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Anti-doping testers look for ways to fight cheating amid COVID-19 outbreak

Sports / Olympics /

Though the coronavirus outbreak has shut down sports worldwide, it has potentially opened the door for cheaters to use performance-enhancing drugs without fear of getting caught.

Amid concern about close contact between athletes and testers, many countries have significantly curtailed their monitoring programs. This week, the World Anti-Doping ...Read more

Tokyo Olympic organizers force removal of coronavirus parody

Sports / Olympics /

At first, it seems, no one paid much attention to the April issue of a small magazine published by foreign journalists in Japan, but then Tokyo Olympic organizers got a look at the cover.

The artwork added familiar-looking spikes to Tokyo 2020's circular logo, transforming it into the COVID-19 virus.

On Thursday, with organizers threatening to...Read more

Postponing Tokyo Games will cost IOC as much as $800 million

Sports / Olympics /

International Olympic Committee leaders now say that postponing the Tokyo Games because of the coronavirus outbreak will cost their organization as much as $800 million.

IOC President Thomas Bach offered the detailed estimate of added expenses after a remote meeting of his executive board on Thursday.

"The Olympic movement is facing an ...Read more

Swimming championships moved to accommodate Olympics delay due to coronavirus outbreak

Sports / Olympics /

Another world championship has been pushed back a year to make room for the postponed Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The international swimming federation announced Monday that its 2021 championship will take place in mid-May 2022.

"At a time of unprecedented uncertainty, (the federation) hopes the announcement of these dates will allow for some ...Read more

Unpolished gyms: Olympic plans on hold for Minnesotans, but workouts must go on

Sports / Olympics /

Bruce and Kristi Ewen never threw away their daughter's homemade shot put ring. After Maggie went to college at Arizona State, they tucked it in the back of their barn in St. Francis, where their home gym shares space with a tractor and a boat.

Maggie didn't expect to use that plywood circle again. But she also didn't expect a pandemic to shut ...Read more

Postponing Tokyo Games could cost $6 billion. Officials wrangle over who will foot the bill.

Sports / Olympics /

With the postponement of the Tokyo Summer Games triggering potentially massive expenses, a war of words has broken out between Olympic leaders and local organizers.

Media reports in Japan estimate that shifting the international competition to the summer of 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic could cost between $2 billion and $6 billion. ...Read more

U.S. Olympic team hopefuls Ajee' Wilson and Raevyn Rogers coping with postponement in Philadelphia

Sports / Olympics /

PHILADELPHIA -- The coronavirus pandemic deprived them of the opportunity of competing in this summer's Tokyo Olympics, meaning that Ajee' Wilson and Raevyn Rogers have no competitions for the foreseeable future in what should have been a busy year.

Now the nation's two best 800-meter runners – both of whom train in Philadelphia with Juventus...Read more

Olympic hopefuls try to arrange new training regimen amid coronavirus outbreak

Sports / Olympics /

The garage floor was a problem. It slanted so much that whenever Mattie Rogers finished with a lift and dropped the barbell -- we're talking a lot of weight -- the thing started rolling away.

Training in a makeshift gym at home, with a squat rack next to the washer and dryer, Rogers tried everything to even the surface.

"Various levels of ...Read more

Tokyo organizers can't guarantee Summer Olympics in 2021

Sports / Olympics /

The leader of Tokyo's effort to stage the postponed Olympic Games acknowledged Friday that the coronavirus might ultimately preclude the event from being held next year.

Speaking with reporters in a teleconference, Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto blamed the pandemic's unpredictability.

"I don't think anyone would be able to say if it ...Read more

Sports world takes an economic hit from postponement of the Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

The economic impact of postponing the 2020 Summer Games is now rippling beyond the host city of Tokyo to the sports world at large.

On Thursday, the international cycling federation announced a series of drastic cost-cutting measures to counteract financial losses from the Games and other events put aside because of the coronavirus pandemic.

