An Unexpected Path to the Olympic Track and Field Trials

The past 16 months robbed many runners of opportunities to qualify for the U.S. Olympic trials. Two former collegiate runners decided to fill the gaps by creating a series of meets.

#hayward-field-eugene-ore, #olympic-games-2020, #running, #track-and-field, #usa-track-and-field

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After the Nassar Scandal, Gymnastics Coaches Try a New Tone

Changes in the sport, which is still struggling to recover from a sexual abuse scandal, were evident at a championship event in Texas.

#biles-simone, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #fort-worth-tex, #gymnastics, #karolyi-bela, #karolyi-martha, #lee-sunisa-2003, #nassar-lawrence-g-1963, #nichols-maggie-1997, #olympic-games-2016, #olympic-games-2020, #penny-steve, #raisman-aly, #skinner-mykayla-1996, #usa-gymnastics

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Simone Biles Wins Record 7th U.S. Gymnastics Title

Biles cruised to a record seventh U.S. title on Sunday. The team that will join her in Tokyo is starting to take shape, too.

#biles-simone, #gymnastics, #lee-sunisa-2003, #olympic-games-2020

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USA Baseball Qualifies for Olympics

A mix of unemployed veterans and minor league prospects propelled the United States to a 4-0 record in the Americas Qualifier.

#baseball, #frazier-todd-1986, #olympic-games-2020, #robertson-david-1985

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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

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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

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‘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

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Why One American Basketball Team Won’t Be at the Summer Olympics

The U.S. invented basketball but does not dominate one form, three-on-three, when it comes to Olympics qualifying. So, go … Latvia?

#3x3-basketball, #basketball, #gray-allisha-1995, #international-basketball-federation, #olympic-games-2020, #plum-kelsey-1994

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Skateboarding’s Cardinal Rule: Dare to Be You

We asked photographers across the country to document how skateboarders come together to foster community.

#olympic-games-2020, #photography, #skateboarding, #united-states

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Baseball Is Returning to the Olympics, With or Without the U.S.

Despite being ranked No. 2 in the world, Team U.S.A. has to fight its way to Tokyo in qualifiers that begin this week.

#alderson-sandy, #baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2020, #united-states, #usa-baseball

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Olympic Pin Trading Is Another Casualty of Covid This Year

The collapse of the pin trading market will hardly register amid the more than $15 billion cost of the Tokyo Games, but for avid traders, it’s a huge letdown.

#burundi, #collectors-and-collections, #japan, #johnson-rafer, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #olympic-games-2020, #retton-mary-lou

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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

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Brother of Simone Biles Faces New Trial After Mistrial

Jurors told the judge they had seen legal briefs among the evidence in the case of Tevin Biles-Thomas, who is accused of killing three people. The trial has unfolded as his sister, the U.S. gymnast, trains for the Tokyo Olympics.

#biles-thomas-tevin, #biles-simone, #cuyahoga-county-ohio, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #olympic-games-2020

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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

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Simone Biles Dials Up the Difficulty. ‘Because I Can.’

The Olympic gold medalist’s new vault is so dangerous that gymnastics, for now, limits the scoring rewards for trying it. Biles says that’s unfair.

#biles-simone, #gymnastics, #olympic-games-2020, #usa-gymnastics

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Giovanni Pellielo, the Shooting Bishop, Takes Aim at Eighth Olympics

Italy’s Giovanni Pellielo is an ordained bishop and one of the most decorated competitors in the history of his sport. This summer, he is hoping to return to the Games at age 51.

#content-type-personal-profile, #olympic-games-2020, #pellielo-giovanni, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #shooting-sport

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‘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.

#coates-john-d, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hashimoto-seiko-1964, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020

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Surfing for the United States, but Representing Hawaii

U.S. Olympic surfers from Hawaii — the proud home of the sport — would prefer to compete under their own red, white and blue banner.

#florence-john-john-1992, #hawaii, #kahanamoku-duke-1890-1968, #native-hawaiians, #olympic-games-2020, #surfing

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Everything Was Canceled in 2020. What About 2021?

From the French Open and the Tokyo Olympics to New York Pride, a look at which global events are canceled, postponed or moving ahead (with altered plans) in 2021.

#boston-marathon, #burning-man-festival, #cannes-international-film-festival, #coronavirus-reopenings, #culture-arts, #edinburgh-international-festival, #festivals, #french-open-tennis, #new-york-city-marathon, #new-york-international-auto-show, #olympic-games-2020, #tennis, #theater, #wimbledon-tennis-tournament

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Antidepressants Almost Cost This Olympian Her Career

Brenda Martinez, one of the top track and field athletes in the United States, inadvertently tested positive for a banned substance under World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

#antidepressants, #depression-mental, #doping-sports, #martinez-brenda-1987, #meat, #mental-health-and-disorders, #olympic-games-2016, #olympic-games-2020, #steroids, #tests-drug-use, #tygart-travis, #world-anti-doping-agency

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Tokyo Olympics: A Brief Guide to Every Sport

From archery to yachting, and everything in between: Here are all the sports that are part of the Tokyo Games in 2021.

