IOC president Bach discusses 'challenges' for 2026 Games
Costly construction delays, a leadership vacancy linked to a volatile political climate and a lack of sponsors amid a spreading financial crisis has prompted International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach to acknowledge the “challenges” facing organizers of the 2026 Winter Games in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
While you were sleeping, this U.S. athlete brought the world to tears with the ultimate redemption story
Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States is one of the greatest snowboarders of all-time with five world championships and eight X-Games titles, but had been known more for a giant mess-up than all of her other accomplishments.
Why is Beijing hosting the Olympics for the second time in just 14 years?
Just 14 years after hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing is set to make history by becoming the first city to play host to both a Summer and Winter Olympics when it welcomes the world for the start of the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Tokyo Olympics face another problem because of its president
Yoshiro Mori, right, the president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, bows his head after a news conference in Tokyo Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (Kim Kyung-hoon/Pool Photo via AP)TOKYO – The postponed Tokyo Olympics have yet another problem besides the pandemic. The local organizing committee issued a vague statement on Sunday saying it supports diversity. Nikai was challenged by Taro Aso, the 80-year-old deputy prime minister and a former prime minister himself. Mori was appointed under former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has been backed by the current prime minister, and has built strong ties with IOC President Thomas Bach.
Asia Today: Virus restrictions heightened in China province
Authorities have also imposed similarly tight measures in the cities of Shenyang and Dalian in Liaoning province just to the north. — South Korea says it will extend its ban on incoming flights from Britain for two more weeks until Jan. 21. South Korea has also found one case of a coronavirus variant detected in South Africa. All foreigners entering South Korea will be required to submit negative COVID-19 test results starting Friday. South Korea on Monday extended its second-highest social distancing rules, called “Tier 2.5,” in the greater Seoul area and the third-highest rules in other areas for two more weeks.
6 Russian military officers charged in vast hacking campaign
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, pool)WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced charges Monday against Russian intelligence officers in cyberattacks that targeted a French presidential election, the Winter Olympics in South Korea and American businesses. The seven-count indictment is the most recent in a series of Justice Department prosecutions of Russian hackers, often working on behalf of the government. One of the six charged in the case announced Monday was among the Russian military intelligence officers charged with hacking in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference. The timing of the indictment was unrelated to the upcoming election in the U.S., said Assistant Attorney General John Demers. The indictment accuses the officers, for instance, of hacking into the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea after Russia was punished by the International Olympic Committee for a vast doping conspiracy.
Top all-time Olympics medal winners
Marit Bjoergen of Norway won five medals in PyeongChang to reach 15 career Olympic medals, breaking the all-time Winter Olympics record of 13 set by legendary compatriot and fellow cross-country skier Ole Einar Bjoerndalen. Take a look at the top all-time Olympic medal winners. Hide Caption