RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SHOT LIST AND SCRIPT VIDEO SHOWS: IOC PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH SPEAKING AT A VIRTUAL NEWS CONFERENCE SHOWS: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (JULY 15, 2020) (IOC HANDOUT - ACCESS ALL) 1. IOC PRESIDENT, THOMAS BACH, WALKS INTO COMMITTEE MEETING ROOM 2. EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING IN PROGRESS 3. SOUNDBITE (English) IOC PRESIDENT, THOMAS, BACH SAYING: "So we are, and we remain, fully committed to celebrate Tokyo 2020 next year in July and August." 4. WHITE FLASH 5. SOUNDBITE (English) IOC PRESIDENT, THOMAS BACH, SAYING: "First of all, the IOC executive board and the entire IOC is following the principle that we have established already before the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games that the first priority is about the safety of the participants of the Olympic Games. For this reason we are working now on multiple scenarios of the organisation of the games with regard to the health situation which we do not know how it will be in one year from now and all these questions are being dealt with in a joint task force with Tokyo 2020 and in an all partners task force, in which the World Health Organisation is playing a very prominent role. So, we continue to be guided by the advise of the World Health Organisation and based on this advice and based on the ever developing situation, we are preparing a multiple scenarios with regard to addressing the health situation next July and August." 6. VARIOUS OF EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING IN PROGRESS 7. SOUNDBITE (English) IOC PRESIDENT, THOMAS BACH, SAYING: "Secondly, Senegal and the IOC have mutually agreed to postpone the Youth Olympic Games, Dakar 2022 to the year 2026. This agreement was approved today by the IOC Executive Board and will be submitted to the IOC session on Friday (July 17) for ratification. The proposal for a postponement was made by the president of Senegal Macky Sall in a telephone conversation with me two days ago. And I welcomed this move by President Macky Sall and after an in-depth discussion on the subject we decided then to establish then as the new date 2026." 8. WHITE FLASH 9. SOUNDBITE (English) IOC PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH SAYING: "You have to imagine that if these Youth Olympic Games would have been held in 2022 this would have meant for the IOC, the IFs the NOCs that we would have had to master five games in just three years." 10. EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING IN PROGRESS 11. SCREEN SHOWING PARTICIPANTS FOLLOWING THE MEETING VIRTUALLY 12. SOUNDBITE (English) IOC PRESIDENT, THOMAS BACH, SAYING: "Both the IOC and Senegal remain fully committed to the great success of these Youth Olympic Games, the first Olympic event ever to be organised on the African continent." 13. OLYMPIC RINGS OUTSIDE IOC HEADQUARTERS STORY: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) remains fully committed to staging the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 and is considering multiple scenarios for them to take place safely, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday (July 15) in a virtual press conference. Japan and the IOC postponed the Tokyo Games until 2021 in March because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Organisers have since spoken of trying to simplify the event - which had been due to start on July 24 - to reduce costs and ensure athletes' safety. Bach said the IOC's coordination commission had reported "very good work in progress" and that more details would be given to a full IOC session which will take place by video conference on Friday (July 17). He said that holding events without spectators was clearly something the IOC did not want. Bach also said the IOC had agreed with host nation Senegal to postpone the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar until 2026. The decision will have to be ratified by the full IOC session on Friday. (Production: Iain Axon)
Posted: July 15, 2020, 5:25 pm
The 2022 Dakar Youth Olympics were postponed by four years on Wednesday, in further fallout from delaying the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said the decision was discussed two days ago in a telephone conversation with Senegal President Macky Sall. ''This was really too heavy workload for everybody,'' Bach said during an online news conference, citing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics now opening one year later.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 5:04 pm
Watch three clips from "In Deep with Ryan Lochte," a Peacock film about the swimmer's rise and fall and hoped-for return to the Olympics.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 4:39 pm
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) remains fully committed to staging the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 and is considering multiple scenarios for them to take place safely, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday. Japan and the IOC postponed the Tokyo Games until 2021 in March because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Bach said the IOC's coordination commission had reported "very good work in progress" and that more details would be given to a full IOC session which will take place by video conference on Friday.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 4:12 pm
Wayde van Niekerk was the heir to Usain Bolt. Then he played a tag rugby match that altered his career trajectory.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 11:36 am
July 23 marks one year out from the Tokyo Olympic Opening Ceremony. Here's an early preview of what to look for in the summer of 2021.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 11:30 am
California’s popular Squaw Valley Ski Resort is considering changing its name to remove the word “squaw."
