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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968 file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Athletes are prohibited by the Olympic Charter's Rule 50 from taking a political stand in the field of play — like the raised fists by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Games. (AP Photo, file)

IOC details rules on political protests at Olympics

Jan. 9, 2020 3:17 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — No taking a knee at the Olympics. No hand gestures with political meaning. No disrespect at medal ceremonies. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Athletes are...

Olympic document hits $8.8M auction record for sports item

Dec. 19, 2019 4:46 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A record price of $8.8 million for a sports memorabilia item at auction has been achieved for the 1892 manifesto to launch the modern Olympic Games. The 14-page document written by French aristocrat Pierre de Coubertin had been expected to reach up to $1 million in the sale in New York on...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014 file photo, the Russian national flag, right, flies after next to the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia on Monday Dec. 9, 2019 from the Olympics and other major sporting events for four years, though many athletes will likely be allowed to compete as neutral athletes. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)

Russia doping saga likely heads back to Switzerland's courts

Dec. 10, 2019 3:10 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Sports punishments imposed on Russia this week closed one big body of work for the World Anti-Doping Agency. Now, the sports lawyers can enter the field — yet again, in a doping scandal that has raged since 2014. A Russian legal challenge seems certain after Russia’s anti-doping...

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after making a 3-pointer during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Draws take place for Olympic basketball qualifying tourneys

Nov. 27, 2019 9:45 AM EST

If Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to compete in the Olympics next summer, Greece will have to win a few games in Canada first. The draws to see which countries will grab the remaining basketball berths in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — four men’s spots and 10 women’s spots in the 12-team fields...

FILE - In this Monday Nov. 4, 2019 file photo, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, second left, and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo look at an architectural model as they attend a ceremony to mark the start of the construction of Paris 2024 Olympic Village in Saint-Ouen, near Paris. A partnership deal signed by the IOC with Airbnb has sparked the ire of French hoteliers, who have suspended their collaboration with Paris 2024 Olympics organizers over fears the agreement sealed with the platform will create unfair competition. (Gonzalo Fuentes, Pool via AP, File)

Paris hoteliers angered by IOC sponsorship deal with Airbnb

Nov. 21, 2019 7:10 AM EST

The newest Olympic sponsor has sparked the ire of French hoteliers, who have suspended their collaboration with 2024 Paris Games organizers over fears the IOC’s agreement with home-sharing company Airbnb will create unfair competition. The nine-year, five-games sponsorship deal announced this week starts...

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Tokyo Olympics: Japanese, English _ but where’s the French?

Nov. 21, 2019 5:39 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The French language has been almost invisible during the drawn-out preparations for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. News conferences in Tokyo are conducted in Japanese or in English — or with English interpretation. Signs around the organizing committee offices are in Japanese and...