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

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


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.



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

Plans, test events change daily for postponed Tokyo Olympics, 2021 April 21

TOKYO (AP) - Each day seems to bring another change to the Tokyo Olympics as surging coronavirus cases in Japan threaten planning for the games, which are to open in just over three months.

A leg of the torch relay on Wednesday was moved off the public streets in Matsuyama ...

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 ...

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 ...