Disability sports

A man stands in front of a poster created by artist Tomoko Konoike, one of 20 posters officially selected for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. The official posters are out for this year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The 20 posters have been created by 19 artists in fields ranging from painting, graphic design, and photography. Calligraphy and Japanese manga are also represented. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
January 06, 2020 - 6:13 am
TOKYO (AP) — The official posters are out for this year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The 20 posters have been created by 19 artists in fields ranging from painting, graphic design and photography. Calligraphy and Japanese manga are also represented. Manga is the Japanese art of comics and...
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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2018, file photo, people walk by a mural displaying world currency symbols on display outside a bank in Beijing. Tokyo Olympic organizers said Friday, Dec. 20. they are spending 1.35 trillion Japanese yen — about $12.6 billion — to stage next year's games. Organizers said the expenditure is unchanged from a year ago, although robust sponsorship and ticket sales have generated a contingency fund of an extra $30 million.(AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
December 20, 2019 - 4:48 am
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers said Friday they are spending 1.35 trillion Japanese yen — about $12.6 billion — to stage next year's games. Organizers said the expenditure is unchanged from a year ago, although robust sponsorship and ticket sales have generated a contingency fund of an extra...
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December 13, 2019 - 7:22 pm
Criticism of the World Anti-Doping Agency's sanctions against Russia mushroomed Friday with a rebuke from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee coming on the heels of the outraged resignation of a member of the WADA athlete committee. The USOPC and British Paralympian Victoria Aggar each...
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In this Nov. 17, 2019, photo provided by the University of Michigan, Bryan Kreps plays a game modeled after soccer and air hockey using the iGYM system at the university in Ann Arbor, Mich. A University of Michigan research team has created iGYM, an augmented reality system that allows people with different levels of mobility to play and exercise together. (Roger Hart/University of Michigan via AP)
December 10, 2019 - 8:26 am
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — One Kreps brother uses a wheelchair and the other doesn't, yet they are able to play sports together on a level playing field thanks to an augmented reality system developed at the University of Michigan. The technology, called iGYM, allows people with mobility disabilities...
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FILE - In this June 11, 2019, file photo, a man walks past the logos of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and Olympics in Tokyo. Ticket demand for the Tokyo Paralympics is at record levels. The unprecedented demand follows a similar surge in interest for the Tokyo Olympics. The president of the International Paralympic Committee said Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, there were 3.1 million tickets requests in the first lottery phase earlier this year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
December 10, 2019 - 2:35 am
TOKYO (AP) — When it comes to tickets, next year's Tokyo Paralympics will be just like the Olympics: There's more demand than there are tickets. “The interest is there and we are absolutely delighted," International Paralympic President Andrew Parsons told The Associated Press in an interview...
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This photo provided by Tom Straschnitzki shows Ryan Straschnitzki as he plays with an orangutan during a visit to the Safari World zoo in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. Ryan was left paralyzed from the chest down after the bus carrying his Humboldt Broncos hockey team collided with a truck at a rural intersection in Canada 17 months ago. The former hockey prospect went to Thailand to have a stimulator implanted in his back so electrical currents can communicate with his nerves. He took his first small steps and hopes for a better life. (Tom Straschnitzki/ via AP)
December 09, 2019 - 3:08 am
The day Ryan Straschnitzki underwent surgery that would turn his body into something like a remote-controlled robot, the paralyzed hockey player had one deep worry: The 6-foot-1, 190-pound defenseman who once didn't miss a shift even after dislocating a shoulder told his dad he was afraid of...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2015 file photo, Peter Farrelly, left, and Bobby Farrelly attend The Project Greenlight Season 4 premiere of "The Leisure Class" at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation said Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, that the brothers are recipients of its sixth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion for pressing Hollywood to do a better job of casting and portraying people with disabilities. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)
December 04, 2019 - 9:14 am
BOSTON (AP) — In Peter Farrelly's 2018 Oscar-winning film, “Green Book,” chauffeur Tony Lip quips: “The world's full of lonely people afraid to make the first move.” Neither Farrelly nor his brother, Bobby Farrelly, the director of 1998’s “There’s Something About Mary,” fits that description. Both...
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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. 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 - 4:25 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 - 5:49 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)
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September 23, 2019 - 2:22 pm
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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