Russia lashes out at four-year Olympic ban

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Russian boxers have threatened to boycott the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, joining other athletes and officials from their country in pushing back against a four-year ban imposed by anti-doping authorities.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA, handed down the punishment earlier this week, barring Russia as a nation but allowing individuals a chance ...Read more

Olympic leaders seek to decertify USA Badminton

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With the 2020 Tokyo Games only eight months away, long-troubled USA Badminton might now lose its status as the national governing body for the sport.

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee officials launched a formal revocation procedure Tuesday, seven months after first expressing concerns about the Anaheim, Calif.-based organization's failure to...Read more

IOC pledges $10 million for anti-doping enforcement ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee will pour $10 million into anti-doping enforcement amid the emergence of genetic testing as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics draw near.

IOC President Thomas Bach pledged the donation during his speech at a World Anti-Doping Agency conference in Katowice, Poland.

About half of the money will go toward new facilities ...Read more

The 2016 Olympics left this N.J. fencer in debt. Now, she's crowdfunding her bid for Tokyo 2020.

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New Jersey's Monica Aksamit, 29, has been fencing since she was 9 years old. In 2016, she followed her dreams all the way to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where she won a bronze medal in a women's saber team event.

But the experience left the 2012 Pennsylvania State University graduate in debt, so to go for the gold in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo...Read more

Olympic athletes earn the right to market themselves during 2020 Games

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It has been an Olympic tradition every bit as predictable as the torch relay.

Before every Games, athletes would complain about a regulation that prevented them from marketing themselves at a time when they could reap the biggest profits.

Now the controversial Rule 40 is changing.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee ...Read more

Anti-doping authorities find 'inconsistent' data from Russian testing lab

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Less than a year before the 2020 Summer Olympics, Russia could face critical sanctions after anti-doping authorities found "inconsistencies" in data from a Moscow testing lab.

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced Monday that it has opened a formal compliance procedure, giving Russian officials three weeks to answer a list of questions and ...Read more

Beijing makes a predictable choice for 2022 Olympic mascot

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With Beijing already preparing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, organizers made a surprising choice for their official mascot.

Not really.

In a ceremony at a hockey arena on Tuesday, Chinese officials announced that a cartoon panda named Bing Dwen Dwen will serve as the icon for their Games.

Bing is the Chinese character for "ice" and Dwen ...Read more