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BEHIND THE SCENES: The “Chinese years” come to an end in a month, but the legacy for the Olympic world is already clear

Those years had a decisive influence on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and on the two presidents who had to manage Juan Antonio Samaranch’s legacy.

Australian Open’s decision to remove Peng Shuai t-shirts and banners widely criticized

Tennis legend and former Australian Open champion Martina Navratilova calls the decision “pathetic”

FISU flag raised in Lake Placid as Adirondack community prepares to host 2023 Winter Universiade

Following a less than traditional handover in Torino, the FISU flag made its way to Lake Placid where it was raised in anticipation of the 2023 Winter Universiade.

Bob Costas has harsh criticism for IOC ahead of Beijing Games

The former Olympic TV host called out the IOC for returning to China as Olympic host

Olympic downhill champion Sofia Goggia questionable for Beijing Games after crash

Italian ski racer sustains injuries in World Cup Super-G crash on the 1956 Olympic course in Cortina d’Ampezzo. She hopes to rehabilitate in time to compete in China.

Heavy smog envelopes Beijing and creates more problems for the city as February 4 draws closer

Air quality levels in Beijing reached unhealthy levels on Sunday and it might get worse before it gets better

Cobi turns 30: The Barcelona mascot, now with glasses, beard and a mobile phone, remains among the most memorable and profitable Olympic mascots

The designer of Cobi, Javier Mariscal, could be inspired by another mascot depending on the fate of the Barcelona-Pyrenees Olympic bid

THE HULA REPORT: Olympic Pause for Russia Ukraine Drama

Russian President Vladimir Putin plays a game of three dimensional chess over Ukraine. The Olympics are part of the strategy. If history provides any lessons, look to the Sochi 2014 Games.

Beijing Olympic bubble begins to welcome the world as Games are less than two weeks away

Foreign press, athletes and event organizers have started to arrive in Beijing, and prepare to be ‘cocooned’ for weeks in a competition bubble with no direct physical interaction with the outside world

ESPN the latest media giant to keep their reporters at home during the Beijing 2022 Games

Citing COVID-19 concerns, the network will have their reporters cover the Games remotely

Torch relay for upcoming Beijing Games scaled back to three days due to COVID-19 fears

The relay will now take place February 2-4 and will be only in certain controlled areas

German court awards Brenna Huckaby an interim injunction, giving her a potential path towards inclusion at the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics

The door to Paralympic participation has been opened once more for adaptive snowboarder Brenna Huckaby, after a German court ruled to award her an interim injunction against the IPC’s decision to bar her from competing at the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics.

The Column: Osvaldo “Ozzie” Alonso, a Cuban soccer player who has made history in MLS after escaping from the national team 15 years ago

At 36, the player, now with Atlanta United, wants to win more titles. He recalls his adventures to the Around The Rings correspondent who witnessed his escape in the 2007 Gold Cup

The power of good journalism: a BBC article was key for the Australian government to get Novak Djokovic expelled

Decisive in the dispute between the Canberra government and Djokovic’s lawyers was an article published on January 6 by the news service of the BBC, the prestigious British journalism corporation.

Pita Taufatofua sets up GoFundMe account to help tsunami and volcano victims in his native Tonga

The taekwondo and cross-country skiing Olympian was Tonga’s flag-bearer at three Olympics and his father is among the missing

Team USA outfits unveiled for Beijing 2022 opening ceremony

Ralph Lauren introduces innovative technology which allows outfits to adjust to the temperature

NBC announcers won’t travel to Beijing due to COVID-19 concerns

The network emphasized they will still have a large presence in Beijing for the Games and there will be no drop off in production quality

Trinidad and Tobago look to write their own story in bobsleigh at Beijing 2022

The red, white, and black aren’t going to Beijing to be a new iteration of Cool Runnings, but rather to continue the legacy of their own bobsleigh program, and to write the next chapter of sports history for their country

ISU adds freedom of expression clause to updated Code of Ethics

The ISU has released the 2022 edition of its Code of Ethics. One notable change, the inclusion of articles laying out the skating organization’s policies on freedom of expression. The changes come at time when athlete’s freedom of expression is subject to increased debate in the lead up to Beijing 2022.

Preparations for the 2022 Caribbean Games remain on track as finer details continue to be worked out

As preparatory work remains ongoing for the 2022 Caribbean Games, Around the Rings held a discussion with Julien Chipotel, Director of the 2022 Caribbean Games, and Brian Lewis, President of CANOC, to find out what progress has been made on the regional multi-sports games