Paralympics Reverses Course and Bans Athletes From Russia and Belarus

Paralympics organizers citied athlete discontent, boycott threats and a fear of violence in ejecting the athletes on the eve of the opening ceremony.

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I.O.C. Recommends Barring Athletes From Russia and Belarus

The International Olympic Committee recommended that Russian and Belarusian athletes be barred from competitions.

#international-olympic-committee, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

FIFA Will Ban Russia, Ejecting It From World Cup Qualifying

The decision to bar Russian clubs and national teams came a day after FIFA was criticized for not going far enough to punish Russia for invading Ukraine.

#international-federation-of-association-football-fifa, #international-olympic-committee, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #soccer, #union-of-european-football-assns-uefa, #world-cup-2022-soccer

Nils van der Poel Gives Away His Medal to Protest Beijing’s Abuses

In a rare rebuke of Beijing, Nils van der Poel, a speedskater, handed one of his gold medals to the daughter of Gui Minhai, a book publisher imprisoned in China.

#cambridge-england, #china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #gui-minhai, #hong-kong, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #sweden, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #van-der-poel-nils-1996

With Olympics Closing Ceremony, China Celebrates a Joyless Triumph

The Games ended without disaster but overshadowed by a doping scandal, rising tensions in Europe and anxiety over the future of the sporting movement.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #politics-and-government, #propaganda

Why Companies Struggled to Navigate Olympics Sponsorships

The debacle over Olympic sponsorship shows how the U.S.-China relationship has turned into a minefield for companies trying to do business in both countries.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #boycotts, #china, #coca-cola-company, #comcast-corporation, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-olympic-committee, #international-trade-and-world-market, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #olympic-games-2022, #politics-and-government, #proctergamble-co, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xinjiang-china

IOC President Criticizes Valieva’s Treatment by Her Coaches

Russia’s deputy prime minister called Thomas Bach’s comments “inappropriate and wrong.”

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Valieva’s Competitors May Be Denied the Ultimate Olympic Thrill

Because of the doping scandal involving Kamila Valieva of Russia, her top competitors may be denied the joy of receiving a medal on the Olympic podium during the Games.

#beijing-china, #boulder-colo, #doping-sports, #figure-skating, #goucher-kara, #international-olympic-committee, #national-broadcasting-co, #olympic-games-2022, #track-and-field, #valieva-kamila-2006

With Valieva, Doping Concerns Extend to a New Generation of Olympians

Decades after East Germany gave steroids to its athletes and just a few years after Russia’s doping program was exposed, the Olympic Games are again roiled by scandal.

#athletics-and-sports, #beijing-china, #coleman-doriane-lambelet, #court-of-arbitration-for-sport, #doping-sports, #east-germany, #international-olympic-committee, #moscow-russia, #olympic-games-2022, #rodchenkov-grigory, #steroids, #tygart-travis, #valieva-kamila-2006, #world-anti-doping-agency

In the ‘Genocide Olympics,’ Are We All Complicit?

China’s repression of Uighur Muslims looms large over the Games. What should participants — viewers included — do about it?

#boycotts, #china, #debatable, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Peng Shuai Meets IOC Leader at Winter Olympics

Peng largely disappeared from public life after making sexual abuse allegations against a powerful political official.

#bach-thomas, #international-olympic-committee, #peng-shuai, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes

How Beijing Created Snow for the Winter Olympics

The environmentally unfriendly secret of winter sports is that many competitions take place on artificial snow. China’s water-scarce capital had to go to enormous lengths to make enough of it.

#alpine-skiing, #beijing-china, #communist-party-of-china, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #skiing, #snowboarding

In a Divisive Games, an Opening Ceremony in Search of Unity

There was the usual pageantry and symbols of togetherness, at a Games walled off from its host city because of the pandemic.

#bach-thomas, #beijing-china, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022

At Beijing Olympics, Question of Free Speech Looms Over Athletes

An Olympic rule and warnings from the Chinese government have made it risky for athletes to speak out at these Games.

#censorship, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022

Inside Beijing’s Olympic Bubble: Robots, Swabs and a Big Gamble

There are multiple tests and guards and anxious Olympians as China stages the Games under a “zero Covid” bet. Our correspondent’s journey into the walled-off maze.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022

Welcome to Beijing 2022, the Logistics Olympics

Wrestling P.C.R. tests, QR codes and a ticking clock, officials tasked with getting teams to Beijing say planning is the Olympics’ newest high-stakes event.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #united-states-olympic-and-paralympic-committee

For Olympic Sponsors, ‘China Is an Exception’

Pressure is mounting on companies to condemn the country’s human rights violations, but executives say the Games should not be politicized.

