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.

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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.

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Olympics History Shows Why We Watch

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

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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.

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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.

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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

Olympics Gave Hope to Japan’s L.G.B.T.Q. Activists. But Old Prejudices Die Hard.

Legislation labeling discrimination “unacceptable” has been blocked by conservative lawmakers, showing how far the country has to go to fulfill the goal of equality enshrined in the Olympic charter.

#bach-thomas, #discrimination, #hashimoto-seiko-1964, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #international-olympic-committee, #japan, #liberal-democratic-party-japan, #olympic-games-2020, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Australian Team Arrives at a Constricted Tokyo Olympics

Daily coronavirus tests. Hotel confinement. A lot of Nintendo time. The experience of Australia’s softball team is a preview of a Games like no other.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #international-olympic-committee, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #softball

First International Athletes Arrive in Japan for the Olympics

The team will be confined to one floor of a hotel as it prepares for the Tokyo Games, which are scheduled to begin July 23 despite a coronavirus outbreak and growing public opposition.

#athletics-and-sports, #australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-essential, #international-olympic-committee, #japan, #olympic-games, #softball, #tokyo-japan

‘For My People’: A Transgender Woman Pursues an Olympic Dream

CeCe Telfer, the first openly transgender woman to win an N.C.A.A. title, is aiming to qualify for the U.S. Olympic trials in the 400-meter hurdles. Her biggest obstacle, for now, is a lack of training facilities.

#content-type-personal-profile, #franklin-pierce-university, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #telfer-cece, #track-and-field, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Are the Tokyo Olympics Safe? Health Experts Urge a Rethinking

Public health specialists suggest the Games’ safety plans put athletes and others at risk, and the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, an Olympic partner, calls for cancellation.

#bach-thomas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #olympic-games-2020, #suga-yoshihide

With Tokyo Olympics Weeks Away, U.S. Warns Americans Not to Travel to Japan

The move’s effects are likely to be minimal, as Japan’s borders are largely shut because of the pandemic and American athletes are expected to participate in the Games regardless.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #state-department, #suga-yoshihide, #travel-warnings, #united-states

‘Absolutely Yes’: Tokyo Games Will Proceed, I.O.C. Says

As the coronavirus surges in Japan, a top Olympic official said a series of test events had shown the Tokyo Games could be held safely.

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A Sports Event Shouldn’t Be a Superspreader. Cancel the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee cares about its relentless pursuit of profit, not public health. 

#athletics-and-sports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #japan, #olympic-games-2022

Mandy Bujold, Canadian Boxer, May Miss Olympics

Olympic organizers changed how boxers from the Americas would qualify for Tokyo because of the pandemic. Now one of the best Canadians is on the outside looking in.

#boxing, #bujold-mandy-1987, #canada, #content-type-personal-profile, #court-of-arbitration-for-sport, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #women-and-girls

Ahead of Tokyo Olympics, Drug Testing Is a Struggle

The pandemic slowed worldwide drug testing to a crawl. The process has resumed, but the problems that led to poor testing ahead of the 2016 Games have not gone away.

#cheating, #doping-sports, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2016

Olympics Updates Rules for Tokyo: Daily Tests and Dining Alone

With many in Japan jittery over holding the world’s largest sports event in Tokyo amid a pandemic, organizers released new guidelines for those taking part.

#athletics-and-sports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #international-paralympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #paralympic-games

Why It’s Time to Rethink the Olympics

Displacements, human rights violations, health concerns and overspending have dogged the Games in recent years. The Olympic mission is a mess in need of long-term fixing.

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Here’s How to Handle the ‘Genocide Olympics’ in Beijing

The Olympiad gives us leverage. Let’s use it.

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The Tokyo Olympics Explained

After a year’s delay, the Tokyo Summer Olympics look set to proceed. But the circumstances will be most unusual. Here’s what you need to know.

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Why ‘Cursed’ Olympics Are Pressing Ahead Amid a Pandemic

The Games’ organizers say they have a responsibility to hold the event and “build a legacy” for society. But money, national pride and political obduracy are also important drivers.

#hashimoto-seiko-1964, #international-olympic-committee, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #politics-and-government

Olympic Fans Want Ticket Refunds. But It’s Not That Easy.

Fans who invested thousands of dollars in trips to the postponed Tokyo Games are eager for refunds. But getting all the money may not be easy, or fast.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cosport, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020

Spectators From Overseas Are Barred From Tokyo Olympics

The move, announced Saturday, is a significant concession to the realities of the pandemic, even as organizers remain determined to hold the Games this summer.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hashimoto-seiko-1964, #international-olympic-committee, #international-paralympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #vaccination-and-immunization

Mitt Romney: The Right Way to Boycott the Beijing Olympics

The United States can repudiate Chinese policy without unfairly punishing our athletes.

