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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, people wearing masks sit in front of a countdown clock for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics open in exactly five months on July 24. But the fast-spreading coronavirus from China is making Tokyo organizers very anxious. Three deaths have been reported in Japan with more than 700 cases, more than 600 from a cruise ship that docked in Japan. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Q&A: Things to know about Tokyo Olympics and spreading virus

Feb. 22, 2020 9:54 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics open in five months on July 24. The Paralympics open on Aug. 25. But the fast-spreading coronavirus from China is making Tokyo organizers very anxious. Three deaths have been reported in Japan with more than 700 cases - over 600 from a cruise ship that was docked in...

People wear masks as they commute during the morning rush hour Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Chuo district in Tokyo. A test event for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for later this month that would have involved some non-Japanese athletes is being rejiggered because of fear of the spreading virus from China. It will now involve only Japanese athletes. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Virus limits next Tokyo Olympic test event to Japanese-only

Feb. 20, 2020 2:06 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A test event for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for later this month that would have involved some non-Japanese athletes is being revamped because of fear of the spreading virus from China. It's now limited to only Japanese athletes with the Olympics just over five months away. The two-day test...

In this Feb. 12, 2020, photo, Abraham Majok, center and other compatriot athletes of the South Sudan team participate in Japanese language lessons as their preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

From South Sudan to Japan -- and on to the Tokyo Olympics

Feb. 13, 2020 7:51 AM EST

MAEBASHI, Japan (AP) — Four South Sudanese athletes are already training in Japan for this year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. They are trying to get a head start but, even so, they aren't likely to win any medals. Unlike most of the 11,000 athletes who will be in Tokyo for the Olympics, and thousands...

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...

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...