Inside The Olympic Postponement | Ground Game/Inside the Outbreak | Associated Press

For the first time in history the International Olympic Committee has postponed the 2020 summer games to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The AP’s Ralph Russo sits down with AP Sports Writer Eddie Pells to take you inside the IOC’s landmark decision to postpone the games that were slated to begin July 24th.

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Olympic postponement may be ‘inevitable’ amid coronavirus pandemic | AFP

Postponing the Olympics over the coronavirus pandemic may become ‘inevitable’, Japan’s prime minister conceded Monday, after the International Olympic Committee said a delay was being considered as pressure grows from athletes and sports bodies.

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Tokyo residents react to doubts over 2020 Olympics | AFP

Tokyo residents give their views on the fate of the 2020 Olympics, as the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe. Tokyo Olympics organisers, Japan’s government and the International Olympic Committee have been adamant that the Games – which are due to open on July 24 – will go ahead as planned despite the global panic.

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Italians rejoice as Milan chosen to host 2026 Winter Olympics | AFP

Italians rejoice as the name of Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo is pulled from the envelope by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach. Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo will host the Winter Olympics in 2026 after the Italian bid beat the Swedish bid from Stockholm-Are. IMAGES

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IOC recommends suspending boxing federation from Tokyo 2020

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach explains why the IOC recommended Wednesday that boxing’s governing body be stripped of its right to organise the event at Tokyo 2020, citing “serious deficiencies in AIBA’s governance.” SOUNDBITE

IOC lifts suspension on Russian Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has lifted its suspension on the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), which was imposed prior to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

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No proof of doping does not mean innocence — CAS Secretary General to RT

Court of Arbitration for Sport Secretary General Matthieu Reeb has told RT that he sees nothing illegal or odd in the International Olympic Committee refusing athletes entry, even in the absence of evidence of doping violations.

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Fans see Russian flags on display at Olympics opening ceremony due to TV glitch

While the two Koreas were able to march under a single unified flag, Olympic Athletes from Russia – from the O.A.R. team, as it’s known – entered the opening ceremony under a neutral flag. However, although the Russian flag was banned by the International Olympic Committee – it still found its way into the stadium. RT’s Ilya Petrenko explains.

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Sports arbitration court upholds Olympic ban against 47 Russian athletes & coaches

The Ad hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected the appeals of the Russian athletes and coaches, stating that invitation to the Olympics lies within the competence of the International Olympic Committee. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8yqw

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Why Hosting The Olympics Isn’t Worth It Anymore

It’s no secret that it’s a pricey pain to host the Olympic Games, running billions of dollars above the estimated budget. As the International Olympic Committee receives fewer bids with each problematic games, the future of the tradition is looking unsure. We spoke with Smith College Professor of Economics Andrew Zimbalist on the matter. He should know, he’s written about the Olympic issues in Circus Maximus, No Boston Olympics, and Rio 2016.

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‘Privilege to go to Olympics requires more than sanctions absence’ – Bach on ban for 15 Russians

The International Olympic Committee has rejected the requests of 13 Russian athletes and 2 coaches for invites to the upcoming Winter Games. The sportsmen and women were recently ruled not to have violated doping rules by sport’s highest court. The IOC, however, still has the power to decide who competes and who doesn’t. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8yf8

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Russian sports minister reacts to CAS doping decision

Sport’s top court CAS on Thursday overturned Olympic life bans on 28 Russians accused of doping, a decision hailed by Moscow but a major embarrassment for the International Olympic Committee just days away from the start of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

‘Without Russia, Olympics would lose their sense’ – Austrian champion

In less than two weeks, the Winter Olympics get underway in South Korea. And later today, the International Olympic Committee is to reveal which Russian athletes will be allowed to compete, but Russia has already had bad news with a number of its medal hopefuls banned in recent days.

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Possible Olympic ban on clean athletes faces growing criticism

With just weeks to go until the Winter Olympic Games get underway in South Korea – more Russian athletes are now expecting their dreams of competing, to be dashed.
The International Olympic Committee has sent a list of eligible participants to Russia, and among those missing are athletes who have never failed a doping test in their entire careers.

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North and South Korea to march under same flag at 2018 Games:IOC

North and South Korea will march together under the Korean unification flag at next month’s Winter Games in the South, the International Olympic Committee says. SOUNDBITE

22 North Korean athletes will compete at 2018 Games: IOC

North Korea will send 22 athletes to next month’s Winter Games in the South, the International Olympic Committee says, also confirming that the two nations will march together at the opening ceremony. SOUNDBITE

Olympic Ban: IOC allows clean Russian athletes to participate in 2018 Winter Games

The International Olympic Committee has banned the Russian Winter Olympics squad from competing at the 2018 Games.

The decision to ban Russian athletes follows an investigation by an IOC-backed commission, headed by the former head of the Swiss department of sport Samuel Schmid.

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Guilty until proven innocent? Questioned raised over evidence against team Russia

International Olympic Committee’s decided to ban Russia’s team, and many individual Russian athletes, from taking part in the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea. Many athletes were handed lifetime bans, but most dispute the evidence that was presented against them…
They insist they have done nothing wrong – and accuse officials of violating their presumption of innocence.

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