Figure skaters train ahead of 2022 Winter Olympics test event in Beijing
Chinese and foreign figure skaters train ahead of the 2021 CS Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy, which will be held in Beijing this week as a test event for the 2022 Winter Olympics. All journalists and Winter Olympics staff are required to wear masks inside the stadium as Covid-19 prevention measures.news.yahoo.com
Olympic champion cut from Korean team amid tripping probe
Two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee has been cut from South Korea’s short track speedskating team after a reported text message exchange that suggested she may have intentionally tripped a teammate during the 2018 Winter Games. The Korea Staking Union on Wednesday said it’s preparing to launch an investigation and had barred the 24-year-old Shim from competing in the International Skating Union short track World Cup series beginning next week. The Seoul-based Dispatch online news outlet last week revealed what it described as text messages exchanged between Shim and her coach during the last Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.news.yahoo.com
Broadcasters urged to cancel plans to cover Beijing Olympics
Some of the world’s largest broadcasters including American network NBC are being asked by human rights groups to cancel plans to cover next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing. The request comes in an open letter from rights groups representing minorities in China, including Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kong residents and others. The letter, obtained by the Associated Press, was sent Tuesday to NBC Universal chief executive officer Jeff Shell and other international broadcast executives.news.yahoo.com
At least 100 US athletes unvaccinated as Olympics begin
About 100 of the 613 U.S. athletes descending on Tokyo for the Olympics are unvaccinated, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee's medical chief said hours before Friday night's opening ceremony. Medical director Jonathan Finnoff said 567 of the American athletes had filled out their health histories as they prepared for the trip, and estimated 83% had replied they were vaccinated. The IOC has estimated around 85% of residents of the Olympic Village are vaccinated; that's based that on what each country's Olympic committee reports but is not an independently verified number.news.yahoo.com
Japan finally begins COVID vaccinations amid worries over staging Olympics
Months after other major economies, Japan began giving the first coronavirus vaccines to front-line health workers Wednesday. The late rollout will make it impossible to reach so-called "herd immunity" against the virus before the Olympics begin in July, experts say. About 80% of those polled in recent media surveys support cancellation or further postponement of the Olympics because of the virus worries. "I think it is more important for the Japanese government to show the Japanese people that we have done everything possible to prove the efficacy and safety of the vaccine to encourage the Japanese people to take the vaccine," Japanese vaccine minister Taro Kono said. The first batch of the Pfizer vaccine that arrived Friday is enough to cover the first group of medical workers.cbsnews.com
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.
Curling finds a home in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Curling has been around the Winter Olympics of 1924. Over the past couple of years the sport has gained popularity and really took off during the PyeongChang Winter games where team USA brought home a gold medal. Thanks to the Jacksonville Granite Curling Club residents of the First Coast can try out this sport for themselves. The Jacksonville Granite Curling Club meets at the Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex every Wednesday night. For more information on how you can join visit this link.
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