The cost of the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics is estimated to be just under $2 billion, or about 200 billion yen. Japan’s Kyodo news agency and the Yomiuri newspaper both reported the figure on Sunday citing unnamed sources close to games organizers. The organizers, the Tokyo metro government and the Japanese national government are expected to report next month how the costs will be shared.
Posted: November 29, 2020, 11:40 am
Another test event for the 2022 Beijing Olympics was called off when bobsled and skeleton officials canceled a training week and World Cup race.
Posted: November 28, 2020, 5:10 pm
Daisuke Takahashi stumbled in his debut ice dance event at NHK Trophy, showing just how much work is ahead to reach his goal.
Posted: November 28, 2020, 12:33 pm
Alexis Pinturault beat Henrik Kristoffersen in a parallel race for his 30th Alpine skiing World Cup win.
Posted: November 27, 2020, 7:58 pm
The entire World Cup short track speed skating season has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Posted: November 27, 2020, 7:50 pm
Lolo Jones is back in bobsled, seeking a fourth Olympic team and an elusive Olympic medal.
Posted: November 27, 2020, 7:28 pm
Lolo Jones hasn't returned to China since 2008, since one bad step in what was then the biggest race of her life cost her an Olympic gold medal. Jones - the longtime U.S. hurdles star who decided to add sliding to her resume a few years ago - is back with USA Bobsled, making this season's 10-woman national team as a push athlete. ''I would love to have the biggest failure of my life turned into the biggest success, and I would love for people to be encouraged by that persistence, determination, all these cliche things that Olympians say,'' Jones told The Associated Press.
Posted: November 27, 2020, 4:43 pm
Katie Hoff's memoir is out. The U.S. Olympic swimming medalist shared an excerpt recalling one of her most memorable races.
Posted: November 27, 2020, 12:33 pm
Daisuke Takahashi, an Olympic medalist and world champion in singles figure skating, began what he hopes is a run to a first Olympics in ice dance.
Posted: November 27, 2020, 12:33 pm
The postponed Tokyo Olympics are getting a kickstart. Local organizers on Friday announced a series of 18 test events set to begin in March and run into May. The Tokyo Olympics are set to open on July 23, 2021, after being postponed eight months ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Posted: November 27, 2020, 10:41 am
American Paula Moltzan grabbed her first Alpine skiing World Cup podium, placing second at a parallel event in Austria on Thursday.
Posted: November 26, 2020, 8:15 pm
Japan's Olympics minister Seiko Hashimoto said it was not the central government's role to look into reports about large payments the Tokyo campaign made to various entities in the run-up to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) vote in 2013. In response to a question from a lawmaker about Reuters' reporting on the subject, Hashimoto said it was the responsibility of the Japanese Olympic Committee and the Tokyo metropolitan government to explain the bid's activities. IOC chief Thomas Bach said last week no IOC rules were infringed by payments in 2013 and 2014 totaling more than $8 million from the Tokyo Olympic bid committee to an executive of the Tokyo organising committee.
Posted: November 26, 2020, 2:32 am
TV and live stream schedules for NHK Trophy figure skating and the Alpine skiing World Cup on NBC Sports and Peacock Premium.
Posted: November 25, 2020, 5:40 pm
Two more weightlifters have been stripped of 2012 Olympic medals for doping.
Posted: November 25, 2020, 2:18 pm
Two Romanian weightlifters were stripped of their 2012 London Olympics medals on Wednesday after positive tests for steroids, bringing its record total of doping cases at any Summer or Winter Games to 77. The International Olympic Committee said silver medalist Roxana Cocos and bronze medalist Razvan Martin tested positive for multiple steroids in reanalysis of their samples.
Posted: November 25, 2020, 2:07 pm
The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday stripped two Romanian weightlifting athletes of their medals from the 2012 Olympic Games and disqualified a third over the use of anabolic steroids. Roxana Cocos, who won silver in the women's 69kg category and team mate Razvan Martin, a bronze medallist in the men's category of the same weight tested positive for stanozolol among other substances in re-tests of samples ordered by the IOC. A third Romanian weightlifter, Gabriel Sincraian, who did not finish in the men's 85kg weightlifting event at London 2012, was also disqualified after his test came back positive for the same substances.
