2020 Tokyo Olympics

Video review of decisions coming to Olympic table tennis

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Video review will be used in table tennis at the Tokyo Olympics for players to challenge umpire decisions. A combination of ball-tracking technology, similar to tennis, and review of slow-motion replays, as in top-level soccer, will be introduced at the Olympic Games and other major events this year, the International… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Feeling the heat: Japan uses 2020 Olympics to further climate awareness

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As the 2020 Olympics draw near, excitement is becoming palpable. Results from ticket lotteries are being announced, hotels are being booked, and qualifying rounds are about to begin. The government, meanwhile, is taking the opportunity to fine-tune its PR. For a good reason, the results of the 2020 games may… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Top young U.S. men's players uncertain for Olympic soccer

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If the U.S. qualifies for this year's Olympic men's soccer tournament, it might decide that Christian Pulisic is better off remaining with Chelsea than going to Tokyo. "We might have the influence of a player going to the Olympics but not playing for a longer period of time leading into… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

2 more weightlifters set to lose Olympic medals for doping

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Two more weightlifters face being stripped of their medals from the 2012 Olympics over doping. The International Weightlifting Federation has said Romanians Roxana Cocos and Razvan Martin are suspected of using banned steroids after their 2012 samples were re-tested using modern technology. The IWF said Cocos' sample contained two different… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

IOC chief Bach wants 'water-proof' CAS decision on Russian doping

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach insists any decision to ban Russia from international sporting events as punishment for doping must be "water-proof" and not pave a way for "total confusion". With less than 200 days to go before the Tokyo Olympics, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has sent… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Olympic Games must connect with gamers to keep relevant: Bach

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The International Olympic Committee has to connect with hundreds of millions of gamers worldwide if the Olympic body is to remain relevant with the younger generation, IOC President Thomas Bach says. Bach also said games simulating sports could at some point in the future become a part of the Olympic… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Sapporo 2030 prospects better than for 2026: Bach

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A Sapporo bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics will be better than the Japanese city's failed attempt to win the 2026 Games, due to improved infrastructure, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said. The northern city which hosted the 1972 Winter Games -- the first in Asia -- had attempted… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Infantino, Yamashita join IOC

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino was on Friday elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee, ending a five-year period when soccer had no representation in the Olympic body. FIFA and World Athletics, the global governing bodies of two of the biggest sports in the Olympics, had been absent from… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

U.S. men face Mexico, Costa Rica in Olympic soccer qualifiers

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The United States was drawn Thursday night into a difficult group with Mexico, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic in men's qualifying for next summer's Olympic soccer tournament. Group B includes Canada, El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras. Qualifying for North and Central America and the Caribbean will take place at… Read

2020 Tokyo Olympics

An Olympic first: Cardboard beds for Tokyo Athletes Village

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Tokyo Olympic athletes beware — particularly larger ones. The bed frames in the Athletes Village at this year's Olympics will be made of cardboard. Sturdy cardboard. “Those beds can stand up to 200 kilograms,” explained Takashi Kitajima, the general manager of the Athletes Village, speaking through an interpreter. That's about… Read

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