Latest 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games News

China 2008 vs 2022: Richer, stronger, more confrontational

Jan. 25, 2022 23:13 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China has undergone history-making change since the last time it was an Olympic host in 2008: It is richer, more heavily armed and openly confrontational. As President Xi Jinping’s government prepares for February’s Winter Olympics, it has greater leverage to...

Naeher back with US team after recovering from injury

Jan. 24, 2022 17:40 PM EST

After her heartbreaking exit from the Tokyo Olympics, Alyssa Naeher is back with the U.S. women's national team. Naeher, who was knocked out of the Summer Games by a hyperextended right knee and a bone contusion, is training with the team at its camp in Austin, Texas. “I’m 100%,...

CAS judges 'lacked anti-doping expertise' at Tokyo Olympics

Jan. 21, 2022 11:41 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has been criticized for picking judges to work at the Tokyo Olympics who were not expert enough to handle doping cases. Days before the highest court in sports opens its special Olympic tribunals at the Winter Games in Beijing, it...

From Bergamo to Beijing, Italy aims for more Olympic success

Jan. 17, 2022 05:25 AM EST

MODENA, Italy (AP) — The endless cacophony of ambulance sirens. The convoys of military trucks carrying away the overflowing coffins. The funerals — or lack thereof. Nobody who lived through the initial wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Bergamo — the first epicenter of...

Texts, pictures lead to 1st doping case under new US law

Jan. 13, 2022 09:41 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Nigeria's top Olympic medal hopeful was thrilled. The drugs her doctor sent were working. “Eric my body feel so good,” Blessing Okagbare said in a text not long after running the 100 meters in a personal-best 10.63 seconds. “Whatever you did is working so...

Man charged with giving Olympic athletes performance drugs

Jan. 12, 2022 13:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors charged a Texas man on Wednesday with providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes competing in last summer’s Olympics in Tokyo, including the star Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare. Eric Lira, 41, of El Paso, is the first person to be...

Banned from the Olympics by IOC, NKorea puts blame elsewhere

Jan. 07, 2022 04:49 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday said it would skip next month’s Beijing Olympics because of the COVID-19 pandemic and “hostile forces’ moves,” a largely redundant statement since the country has already been banned from the Games by the IOC. In September,...

IOC assures teams Winter Olympics in Beijing will go ahead

Jan. 05, 2022 14:22 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A day after Switzerland's team leader asked for talks about possibly postponing the Beijing Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic, the IOC promised officials worldwide on Wednesday the Winter Games will go ahead as planned. The Swiss Olympic committee said the...

Blazers' Lillard out next 3 games with abdominal injury

Jan. 05, 2022 13:40 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland guard Damian Lillard will miss the next three games because of lower abdominal tendinopathy. The Trail Blazers announced Wednesday that Lillard will undergo further evaluation and consultation concerning the injury, which has bothered him since the...

Column: Another socially distanced Newby Awards for 2021

Dec. 31, 2021 03:00 AM EST

We had hoped the Newby Awards could return to a bit of normalcy this year. Ohhh, how we'd love to stroll down the imaginary red carpet, pretend to dole out some statuettes, and make-believe we're attending a train wreck of an after-party at Kanye West's new house before he tears it...