Latest 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games News

FILE - In this June 3, 2020, photo, the Olympic rings float in the water at sunset in the Odaiba section in Tokyo. Masa Takaya, the spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics, said Thursday, July 9, 2020, he’s confident the postponed games can be held in 2021 despite a recent poll in Japan in which 77% of respondents said they did not believe the games could be held next year. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Tokyo Games face skeptics, 1-day COVID-19 infection record

Jul. 9, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics expects the postponed games to go ahead in 2021 despite a recent poll in Japan in which 77% of respondents said they did not believe the games could be held next year. The poll by the Japan News Network said only 17% thought it could be held next year in...

Ricardo Zapata, left, a photographer for the Los Angeles Angels, has his temperature taken by Sarah Morris before entering Angels Stadium for baseball practice on Monday, July 6, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. New protocols like temperature checks, social distancing, and limiting amount of people allowed in sports venues have been put in place due to the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The Latest: Kansas City's Keller and O'Hearn test positive

Jul. 7, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Kansas City Royals say right-hander Brad Keller and first baseman Ryan O’Hearn have tested positive for COVID-19. The 24-year-old Keller is in his third season with Kansas City after joining the organization as a...

Tokyo's newly reelected Gov. Yuriko Koike, right, meets Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori at Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters in Tokyo Monday, July 6, 2020. Koike assured Mori that she plans to continue working with him on achieving the games, and agreed to his proposal to set up a meeting among officials from the government, Tokyo and Olympic organizers to discuss COVID-19 countermeasures. (Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo Olympics seek COVID-19 defenses, but what exactly?

Jul. 6, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — As the president of the Tokyo Olympics, Yoshiro Mori knows experts will have to come up with defenses against COVID-19 for the postponed games to open a year from now. These include quarantines for athletes, and few fans at the venues among ideas being floated by the organizing committee, the...

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, left, talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the prime minister's office in Tokyo Monday, July 6, 2020. Gov. Koike, who won her second term to head the Japanese capital in Sunday's election, met with her political rival, Prime Minister Abe and agreed to cooperate in their effort to fight against the coronavirus and to safely achieve the Olympics next year. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo governor, Abe say they'll cooperate on virus, Olympics

Jul. 6, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo’s newly reelected governor and her political rival, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, agreed Monday to cooperate on handling the coronavirus outbreak to safely hold the Olympics next year. Gov. Yuriko Koike met with Abe a day after winning her second term in an overwhelming...

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks at a news conference after winning a second term to head the Japanese capital, in Tokyo Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo governor wins 2nd term, buoyed by handling of virus

Jul. 5, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike has won a second term to head the Japanese capital, propelled to an election victory Sunday by public support for her handling of the coronavirus crisis despite a recent rise in infections that has raised concerns of a resurgence of the disease. In her victory speech,...

FILE - In this April 24, 2018, file photo, coach Dawn Staley talks with players and assistant coaches during a practice for the U.S. women's basketball team in Seattle. Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed Olympics are held next year.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Coach Dawn Staley awaits Olympics, focuses on South Carolina

Jul. 1, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Coach Dawn Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call Wednesday with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed...

FILE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo, people wearing masks walk past the Olympic rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo. Local Japanese sponsors have chipped in a record $3.3 billion to organize the postponed Tokyo Olympics. That's almost 60% of the income for the privately funded operating budget. With the games delayed for a year, sponsors will be asked to sign up again. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tokyo Olympics must firm up $3.3 billion in sponsor income

Jun. 25, 2020 2:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Local sponsors have chipped in a record $3.3 billion to support the postponed Tokyo Olympics. That's at least two times more than any previous Olympics, and it amounts to almost 60% of the income for the privately funded operating budget. Another 14% of the income is budgeted from ticket...

Osterman, teammates criticize softball team for anthem tweet

Jun. 23, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A fast-pitch softball team was sharply criticized by U.S. star Cat Osterman and several of her teammates after it tweeted to President Donald Trump that its players were standing for the national anthem and respecting the flag. The Scrap Yard Dawgs played USSSA Pride on Monday night in...

Before entering the field gates for football strength and conditioning camp at Arlington Martin High School, athletic Trainer Joey Pena, right, uses a thermometer on the forehead of sophomore running back Gervawn Neville for a temperature check Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. While states have been easing the economic and social lockdowns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, some are now letting high school athletes return for summer workouts before teachers have even figured out how they are going to hold classroom instruction. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Latest: 2nd Tennessee men’s basketball player has virus

Jun. 23, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ A second member of the Tennessee men’s basketball team has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation. Tennessee had reported Friday that one player had tested positive. School officials announced Tuesday that a...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo, Peta Taufatofua carries a flag of Tonga during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Taufatofua decided to leave his shirt on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 when he led a group of 23 fellow Olympians in a home workout video to help celebrate Olympic Day across 20 time zones. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tongan flag bearer leads off 23 fellow Olympians in workouts

Jun. 22, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Peta Taufatofua decided to leave his shirt on Tuesday when he led a group of 23 fellow Olympians in a home workout video to help celebrate Olympic Day across 20 time zones. There were a few technical glitches when Taufatofua, who caused a stir when he went shirtless while carrying the Tongan...