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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, people walk by a police station by the front gate of the Artux City Vocational Skills Education Training Service Center in Artux in western China's Xinjiang region. A coalition of human-rights groups has met with the International Olympic Committee over calls to pull the 2022 Winter Olympics out of Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

More questions on human rights for Beijing Winter Olympics

Oct. 16, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

Zumretay Arkin posed a question in a recent on-line meeting with Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., the prominent International Olympic Committee member who oversees preparations for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. “Why should China, a country running concentration camps with at least 1 million Muslim Uighurs...

FILE - In this June 7, 2019, file photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach arrives to meet French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Bach is planning a trip to Japan November, 2020, to meet with new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and organizers of the postponed Tokyo Olympics, Tokyo Olympic CEO Toshiro Muto said Friday, Oct. 9. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Bach and Mori give pep talk to heads of Olympic delegations

Oct. 12, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach and Yoshiro Mori, the head of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, gave an online pep talk Monday to national Olympic committee representatives to allay fears about the postponed games. About 200 national Olympic committees are expected to be represented next year...

FILE - In this June 7, 2019, file photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach arrives to meet French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Bach is planning a trip to Japan November, 2020, to meet with new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and organizers of the postponed Tokyo Olympics, Tokyo Olympic CEO Toshiro Muto said Friday, Oct. 9. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

IOC denies media claim of meddling in French investigation

Oct. 9, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The IOC denied claims on Friday that President Thomas Bach intervened to help steer an Olympic official implicated in corruption away from France where the investigation has been led. German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung's suggestion that Bach contradicted a regular promise to co-operate...

FILE - In this June 7, 2019, file photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach arrives to meet French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Bach is planning a trip to Japan November, 2020, to meet with new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and organizers of the postponed Tokyo Olympics, Tokyo Olympic CEO Toshiro Muto said Friday, Oct. 9. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Thomas Bach to visit new Japanese PM, Tokyo Olympic leaders

Oct. 9, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach is planning a trip to Japan next month to meet with new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and organizers of the postponed Tokyo Olympics, organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto said Friday. In an on-line briefing, Muto said the trip was scheduled for the middle of...

In this March 30, 2020, file photo, a man jogs past the Olympic rings in Tokyo.It’s been six months since the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone from new Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to IOC President Thomas Bach have tried to assure the Japanese public and deep-pocketed sponsors that the Olympics will take place. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tokyo Olympics Q&A: Should athletes be priority for vaccine?

Sep. 28, 2020 1:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's been six months since the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last few weeks, everyone from new Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to IOC President Thomas Bach have tried to assure the Japanese public and deep-pocketed sponsors that the Olympics...

CEO of Tokyo 2020 Toshiro Muto and President of Tokyo 2020 Yoshiro Mori wear face masks as they leave a joint press conference between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Tokyo. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP)

Tokyo Olympics and IOC find mostly minor areas to 'simplify'

Sep. 25, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers announced several “simplification” changes Friday for next year’s postponed games, though with few large-scale cost savings. Simplifying the Tokyo Games has been a pledge of the International Olympic Committee and local organizers since COVID-19...

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, right, reacts before an on-line meeting focused on how to pull off the delayed Tokyo Games, in Tokyo, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach delivered a pep talk to Japanese government officials and local organizers on Thursday that included suggestions that “hundreds of millions”of doses COVID-19 vaccines would be available before the postponed Olympic are to open on July 23, 2021. (Du Xiaoyi/Pool Photo via AP)

Bach offers pep session for Tokyo Games and talks up vaccine

Sep. 24, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach delivered a pep talk to Japanese government officials and local organizers on Thursday that included suggestions that “hundreds of millions” of doses COVID-19 vaccines would be available before the postponed Olympics open in July. Bach was speaking from...

In this June 11, 2019, file photo, Toshiro Muto, CEO of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, listens to questions from the media during a news conference in Tokyo. Tokyo CEO Muto and other Olympic officials are proposing that the government relax immigration regulations, allowing athletes to enter the country before next year’s postponed games and train during a 14-day quarantine period. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tokyo Olympics CEO suggests relaxed entry rules for athletes

Sep. 23, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics officials are proposing that the government relax immigration regulations to allow athletes to enter the country before next year's postponed games and train during a 14-day quarantine period, Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the organizing committee said on Wednesday. “We have...

FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, right, is presented with the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President's trophy by AOC president John Coates at the AOC annual general meeting in Sydney, Australia. The only thing more difficult than staging next year's Tokyo Olympics in a pandemic might be convincing sponsors to keep their billions on board in the midst of economic turbulence and skepticism. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Tokyo needs to convince sponsors Olympics will really happen

Sep. 22, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The only thing more difficult than staging next year's Tokyo Olympics in a pandemic might be convincing sponsors to keep their billions of dollars on board in the midst of economic turbulence and skepticism. To make the point this week, IOC President Thomas Bach will join a number of Japanese...

Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attends an extraordinary session at the upper house of parliament Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Tokyo. Suga started his first full day in office Thursday, with a resolve to push for reforms for the people, and he said he is already taking a crack at it. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

New Japanese PM gets word out: He supports Tokyo Olympics

Sep. 17, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister has gotten the word out to the president of the International Olympic Committee that he is behind next year’s delayed Tokyo Games. Yoshiro Mori, the head of the local organizing committee and also a former prime minister, said Prime Minister Yoshihide...