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Olympic bodies launch competitive series in virtual sports

Apr. 22, 2021 06:12 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A competitive virtual sports event was launched Thursday by the International Olympic Committee. The Olympic Virtual Series will include five sports — baseball, cycling, auto racing, rowing and sailing — and runs from May 13 to June 23....

Tokyo Olympics torch relay has first positive COVID-19 case

Apr. 22, 2021 03:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics organizers said Thursday that a policeman tested positive for COVID-19 a day after his assignment last week at the Olympic torch relay. It is the first positive test connected to the relay since it began March 25 from northeastern Fukushima...

Tokyo Games delay decision until June on fans -- or no fans

Apr. 21, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese residents with tickets to the Tokyo Olympics may not know until weeks before the games open if they'll be allowed to attend. Fans from abroad have already been barred, and on Wednesday organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto said a decision...

Olympian Richards-Ross joins Kentucky Derby coverage on NBC

Apr. 20, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Four-time Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross will provide fashion and lifestyle commentary for the Kentucky Derby on NBC on May 1. The network is announcing her addition to its coverage Tuesday morning. Richards-Ross won gold...

IOC reluctantly accepts plan for 2026 Cortina bobsled track

Apr. 19, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The International Olympic Committee reluctantly accepted plans to spend 50 million euros ($60 million) to rebuild an abandoned bobsled track in Cortina d’Ampezzo for the 2026 Winter Games — as long as the funds stay out of the official games’ budget. ...

Belgian Olympians get priority vaccines ahead of Tokyo Games

Apr. 19, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Olympians traveling to Japan for the Tokyo Games were promised priority treatment for COVID-19 vaccines on Monday. The Belgian Olympic Committee said its 177 Olympic and 55 Paralympic athletes will get vaccine shots while most of the adult...

Will Japanese Olympians be vaccinated ahead of the public?

Apr. 19, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The vaccine rollout in Japan has been very slow with less than 1% vaccinated, causing concern about the postponed Tokyo Olympics that are scheduled to open in just over three months. Taro Kono, the minister in charge of the vaccine rollout, said last week...

No masks, no worries — for now; Aussies preparing for Tokyo

Apr. 18, 2021 06:42 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — No masks. No worries. For now. Dani Stevens won a record 14th national title in the women's discus throw on Sunday to earn her spot on the Australian team for a fourth Olympics, less than a year after fearing a career-threatening neck injury could force...

Column: The Tokyo Olympics will go on, but in name only

Apr. 16, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

In 1964, less than two decades removed from World War II, Japan used the Summer Olympics to showcase its astonishing recovery from a horrific defeat. It was an undeniable triumph for the host nation. This time, the Tokyo Games will be a...

Chen tops Hanyu to win men's free skate at World Team Trophy

Apr. 16, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Three-time world champion Nathan Chen won the free skate at the figure skating World Team Trophy on Friday to continue his dominance of two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu. First after the short program, Chen opened with a quadruple flip and...