Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey Breaks Women’s Half Marathon World Record

Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey broke the women’s half marathon world record in Valencia on Oct. 24. Gidey finished the Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso with a time of 1:02:52, World Athletics announced. Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich previously set the world record of …

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Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Ban Foreign Spectators, Require 21-Day Quarantine for Unvaccinated Participants

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Sept. 29 new restrictions for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in February, including a ban on foreign spectators and mandatory quarantine for unvaccinated participants. Under the new guidelines, all athletes and participants who …

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Afghan Paralympic Athletes Unable to Compete Due to Taliban Takeover

Afghanistan’s two Paralympic athletes will not participate in the Tokyo Games next week due to the Taliban takeover, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Aug. 16. Taekwondo athlete Zakia Khudadadi and track athlete Hossain Rasouli were set to arrive …

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US, UK Olympic Event Staff Caught Using Cocaine

Japanese police said four electricians, two from the United States and two from Britain, who came to work in Japan as support staff in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics who have been arrested for allegedly using cocaine. According to Tokyo2020, the …

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Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee to Refund 3.63 Million Tickets

The Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee is expected to refund  3.63 Million Tickets due to seating caps implemented to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak in Tokyo from worsening.  Because of the seating caps, games would be reduced to 10,000 persons per stadium, …

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Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam Postponed Due to COVID-19 Concerns

This year’s Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Vietnam have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the organizing council announced on July 8. “The SEA Games Federation which met today agreed to postpone the organization of the 31st …

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Tokyo 2020 Corporate Sponsors Cancel Booths, Parties over Delays

Japanese Olympic sponsors are canceling or reducing booths and promotional activities related to the Tokyo 2020 Games, citing organizers’ “very last-minute” choices and a delay on whether spectators would be allowed. More than a dozen corporations, including Canon, Tokio Marine …

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