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Japan expands virus emergency ahead of Tokyo Olympics

May. 14, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Friday further expanded a coronavirus state of emergency from six areas, including Tokyo, to nine, as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga repeated his determination to hold the Olympics in just over two months. Japan has been struggling to slow...

World champion cyclist Alaphilippe to skip Tokyo Olympics

May. 14, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — World champion cyclist Julian Alaphilippe has decided to skip the Tokyo Olympics, where he was expected to be a medal contender in the road race. The French rider said Friday it was a personal choice reached in agreement with the national team. ...

Petition with 350,000 signatures wants Tokyo Games canceled

May. 14, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An online petition with more than 350,000 signatures calling for the Tokyo Games to be canceled was submitted Friday to local organizers, the International Olympic Committee and others. The Olympics are scheduled to open in just 10 weeks on July 23 in the...

Olympic champion Biles returning to competition on May 22

May. 13, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Simone Biles is back to competing. The reigning Olympic gymnastics champion will return to competition for the first time in more than 18 months at the U.S. Classic next week in Indianapolis. The 24-year-old Biles — a heavy...

USOPC to Congress: Beijing Olympic boycott not the solution

May. 13, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A boycott of next year's Beijing Olympics will not solve any geopolitical issues with China and will only serve to place athletes training for the games under a “cloud of uncertainty,” the head of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee wrote to Congress on Thursday. ...

Vavic gets ready for Tokyo in water polo as dad awaits trial

May. 13, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Marko Vavic was in Mexico when it happened. He had just flown to Cabo San Lucas to spend spring break with a group of friends. When Vavic woke up, there were several text messages on his phone. That was how Operation Varsity Blues barreled...

Mack Horton on swim rival Sun Yang: let's change the subject

May. 13, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Two years after his controversial podium move at the world swimming championships, Australian Mack Horton still can't seem to shake off questions about the guy he intended to snub. Horton refused to stand on the podium next to Sun Yang at Gwangju, South...

Frustration in Japan as leader pushes Olympics despite virus

May. 12, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A full-page newspaper ad says Japanese will be "killed by politics" because the government is forcing them to endure the pandemic without vaccines. More than 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled. And a swimming star has faced...

Brazil to vaccinate athletes, coaches for Tokyo Olympics

May. 11, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's government is set to start delivering COVID-19 vaccines to athletes, coaches, referees and accredited media headed for the Olympics and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga told a news conference Tuesday that Brazil will...

Athlete union research aims to improve child protection

May. 11, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A world-wide network of athletes’ unions published research Tuesday aimed at better protecting young people in sports following sexual abuse scandals in gymnastics and soccer. About 300 international athletes, including some Olympians, shared their...