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Jul 19 2021
Replacement athlete on US Olympic gymnastics team tests positive for COVID-19
A replacement athlete on the U.S. women's artistic gymnastics team has tested positive for COVID-19, according to USA Gymnastics.
The gymnast tested positive on Sunday, USA Gymnastics said. She hasn't been named but is a teenager, according to the Japanese city of Inzai, where the American women's gymnastics team was training.
The infected gymnast and one other replacementABC News (Online)
Jan 09 2020
No anthem kneeling at the Olympics: IOC announces political protest rules
The International Olympic Committee announced its rules for political protest for the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and some popular forms of athlete protest have been banned, according to The Hill.
While athletes will be allowed to say what they want during interview and news conferences outside the Olympic Village, and on social media, they won't be able to protest in theThe Blaze
Jul 04 2021
And the crowd goes … silent? How no cheering could impact Olympic performance
Former U.S. Olympic swimmer Tara Kirk Sell was in Russia to compete in the World Cup swimming circuit in 2006 and remembers the Moscow crowd’s reaction when her name was announced just before she dove into the pool.
“It was dead silent,” Kirk Sell said.
Athletes taking part in the Tokyo Olympics this year are also likely to hear crickets when they compete because the JapaneseNBC News (Online)
Dec 07 2021
China warns U.S. will 'pay' for Olympics diplomatic boycott
China has told the United States it will "pay" for its diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics on human rights grounds.
The White House on Monday announced it would not send any government officials to the Games in February 2022, due to "ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses."
This prompted a stern response from ChineseNBC News (Online)
Dec 06 2021
U.S. Diplomats Will Boycott Beijing Olympics, Psaki Confirms
During a press briefing Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that the U.S. government delegation will boycott the winter Olympic Games in Beijing over the Chinese regime’s numerous human rights abuses, most recently the presumed suppression of decorated tennis star Peng Shuai.
“The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to theNational Review
Feb 27 2023
Japan, New Zealand foreign ministers agree to speed up talks on intelligence sharing as China concerns grow
The foreign ministers of Japan and New Zealand agreed on Monday to speed up talks on an intelligence sharing pact as the two island nations vowed to strengthen security ties and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region amid shared concern over an increasingly assertive China. New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta and her Japanese counterpart, Yashimasa Hayashi, also agreed during theirFox News (Online News)
Nov 18 2021
Biden: U.S. "considering" diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics
The United States is "considering" a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, President Biden told reporters on Thursday.
Why it matters: The president's remarks come amid a broader discussion of China's role as the host the Winter Games because of its record on human rights abuses.
The move would mean that a delegation of high-ranking U.S. officials would not attendAxios
Feb 28 2023
Respect Week at Richards
Each year, schools across Illinois celebrate Respect Week. This celebration is derived from the Spread the Word Campaign that originally worked to promote the end of using derogatory terms to describe people with disabilities. This campaign now focuses on inclusion for people with disabilities. In Illinois, we celebrate Respect for All – no matter the disability, gender, race, etc. – each yearPatch.com
Feb 04 2022
Beijing Olympics: Winter Games start amid Covid and boycotts
The most divided Olympic Games in decades gets under way in China on Friday as Beijing becomes the only city to host both the Summer and now the Winter Games. As well as tight Covid-19 controls, the Games are fraught with political tensions over allegations of human rights abuses and boycotts.
Most of the snow on the slopes where the Olympic events will take place is man-made.BBC News
Jun 03 2022
Special Olympics reverses vaccine requirement after Florida threatens $27.5M fine
The Special Olympics reversed its Covid-19 vaccine mandate for upcoming competitions in Orlando after Florida threatened event organizers with a $27.5 million fine over the requirement.
The Special Olympics issued a statement on Friday saying it will lift its mandate as directed by state officials on May 27 “based upon the Florida Department of Health’s interpretation of Florida law.”Politico