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Mar 12, 2016

Switzerland moving toward bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

Switzerland has taken the first step toward bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics, three years after Swiss voters rejected a proposed 2022 bid in a referendum. The Swiss Olympic committee said national sports bodies voted Friday to launch the 2026 bid process. Cities and ...

High jumper Balas, a 1964 Tokyo Games gold medalist, dies at 79

Mar 12, 2016

High jumper Balas, a 1964 Tokyo Games gold medalist, dies at 79

Iolanda Balas, a two-time Olympic high jump champion from Romania, died Friday following gastric complications. She was 79. Romania’s track and field federation said Balas died at the Elias Hospital in Bucharest. Balas, the first Romanian woman to win an Olympic gold medal, took ...

Rower Tait dies of cancer at 33

Mar 3, 2016

Rower Tait dies of cancer at 33

The Australian Olympic Committee said Thursday that Sarah Tait, who won a silver medal in rowing at the London Olympics, has died of cancer at the age of 33. Tait, a mother of two, won her silver medal with Kate Hornsey in the women’s ...

Feb 24, 2016

Badminton duo decide against competing for spot in Rio

Badminton doubles players Noriyasu Hirata and Hirokatsu Hashimoto have ruled themselves out of contention for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics due to personal reasons of one of the athletes, Kyodo News learned Wednesday from various sources. The Nippon Badminton Association accepted their withdrawal ...

Bach praises all four bids submitted to host 2024 Olympics

Feb 18, 2016

Bach praises all four bids submitted to host 2024 Olympics

The IOC praised the four cities bidding for the 2024 Olympics on Wednesday for relying heavily on existing and temporary facilities to cut costs and avoid white elephants. Los Angeles, Paris, Rome and Budapest, Hungary, delivered their first detailed bid files to the IOC ...

Feb 17, 2016

Candidates set to present 2024 plans

The race to host the 2024 Olympic Games gets under way in earnest Wednesday, with the four bid cities — Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome — presenting their initial candidature files to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The first step in an 18-month ...