Olympics

Sources: Tokyo Games planning separate hotel area for positive athletes

Daily / Monday, April 12, 2021
The Tokyo Games organizing committee is "planning to secure a hotel with about 300 rooms for athletes" who test positive for COVID-19, specifically for those with "minor or no symptoms" of the virus, according to sources cited by KYODO NEWS. The officials said that it is "yet another effort from...

Poll: Over 70% in Japan want Olympics canceled or delayed

Daily / Monday, April 12, 2021
A Kyodo News poll today showed that more than 70% of people in Japan want the Tokyo Games "to be cancelled or delayed as the coronavirus pandemic rolls on," according to Eimi Yamamitsu of REUTERS. The survey showed that 39.2% "want the Games scrapped," while 32.8% "favour...

USOPC publicly states it is against potential Beijing Games boycott

Daily / Wednesday, April 7, 2021
The USOPC today stated its “opposition to a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics … saying athletes should not be used as ‘political pawns,’" according to the AFP. USOPC President Susanne Lyons indicated that the organization “firmly believed that boycotts were ineffective.” Beijing is set to host the...

WaPo editorial calls for Olympic partners to boycott Beijing Games

Daily / Friday, April 2, 2021
The '22 Beijing Games will draw athletes, diplomats and corporations to a country that the U.S. government recognizes as responsible for ongoing crimes against humanity, meaning calls to boycott the events "have to be considered seriously," according to a WASHINGTON POST editorial written under the header, "Companies must boycott...

Tokyo Games organizers, ticket sellers at odds over refunds

Daily / Monday, March 29, 2021
Tokyo Games organizers are "in a standoff" with ticket sellers over "who should bear the costs of hefty service charges on hundreds of thousands of tickets" to the event, which will ban foreign spectators because of the pandemic, according to Louise Radnofsky of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. CoSport,...

Int'l uncertainty exists over refunds for Tokyo Games tickets, travel

Daily / Wednesday, March 24, 2021
There is "uncertainty" for those international spectators now barred from attending this summer’s Tokyo Games if they "would get back the money they had prepaid for tickets and travel ... and, if so, when exactly they would get it," according to Keh & Futterman of the N.Y. TIMES. The decision...

NGBs push back on USOPC marketing plan

Weekly / Monday, March 22, 2021
When the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced its athlete marketing platform last November, it broadly caught national governing body leadership off guard. The new initiative, which is being built in partnership with Opendorse, will offer Team USA athletes access to group marketing opportunities and an ability...

Mitt Romney calls for non-athletic boycott of '22 Beijing Games

Daily / Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Prohibiting U.S. Olympic athletes from competing in the '22 Beijing Games is the "easy, but wrong, answer," according to U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), writing for the N.Y. TIMES. It is "increasingly clear that China, under the control of the Chinese Communist Party, does not deserve an...

USA Wrestling keeping tight COVID protocols for trials in Texas

Daily / Monday, March 15, 2021
USA Wrestling will hold its team trials in Texas next month as the state's approach to the pandemic is "becoming even looser," according to Radnofsky & Bachman of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Texas' new guidelines, including a mask mandate that expired last Wednesday, have "added another wrinkle to...