Posted: November 25, 2020, 1:00 pm
The 2021 World Junior Figure Skating Championships scheduled for early March in Harbin, China, have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Posted: November 24, 2020, 4:04 pm
Austrian Marco Schwarz and three Swiss male skiers will miss Friday's Alpine skiing World Cup stop after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Posted: November 24, 2020, 1:50 pm
Japan figure skater Daisuke Takahashi makes his ice dance debut with Kana Muramoto at NHK Trophy, streaming live on Peacock Premium.
Posted: November 24, 2020, 1:01 pm
The Prefontaine Classic shifts from its usual date in late spring to after the Olympics in 2021 in a new Diamond League schedule.
Posted: November 24, 2020, 12:30 pm
NBC Sports will air track and field's biggest meets through 2029, extending its partnership with World Athletics.
Posted: November 23, 2020, 6:05 pm
U.S. national team captain Kendall Coyne Schofield was hired by the Chicago Blackhawks as its first female player development coach.
Posted: November 23, 2020, 5:58 pm
Klay Thompson appears set to miss the Olympics due to injury. Which other NBA superstars will also miss the Tokyo Games due to timing?
Posted: November 23, 2020, 5:28 pm
Petra Vlhova won her fifth straight World Cup slalom, while Mikaela Shiffrin's streak of 17 straight World Cup slalom podiums ended.
Posted: November 22, 2020, 3:30 pm
Elana Meyers Taylor and Lolo Jones returned to the U.S. bobsled national team for the upcoming season after absences.
Posted: November 22, 2020, 12:39 pm
U.S. Olympian John Daly came out of a near-three-year retirement -- his second time leaving the sport of skeleton -- to win national team selection races.
Posted: November 21, 2020, 11:03 pm
Yelizaveta Tuktamysheva won the Rostelecom Cup over Aliona Kostornaya in the biggest women's figure skating competition so far this season.
Posted: November 21, 2020, 8:15 pm
Mikaela Shiffrin finished second to Petra Vlhova in a slalom in her first World Cup race in 300 days.
Posted: November 21, 2020, 6:25 pm
Caeleb Dressel broke two short-course world records in an hour in the International Swimming League final in Budapest on Saturday.
Posted: November 21, 2020, 4:38 pm
World long jump champion Malaika Mihambo of Germany wants to double up with the 100m at the Tokyo Olympics next summer.
Posted: November 21, 2020, 4:06 pm
On Nov. 20, 1995, two-time Olympic pairs champion Sergei Grinkov, aged 28, died of a heart attack in Lake Placid, New York.
Posted: November 20, 2020, 9:54 pm
Aliona Kostornaya outscored Aleksandra Trusova in the Rostelecom Cup short program in a battle of Russian Olympic medal favorites.
Posted: November 20, 2020, 5:59 pm
The return of Shaun White and Chloe Kim to snowboard contests will not happen at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colo., which has been canceled.
Posted: November 20, 2020, 4:01 pm
Anna Shcherbakova, the two-time reigning Russian national figure skating champion, withdrew on the morning of the start of Rostelecom Cup.
Posted: November 20, 2020, 12:30 pm
Two times this weekend, Mikaela Shiffrin will contest World Cup slalom ski races in the Finnish Lapland fell of Levi. It is a familiar place, in a familiar world. Except that in this moment, everything is different.
Posted: November 20, 2020, 1:51 am
Mikaela Shiffrin races for the first time in 300 days in World Cup slaloms in Levi, Finland, live on TV and streaming this weekend.
Posted: November 19, 2020, 7:49 pm
No Swedish skiers can compete in this weekend's World Cup slaloms after a team manager tested positive for the coronavirus.
Posted: November 19, 2020, 4:39 pm
The Tokyo Olympics were postponed eight months ago, and now are to open in eight months: July 23, 2021. Tokyo organizers and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach have spoken vaguely about how the games can take place in the midst of a pandemic. Hanging in the balance are 11,000 Olympic athletes and 4,400 Paralympians.
