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Clap, don't chant: China aims for 'Zero COVID' Olympics

Jan. 15, 2022 12:25 PM EST

Athletes will need to be vaccinated — or face a long quarantine — take tests daily and wear masks when not competing or training. Clapping is OK to cheer on teammates, not chanting. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be sent into isolation and unable to compete until cleared for...

Djokovic entangles sponsors in Australian Open vax uproar

Jan. 14, 2022 11:39 AM EST

A lot of people are angry at Novak Djokovic. And his sponsors may just wait it out. The world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player is the top seed and defending champion at the Australian Open. But it’s unclear if he can compete Monday after Australian officials again revoked his...

Texts, pictures lead to 1st doping case under new US law

Jan. 13, 2022 09:41 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Nigeria's top Olympic medal hopeful was thrilled. The drugs her doctor sent were working. “Eric my body feel so good,” Blessing Okagbare said in a text not long after running the 100 meters in a personal-best 10.63 seconds. “Whatever you did is working so...

Djokovic admits travel declaration had incorrect information

Jan. 12, 2022 23:43 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic has acknowledged that his Australian travel declaration form contained incorrect information, as the government nears a decision on whether to deport the Serbian tennis star, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, on public interest...

Man charged with giving Olympic athletes performance drugs

Jan. 12, 2022 13:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors charged a Texas man on Wednesday with providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes competing in last summer’s Olympics in Tokyo, including the star Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare. Eric Lira, 41, of El Paso, is the first person to be...

KHL to suspend season for a week because of virus cases

Jan. 12, 2022 09:13 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League, a key source of players for Olympic teams, decided Wednesday to suspend its season for a week because of coronavirus outbreaks at many clubs. The KHL said it will stop play from Saturday and resume on Jan. 22. The league...

EXPLAINER: Why Australia faces a tough call on Djokovic

Jan. 11, 2022 07:46 AM EST

When Australian immigration officials rejected tennis star Novak Djokovic’s medical exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement and canceled his Australian visa, they set off a storm of ramifications — bureaucratic, political and legal. The world’s top male tennis player...

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”...

Djokovic’s Serb fans on edge as Australia hearing begins

Jan. 09, 2022 19:14 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s parents joined a protest rally in downtown Belgrade with their tennis-great son still in an Australian immigration detention hotel as fans of Djokovic in Serbia nervously awaited a crucial court hearing which could decide whether he can play at the...

2-time US champ, Olympic hopeful Liu out with COVID-19

Jan. 07, 2022 23:08 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two-time champion Alysa Liu withdrew from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday, less than a day after a third-place finish in the short program put her in position to make the Olympic team. The 16-year-old Liu...