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Tokyo Olympics adds 12 women to executive board to reach 42 per cent

The Tokyo Olympics made a symbolic gesture toward gender equality on Tuesday by appointing 12 women to the body's executive board. The board will now have 19 women among its 45 members, or 42 per cent.

It's March, the month when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed

It's now March, the month when the Tokyo Olympics came apart just a year ago and about 40 per cent of the qualification slots for the Olympics are still open, so there will be plenty going on in terms of getting athletes in through new rulings and some missing out.

Rights groups target sponsors in protest over 2022 Beijing Olympics

Thousands of Olympic athletes are caught in the middle of the debate to boycott the 2022 Games. For most, it's a once-in-a-lifetime chance for fame and a medal. But they're on their own. Those who speak out may be banned by Olympic bodies, dropped by sponsors, and threatened by the Chinese state.

Tokyo torch relay set to begin in 1 month with socially distanced crowds

The torch relay for the postponed Tokyo Olympics is to start in a month, which should be a sign that the troubled Olympics are on track to begin on July 23.

Female minister to replace Tokyo Games president who resigned over sexist remarks: report

The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee is about to get a new president — and it looks like it will be a woman. According to a report in Japan, the job will be offered to 56-year-old Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto.

Tokyo Olympics to pick Yoshiro Mori replacement; is a woman likely?

The Tokyo Olympics have some pressure to replace Yoshiro Mori, the former prime minister who was forced to step down last week after making sexist remarks, with a woman, although it will be hard to bet on with the start of the Olympics nearby.

Head of Tokyo Olympics expected to resign over sexist comments: reports

Japan's Kyodo news agency and others reported on Thursday — citing unnamed sources — that Yoshiro Mori will step down on Friday as the president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee.

Norway projected to top medals table at Winter Olympics, Canada expected to drop

Norway is predicted to top the medals table at the Winter Olympics in Beijing, according to one forecast released a year before the games are to open.

Tokyo Games offer 'playbooks' to assure athletes, sway public

Tokyo organizers and the IOC on Wednesday began explaining in public just how they hope to do it, rolling out "playbooks" to detail the ways that 15,400 athletes will enter Japan — and exit Japan — with the Olympics opening on July 23 and the Paralympics a month later.

Rights groups call for boycott of Beijing Olympics over reported human rights abuses

A coalition of 180 rights group on Wednesday called for a boycott of next year's Beijing Winter Olympics tied to reported human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in China.