Doping in cards? Bridge ban fuels backlash to Olympic link

PARIS (AP) — When the top-ranked bridge player tested positive for a steroid that Lance Armstrong also used to cheat at the Tour de France, it was easy to snigger. Juicing in cards? Ha! But within the...

Inspiration for Taiwan ‘Teenage Psychic’ TV drama receives IOC Women and Sport World Award

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A female baseball umpire from Taiwan has received the “2019 Women and Sport World Award” by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the United Nations Hea...

Japanese Olympic Committee head resigns amid bribery scandal

TOKYO (AP) — Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, is resigning amid a bribery scandal that investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year's Olympics. ...

Doping watchdog tests 3 candidates to be new president

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — After the extreme stress test of a years-long Russian doping scandal, the World Anti-Doping Agency will get a new leader this year while still rebuilding trust with athlet...

Some good news in Aussie rugby: women leading the way

Led by girls and young women, the ruck-and-maul and rougher-than-rough sport of rugby union is looking to regain its relevance in Australia. The Wallabies lost nine of their 13 test ...

Tick tock, tick tock: Tokyo Olympics clock hits 500-day mark

TOKYO (AP) — Tick tock, tick tock. The Tokyo Olympic clock has hit 500 days to go. Organizers marked the milestone on Tuesday, unveiling the stylized pictogram figures for next year'...

Taiwan flag causes stir on last day of US Taekwondo tournament in Las Vegas

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwanese flag is once again causing unnecessary controversy at an international sporting event, this time at the 2019 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships in Las Vegas. ...

Victory for Olympic athletes in Germany to promote sponsors

BONN, Germany (AP) — In a win for athletes over Olympic restrictions, a German federal agency says "abusive" limits on games-time promotional activities should be relaxed. The Federa...

Spain's hostility to Kosovo forces UEFA to move youth games

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Spain's refusal to respect the flag and anthem of Kosovo has forced UEFA to move qualifying games in the Under-17 European Championship. UEFA says the four-t...

Trans athletes make great gains, yet resentment still flares

Across the U.S. and in many places abroad, transgender athletes are breaking barriers in high school, college and pro sports and being embraced by teammates and fans. But resentments can still flare w...

IOC revokes shooting event status over Pakistan visa refusal

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has revoked the Olympic qualification status of a 25-meter shooting event in New Delhi because Indian officials refused to grant entry ...

Boxing official warns time running out in Olympic standoff

MOSCOW (AP) — The executive director of the International Boxing Association says time is "rapidly" running out to organize an Olympic tournament in 2020 amid disputes with the International Olympic C...

Tokyo governor won't speculate on Olympic bribery scandal

TOKYO (AP) — The head of Tokyo's city government has declined to weigh in on the future of Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda, who is being investigated for his part in an alleged b...

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Koreas visit IOC about helping the North at Tokyo Games

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC is hosting delegations from North and South Korea to try and help North Korea take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games through better training programs or a combi...