Latest Olympic opening ceremonies News

Olympics carry a question: What does it mean to be Japanese?

Aug. 04, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Two multiracial athletes, two high-profile roles: Rising NBA star Rui Hachimura carried the Japanese flag at the Olympics' opening ceremony. Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron. For Japan, it was a remarkable showcase of racial diversity — but one that also...

From the Emperor on down: Memories of the '64 Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 29, 2021 05:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — From Emperor Naruhito on down, every Japanese of a certain age remembers the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Even younger Japanese connect through parents or aunts and uncles who stored old photos, told stories or recalled getting a television set for the first time to watch the Games. ...

Denied ticket over COVID, Guinean Olympian clings to dream

Jul. 29, 2021 02:41 AM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Fatoumata Yarie Camara is used to being thrown to the ground and getting up again, getting back into the fight. She's dedicated her life to wrestling, a sport that breeds tenacity. On the mat, she qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, the only athlete from Guinea to do...

NBC mum on Chinese complaints about map during ceremony

Jul. 26, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has chosen not to engage in debate following complaints from China over the weekend about how the network depicted the country's map when its athletes marched during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. Relations between the network and China...

AP Interview: French minister seeks Olympic renewal in 2024

Jul. 26, 2021 02:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Dropping into mostly-empty venues, where only athletes provide the sporting soul and spirit, French sports minister Jean-Michel Blanquer observed the type of Olympics the world will be yearning to leave behind. There’s only three years until Paris gets...

NBC estimates 17 million in US saw opening of Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 25, 2021 20:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 17 million people in the United States watched the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics held in a largely empty stadium, down 36% from the kickoff to the Rio de Janeiro Games five years ago. The 17 million includes people who watched the...

Throwing strikes: Track athletes outline job in simple terms

Jul. 23, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Imagine picking up the heaviest bowling ball on the rack and tossing it nearly the length of a basketball floor. That, world-record holder Ryan Crouser explains, is what it feels like with the shot put. Leaping into a soft pile of sand? That's the essence...

AP PHOTOS: Tokyo Games open with pomp despite circumstance

Jul. 23, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The 2020 Olympics officially opened Friday with a barrage of fireworks, nods to Japan’s history and culture, and a mesmerizing drone display over Tokyo’s night sky. And, of course, without fans there to see it. The pomp of these...

The Latest: Osaka lights cauldron at Tokyo opening ceremony

Jul. 23, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ Tennis star Naomi Osaka has lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games, ending the...

Tokyo Olympics begin with muted ceremony and empty stadium

Jul. 23, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday night with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a colorful but strangely subdued ceremony that set a striking tone to match a unique...