Posted: July 14, 2020, 7:37 pm
"In Deep with Ryan Lochte," a documentary on the swimmer's Rio Olympic scandal and return from suspensions, premieres on Peacock on Wednesday.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 5:34 pm
The organizing committee didn't give details on what might be cut, but said it will not oust events.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 2:27 pm
The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee said Tuesday that if Tokyo can pull off next year’s Summer Games, then the city of Sapporo could be in good standing to hold the 2030 Winter Olympics. Yasuhiro Yamashita, a former Olympic gold medalist in judo, acknowledged in a news conference that it will be difficult holding the Olympics next year. “We have heard many concerns about whether the Olympics and Paralympics can be actually held as well as suggestions for canceling the games," Yamashita said.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 1:14 pm
VIDEO SHOWS: OLYMPIC RINGS OUTSIDE OF NATIONAL STADIUM AND JAPANESE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (JOC) MUSEUM AND HEADQUARTERS / SOUNDBITES FROM JAPANESE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT, YASUHIRO YAMASHITA, SPEAKING ABOUT CHANGING OLYMPICS AND FINANCIAL ISSUES AROUND JOC SHOWS: TOKYO, JAPAN (JULY 14, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. NATIONAL STADIUM / JAPANESE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (JOC) MUSEUM AND HEADQUARTERS 2. SIGN READING (English): "JAPAN OLYMPIC MUSEUM"/ JAPAN FLAG ABOVE OLYMPIC RINGS LOGO 3. NATIONAL STADIUM / OLYMPIC RINGS 4. OLYMPIC RINGS 5. JAPANESE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT, YASUHIRO YAMASHITA, ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE AND BOWING 6. YAMASHITA TAKING SEAT 7. YAMASHITA TAKING OFF MASK 8. YAMASHITA FUMBLING WITH PHONE 9. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS 10. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT, YASUHIRO YAMASHITA, SAYING: "The Games (used to be) gorgeous and extravagant, which I experienced before, and which (used to be) surprising and moving for everyone. But I don't think the concept of the Games (Tokyo 2020) will pursue these things. The first priority is to be safe and secured. This is the top priority." 11. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS 12. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT, YASUHIRO YAMASHITA, SAYING: "In regards to the next fiscal year (the financial situation of JOC) will be quite tough. Even though I haven't talked about this with the board of directors, I think there is a high possibility that we may have to consider borrowing money." 13. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS 14. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT, YASUHIRO YAMASHITA, SAYING: "I am not that smart so I can only say what I really think. But this situation that a president of a host country's National Olympic Committee being changed one year before the Games, I think this shouldn't happen." 15. YAMASHITA STANDING UP 16. YAMASHITA BOWING STORY: The rearranged Tokyo Olympics are likely to be a pared-down version of recent editions of the four-yearly Games, Japanese Olympic Committee chairman Yasuhiro Yamashita said on Tuesday (July 14). Japan and the International Olympic Committee postponed the Tokyo Games until 2021 in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, organizers have spoken of trying to simplify the event - which had been due to start in 10 days' time - to reduce costs and ensure athletes' safety. "The Games (used to be) gorgeous and extravagant, which I experienced before, and which (used to be) surprising and moving for everyone. But I don't think the concept of the Games (Tokyo 2020) will pursue these things. The first priority is to be safe and secured. This is the top priority," Yamashita, a former Olympic gold medallist judoka, said at the JOC headquarters. Yamashita, installed as JOC chairman in June last year in place of Tsunekazu Takeda, who is being investigated over corruption allegations, said the pandemic was also causing his organisation to suffer financially, and there is a "high possibility" that they may have to consider borrowing money in the year ahead. The situation under which a president of a host country's Olympic committee is changed a year before the Games "shouldn't happen," he added. (Production: Jack Tarrant, Hideto Sakai)
Posted: July 14, 2020, 9:52 am
The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the fourth major marathon called off this year.
Posted: July 13, 2020, 6:17 pm
Figure skating Grand Prix events in China in November and December remain scheduled, the International Skating Union announced Monday.
Posted: July 13, 2020, 5:12 pm
Russia's Olympic Committee accused the country's anti-doping agency on Monday of presiding over serious financial irregularities, mounting pressure on the organisation tasked with clearing up Russia's sporting image. Yuri Ganus, the agency's head, denies the allegation, casting it as part of a campaign against his organisation that he said hampers its anti-doping push. Stanislav Pozdnyakov, head of Russia's Olympic Committee, said an audit of anti-doping agency RUSADA's financial activity in 2018 and 2019 had identified several "significant violations".
Posted: July 13, 2020, 4:32 pm
NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire's early U.S. Olympic roster prediction for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.