#olympic-games, #olympic-games-2020

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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

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An Olympic Dream Dashed by a Nasal Swab

Qualifying for the Games can be the achievement of a lifetime. In the coronavirus era, though, that opportunity can vanish without warning.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #olympic-games-2020, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How Can the Olympics Protect 78,000 Volunteers From the Coronavirus?

They are being offered little more than a couple of masks, some hand sanitizer and social-distancing guidance that may be hard to abide by.

#athletics-and-sports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Tokyo Olympics: Schedule, Sports and Details

The opening ceremony will be held July 23, with gymnastics, swimming and other sports beginning soon after.

#baseball, #basketball, #golf, #gymnastics, #olympic-games-2020, #soccer, #softball, #swimming, #television, #track-and-field

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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

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Simone Biles Leaves Nike for a Sponsor That Focuses on Women

As part of the deal, Athleta, the new sponsor, has agreed to back a post-Olympic exhibition tour that Biles was already planning.

#athleta, #athletics-and-sports, #gymnastics, #nike-inc, #olympic-games-2016, #olympic-games-2020, #track-and-field, #usa-gymnastics

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These Countries Did Well With Covid. So Why Are They Slow on Vaccines?

Japan, South Korea and Australia have inoculated tiny percentages of their populations. The delays risk unwinding their relative successes.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #new-zealand, #olympic-games-2020, #south-korea, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Sprinter Christian Coleman Barred From Tokyo Olympics

Christian Coleman of the United States is the reigning world champion in the 100 meters and has never failed a drug test, but he missed three tests in 2019, resulting in an 18-month suspension.

#coleman-christian-1996, #court-of-arbitration-for-sport, #doping-sports, #olympic-games-2020, #track-and-field, #world-athletics

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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.

#boycotts, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #international-relations, #japan, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2020, #olympic-games-2022, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Two Sports, a Fast Time and Some Questions

The British track Olympian Beth Potter switched sports, but her stardom in triathlon came too late to qualify for Tokyo. Then she set a world record in a 5K that won’t count. What’s a world-class athlete to do?

#olympic-games-2020, #track-and-field, #triathlon

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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.

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

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The Tokyo Olympics Are On! But Why?

The Japanese government is dead-set on holding the Games despite the pandemic.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #dentsu, #japan, #liberal-democratic-party-japan, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan

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Shadowed by Pandemic, Olympic Torch Relay Begins in Japan

The ceremony kicked off in Fukushima Prefecture, a heavily symbolic choice a decade after the tsunami and nuclear disaster there.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #politics-and-government

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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

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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

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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

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Tokyo Olympics Official Resigns After Calling Plus-Size Celebrity ‘Olympig’

The departure came just a month after the president of the Tokyo organizing committee stepped down over a sexist remark.

#hiroshi-sasaki, #japan, #naomi-watanabe, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #women-and-girls

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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

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Synchronized Swimmers Say Coaches Have Abused Them

Coaches around the world in the sport, now known as artistic swimming, are facing accusations that they bullied, harassed and psychologically abused athletes.

#canada, #coaches-and-managers, #olympic-games-2020, #swimming, #synchronized-swimming

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Iran’s Judo Ban, Sparked by Order to Avoid Israeli, Is Overturned

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said there was “no legal basis” to bar Iran from competitions for ordering an athlete not to compete against an Israeli opponent.

#alizadeh-kimia-1998, #court-of-arbitration-for-sport, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #judo, #karimi-machiani-alireza, #olympic-games-2020

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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

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Woman Is Chosen to Succeed Tokyo Olympics Chief Who Made Sexist Remark

The selection of Seiko Hashimoto represented an abrupt shift after the Olympic committee had apparently intended to name another man in his 80s.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #japan, #mori-yoshiro, #olympic-games-2020, #seiko-hashimoto, #tokyo-japan, #women-and-girls

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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

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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.

#international-olympic-committee, #japan, #liberal-democratic-party-japan, #mori-yoshiro, #olympic-games-2020, #politics-and-government, #suga-yoshihide, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Tokyo Olympics Chief’s Comments Draw Social Media Backlash

Yoshiro Mori suggested women’s speaking time in meetings should be limited “or else we’ll never be able to finish.” He apologized, but said he would not resign.

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

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Officials Outline Tokyo Olympics Plan for a Safe Games Without Quarantines

With concern rising in Japan that the Summer Olympics could become a hub for new coronavirus infections, organizers unveiled measures aimed at protecting athletes and others.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan

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Not Yet Desperate, Japan and South Korea Plod Toward Vaccinations

The slower pace gives the East Asian countries a chance to learn from mistakes elsewhere but also poses risks as more contagious and perhaps deadlier variants of the virus emerge.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hong-kong, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #south-korea, #vaccination-and-immunization

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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.

#bach-thomas, #coe-sebastian, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #vaccination-and-immunization

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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

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