#advertising-and-marketing, #boycotts, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #consumer-behavior, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #politics-and-government

Where Is Peng Shuai? Tennis Players and Fans Still Want to Know

A central question, “Where is Peng Shuai?”, has represented concern for the star but also points to related questions about the future of tennis in China.

#australian-open-tennis, #china, #international-olympic-committee, #peng-shuai, #simon-steve-1955, #tennis, #tennis-australia-ltd, #womens-tennis-assn

How China’s Xi Jinping Is Staging the Beijing Olympics on His Terms

From Beijing’s unexpected bid through the coronavirus pandemic, China has managed to fulfill its promises and cow its critics.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2008, #xi-jinping

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics: Answers to Some Big Questions

How will the Olympics deal with the coronavirus? What happens if athletes protest China? Will there be boycotts? Here’s what we know.

#beijing-china, #china, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022

Faced With Questions About Forced Labor in China, the I.O.C. Is Tight-Lipped

Olympic officials are reluctant to probe whether any Beijing 2022 merchandise might have been made under duress by Uyghurs, an activist group charges.

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As Olympics Near, China Tightens Rules and Athletes Invent Their Own

With the Omicron variant spreading only weeks before the Beijing Games, Olympians and organizers are navigating a stretch run marked by isolation, inoculation and worry.

#beijing-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022

U.S. Olympic Leader: China Must Investigate Peng Shuai’s Allegations

Olympic leaders were critical of China’s handling of the Peng Shuai case but tried not to say anything that would jeopardize the safety of the American athletes headed to Beijing.

#china, #coe-sebastian, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #peng-shuai, #united-states-olympic-and-paralympic-committee, #world-athletics

Paris 2024 Floats Openness After Two Closed-Door Olympics

French organizers approved a sprawling opening ceremony, with athletes floating down the Seine in a parade of boats, but to date they have not criticized China.

#estanguet-tony-1978, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #olympic-games-2024, #paris-france

House Votes to Impose Forced Labor Ban on Goods Made in Xinjiang

The lopsided margin reflected growing bipartisan anger at China’s human rights abuses against Uyghurs in the northwestern region.

#apple-inc, #coca-cola-company, #forced-labor, #house-of-representatives, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #international-trade-and-world-market, #law-and-legislation, #nike-inc, #pelosi-nancy, #peng-shuai, #rubio-marco, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #womens-tennis-assn, #xinjiang-china

‘Where is **?’: Fans in China Elude Censors to Talk About Peng Shuai

She is not the first celebrity to be scrubbed from the internet, but her supporters are finding creative ways to voice their frustration.

#athletics-and-sports, #censorship, #china, #international-olympic-committee, #peng-shuai, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #tennis, #womens-tennis-assn

I.O.C. Says It Held Second Video Call With Peng Shuai

Olympic officials said they ‘shared the same concern as many’ about the safety of the Chinese tennis star but offered no details of what they discussed with her.

#bach-thomas, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #peng-shuai, #tennis, #zhang-gaoli

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Who Brought Olympics to Brazil, Convicted of Bribery

Carlos Arthur Nuzman was found guilty after a trial that featured claims of rigged votes, gold bars and at least $2 million in payoffs to top sports officials.

#brazil, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #cabral-sergio-1963, #diack-lamine-1933, #diack-papa-massata, #international-olympic-committee, #nuzman-carlos-1942, #olympic-games-2016, #soares-filho-arthur-cesar-de-menezes

Thomas Bach Is Criticized for His Handling of the Peng Shuai Case

The handling of the Peng Shuai case raised new questions about the I.O.C.’s relationship with China. One Olympic official called its actions ‘discreet.’ Critics called it collaboration.

#bach-thomas, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #peng-shuai, #zhang-gaoli

Do Sports Still Need China?

Global outrage, broken contracts and shifting politics could change the calculus for leagues and teams that once raced to do business in China.

#china, #international-olympic-committee, #national-basketball-assn, #peng-shuai, #politics-and-government, #womens-tennis-assn

Where Is Peng Shuai?

The Chinese government must provide answers about the missing tennis star.

#metoo-movement, #assn-of-tennis-professionals, #communist-party-of-china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #international-olympic-committee, #peng-shuai, #politburo-standing-committee-of-the-communist-party-of-china, #womens-tennis-assn, #zhang-gaoli

Modern Pentathlon Drops Equestrian Competition After Abuse Claims

Accusations of animal abuse at the Tokyo Olympics helped lead to the biggest change to modern pentathlon in more than a century.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #horses, #international-olympic-committee, #modern-pentathlon, #olympic-games-2022

Chinese Hockey Team Will Not Be Barred From Olympics

Weeks after a top hockey official suggested quality concerns could see China’s men kicked out of the Beijing Games, the team’s participation was confirmed.

