Olympics

Tokyo holds test event for Summer Games

Daily / Monday, May 10, 2021
Tokyo hosted a "track and field competition Sunday that served as a rare on-site test for a pandemic-constrained Olympics." Nine athletes who live outside Japan were "granted an exception and permitted to enter the country." Their movements were "limited to their lodging and the National Stadium, which was empty...

Nishikori latest tennis player to doubt Tokyo status

Daily / Monday, May 10, 2021
Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori has "doubts about whether the IOC and local organizers are doing enough to plan for a worst-case scenario of 'hundreds' or 'thousands' of coronavirus cases at the Tokyo Olympics." Nishikori said, "I don’t think it’s easy, especially what’s happening right now in...

IOC's Bach cancels Japan trip over COVID-19 cases

Daily / Monday, May 10, 2021
IOC President Thomas Bach has "cancelled a trip to Japan because of surging cases of COVID-19 in the country," the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said today in a statement. Bach was to visit Hiroshima next Monday and "meet the torch relay and then probably travel to Tokyo."...

Team USA athletes making adjustments to no foreign fans in Tokyo

Daily / Monday, May 10, 2021
Team USA athletes are "confronting the reality of realizing their dreams with their most fervent supporters thousands of miles away," as there will be "no international spectators permitted" at the Tokyo Games, according to Chris Bumbaca of USA TODAY. While that was "expected for some time now," it...

IOC strikes vaccine deals around Tokyo Games

Daily / Thursday, May 6, 2021
The IOC has struck deals with two companies -- Pfizer and BioNTech -- for "coronavirus vaccine doses that will allow a significant proportion of athletes and officials" traveling to the Tokyo Games the "opportunity to be vaccinated before they arrive." The program will see distribution of "donated doses of the...

IOC strikes vaccine deals around Tokyo Games

Daily / Thursday, May 6, 2021
The IOC has struck deals with two companies -- Pfizer and BioNTech -- for "coronavirus vaccine doses that will allow a significant proportion of athletes and officials" traveling to the Tokyo Games the "opportunity to be vaccinated before they arrive." The program will see distribution of "donated doses of the...

Columnist: Japanese leadership should consider backing out of Tokyo Games

Daily / Thursday, May 6, 2021
The Tokyo Games are 11 weeks away, but with the COVID-19 numbers in Japan at what they are, the country's leadership should "cut their losses and cut them now," according to Sally Jenkins of the WASHINGTON POST. The Olympics "always cost irrational sums -- and they lead to irrational decisions."...

AOC to begin vaccine rollout for athletes next week

Daily / Wednesday, May 5, 2021
The Australian Olympic Committee is "setting up its own vaccination hubs around the country to immunise Australian athletes." The vaccination of around 1000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and officials "will begin on Monday." The Australian Institute of Sport is one hub, with the NSW and Victorian institutes of sport...

Tokyo's pandemic Olympics: Print media takes

Daily / Sunday, May 2, 2021
As the scheduled July 23 start of the Tokyo Games nears, tension is mounting among Olympic organizers, the Japanese people and the global community about the event's viability. The WASHINGTON POST goes with, "Olympic officials are determined to have a Tokyo Games despite Japan’s growing doubts."  The "meticulous...

USA Curling relocating HQ to Minnesota

Daily / Friday, April 30, 2021
USA Curling is relocating its HQ from Stevens Point, Wisc., to the Viking Lakes development in Eagan, Minn. The 200-acre campus is owned and operated by the Wilf family and its real estate development company, MV Ventures, and is anchored by the Vikings’ HQ and training center. USA Curling’s...