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'Last option’: No Olympic postponement beyond 2021

May 21, 2020 - 5:32 PM

‘You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty, you cannot have so much overlapping with a future Olympic Games,’ says Olympics chief Thomas Bach

ON HOLD. A man wearing a face mask walks in the tunnel of a metro station with a panel ad of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Tokyo Olympics delay to cost IOC 'several hundred million dollars'

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Olympic officials admit there will be budget cuts in next year’s Tokyo Games

POSTPONED. The Olympic rings monument stands in front of the Japan Olympic Committee headquarters near the new National Stadium. Photo by Kimimadsa Mayama/EPA-EFE/

Paris 2024 Olympics plans 'obsolete' – IOC member

Apr 27, 2020 - 4:09 PM

IOC member and former Olympic hurdles gold medalist Guy Drut says the postponement of events leading up to the Games is just the tip of the iceberg

DELAYED. The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics is expected to affect the sporting calendar. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

New Olympic date to be revealed likely 'this week' – organizers

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:34 PM

There are speculations that Japanese organizers plan to shift the Olympics to spring, avoiding the heat of the Tokyo summer that had been their main concern

DRAWING BOARD. The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics has handed organizers the "unprecedented" task of rearranging an event 7 years in the making. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

FULL TEXT: IOC, Japan postpone Tokyo Olympics to 2021

Mar 24, 2020 - 9:25 PM

The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan will still keep the name 'Tokyo 2020'

STILL 2020. The quadrennial meet to be staged in Japan will still keep the name 'Tokyo 2020'.  Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

British Olympian attacks IOC chief over Tokyo 2020

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:24 AM

'IOC president Thomas Bach's stubbornness and arrogance has spectacularly failed in this instance and he has weakened the Olympic movement,' says Skinner

ATHLETES' SAFETY. British Olympic cyclist Callum Skinner continues to lead the movement urging IOC officials to postpone the 2020 Olympics due to the coronavirus. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

'Premature' to postpone Tokyo Olympics, says IOC chief

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:49 AM

The International Olympic Committee says it's 'considering different scenarios' for the Tokyo Games

epa06649266 The logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is seen through cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Japan, 06 April 2018. The Summer Olympic Games will start on 24 July 2020 and run until 09 August 2020. EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Tokyo Olympics plans 'insensitive, irresponsible' – IOC member

Mar 18, 2020 - 1:04 PM

IOC member Hayley Wickenheiser says the coronavirus pandemic is 'bigger than even the Olympics'

UNCERTAIN. Whether the Tokyo Olympics will push through as scheduled remains a big question due to the coronavirus. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

IOC set for crisis talks as fears grow for Tokyo Olympics

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:18 AM

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics faces another hurdle as Europe has gone into full lockdown

UNCERTAIN. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is set to convene once again on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

IOC to hold coronavirus crisis talks with sports bodies

Mar 15, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Olympic officials set an emergency talk amid the coronavirus crisis even as Japan insists that the Games will go on as planned

A picture taken in Lausanne, on October 3, 2019 shows the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP)

Olympic chiefs prepare for 'successful' Tokyo 2020

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:01 PM

'We are preparing for a successful Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020,' says IOC president Thomas Bach

SUCCESSFUL HOSTING. The IOC remains committed to hosting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

IOC to address Tokyo 2020 Olympics cancelation fears over virus

Mar 03, 2020 - 4:37 PM

The quadrennial global showpiece faces a possibility of cancelation for the 1st time in peace time

CANCELATION FEARS. The coronavirus outbreak casts a shadow over the fate of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo by Kimimasa Mamaya/EPA-EFE

Olympic boxing qualifiers in China cancelled due to virus outbreak

Jan 22, 2020 - 3:24 PM

The International Olympic Committee says it will announce a replacement venue and schedule

Photo by Kyodo News

IOC chief Bach wants 'waterproof' CAS decision on Russian doping

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:25 PM

The Court of Arbitration for Sport must decide whether to confirm the four-year ban WADA imposed on Russia

