Posts Tagged ‘Olympics’

Paralympics Open In Empty Stadium — Just Like Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — The Paralympics began Tuesday in the same empty National Stadium — during the same pandemic — as the opening and closing ceremonies of the recently completed Tokyo Olympics. Japanese Emperor Naruhito got it all started again, this time under the theme “We Have Wings.” Among the few on hand were Douglas Emhoff, […]

ACH (1579) Dr. Peter Hammond – The Real Story Behind The Olympics

EURO FOLK RADIO ACH (1579) Dr. Peter Hammond – The Real Story Behind The Olympics Play Episode Pause Episode Mute/Unmute Episode Rewind 10 Seconds 1x Fast Forward 30 seconds Subscribe Share In today’s show originally broadcast on August 12 2021, Andy is joined by Dr. Peter Hammond for a show entitled, “The Real Story Behind […]

SPACE: Astronauts aboard ISS take part in first ‘Space Olympics’

The International Space Station Expedition 65 crew recorded themselves having a day of ‘weightless fun’ at the end of a long week of work. From Earth orbit, 400 km above our planet, the crew present the very first “Space Olympics”. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet shared this video on social media with the caption: “The first-ever […]

Summer Olympics say Sayonara Tokyo and Bonjour Paris

After 17 days of sporting action held a year late and with the spectre of COVID-19 hanging over them, the Tokyo Summer Olympics came to an end on Sunday. They will mostly be remembered for the empty stadiums but there were plenty of other noteworthy events including athletes taking a stand on mental health and […]

Today at the Olympics: France takes both handball gold medals

It’s the last day at the Tokyo Olympics and it’s another strong day for team sports and on the cycling tracks. After 17 days of the world’s 11,000 best athletes battling it out, the closing ceremony will call time on the games at 13:00 CEST. Here’s a recap of who won what on the last […]

Chinese Cyclists Warned Over Chairman Mao Pin Badges At Tokyo Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has closed a potential disciplinary case against two Chinese gold medalists who wore pin badges of Mao Zedong on the Olympic podium. International Olympic Committee spokesman Christian Klaue says Chinese team officials gave assurances the athletes were warned and the incident will not be repeated. At the medal ceremony Monday for the women’s […]

2 Belarus Coaches Removed From Tokyo Olympics Over Krystsina Tsimanouskaya Scandal

TOKYO (AP) — Two Belarus team coaches have been removed from the Olympics, four days after they were involved in trying to send sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya back to their country. The International Olympic Committee said Friday it has canceled and removed the credentials of Artur Shimak and Yury Maisevich. “The two coaches were requested to […]

Tokyo’s COVID-19 Cases Hit Another Record High During Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo reported 5,042 new daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, hitting a record since the pandemic began as the infections surge in the Japanese capital hosting the Olympics. The additional cases brought the total for Tokyo to 236,138, about a quarter of the national total. Japan reported more than 14,000 cases on Wednesday […]

Palestine, solidarity, and the Tokyo Olympics

When the Palestinian Olympic delegation of five athletes – adorned in traditional Palestinian attire and carrying the Palestinian flag – crossed into the Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium during the inauguration ceremony on July 23, I was overcome with pride and nostalgia.  I grew up watching the Olympics. All of us did. Throughout the month-long international sports […]

Team USA’s Gwen Berry Vows to ‘Trash America’ if She Wins Olympics

Team USA’s Biden-supporting hammer thrower Gwen Berry has vowed to completely trash America if she wins medals at the Olympics in Tokyo. Berry, a self-proclaimed “activist athlete,” made headlines last June after she turned her back on the American flag during a medal ceremony at the Olympic Trials. During a post-qualifier interview last Saturday, Berry […]

Today at the Olympics: Dutch runner falls and wins

World champion Sifan Hassan has made an incredible recovery from a fall at the final bell to win her 1,500-meter heat at the Olympics on Monday. Hassan picked herself up after getting in a tangle with Kenyan runner Edinah Jebitok at the start of the last lap. She sped around the outside of the pack […]

Team USA’s Raven Saunders raises arms in ‘X’ in protest during Olympics medal ceremony

American shot-putter Raven Saunders not only won a silver medal on Sunday, she lodged a very public protest: raising her arms in a striking “X” shape on the winner’s podium. Asked afterward what the gesture meant, the 25-year-old explained, it was meant to represent “the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.” The […]

Tokyo Records Daily COVID-19 Case High With Half Of Olympics Still To Go

TOKYO — The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Tokyo totaled 4,058 people, a daily record, city hall said Saturday, fanning worries as Japan’s capital plays host to the Olympic Games. Critics have long said the Olympics should be canceled or postponed, as tens of thousands of athletes, corporate sponsors and media gather from around […]

Condom used to repair canoe at Tokyo Olympics

Australian canoeist Jessica Fox found a perfectly stretchy, waterproof material for a boat repair at the Tokyo Olympics: a condom. Fox, who won a bronze medal in women’s kayak slalom and gold in the canoe slalom, posted a video on social media this week of someone making repairs to the nose of her boat. First, […]

The Olympics: Do Only Israeli Victims Matter?

