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Bananas, baseball and headaches; counting the cost of Tokyo's Olympic delay
The Tokyo Games were postponed until 2021 last week as the coronavirus outbreak deepened, an unprecedented move in the 124-year history of the modern Olympics.
Canada, Australia will not send athletes to Tokyo Olympics
Canada and Australia will not send athletes to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo because of the risks associated with the coronavirus outbreak, the Olympic committees for both countries said in separate statements.
Olympics and Year of the Rat give starring role to Japan's capybaras
Sinking into the steamy hot springs, the giant rodents of Izu Shaboten Koen flick their ears and close their eyes against the camera clicks of fascinated onlookers, drifting into a hazy midday nap.
Iran hopeful of ending Olympics drought, says coach ahead of opener against Uzbekistan
The time is right to end Islamic Republic of Iran’s four-decade absence from the football competitions of the Olympic Games, according to head coach Hamid Estili, ahead of his side’s opening AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020 match against Uzbekistan today.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics unveil final budget of $12.6b
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are expected to cost some ¥1.35 trillion ($12.6 billion), organizers said Friday, unveiling a final budget showing increased revenue balancing out extra costs including countermeasures against heat.
Decision by WADA group puts Russia’s Olympic future in peril
The chances of the Russian flag flying at next year’s Olympics took a potentially lethal hit Friday when anti-doping regulators recommended the country be declared noncompliant for tampering with data that was supposed to help bring the entire cheating episode to a close.
Russia facing potential Olympic ban after WADA cites 'inconsistent' data
Russia is once again in danger of being banned from next year’s Olympics after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) revealed that historical data supplied by the country’s anti-doping authority contained “inconsistencies.”
IOC reinstates Russia’s full rights to Olympics
Russian authorities say the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has restored the country’s rights to attend the Olympics following tests in recent Winter Games that cleared Russian athletes of doping allegations.
Politicized Winter Olympics end in S Korea
The Winter Olympics have concluded in South Korea’s Pyeongchang amid highly politicized efforts to create a rapprochement between North Korea and its foes and also a controversial ban on Russian athletes which many viewed as not completely sports-related.
US, South Korea resuming joint military exercises after Winter Olympics
The United States and South Korea have reportedly planned to announce new joint military exercises after the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
South Korea Olympics new cornerstone for peace, prosperity
Sports fans worldwide eagerly await the Olympics, and this time there is cause for cautious optimism that sport diplomacy may lower tensions on the Korean Peninsula itself, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Shamshad Akhtar has said.
Olympics organizers apologize to Iran for gift gaffe
Organizers of South Korea’s Winter Olympics apologized to the Iranian team before Friday’s opening ceremony for what they called a misunderstanding over gifts of Samsung mobile phones.
Iran Foreign Ministry: Samsung must apologize for gift ban against Olympics athletes
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has summoned South Korea’s ambassador to protest a discriminatory decision by Samsung Electronics and organizers of the Winter Olympic games in Seoul not to provide Iranian athletes with gift smartphones, demanding an apology from the technology company.
Tehran to react to Samsung measure to neglect Iranian Olympians
Head of National Olympic Committee of Iran urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to properly react to the Samsung Electronics Co. measure not to give Samsung cell phones to the Iranian Olympians in South Korea.
Athletes, organizers locked in PyeongChang cold war
Even for cold weather warriors hardened by years of winter sports training, the icy chill of South Korea’s frigid February has come as a shock to the system in the leadup to this month’s PyeongChang Olympics.

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