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Leaders of the USOPC address the media in Tokyo in advance of the Olympic Summer Games. Photo: Jason Gewirtz

USOPC Says Focus on Safety as Games Begin

Hours before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, leaders of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said their primary focus was the safety and security of the 613 athletes that will represent Team USA, while acknowledging the extreme logistical hurdles in getting the team to Tokyo and prepared to compete. USOPC […]

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Track star Allyson Felix will be the most decorated U.S. athlete on the 613-member team with nine medals. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Team USA to Send 613 Athletes to Olympic Games

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee will send 613 athletes to represent Team USA at the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. The team features 193 returning Olympians and 104 medalists, including 33 who have won multiple medals. “Team USA is ready. Our roster includes 613 remarkable athletes, one of our biggest teams ever, all […]

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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. OLYMPICS: 2021 Olympics May Be Closed Off To Fans; VIPs Still Allowed to […]

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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Adds James Higa to Board, Announces Departure of Kikkan Randall

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee has added James Higa to its board of directors, filling a board seat vacated by Vivek Murthy, who resigned after being confirmed as the U.S. surgeon general in March. Higa currently serves as the executive director of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing new ideas in philanthropy, […]

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Toyota Launches Stipend Program for U.S. Paralympians

Toyota will launch a nearly $5 million stipend and sponsorship program for U.S. Paralympic athletes who are aiming to compete at the Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo or the Beijing Winter Games in 2022. Toyota is a partner both at the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee, but also with the U.S. Olympic and […]

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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Names Kate Hartman as Chief Communications Officer

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee has named Kate Hartman as its chief communications officer in charge of leading the organization’s communications initiatives. Hartman most recently served as the vice president, strategic communications, North America for the Coca-Cola Company. There, she oversaw all internal and external communications for the company’s flagship market, including brand […]

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100 Days Out, Olympians and Paralympians Coming to Terms with Restrictions

The Olympic Summer Games are 100 days out today, a milestone that at one point seemed like it might never get reached. But the Games are continuing, the torch relay is already underway (even if some stops have had to limit spectators after concerns over COVID-19 outbreaks) and athletes from around the world are preparing […]

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USOPC Downplays 2022 Boycott Talk, Reveals Travel Plans for Tokyo

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee downplayed talk of a potential boycott of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing and reiterated their plans to keep athletes safe as they prepare to travel to Tokyo for the 2020 Games. In a wide-ranging press conference to kick off a three-day media summit, leaders of the USOPC […]

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USOPC Says Kneeling, Other Protest Acts During Anthem at Olympic Trials are OK

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee will allow athletes to do acts of demonstration against racial and social injustice at the U.S. team trials, including acts such as kneeling on the podium or raising a fist just as Tommie Smith and John Carlos famously did at the 1968 Olympic Summer Games. Developed and finalized […]

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Former Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), bump elbows after a ceremony to present the Olympic Order to Abe at Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. (Kim Kyung-hoon/Pool Photo via AP)

Tokyo 2020 Organizers Say No Foreign Fans Allowed at Games

Whether you call it the worst-kept secret ahead of the rescheduled 2021 Tokyo Olympic Summer Games or the most drawn-out decision ahead of this summer’s event, it is official: There will be no foreign fans allowed. The decision was announced Saturday after an online meeting of the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese government, the Tokyo […]

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