Disability sports

FILE - In this July 23, 2016, file photo, a representation of the Olympic rings are displayed in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee will add athletes to its board and enhance its oversight of individual sports organizations. It’s part of a package of reforms stemming from the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. The reforms were approved Thursday, Nov. 8, 2019 and go into effect in January. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
November 08, 2019 - 1:25 pm
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee will add athletes to its board and enhance its oversight of individual sports organizations in a package of reforms stemming from the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. The reforms were approved Thursday and go into effect in January. They come with Congress...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2016, file photo, Belgium's Marieke Vervoort poses for the photo as she holds her silver medal at a press conference during the Rio Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Paralympian Vervoort said when the day arrived, she had signed the euthanasia papers and was prepared to end her life. The time came Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in her native Belgium, her death confirmed in a statement from her home city of Diest. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
October 23, 2019 - 2:49 am
Paralympian Marieke Vervoort said when the day arrived, she had signed the euthanasia papers and was prepared to end her life. That day came Tuesday in her native Belgium, her death confirmed in a statement from the city of Diest. Vervoort, who was 40, won gold and silver medals in wheelchair...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2019, file photo, Nastia Liukin arrives at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Liukin is part of the 2019 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame class that will be inducted later this year. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
September 23, 2019 - 11:22 am
When she was a kid, Nastia Liukin watched the Olympics on TV and thought how cool it might be to one day meet some of America's greatest athletes. Then, she became one. Now, she'll be in the Hall of Fame with them. The champion gymnast and once-shunned track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos were...
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Ju'Riese Colon, the CEO for the U.S. Center for SafeSport, talks about the challenges facing her organization at their headquarters in Denver, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. The center is receiving 55 percent more sex-abuse reports this year than in 2018, leading to a debate over whether the Olympic movement or federal government should shoulder the increasing cost of keeping athletes safe. (AP Photo/Eddie Pells)
September 17, 2019 - 11:37 am
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Center for SafeSport is fielding 55 percent more reports of sex abuse and other misconduct in 2019 than it did last year, leading to an increasingly urgent debate over who should provide the lion's share of money to an organization struggling to manage its caseload. This week...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Larry Nassar, 54, appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing, Mich. The government's $4.5 million fine against Michigan State University in the Nassar sexual assault scandal is unprecedented. The U.S. Education Department has extraordinary leverage over schools that participate in federal student aid programs. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
September 13, 2019 - 2:07 pm
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into the way the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and national governing bodies of Olympic sports handled sex-abuse allegations, people with knowledge of the investigations told The Associated Press on Friday. The probes, first...
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August 20, 2019 - 3:48 pm
DENVER (AP) — The letter went to the two protesters. The message was meant for a much wider audience. The CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee sent letters of reprimand to hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden for protesting on the medals stand last week at the Pan American...
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Simone Biles stretches during practice for the U.S. Gymnastics Championships Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
August 07, 2019 - 2:43 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The mix of rage, disappointment and grief are still there. Just under the surface. And while Simone Biles tries to stay focused on the healing process more than 18 months after the Olympic gymnastics champion revealed she was among the hundreds of athletes abused by...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2016, file photo, a representation of the Olympic rings are displayed in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A bill spurred by Larry Nassar's sex crimes and other mishandled abuse cases would allow Congress to fire the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee's entire board and would quadruple the money the federation provides to the U.S. Center for SafeSport. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
July 30, 2019 - 12:09 am
A bill spurred by Larry Nassar's sex crimes and other mishandled abuse cases would allow Congress to fire the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee's entire board and would quadruple the money the federation provides to the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The bill, to be introduced Tuesday, is the most...
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In this Thursday, July 18, 2019, photo, robots of mascots of Olympics "Miraitowa," left, and Paralympics "Someity" are shown to the media at Toyota Motor Corp. headquarters in Tokyo. The mascot robots’ eyes change to the images of stars and hearts. The Japanese automaker Toyota, a major Olympic sponsor, is readying various robots for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)
July 21, 2019 - 7:27 pm
TOKYO (AP) — A cart-like robot scuttles across the field to bring back javelins and discuses. A towering screen-on-wheels is designed for "virtual" attendance. The cute ones are, naturally, the likeness of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots. Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp., a major Olympic...
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July 19, 2019 - 10:34 am
DENVER (AP) — A report examining the U.S. Olympic system urges a move away from the "money for medals" funding system and a reconfigured board of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee that would give more power to athletes. The USOPC called for the document, a 113-page report delivered this...
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