohibited by the Olympic Charter's Rule 50 from taking a political stand in the field of play — like the raised fists by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Games. (AP Photo, file)

IOC details rules on political protests at Olympics

Jan. 9, 2020 3:17 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — No taking a knee at the Olympics. No hand gestures with political meaning. No disrespect at medal ceremonies. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Athletes are...

FILE - In this June 11, 2019, file photo, a man walks past the Tokyo 2020 Olympic logos in Tokyo. One of the creative directors for this year's Tokyo Olympics has resigned following allegations of what are being termed “power harassment.” Kaoru Sugano stepped away from the position and his resignation has been confirmed by the Tokyo organizing committee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tokyo Olympics creative director out over 'power harassment'

Jan. 9, 2020 8:07 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — One of the creative directors for this year's Tokyo Olympics has resigned following allegations of what are being termed “power harassment.” Kaoru Sugano stepped away from the position last month and his resignation was confirmed Thursday by the Tokyo organizing committee. Tokyo...

Two sets of bedroom furniture, including cardboard beds, for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Villages are shown in a display room Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic athletes beware - particularly larger ones. The single bed frames in the Athletes Village at this year's Olympics will be made of cardboard. The single bed frames will be recycled into paper products after the games. The mattress components - the mattress are not made of cardboard - will be recycled into plastic products.. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

An Olympic First: Cardboard beds for Tokyo Athletes Village

Jan. 9, 2020 1:13 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic athletes beware — particularly larger ones. The bed frames in the Athletes Village at this year's Olympics will be made of cardboard. Sturdy cardboard. “Those beds can stand up to 200 kilograms,” explained Takashi Kitajima, the general manager of the Athletes...

Cheers, tears, prayers for 2020: A new decade is ushered in

Jan. 1, 2020 12:01 AM EST

Revelers around the globe are bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump. A look at how the world is ushering in 2020: ___ RIO DE JANEIRO About 3 million people welcomed 2020 at Brazil's iconic...