Posted: July 13, 2020, 4:25 pm
Pierre McGuire's early Canada Olympic roster prediction for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, now that the NHL is closer to participating after skipping PyeongChang.
Posted: July 13, 2020, 4:25 pm
The president of the Russian track federation amid a stalemate regarding the country’s longstanding doping suspension.
Posted: July 13, 2020, 4:22 pm
Ireen Wüst, the most decorated active Winter Olympian with 11 medals, plans to finish her career with potential Olympic history.
Posted: July 13, 2020, 12:01 pm
UK Sport said it does not fund research projects aimed at giving athletes a performance advantage at the expense of their health, after the Mail on Sunday reported that it backed an experimental nutritional programme at the 2012 London Olympics. The newspaper said it had seen documents that showed as many as 91 elite athletes across eight Olympic sports were given an energy-boosting drink called DeltaG as part of the project, which cost hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money. It said the substance, a synthetic version of a naturally occurring body acid called ketones, was then in the first stage of in-competition testing in humans.
Posted: July 13, 2020, 8:14 am
‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ primetime special covers social justice, combating inequality
Athletes talk social justice, locker room conversations about race and ways that sports can help combat inequality in a primetime special.
Posted: July 12, 2020, 11:00 pm
The UK Sport government agency said athletes’ welfare was not put at risk with the use of an experimental substance ahead of the 2012 London Olympics that was disclosed for the first time Sunday by a newspaper. The Mail on Sunday reported public money was used to provide a select band of athletes with an energy drink called DeltaG, claiming there were no guarantees the product did not cause side-effects nor was it certain to be cleared by the World Anti-Doping Agency. UK Sport said it had consulted with both WADA and UK Anti-Doping before using the product to make sure it complied with guidelines and that the health of athletes would not be put on the line for the sake of an improved medal haul.
Posted: July 12, 2020, 6:19 pm
Terry Gray had already been suspended from the sport for sexual misconduct with a minor.
Posted: July 12, 2020, 12:00 am
Shelby Houlihan chopped 10.52 seconds off her own American 5000m record.
Posted: July 11, 2020, 2:11 pm
Lara van Ruijven was hospitalized last month in France, and had been in critical condition after complications with an autoimmune disorder.
Posted: July 11, 2020, 2:09 am
Now that the NHL is close to returning to the Winter Games, the question: which 2014 Olympians will have a difficult time returning to rosters in 2022?
Posted: July 10, 2020, 11:09 pm
The NHL took a major step to returning to the Olympics in 2022 and 2026 after a one-Winter Games hiatus in 2018.
Posted: July 10, 2020, 11:08 pm
Lara van Ruijven, a world champion short track speed skater from the Netherlands, has died following complications from an autoimmune disorder
Posted: July 10, 2020, 7:53 pm
The head of Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA on Friday rejected allegations made on social media that he had misappropriated the agency's funds, calling the claims an attempt at undermining the fight against doping in the country. Yuri Ganus said that allegations made on Thursday on a Telegram channel that he could face prosecution for alleged corruption were a "pack of lies." "This is a complete lie that is not based on fact," Ganus told a news conference.
Posted: July 10, 2020, 2:14 pm
The rescheduled Olympic Games may still be just over a year away, but medical experts warned on Friday (July 10) about a grave health risk to the Japanese public. The Tokyo Games have already been pushed back to 2021 because of global health concerns, but now Olympic organizers and local authorities are scrambling to prevent anything further from derailing the event. In interviews with a dozen infectious diseases experts, a common theme emerged: the Olympics would increase the risk of a disease outbreak. One doctor from Osaka University Hospital’s infection control team said quote, "Infection will flare up if we push ahead with the Olympics and hold them. There is no doubt about it." The Olympics bring together competitors and spectators from over 200 countries and concern remains over a possible public health crisis. There are more than 100 potential vaccines in development, but experts say none will likely be available in enough quantity in time for the Olympics. Public opinion remains split as well, with a poll carried out by one Japanese newspaper last month showing that 59% of people feel the Olympics should be canceled or postponed again. Local media in Tokyo citing unnamed sources also reported on Thursday that all venues for the Olympics had been secured for 2021, although a Tokyo 2020 official said that was "optimistic" and that nothing had been announced.
Posted: July 10, 2020, 12:49 pm
Usain Bolt isn't doing much running these days, but he would unretire if one man asked him to: longtime coach Glen Mills.
Posted: July 10, 2020, 1:38 am
Becky and Ellie Downie spoke out about specific abuses they've experienced in the gymnastics, becoming the latest athletes to come forward this week.
