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Tokyo's newly reelected Gov. Yuriko Koike, right, meets Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori at Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters in Tokyo Monday, July 6, 2020. Koike assured Mori that she plans to continue working with him on achieving the games, and agreed to his proposal to set up a meeting among officials from the government, Tokyo and Olympic organizers to discuss COVID-19 countermeasures. (Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo Olympics seek COVID-19 defenses, but what exactly?

Jul. 6, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — As the president of the Tokyo Olympics, Yoshiro Mori knows experts will have to come up with defenses against COVID-19 for the postponed games to open a year from now. These include quarantines for athletes, and few fans at the venues among ideas being floated by the organizing committee, the...

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, 1968 Olympic athlete John Carlos raises his fist as he speaks about his experience as Olympians who participated in Mexico City in 1968 during the 50th Anniversary of the Defining Moment in Sports Social Activism Historic Town Hall at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif. Olympic protestor John Carlos co-authored a letter with an influential American athletes' group calling on the IOC to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics and replace it with a policy written in collaboration with athletes. Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States.  (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Carlos, US athletes take stand to end Olympic protest rule

Jun. 27, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — John Carlos wants to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics. The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes, calling on the IOC to put in place a new policy done in collaboration with athletes from across the globe. Carlos and...

FILE - Ibn this March 30, 2020, file photo, Haruyuki Takahashi, executive board member of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games arrives at Tokyo 2020 Executive Board Meeting in Tokyo, Japan. Takahashi says another delay should be sought if the games can't be held next year. The Tokyo Olympics were to be held this year but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Tokyo Olympic board member would support another delay

Jun. 16, 2020 3:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An executive board member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee says another delay should be sought if the games can’t be held next year. The Tokyo Olympics were to be held this year but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The suggestion comes from Haruyuki...

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US Olympic leaders eye change on protests amid wary athletes

Jun. 13, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is open to challenging IOC rules restricting protests at the Olympics. At the same time, some of the very athletes the federation is trying to help are angered that they have been kept out of the loop in key decisions. The federation, in response to...

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 to open talks about easing protest ban at Olympics

Jun. 10, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Amid a global wave of demonstrations against racism, the IOC said Wednesday it would open talks that could let athletes make stronger protests at the Olympic Games. Only five months ago the Olympic body strengthened its ban on political statements by specifying that gestures such as taking a...

FILE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo, people wearing masks walk past the Olympic rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo. It's been 2 1/2 months since the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So where do the games stand? So far, many ideas about how the Olympic can take place are being floated by the International Olympic Committee, Japanese officials and politicians, and in unsourced Japanese newspaper articles coming from local organizers and politicians. The focus is on soaring costs, fans, or no fans, possible quarantines for athletes, and cutting back to only “the essentials.

Q&A: State of Tokyo Olympics 2 1/2 months after postponement

Jun. 8, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's been 2 1/2 months since the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So where do the games stand? So far, many ideas about how the Olympic can take place are being floated by the International Olympic Committee, Japanese officials and politicians,...

FILE - In this Dec 22, 2015, file photo, Toshiaki Endo, center, minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, speaks with media after a meeting of Cabinet ministers including Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo. Former Olympic minister Endo said at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday, June 5, 2020, that a decision of whether to hold the Games should be made around March, which is a crucial time to finalize participating athletes, NHK said. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Former Olympic minister says March is deadline for Tokyo

Jun. 5, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Next spring has been set by former Olympic minister Toshikai Endo as a possible deadline for deciding whether the postponed Tokyo Games can go ahead. “March next year is a time when we face major questions on whether athletes can be selected,” Endo was quoted as saying by...

FILE - In this June 3, 2020, photo, the Olympic rings float in the water at sunset in the Odaiba section in Tokyo. The Japanese public is being prepared for the reality of next year's postponed Olympics where athletes are likely to face quarantines, spectators will be fewer, and the delay will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. In the last several weeks, IOC President Thomas Bach has given selected interviews outside Japan and hinted at empty stadiums, quarantines and virus testing. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Postponed Tokyo Olympics could be downsized and simplified

Jun. 4, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese public is being prepared for the reality of next year’s postponed Olympics, where athletes are likely to face quarantines, spectators will be fewer, and the delay will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. In the last several weeks, International Olympic Committee President...

FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, workers stand at the bottom of the Olympic rings at Tokyo's Odaiba district. Just two months after the unprecedented postponement. Chief Executive Toshiro Muto was asked Thursday, May 28, 2020 about progress rescheduling next year's Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Tokyo Olympics just beginning the race to reset themselves

May. 28, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Just two months after the unprecedented Olympic postponement, organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto was asked Thursday about progress toward next year's rescheduled Tokyo Games. “If you ask, are we just around the first corner of the 400-meter race, I cannot answer that...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, a child waves a Chinese national flag and an Olympic flag during a ceremony to mark the arrival of the Olympic flag and start of the flag tour for the Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022 at a section of the Great Wall of China on the outskirts of Beijing. Uncertainty surrounds how the postponed Tokyo Olympics will be held next year in the midst of the coronavirus. The same questions permeate three mega-events that will be staged in China within a year after the Tokyo Games close. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Tokyo Olympics followed up by 3 mega-events -- all in China

May. 22, 2020 2:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Uncertainty grips next year’s postponed Tokyo Olympics: Will there be fans or empty stadiums in 14 months? And how will thousands of athletes, staff, and technical officials travel, be housed, and stay safe amid COVID-19? And Tokyo is not alone. China — where the COVID-19...