Citing Pandemic Fears, North Korea Says It Won’t Attend Tokyo Olympics

North Korea says it will skip the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo, citing coronavirus concerns – a move that frustrates South Korea’s hopes that the games might revive stalled peace talks between the bitter rivals. The decision to sit out the already delayed Tokyo Games means the North’s athletes will be a no-show at the… Continue reading Citing Pandemic Fears, North Korea Says It Won’t Attend Tokyo Olympics

Female Olympic Veteran Chosen As Tokyo Games Organizing Chief

Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Organizing Committee speaks during the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board meeting Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. The 56-year-old Hashimoto was named president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee after a meeting of its executive board, which is 80% male. She replaces 83-year-old Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese prime minister who was forced to resign last week after making sexist comments about women.(Yuichi Yamazaki/Pool Photo via AP)

Japan has chosen Seiko Hashimoto, one of its most prominent female politicians, to serve as the country’s new Olympic organizing chief, in a bid to send a message of gender equality following a sexism scandal that toppled the previous chief. The message was intended to repair damage to the Tokyo Games’ reputation, following remarks by… Continue reading Female Olympic Veteran Chosen As Tokyo Games Organizing Chief