The 1968 Olympics could not escape the turmoil of their times. A gold medal gymnast silently rebelled against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Apartheid South Africa was disinvited in order to quell a threatened boycott.
The traditional start of the Alpine skiing World Cup plans to go ahead a week earlier than planned with coronavirus-related measures.
The five Olympic rings on a barge in Tokyo Bay were towed away for “maintenance" on Thursday and officials said they will return to greet next year's games. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled to open on July 23, 2021. “It's not a permanent removal,” Masa Takaya, a spokesman for the Tokyo organizers, said this week.