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Beijing Olympics open in 4 months; human rights talk absent

When the International Olympic Committee awarded Beijing the 2008 Summer Olympics, it promised the Games could improve human rights and civil liberties in China.There is no such lofty talk this time with Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics — the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Games — opening in just four months on…

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2022 Winter Olympics Tickets for China Mainland Residents Only

The Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee has announced that tickets for the Winter Olympics will be sold exclusively to spectators residing in the Chinese mainland, and that meet the requirements of COVID-19 countermeasures, reports Shine.Whether this means all residents or just Chinese citizens, is not clear at this point. Policies will be detailed in ‘Playbooks,’ apparently, with the Organizing…

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Olympics now ended, Japan races to vaccinate as virus surges

Nurses take care of a COVID-19 patient with severe symptoms inside an enclosed room at Tokyo’s Juntendo University Hospital on Aug. 6, 2021. Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is pinning his hopes on vaccinations, which started slow but are now making good progress. How this race between shots and disease turns out may determine Suga’s…

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Five moments from these Olympics you’ll never forget

Without family and friends, athletes stepped up to be the support systems for each other throughout these Games.

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How the Tokyo Olympics Changed the Conversation About Athletes’ Mental Health

Even before Simone Biles threw the Olympics off its axis, Jessica Bartley knew mental health issues were weighing heavily on the athletes in Tokyo. Bartley, a psychologist and the director of mental health services for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, says her team received about 10 requests daily during the Games to support athletes’…

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Olympics Closing Ceremony: Tokyo 2020 Comes to a Predictably Surreal, Somber Close

A Japanese ska band headlined with a musical medley while a large group of dancers and trick cyclists filled the center of the arena, which had been transformed by a temporary lawn into a loose imitation of one of Tokyo’s lively city parks. Since Olympic athletes were restricted by Covid-19 precautions from visiting the Japanese…

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As the Olympics are played, students explore pankration and other ancient games

Credit: Квайтуджим, CC BY-SA 4.0 As they watch the Olympic Games in Japan, a group of University of Toronto students is learning about the origins and historical significance of such athletic competitions, which began almost 3,000 years ago. The third-year course, offered by the department of classics in the Faculty of Arts & Science, is called Sport…

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Olympics results: Molly Seidel wins bronze in marathon behind Kenya 1-2

Team USA’s Molly Seidel Takes Bronze In Olympics Marathon, Kenya Goes 1-2 Molly Seidel is just the third American woman to medal in the Olympic marathon. Author: Chris Chavez Updated: Aug 6, 2021 Original: Aug 6, 2021 In 2004, Molly Seidel wrote, “I wish I will make it into the Olympics and win a gold…

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Olympics: Japan beats USA, wins first gold medal in baseball

Japan totaled eight hits and held Team USA without a run in the gold medal baseball game at the 2020 Summer Games on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. Photo courtesy of WBSC Aug. 7 (UPI) — Japan shut out Team USA 2-0 to claim its first-ever Olympic gold medal in baseball at the 2020 Summer Games…

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Ancient Olympics

Site of ancient Olympics saved as Greece, Turkey battle raging wildfires

ATHENS — Greek authorities ordered more evacuations on an island near Athens on Thursday and battled a blaze near the site of the ancient Olympic Games as wildfires raged for a third day.Temperatures of more than 104 Fahrenheit and strong winds have fanned more than 150 wildfires in different areas of the country in recent…