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IOC’s Bach asked to intervene in Tokyo Olympic labor dispute

Nov. 22, 2019 1:31 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An international trade union wants IOC President Thomas Bach to intervene and investigate alleged labor and safety violations at venues being built for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The Building and Wood Workers’ International has been critical for several years of workers’...

Bach says opponents of Olympic marathon move wanted an edge

Nov. 18, 2019 11:29 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Athletes who opposed moving the Olympic marathons and race walks from Tokyo to the northern city of Sapporo wanted a competitive edge, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday. The International Olympic Committee decided last month to move the races to Sapporo because Tokyo would be too hot in...

Jepkosgei wins NYC in 1st marathon, Kamworor takes men's

Nov. 3, 2019 3:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Joyciline Jepkosgei arrived in New York with a modest goal for her first marathon ever. "My focus was to finish the race," she said, a gold medal hanging around her neck. Not bad for a novice. Jepkosgei upset four-time champion Mary Keitany to win the New York City Marathon on Sunday with a...

Column: IOC marathon edict should give pause to other cities

Nov. 1, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

Tokyo must be having some serious second-thoughts about taking on the Olympic Games. In addition to being saddled with an enormous tab, the host city has now lost one of the Summer Games' signature events. The International Olympic Committee ordered the marathons moved out of Tokyo to avoid the summer heat...

Tokyo gives in: Olympic marathons head north to Sapporo

Nov. 1, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — After two weeks of bitter debate, the Tokyo Olympic marathon is still going north to Sapporo. And Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike isn't happy about it. "I dare say, this is a decision without an agreement," Koike said Friday, speaking through an interpreter at talks with the IOC and local...

Q&A: Things to know about feud over Tokyo's Olympic marathon

Oct. 31, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The International Olympic Committee abruptly announced two weeks ago it was moving next year's Olympic marathon from Tokyo to the northern city of Sapporo. The change has infuriated Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and created a public fight between the powerful, Switzerland-based IOC, and Tokyo,...

Tokyo governor confronts IOC over moving Olympic marathon

Oct. 30, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The IOC has a full-blown fight on its hands trying to move next year's Olympic marathon from steamy Tokyo to the cooler northern city of Sapporo. The powerful Olympic body is up against Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who was once viewed as a possible Japanese prime minister candidate and is one...

Tokyo officials feud with IOC over Olympic marathon switch

Oct. 29, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo city officials are in a public feud with the International Olympic Committee over IOC plans — made without consulting the city or local organizers — to move next year's Tokyo Olympic marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to Sapporo to avoid the capital's summer heat....

How about an Olympic marathon at 3 a.m. _ or 5 a.m.?

Oct. 25, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — How about running next year's Tokyo Olympic marathon at 3 a.m. — or 5 a.m.? That may be proposed to Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee, a step to keep the marathon from being moved out of Tokyo's summer heat to cooler weather 800 kilometers (500 miles) further...

Lawyer details limits on Olympic athlete sponsorships

Oct. 18, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A lawyer with the Association of National Olympic Committees on Friday detailed the limits on athletes promoting their sponsors within new guidelines for the 2020 Tokyo Games. ANOC legal commission chairman Michael Chambers told the 206-nation group members that only generic advertising...