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Category: International Olympic Committee

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Japan businessman admits giving gifts for successful Tokyo Olympic bid

Haruyuki Takahasi lobbied IOC members to try to win votesTakahashi received significant funds from Tokyo bid committee New questions about Tokyo’s successful bid for the 2020 Olympics have been raised after a businessman admitted he had given digital c…

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Tokyo Olympics to start in July 2021 after coronavirus rescheduling

Games will run from 23 July to 8 AugustParalympics will take place from 24 August to 5 SeptemberCoronavirus – latest updatesNext year’s Tokyo Olympics will now officially open on 23 July 2021 – 364 days later than planned – in order to give organisers …

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IOC under fire after boxers at London event test positive for Covid-19

IOC accused of being putting athletes’ health in jeopardy Two Turkish boxers and head coach test positive for virusCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageThe International Olympic Committee has been accused of being putting athl…

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Olympic postponement inevitable but finding right way to do it caused delay | Sean Ingle

Shinzo Abe hinted at a decision in mid-March but Japan seemed reluctant to lose face by rescheduling the Tokyo GamesIt sounds preposterous in hindsight, especially now the Tokyo Olympics has joined the ranks of the sporting postponements, but barely a …

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Olympic postponement inevitable but finding right way to do it caused delay | Sean Ingle

Shinzo Abe hinted at a decision in mid-March but Japan seemed reluctant to lose face by rescheduling the Tokyo GamesIt sounds preposterous in hindsight, especially now the Tokyo Olympics has joined the ranks of the sporting postponements, but barely a …

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International Olympic Committee has rare chance to live up to its hype | Andy Bull

Thomas Bach’s Hallmark card philosophy of peace through sport is always trumped by reality but the IOC could deserve plaudits for once if a belated Tokyo Games gives the world a partyLoth as I am to call the good men and women of the International Olym…

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International Olympic Committee has rare chance to live up to its hype | Andy Bull

Thomas Bach’s Hallmark card philosophy of peace through sport is always trumped by reality but the IOC could deserve plaudits for once if a belated Tokyo Games gives the world a partyLoth as I am to call the good men and women of the International Olym…

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Athletes across globe call for Olympic postponement as countries pull out

IOC under pressure to call off Tokyo Games this weekBOA expected to join calls for delay until 2021Coronavirus – latest updates | All our coronavirus coverageThe International Olympic Committee is facing almost irresistible pressure to postpone the Tok…

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Olympics postponement on the cards as IOC gives itself four-week deadline

Delaying to 2021 or scaling down the Games may be an optionIOC changes stance in light of global coronavirus pandemicCoronavirus updates | See all our coronavirus coverageThe International Olympic Committee has paved the way for the Tokyo Games to be p…

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IOC rules out staging Tokyo Olympic Games behind closed doors

‘No spectators is not an option for IOC,’ says sourceIOC to relax Tokyo qualification standards to help athletesThe International Olympic Committee has ruled out staging the Tokyo Games behind closed doors because it would be anathema to the whole phil…

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British athlete calls on IOC to postpone 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Guy Learmonth wants Games delayed until October or 2021Japanese PM insists they will start as planned in July The International Olympic Committee must act decisively by postponing the Tokyo 2020 Games because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, …

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Racewalkers’ long march for equality deserves recognition at Tokyo 2020

The 50km walk may be unglamorous and a little absurd but seven female athletes’ legal fight with the IOC is worth backingTo Lausanne then, home of the International Olympic Committee, and the source last week of an exciting press release about the late…

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Alisher Usmanov’s remedy for love? New love. And a £6.8m Olympic manifesto | Marina Hyde

The Russian oligarch has moved on from Arsenal to Everton but more intriguing is his decision to buy Pierre de Coubertin’s 1892 manifesto and donate it to the Olympic MuseumAt last, the mystery buyer of the world’s most expensive piece of sports memora…

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IOC’s oppressive podium rules ignore history of legitimate Olympic protest | Sean Ingle

Ever since Peter O’Connor scaled a flagpole in Athens to call out Olympic unfairness the stage was set for winning athletes to make powerful statements. So why outlaw it now?Some called him the Antelope. Others the King of Spring. But, above all, Peter…

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IOC concerned by ‘very serious’ doping allegations in weightlifting

• Claims include girls aged 13 being encouraged to take drugs• German investigators make new allegations against IWFThe International Olympic Committee has expressed its concerns over “very serious and worrying” new allegations of doping and corruption…

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Paris wants to host Olympic surfing competitions on Tahiti

Polynesian island is suggested as alternative to Atlantic coast locations of French mainlandFrance is proposing to hold the 2024 Olympic surfing competitions on the island of Tahiti.Paris, which will host the summer Games, has reportedly suggested the …

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Olympic committee’s deal with Airbnb angers Paris authorities

Mayor of 2024 host city has promised to rein in website, blamed for pushing up rentsParis city authorities have reacted angrily to what they call a “risky” deal between the Olympic committee and the short-term tourist rental company Airbnb.Officials in…

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‘Groundbreaking’ gene test to detect doping may be ready for Tokyo 2020

• Tests would allow blood doping to be identified for months• Ground-breaking test pioneered at University of BrightonA “groundbreaking” new method of using gene testing to catch doping cheats could be ready in time for next year’s Olympic Games in Tok…

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US senator Rick Scott says 2022 Winter Olympics should not be held in China

Republican senator says 2022 Games should be movedFormer Florida governor doubles down on letter to IOCScott blasts Fifa for awarding Club World Cup to ChinaUS senator Rick Scott said on Tuesday the 2022 Winter Olympics should not be held in Beijing, c…

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Tokyo Olympics marathon moved 800km to Sapporo for cooler climate

• Race-walking events also moved north to Sapporo • Move will result in ‘significantly lower temperatures’The International Olympic Committee has announced plans to move the Tokyo 2020 marathon and race-walking events over 800km north of Japan’s capita…