FILE -  Russian athlete Kirill Kaprizov (77) tries to keep Frank Hordler (48), of Germany, away from the puck during the second period of the men's gold medal hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Gangneung, South Korea. The 2018 Olympics without NHL talent offered a glimpse of things to come for players who hadn't yet reached the best hockey league in the world.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Olympics in 2018 showed glimpses of future NHL stars

Young people play water polo at the University of Ghana in Accra, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. Former water polo pro Asante Prince is training young players in the sport in his father's homeland of Ghana, where swimming pools are rare and the ocean is seen as dangerous. (AP Photo/Misper Apawu)

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FILE - Silver medal winner Australia's Scotty James celebrates during the venue award ceremony for the men's halfpipe finals at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. There's a legion of freestyle skiers and snowboarders at the action park who refuse to subscribe to the “spin to win” theory. It's the idea that maxing out flips and twists is the only way for them to score big with the judges. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

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FILE - Fencers compete in the men's individual semifinal Sabre competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, on July 24, 2021, in Chiba, Japan. Four national fencing federations say the International Fencing Federation has voted to allow athletes from Russia and its ally Belarus to resume competing in international events. They have been excluded for more than a year because of the invasion of Ukraine. The decision appears to allow Russians and Belarusians to compete for qualifying spots for next year’s Paris Olympics. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Fencing event in France canceled after Russians readmitted

PARIS (AP) — A fencing World Cup in France was canceled on Friday after the international governing body voted to let Russians compete.

Members of the Geneva branch of Ukrainian society in Switzerland protest during a rally to urge International Olympic Committee to reconsider their decision of participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes under white neutral flag at the next 2024 Paris Olympic Games, in front of the IOC headquarters, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Saturday, March 25, 2023. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

Ukraine looks to block athletes from competing with Russians

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian government is looking to block its athletes from sports competitions, particularly qualifying events for next year's Paris Olympics, which readmit

FILE - International Olympic Committee, IOC, President Thomas Bach attends the opening of the Executive Board meeting at the Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Dec. 5, 2022. Bach defended his organization's efforts to create a pathway for Russian and Belarusian athletes to return to Olympic competition in a speech in his home country of Germany which took place amid a pro-Ukraine protest, Wednesday, March 22, 2023, (Denis Balibouse/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Olympic head slams 'deplorable' government views on Russia

GENEVA (AP) — Criticism by European governments of the push to reintegrate Russian and Belarusian athletes into world sports before the 2024 Paris Games was called “deplorable” by th

FILE - A women's singles table tennis match is being played at the 2012 Summer Olympics, on July 31, 2012, in London. Table tennis’ governing body plans to allow Russian players back into its events on advice from the International Olympic Committee. The decision by the International Table Tennis Federation paves the way for players from Russia and its ally Belarus to end a year-long exclusion from competitions during Russia’s war in Ukraine.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

Table tennis plans to allow Russians back, on IOC advice

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian players are set to return to table tennis events after the sport's governing body on Thursday followed the International Olympic Committee's advi