IOC officials praise Tokyo's initial preparations for 2020 Olympics

Apr 4, 2014

IOC officials praise Tokyo's initial preparations for 2020 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission is pleased with the efforts of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics organizing committee so far, Commission Chairman John Coates said Friday following a three-day visit to Tokyo. The visit represented the first working-level talks between the coordination commission, which will ...

Mar 19, 2014

Tokyo to put up more multi-language signs for Olympics

by Masaaki Kameda

Tokyo and the central government launched on Wednesday a public-private council to come up with ways to put up more multiple-language signs for the 2020 Olympics. “It’s important to improve the environment for welcoming an influx of foreign visitors, in addition to preparing competition ...

Mar 15, 2014

Backstrom will get Olympic silver

Swedish hockey star Nicklas Backstrom will receive an Olympic silver medal even though he was suspended from the final in Sochi after a positive drug test. The IOC ruled Friday that Backstrom had not intended to enhance his performance, laying the blame for his ...

Feb 19, 2014

IOC nixes Ukraine request to wear black armbands

Ukraine’s Olympic Committee said the IOC has rejected a request for its athletes at the Sochi Games to wear black armbands honoring those who died in violent protests in Kiev. The committee stated on its website it wants to “share deep pain over the ...

IOC reinstates India Olympic Association

Feb 11, 2014

IOC reinstates India Olympic Association

The IOC lifted the suspension of the India Olympic Association on Tuesday, allowing Indian athletes to compete under their national flag for the rest of the Sochi Games. The IOC executive board reinstated the Indian body after it held a new ballot that complied ...

Feb 4, 2014

Bokel keeps seat on IOC executive board

Claudia Bokel has retained her seat on the International Olympic Committee’s executive board representing athletes. The IOC says Bokel won re-election to chair its athletes’ commission for a further two years. Like IOC President Thomas Bach, Bokel is an Olympic medal-winning fencer from Germany. ...

Nov 15, 2013

IOC delegation ends orientation seminar

Wrapping up a two-day orientation seminar, which hopes to provide a blueprint for Tokyo going forward as it prepares for the 2020 Games, Gilbert Felli, the executive director for the Olympic Games, stressed the importance of hands-on involvement and coordination. The International Olympic Committee’s ...

Nov 13, 2013

IOC officials arrive for orientation seminar

An International Olympic Committee team arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday for the first time since the Japanese capital won the 2020 Olympic bid in Buenos Aires two months ago. Led by Gilbert Felli, the executive director for the Olympic Games, a four-man IOC team ...

IOC unworried by Fukushima water leaks, JOC says

Oct 29, 2013

IOC unworried by Fukushima water leaks, JOC says

The International Olympic Committee is completely unfazed by the continued radioactive water leaks at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda. At last month’s IOC Session in Buenos Aires, where Tokyo won the right to ...