2021 Olympics

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Tokyo Olympics postponement puts athletes' livelihoods at risk

With seasons and events canceled, they're unable to earn appearance fees, prize money and performance bonuses.

Jun 19, 2020 - Sports
Coronavirus projected to cancel half of 2020's live sporting events

April will see only 1% of scheduled events take place.

Apr 21, 2020 - Sports
U.S. Olympians brace for $200 million cash crunch

The media rights fees likely won't come until next year.

Apr 9, 2020 - Sports
Athletes who qualified for Tokyo Olympics to keep their spots in 2021

57% of the total athlete quota spots have already been assigned, per the International Olympic Committee.

Apr 7, 2020 - Sports
Human rights groups call on IOC to revoke 2022 Beijing Olympics

It's "the largest coordinated effort" against the Beijing games yet, according to Reuters.

Sep 9, 2020 - Sports
Netflix documentary "Rising Phoenix" explores heroes of the Paralympics

The 16th Summer Paralympics would have ended this weekend in Tokyo.

Sep 8, 2020 - Sports

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Jul 22, 2020 - Sports

Organizers say Tokyo Olympics not possible "if current situation continues"

Olympic rings displayed outside the National Stadium. Photo: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images

Yoshiro Mori, president of the organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics, said Wednesday that the summer games rescheduled for next July won't be possible if the coronavirus pandemic continues in its current state, AP reports.

The state of play: The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organizers have expressed confidence that the games will take place, but said that another delay would not be possible and that the Olympics would instead be canceled.

Jun 18, 2020 - Sports

Christian Coleman, the world's 100-meter champ, suspended for missed drug tests

Christian Coleman at the IAAF World Indoor Championships. Photo: Stephen Pond/Getty Images for IAAF

American sprinter Christian Coleman, the world's 100 meter champion and a favorite to win gold next summer in Tokyo, has been provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for anti-doping violations.

Worth noting: Coleman has never failed a single drug test in his career; rather, these violations pertain to "whereabouts failures," which means he either missed a test or neglected to file the proper paperwork with the AIU.

May 21, 2020 - Sports

IOC president: Tokyo Olympics would be canceled if not held in 2021

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in March. Photo: Denis Balibouse/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics would have to be canceled entirely if the coronavirus pandemic means they cannot be held in 2021, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach told the BBC on Wednesday.

The state of play: "You cannot forever employ 3,000, or 5,000, people in an organizing committee. You cannot every year change the entire sports schedule worldwide of all the major federations. You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty. You cannot have so much overlapping with a future Olympic Games," Bach said.

Go deeper: Athletes who qualified for Tokyo Olympics to keep their spots in 2021

Apr 13, 2020 - Sports

Tokyo Olympics' coronavirus delay could cost Japan and IOC billions

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. Photo: Denis Balibouse/pool/AFP via Getty Images

The coronavirus-induced delay of the 2020 Summer Olympics could cost billions of dollars, with Japan and the International Olympic Committee footing the bill, reports the AP.

Why it matters: IOC president Thomas Bach said this weekend that his organization will likely face "several hundred million dollars" of added costs as Japan covers the rest — with estimates pegging the total postponement costs at $2 billion to $6 billion.

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