Five months before Beijing 2022, China’s ice hockey team to rely on naturalized North Americans to be competitive

China will be the lowest-ranked team, by far, to have ever participated at an Olympic Games. But the IIHF believes momentum from the Games will help kickstart the development of ice hockey in the country.

Upcoming Sport Integrity Week announces new speakers, media partners – Conferences & Conventions

Also: 2022 International Sports Convention releases further event details; LawAccord 2022 unveils theme and keynote speakers

IOC set to release comprehensive Olympic ratings report in November – here’s what we know, and don’t

Olympic live viewership declined by 42% in the United States since 2016 but gained significant ground in online streaming, seems to have held its own in other markets.

Mitsubishi the newest official partner of the 2023 Pan American Games – Sponsor Spotlight

Also: VK a national supporter of 2021 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup; Street League Skateboarding picks up two new sponsors and four new broadcasting partners; Prudential announces partnership with USA Climbing

La “nueva generación de deportes” se prepara para los Juegos Mundiales 2022: “¡Seremos grandes anfitriones!”

El director general de Birmingham 2022, Nick Sellers, y la copresidenta honoraria, Cat Whitehill, hablaron con Around the Rings sobre las sorpresas que ofrecerá la mayor competición internacional de deportes no olímpicos del mundo.

IWF Constitutional Congress crucial to weightlifting’s Olympic ambitions takes place this weekend – Federation Focus

Also: GAISF initiates search for host cities of various multi-sport Games; Final Olympic qualification for men’s ice hockey underway

IPC says Afghanistan’s two Paralympic athletes have been evacuated to “a safe place”

While their current whereabouts are unconfirmed, Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli were reported to have landed in Australia.

Paralympic Games student spectator program appears likely to be scaled back after a wave of withdrawals

Some local governments and individual schools are opting out due to an ongoing surge of Covid-19 infections in Tokyo.

Tokyo Paralympic organizing committee reveals the theme of the opening ceremony – but withholds the names of those involved in it

Japanese media report that the anonymity is designed to prevent a repeat of the personnel-related controversies seen ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony.

Flag of Afghanistan to be displayed at Tokyo Paralympic opening ceremony as a “sign of solidarity”

The country’s two athletes are unable to safely travel to the Paralympics due to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Paralympic organizers foreshadow “very difficult situation” as Tokyo sees record high COVID-19 cases

86 cases of the virus linked to the Paralympic Games have been recorded four days before the opening ceremony – more than the number of Olympic-related cases at this point in time.

International Paralympic Committee, UN Human Rights Office and other global organizations launch ‘WeThe15’ disability rights campaign

The movement released a video Thursday which will be broadcast in over 60 countries during the Paralympic Games – including at the opening ceremony in Tokyo.

Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk auctions her Olympic silver medal to raise money for infant’s heart surgery

The winning bidder, local convenience store chain Żabka, paid $51,000 but insisted that Andrejczyk keep her medal regardless. Donations from fans raised an additional $77,000.

Commonwealth Games Federation appoints Katie Sadleir as its new CEO

Sadleir will leave her role as World Rugby’s general manager of women’s rugby, where she made considerable strides in developing the women’s game worldwide.

Paralympic torch relay en route to Tokyo after 43 prefectures of Japan hold ‘flame festivals’

The Paralympic torch relay will now pass through Chiba, Saitama and Shizuoka prefectures between August 17th-19th. It reaches Tokyo on the 20th, four days before the Games begin.

Afghanistan’s two athletes to miss Paralympic Games following Taliban takeover

Zakia Khudadadi would have been the first woman from Afghanistan to compete at a Paralympic Games. The future of women’s sports in the country is now in doubt with the return of the Taliban.

World Taekwondo announces candidates for 2021 elections, incumbent president Chungwon Choue unopposed again

Forty candidates are standing for 17 available positions on the World Taekwondo council, while an election for auditor will also be held.

World Games 2022 organizers expect a groundswell of ticket sales – and a high-quality, Olympic-caliber field in many events

CEO of Birmingham 2022 Nick Sellers and honorary co-chair Cat Whitehill speak to Around the Rings about planning the world’s largest international competition for non-Olympic sports.

U.S. wheelchair javelin world record-holder Justin Phongsavanh: “We definitely want to be recognized as athletes, before inspiration”

Phongsavanh, who was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot in a parking lot in 2015, talks about the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics, his difficult road to recovery and his broader thoughts on the state of adaptive sports.

Hula’s Talks: Olympic historian Bill Mallon offers his assessment of Tokyo 2020

Mallon thinks historians “will talk about the fact that it was held during a pandemic”, but that “with time, that will fade, and the athletic performances will be remembered a little bit more”.