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Former NBA great Yao Ming addresses Peng Shuai, Olympics

Jan. 17, 2022 06:44 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Former NBA great Yao Ming said Monday he and others had a pleasant talk when they met last month with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, whose disappearance after making a sexual assault allegation against a former government official raised international concern. He...

IOC major sponsors mostly muted in runup to Beijing Olympics

Jan. 12, 2022 10:49 AM EST

The Beijing Winter Olympics are fraught with potential hazards for major sponsors, who are trying to remain quiet about China's human rights record while protecting at least $1 billion they've collectively paid to the IOC. That could reach $2 billion when new figures are expected...

François Carrard, legal doyen of Olympic sports, dies at 83

Jan. 10, 2022 04:08 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — François Carrard, the former longtime IOC director general who helped oversee its reforms after the Salt Lake City bidding scandal, has died, the Olympic body said Monday. He was 83. The International Olympic Committee said it was “deeply saddened”...

Banned from the Olympics by IOC, NKorea puts blame elsewhere

Jan. 07, 2022 04:49 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday said it would skip next month’s Beijing Olympics because of the COVID-19 pandemic and “hostile forces’ moves,” a largely redundant statement since the country has already been banned from the Games by the IOC. In September,...

Today in History

Dec. 29, 2021 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2021. There are two days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 29, 1940, during World War II, Germany dropped incendiary bombs on London, setting off what came to be...

Olympic leaders criticize FIFA as activists target meeting

Dec. 11, 2021 12:45 PM EST

Olympic leaders aimed their ire at FIFA’s president over his push for staging more World Cups, during an IOC-hosted meeting that Tibetan students tried to interrupt on Saturday in a protest against the Beijing Winter Games. FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plan to stage men’s...

Boxing among 3 Olympic sports in danger of losing 2028 spot

Dec. 09, 2021 13:29 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Boxing, weightlifting and modern pentathlon were set a target of about 18 months on Thursday to make changes in order to keep their status as Olympic sports for the 2028 Los Angeles Games. The governing bodies of boxing and weightlifting were described as problem...

Even amid boycott, IOC still hit with Peng Shuai questions

Dec. 08, 2021 23:03 PM EST

IOC President Thomas Bach can't escape repeated questions about Peng Shuai and issues raised by two video calls the IOC has had with her. The calls were aimed at conveying a message that Peng was safe despite being absent from public view after the three-time Olympic tennis player...

Diplomatic boycotts, Peng case test IOC before Beijing Games

Dec. 08, 2021 15:40 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The president of the International Olympic Committee did his best to stay neutral Wednesday as Canada, Britain and Australia followed the United States in announcing diplomatic boycotts of the Winter Games in Beijing. Thomas Bach, who has led the body through a series...

EXPLAINER: Why does Beijing have the Olympics again?

Dec. 07, 2021 06:47 AM EST

The Beijing Winter Olympics open in just under two months and are the target of a diplomatic boycott by the United States, with others likely to follow. So how did Beijing land the Winter Olympics, so soon after it was host to the Summer Olympics in 2008? It will become the first...