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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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The Brisbane bid to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games includes a cluster of venues in the city's downtown.

IOC Gives Brisbane, Australia, Inside Track for 2032 Olympic Summer Games

Brisbane, Australia, has received the inside track to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games as the International Olympic Committee has named the region its preferred choice to continue dialogue on a hosting agreement. A final decision would still need to come from the IOC in a timeframe that has not yet been determined, […]

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A man is seen through the Olympic rings in front of the New National Stadium in Tokyo on March 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Tokyo 2020, IOC Agree on Simplified Games Measures

The rescheduled 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo will be simplified in four categories as part of the local organizers’ continuing work with the International Olympic Committe’s Coordination Committee, while not cutting the number of participating athletes for either the Olympics or Paralympics. Among the Games’ streamlining will be a reduction of stakeholder personnel attending […]

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No Chance of Another Postponement, Says IOC Vice President

International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates said that the rescheduled Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo will go ahead in 2021 regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, calling them the “Games that conquered COVID.” “It will take place with or without COVID. The Games will start on July 23 next year,” said Coates, who heads the […]

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The Olympic rings float in the water at sunset in the Odaiba section of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Tokyo 2020 Moving to Simplify Games

Tokyo 2020 continues to move forward with plans for a downsized Olympic Summer Games in 2021, releasing a new timeline for operations planning that calls for an agreement on new service levels by July. The postponement to 2021 continues to have hundreds of moving parts, including the need to secure all 41 venues that had […]

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