Mexico takes step toward 2020 Olympics, qualifies for WBSC Premier12 Super Round

Tokyo 2020 Rowing Venue Opens

Also: Tokyo organizers want to make the security wait at venues more enjoyable.

ISA and World Surf League Reach Landmark Anti-Doping Agreement

NOlympics LA Launches Fundraiser for Anti-Olympics Convening in Tokyo

Monday Memo: Tokyo IOC Visit, Italy 2026

(ATR) IOC inspectors arrive in Tokyo...Italy considers 2026 bid...Minsk hosts 2019 Euro Games media....

Nuzman Stuck in Jail, Gryner Free in Rio

(ATR) Rio 2016 exec Leo Gryner out of jail after 10 days. Carlos Nuzman not so lucky.

AIBA Pushing Ahead for Pro Boxers in Rio Olympics

(ATR) All professional boxers could be eligible for the Rio Olympics this August if the sport’s governing body has its way.

Olympics Warm Up: Premier 12 Baseball

(ATR) New event for international baseball is born in Japan with assist from Taipei...

Fire Politicians from Tokyo 2020 -- Op Ed

(ATR) A former executive with the Japanese Olympic Committee blames politics for troubles with the 2020 Olympics.

IOC Inspection Chief for Tokyo 2020 Prepares for Stadium Talks

(ATR) John Coates travels to Tokyo on Monday to offer IOC’s input on new Olympic Stadium under efforts to accelerate project. Mark Bisson reports from Beijing.

Japan Enacts Bill to Create Minister Post for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Diet, Japan's parliament, on Wednesday enacted a bill to create a ministerial post for affairs related to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. 

Tokyo Olympic Venue Plan Under Review

(ATR) Tokyo 2020 tells Around the Rings it is reserving the right to review all venue plans for the 2020 Olympics. 

Tokyo Considers Guesthouse; Romanian NOC Chairman Resigns

(ATR) Ireland NOC receives new van ... IOC intervenes in Pakistani NOC situation.

2020 Olympic Bids Arrive in Buenos Aires; IOC Probes Ahmad Influence

(ATR) Bid teams from Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo are now in Buenos Aires ahead of crunch vote... IOC investigates claims Sheikh Ahmad broke ethics rules by openly backing Thomas Bach for IOC president

Grammy winner Alejandro Sanz joins the cause and volunteer campaign hits 50,000 target

One Month to Go - 2020 Olympics Bids Hit Bell Lap

(ATR) With 30 days to the IOC vote, leaders of the three 2020 Olympic bids tell Around the Rings European Editor Mark Bisson they are ready for the final lap.

Actor Billy Baldwin Holds Auction to Keep Wrestling in the Olympic Games

Infostrada Sports Host Broadcast partner EYOF Utrecht 2013

Bidding for 2020 - Squash Boss Hails Innovations; Wrestling, OBS Meet; Baseball/Softball Promotion

(ATR) Squash stages men's world team championship ... Wrestling seeks advice on TV presentation ... Japanese gold medalists promote baseball/softball... 

Istanbul Bid Leader Dismisses Transport Concerns Cited by IOC

(ATR) Istanbul bid leader Hasan Arat says he is "delighted: with the IOC’s evaluation of the bid, expressing confidence in Turkey’s billion-dollar transport plans to alleviate concerns.

Monday Memo - 2020 Report Due; Rugby Sevens World Cup; Confeds Final

(ATR) IOC publishes 2020 Evaluation Commission Report ... Moscow hosts Rugby Sevens World Cup ... Rio stages Confederations Cup final ... All that and more ahead this week from Around the Rings ...

IOC Report Details Challenges for 2020 Bid Cities

(ATR) Istanbul faces challenges for transport, while Madrid and Tokyo take advantage of compact venue plans, according to Tuesday's report from the IOC Evaluation Commission.

2020 Bids Present to ANOC - Istanbul Seek Recovery from Protests

(ATR) At the ANOC meeting in Lausanne: Istanbul 2020 launches efforts to limit damage to the bid from the city's anti-government protests. Around the Rings European Editor Mark Bisson has more from Lausanne...

On the Scene - Tokyo 2020 Chief Promises Secure City

(ATR) The head of the Tokyo bid for the 2020 Olympics says his city has experience handling peaceful protests. Around the Rings Editor Ed Hula has more from Lausanne, where all three 2020 bids are readying for a key presentation.

Call for International Day of Sport

(ATR) World Sports leaders want to see an International Day of Sport on the calendar every year.

Bidding for 2020 - Squash Showcases Glass Courts; Wrestling Visits IOC; Baseball/Softball Tout Broadcasts

(ATR) Around the Rings rounds up all the latest news from the three sports shortlisted for addition to the 2020 Olympics.

Breaking - IOC Shortlists Wrestling, Baseball/Softball, Squash for 2020 Olympics

(ATR) Wrestling, baseball/softball and squash will compete for one open spot at the 2020 Olympics. ATR's Mark Bisson and Matthew Grayson report from St. Petersburg.

On the Scene - 2020 Olympics Report Set for Release

(ATR) The bids for the 2020 Olympics are marking their calendars for a key date in June... Around the Rings Editor Ed Hula has more from SportAccord in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

On the Scene in St. Petersburg - 2020 Sports Pitch IOC

(ATR) It's D-day for the eight sports bidding to join the 2020 Olympics. ATR's Matthew Grayson reports from the SportAccord Convention in St. Petersburg, Russia.