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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2002, file photo, Simon Ammann, of Switzerland, competes in the men's K90 Individual ski jump at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah.  Salt Lake City may shift its focus to bidding for the 2034 Winter Olympics rather than the games four years earlier following the announcement last month that Sapporo, Japan will bid for 2030, organizing committee members said Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Salt Lake City eyes 2034 Olympics after Sapporo bid for 2030

Feb. 12, 2020 3:29 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City may shift its focus to bidding for the 2034 Winter Olympics rather than the Games being held four years earlier following the announcement last month that Sapporo, Japan, will bid for 2030, organizing committee members said Wednesday. A new organizing committee unveiled...

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, Connecticut team captain Eli Thomas (22) takes part in the coin toss before an NCAA college football game against Wagner in East Hartford, Conn. Thomas, who overcame a stroke to return to school, is among the first six athletes named as finalists for the Hartford HealthCare Courage Award.  (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn, File)

College athletes honored with award for overcoming adversity

Feb. 10, 2020 12:17 PM EST

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Eastern Connecticut runner Samara Johnson doesn't want people to feel sorry for her. The 4-foot-8 senior cross-country and track athlete is one of the first six college athletes nominated for the Hartford HealthCare Connecticut Courage Award and would rather be recognized for what...

USOPC chief defends federation's actions in lawsuit

Feb. 7, 2020 8:17 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee's CEO told her staff “we acted appropriately, expeditiously and in the best interest of the athletes" in the athlete-welfare cases the federation's fired medical director complains about in a lawsuit. In a letter sent to the staff and obtained...

Ex-Olympic medical chief ties firing to reports of sex abuse

Feb. 6, 2020 4:49 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A former sports medicine executive at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the federation, contending he was fired for urging managers to react more strongly to his concerns about abuse and other athlete-safety issues. Bill Moreau, the former vice...

FILE - In this June 11, 2019, file photo, a man walks past the logos of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and Olympics in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizers are again trying to squelch fears that that this summer's games could be postponed or cancelled. Toshiro Muto is the CEO for the games and he went out of his way to say “the Olympics and Paralympics will be held as planned.

Tokyo tries to quell fear of Olympic-Paralympic cancellation

Feb. 6, 2020 6:12 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizers again tried on Thursday to allay fears that the 2020 Games could be postponed or canceled by the fast-spreading virus from China. Tokyo Olympic CEO Toshiro Muto, who on Wednesday said he was “seriously worried” the virus could disrupt the...

Chief Executive Officer Toshiro Muto, right, and Craig Spence, head of communications of the International Paralympic Committee, attend a news conference in Tokyo Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Tokyo Olympic organizers said Wednesday they are increasingly concerned about the disruption the fast-spreading virus in China is causing with the games opening in just under six months. “I am seriously worried that the spread of the infectious disease could throw cold water on the momentum toward the games,

Tokyo Olympics CEO: "I'm seriously worried" over China virus

Feb. 4, 2020 10:43 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics organizers on Wednesday said they are increasingly concerned about the disruption the fast-spreading virus in China is causing ahead of the games, which open in just under six months. Chief Executive Officer Toshiro Muto sounded a grave note speaking at a meeting with officials...

City officials and Olympic organizers pause for photos before cutting the ribbon during a grand opening ceremony of the Ariake Arena, a venue for volleyball at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and wheelchair basketball during the Paralympic Games, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Tokyo cuts ribbon on another Olympic venue -- Ariake Arena

Feb. 2, 2020 12:17 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo cut the ribbon on another new Olympic venue on Sunday, just under six months ahead of the games' opening. This time it was the Ariake Arena alongside Tokyo Bay, the venue for Olympic volleyball and wheelchair basketball at the Paralympics. Only one new venue remains to be inaugurated....

FILE - In this June 11, 2019, file photo, the logo of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics on display in Tokyo.  Wheelchair basketball was removed from the 2024 Paralympic program on Friday Jan. 31, 2020, and could be cut from the upcoming Tokyo Games as well, as the International Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation are in a dispute about how players are graded. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Wheelchair basketball faces exclusion from Paralympics

Jan. 31, 2020 2:41 PM EST

BONN, Germany (AP) — Wheelchair basketball was removed from the 2024 Paralympics program on Friday, and could be cut from the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics as well. The International Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation are in a dispute about how players are graded and...

Nassar survivors offered $215M settlement by USA Gymnastics

Jan. 30, 2020 6:19 PM EST

USA Gymnastics has filed a bankruptcy plan that includes an offer of $215 million for sexual abuse survivors to settle their claims against the embattled organization. The $215 million total is the amount the insurance carriers for USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee are willing...

USOPC to fund professional staff to help athletes council

Jan. 23, 2020 4:42 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee struck a deal to provide $525,000 this year for its athletes council to hire professional staff to help the council's volunteer leaders navigate the thorny issues that surround the Olympic movement. The USOPC also has rewritten its...