DECISION.CAS has to make a clearcut decision over whether Russia is to be banned from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as well as the 2022 football World Cup. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA-EFE

World Cup star Megan Rapinoe slams IOC 'no protest' policy

Jan 11, 2020 - 6:29 PM

'So much being done about the protests, so little being done about what we are protesting about,' says Rapinoe in her Instagram story

NO SILENCE. Megan Rapinoe blasts the IOC's 'no kneeling' policy in an Instagram story. Photo from US national women's football team Instagram

IOC says no kneeling, no raised fists at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Jan 10, 2020 - 4:22 PM

After a recent wave of athlete protesters, the Olympics prohibits gestures with political meaning on the podium or in the venues

This picture shows the Olympic Rings displayed at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the new National Stadium, still under construction, in Tokyo on July 23, 2019, nearly one year before the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Olympic body reminds POC to follow 'due process' for elections

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:27 AM

'It must be noted that that the POC has had many opportunities to resolve these issues internally and peacefully, however, has not managed to do so until now,' writes the IOC

DUE PROCESS. Former POC chairman Bambol Tolentino steps down from his position. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

POC delays special elections as Olympic body steps in

Jul 01, 2019 - 6:20 PM

'If we don't comply with the IOC, the SEA Games might be affected,' says Philippine Olympic Committee secretary-general Charlie Ho

COMPLIANCE. POC secretary-general Charlie Ho says that the national Olympic Committee will comply with the instructions of the IOC and OCA. Contributed photo

Olympic body orders POC to resolve issues 'very quickly'

Jul 01, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The International Olympic Committee and Olympic Council of Asia believe the POC has 'negatively' affected the Olympic movement's reputation

Boxing governing body stripped of Olympic status

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Amid allegations of bout fixing, AIBA becomes the first sports federation to get stripped of its right to organize its own sport in the Olympics

KNOCKED OUT.  With AIBA still embroiled in a crisis, the IOC is set to oversee the boxing competition in the Tokyo 2020 Games. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Boxing body vote could see sport thrown out of Olympics

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Hit by allegations of bout-fixing, amateur boxing may be dropped in the 2020 Tokyo Games

BIG BLOW. Controversial decisions abound even during the recent Asian Games boxing competition. File photo from PSC

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann dead at 51

Oct 14, 2018 - 7:44 PM

'Basketball has lost a leader, an advocate and a friend'

FAREWELL. Patrick Baumann was known as a tireless worker in international basketball. Photo from FIBA

Boxing's Olympic future in jeopardy

Oct 04, 2018 - 11:23 AM

The International Olympic Committee has warned that boxing could be axed from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

CONTROVERSY. Boxing has never been free of controversy, even during the Asian Games where Filipino boxers like Eumir Marcial (left) fell victim to controversial decisions. File photo from Asian Games media pool

Olympic clock ticking on boxing's 'cultural change'

Sep 03, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Philippine boxing official Ed Picson hopes that IOC won't carry out its threat to remove boxing from the Olympics

CONTROVERSIAL. Filipino boxer Rogen Ladon loses to Uzbekistan's Jasurbek Latipov via referee stopped contest after getting a cut on the forehead. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Kim says N. Korea to take part in 2020, 2022 Olympics

Mar 31, 2018 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) IOC chief Thomas Bach announces the news after landing in Beijing following Friday's 'fruitful' talks with Kim Jong-Un

PYONGYANG VISIT. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 31, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) meeting with President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

North Korea's Kim meets IOC chief in Pyongyang

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Kim Jong-Un thanks International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach for helping to bring about a 'dramatic thawing' of tensions on the Korean peninsula

IN PYONGYANG. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 31, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) shaking hands with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

The world of online games arrives in China for WESG Grand Final

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Victory at the $5.5-million World Electronic Sports Games Grand Final will also ensure immortality in the eyes of the millions of eSport fans

LEVEL UP. In this file photo, gamers take part in the European finals of the 2017 World Electronic Sports Games in Barcelona on November 23, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

