Uzbekistan’s 44-year-old gymnast heads for ‘last’ Olympics | AFP

Aged 44 and readying for her eighth Olympics in Tokyo, Uzbek gymnast Oksana Chusovitina makes light of her record-breaking survival in a sport dominated by teen prodigies. But while the desire to compete still burns in Chusovitina, she says she has given her word to her family, whom she calls her “strongest motivation”, that the Tokyo Games this year will be her “last Olympics”.

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Colourful performances and a ‘drag Olympics’ at Yangon Pride party | AFP

People gather to take part in at a Pride event in Myanmar’s commcercial capital Yangon, with performances and a ‘drag Olympics’ competition. Space is gradually opening up for the LGBT community in the majority-Buddhist country.

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Ski mountaineering, on its way to the Olympics | AFP

Ski mountaineering is on the programme for the first time this year at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Lausanne. Formerly a means of getting around in the mountains in winter, the practice spread to the leisure sector with ski tours, and has moved on to competition with legendary races such as the Patrouille des Glaciers in Switzerland or the Pierra Menta in France.

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11-year-old British skateboarding sensation Sky Brown ready to star at Tokyo 2020 | AFP

Sky Brown is only 11 years old, but she already dreams of making her Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “People think that you’re too young, you can’t do it, and I want to show them that it doesn’t matter about your size or your age,” she says.

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Tokyo unveils heat-busting stadium ahead of Olympics | AFP

Tokyo formally unveils its 60,000-seater main Olympic Stadium, more than seven months before the 2020 Opening Ceremony — with a host of special features to beat the feared heat.

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ONLY ON AP Tokyo billed as ‘Recovery Olympics’

The torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will start in Fukushima, devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. The relay goes to 11 towns hit by the disaster, but bypasses Futaba, a part of Fukushima that Olympic visitors will never see. (Dec. 13)

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Sporting ban: “We did everything we could” says Russia’s Sports Minister | AFP

Russia says it “did everything we could” to avoid sanctions, as the World Anti-Doping Agency hands down a four-year ban from major global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar over manipulated doping data. including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. It accused Russia of falsifying laboratory doping data handed over earlier this year to investigators probing claims of widespread doping.

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WADA bans Russia from Olympics for four years over doping | AFP

The World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics after accusing Moscow of falsifying data from an anti-doping laboratory. SOUNDBITE from WADA President Craig Reedie

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Clint Eastwood’s ‘American tragedy’

Director Clint Eastwood discusses the need to tell the story of Richard Jewell, a man unfairly accused of planting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. (Nov. 21)

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Japan grapples with serving Fukushima food at Olympics | AFP

For years, Japan’s government has sought to convince consumers that food from Fukushima is safe despite the nuclear disaster. But will it serve the region’s produce at the Tokyo Olympics? It’s a thorny subject for the government, which has pitched the Games in part as a chance to showcase the recovery of areas affected by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster.

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ShowBiz Minute: Doherty, Domingo, ‘Frozen 2’

Singer Pete Doherty detained in Paris; Placido Domingo won’t perform at Tokyo Olympics cultural events; “Frozen 2” has its world premiere in Los Angeles. (Nov. 8)

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Scandal-hit Placido Domingo withdraws from Tokyo Olympic event | AFP

Scandal-hit opera star Placido Domingo, who is facing multiple sexual harassment accusations, says he would withdraw from a cultural event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, citing the project’s “complexity”. of Placido Domingo

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Paris Olympics: French PM tours site of 2024 Olympic village | AFP

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe kicks off the construction of the Paris-2024 athletes’ village in Saint-Ouen. IMAGES

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Paris 2024 Summer Olympics venues | AFP Animé

Launch of the controversial construction site of the Paris-2024 athletes’ village. Videographic showing venues for Paris 2024.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Paris Olympics: French PM chairs ministerial committee | AFP

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe arrives in Saint-Denis to chair an inter-ministerial committee on the Olympic Games, before kicking off the construction of the Paris-2024 athletes’ village. IMAGES

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Munich skateboarder wants to represent Lebanon in Tokyo | AFP

Ali Khachab, 28, is German and has lived his whole life in Munich, but this skateboarder wants to represent his second country – Lebanon, where he goes at least once a year to visit his extended family – at the Tokyo Olympics. With his brother Pacel, they are the only Lebanese skateboarders vying for qualification to take part in competitions in all corners of the world. of Ali Khachab

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Original Olympic Games outline to be auctioned in New York | AFP

The original 1892 manuscript laying out the premise of the modern Olympic Games will be auctioned in December in New York, Sotheby’s announced Wednesday. In the 14-page text, Olympics creator Pierre de Coubertin, a French aristocrat and athletics advocate, outlined his vision to revive the ancient athletic tradition in the form of a modern, international competition.

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Today in History for October 18th

Highlights of this day in history: Inventor Thomas Edison dies; Three scientists share Nobel prize for DNA work; Anthrax scare hits CBS in New York; Two U.S. athletes suspended for Mexico City Olympics protest; Rock star Chuck Berry born. (Oct. 18)

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Today in History for September 5th

Highlights of this day in history: A massacre at the Munich Olympics; President Gerald Ford escapes the first of two assassination attempts, weeks apart; Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ published; Missionary nun Mother Teresa dies. (Sept. 5)

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Today in History for August 1st

Highlights of this day in history: A shooting rampage takes place at the University of Texas clock tower; Germany declares war on Russia in World War I; Adolf Hitler opens the Berlin Olympics; Author Herman Melville born; MTV debuts. (Aug. 1)

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Sultans of spin: the Japanese breakdancers busting Olympic moves | AFP

For some Japanese breakdancers, the prospect of winning a gold medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics has become something of an obsession, after organisers in February proposed to include the street dance.

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Today in History for July 27th

Highlights of this day in history: An armistice ends the Korean War; A House panel votes to impeach President Richard Nixon; A pipe bomb explodes at the Atlanta Olympics; The deposed Shah of Iran and comedian Bob Hope die. (July 27)

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Japan’s teen skateboard queen eyes top Olympic spot | AFP

Japanese schoolgirl Misugu Okamoto looks to have become the host country’s best hope to win skateboarding gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. At a shade under 1.42 metres tall (4ft 6in), Okamoto makes skateboarding look easy with her smooth technique, ice-cool temperament and hair-raising aerial spins.

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