Latest International Olympic Committee News

Japanese Olympic Committee head resigns amid bribery scandal

Mar. 19, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tsunekazu Takeda is stepping down as the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee amid a vote-buying scandal that French investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year's Olympics. Takeda announced Tuesday at the committee's executive board meeting that he will resign when his term ends...

Tick tock, tick tock: Tokyo Olympics clock hits 500-day mark

Mar. 12, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tick tock, tick tock. The Tokyo Olympic clock has hit 500 days to go. Organizers marked the milestone on Tuesday, unveiling the stylized pictogram figures for next year's Tokyo Olympics. The pictogram system was first used extensively in 1964 when the Japanese capital lasted hosted the Summer...

Victory for Olympic athletes in Germany to promote sponsors

Feb. 27, 2019 12:40 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — In a win for athletes over Olympic restrictions, a German anti-trust agency has ruled that "abusive" limits on games-time promotional activities should be relaxed. The Olympic Charter's rules are "too far-reaching and thus constitute abusive conduct," the Federal Cartel Office said in an...

Boxing body approves religiously respectful women's uniform

Feb. 25, 2019 9:22 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The international boxing association says it has approved new uniforms for female boxers to wear for religious reasons. AIBA says "hijabs and full body form-fitting uniforms" have been designed "that do not compromise the competition and therefore the health of the boxers."...

Indonesia makes 2032 Olympics bid official

Feb. 19, 2019 9:59 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has officially joined bidding to host the 2032 Olympics following its success staging the Asian Games last year, the deputy chairman of its national Olympic committee said Tuesday, highlighting the rising ambitions of the giant but perennially underperforming Southeast...

Olympic volunteers: One-time chance, or exploitation?

Feb. 15, 2019 3:23 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries and translate for lost fans. IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn't be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers and monarchs. The billion-dollar...

New athletes group formed to tackle doping in sports

Feb. 13, 2019 4:22 PM EST

An Olympic gold medalist and a former executive at the World Anti-Doping Agency are forming an organization designed to give athletes a stronger voice in the fight against doping and the powers that police it. The group, called Global Athlete, is being organized by British cyclist Callum Skinner. Rob Koehler, who...

The Latest: Australia urges Thailand to release footballer

Feb. 4, 2019 4:52 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on a detained soccer player's extradition case in Thailand (all times local): 4:40 a.m. Australia has urged Thailand to exercise its legal discretion by releasing refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne says in a statement Thailand's office of...

Tokyo Olympic CEO says no need for Takeda to resign

Feb. 1, 2019 6:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The chief executive of Tokyo's Olympic organizing committee said Friday there is no need for another top Japanese official to resign despite being investigated in a bribery scandal. Toshiro Muto defended Tsunekazu Takeda, who is the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a vice president...

French Olympic probe raises questions about Japanese firm

Jan. 23, 2019 11:10 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An investigation by French prosecutors into alleged vote-buying connected with Tokyo winning the 2020 Olympics has raised questions about one of Japan's most powerful companies, the giant advertising and marketing agency Dentsu Inc. From its 48-story headquarters in central Tokyo, Dentsu is...