2020 Olympic Games

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Swimmer Opts Out of Olympic Trials, Slams 'Perverts'

Australian swimmer says no more 'exploit[ing] young women and girls'

(Newser) - "Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport and their boot lickers," said Australian swimmer Madeline "Maddie" Groves on Wednesday in her announcement that she would not be competing in her country's Olympic trials, which start Saturday. "You can no longer exploit...

Olympics Chief: Let the Games Go on

'Biggest challenge will be how we can control and manage the flow of people'

(Newser) - Are the Tokyo Olympics happening? Amid Japan's fourth wave of coronavirus cases and growing public resistance, a major newspaper has said the Games should be called off . Per Kyodo News , the country's top coronavirus adviser Shigeru Omi said Wednesday that the Games, if held, should be scaled down...

Major Japan Newspaper: Tokyo Olympics Should Be Canceled

'Asahi Shimbun' says the Games should not be held amid coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper on Wednesday called for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled with the games set to open in less than two months, the AP reports. It is the first of Japan’s major newspapers to make the move and joins some regional newspapers that have recently...

North Korea Decides Olympics Are a No-Go

Country cites coronavirus fears

(Newser) - North Korea will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics this summer, citing coronavirus concerns. It's the first country to pull out of the games, the AP reports. The country's Sports Ministry said on Monday that its national Olympic Committee made the decision on March 25, wanting to "...

US Men's Soccer Misses Olympics for 'Embarrassing' 3rd Time

That's the longest period without playing in the games in half a century

(Newser) - For the third time in a row, US men's soccer missed qualifying for the Olympics. That's the program's longest period of time being kept from the Games in more than half a century, NBC Sports reports, and the first time it has missed three consecutive Games since...

Tokyo Olympics President Calls It Quits

Yoshiro Mori resigns over sexist comments

(Newser) - As expected , the president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee is stepping down. Yoshiro Mori officially announced his resignation Friday, the AP reports. The 83-year-old former Japanese prime minister had come under fire for sexist comments he made on Feb. 3, after which he initially refused to step down...

Another Blow to Troubled Tokyo Olympics

Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori expected to resign over sexist remarks

(Newser) - The chief of the postponed Tokyo Olympics is apparently feeling the pressure, because after refusing to resign for sexist comments he made on Feb. 3, he's now expected to call it quits. Former Japanese prime minister Yoshiro Mori, 83, is expected to resign during a Friday meeting of the...

Source Says Japan Has Given Up on Tokyo Olympics

But many, many bodies are denying that report and say the 2020 games will go on

(Newser) - The 2020 Olympics were rescheduled to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and officially, Japan is not wavering in its commitment to host the games in Tokyo starting July 23. But behind the scenes, wavering is indeed apparently happening—big time. According to an anonymous senior member of the ruling...

Ruling Finds Prostheses Make Runner Unfairly Tall

Blake Leeper sees an effort to keep disabled athletes out of Olympics

(Newser) - Blake Leeper has been running in top events, including the Paralympics, with the help of prostheses for five years. He was working toward making the next US Olympic team, to compete against able-bodied runners. But Leeper, 31, hit a major obstacle Monday, when the top sports court in the world...

Expert Doubts Olympics Will Happen Next Year

Professor says he is 'very pessimistic'

(Newser) - A Japanese professor of infectious disease says he is "very pessimistic" the postponed Tokyo Olympics can open in 15 months. "To be honest with you, I don't think the Olympics is likely to be held next year,” Kentaro Iwata, a professor of infectious disease at Kobe...

At the End of 'Dark Tunnel,' an Olympic Light

Official dates set for next year's Games in Tokyo: July 23 to Aug. 8

(Newser) - There's now an official date for the 2020 Olympics in Japan, postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Olympics officials and Japanese organizers announced Monday that the Tokyo Games will be held next summer from July 23 to Aug. 8, TMZ reports. Officials say this schedule was chosen to help...

Olympic Flame Lands in Japan
Olympic Flame
Lands in Japan

Olympic Flame Lands in Japan

Organizers insist Games will go ahead

(Newser) - The Olympic flame completed its difficult journey from Greece to Japan on Friday. That signified a small, symbolic victory for the IOC and local organizers, who maintain the Tokyo Olympics will open on July 24 amid a chorus of doubters who believe they should be postponed or canceled because of...

Japan Official Says It's a 'Fact' Olympics Are 'Cursed'

Deputy prime minister points to what happened in 1940, 1980

(Newser) - The Olympic flame is currently en route from Greece to Japan, where it will arrive on Friday ahead of a relay that's scheduled to begin next Thursday, reports Reuters . Japan and the International Olympic Committee are continuing to insist that the Tokyo Games will take place as scheduled in...

For First Time, Olympians Will Snooze on Cardboard Beds

Bed frames at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be made of cardboard

(Newser) - Tokyo Olympic athletes, beware—you may not want to celebrate your gold by jumping on the bed. That's because the bed frames in the athletes village at this year's Olympics will be made of cardboard. Sturdy cardboard. "Those beds can stand up to 200 kilograms," explained...

Tennis Phenom's Big Move: Give Up US Citizenship

Naomi Osaka had to make a decision by age 22, per Japan's rules

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka, born in Japan to a Japanese mom and Haitian-American dad , currently holds both US and Japanese citizenship. But once she turns 22 next week, Japan's nationality laws dictate she'll have to choose between the two—and the tennis star says she's going with the latter,...

Olympic Gold Medalist Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

Swimmer Nathan Adrian hopes to 'break the stigma of discussing men's health issues'

(Newser) - Five-time US Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian is aiming for a sixth finish atop the podium in Tokyo in 2020—cancer or no cancer. "Life … can come at you hard," the 30-year-old swimmer wrote in an Instagram post in which he revealed a testicular cancer diagnosis. "...

It's Back: Wrestling Rejoins the Olympics

IOC votes to reinstate it for 2020 Games

(Newser) - Just seven months after it got dumped by the IOC , wrestling has been officially reinstated for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, reports the AP . The sport swatted away challengers for a spot at the Games with ease: Wrestling won 49 votes to 24 votes for baseball-softball and 22 for squash. "...

Tokyo Snags the 2020 Olympics

Beats Istanbul, Madrid, despite concerns about Fukushima

(Newser) - Tokyo has been awarded the 2020 Olympics, capitalizing on its reputation as a "safe pair of hands" and defying concerns about the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Tokyo defeated Istanbul in the final round of secret voting today by the International Olympic Committee. Madrid was eliminated earlier after an initial tie...

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