The Olympic Games
Hear the latest news on the 2021 Summer and 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
Will the Tokyo Olympics Go Ahead in 2021?
Pfizer and BioNTech to Donate COVID-19 Vaccine to Olympic Athletes
"Pfizer and biontech say they will donate vaccines to inoculate. Athletes and officials preparing for the summer olympics. in tokyo. shipments are scheduled to go out this month. To give olympic delegations time to be fully vaccinated with a second shot before arriving in tokyo the games are scheduled to begin on july twenty third.
Olympics Bans 'Black Lives Matter' Apparel, Could Punish Athletes for Social Protests
"Olympic Committee is banning all political statements at the Summer Olympics. The band includes clothing with black lives matter on it. Some socially socially conscious phrases phrases will will be be allowed, allowed, including including Peace, Peace, equality equality and and respect. respect. The The committee committee says says Athletes Athletes who who go go against against the the rule rule will will face face disciplinary disciplinary action. action.
Are the Tokyo Olympics in Danger of Being Canceled?
"Big celebration of sport is less than 100 days away the summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, But the news from Japan this week is not good. Nancy update us on what's happening. So it's very interesting because we've seen now in Japan. I, um, announcement of another lockdown amid a surgeon as it sees it, in cases with what they attribute to a variant, and so They're encouraging people for the next 17 days to limit their movement. And at the same time they're outlining how they're gonna hold Summer Olympics. How they're gonna have thousands of people come into the country safely. They have rules, for example, that athletes have to quarantine before they arrive in country and get a negative public test upon arrival, but then don't have to quarantine while in country they can't ride public transportation for 14. Days. All these rules about how to hold these games at a time of quarantine and so urging people to restrict their movement. And so there's a real push pull happy than on one hand, saying that these games can happen safely that it won't lead to a spike within Japan and at the same time containing a potential outbreak. Is there any conversation at all about just Pushing pause. It's interesting because you talk, you see surveys from Japan showing that the population is really not enthusiastic about having these games and we've seen the Olympic torch re routed in an effort to get around some of these new challenges. And and suggestions of canceling and game and yet a real reticence to do so from the Olympic Committee leading the efforts in Japan that somehow if we can sort of the suggestion has been, we can come up with enough bobbing and weaving and tweaking of rules in the run up all the way up to the games themselves. To somehow make this happen to give you a sense, they still haven't said. Whether Spectators, Japanese Spectators. We'll be able to attend the game. So can you both say there's a rising threat and we can proceed with this major event. We'll see.
Tokyo Olympic Organizers Brace for No Spectators
"The organizing committee for this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo has said the event could take place behind closed doors with no Spectators. Seiko Hashimoto said the games will be a success only if they protected athletes and Japanese people from the coronavirus. Final decision on fans is expected in June. Overseas visitors have already been banned from traveling to Japan to watch the Olympics, which begin in July.
Three Months Before Olympics, Japan Declares Emergency in Tokyo
"Of the Tokyo Olympics say they're prepared to hold the games without any Spectators if necessary. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports with less than three months to go before the Games. Much of Japan's population remains under a state of emergency chief organizer Seiko Hashimoto told a press conference Wednesday that the games could proceed without fans if having them causes problems for the country's medical system. Critics say such problems are inevitable. Organizers have requested 500 nurses from the Japanese Nursing Association to help out at the Games. Medical workers launched a protest on Twitter in response, saying they can't spare the personnel in that the country should be focused on coronavirus countermeasures, not the Olympics. Overseas Spectators have already been banned from the Games. Organizers say they'll decide about domestic fans. By June. Anthony Kuhn NPR NEWS Seoul
Australian Athletes Headed to Tokyo Olympics to Be Given COVID-19 Vaccine
"Compare Olympic athletes have been bumped up the waiting list for covert 19 vaccines so they can get their shots before the Tokyo Games, which begin in July. Tokyo in other parts of Japan around a third way state of emergency with the number of new infections in the country rising above 5000 Day. Australia's decision to inoculate its athletes comes while many people with disabilities and their carriers is still waiting for their shots. David Sparks has more For Australia's athletes, The Olympic dream is tantalizingly close. Paralympic cyclist Carol Cook already has three gold medals from London on Rio, but she's chasing Maura in Tokyo. I am riding upwards of 250 to almost 300, kilometers a week with three gym sessions thrown in there when I can It's just a never ending want for perfection? I guess you could say now she'll be among the more than 2000 Ozzy athletes in the support staff, adding one more thing to their preparation. Covert vaccine. The federal government has agreed to prioritize them in the one B category of the vaccine. Roll it, I think for the Paralympians. I mean, I can't speak for the Olympians. I do think it's probably good. That they're you know, the Olympians are walking into a time bomb. I think like it's it's so bad right now, and the waves just seem to keep coming, so I think it is really good. For
