Latest International Olympic Committee News

Olympics Latest: US mixed relay team reinstated after appeal

Jul. 30, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ The U.S. Olympic mixed relay team has been reinstated after originally being disqualified...

Simone Biles makes mental health the talk of the Tokyo Games

Jul. 29, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Brittney Griner has long been open about her ongoing battle with depression, an ailment that triggered suicidal thoughts when she was younger and last year drove her out of the WNBA bubble because the isolation was too much to handle. Her own struggles...

'OK not to be OK': Mental health takes top role at Olympics

Jul. 28, 2021 20:01 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For decades, they were told to shake it off or toughen up — to set aside the doubt, or the demons, and focus on the task at hand: winning. Dominating. Getting it done. For years, Simone Biles was one of the very best at that. Suddenly — to some,...

IOC sponsors facing heat over Beijing Olympics, human rights

Jul. 28, 2021 05:50 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Faced with criticism over human rights issues tied to next year's Beijing Winter Olympics, the IOC said Wednesday that its only responsibility was to “deliver the Games." International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams was asked at the Tokyo Games...

IOC to adapt refugee athletes program to counter criticism

Jul. 27, 2021 05:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Refugee athletes need to be given more chances to compete and earn money in international sports, the IOC said Tuesday following criticism from runners who left the Olympic program. Several potential members of the Refugee Olympic Team forfeited their...

Tokyo Olympics: A success? A failure? And how to judge?

Jul. 27, 2021 01:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Will it be a success? A failure? Or none of the above? It will take something much more nuanced than those basic notions to assess the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics when they wrap up in two weeks. The response will be twisted by dozens of parties with...

Only Tokyo could pull off these Games? Not everyone agrees

Jul. 25, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Staging an Olympics during the worst pandemic in a century? There’s a widespread perception that it couldn’t happen in a better place than Japan. A vibrant, open democracy with deep pockets, the host nation is known for its diligent execution of...

Olympics Latest: Rashitov wins taekwondo gold at Tokyo Games

Jul. 25, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Ulugbek Rashitov won Uzbekistan’s first Olympic taekwondo gold medal...

EXPLAINER: How team of refugee athletes made it to Olympics

Jul. 25, 2021 05:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Refugee Olympic Team was created by the International Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympics to allow athletes to keep competing even if they have been forced to leave their home countries. It had 10 athletes at the Rio de Janeiro Games and is set to include 29 athletes...

Olympics Latest: US men get off to fast start in volleyball

Jul. 24, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ After a long wait to get on the court, the U.S. men’s volleyball team made quick work of...