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Hours after the IOC loosened rules on masks for medalists, several seemed to be pushing the limits. Photo: Jason Gewirtz
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IOC Loosens Mask Rules for Medal Images

As the COVID situation evolves at the Olympic Games, so too do some of the protocols for athletes, especially when it comes to the images that will be seen back home. Hours after insisting that athletes must keep their masks on during medal ceremonies, the International Olympic Committee reversed course Sunday to allow winners to […]

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International Olympic Committee Grants Full Recognition to World Lacrosse

World Lacrosse has been given full recognition by the International Olympic Committee during the IOC Session in Tokyo, ensuring that it remains a member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federations and making it eligible to receive financial support through the IOC Development Program. The announcement means World Lacrosse can continue to grow […]

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USC running back Vavae Malepeai runs into the end zone for a touchdown against UCLA during the second half of a college football game on November 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Sports and COVID-19: The Impact on the Sports-Event Industry

The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry. Nearly every major sporting event has been canceled, moved or postponed. Here is a look at where things stand. Click here for the latest on COVID-19’s Effect on the Sports-Event Industry.   BASEBALL: Yankees-Red Sox Game Postponed by COVID Issues in New York; Outbreak […]

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Ski Mountaineering Proposed for 2026 Olympic Winter Games Program

The Organizing Committee of the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina, Italy, has proposed the inclusion of Ski Mountaineering, governed by the International Ski Mountaineering Federation, as an additional sport to the 2026 program. The proposal to include Ski Mountaineering consists of five new medal events with sprint and individual categories for men and women […]

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People in Tokyo stand by posters to promote the Olympic Summer Games scheduled to start in July. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Medical Journal Questions COVID-19 Countermeasures Ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Pressure continues to mount on Tokyo 2020 and the International Olympic Committee, both of which are proceeding ahead with planning for the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer despite growing criticism on several fronts. On Wednesday, Japan’s Asahi Shimbum newspaper called for the event to be canceled, marking the largest media outlet in the county […]

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach delivers an opening speech at a meeting of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo on May 19, 2021, while Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizing committee President Seiko Hashimoto listens. Bach, Hashimoto, Japanese Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike attended a three-day meeting. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool Photo via AP)

IOC Organizers Continue Olympic Planning No Matter The Criticism Within Tokyo

In a week that has seen 83 percent of polled Japanese citizens oppose the Olympic Summer Games and the 6,000-member Tokyo Medical Practitioners’ Association call for the Games to be canceled, one of the International Olympic Committee’s most senior members sent the clearest possible response: The Games will go on, no matter what. “Our objective […]

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Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto explains the latest details in the playbook the athletes will be asked to adhere to during the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. Photo: Tokyo 2020

IOC and Tokyo 2020 Outline New Limits on Olympic and Paralympic Participants

New rules for athletes competing at the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games will require daily testing for those expecting to compete and limit their movement largely to the competition venues and their housing. In an updated “playbook” released by Tokyo 2020, the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee, organizers set to reassure an […]

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Airbnb to Offer Housing Credits to Olympians, Paralympians

Airbnb, in partnership with the International Olympic Committee, has launched an initiative to provide elite athletes, Olympians and Paralympians with up to $2,000 in Airbnb housing credits to support travel-related costs linked to those athletes’ sporting careers. The credit, made possible through Airbnb’s worldwide partnership with the IOC, will be available for up to 500 […]

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Breaking Among Sports Added to 2024 Olympic Summer Games in Paris

The sport of breaking is the eye-popping addition to the 2024 Olympic Summer Games in Paris along with skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing as the International Olympic Committee is working to make the Games more of an urban-based endeavor for athletes. Breaking and sport climbing first appeared as medal events at the 2018 Youth Olympic […]

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Cost Overruns for Tokyo Olympics Reportedly Run $3 Billion

The cost of delaying the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo to 2021 will end up at approximately $3 billion, according to reports from that have not been confirmed by the Games’ organizers. National broadcaster NHK and news agency Kyodo reported the same figures and attributed it to unidentified sources close to the Games, […]

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