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Not all athletes at the Opening Ceremony adhered to the IOC's rule of mandatory mask wearing. Photo: Jason Gewirtz
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IOC to Continue Mask Enforcement at Games

The International Olympic Committee said it will continue to share its message of the importance of mask wearing at the Olympic Games after several athletes at the Opening Ceremony marched without masks, including some flag bearers. Mask wearing is mandatory for nearly all participants at the Games, including athletes when they are not competing. By […]

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Leaders of the USOPC address the media in Tokyo in advance of the Olympic Summer Games. Photo: Jason Gewirtz

USOPC Says Focus on Safety as Games Begin

Hours before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, leaders of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said their primary focus was the safety and security of the 613 athletes that will represent Team USA, while acknowledging the extreme logistical hurdles in getting the team to Tokyo and prepared to compete. USOPC […]

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Abbey Weitzeil, center, dives at the start of the women's 50-meter freestyle final during wave 2 of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Sunday, June 20, 2021, in Omaha, Nebraska. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Catching Up with USA Swimming CEO Tim Hinchey

Tim Hinchey took over as president and CEO of USA Swimming just after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, meaning this year’s Games in Tokyo will be the first he’ll oversee for a team that has traditionally hauled in medals at the Games. Team USA has won 556 medals all time, by far the most […]

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The National Stadium will be the venue for the Opening Ceremony.
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Opening Ceremony Creative Director Fired on Eve of Games

On the eve of the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Summer Games, Tokyo 2020 fired its creative director Kentaro Kobayashi over a Holocaust-related joke he told years back while he was a comedian. The removal marked the second high-profile member of the team to be dismissed in recent days after composer and musician Keigo Oyamada […]

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The New National Stadium, a venue designed for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, is seen prominently in the Tokyo cityscape seen from an observation tower. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

2021 Olympic Stadiums: Every Venue Hosting the Games

The Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo will be held in 42 venues around Japan with 27 of them in or around the capital. There are 11 venues inside what is referred to as the ‘Heritage Zone,’ which references Tokyo’s previous hosting of the 1964 Olympic Summer Games. Many of those venues have been renovated for […]

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Brisbane to Host 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games

Brisbane, Australia, will host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, a move that was expected for weeks after the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board forwarded the Queensland coastal city as the only candidate for the event. The formal vote came at the IOC Session in advance of the Tokyo Games. Brisbane will become the […]

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