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Pole vaulter Isinbayeva targets Rio Games spot

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva had nearly abandoned all hope of ending her stellar career with a third Olympic gold in Rio, saying she would hang up her spikes at a far less glamorous event on the banks of the Volga. But the International Olympic Committee’s announcement on Tuesday that Russian ...

Bach says athletes can fly Russian flag

Jun 22, 2016

Bach says athletes can fly Russian flag

Some Russian track and field athletes could be competing under their own flag at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after all. Leaders of the International Olympic Committee and track’s world governing body appeared split Tuesday over the terms of participation of any Russian athletes ...

Jun 20, 2016

Russia's Mutko says IAAF should be 'dissolved'

Outspoken Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Sunday that the IAAF should be “dissolved” and accused athletics’ governing body of failing to take “responsibility” for doping that is roiling the sport. Mutko was speaking two days after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ...

Jun 18, 2016

Murofushi supports Olympic ban of Russian athletics team

Japan’s 2004 Athens Olympic hammer throw champion Koji Murofushi on Saturday welcomed the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decision to uphold its ban of Russia’s track and field team over allegations of doping. The move prevents Russia’s athletes from competing in track and ...

Murofushi relaxed heading to nationals

Jun 18, 2016

Murofushi relaxed heading to nationals

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Japan’s track and field icon is back. Koji Murofushi, a two-time Olympic medalist in the men’s hammer throw, has been more of a scholar and sports administrator in the last couple of years. But now the time has come to take off his suit, ...

Russian track and field athletes banned from Rio Olympics

Jun 18, 2016

Russian track and field athletes banned from Rio Olympics

In an unprecedented move, Russia’s track and field athletes have been banned from competing for their country at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because the country has failed to do enough to clean up a deep-rooted doping system that tainted athletes who may be ...

Russians accused of obstructing WADA's investigation of doping

Jun 16, 2016

Russians accused of obstructing WADA's investigation of doping

The World Anti-Doping Agency alleged Wednesday that Russian athletes and government agencies continued to obstruct and deceive drug testers, even as Russia tries to regain its place in Olympic track and field. In a report published two days before a key vote on whether ...

Jun 7, 2016

JOC anounces ¥5 million bonus for Rio gold medalist

Japanese gold medalists at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics will receive a ¥5 million ($46,400) bonus, up ¥2 million from four years ago, the Japanese Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday. Japan is targeting 14 gold medals in Rio. The money for a silver and ...

Jun 4, 2016

Gymnastics champ Douglas shrugs off Zika fears

Olympic champion Gabby Douglas says the Zika virus won’t affect her plans to pursue more gold in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s the Olympics,” Douglas said Friday. “Mosquitoes? Like, whatever. I’m going. This is my shot. I don’t care about no stupid bugs.” The 20-year-old ...