Pound rips IOC 'moral leadership' crisis over Russia doping

Aug 6, 2016

Pound rips IOC 'moral leadership' crisis over Russia doping

Senior IOC member Dick Pound on Saturday slammed the International Olympic Committee’s lack of “moral leadership” over the Russia doping crisis and said the organization now faces a battle to restore its credibility. Pound, the first president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), declared ...

Aug 6, 2016

Poll finds fewer Russians oppose return of disputed islands to Japan

The proportion of people in Russia against returning the disputed Northwest Pacific islands under the country’s administration to Japan has fallen below 80 percent, a survey by a nongovernmental research organization showed Friday. According to the outcome of the survey by the Levada Analytical ...

Aug 5, 2016

IOC clears 271 Russians for Rio Olympics

An International Olympic Committee panel of review on Thursday finally handed down a decision about which athletes would be permitted to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics, just 24 hours before the Games opening ceremony. The IOC release reads: “271 athletes will form the ...

McLaren attacks IOC 'spin' on Russian doping report

Aug 5, 2016

McLaren attacks IOC 'spin' on Russian doping report

Anti-doping investigation leader Richard McLaren has accused the IOC of twisting the conclusions of his bombshell report on state-run substance abuse in Russia. The Canadian lawyer, clearly frustrated at reactions to his work, told The Guardian newspaper “people have misconstrued what went into that ...

Aug 4, 2016

AIBA clears 11 Russian boxers for Rio competition

The International Boxing Assocation (AIBA) said Thursday that all 11 Russian boxers entered for the Rio Olympics should be allowed to compete. The AIBA said a day before the opening ceremony that a review of the cases of the nine men and two women ...

Ex-envoy hopes for progress in Japan-Russia isle talks

Aug 4, 2016

Ex-envoy hopes for progress in Japan-Russia isle talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin seem determined to achieve progress in negotiations to end a territorial dispute and bolster bilateral economic ties, according to a former Russian diplomat. “The president has determination and so does the prime minister. The two ...

Aug 4, 2016

Conflicting Aleppo poison gas attack claims probed

The world’s chemical weapons watchdog Wednesday voiced concern over reports of a chlorine gas attack near the battleground Syrian city of Aleppo. Some 24 people reportedly suffered breathing difficulties in Saraqeb, a town 50 km (30 miles) south of Aleppo, after a barrel bomb ...