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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Coronavirus: Images of IOC HQ as officials decide fate of Tokyo 2020 | AFP

Images from outside the IOC HQ as Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe and IOC chief Thomas Bach discuss the fate of Tokyo 2020 amid calls for postponement due to the global coronavirus outbreak. IMAGES

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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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R-OAR: Russian designers outsmart IOC’s language sanctions

In light of the recent doping scandal involving the official Russian team and the following restrictions, designers took advantage of the International Olympic Committee’s language sanction.

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IOC allows Statue of Liberty on USA hockey helmets; Russian symbols still banned

Reports emerge the IOC told the US womens’ ice hockey team to remove the image of the Statue of Liberty from its helmets. The rules state that no political symbols can be displayed on athletes’ uniforms. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8z1m

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No concerns over North Korea ‘hijack’ – IOC President Bach

IOC President Thomas Bach dismisses concerns that North Korea has tried to “hijack” the Winter Games for political purposes, as officials revealed he will visit the isolated country after the tournament in South Korea.

‘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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IOC chief unveils Olympic Truce Mural in Pyeongchang

Olympics chief Thomas Bach unveils the Olympic Truce Mural at the Pyeongchang Olympic Village ahead of the opening of the Winter Games. Bach says the mural reinforces the Olympic values of “peace and friendship,” with the theme of “Building Bridges.”

‘Truth is OAR drug’: Design agency creates alternative uniform for Russian team

Back in December, the Russian flag and national anthem were banned by the IOC from the South Korean Games. But one design agency has come up with an alternative for Russian fans.

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Groundbreaking ruling: Top sports court overturns IOC’s ban on 28 Russian athletes

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has cleared 28 Russian athletes and dropped their life-bans over alleged doping.
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IOC upholds Russia ban, permits ‘neutral’ Paralympians

The International Paralympic Committee has made its final decision to keep Russia’s suspension in force. Russian Paralympic athletes will compete as neutrals during the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.

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Oly-2018/Doping: Russia worries about the fate of its athletes

The list of Russian athletes excluded from the Pyeongchang Olympics (9-25 February) for doping won’t be released before the end of the month but names are already starting to drop, reviving calls to boycott the two weeks of competition. Though clean competitors have been allowed to participate under a neutral flag, Russia’s Biathlon Federation has called on the IOC to have “clear and valid” reasons for the bans.

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