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New Taipei, Yilan, Taitung continue ban on surfing, scuba diving

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Although the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that water sports such as scuba diving and surfing would be allowed starting July 27, New Taipei and the coun...

Beaches at Taiwan’s Kenting formulate reopening guidelines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Kenting National Park Headquarters (KNPH) has set up epidemic prevention measures for beachgoers in Kenting, a popular seaside resort in southern Taiwan. The rules ...

EXPLAINER: How team of refugee athletes made it to Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — The Refugee Olympic Team was created by the International Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympics to allow athletes to keep competing even if they have been forced to leave their home cou...

Tokyo Games boast equal gender participation for first time

Grace Luczak had left competitive rowing and taken a job in the private sector when a move toward gender equity at the Tokyo Games lured her back into a boat. A women's rowing event...

Five years on, Rio de Janeiro chases elusive Olympics legacy

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With the Olympics about to kick off in Tokyo, the prior host is struggling to make good on legacy promises. Brazil’s government is providing assurances that Ri...

3 Samoan weightlifters to miss Olympics over virus concerns

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Samoan government says three home-based members of the Samoa Olympic weightlifting team will not be allowed to compete in Tokyo due to COVID-19 concerns in Japan. ...

2021 Dapeng Bay Marine Festival to take sail in south Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The 2021 Dapeng Bay Marine Festival will set sail in southern Taiwan's Pingtung County later this month, offering free recreational water activities from dusk to dawn....

Ex-Olympic silver medalist Baggaley guilty of drug importing

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Former two-time Olympic silver medalist canoeist Nathan Baggaley and his younger brother have been found guilty of plotting to smuggle 200 million Australian dollars ($150 m...

Water sports to be allowed off famed beach near Taiwan’s Hualien

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Hualien County Government plans to conditionally open the waters between Qixingtan Beach and the Heping River for water sports, lifting a ban put in place four years ago. ...

Water sports enthusiasts protest at New Taipei’s Lingjiao Waterfall

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — More than 20 canoe and standup paddleboarding enthusiasts on Monday (March 1) protested under the Lingjiao Waterfall in New Taipei’s Pingxi District against the city...

Column: Arctic city throws hat in ring for Summer Olympics

Erkki Parkkinen had just come in from a lovely February day in Salla. The temperature climbed all the way to minus-10 degrees Celsius — roughly 14 degrees Fahrenheit. After a sluggis...

Olympians Bellingham, Bremer named to congressional panel

Gold medalist and former Olympic executive Norm Bellingham and Olympian Eli Bremer have been named to a congressional committee to study possible reforms in America's Olympic system. ...

New Taipei offers free water sports experiences for over 2,500 people

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — New Taipei City's Sports Office has announced that it will offer free water sports experience camps in the summer, including surfing, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), ca...

Indigenous infections grew amid slow Brazil agency response

SAO PAULO (AP) — As COVID-19 reached remote indigenous lands in Brazil’s Amazon, the government agency responsible for protecting native people brushed off calls for action, focusing instead on waging...

Police: Body of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's grandson found

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Authorities recovered the body of a grandson of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend on Wednesday, two days after the body of the boy's mother was found in the wate...