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Tokyo Olympics: North Korea to skip Games over Covid-19 fears (2021)

The Tokyo Olympics will not see North Korea participating



North Korea has announced it will not take part in the Tokyo Olympics this year, saying the decision is to protect its athletes from Covid-19.

The decision puts an end to South Korea's hopes of using the Games to engage with the North amid stalled cross-border talks.

Read more: Tokyo Olympics: North Korea to skip Games over Covid-19 fears (2021)

Nathan Baggaley: Olympian tried to smuggle $150m of cocaine (2021)

Nathan Baggaley was a double silver-medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympics and three-times world champion

 

An Australian Olympic kayaker and his brother have been found guilty of attempting to smuggle A$200m ($152m; £109m) of cocaine into the country.

Nathan Baggaley and Dru Baggaley will be sentenced later this month. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Read more: Nathan Baggaley: Olympian tried to smuggle $150m of cocaine (2021)

Athletics doping: Plan for Russia's readmittance to World Athletics approved (2021)

Russian athletes took part in the Rio Olympics five years ago



Russia is closer to having its suspension from World Athletics for doping offences lifted after the sport's international governing body approved plans for reform.

The 31-page plan is described as a "last chance and urgent attempt" for change after Russia's 2015 suspension.

Read more: Athletics doping: Plan for Russia's readmittance to World Athletics approved (2021)

2032 Olympic Games: Brisbane preferred bidder, IOC announces (2021)

Brisbane would be the third Australian city to host the Olympics after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000



The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has named Brisbane, Australia as the preferred bidder to host the 2032 Olympic Games.

The IOC's future host commission recommended the body enters "targeted dialogue" with Brisbane bid organisers and the Australian Olympic Committee.

Read more: 2032 Olympic Games: Brisbane preferred bidder, IOC announces (2021)

Tokyo 2020: International Olympic Committee targets 'safe and successful' Games (2021)

The Olympic Games were originally due to run from 24 July to 9 August last year




The International Olympic Committee "is fully concentrated and committed to the successful and safe delivery" of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, IOC president Thomas Bach says.

The German said all stakeholders, including the Japanese government, were "fully united and committed" to going ahead with the rearranged Games.

Read more: Tokyo 2020: International Olympic Committee targets 'safe and successful' Games (2021)


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