Posted: July 9, 2020, 11:55 pm
Noah Lyles briefly appeared to break Usain Bolt's 200m world record at the Inspiration Games before an error was noticed.
Posted: July 9, 2020, 7:51 pm
Biles discussed the difficult process of coming to terms with her abuse, and picking up the pieces after the Olympics were postponed.
Posted: July 9, 2020, 5:55 pm
Jeff Gadley and Willie Davenport became the first Black men to compete on a U.S. Winter Olympic team in 1980.
Posted: July 9, 2020, 5:32 pm
The IOC said in a statement that Binay's in-competition test in July 2012 did not result in an adverse analytical finding but reanalysis of his sample returned a positive test for Stanozolol, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Binay, 35, had finished sixth in the men's 69 kg weightlifting event. More than 60 athletes have had positive results in re-tests of samples taken during the London Olympics conducted by the IOC.
Posted: July 9, 2020, 3:36 pm
Chris Froome's contract with Team Ineos will not be renewed after this season, it was announced seven weeks before Froome goes for his fifth Tour de France title.
Posted: July 9, 2020, 11:39 am
The spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics expects the postponed games to go ahead in 2021 despite a recent poll in Japan in which 77% of respondents said they did not believe the games could be held next year. The poll by the Japan News Network said only 17% thought it could be held next year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Masa Takaya, the spokesman, was speaking Thursday on remote hookup on a day of contentious news for the Tokyo Olympics.
Posted: July 9, 2020, 9:24 am
Alex Pullin was the flag bearer for Australia at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Posted: July 8, 2020, 11:06 pm
Amid turmoil after claims of a bullying culture, Switzerland’s gymnastics federation suspended its head of elite sport Wednesday during an external inquiry. The federation fired two rhythmic gymnastics coaches last month after investigating allegations by former athletes of physical and verbal intimidation. “We deeply regret that this temporary measure has become necessary,” Erwin Grossenbacher, the Swiss gymnastics federation president, said in a statement.
Posted: July 8, 2020, 9:06 pm
Finn Christian Jagge, the surprise 1992 Olympic slalom champion, has died at age 54, according to Norway’s Olympic a Committee.
Posted: July 8, 2020, 5:36 pm
Alex "Chumpy" Pullin, an Olympian and world champion snowboarder, drowned while spearfishing on Australia’s Gold Coast on Wednesday.
Posted: July 8, 2020, 9:51 am
Shaunae Miller-Uibo said she likely will not defend her Olympic 400m title in Tokyo in favor of racing the 200m because the turnaround is too tight.
Posted: July 8, 2020, 3:59 am
The British Gymnastics governing body has launched of an independent review into allegations of abuse in the sport. Catherine Lyons, a 19-year-old former gymnast, told ITV News she was assaulted and bullied by a coach as a young girl. Lisa Mason, a gold medalist at the 1998 Commonwealth Games who competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, also reported abuse from a coach as a youngster.
Posted: July 7, 2020, 7:57 pm
Copenhagen withdrew as host of the 2021 World Gymnastics Championships, citing financial strain as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Posted: July 7, 2020, 6:07 pm
In Allyson Felix's 17 years on the senior international level, she has never experienced anything like what the Inspiration Games will bring.
Posted: July 7, 2020, 5:48 pm
Usain Bolt and Kasi Bennett shared the first public photos -- and the unique name -- of his daughter, Olympia Lightning Bolt.
Posted: July 7, 2020, 4:28 pm
When Tai Babilonia debuted at the Olympics in 1976, the fact that her presence in Innsbruck, Austria, was historic did not enter her 15-year-old mind.
Posted: July 7, 2020, 1:55 pm
The retirement of two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan signals the end of a golden era of Chinese sporting superstars, state media said on Tuesday. Arguably the greatest badminton player of all time, the 36-year-old said on Saturday that he was bringing the curtain down on a career that also brought five world titles. NBA All-Star Yao Ming, Olympic gold-medal hurdler Liu Xiang and two-time tennis Grand Slam champion Li Na have all retired in the last decade.
Posted: July 7, 2020, 7:00 am
Alex Zanardi, auto racer turned Paralympic champion, underwent a five-hour surgery to reconstruct his face following a crash on his handbike.
Posted: July 6, 2020, 4:35 pm
As the president of the Tokyo Olympics, Yoshiro Mori knows experts will have to come up with defenses against COVID-19 for the postponed games to open a year from now. The Olympics are scheduled to open on July 23, 2021. Add to this 4,400 Paralympic athletes and thousands of staff members, technical officials, and Olympic officials.
Posted: July 6, 2020, 1:43 pm