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Wednesday Sports in Brief, 2021 April 22

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis 500 is set to be the largest sporting event in the world since the start of the pandemic with 135,000 spectators permitted to attend “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” next month.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Wednesday it worked with the Marion County Public ...

Tokyo Olympics torch relay has first positive COVID-19 case, 2021 April 22

TOKYO (AP) - Tokyo Olympics organizers said Thursday that a policeman tested positive for COVID-19 a day after his assignment last week at the Olympic torch relay.

It is the first positive test connected to the relay since it began March 25 from northeastern Fukushima prefecture.

Organizers say ...

Athlete protests remain banned at Tokyo Olympics, IOC says, 2021 April 21

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Athlete protests and political messages will remain banned at the Olympics, the IOC said Wednesday, after a survey found that a majority of competitors were in favor of keeping the ban in place.

That means raising a fist on the podium — like American sprinters Tommie Smith ...

US women to face Sweden in group stage in Olympic soccer, 2021 April 21

ZURICH (AP) - The United States will open the women’s Olympic soccer tournament on July 21 against Sweden, the team that beat the World Cup champion Americans in the quarterfinals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The two teams were drawn into Group G on Wednesday and will also ...

Draw for the soccer tournaments at the Tokyo Olympics, 2021 April 21

ZURICH (AP) - Draw Wednesday for the soccer tournaments at the Tokyo Olympics:

MEN

Group A: Japan, South Africa, Mexico, France.

Group B: New Zealand, South Korea, Honduras, Romania.

Group C: Egypt, Spain, Argentina, Australia.

Group D: Brazil, Germany, Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia.

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WOMEN

Group E: Japan, Canada, Britain, ...

Tokyo Games delay decision until June on fans -- or no fans, 2021 April 21

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese residents with tickets to the Tokyo Olympics may not know until weeks before the games open if they'll be allowed to attend.

Fans from abroad have already been barred, and on Wednesday organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto said a decision on venue capacity - or if ...

Activists call for IOC to sanction Iran Olympic program, 2021 April 20

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - A group of athletes and human rights activists is calling on the IOC to sanction Iran's Olympic program for what it says is the country's long-running pattern of ordering athletes to avoid competing against Israelis in international events.

The head of the United for Navid ...

IOC reluctantly accepts plan for 2026 Cortina bobsled track, 2021 April 19

MILAN (AP) - The International Olympic Committee reluctantly accepted plans to spend 50 million euros ($60 million) to rebuild an abandoned bobsled track in Cortina d’Ampezzo for the 2026 Winter Games - as long as the funds stay out of the official games’ budget.

After the IOC periodic coordination commission's ...

Belgian Olympians get priority vaccines ahead of Tokyo Games, 2021 April 19

BRUSSELS (AP) - Belgian Olympians traveling to Japan for the Tokyo Games were promised priority treatment for COVID-19 vaccines on Monday.

The Belgian Olympic Committee said its 177 Olympic and 55 Paralympic athletes will get vaccine shots while most of the adult population of their age must still wait.

The ...

Will Japanese Olympians be vaccinated ahead of the public?, 2021 April 19

TOKYO (AP) - The vaccine rollout in Japan has been very slow with less than 1% vaccinated, causing concern about the postponed Tokyo Olympics that are scheduled to open in just over three months.

Taro Kono, the minister in charge of the vaccine rollout, said last week that even if ...