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Vincent Zhou, of the United States, competes in the men's team free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. He later tested positive for COVID-19 but has since ended his quarantine. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

As the Beijing Olympics Wind Down, so do Positive COVID Cases

As the Olympic Winter Games finish off their final week in Beijing, organizers are reporting that the COVID-19 countermeasures put in place for all arriving participants and stakeholders appear to be having the intended effect. On February 16, the organizing committee reported that for the first time during the Games, there were no positive tests […]

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A visitor to the Shougang Park walks past the a sculpture for the Beijing Winter Olympics in Beijing on November 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

IOC Defends Calls with Peng, Says 2022 Beijing Games Will Not Be Postponed

The focus of a press briefing by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday after the first of three days of meetings was on everything but the competition that is scheduled for February in Beijing — although the IOC made it clear that the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in China will not be postponed. Instead, […]

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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

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

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

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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IOC Athletes Commission Chair Kristy Coventry said athletes are ready for the Games to begin. Photo: IOC

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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A general view of Ariake Urban Sports Park, a venue for skateboarding and BMX competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Despite Barrage of Criticism, IOC and Tokyo Olympic Organizers Resolute About Games

Not since the 2004 Olympic Summer Games were in Athens, Greece — with preparations still happening seemingly until the start of the Opening Ceremony — has the International Olympic Committee endured as rough a run-up to their event as for the upcoming Games in Tokyo. Japan is facing a surge in COVID-19 infections and a […]

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