Summer Olympic games

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 filer, Francesco Ricci Bitti speaks after receiving the award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement, during an Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) awards ceremony, in Washington. Despite some early differences of opinion, the 33 sports that make up the Olympic program voted unanimously on Monday to delay the Tokyo Games by a full year. Moments later, the International Olympic committee made it official. “We were the last to express our view. We’re the ones who have problems with the calendar to deal with,” said Francesco Ricci Bitti, the president of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF). (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
March 30, 2020 - 2:51 pm
ROME (AP) — Despite some early differences of opinion, the 33 sports that make up the Summer Olympic program voted unanimously on Monday to delay the Tokyo Games by a full year. Moments later, local organizers and the International Olympic Committee made it official. “We were the last to express...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019 file photo, technicians walk at the under construction site of the Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. On Monday, March 30, 2020, the organizers of Expo 2020 recommended postponing the world's fair until next years over the new coronavirus pandemic. Dubai has already spent billions of dollars on the world's fair, which was supposed to take place in October. The ultimate decision over the event will be made by the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions, which had awarded the fair to Dubai in 2014. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
March 30, 2020 - 12:56 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's Expo 2020 should be postponed to next year over the new coronavirus pandemic, local organizers recommended Monday, pushing back a world's fair that the sheikhdom has bet billions of dollars on to rejuvenate its troubled economy. The ultimate decision over...
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Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee CEO Toshiro Muto attends a news conference after a Tokyo 2020 Executive Board Meeting in Tokyo Monday, March 30, 2020. Tokyo Olympic President Yoshiro Mori said Monday he expects to talk with IOC President Thomas Bach this week about potential dates and other details for the rescheduled games next year. Both Mori and Muto said the the cost of rescheduling will be “massive” - local reports suggest several billion dollars - with most of the expenses borne by Japanese taxpayers. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP)
March 30, 2020 - 8:56 am
TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year's games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year. “The schedule for the games is key to...
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FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file, photo, officials light a lantern from the Olympic Flame at the end of a flame display ceremony in Iwaki, northern Japan. Before the Olympics were postponed, Japan looked like it had coronavirus infections contained, even as they spread in neighboring countries. Now that the games have been pushed to next year, Tokyo’s cases are spiking, and the city's governor is requesting that people stay home, even hinting at a possible lockdown. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
March 30, 2020 - 3:27 am
TOKYO (AP) — Before the Olympics were postponed, Japan looked like it had coronavirus infections contained, even as they spread in neighboring countries. Now that the games have been pushed to next year, Tokyo’s cases are spiking, and the city's governor is requesting that people stay home, even...
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U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring against Canada during the second half of a CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Carson, Calif. The U.S. won 3-0. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
March 29, 2020 - 1:04 pm
Visa has told its global roster of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls their sponsorships will be extended into 2021 after the Tokyo Games were postponed, providing some financial certainty amid the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic The credit card giant's Team Visa scheme features 96...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2020, file photo, Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori carries the Olympic flame during the Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic organizers seem to be leaning away from starting the rescheduled games in the spring of 2021. More and more the signs point toward the summer of 2021. Organizing committee President Mori suggested there would be no major change from 2020. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
March 29, 2020 - 2:51 am
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers seem to be leaning away from starting the rescheduled games in the spring of 2021. More and more the signs point toward the summer of 2021. Organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori suggested there would be no major change from 2020. “The games are meant to...
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Chloe Dygert of the United States competes during the qualification race during the Cycling World Championship in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (Sebastian Gollnow/dpa via AP)
March 28, 2020 - 12:10 pm
The decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics until next year because of the coronavirus pandemichas left American cyclists with an abundance of mixed feelings. Relief that a move had been finally made. Disappointment that a lifetime ambition will be delayed. Frustration that months and even years of...
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A member of the Brooklyn Hospital Center COVID-19 testing team looks out of the tent, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
March 26, 2020 - 8:12 pm
The number of people around the world who have contracted the coronavirus has surged past 500,000, and the United States tops the list, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. U.S. deaths have now topped 1,100, in another grim update for a global outbreak that has wreaked havoc on economies...
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Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori arrives for the first meeting of the “Tokyo 2020 New Launch Task Force" in Tokyo, Thursday, March 26, 2020, two days after the unprecedented postponement was announced due to the spreading coronavirus. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
March 26, 2020 - 5:36 am
TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics need new dates for the opening and closing ceremonies in 2021. Nothing much can get done until those dates are worked out by the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese government and Tokyo organizers. “We must decide this soon, otherwise it will be hard to...
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A man looks at a Tokyo 2020 countdown clock displaying the current date and time outside Tokyo Station, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Tokyo. Not even the Summer Olympics could withstand the force of the coronavirus. After weeks of hedging, the IOC took the unprecedented step of postponing the world's biggest sporting event, a global extravaganza that's been cemented into the calendar for more than a century. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
March 25, 2020 - 10:21 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Carolina Hurricanes are asking full-time employees to take vacation or personal days off next week with limited operations due to the coronavirus. In an interview with The Associated Press, team president and...
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