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Philip Barker: North Korea skipped the Tokyo Olympics before but under very different circumstances

  • Inside the Blogs

North Korea’s withdrawal from the upcoming Olympics has echoes of the 1964 Games in Tokyo although the

Movement to build closer relationships in recent years.It was a similar story approaching the Tokyo Games

in 1964.Protracted negotiations had finally seen North Korea join the Olympic family.

They made their debut at the Winter Games in Innsbruck but, later that year, withdrew their entire team

Our Athletic ground is completely damaged and we have lost the chance to have regular Games."

with Pyongyang in 2032.

Cricket at the 2028 Olympics on agenda for next BCCI Apex Council meeting

  • Los Angeles 2028

concerted effort to be included at the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics could become clearer next week, with the Games

Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar - in 2015 ©Getty ImagesCricket appeared at the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games

assess "the potential financial support" which they might receive if the sport should return to the Olympic

whether or not the ICC attempts to be included at Los Angeles 2028 has not yet been laid out.With the 2032

Games expected to take place in Brisbane, now the Australian city has been installed as the International

Olympic Committee's preferred bidder, cricket could also choose to wait until then to seek to be added

IOC claims it has not received formal notification of North Korean withdrawal from Tokyo 2020

  • Tokyo 2020

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said it has not received any formal notification from North

Korea of its withdrawal from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

secretive state's official Sports in the DPRK Korea website today said the country would not compete at the Games

event.In a statement, an IOC spokesperson said the organisation had not been officially told by the Olympic

official application from the NOC of DPRK to be released from their obligation to take part in the Olympic

Games according to the Olympic Charter."

week after South Korean capital Seoul announced it had submitted a joint bid with the North for the 2032

North Korea withdraws from Tokyo 2020 over COVID-19 fears

  • Tokyo 2020

North Korea has withdrawn from Tokyo 2020 after the country cited coronavirus fears.

week after South Korean capital Seoul announced it had submitted a joint bid with the North for the 2032

Games to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).South Korean President Moon Jae-in had also said

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has decided not to participate in the 32nd Olympic Games during

bid for 2032.This project was unexpectedly placed back in the forefront last week after observers believed

Games.The Australian city is expected to be the first to be awarded a Summer Olympic Games under the

ADH chair says Rhine-Ruhr World University Games should not be viewed as Olympic test

  • Summer World University Games

German University Sports Federation (ADH) chairman Jörg Förster has said the 2025 World University Games

should not be viewed as a test for a future Olympic Games in the Rhine-Ruhr region.

year hosting the 2025 Summer World University Games could be a "dress rehearsal" for the Olympic Games.The

had hoped to bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Getty ImagesFörster has stressed the differences

between the World University Games and the Olympic proposals.He told German newspaper Junge Welt that

the World University Games should not be viewed as a "test run for any Olympic Games in the region."

Förster, however, acknowledged that the Games could show "positive things" towards a "future Olympic

IOC critical of DOSB for "incorrect statements" over 2032 Olympic bid process

  • 2032 Olympics

Future Host Commission chair Kristin Kloster Aasen has reportedly accused the German Olympic and Sports

) of making "incorrect public statements" after the organisation criticised the transparency of the 2032

Olympic and Paralympic bid process.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in February that it would open exclusive negotiations

create "too many losers" which then do not bid again.The Brisbane City Council voted in favour of the 2032

Summer Olympic and Paralympic bid on March 24 and despite officials claiming it is not a "done deal"

, the Games could be officially awarded at the IOC Session in Tokyo on July 20 and 21.The advancement

yesterday.Officials in Budapest, Germany and Qatar have all indicated they will continue their plans to bid for the 2032

Seoul submits joint Korean bid for 2032 Olympics to IOC

  • 2032 Olympics

Seoul has submitted a joint Korean bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, despite the Games

agency Yonhap reported that the capital's Metropolitan Government had notified the International Olympic

between the two neighbours led many to believe the proposal was dead in the water, however, and the 2032

Brisbane is expected to be the first city to be awarded a Summer Olympic Games under the IOC's new process

Women's World Cup both fell apart, although South Korea has suggested sharing the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic

Games, which it will host in Gangwon, with its neighbour.According to Yonhap, the Korea bid for 2032

New IRL chairman targets France as potential 2025 Rugby League World Cup host

  • Non-Olympic Sports

Troy Grant has targeted naming France as the host of the 2025 Rugby League World Cup after being appointed as International Rugby League (IRL) chairman.

be added to more multi-sport events, with the discipline currently featuring as part of the Pacific Games

The pinnacle would be to get nines into the Olympics or the Commonwealth Games," Grant said."

