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Jul 20 2020
Child Abuse in Pursuit of Olympic Medals
(Tokyo) – Child athletes in Japan suffer physical, sexual, and verbal abuse when training for sport, Human Rights Watch said in a new report, released today, that documents depression, suicides, physical disabilities, and lifelong trauma resulting from the abuse. Japan will host the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics beginning July 23, 2021.
The 67-page report, “‘I Was Hit So Many Times IHuman Rights Watch
Jul 24 2021
Olympics have lockdown aura. But the narrative isn’t locked in.
After a four-month relay across Japan, the Olympic torch is finally burning in Tokyo. But it hasn’t arrived as planned.
Efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic have detoured the relay off public roads and replaced it with a series of discreet flame-lighting rituals. Nearly half of some 47 relay legs across the country were disrupted.
For this symbol of endurance,Christian Science Monitor
Mar 15 2023
South Korea’s President Yoon Arrives in Japan for Rare Summit Talks
TOKYO—South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol arrived in Tokyo on Thursday for the first formal summit between the leaders of South Korea and Japan since 2011, with trade and intelligence sharing on the agenda.
Mr. Yoon’s visit comes after his administration last week proposed a plan to resolve a standoff over payments for Koreans forced to work for Japanese companies during World War II,Wall Street Journal (News)
Jul 27 2021
With All Eyes On Tokyo, The City Has Just Hit A New High In COVID-19 Cases
The timing couldn't be worse: with Tokyo the focus of world attention after the start of the long-delayed Olympic Games, health officials in the Japanese capital report a never-before-seen daily count in coronavirus infections.
On Tuesday, Tokyo's metropolitan government confirmed 2,848 cases, a number that surpasses the previous high of 2,520 cases on Jan. 7. Since even before theNPR (Online News)
Jul 07 2021
Olympic Games in for a rude awokening, focus on wrong kind of ‘race’
The Olympic Games in Tokyo are doomed. Before the opening ceremony, before even the torch is lit, it’s not going to be OK. The Games, I’m afraid, just aren’t woke enough. Apologies to Tokyo and Japan — and #StopAsianHate and so on. But for the international left, sport no longer matters unless it can be used to win on Twitter and advance the War for Progress.
Professional football canNew York Post (Opinion)
Mar 21 2023
New Zealand Runner Hit With Eight-year Ban For Doping, Fraud
Commonwealth Games medallist Zane Robertson was banned from all sports for eight years by a tribunal in New Zealand on Wednesday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug and falsifying documents. Athletics NZ chief executive Peter Pfitzinger told AFP this is the longest ban handed out to an athlete from New Zealand. The 33-year-old Robertson, who is based in Kenya, won bronzeBarron's
Jul 18 2021
Refugee team OK'd for Olympics after positive COVID-19 test
The Refugee Olympic Team was cleared to travel to Tokyo Games after a positive COVID-19 test delayed their arrival.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said the group of 26 athletes, 16 coaches, and 10 officials will travel to Japan within the next three days.
“Members of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team who gathered in Doha, Qatar, for a Welcome Experience, and whoseThe Hill
Jan 13 2022
Winter Olympics: What is China's Covid policy and does it work?
Beijing says it's adopting all necessary coronavirus safety measures for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which start next month.
So what is being planned for the Games, and how successful has China's policy of "zero Covid" been?
Stricter measures than at Tokyo Olympics
China is going to great lengths to keep the virus out.
It has said that foreign spectators will beBBC Fact Check
Jan 17 2022
Beijing to offer Olympic tickets to ‘selected’ spectators amid pandemic
Only “selected” spectators will be permitted at next month’s Beijing Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Monday.
Beijing had already announced that no fans from outside the country would be permitted at the events, and had not offered tickets to the general public.
Monday’s announcement posted on the organizing committee’s website confirmed expectationsPolitico
Feb 09 2022
Why Americans are turned off by the Olympics
Americans' concerns about the Chinese government's human rights abuses, surveillance and international competitiveness — and fears of another COVID-19 outbreak — are driving down enthusiasm about this year's Winter Olympics, according to a new Axios-Momentive poll.
The big picture: Seven in 10 survey respondents disapprove of allowing China to host these Olympics — but half plan to tuneAxios