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Buddhist priest contemplates canoe gold at Rio Olympics

When he’s not chanting and living the austere life of a Buddhist priest, Kazuki Yazawa contemplates Olympic gold. The 27-year-old Yazawa will represent Japan in canoe slalom at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics where he hopes to use his mental toughness and skill to bring home a medal. Yazawa wakes ...

Jul 25, 2016

Australians unhappy with Athletes Village

Australia’s Olympic team leader is keeping the delegation’s 700 athletes or staff out of the Athletes Village for at least two days, citing electrical and plumbing problems in the sprawling complex less than two weeks before the start of the games in Rio de ...

IOC decides against complete ban of Russia from Rio Olympics

Jul 25, 2016

IOC decides against complete ban of Russia from Rio Olympics

Rejecting calls by anti-doping officials for a complete ban of Russia, Olympic leaders on Sunday gave individual sports federations the task of deciding which athletes should be cleared to compete in next month’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Citing the need to protect the ...

Jul 22, 2016

IOC announces 45 failed doping retests from Beijing, London

Forty-five athletes have failed doping tests after their samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Games were reanalyzed, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday. The results are from a second wave of retests and take the total number of athletes who ...

Jul 21, 2016

WADA reopens drug-testing lab

The World Anti-Doping Agency said Wednesday it has reinstated the laboratory that will carry out drug testing for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, which start in just over two weeks. The lab was shuttered last month for what WADA called “nonconformity with International Standard ...

Russia expects final decision on Olympic ban Sunday

Jul 20, 2016

Russia expects final decision on Olympic ban Sunday

Russia’s top Olympic official says he expects a final decision by Sunday on whether the entire Russian team will be banned from next month’s games in Rio. The International Olympic Committee is examining the legal options following a report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator ...

IOC delays decision on total Russian ban

Jul 20, 2016

IOC delays decision on total Russian ban

With just over two weeks until the opening ceremony, Russia still doesn’t know whether its athletes — all or even some — will be competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It may all come down to the lawyers. While the IOC decided ...

Jul 19, 2016

Japan to dispatch 331 athletes to Rio

The Japanese Olympic Committee said Monday it is sending a total of 331 athletes to the Rio de Janeiro Games. The JOC said 167 men and 164 women will represent Japan in Rio next month. It is Japan’s third-largest group at the Olympics after ...

Jul 14, 2016

Disney chief Iger joins LA 2024 board of directors

The committee seeking to bring the 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles have tapped Walt Disney Co. chairman and chief executive Bob Iger as a vice chair of its board of directors. Iger joins fellow vice chairs Janet Evans, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Candace Cable and ...