#international-ice-hockey-federation, #international-olympic-committee, #kontinental-hockey-league, #kunlun-red-star-hockey-team, #olympic-games-2022, #xi-jinping

China Will Create ‘Closed-Loop’ Bubble for Winter Olympics

Athletes and visitors will face severe restrictions on their movement, Beijing 2022 organizers said, and a level of control never before seen at the Games.

#beijing-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022

Paralympics to Open With Empty Stands but a Bigger Stage

Television exposure and new interest from sponsors are raising hopes that the Games can build on their momentum.

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What is An Olympic Gold Medal Actually Worth?

Some former Olympians have resorted to selling their medals because of financial hardships or to raise money for charity.

#auctions, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #collectors-and-collections, #copper-brass-and-bronze, #gold, #international-olympic-committee, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #olympic-games-2020, #rr-auction, #russell-william-felton-1934, #scp-auctions-inc, #silver

Laurel Hubbard Had Her Olympic Moment. Now She’d Like Her Privacy.

“I’m looking forward to this being the end of my journey,” a barrier-breaking weight lifter says after an excruciating week in the spotlight.

#hubbard-laurel-1978, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #weight-lifting

Russian Athletes Compete as R.O.C. at the Tokyo Olympics After Ban

A doping punishment changes a country’s official name but little else about its Olympic experience.

#doping-sports, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #russia, #russian-olympic-committee, #world-anti-doping-agency

Shot Putter’s Gesture Renews Controversy over Podium Protests at Tokyo Games

Raven Saunders of the United States crossed her arms over her head. A second athlete, the American fencer Race Imboden, accepted a medal with a symbol drawn on his hand.

#berry-gwen-1989, #fencing-sport, #imboden-race, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #pan-american-games, #tokyo-japan, #united-states-olympic-and-paralympic-committee

Olympics History Shows Why We Watch

New York Times readers recall the moments from Olympics history that moved them.

#international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2020

Mixed-Gender Relays Make Their Olympic Debut

In Tokyo, men and women are teaming up in a series of mixed-gender events that are making their Olympic debuts.

#international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #swimming, #track-and-field

As Covid Cases Hit Record High in Tokyo, Can the Olympic Bubble Hold?

With the Games approaching their midway point, promises of a “safe and secure” event are being put to the test.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #suga-yoshihide, #tokyo-japan, #vaccination-and-immunization

Medals On, Masks Off at Tokyo Olympics During Coronavirus Pandemic

The pandemic has changed the way Olympians receive their medals. But in the rush of elation, coronavirus rules and social distancing policies are routinely forgotten.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #international-olympic-committee, #masks, #olympic-games-2020

It Turns Out That the Era of Big Government Isn’t Over

Joe Biden continues to surprise us. 

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #inflation-economics, #international-olympic-committee, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

An Olympic Hurdle: Why Is the Decathlon Only for Men?

Chasing opportunity and equality, women are campaigning for their own 10-event competition, rather than just the heptathlon, at the Paris Games in 2024.

#decathlon, #heptathlon, #international-olympic-committee, #jackie-joyner-kersee, #jordan-gray, #olympic-games-2020, #olympic-games-2024, #track-and-field, #usa-track-and-field, #women-and-girls, #world-athletics

New Rules on Olympics Protests Already Causing Discord

The International Olympic Committee has loosened its rules on political speech at the Games. Olympic leaders in the United States and plenty of athletes say the changes don’t go far enough.

#bach-thomas, #berry-gwen-1989, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #international-olympic-committee, #lyles-noah-1997, #olympic-games-2020, #track-and-field, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016

Why Are the Tokyo Olympics Still Happening?

Wondering why the Tokyo Games haven’t been canceled? The answer lies in billions of dollars, years of work and thousands of athletes who can’t wait any longer.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #nbcuniversal, #olympic-games-2020, #suga-yoshihide

Tokyo Olympics Will Allow Domestic Spectators

The decision indicates a growing certainty that the Games will go ahead, despite months of concern that they could become a superspreader event.

#athletics-and-sports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-essential, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Pandemic Has Some of the Best Boxers Watching the Olympics From Afar

Boxers have had trouble with qualifying events being canceled because of the coronavirus. That led to some abrupt rule changes that left many athletes with no ability to adjust.

#boxing, #bujold-mandy-1987, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-boxing-assn, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020

A Crisis of Abuse Grows in International Women’s Sport

The sexual abuse scandal in Mali basketball is the latest example of how global sports organizations are failing to curb the mistreatment of women.

#athletics-and-sports, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #denhollander-rachael, #human-rights-watch, #international-basketball-federation, #international-olympic-committee, #mali, #nassar-lawrence-g-1963, #niang-hamane, #olympic-games-2020, #sexual-harassment, #women-and-girls