IOC keeps Russia doping ban for Olympic closing ceremony

Feb 25, 2018 - 12:49 PM

It means the Russians will not be able to march behind their flag at the ceremony

IOC BAN. People hold a placard with the picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin and flags during the 'Russia is in my heart!' rally in support of Russian athletes on February 3, 2018 in central Moscow. Photo by Vasily Maximov/OTO/AFP

47 Russians lose late court bid to compete at Olympics

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The International Olympic Committee is swift to welcome the decision, the latest twist in the Russian doping scandal, saying the ruling 'supports the fight against doping and brings clarity for all athletes'

The invisible team: Russia here but not here at Pyeongchang Olympics

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:56 PM

It is all a far cry from 4 years ago, when Russia hosted the Sochi Winter Olympics and the country soared to the top of the medals table

Russia's team leader and driver Nadezhda Sergeeva takes a turn in the first women's unofficial bobsleigh training session during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 7, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Mark Ralston

Anti-doping chief Pound slams IOC response to Russia: 'We're in trouble'

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:20 PM

According to Pound, Russia's ban can be lifted without it acknowledging its conduct or even committing to stopping it

CREDIBILITY. Former world anti-doping chief Dick Pound says that the games' credibility has taken a serious hit as the IOC made it possible for cheating athletes to prevail against clean athletes.

No Olympics for Russians who had life bans lifted

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:45 PM

15 Russians whose life bans for doping were lifted last week are barred from the Pyeongchang Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee says

CONTROVERSIAL. This file photo taken on December 12, 2017 shows a man talking on the phone in front of the headquarters of the Russian Olympic Committee in Moscow. Alexander Nemenov/AFP

'Extremely worried' Olympics body threatens to expel boxing

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:06 PM

This comes as the IOC opens an investigation into the sport's controversial governing body and says concerns linger over possible match-fixing at Rio 2016

AMATEUR BOXING. In this file photo, Ankushita Boro (L) of India and Ekaterina Dynnik of Russia take part in the final bout of the Women’s Light Welterweight (64kg) category at the AIBA Youth Women's World Boxing Championship 2017 in Guwahati on November 26, 2017. / Biju Boro/AFP

More athletes from Russia may make it to Olympics

Feb 03, 2018 - 9:09 PM

A specialist IOC panel would rule on whether the 13 Russian athletes and two coaches would be allowed to take part in the Pyeongchang Olympics

WELCOME TO PYEONGCHANG. This file photo taken February 4, 2017 shows a big banner at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, a venue for the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, in Pyeongchang. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

North Korea to send 22 athletes to Olympics in South

Jan 20, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The International Olympic Committee approved a landmark deal between two nations still officially at war

MARCHING TOGETHER. This handout photo provided by South Korean Unification Ministry on January 17, 2018 shows South Korean chief delegate Chun Hae-Sung (R) shaking hands with North Korean chief delegate Jon Jong-Su (L) after their working-level talks at the South side of the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas. Photo by AFP

Tokyo 2020 unveils 'significant' budget cuts as costs spiral

Dec 22, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Tokyo is under pressure to keep costs low

IOC 'confident' Tokyo 2020 venues will be ready on time

Dec 11, 2017 - 1:53 PM

IOC's Games coordination commission chairman John Coates backs Tokyo 2020 to deliver the venue on time

Olympics chief seeks North Korea visit – report

Dec 08, 2017 - 11:26 AM

South Korean organizers of the Pyeongchang Olympics are pushing for the North to compete as they hope to portray the event as a symbol of peace on the flashpoint peninsula

OLYMPIC CHIEF. International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach at a press conference closing the 125th IOC session on September 10, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:01 AM

The sanction is the toughest ever leveled by the IOC for drug cheating and is delivered just 65 days ahead of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea

OUT. Fleece jackets with an inscription reading 'Russia' are displayed at BOSCO store in central Moscow on December 4, 2017. Mladen Antonov/AFP

Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC food from disaster-hit regions

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Tokyo 2020 organizers: 'By offering food from 3 disaster-hit prefectures, we hope to sweep away the false reputation of food from the regions and contribute to the restoration'

OLYMPIC SYMBOLS. The Olympic flag (L) and the logo of the Tokyo 2020 are displayed during the official flag arrival ceremony at the Tokyo's Haneda airport on August 24, 2016. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Paris, Los Angeles confirmed as Olympic hosts

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:27 AM

In a drama free conclusion to a 3 year bidding race IOC members vote unanimously to rubber stamp a deal for Paris to be given 2024 and Los Angeles 2028

WINNERS ALL. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (C) poses for pictures with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (L) and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti during the 131st IOC session in Lima on September 13, 2017. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Los Angeles happy to host 2028 Olympics

Sep 12, 2017 - 12:06 PM

The Los Angeles bid team has no regrets about accepting the offer to host the 2028 Summer Olympics

CELEBRATION. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the long run-up to the 2028 Olympics would enable the city to benefit immediately. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AFP

Brazil police say Rio Olympics were bought in corrupt scheme

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Brazilian police say in a statement they are probing an international corruption scheme aimed at the buying of votes for the election of Rio by the International Olympic Committee as the venue for the 2016 Olympics

A picture taken during a sports event to mark the 100-day-countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Central do Brasil train staion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 27, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/File/AFP

'Superhuman' wanted – Bolt exit leaves vacuum to fill

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:00 PM

At one point athletics resembled Usain Bolt down and out on the track Now the sport is rebuilding its image

Olympics: LA agrees to host 2028 Games, Paris set for 2024

Aug 01, 2017 - 6:43 AM

UPDATED Los Angeles announces its intent to host the 2028 Summer Olympics after agreeing a deal with Games officials that paves the way for Paris to host in 2024

This file photo taken on May 11, 2017 shows journalists visiting the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the IOC Evaluation Commission continues with its visit to Los Angeles, California. Frederick J. Brown/AFP

Olympics: Paris, LA both poised to win race to host Games

Jul 11, 2017 - 3:24 PM

The International Olympic Committee is poised to hand the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games to Paris and Los Angeles with a landmark double hosting deal set to be approved

This file photo taken on May 11, 2017 shows journalists visiting the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the IOC Evaluation Commission continues with its visit to Los Angeles, California, before a visit to Paris and the September vote for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Frederick J Brown/AFP

Usain Bolt loses one Olympic gold after teammate fails drug test

Jan 26, 2017 - 4:42 AM

Bolt s Olympic gold total falls to 8 after a retest of his 2008 relay teammate Nesta Carter s sample tests positive for a banned substance

"HEARTBREAKING." Jamaica's Usain Bolt is deprived of one of his "triple-triples" due to no fault of his own. Johannes Eisele/AFP

28 Russians face action over Sochi Olympics doping – IOC

Dec 23, 2016 - 6:52 PM

The IOC said the action was being taken following evidence produced by World Anti Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren who released his latest report on December 9

This file photo taken on February 21, 2014 at the Olympic Park in Sochi shows a sign showing the direction to the anti-doping laboratory of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. LEON NEAL / AFP

More than 1,000 Russian athletes in 'institutionalized' doping – report

Dec 09, 2016 - 8:07 PM

UPDATED International sport had been hijacked by the Russians according to Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren who has previously accused Russia of state sponsored cheating

DAMNING REPORT. Professor Richard McLaren speaks during a press conference following the publication of his report on drug use in Russian sport, in central London on December 9, 2016. Adrian Dennis/AFP

Brazil court orders seizure of Olympic broadcaster's assets

Sep 20, 2016 - 7:28 PM

Prosecutors say the Olympic Broadcast Services subjected thousands of workers to abusive labor conditions

ASSETS SEIZED. A Brazilian court has ordered the seizure of goods and assets belonging to the broadcast-arm of the International Olympic Committee. Photo from the Olympic Broadcast Services