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I.O.C. Will Buy Coronavirus Vaccines From China

The agreement with a powerful Olympic partner may help reassure a skeptical Japanese population fearful of thousands of visitors to this summer’s Games.

#bach-thomas, #chinese-olympic-committee, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020

Olympians Enter a Risky New Event: Vaccine Line Jumping

Some nations are prioritizing Olympians for vaccinations. Others say athletes will wait their turn. The choices could determine if the Tokyo Games are a sporting spectacle, or a super-spreader event.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #vaccination-and-immunization

China Is Preparing for Another Olympics in Beijing, Like It or Not

With the Winter Games less than a year away, a powerful and confident China is promising retaliation if any country boycotts the event over human rights.

#boycotts, #china, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2008, #olympic-games-2022, #politics-and-government

Yoshiro Mori Expected to Resign as Tokyo Olympics President

Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese prime minister, had complained that women cause meetings to run long by talking too much. His exit would further complicate the delayed Games.

#international-olympic-committee, #japan, #mori-yoshiro, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #women-and-girls

Olympics Chief Said Sorry for Demeaning Women. In Japan, That’s Often Enough.

Yoshiro Mori’s resistance to calls for his resignation shows the power of a male-dominated old guard that is mostly unaccountable to public opinion.

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Despite Virus Surge, I.O.C. Pledges Summer Olympics in Tokyo Will Happen

Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, played down growing doubts about the Games but without giving a guarantee.

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Hopes for Tokyo’s Summer Olympics Darken

Organizers postponed the Olympic Games for one year last March. Nearly a year later, prospects are getting bleaker.

#bach-thomas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan

U.S. Will Not Punish Olympic Athletes for Peaceful Protests

Breaking from International Olympic Committee guidelines, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced it would not penalize athletes who participate in demonstrations.

#athletics-and-sports, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #international-olympic-committee, #international-paralympic-committee, #olympic-games, #paralympic-games, #united-states-olympic-and-paralympic-committee

The 100-Year Dispute for Jim Thorpe’s Olympic Golds

Thorpe was stripped of his medals in 1912, and named co-champion in 1982. Now, a movement has been renewed to award Thorpe his titles as his own.

#international-olympic-committee, #native-americans, #thorpe-jim

Tokyo Olympics Organizers Promote Games as Light at End of Pandemic Tunnel

Infection rates are rising in the United States and parts of Europe are back in lockdown. Yet the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, said the Games would take measures to go on.

#athletics-and-sports, #bach-thomas, #box-office-sales, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #vaccination-and-immunization

Russia Brings Emotion, and Allies, to Fight Over Doping Ban

The decision to uphold, or overturn, Russia’s four-year ban could determine if antidoping officials can ever punish state-backed cheating programs.

#doping-sports, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2014, #olympic-games-2018, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #world-anti-doping-agency

World Rugby Bars Transgender Women, Baffling Players

World Rugby is the first international sports federation to block transgender women from global competitions, even though it has long preached a motto of inclusivity.

#international-olympic-committee, #rugby, #sports-injuries, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #world-cup-2021-rugby, #world-rugby-ltd

After Doping Scandal, Russia Hacked the Olympics, U.S. and Britain Say

After suffering embarrassment over its doping scheme, Russia tried cyberattacks against the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and was targeting the postponed Tokyo Olympics too, American and British officials said.

#bach-thomas, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #doping-sports, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #government-communications-headquarters-great-britain, #gru-russia, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2018, #olympic-games-2020, #pyeongchang-south-korea, #tokyo-japan

Track’s Caster Semenya Loses Appeal to Defend 800-Meter Title

A ruling by the Swiss Supreme Court appears to have nixed any chance for the South African star to defend her title in her signature event at the Tokyo Olympics next summer.

#court-of-arbitration-for-sport, #gender, #hormones, #international-olympic-committee, #intersex, #olympic-games-2020, #semenya-caster, #testosterone, #women-and-girls, #world-athletics

As a Wrestler Faces Execution in Iran, World Sports Groups Galvanize

An Iranian athlete was charged with murder after taking part in anti-government protests. Many think the charges are false, motivated by a government seeking to make an example of him.

#capital-punishment, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #iran, #wrestling

Gwen Berry: I Raised My Fist in Protest. The Olympics Punished Me.

The I.O.C. is on the wrong side of history, again.

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