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From LA's rocketman to London's skyfall: iconic Olympics openings

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As Paris prepares for the opening ceremony of the Olympics on July 26 with what promises to be a spectacular parade of boats along the river Seine, AFP looks back at memorable Olympics curtain raisers of the past. 1896: Gigantic choir in Athens On April 6, 1896, the first modern… Read

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France struggles with its hijab rules for Olympics opening ceremony

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French government and Olympics officials are seeking a creative solution to allow Muslim French sprinter Sounkamba Sylla to wear her hijab at the opening ceremony while still complying with the country's secularism laws. Thousands of athletes, including some who wear a hijab, are arriving for the Paris Olympics, placing an… Read

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Japan hammer 10-man Paraguay 5-0 in Olympic men's soccer opener

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Shunsuke Mito and late substitute Shota Fujio each bagged a brace as Japan made an emphatic start to the Paris Olympic men's football tournament with a 5-0 win over 10-man Paraguay in Bordeaux on Wednesday. Go Oiwa's men were already in the ascendancy thanks to Mito's opener when Paraguay midfielder… Read

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Chaos, crowd trouble as Morocco beat Argentina in men's Olympic soccer opener

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Chaos and confusion reigned on Wednesday as Morocco beat Argentina 2-1 in their opening game of the men's Olympic soccer tournament, but only after a late equalizer for the South American side was disallowed and the final minutes were played out in an empty stadium following crowd trouble. Argentina thought… Read

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Olympic swim star Ledecky demands transparency over Chinese doping cases

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Multiple Olympic gold medallist Katie Ledecky said Wednesday that questions remain over the case of Chinese competitors who failed doping tests, urging transparency from authorities. The New York Times reported in April that 23 Chinese swimmers, two of whom competed against Ledecky and her U.S. teammates in Tokyo, had tested… Read

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Paris relieved as Israel's opening soccer match passes security test

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Israel's opening Olympic soccer match against Mali on Wednesday passed the first major security test ahead of the Games' official opening ceremony as fans from both sides sought to play down the political context and enjoy the action. France deployed about 1,000 police officers backed by Israel's own internal security… Read

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Five players on Australia’s women’s water polo team test positive for COVID-19

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Five players on Australia's women's water polo team for the Paris Olympics have tested positive for COVID-19. Anna Meares, the chef de mission for the Australian team in Paris, said the COVID cases have been confined to the water polo team. She said the affected players are clear to practice… Read

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Hashimoto ready to step out of Uchimura's shadow at Paris Olympics

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Japan's Daiki Hashimoto on Wednesday told reporters not to compare him with gymnastics great Kohei Uchimura as he aims to match his countryman by retaining the Olympic all-around title in Paris. Hashimoto became the youngest men's all-around champion in Olympic history when he took gold aged 19 at the pandemic-postponed… Read

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Dujardin video shows British Olympic star repeatedly whipping horse

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Video has emerged of British Olympic dressage star Charlotte Dujardin repeatedly whipping a horse's legs after she was suspended by the sport's governing body. The three-time gold medallist, the joint most-decorated British female Olympian, withdrew from the Paris Games on Tuesday over the footage showing her making an "error of… Read

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Ukraine athletes worry about war back home as they compete

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Ukraine's Olympians focused on performing their best in Paris bear an additional burden - worrying about what might happen back home in the war pitting their homeland against Russia. Athletes could not help being preoccupied as they boarded a train on Tuesday with "Olympic carriages" on their way to the… Read

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