From If Americans Knew The 2021 Olympics opening ceremony featured a moving commemoration for Israeli athletes who tragically died half a century ago, but the tribute failed to highlight a tragedy going on now that the world could stop: the desperate plight of Palestinian athletes suffering under Israeli occupation, many of whom have been shot, maimed, […]

Teenage Swimmer Jacoby Takes 1st US Women’s Gold at Tokyo Olympics

A 17-year-old Alaska girl on Tuesday became the first American woman to take a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Lydia Jacoby won the women’s 100-meter breaststroke, topping 2016 champion Lilly King. South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker won silver while King took bronze. “I was definitely racing for a medal. I knew I had it in […]

Tokyo Olympics: Moroccan boxer tries to bite ear of New Zealand opponent

Moroccan boxer Youness Baalla on Tuesday allegedly tried to chomp off his Kiwi opponent David Nyika’s ear at the Tokyo Olympics, in a stark reminder of the infamous 1997 “the bite fight” of Mike Tyson. Baalla, 22, was having a hard time on Tuesday against two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nyika at the boxing ring. […]

Today at the Olympics: Swiss women pull off clean sweep of medals in mountain biking

It’s Day 4 of the Olympics and it’s another big day in the pool. Still, one of the main nail-biters of the day will be whether Simone A. Biles can lead Team USA to another gold in artistic gymnastics. There will be plenty of team sports to get through the day including softball, basketball, hockey, […]

The Excitement Around the Tokyo Olympics is Growing

The rising tide of media coverage about the Summer Olympics in Tokyo shows that they claim not only to be the most problematic major sports tournament in history. The Tokyo Olympics, postponed from 2020 because of the coronavirus, will begin July 23. At the July 20 session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Tokyo, […]

Anti-Olympics protesters gather near Tokyo stadium

Anti-Olympics protesters on Friday marched from Harajuku to Sendagaya ahead of the Olympic Games opening ceremony. Protesters have criticized the Japanese government for what some say is prioritizing the Olympics over the nation’s health. Spectators have been banned from all venues in the Tokyo area, with limited audiences allowed at a few outlying sites, in […]

For A Workers’ Olympics!

The Tokyo Olympics are an opportunity for athletes to demonstrate the pinnacles of physical accomplishment and show the best and worst of sports, but the games are controlled by a shady clique of capitalists and aristocrats. What could an alternative look like? Let’s check out the old Workers’ Olympiads. As the Summer Olympics begin in […]

The Most Stunning Photos From The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony

The Tokyo Olympics may be muted because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that didn’t stop Friday’s opening ceremony from being a riot of color. Stunning fireworks, intimate dance performances and even a treadmill set the scene for the next two weeks of sporting endeavors ― even though spectators were largely banned from the National Stadium. […]

Tokyo New Virus Cases Near 2,000 A Day Before Olympics Open

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, one day before the Olympics begin, as worries grow of a worsening of infections during the Games. Thursday’s 1,979 new cases are the highest since 2,044 were recorded on Jan. 15. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is determined to hold the […]

Director Of Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Fired For Holocaust Joke

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto said a day ahead of the opening ceremony that director Kentaro Kobayashi has been dismissed. He was accused of using […]

WHO Chief: COVID-19 Risk Inevitable At Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics should not be judged by the tally of COVID-19 cases that arise because eliminating risk is impossible, the head of the World Health Organization told sports officials Wednesday as events began in Japan. How infections are handled is what matters most, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a […]

Tokyo COVID-19 Infections Surge To 6-Month High Just 2 Days Before Olympics Open

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo’s COVID-19 infections surged to a six-month high Wednesday with the Olympic host city logging 1,832 new cases just two days before the Games open. Tokyo is currently under its fourth state of emergency, which will last until Aug. 22, covering the entire duration of the Olympics that start Friday and end […]

Tokyo Olympics: Australian showjumper tests positive for cocaine on eve of Games

Australian equestrian athlete and showjumper Jamie Kermond has been provisionally suspended from the Tokyo Olympics after a sample tested positive for cocaine, the country’s governing body for equestrian sports said in a statement on Wednesday. Kermond was quoted by The Australian newspaper as saying that he expressed remorse and was “extremely upset” about his actions. […]

Total COVID-19 Cases Rise To 71 At Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — An American gymnast and a Czech beach volleyball player were added to the tally Tuesday of people accredited for the Tokyo Olympics who have tested positive for COVID-19 this month. Tokyo Olympics organizers said 71 people have now tested positive. The total includes 31 people among the tens of thousands of international […]

Japan Braces For A Surreal Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — After a yearlong delay and months of hand-wringing that rippled across a pandemic-inflected world, a Summer Games unlike any other is at hand. It’s an Olympics, sure, but also, in a very real way, something quite different. No foreign fans. No local attendance in Tokyo-area venues. A reluctant populace navigating a surge […]

The No-Fun Olympics: How Athletes Are Preparing For Tokyo And Its Strict COVID-19 Rules

Sydney McLaughlin turns 22 three days after the final of the 400-meter hurdles, in which she might win Olympic gold and may even lower her current world record. Her big birthday plans? “Try and find a cupcake and then blow out the candles by myself,” McLaughlin said. Welcome to the no-fun Olympics, where celebrations and […]

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