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Refugee swimmer feels for separated families at US border, 2019 July 21

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) - Refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini knows what she's talking about when it comes to family separation for asylum seekers, having fled her native Syria four years ago.

Mardini empathizes with families currently separated along the U.S. southern border.

"This is the most terrible thing anyone can ...

Surfers test waves ahead of sport's Olympic debut at Tokyo, 2019 July 21

ICHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) - As one of the new sports added to the program for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, surfing is arguably the most glamorous and is sure to bring a new dimension as the IOC seeks a younger audience.

The big question for Tokyo will be the quality of the ...

Report urges new board, funding model for US Olympic system, 2019 July 19

DENVER (AP) - A report examining the U.S. Olympic system urges a move away from the "money for medals" funding system and a reconfigured board of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee that would give more power to athletes.

The document was requested by the USOPC and was delivered this ...

Alibaba to run Olympic ticketing for Beijing, likely beyond, 2019 July 19

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - The IOC says top-tier sponsor Alibaba will run ticketing services for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, putting the Chinese online retail giant in line to do the same for future hosts Paris and Los Angeles.

The International Olympic Committee says the Beijing contract to sell tickets ...

FIFA-backed students sent out to help run world sports, 2019 July 19

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland (AP) - It's the Swiss finishing school that has prepared hundreds of post-graduate students to lead, manage and litigate world sports.

Graduates have later headed campaigns to host soccer's World Cup, run Olympic sports federations, and prosecuted landmark cases in international sports law.

Known as the FIFA Master ...

A different era: Oda wins Japan's first Olympic gold in 1928, 2019 July 19

TOKYO (AP) - Few paid much attention when Mikio Oda won Japan's first Olympic gold medal - and Asia's first individual gold medal - way back at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.

There was no podium ceremony. That protocol was introduced in 1932 at the Winter Games in Lake Placid and ...

South Korea faces potential WCup qualifier in North Korea, 2019 July 18

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea and North Korea will meet on the qualifying path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but it's unclear whether a rare match between them in Pyongyang will materialize considering their political tension.

With the Koreas, there's never a separation between sports and ...

1938 ski jump added to National Register of Historic Places, 2019 July 17

MILAN, N.H. (AP) - The Nansen Ski Jump in Milan, New Hampshire, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1938, the 65-meter Nansen Ski Jump was the largest in the U.S. at the time, and it retains most of its original design. Officials said Wednesday ...