Japan Issues 3rd Virus Emergency in Tokyo, Osaka Area
"Japan has issued a third state of emergency the Tokyo and three western districts to curb a surge in the corona virus just three months ahead of the Olympics prime minister yes yeah hi di suka announced the emergency for Tokyo and three of the cities from April twenty five through to may eleventh Japan's third emergency since the pandemic comes only a month off to an early a toothless emergency indeed in the Tokyo area this time off to a law stipulating virus matches was toughened in February authorities can issue binding orders to businesses to shorten the hours all close to god says this that was intended to stop people from traveling over upcoming holidays I'm Charles that's my
Olympic Athletes Promised Legal Support if They Protest
"The IOC is ruled that athletes who make political or social justice protests at the Olympics well, that they the slogans they say, like a black lives matter will not be allowed. And now the athletes have been promised legal support by a global union and activist group in Germany and San Francisco. I'm Ed Baxter, This
Olympic Bodies Launch Competitive Series in Virtual Sports
"Has been launched by the International Olympic Committee. The Olympic virtual Syria's one clued five sports baseball, cycling, auto racing, rowing and sailing. The IOC says it hopes to mobilize virtual sport e sports and gaming enthusiasts all around the world in order to reach new Olympic audiences. Sports attendant 40 minutes
Berlin-Tel Aviv 2036 Olympics Would Be ‘a Mark of Reconciliation’
"Come to the promised. Podcast brought to you on t. Lv one the voice of the city. That was just proposed as a possible venue for the twenty thirty six olympics which will be the thirty sixth modern olympics now that the international olympic committee just decided that the thirty fifth olympiad in twenty thirty two will be in brisbane australia. The twenty thirty six games are now for bid. The proposal was floated. in last. week's berliner morgenpost in a column written by franck koale ski a lead organizer of the two thousand and eighteen european track and field championships in berlin and ricard ming. The president of the german olympic association. The two men began by observing. What maybe obvious that berlin could not host the twenty thirty six games because berlin hosted the nineteen thirty six weeks which were by then german. Chancellor adolf hitler and held in stadiums festooned with swastikas. You may remember. There was some unpleasantness back. Then so berlin is out or is it. Kurowski wrote quote so why not send a completely new strong signal of peace and reconciliation in twenty thirty six a signal that does not hide from history but takes up the responsibility that comes from it. It would be such a signal. If and israel apply together more precisely berlin and tel aviv with the sailing and surfing competitions on the eastern mediterranean but also with other sports such as beach volleyball in israel's lively metropolis as a clear signal of how responsibility arises from
China Warns Washington Not to Boycott Winter Olympics
"Government has warned Washington not to boycott next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing after the Biden administration said it was talking with allies about a joint approach to complaint of human rights abuses. Foreign Ministry spokesperson rejected accusations of abuses against ethnic minorities. He warned of an unspecified robust Chinese response to a potential Olympics boycott. He says the political relation of sports would damage athletes and the Olympic carrier chart.
North Korea Says It Won't Participate In Tokyo Olympics
"Announced that it will not join the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, citing concerns over the coronavirus. It would be the first time North Korea has declined to participate in an Olympics since it boycott of the soul Games in 1988. South Korea's government has expressed disappointment over losing the chance to restart contacts with Kim Jong UN's regime on the sidelines of the Games. North Korea's seclusion has deepened during the pandemic, which led it to close its borders. The country claims to be completely free of covert 19. Experts are deeply skeptical Matt Piper
Sen. Scott Calls for 2022 Winter Olympics to Be Taken Away From China
"Senator Rick Scott is looking for international cooperation in his effort to get the Olympic Games moved. Senator Scott says he asked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to join his call to move the 2022 games out of Beijing. Scott says he's made similar request of President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Republican wants the game's moved because of what he calls China's horrific human rights record.