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Category: International Olympic Committee

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US fencer Alen Hadzic kept apart from team in Tokyo after sexual misconduct claims

29-year-old denies allegations against himFencer appealed his ban from the Olympic Village and lostOne day before the Tokyo Olympic Games were slated to officially begin, fencer Alen Hadzic, Team USA’s men’s épée alternate, lost his appeal to move into…

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‘A fundamental right’: Dina Asher-Smith urges Games to allow podium protests

Team GB sprinter criticises potential punishments in Tokyo‘One of Olympics’ most iconic moments was black power salute’Dina Asher-Smith has evoked the spirit of Tommie Smith’s and John Carlos’s black power salute as she insisted it would be a mistake f…

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Tokyo waits and the world watches as IOC gambles on the Games again | Andy Bull

Massacres, doping and overspending have marred Games over the years and this time it is Covid that hangs over Tokyo 2020As it is now, so it has always been. Eighteen months after the first modern Olympic Games, at Athens in 1896, the entire organising …

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Tokyo 2020 on a knife edge as rumours spread as quickly as Covid

Sensationalist headlines and the constant fear of a phone ping have added to Games jitters and clouded sporting anticipationIn Tinderbox Tokyo, on the eve of the first sporting action of these troubled Olympics, everyone appears to have the jitters. Th…

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Olympics to begin but softball opener is unlikely to distract a fearful nation | Justin McCurry

With Covid cases mounting and local resistance escalating ever higher, the hope is that the actual action beginning on Wednesday will dampen down the criticismThe Olympic softball teams of Japan and Australia will have to produce something close to a c…

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Thomas Bach promises ‘safe and secure’ Olympics as Tokyo Covid cases soar

Infections surge to highest level for almost six monthsOutbreak at Brazilian team hotel raises concernsCoronavirus – latest updates | All our coronavirus coverageThomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee president, has said a “safe and secure” T…

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Tokyo Olympics: athletes could be deported if they break strict Covid rules

Guidance insists on no talking at dinner and daily testsGB athletes could face six-day Delta variant quarantineAthletes at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics must eat alone, be tested daily, and refrain from talking in confined spaces such as elevators…

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Tokyo Olympics: athletes could be deported if they break strict Covid rules

Guidance insists on no talking at dinner and daily testsGB athletes could face six-day Delta variant quarantineAthletes at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics must eat alone, be tested daily, and refrain from talking in confined spaces such as elevators…

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IOC pledges to source doctors from all over globe to keep Tokyo Olympics safe

Offer comes amid concern of huge pressure on medical servicesNumber of spectators at Games to be decided by end of JuneThe International Olympic Committee has offered to source as many doctors and nurses as needed from around the globe to ensure the To…

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Tokyo cornered into going ahead with Games, says Olympic official

Member of Japanese Olympic Committee criticises IOC and says Games will leave a ‘bitter taste’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA senior Japanese Olympic official has criticised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for ig…

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IOC holds Tokyo as Olympic hostage to fortune with grim Games ahead | Barry Glendenning

Beach volleyball in Rio was a riotous joy but how will it play when a city is essentially forced against its will to host the global event?You don’t get a great deal of down time as a jobbing hack at the Olympics but my schedule at the Rio Games meant …

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53 years on, John Carlos still sees the IOC as a money-chasing dictatorship

Dr John Carlos was thrown out of the 1968 Games after making a stand for human rights. He does not see much progress by the IOC in the decades sinceI recently had the honor of sitting down with Dr John Carlos for my podcast, The Rematch. I wanted to ge…

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53 years on, John Carlos still sees the IOC as a money-chasing dictatorship

Dr John Carlos was thrown out of the 1968 Games after making a stand for human rights. He does not see much progress by the IOC in the decades sinceI recently had the honor of sitting down with Dr John Carlos for my podcast, The Rematch. I wanted to ge…

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Adam Gemili ‘would take a knee’ in Tokyo and warns IOC over protest ban

British sprinter critical of Olympic podium protest regulations‘If they ban an athlete for protesting, all hell will break loose’Adam Gemili has vowed to take a knee in support of Black Lives Matter if he wins an Olympic medal in Tokyo – and warned the…

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79,000 people flying in for Tokyo Olympics, Japanese media reports

Organisers of Games are pressing ahead despite massive public opposition due to Covid pandemicCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageAlmost 80,000 Olympic officials, journalists and support staff will descend on Tokyo in July, a…

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IOC relies on Olympic athletes to win over Japanese public amid crisis | Andy Bull

The Tokyo Games will take place against a backdrop of growing unease from the public due to the pandemic A quick look at the “playbook” for the Tokyo Games this summer invites a question about how many of the International Olympic Committee’s own membe…

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Tokyo Olympics ‘moving fully ahead’ as protester disrupts press conference

Games ‘in implementation phase’ despite state of emergency IOC briefing curtailed after shout of ‘No Olympics anywhere’The International Olympic Committee has insisted it is “moving fully ahead” with the Tokyo Games despite growing public unease in Jap…

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Tokyo Olympics ‘moving fully ahead’ as protester disrupts press conference

Games ‘in implementation phase’ despite state of emergency IOC briefing curtailed after shout of ‘No Olympics anywhere’The International Olympic Committee has insisted it is “moving fully ahead” with the Tokyo Games despite growing public unease in Jap…

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Tokyo Olympic Games organisers release new Covid-19 guidelines

Athletes will need to record two negative tests before arrival but decision on local spectators delayedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAthletes taking part in this summer’s Olympic Games will be tested daily for Covid-19, bu…

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Tokyo Olympic Games organisers release new Covid-19 guidelines

Athletes will need to record two negative tests before arrival but decision on local spectators delayedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAthletes taking part in this summer’s Olympic Games will be tested daily for Covid-19, bu…