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

Cue the snow machines: Winter may be coming to Summer Games in sweltering Tokyo

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Snow-making machines are no stranger to the Winter Olympics, where host cities have long sought mechanical help to cover bare patches on ski runs. But Tokyo is now considering the technology for a very different use at the 2020 Summer Games.

They want the machines to spray spectators.

With blazing temperatures and high humidity in the summer, ...Read more

'A moment of reckoning.' Senators release Olympic abuse investigation, propose reform

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WASHINGTON -- After an 18-month Senate investigation found the U.S. Olympic Committee failed to protect athletes from sexual abuse, a pair of senators wants to empower Congress to dissolve the committee.

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, released Tuesday the results of their investigation, which found ...Read more

With surfing and skateboarding added to Games, Tokyo Olympics will carry a California flavor

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Summer Olympics in Tokyo will have a California accent when the 17-day sports festival opens in a year.

We're not talking about "dude" speak, although a Kelly Slater sighting would be the "bomb."

The Tokyo Games, July 24-Aug. 9, will introduce two of California's emblematic counterculture sports -- surfing and ...Read more

US is predicted to lead the medal count again at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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A sports data company is predicting that, for the seventh consecutive time, the U.S. team will lead all nations with an estimated 126 medals at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

China is expected to win 81 medals, with host Japan benefiting from a significant home-field advantage to finish third with 67, according to the Gracenote Virtual ...Read more

Robots will be part of the 2020 Olympics experience in Tokyo

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TOKYO -- Looking to give the 2020 Summer Olympics something a little different -- something a little humanoid -- organizers on Monday unveiled several robots expected to be part of the experience in Tokyo next year.

Technology has been an emphasis during the build-up to the Games -- scheduled to begin a year from Wednesday -- with Panasonic and...Read more