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A tugboat moves a symbol installed for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on a barge moved away from its usual spot off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The five Olympic rings floating on a barge in Tokyo Bay were removed for what is being called “maintenance,” and officials says they will return to greet next year's Games. The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and are to open on July 23, 2021. The Paralympics follow on Aug. 24. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Olympic rings in Tokyo Bay removed for 'maintenance'

Aug. 6, 2020 6:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The five Olympic rings on a barge in Tokyo Bay were towed away for “maintenance" on Thursday and officials said they will return to greet next year's games. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled to open on July 23, 2021. The...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 1964 file photo, Japanese runner Yoshinori Sakai lights the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Sakai was born in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, the day the nuclear weapon destroyed that city. He symbolized the rebirth of Japan after the Second World War as he opened the 1964 Tokyo Games. Sakai was born in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, the day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city.  Just over 19 years later, he ran with the Olympic flame into the national stadium, left the cinder track, and jogged up a long flight of flower-lined stairs to reach the top.  (AP Photo/File)

Man born in Hiroshima lights 1964 Tokyo Olympic cauldron

Aug. 5, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Yoshinori Sakai was born in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, the day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city. Just over 19 years later, he ran with the Olympic flame into the national stadium, left the cinder track, and jogged up a long flight of flower-lined stairs to reach the top. ...

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 1964, file photo, Don Schollander of Lake Oswego, Ore., poses with the four gold medals he won during Olympic swimming competitions in Tokyo. Schollander won the gold medals for the 100 and 400 meters freestyle, and swam legs of the winning 400-meter medley and 800-meter freestyle relays. (AP Photo/File)

AP Was There: Don Schollander wins 4 gold medals in swimming

Aug. 5, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was transmitted from Tokyo during the 1964 Olympics. The story appeared on Oct. 19, 1964 in the Victoria Daily Times in...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 1964, file photo, U.S. Marine Lt. Billy Mills pulls off a stunning upset by winning the 10,000 meters Olympic race in Tokyo. Mills set an Olympic record 0f 28:24:4, and was the only American ever to win the event. (AP Photo/File)

Mills wants activism to be remembered more than gold medal

Aug. 5, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A few years before Billy Mills won his gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the Native American was several floors up in front of an open hotel window,standing on a chair and ready to jump. He was despondent over yet another racial slight, this time being excluded from a photograph because...

In this image provided by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), United States wrestler Lee Kemp, top, competes in the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The U.S. boycott of the Moscow Olympics crushed Kemp's dreams, along with all the predictions that he would win a gold medal. (Walter Meives/USOPC via AP)

BOYCOTT GAMES: Wrestler finds peace despite road not taken

Aug. 4, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Long before the days when most facts were a click away on the internet, Lee Kemp kept the details of his wrestling success to himself. “I was embarrassed,” he said. “If you tell someone you were pretty good, the first thing they'd ask you is ‘Did...

FILE - In this March 14, 2020, file photo, snow falls on the Olympic Rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo. Day 11 of the postponed Tokyo Olympics finally brought what was feared the most before the pandemic postponed the games for a year: A hot and humid Tokyo summer day. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Day 11 of postponed Tokyo Games finally brings summer heat

Aug. 4, 2020 2:54 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tuesday would have been Day 11 of the 2020 Olympics. And it finally brought what was feared the most before the pandemic postponed the games for a year: A hot and humid Tokyo summer day. After some showers and mild temperatures for the first 10 days, Tuesday temperatures reached a muggy 32...

Peter Schnugg stands for a portrait along the beach Friday, July 31, 2020, in San Diego. The former waterpolo athlete missed his chance to go to the Olympics in 1980 when the U.S. decided to boycott the games to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. Now he's unsure if he'll get the chance to see his niece, Maggie Steffens, try for a third consecutive gold medal with the U.S. women's water polo team. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

BOYCOTT GAMES: Former US water polo star looks back on 1980

Aug. 3, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — When the Tokyo Olympics was pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic, Peter Schnugg texted his niece, Maggie Steffens, to apologize. Schnugg had made plans to travel to Japan to watch Steffens try for a third consecutive gold medal with the U.S. women's water polo team. Olympic disappointment...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Los Angeles 2028 organizers in Beverly Hills, Calif. New financial reports from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee include unprecedented detail about money that goes to the sports organizations it oversees. It's a feature the federation is hoping will add layers of information to help people decipher its often opaque accounting picture.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

USOPC opens books, gives more detail about sports funding

Aug. 3, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — New financial reports from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee include unprecedented detail about money that goes to the sports organizations it oversees — a feature the federation is hoping will help followers decipher the U.S. Olympic system's often opaque...

Fans wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus take a selfie before the KBO league game between Doosan Bears and LG Twins in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, July 27, 2020. Masked fans hopped, sang and shouted cheering slogans in baseball stadiums in South Korea on Sunday as authorities began bringing back spectators in professional sports games amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: Lions place five players on COVID-19 list

Jul. 29, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Detroit Lions have placed wide receiver Kenny Golladay and tight end T.J. Hockenson on the reserve/COVID-19 list. That list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an...

FILE - In this 1920 file photo, Charles (Charley) Paddock, second from right, of the USA wins the 100 meters final with his famous

Planning for Olympics in a pandemic has echoes of 1920 Games

Jul. 27, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Olympic athletes competing for gold medals in a world reeling from a pandemic? It won't be the first time. A century before the Tokyo Games were postponed because of coronavirus, the Olympics were held in the Belgian city of Antwerp following the Spanish flu pandemic. The...