Latest 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games News

Ultra-competitive Hooper key attacker for US water polo

Jul. 11, 2019 3:25 AM EDT

Long before Johnny Hooper starred at California and starting playing water polo against the world, his biggest competition was his father, Gary. They played a couple different sports, and Johnny lost all the time at first. Gary Hooper was an elite athlete himself, a Hall of Famer in beach volleyball. While Johnny...

Olympic greats Bubka, Popov deny Rio 2016 vote-buying claims

Jul. 5, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic gold medalists Sergey Bubka and Alexander Popov have denied claims made in a Brazilian court they were paid to vote for Rio de Janeiro's winning bid to host the 2016 Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee said Friday its ethics commission has contacted both...

Tokyo Olympics offer 'second-chance' lottery for Japan fans

Jul. 5, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are putting "a few hundred-thousand" tickets into a lottery next month for Japan residents who were shut out when results of the first lottery were announced in June. The new "second-chance" lottery is being organized on short notice because of unprecedented demand in...

Got a Tokyo Olympics ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil

Jul. 4, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Overwhelmed by unprecedented demand, Tokyo Olympic organizers said Thursday they hope to run another ticket lottery next month for residents of Japan who got nothing the first time. Millions of Japanese were let down last month when they came away empty-handed in a lottery for next year's...

Dutch beat Italy 2-0 to make 1st Women's World Cup semifinal

Jun. 29, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

VALENCIENNES, France (AP) — The Oranje procession will roll into a Women's World Cup semifinal for the first time. The parade of fans, covered head to toe in orange, the brass band — and, of course, the free kick specialists on the field. In the sweltering afternoon heat of northeast France, the...

Stripped of Olympic status, boxing body calls new elections

Jun. 27, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — One day after being stripped of Olympic recognition, boxing body AIBA called for fresh elections in November to help rebuild its image and relations with the IOC. AIBA executive committee member Umar Kremlev of Russia said Thursday a new president will be elected Nov. 15 in Lausanne,...

Race walker asks court for Olympic status for women's 50K

Jun. 27, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — World champion race walker Inês Henriques is aiming for gender equality by asking the Court of Arbitration for Sport to add the women's 50-kilometer event to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. CAS said Thursday it will hear her appeal against the International Olympic Committee and...

JOC gets new leader in wake of Tokyo Olympic bribery scandal

Jun. 27, 2019 7:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A former gold medalist was elected Thursday to lead the Japanese Olympic Committee, which is mired in a scandal that forced the former president to step aside in an alleged vote-buying scheme to land next year's Tokyo Games. Yasuhiro Yamashita was chosen to take over for Tsunekazu Takeda, who...

IOC strips Olympic status from troubled boxing body AIBA

Jun. 26, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Troubled boxing body AIBA was stripped of Olympic status on Wednesday and the IOC will now organize qualifying and final tournaments for the 2020 Tokyo Games. AIBA had created "very serious reputational, legal and financial risks" for the IOC and its stakeholders, not just the...

IOC to change process of Olympic bid races, host elections

Jun. 26, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympics hosted in multiple cities or countries. Bidders pro-actively invited. Candidates recommended with possibly no opponents. Radical changes in how and when Olympic hosts are picked were voted in Wednesday as the International Olympic Committee looks to avoid negative...