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In this Feb. 13, 2020, photo, a boy walks around an information center in Yokohama's Chinatown, near Tokyo. A top Olympic official made clear Friday the 2020 Games in Tokyo will not be cancelled despite the virus that has spread from China. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

No 'Plan B' for Olympics; questions over Chinese presence

Feb. 14, 2020 6:48 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee said Friday there is no “Plan B” for the 2020 Games, which open in just over five months and have been jolted by the outbreak of a virus in neighboring China. The coronavirus has infected almost 64,000 people...

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...

\In this Jan. 9, 2018, file, photo, Sumo grand champion Hakuho of Mongolia performs his ring entry form at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi,File)

Sumo coming -- well almost -- to Tokyo Olympics

Feb. 4, 2020 5:36 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Sumo is coming — well, almost coming — to the Tokyo Olympics. Knowing it may have the world's attention, the Japan Sumo Association and local Olympic organizers are planning a sumo tournament on Aug. 12-13, just days after the Olympics end. The event was announced on Tuesday and...

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives for the construction completion ceremony of the New National Stadium, the venue for next year's opening and closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics and track and field in Tokyo, Japan. In a meeting Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, with the national legislature, Abe reassured them that the Summer Olympics will be taking place on schedule despite rumors of it being affected by the current coronavirus outbreak. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool Photo via AP)

Abe brushes aside worries of virus impact on Tokyo Olympics

Feb. 3, 2020 7:48 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Concern about the spreading coronavirus outbreak in China and its impact on this year's Tokyo Olympics reached Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday. Abe was asked about the virus by an opposition lawmaker but he brushed aside worries. “We will respond appropriately," Abe said,...

FILE - In this Sunday, April 28, 2019 file photo, women's race winner Kenya's Brigid Kosgei, right, and men's race winner Kenya's Eliud Kipchog pose after the 39th London Marathon in London. Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge was named on Kenya's team on Friday Jan. 31, 2020 to defend his title at this year's Tokyo Games, and Brigid Kosgei will lead Kenya's gold medal hopes in the women's race after she ran 2:14.04  in Chicago last year to break the world record for a woman running in a mixed race. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Olympic marathon champ Kipchoge on Kenya's team for Tokyo

Jan. 31, 2020 9:53 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge was named on Kenya's team on Friday to defend his title at this year's Tokyo Games. Kipchoge, who became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours in an unofficial event in October, is one of three men on the team. Kipchoge is also...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, a woman with a young boy takes a selfie with the Olympic rings, in Tokyo's Odaiba district. Tokyo Olympic organizers are trying to shoot down rumors that this summer's games might be cancelled or postponed because of the spread of a new virus. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tokyo Olympic organizers try to dampen cancellation rumors

Jan. 31, 2020 8:36 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are trying to shoot down rumors that this year's 2020 Games might be canceled or postponed because of the spread of a new virus. Japan has so far reported no deaths from the coronavirus that has killed more than 200 people in China. Japanese organizers have hesitated...

US opens next Olympic baseball qualifying try vs Nicaragua

Jan. 30, 2020 12:26 PM EST

The United States will start its second attempt to qualify for this year's Olympic baseball tournament against Nicaragua on March 22 at Surprise, Arizona. The Americans play the Dominican Republic the following day at Tempe and finish Group B against Puerto Rico on March 24 in Surprise, the World Baseball...

FILE - In this  Feb. 3, 1972, file photo, the white five-ringer Olympic flag, which has been in the custody of Genoble since the winter games in 1968, is handed over by French skier Ingrid Lafforgue, with due ceremony in Sapporo. The city of Sapporo is the first to officially bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics and becomes the early favorite after the Japanese Olympic Committee approved its candidate file late Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Sapporo was host to the 1972 Winter Olympics and could face competition from Salt Lake City in the United States, which is also being mentioned as a possible bidder, along with Barcelona and a bid tied to the Pyrenees. At right is Avery Brundage, the president of the IOC. (AP Photo, File)

Sapporo takes lead in bidding for 2030 Winter Olympics

Jan. 29, 2020 10:44 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The city of Sapporo is the first to officially bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics and becomes the early favorite after the Japanese Olympic Committee approved its candidate file late Wednesday. Sapporo was host to the 1972 Winter Olympics and could face competition from Salt Lake City in the...

Fireworks light up the sky near the illuminated Olympic rings during a ceremony held to celebrate the 6-months-to-go milestone for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in the Odaiba district of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Tokyo Olympics reach 6-months-to-go mark with some fireworks

Jan. 24, 2020 6:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo put on a flashy fireworks display on Friday to mark the 6-months-to-go milestone for this year's Olympics. The show took place high above a barge stationed in Tokyo Bay that supports a massive replica of the five Olympic rings, a reminder the games are almost here. Japan residents needed...

FILE - In this  July 24, 2019, file photo, Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals are unveiled during a One Year to Go Olympic ceremony event in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics open exactly six months from Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 and the United States and China are picked to finish 1-2 in the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the easy part in a forecast done by Gracenote Sports about which countries will win the most Olympic medals. Gracenote supplies analysis for leagues around the world and has a solid track record forecasting recent Olympics. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Six months to go: A look at the Tokyo Olympic medal count

Jan. 23, 2020 11:02 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics open in exactly six months, and the United States and China are picked to finish 1-2 in the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the easy part in a forecast done by Gracenote Sports about which countries will win the most Olympic medals. Gracenote supplies...