World Athletics Investigates Two Belarusian Coaches Who Tried to Send Athlete Home During Tokyo Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Athletics agreed to investigate two Belarusian coaches accused of trying to force an athlete to fly home from the Tokyo Olympics after she criticized them. In a joint statement, IOC and the …

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First COVID-19 Case Detected in Paralympic Village

A COVID-19 case was detected in the Paralympic Village days before the Games open, organizers said on Thursday, August 19, as Japan combats a surge in infections. According to the organizers, a foreign Paralympic staff member was diagnosed with the …

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British Olympic Silver Medalist Chijindu Ujah Suspended for Suspected Doping Violation

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended British 4×100-meter relay silver medalist Chijindu Ujah for a suspected anti-doping violation at the Tokyo Olympics. The AIU said that the doping control laboratory in Tokyo had notified the International Testing Agency …

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South Australian Olympians Face ‘Cruel’ 28-Day Quarantine

South Australian athletes returning from the Tokyo Olympics face an unexpected 28-day quarantine described as “cruel” by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) on Aug. 11. The South Australian government has imposed a further mandatory two-week quarantine period for Olympians returning …

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Triple Jump Athlete Hugues Fabrice Zango Wins Burkina Faso’s First-Ever Olympic Medal

Hugues Fabrice Zango won Burkina Faso’s first-ever Olympic medal after claiming bronze in the men’s triple jump final on Aug. 5 in Tokyo. Zango claimed the third spot on the Olympic podium after jumping 17.47 meters in the final, coming …

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Peruth Chemutai Becomes Uganda’s First Female Olympic Medalist

Peruth Chemutai has become the first Ugandan woman to win an Olympic medal in any sport after winning gold in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase on Aug. 4. Chemutai, 22, finished the race in a time of nine minutes and 1.45 …

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Georgian Olympic Weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze Breaks Three World Records

Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze broke three world records after winning gold in the +109-kilogram weightlifting final at the Tokyo Olympics on Aug. 4. Talakhadze set the first world record in the snatch by lifting 223 kilograms, then set the second …

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Tamyra Mensah-Stock Becomes First Black Woman to Win Olympic Wrestling Gold for the U.S.

Tamyra Mensah-Stock made history on Aug. 3 after becoming the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold for the United States in freestyle wrestling. Mensah-Stock won the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle wrestling final against Nigerian Blessing Oborududu with a score …

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Belarus Sprinter Leaves Tokyo, Flies to Austria

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, a Belarusian sprinter, traveled from Tokyo to Vienna on Wednesday under Poland’s diplomatic protection, less than 72 hours after defying her team’s orders to return home. The 24-year-old came boarded the plane at Narita airport wearing blue trousers, …

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