National Newswatch

Yes. Tokyo Olympics are ‘a go’ despite opposition, pandemic

Jun 2 2021 — Stephen Wade, The Associated Press — TOKYO (AP) — Will the postponed Tokyo Olympics open despite rising opposition and the pandemic? The answer is almost certainly “yes." Senior International Olympic Committee member Richard Pound was emphatic in an interview with a British newspaper. “Barring Armageddon that we can’t see or anticipate, these things are a go,” Pound told the Evening Standard. […]

Physician warns Tokyo Olympics could spread variants

May 27 2021 — Stephen Wade, The Associated Press — TOKYO (AP) — A physician representing a Japanese medical body warned Thursday that holding the postponed Tokyo Olympics in two months could lead to the spread of variants of the coronavirus. Dr. Naoto Ueyama, chairman of the Japan Doctors Union, said the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government had underestimated the risks of bringing […]

AP Exclusive: Full-blown boycott pushed for Beijing Olympics

May 17 2021 — Stephen Wade, The Associated Press — Groups alleging human-rights abuses against minorities in China are calling for a full-blown boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, a move likely to ratchet up pressure on the International Olympic Committee, athletes, sponsors and sports federations. A coalition representing Uyghurs, Tibetans, residents of Hong Kong and others issued a statement Monday calling for […]