Latest 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games News

Lloyd Pierce replacing Nate McMillan on USA coaching staff

Apr. 22, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce has been added as an assistant coach for USA Basketball this summer, when the Americans will compete in the FIBA World Cup in China and try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Pierce is replacing Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan, who withdrew because of scheduling conflicts....

Olympic skateboard selection begins with Dew Tour in June

Apr. 18, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Stops on the Dew Tour skateboarding circuit will serve as qualifying events for the sport's Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games. The Dew Tour contest in Long Beach set for June 13-16 will be the first U.S.-based qualifying event for both park and street competitions. The tour will...

Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics

Apr. 18, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's Olympic ticket sales time again, perhaps the least understood side of the games. "Time flies," said Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist from Japan. "It's as if the Rio de Janeiro Olympics were just yesterday." The now-retired Kitajima helped Tokyo Olympic...

Fans, athletes, volunteers will be up early at Tokyo Games

Apr. 16, 2019 6:13 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For fans, athletes, and volunteers, next year's Tokyo Olympics could become known as the get-up-early games. Hoping to beat the summer heat in the Japanese capital, organizers said Tuesday they will start the men's 50-kilometer race walk final at 5:30 a.m. The men's and women's marathon finals...

Japan's PM visits Fukushima nuke plant in revival message

Apr. 14, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday visited the Fukushima nuclear plant, which sank into meltdowns after a tsunami eight years ago, in an effort to highlight revival and safety as the nation prepares to host the 2020 Olympics. The visit by Abe, who last went to the Fukushima Dai-ichi...

Japan Olympic minister resigns over disaster gaffe

Apr. 10, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Olympic minister resigned Wednesday after making remarks deemed offensive to the people affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a gaffe that had questioned his credentials. Yoshitaka Sakurada said he submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He said he made comments...

Milan-Cortina 2026 bid boosted by government support

Apr. 5, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics received a boost Friday by a key letter of financial support from the Italian government. The letter was signed by Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte and handed to Octavian Morariu, the chair of the IOC's evaluation commission, which is...

Claressa Shields trains for Showtime fight in Atlantic City

Apr. 5, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer mostly feinted trash talking, using a few long glares and verbal jabs ahead of their showdown. They're the headline event for the undisputed middleweight championship on Showtime on April 13 in Atlantic City. "Guys are disrespectful to each other,...

Russian makes $16M offer to help keep boxing in Olympics

Mar. 28, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A Russian official has offered to pay the International Boxing Association's $16 million debt if the IOC keeps the sport in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Umar Kremlev, an AIBA executive committee member, made the offer in a letter to senior IOC officials overseeing an investigation...

Column: IOC must wield big stick to clean up weightlifting

Mar. 26, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — No carrots. To save weightlifting from the rot of doping, the International Olympic Committee must continue to wield the big stick. When initial drug testing came back negative from the most recent world championships, it fleetingly seemed that weightlifting might be starting to turn a corner....