Fans or no fans? Tokyo Olympic still debating decision

Tokyo organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto originally said she would announce a decision in April but has repeatedly postponed it. TOKYO, Japan — The question of allowing any fans into Tokyo Olympic venues is still being debated with a decision unlikely to be announced before the end of the month. This would be just a … Read more

Olympic gold medalist, 2 world champs won’t compete at US Olympic Gymnastics Trials

The gymnasts who will represent Team USA at the Tokyo Olympic Games will be named at the end of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. WASHINGTON — Two-time Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez and world champions Morgan Hurd and Chellsie Memmel will not be competing at the U.S. Olympic Gymnastic Trials in two weeks.  After the conclusion … Read more

Refugee team of 29 athletes picked for Tokyo Olympics

The team will be managed in Tokyo by officials from the IOC and the United Nations’ Geneva-based refugee agency, the UNHCR. LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The refugee team for the Tokyo Olympics has 29 athletes competing in 12 sports. The team selected by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday was drawn from 55 athletes who fled their … Read more

Seven for Simone: Biles claims another US Gymnastics title

Simone Biles finished nearly five points ahead of runner-up Sunisa Lee and good friend and teammate Jordan Chiles. FORT WORTH, Texas — Simone Biles looks ready for Tokyo. So it seems, are the leading contenders vying to join the reigning world and Olympic gymnastics champion in Japan next month. The 24-year-old Biles claimed her seventh … Read more

Laurie Hernandez withdraws from US Gymnastics Championships

The two-time Olympic medalist hyperextended her knee during warmups on Friday. WASHINGTON — Two-time Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez is officially out of the U.S. Gymnastics Championship.  The 20-year-old hyperextended her right knee while attempting her beam dismount during warmups Friday before the opening night of the meet. While Hernandez gutted through her beam routine on … Read more

US beach volleyball icon fails to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Kerri Walsh Jennings had competed for the United States at every summer Olympics since the 2000 Sydney games. Three-time beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings was defeated in her bid to reach a sixth Olympics when she and partner Brooke Sweat lost in a qualifying match Wednesday in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The early-round loss … Read more

Yes. Tokyo Olympics are ‘a go’ despite opposition, pandemic

Japan has spent at least $15.4 billion to organize the Olympics and will want to save face and have the Tokyo Games open on July 23. TOKYO, Japan — Will the postponed Tokyo Olympics open despite rising opposition and the pandemic? The answer is almost certainly “yes.” Senior International Olympic Committee member Richard Pound was … Read more

Tokyo Olympics looking more and more like fan-free event

President Seiko Hashimoto says “after the state of emergency is lifted we will assess.” Fans from abroad were ruled out months ago. TOKYO, Japan — The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee hinted Friday that even local fans may be barred from venues when the games open in just under two months. Fans from … Read more

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