...Read more

Olympic flame removed from public view amid postponed Tokyo Games

Sports / Olympics /

It was barely two weeks ago that officials, deciding to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games because of the coronavirus outbreak, touted the Olympic flame as a "light at the end of the tunnel."

Now that light will dim.

A monthlong state of emergency in Tokyo and six other prefectures -- established because of a domestic spike in COVID-19 cases -- is ...Read more

Coronavirus spread forces Olympic athletes, hopefuls to adjust, point to 2021

Sports / Olympics /

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Nick Gwiazdowski is a world-class wrestler with no one to wrestle.

Ashley Twichell is a world-class swimmer without a pool, and Sam Mewis a world-class soccer player with nowhere to play.

Like many athletes with eyes on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, their lives were tightly regimented and their daily routines set. Schedules were...Read more

Olympic swimmer Bruce Furniss recovering in hospital after massive heart attack

Sports / Olympics /

LOS ANGELES -- Former Olympic swimmer Bruce Furniss, who won two gold medals at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal, remains hospitalized in Orange County but is recovering after suffering a major heart attack early Sunday morning.

According to a CaringBridge page set up by his family, Furniss, 62, was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in ...Read more

IOC won't speculate on potential coronavirus threat to Olympic Games in 2021

Sports / Olympics /

With the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo postponed until next year, it seems Olympic leaders would rather not think about the elephant in the room.

If the coronavirus outbreak stretches into next winter -- or subsides and then returns -- might the Games be canceled?

"Let's not speculate," Christophe Dubi, an International Olympic Committee ...Read more

Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8, 2021

Sports / Olympics /

Vowing to overcome the "unprecedented challenge" of the coronavirus pandemic, Olympic leaders announced Monday that the 2020 Tokyo Games will be rescheduled for mid-summer of 2021.

The July 23–Aug. 8 dates fall almost exactly a year after the global sporting event was originally scheduled to be held this year.

"Humankind currently finds ...Read more

'It was the right thing to do:' Despite her disappointment, US women's goalie Alyssa Naeher knows the Olympics had to be postponed

Sports / Olympics /

Alyssa Naeher was with the rest of the U.S. women's national soccer team four weeks ago in Orlando, Fla., training for the SheBelieves Cup, one of the squad's final tuneups for the Tokyo Olympics, when she first started to recognize the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak.

The extent to which it would leave the next few months of her life ...Read more

Governing bodies, IOC determine athlete qualifications will be honored when Tokyo Games take place

Sports / Olympics /

When Olympic leaders postponed the Summer Games this week because of the COVID-19 pandemic, pushing the massive competition into next year, their decision raised a big question.

What happens to athletes who already qualified for Tokyo? Would they have to go back and compete for their spot again?

The issue was resolved Friday: The 33 ...Read more

IOC reportedly hopes to reschedule Olympics in midsummer 2021

Sports / Olympics /

Though the head of the International Olympic Committee has preached the need for flexibility in rescheduling the 2020 Tokyo Games, one of his top aides is pointing at a conventional date in the summer of 2021.

John Coates told the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri on Thursday that his IOC coordination commission, working closely with Tokyo organizers,...Read more

Tokyo Olympics could be held before the summer of 2021

Sports / Olympics /

A day after announcing the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics, the head of the International Olympic Committee suggested the competition might be rescheduled at some point before the summer of 2021.

Speaking with hundreds of reporters in a teleconference on Wednesday, IOC President Thomas Bach said a newly formed task force will face the ...Read more

Ryan Lochte, 35, felt ready for Olympics but doesn't believe postponement will hurt him

Sports / Olympics /

The announcement Tuesday that the Tokyo Olympics would be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic upset one of the world's most decorated swimmers, at least for a few minutes.

"I was a little pissed off because I've been training my butt off and I've been feeling great," 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte said. "This Olympics was going to ...Read more