Articles from The Guardian - olympics

Olyroos end barren streak, but risk trailing rising Asia | Richard Parkin

Australia’s men’s football team are back at the Olympics - now the challenge is to stay there

As Mohammed Abdulla’s whistle sounded around the Rajamangala stadium in Bangkok, Australia’s players slumped to their knees – exhausted, relieved, delighted.

They’d done it the hard way. Their semi-final loss to Korea meant another 100 grueling minutes – a sixth game in 17 days – amid the sapping heat and humidity of South-East Asia.

Tokyo blow for Kelland O'Brien as he breaks collarbone in Tour Down Under

  • Team pursuit star will need surgery after stage-four crash
  • ‘Still a long way out from the Olympics and it’s not ideal’

Team pursuit strongman Kelland O’Brien has hit a hurdle on the road to the Tokyo Olympics, requiring surgery on a broken collarbone after a heavy Tour Down Under crash. O’Brien, riding for Team UniSA-Australia, went down hard in one of several incidents on the stage four run to Murray Bridge on Friday.

Olyroos miss first chance to qualify for Tokyo Olympics, losing to South Korea 2-0

Australia can still qualify for the 2020 Olympics if they beat Uzbekistan in the third place playoff on Saturday

A marauding South Korean frontline lead by Kim Dae-won has cut strips through a timid Olyroos defence to seal a 2-0 victory in their AFC U-23 Championship semi-final and deny Australia their first chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

The Olyroos could have qualified for the Games for the first time in 12 years by beating South Korea, but their opponents had other ideas at Bangkok’s Thammasat Stadium on Wednesday night.

IOC’s oppressive podium rules ignore history of legitimate Olympic protest | Sean Ingle

Ever since Peter O’Connor scaled a flagpole in Athens to call out Olympic unfairness the stage was set for winning athletes to make powerful statements. So why outlaw it now?

Some called him the Antelope. Others the King of Spring. But, above all, Peter O’Connor was a revolutionary. These days the exploits of the Irishman have been all but forgotten, yet at the 1906 Olympics in Athens he caused a worldwide stir by staging the first – and quite possibly greatest – podium protest in history.

Unlikely US Olympic dressage hero Laura Graves to miss Tokyo Games

  • Former bartender to miss 2020 Olympics after retiring horse
  • Graves and Verdades burst from obscurity to reach world No 1
  • Dressage duo helped US to rare bronze in team event in 2016

Laura Graves, an Olympic bronze medalist and the United States’ top podium contender in dressage for 2020, will miss the Tokyo Games after announcing the retirement of her mount Verdades.

IOC lay down law over Olympic protests by athletes in Tokyo

  • Sanctions for raising fists or taking a knee at 2020 Games
  • Previous protests ‘had no effect whatsoever’, says IOC

Politicians and athletes should keep politics out of this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games to protect the event’s neutrality and its status as a peaceful meeting place, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has said.

Tokyo 2020 beds to be made from cardboard and recycled after Games

  • Mattresses will also be recycled into plastics after Tokyo 2020
  • Organisers will make medals and torch from recycled metals

Athletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will sleep on bed frames made from recyclable cardboard, with mattresses formed of polyethylene materials that will be reused for plastic products after the Games.

The environmentally conscious sleeping arrangements were put on display for the media for the first time on Thursday at a mock apartment in the Tokyo 2020 headquarters.

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