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    A small group of protesters gathered in central Tokyo and in the northern city of Sapporo to oppose Japan’s overtures to hold the 2030 Winter Olympics. About 50 people gathered in each locale holding “No Olympics” banners and trying to make their case to a passing public. Sapporo is considered among the favorites to land the 2030 Games along with Salt Lake City and Vancouver. All three cities have held previous Winter Olympics. Last week, Sapporo’s city legislature rejected a proposal to hold a city-wide referendum on the issue. Cities that have held public votes have usually turned down the proposal.

      The World Anti-Doping Agency says more disciplinary cases by Olympic sports could follow a breakthrough court ruling in the Russian doping scandal. Three Russian canoeists, including an Olympic gold medalist, were banned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday for their part in a state-backed doping program. WADA prosecuted the case using evidence it got from a Moscow laboratory at the center of a years-long standoff with Russian authorities. WADA has also given Moscow lab data to other sports bodies and now wants some of them to review those cases after the evidence held up in court.

        Most basketball games at the Paris Olympics could end up being played a three-hour journey outside the French capital, a plan that is facing criticism from the sport’s governing body. Paris organizers are struggling to find a suitable basketball venue for games before the medal rounds at the 2024 Summer Games and are now considering using the soccer stadium in Lille. The original plan was to use an arena in Paris, but that venue was dropped in March amid a backlash by NBA players from France who said the ceiling was too low. FIBA secretary general Andreas Zagklis cited serious concerns and called for athletes to be respected.

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