With Brisbane likely to be host of the Olympic Games in 2032 and Australia's rich rugby league [history

High Performance Sport NZ launches new strategy in lead-up to Paris 2024

  • Paris 2024

A new high-performance strategy set to run through to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games has

Performance Sport NZ chief executive Michael Scott said Brisbane becoming the preferred candidate for the 2032

Olympic and Paralympic Games "gives us an added reason to work hard on improving our system and the

Brisbane 2032 could be an amazing celebration of high performance sport in New Zealand," Scott said."

Brisbane City Council officially approves 2032 Olympic bid but Coates warns "it is not a done deal"

  • 2032 Olympics

It is not a "done deal" that Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Australian Olympic

the meeting, Coates had urged everyone involved in the bid not to grow complacent, even though the 2032

Games could be officially awarded to Brisbane by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as soon as

Olympic and Paralympic Games ©TwitterMedia and the public were allowed to sit in only the start of the


Olympic and Paralympic Games by the IOC ©Brisbane City Council If Brisbane is awarded the Olympics

Australian Olympic Committee relaunch programme to find inspiring young sports leaders

  • ONOC

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has started a search for some of the country's most inspiring

young sports leaders, with its Australian Olympic Change-Maker programme.

Open to all secondary schools around Australia, the programme celebrates students who live the Olympic

I'm thrilled to open nominations for the Australian Olympic Change-Maker programme in 2021," said AOC

With the potential of a home Games on the horizon and a decade runway of opportunity for Australia, the

Change-Maker: program recognises students who are demonstrating the Olympic

Australia could host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games after the International Olympic Committee

Thomas wants Australia to host another Commonwealth Games in near future

  • Commonwealth Games

There is a "very strong will" within Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) to stage the multi-sport event

People at Commonwealth Games Australia are very keen to host another Games for many different reasons

Thomas is also excited by the prospect of another Olympic and Paralympic Games coming to Australia with

Brisbane installed as the International Olympic Committee’s preferred candidate for the 2032 edition

," said the Olympic champion."

With the prospect of Brisbane hosting the 2032 Games and the very strong will to host another Commonwealth

Comcast signs deal to become founding partner of LA28 Olympics and Paralympics

  • Los Angeles 2028

Comcast has become the second founding partner of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics and Paralympics.

The media giant has also extended a long-standing relationship with the United States Olympic and Paralympic

company of NBCUniversal, owner of the US media rights for the Olympics across all platforms until 2032

Our journey to the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games is fueled by limitless possibility," Wasserman said

, while Comcast also owns Europe's Sky Group.The broadcaster's US Olympic media rights deal for 2021

to 2032 cost $7.65 billion (£5.5 billion/€6.2 billion).Delta Air Lines was announced as the first founding

Tokyo 2020 headlines discussions as IOC Session hears from upcoming hosts

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each vaccine for an athlete ©IOCIOC President Thomas Bach participated in the virtual Session from Olympic

House in Lausanne ©IOCAn update was provided on the Refugee Olympic Team prior to Tokyo 2020 ©IOCThomas

Bach said organisers will deliver safe and secure Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games ©IOCWADA President

Commission chair Kristin Kloster Aasen explained the decision to begin a targeted dialogue with Brisbane 2032

Australian Prime Minister declares full Government support for Brisbane 2032

  • 2032 Olympics

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed the Government's full support for Brisbane's bid for the 2032

Olympic and Paralympic Games as the city moves closer to being awarded the event.

Morrison told the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the second day of its virtual Session

It would be a greater honour for Australia to once again host your Games."

Session the Australian officials had "presented an excellent opportunity to secure the future of the Olympic

proposal from 80 to 90 per cent.It could see Olympic competition return to Sydney for the first time

which included contributions from Morrison, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Australian Olympic