Television exposure and new interest from sponsors are raising hopes that the Games can build on their momentum.
Some former Olympians have resorted to selling their medals because of financial hardships or to raise money for charity.
“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.
A doping punishment changes a country’s official name but little else about its Olympic experience.
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.
New York Times readers recall the moments from Olympics history that moved them.
In Tokyo, men and women are teaming up in a series of mixed-gender events that are making their Olympic debuts.
With the Games approaching their midway point, promises of a “safe and secure” event are being put to the test.
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.
Joe Biden continues to surprise us.
Chasing opportunity and equality, women are campaigning for their own 10-event competition, rather than just the heptathlon, at the Paris Games in 2024.
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.
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.
The decision indicates a growing certainty that the Games will go ahead, despite months of concern that they could become a superspreader event.
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.
The sexual abuse scandal in Mali basketball is the latest example of how global sports organizations are failing to curb the mistreatment of women.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The International Olympic Committee cares about its relentless pursuit of profit, not public health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Olympiad gives us leverage. Let’s use it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The United States can repudiate Chinese policy without unfairly punishing our athletes.
The agreement with a powerful Olympic partner may help reassure a skeptical Japanese population fearful of thousands of visitors to this summer’s Games.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, played down growing doubts about the Games but without giving a guarantee.
Organizers postponed the Olympic Games for one year last March. Nearly a year later, prospects are getting bleaker.
Breaking from International Olympic Committee guidelines, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced it would not penalize athletes who participate in demonstrations.
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.
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.
The decision to uphold, or overturn, Russia’s four-year ban could determine if antidoping officials can ever punish state-backed cheating programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The I.O.C. is on the wrong side of history, again.