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North Korea to take part in Tokyo Olympics, IOC chief says

Thomas Bach says Kim Jong-un fully supports North Korea’s continuing role following Pyeongchang Winter Games

The International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, says Kim Jong-un is committed to having North Korea participate in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Bach said he had a 30-minute formal meeting with the North Korean leader followed by 45 minutes of casual discussions while watching a football match on Friday at Pyongyang’s May Day Stadium.

Boris promises a bloody nose in response to poisoning | John Crace

The foreign secretary threatens Russia with robust action if it had a hand in Sergei Skripal case

It began with a bloody nose and ended as war. Boris Johnson had shambled his way into the House of Commons several minutes late looking rather the worse for wear. Sometime over the past few days his conk had fought a losing battle with a hard object – possibly the prime minister’s fist – and a large scab had formed over its bridge. It wasn’t the best of looks. Especially when combined with the large bags that have formed under his eyes. The job is taking its toll.

Russia's Olympic membership restored by IOC after doping ban

  • Ban lifted after no further negative drugs test in Pyeongchang
  • Head of Russia’s Olympic Committee hails ‘important decision’

Russia has been welcomed back into the Olympic family just days after the end of the Winter Games and despite two of the country’s athletes failing drug tests.

The country was banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics after widespread doping was uncovered yet the International Olympic Committee approved a team of 168 athletes competing as “neutrals”.

Japan unveils Tokyo 2020 Olympics superhero mascots

The Olympic and Paralympic mascots don’t yet have names but are said to ‘respect each other’ and are ‘very good friends’

One has an athletic figure and a strong sense of justice. The other is a cherry blossom-inspired superhero.

Meet the new Olympic and Paralympic mascots that the Tokyo 2020 organisers hope will whip up enthusiasm for the Games – and drive merchandise sales.

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018: 'the Games of new horizons'? | Sean Ingle

Russian scandal couldn’t overshadow spectacular sport and thawing relations between North and South Korea

Moments before the XXIII Winter Games ended amid a furious barrage of K-pop and firecrackers, the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, insisted: “We have seen here how sport can make the world a better place … these are the Games of new horizons.”