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IOC President Thomas Bach talks after an Executive Board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on September 8. Photo Courtesy IOC/Philippe Woods

Strict Protocols Expected in Beijing for 2022 Olympic Winter Games, IOC Says

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, in an open letter published by the IOC, said that those competing and attending the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing should expect the same level of COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place as were this past summer in Tokyo for the rescheduled 2021 Olympic Summer Games. “While […]

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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. FOOTBALL: NFL Embarks on Second Virus-Affected Season in a Row Posted: Thursday, September […]

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IOC President Thomas Bach talks after an Executive Board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on September 8. Photo Courtesy IOC/Philippe Woods

IOC Helping People Leave Afghanistan; Bach Says Around 100 Evacuated

The International Olympic Committee has helped around 100 members of the Olympic community leave Afghanistan during the past several weeks as the Taliban asserted control over the country, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday after the first IOC Executive Board meeting post-Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. Bach said all athletes who competed in Tokyo […]

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Tokyo Olympians elect four new members to IOC Athletes’ Commission

Pau Gasol, Maja Włoszczowska, Federica Pellegrini and Yuki Ota have been elected to the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission, for a term ending at the 2028 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles. The newly elected members join the Commission to represent the athlete voice within the Olympic Movement. More than 6,800 athletes voted in the […]

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IOC Young Leaders Program and Panasonic Extend Partnership

The International Olympic Committee’s Young Leaders Program will continue through 2024 with sponsorship from Panasonic, which will support different initiatives to equip those in the program with the skills and tools they need to enhance their projects. Panasonic’s collaboration with the IOC on the Young Leaders Program underlines both organisations’ commitment to youth engagement and […]

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The Main Press Center in Tokyo for journalists covering the Olympic Games has signage reminding visitors the rules of engagement to battle COVID-19. Photo: Jason Gewirtz
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Tokyo COVID Rates Reach Record High, but IOC Says Its Program is Working

For the second straight day, Tokyo recorded its largest number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, with the city government reporting 3,177 positive cases. It’s the first time the city has recorded more than 3,000 cases in one day and mirrors a trend across several Asian nations in recent weeks that had otherwise had […]

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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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With Opening Ceremony Approaching, All Eyes Still on Virus

Three days before the start of the Opening Ceremony, no new COVID-19 cases were reported among athletes or Olympics stakeholders in Tokyo, although officials at the IOC and Tokyo 2020 continue to monitor the situation closely. And while unlikely, the CEO of Tokyo 2020 on Tuesday did not rule out the event still being canceled […]

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Olympics Fan Festival Scrapped in Tokyo

One of the largest fan-engagement opportunities at the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo has been scrapped, the latest casualty from the coronavirus pandemic that continues to impact the Games with just over a week to go before the Opening Ceremony. Tokyo Waterfront City was to connect several of the venues that will host competition along […]

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