Lausanne | SwitzerlandDay 3 of the IOC Executive Board meeting.Photograph by IOC/Greg Martin
Day 3 of the IOC Executive Board meeting is held in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph by IOC/Greg Martin

Countdown to Beijing 2022: Boycotts, Criticism and Problem Childs

With less than 60 days before the Opening Ceremony on February 4, the International Olympic Committee would clearly love for the attention to be focused on athletes heading into the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. The chances of that are slim, though, with recent worldwide focus on the Chinese government’s conduct ahead of […]

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Lausanne | SwitzerlandIOC President, Thomas Bach chairs the Executive Board meeting held in Olympic House. Photograph by IOC/Greg Martin
IOC President Thomas Bach chairs the Executive Board meeting held in Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph by IOC/Greg Martin

IOC President Says U.S. Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics ‘a Purely Political Decision’

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said diplomatic boycotts by the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom ahead of the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing “is a purely political decision for each government” and the IOC will continue to be apolitical. The United Kingdom and Australia have joined the U.S. […]

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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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WTA Tour Suspends Tournaments in China Over Concerns for Peng Shuai’s Safety

The WTA Tour has announced that it will suspend all tournaments in China and Hong Kong as it awaits confirmation of the safety of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai. WTA Tour Chairman Steve Simon released the statement on Wednesday afternoon, saying in part, “I don’t see how I can ask our athletes to compete there […]

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