David Wharton, Los Angeles Times

David Wharton

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by David:

Coronavirus: IOC facing $800 million cost for delayed Olympics

The International Olympic Committee could lose as much as $800 million as a result of the Tokyo Olympics being postponed because of the coronavirus. → Read More

NASCAR restarts Sunday as industry tries to stay out of the pits

NASCAR looks to future as it revs up for return during COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

U.S. gymnastics championships canceled for first time since 1940s due to coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak, which led to the postponement of the Olympics, has forced organizers to cancel the 2020 U.S. gymnastics championships. → Read More

International track-and-field season to resume in August after coronavirus hiatus

Two major track circuits have scheduled a series of one-day, international meets through the fall. → Read More

Swimming championships moved to accommodate Olympics delay due to coronavirus outbreak

Swimming follows a similar move by track, shifting to 2022 to make room for the delayed Tokyo Olympics in 2021. → Read More

World-class pole vault competition in backyards proves entertaining

Three of the world's top pole vaulters square off via video, keeping their distance by jumping in their backyards in France, Louisiana and Mississippi. → Read More

Former U.S. gymnastics coach Maggie Haney suspended 8 years for verbal, emotional abuse

Maggie Haney, a former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach, has been suspended for eight years for verbally and emotionally abusing athletes. → Read More

Will esports replace real games in a post-coronavirus world?

Olympic leader envisions a future with fewer international competitions and — maybe — more video games. → Read More

USA Swimming to put toes in the water with regional meets beginning in August

The national governing body USA Swimming cancels all national meets in favor of smaller, regional events beginning in mid-August. → Read More

Sports' coronavirus normal: Drive-in viewing, sparse crowds

When sports returns there could be big changes -- face masks, thermometers and social distancing -- in order to protect everyone from the coronavirus. → Read More

Track goes far afield to provide competition for Oslo meet

Track and field meet in Norway will include social distancing; one pole vaulter will compete from his backyard. → Read More

Postponing Tokyo Games could cost $6 billion. Officials wrangle over who will foot the bill

Postponing the Summer Games until 2021 because of the coronavirus could cost as much as $6 billion. It is unclear who will foot the bill. → Read More

U.S. COVID-19 deaths top 31,000 as states ask Trump for aid on coronavirus-ravaged economy

U.S. COVID-19 deaths top 31,00, and New York and New Jersey officials plead for stimulus money from Trump as coronavirus shutdowns ravage economy. → Read More

Protests and pleas in the pandemic era. Reactions in U.S. vary wildly to coronavirus restrictions

As the COVID-19 death toll rises in the U.S., some react with pleas for safety, others with protests over stay-at-home orders. → Read More

New York may run out of swabs for coronavirus testing

More than 22,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19. But on the day after Easter, a benchmark President Trump once set for easing restrictions, officials see reasons for hope. → Read More

On a largely online Easter, New York sees potential slowing of coronavirus outbreak

As churches throughout U.S. celebrate Easter online, New York officials see hope in key coronavirus indicators. → Read More

Olympic hopefuls try to arrange new training regimen amid coronavirus outbreak

Elite competitors face a different reality today since the pandemic upended their training and competition schedules for the Summer Games in Tokyo. → Read More

Tokyo organizers can't guarantee Summer Olympics in 2021

Tokyo Olympics lead organizer says the coronavirus pandemic could prevent the city from hosting the Summer Games next year. → Read More

Sports world takes an economic hit from postponement of the Olympics

Olympic organizers aren't the only ones hurting as sports federations cite "crisis" of lost Games revenue. → Read More

Coronavirus: Ready to restart sports? Not so fast, experts say

A nation yearns for sports, a hint of normalcy, amid the coronavirus pandemic. But infectious disease experts wonder: Is it realistic? → Read More