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IOC's large role in anti-doping creates conflict of interest

Nov. 5, 2019 3:32 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The idea made sense. Given the rampant amount of drug abuse in Olympic sports, the sports world needed a global watchdog. But who would pay for that sort of operation? The International Olympic Committee decided it would split the bill with governments. That's how the World...

IOC pledges $10 million to anti-doping fight

Nov. 5, 2019 7:39 AM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The incoming leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency asked for more money. The International Olympic Committee said "Yes." IOC president Thomas Bach pledged $10 million to fight doping in sports, half of which would go toward storing samples from pre-Olympics testing for 10 years and...

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....

Iran banned from world judo until it agrees to face Israel

Oct. 22, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran was banned from international judo competitions Tuesday for refusing to let its athletes fight Israeli opponents. The International Judo Federation imposed an indefinite ban on Iran's team until it promises to end a long-running boycott of Israel. The IJF's disciplinary...

Tale of 2 Cities: Sapporo likes race move; Tokyo not much

Oct. 17, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Sapporo officials are thrilled with a proposal to move next year's Tokyo Olympic marathons to the northern Japanese city to avoid the summer heat in the city. That was not the case in Tokyo, where the reaction to the move seemed to catch city and organizing committee officials by surprise. "We...

Olympic marathons set to move out of Tokyo to cooler north

Oct. 16, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Amid concern about the expected searing heat in Tokyo, the IOC wants to move the 2020 Olympic marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to find cooler and safer race conditions. The International Olympic Committee detailed a new plan Wednesday to stage the marathons and race walking events...