Posted: November 19, 2020, 6:50 am
Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics won't have the luxury of hanging around once they've wrapped up their event. Instead of getting to know their global neighbors, Olympic athletes will be encouraged to leave Japan a day or two after they've finished competing. From the opening ceremony to life in the village on Tokyo Bay, the postponed 2020 Olympics will be like no other.
Posted: November 18, 2020, 2:58 pm
The purpose-built Athletes' Village must be the safest place in Tokyo during next year's Olympics, a senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) official said on Wednesday after meetings with the Tokyo 2020 organisers. IOC President Thomas Bach and other officials have been in the Japanese capital this week as a show of support for the organisers as they try to arrange the Games despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the decision in March to postpone the Games, the Olympics are now due to begin on July 23, 2021.
Posted: November 18, 2020, 1:15 pm
RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT VIDEO SHOWS: EXTERIORS OF NATIONAL STADIUM / NEWS CONFERENCE STARTING FOLLOWING IOC AND TOKYO 2020 PROJECT REVIEW / IOC MEMBER COATES SPEAKING ABOUT ATHLETES' VILLAGE AND ATHLETE SAFETY / TOKYO 2020 PRESIDENT MORI SPEAKING ABOUT OPENING CEREMONY / FOOTAGE OF ATHLETES' VILLAGE, PROJECT REVIEW MEETING AND INTERIORS OF NATIONAL STADIUM SHOWS: TOKYO, JAPAN (NOVEMBER 16, 2020) (FOREIGN POOL - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF NATIONAL STADIUM 2. OLYMPIC RINGS OUTSIDE OF NATIONAL STADIUM TOKYO, JAPAN (NOVEMBER 18, 2020) (FOREIGN POOL - ACCESS ALL) 3. TOKYO 2020 CEO TOSHIRO MUTO, TOKYO 2020 PRESIDENT YOSHIRO MORI AND HEAD OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE TOKYO 2020 COORDINATION COMMISSION JOHN COATES ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE 4. NEWS CONFERENCE STARTING 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE MEMBER AND HEAD OF TOKYO 2020 COORDINATION COMMISSION, JOHN COATES, SAYING: "We have to make sure that the Olympic Village is - as (IOC Olympic Games Director) Christophe Dubi keeps on saying to me - the safest place in Tokyo. The athletes have to have confidence in the safety of that." TOKYO, JAPAN (FILE - MARCH 26, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 6. VARIOUS OF TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC ATHLETES' VILLAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION TOKYO, JAPAN (NOVEMBER 18, 2020) (FOREIGN POOL - ACCESS ALL) 7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE MEMBER AND HEAD OF TOKYO 2020 COORDINATION COMMISSION, JOHN COATES, SAYING: "The athletes, once their competition finishes, will have one day, two days and then they will go home. The period of staying longer, in a village, increases the potential for problems." TOKYO, JAPAN (NOVEMBER 17, 2020) (FOREIGN POOL - ACCESS ALL) 8. VARIOUS OF PROJECT REVIEW MEETING IN PROGRESS WITH IOC PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH, MORI AND COATES ARRIVING TOKYO, JAPAN (NOVEMBER 18, 2020) (FOREIGN POOL - ACCESS ALL) 9. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE MEMBER AND HEAD OF TOKYO 2020 COORDINATION COMMISSION, JOHN COATES, SAYING: "They (IOC's Athletes Commission) are confident that the athletes will understand their responsibility in this situation. They have responsibility to abide by the rules because the rules are there to ensure their safety. They volunteered that to us and I have no doubt about that. There is a great gratitude, I think, from the athlete community for all the work that is being undertaken to ensure they can come to the Games and they can have Olympic and Paralympic competition. They will respect that, I have no doubt about that." TOKYO, JAPAN (NOVEMBER 17, 2020) (FOREIGN POOL - ACCESS ALL) 10. VARIOUS OF PROJECT REVIEW MEETING IN PROGRESS TOKYO, JAPAN (NOVEMBER 18, 2020) (FOREIGN POOL - ACCESS ALL) 11. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) TOKYO 2020 PRESIDENT, YOSHIRO MORI, SAYING: "For athletes, the athletes' parade in the Opening Ceremony is their prerogative, nobody can deprive them that right." TOKYO, JAPAN (NOVEMBER 17, 2020) (FOREIGN POOL - ACCESS ALL) (NIGHT SHOTS) 12. VARIOUS INTERIORS OF NATIONAL STADIUM, WHICH WILL HOST OPENING CEREMONY STORY: The purpose-built Athletes' Village must be the safest place in Tokyo during next year's Olympics, a senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) official said on Wednesday (November 18) after meetings with the Tokyo 2020 organisers. IOC President Thomas Bach and other officials have been in the Japanese capital this week as a show of support for the organisers as they try to arrange the Games despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the decision in March to postpone the Games, the Olympics are now due to begin on July 23, 2021. Over 11,000 athletes are expected to descend on Tokyo for the Olympics and thousands more will come for the subsequent Paralympics. The majority will stay at Athletes' Village. Joan Coates, an IOC official accompanying Bach, said the number of athletes would not be reduced and it was down to organisers to make them feel safe. "We have to make sure that the Olympic Village is... the safest place in Tokyo," said Coates, who heads the IOC's Coordination Committee for the Tokyo Games. "The athletes have to have confidence in the safety of that." In a break with tradition, Coates said athletes would not be able to stay in the village for the duration of the Games. Coates said the IOC's athletes commission had given organisers their full support. The organisers did not finalise any concrete COVID-19 countermeasures in three days of talks and did not say whether spectators will be allowed in venues. Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said that more policies would be finalised in time for the organising committee's budget announcement next month. (Production: Jack Tarrant)
Posted: November 18, 2020, 1:13 pm
Riley McCusker and Emily Liszewski filed a lawsuit alleging mistreatment from their former coach Maggie Haney.
Posted: November 18, 2020, 12:16 am
The USOPC and a group looking to bring the Winter Games back to Salt Lake City sent letters to IOC president Thomas Bach last month.
Posted: November 17, 2020, 11:56 pm
The early Olympic women's figure skating favorites compete this week at Rostelecom Cup, live on Peacock Premium.
Posted: November 17, 2020, 6:00 pm
U.S. Olympic hopefuls will be able to cut their own deals with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s marketing partners.
Posted: November 17, 2020, 5:05 pm
U.S. Olympic hopefuls will be able to cut their own deals with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee's marketing partners under a first-of-its-kind plan that has potential to shift the top-heavy sponsorship model that rules the Olympic world. The USOPC unveiled a program Tuesday called AMP —- Athlete Marketing Program — which will give potential Olympians three ways of connecting with the federation's sponsors. Another part of the program allows some athletes to earn royalties on licensed merchandise with their name on it.
Posted: November 17, 2020, 4:09 pm
Two-time Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya's lawyer said her team will take her case to the European Court of Human Rights.
Posted: November 17, 2020, 2:24 pm
Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir finished sixth on "Dancing with the Stars" with partner Britt Stewart, eliminated one week before the finals.
Posted: November 17, 2020, 12:06 pm
Athletes won't be required to take a coronavirus vaccine to compete at the Tokyo Olympics, IOC chief Thomas Bach said Tuesday, adding that mandatory shots would be "going too far".
Posted: November 17, 2020, 9:47 am
As he toured the Athletes Village on Tuesday, IOC President Thomas Bach issued a gentle plea to all competitors to get vaccinated before the Tokyo Olympics — if a vaccine is available. Bach, who is visiting Tokyo this week for the first time since the Olympics were postponed, again said the vaccine would not be a requirement, but he urged athletes and fans to help protect themselves and others. “The IOC will appeal to the athletes and other participants — in particular all those who are living here in the village — to have a vaccination,” Bach said, wearing a white mask with the Olympic rings on the right side.
Posted: November 17, 2020, 6:18 am