Olympics

Rugby's Olympics involvement under threat following World Rugby elections scandal - report

Kean was the official nominated by the Fijian Rugby Union – and seconded by France – to run for a place on World Rugby’s executive committee, but that nomination has since been withdrawn following revelations of a manslaughter conviction in 2007.

Fresh allegations of homophobia and discrimination also contributed to Kean’s demise from the global organising body’s ruling council, and that could impact whether rugby remains in the Olympics.

Pacific athletes back Olympic postponement

After weeks of denying the Covid-19 pandemic would disrupt the Games scheduled for July, the International Olympic Committee finally announced they would reschedule to 2021.

Tongan Pita Taufatofua, who rose to fame with a shirtless entrance at the 2016 Olympic Games and competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics in cross-country skiing, qualified in taekwondo this month.

He had one final chance to also qualify in kayaking in May, in a bid to become the first person this century to compete in three different Olympic sports.

Team Canada says it won't participate in Games in summer 2020

Opposition to holding the Games in July has risen sharply in the past 48 hours, with several major stakeholders such as US Track and Field and UK Athletics, along with several national Olympic committees, calling for a delay because of the pandemic.

More than 13,000 people have died globally since the coronavirus outbreak began.

Forty year 'curse' hits Tokyo Olympics

Forty years on, the upcoming Tokyo Games are the "cursed Olympics" once again, Japan's finance minister said, in remarks that could stir controversy at a time when his government is scrambling to quash speculation that the coronavirus epidemic could derail the world's biggest sporting event this year.

"It's a problem that's happened every 40 years - it's the cursed Olympics - and that's a fact," Taro Aso, who also serves as deputy prime minister, said in a parliamentary committee.

Final Olympic rowing regatta cancelled

The men's eight and men's quad were scheduled to compete in the final Olympic qualifying regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland in May.

However that has been called off along with the third and final World Cup regatta at the same venue later that same week.

World Rowing says they'll make a statement on Olympic qualification later this week.

If the international body decides to fill up their Olympic spots on rankings then the two New Zealand crews are well placed to get places.

Japan Olympics: Delay of 1-2 years 'feasible'

Haruyuki Takahashi, one of more than two dozen members of the Tokyo 2020 executive board, told Reuters the body had just started looking at scenarios for how the virus could affect the Games.

Takahashi has earlier told the Wall Street Journal that the board had not discussed the impact of the virus, having last met in December before the epidemic spread.

Little sis jumps in for Olympic dream

Anne is a three time white water rafting world champion and has previously raced for New Zealand in canoe slalom and outrigger canoeing before making the switch to represent Samoa, including a debut at the 2016 Rio Olympics and a collection of three va'a medals at the 2019 Pacific Games.

Bridget has no experience but she's been coaxed to pull up a paddle.

"I am that older sister that seems to keep offering her up for all these little adventures... she kind of gets roped into things via me putting her forward but she just jumps in and gets it done," said Anne.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: New Zealand tipped to surpass record gold medal haul

 

Leading international sports data company Gracenote has compiled its 2020 Olympics virtual medal table in which it breaks down a prediction of the outcome of every medal at the Games.

In it the organisation predicts New Zealand will match its overall medal haul from Rio in 2016 and finish up with 18 medals in total.

But, notably, Gracenote forecasts the New Zealand team to pick up nine gold medals, which would be one more than its finest ever haul of eight golds achieved at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

Uncertainty remains for boxers ahead of Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has launched an inquiry into the finances and governance of AIBA, which has been in turmoil for years, and warned that it could miss out on Tokyo next year.

The IOC said that it was aiming to present the report to its executive board in May but AIBA said it had expected the investigation to be completed by now and that it was time to wrap up the inquiry and move forward.

Kenny eyes Olympics landmark in Tokyo

The 29-year-old announced on Tuesday that he will return to cycling at the Revolution Series in Manchester next January as he continues his bid to become Great Britain's most successful Olympian. 

Kenny, who took time off after winning three golds at Rio 2016 and married fellow cyclist Laura Trott before the pair had a child, is level with the legendary Chris Hoy on six podium-topping finishes at the Games.