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 ...

No masks, no worries — for now; Aussies preparing for Tokyo, 2021 April 18

SYDNEY (AP) - No masks. No worries. For now.

Dani Stevens won a record 14th national title in the women's discus throw on Sunday to earn her spot on the Australian team for a fourth Olympics, less than a year after fearing a career-threatening neck injury could force her ...

Column: The Tokyo Olympics will go on, but in name only, 2021 April 16

In 1964, less than two decades removed from World War II, Japan used the Summer Olympics to showcase its astonishing recovery from a horrific defeat.

It was an undeniable triumph for the host nation.

This time, the Tokyo Games will be a multibillion-dollar test of survival in the midst of ...

Chen tops Hanyu to win men's free skate at World Team Trophy, 2021 April 16

OSAKA, Japan (AP) - Three-time world champion Nathan Chen won the free skate at the figure skating World Team Trophy on Friday to continue his dominance of two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu.

First after the short program, Chen opened with a quadruple flip and landed a quad salchow in ...

Gateshead replaces Rabat for Diamond League season opener, 2021 April 16

MONACO (AP) - This year's Diamond League will open in Britain for the first time with Gateshead replacing Rabat as the season's first host city, organizers said Friday.

The season will start May 23 at Gateshead International Stadium after the event in the Moroccan capital was canceled because of coronavirus ...

Christian Coleman to miss Olympics despite reduced ban, 2021 April 16

GENEVA (AP) - The man who had been expected to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion will miss the Tokyo Games after failing Friday in an appeal to overturn his ban for missed doping tests.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport cut current 100-meter world champion Christian Coleman’s ban from ...

Head of Tokyo Olympics again says games will not be canceled, 2021 April 16

TOKYO (AP) - The head of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday was again forced to assure the world that the postponed games will open in just over three months and not be canceled despite surging COVID-19 cases in Japan.

Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto was asked at a news conference ...

Japan expands virus alert in Tokyo area as surge spreads, 2021 April 16

TOKYO (AP) - Japan decided to raise the coronavirus alert level in the capital's three neighboring prefectures and a fourth area in central Japan on Friday to allow tougher measures as a more contagious coronavirus variant spreads and adds to doubts about whether the Tokyo Olympics can go ahead.