Latest International Olympic Committee News

More than 1 million Olympic tickets in latest Japan lottery

Nov. 8, 2019 2:49 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Frustrated residents of Japan will get another shot at attending next year's Tokyo Olympics when organizers on Friday put more than 1 million tickets into the latest lottery. Tokyo has generated unprecedented ticket demand inside and outside Japan. Organizers say 3.57 million tickets have...

US gov't rep unhappy with WADA lobbying effort

Nov. 7, 2019 4:52 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — A key American delegate at the World Anti-Doping Agency meetings lashed out at the agency's director for using government money in hopes of reshaping U.S. legislation designed to fight drugs in sports. At the WADA board meeting Thursday, Kendel Ehrlich of the U.S. Office of National...

IOC, WADA hire DC lobbyists to discuss anti-doping bill

Nov. 6, 2019 5:01 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Not long after a bill that would criminalize international doping conspiracies advanced in the U.S. Congress, world Olympic and anti-doping leaders made clear how they felt about the development. They started lobbying for changes in Washington. The International Olympic Committee...

IOC's large role in anti-doping creates conflict of interest

Nov. 5, 2019 3:32 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The idea made sense. Given the rampant amount of drug abuse in Olympic sports, the sports world needed a global watchdog. But who would pay for that sort of operation? The International Olympic Committee decided it would split the bill with governments. That's how the World...

IOC pledges $10 million to anti-doping fight

Nov. 5, 2019 7:39 AM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The incoming leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency asked for more money. The International Olympic Committee said "Yes." IOC president Thomas Bach pledged $10 million to fight doping in sports, half of which would go toward storing samples from pre-Olympics testing for 10 years and...

Column: IOC marathon edict should give pause to other cities

Nov. 1, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

Tokyo must be having some serious second-thoughts about taking on the Olympic Games. In addition to being saddled with an enormous tab, the host city has now lost one of the Summer Games' signature events. The International Olympic Committee ordered the marathons moved out of Tokyo to avoid the summer heat...

Tokyo gives in: Olympic marathons head north to Sapporo

Nov. 1, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — After two weeks of bitter debate, the Tokyo Olympic marathon is still going north to Sapporo. And Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike isn't happy about it. "I dare say, this is a decision without an agreement," Koike said Friday, speaking through an interpreter at talks with the IOC and local...

Q&A: Things to know about feud over Tokyo's Olympic marathon

Oct. 31, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The International Olympic Committee abruptly announced two weeks ago it was moving next year's Olympic marathon from Tokyo to the northern city of Sapporo. The change has infuriated Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and created a public fight between the powerful, Switzerland-based IOC, and Tokyo,...

Tokyo governor confronts IOC over moving Olympic marathon

Oct. 30, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The IOC has a full-blown fight on its hands trying to move next year's Olympic marathon from steamy Tokyo to the cooler northern city of Sapporo. The powerful Olympic body is up against Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who was once viewed as a possible Japanese prime minister candidate and is one...

Tokyo officials feud with IOC over Olympic marathon switch

Oct. 29, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo city officials are in a public feud with the International Olympic Committee over IOC plans — made without consulting the city or local organizers — to move next year's Tokyo Olympic marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to Sapporo to avoid the capital's summer heat....