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Olympic chiefs back five sports for Tokyo 2020

Jun 2, 2016

Olympic chiefs back five sports for Tokyo 2020

Five sports, including baseball, skateboarding and surfing, are set to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the IOC on Wednesday recommended them to attract a younger audience and boost local support for the games. The International Olympic Committee must now rubber-stamp the inclusion ...

May 31, 2016

Zika-wary Gasol mulls Olympics participation

Pau Gasol is considering not playing at the Olympics because of the Zika virus. The Spanish basketball player said Monday there is too much uncertainty about the situation in Brazil and anyone going to Rio de Janeiro for the games should “think about” whether ...

May 31, 2016

Olympic velodrome hits another snag

The Rio de Janeiro Olympic venue facing the most serious construction delay has hit another snag, with City Hall saying it is changing contractors for the track cycling velodrome. In a statement, the city said Monday it rescinded the contract of the principal builder ...

Rehabbing Miyake named in Olympic weightlifting team

May 28, 2016

Rehabbing Miyake named in Olympic weightlifting team

Despite injury worries, London Olympics silver-medal winner Hiromi Miyake was named with four other weightlifters to compete in Rio de Janeiro Games on Saturday. Miyake, named to compete in the 48-kg division by the Japan Weightlifting Association, will compete in her fourth straight games. ...

Experts decry bringing pro boxers to Rio

| May 28, 2016

Experts decry bringing pro boxers to Rio

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Whether or not the International Boxing Association (AIBA) allows professional boxers to compete at the Olympics for the first time at the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Games, the idea has sparked widespread criticism. The sport’s world governing body reportedly plans to finalize its decision ...

Portugal tops Japan in Toulon Tournament

May 24, 2016

Portugal tops Japan in Toulon Tournament

Japan’s Olympic men’s soccer team suffered its second loss in as many games at the Toulon Tournament, losing 1-0 to Portugal on Monday. Andre Horta scored the lone goal in the 22nd minute for Portugal, which like Japan has also qualified for the Rio ...

May 23, 2016

Australian shooting champ charged over drink-driving, firearms

Australia’s dual Olympic shooting champion Michael Diamond has been charged with drink-driving and firearms offenses, jeopardizing his chances of a seventh games in Rio this year, reports said Monday. The 44-year-old, a trap shooting gold medalist at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics, was arrested ...

May 22, 2016

Oldest Olympic champion Tarics dies at 102

The world’s oldest Olympic champion, Sandor Tarics, has died at the age of 102 in San Francisco, the Hungarian Olympic Committee MOB said on its website on Saturday, citing information from the family. Tarics was member of the Hungarian water polo team which won ...

IOC says Beijing '08 retests snare 31 dope cheats

May 18, 2016

IOC says Beijing '08 retests snare 31 dope cheats

In a major doping crackdown stretching back eight years, 31 athletes in six sports could be barred from competing in the Olympics after they were caught in retesting of drug samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, and other positive cases could emerge from the ...