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Russian cover-up: 'Institutional conspiracy' involved 1,000-plus athletes in doping scandal, McLaren Report reveals

A new report into systematic Russian doping details a wide-ranging “institutional conspiracy” that involved more than 1,000 athletes across more than 30 sports, including evidence corroborating large-scale sample swapping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren said Friday the conspiracy involved the Russian Sports Ministry, ...

Legendary Olympic sailing champion Elvstrom dies at 88

Dec 8, 2016

Legendary Olympic sailing champion Elvstrom dies at 88

Paul Elvstrom, a yachtsman who won four straight Olympic sailing gold medals between 1948 and 1960, has died, the Danish sports confederation said Thursday. He was 88. Elvstrom, who was named Denmark’s sportsman of the century in 1996, died Wednesday, the confederation said. When ...

IOC extends sanctions against Russia over doping

Dec 8, 2016

IOC extends sanctions against Russia over doping

Two days before the release of a new report into Russian doping, the IOC on Wednesday extended the provisional sanctions imposed on the country over allegations of systematic cheating and cover-ups. The International Olympic Committee executive board said the measures imposed on July 19 ...

Refugee team unsure for Tokyo 2020

Dec 7, 2016

Refugee team unsure for Tokyo 2020

The newly formed refugee team competing at this year’s Olympics was one of the highlights in Rio de Janeiro but it is not clear if it will compete at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Tuesday. The IOC unveiled ...

Nov 24, 2016

Rio 2016 organizers looking to refund tickets

Olympic organizers in Rio de Janeiro are trying to hand over almost $3 million in ticket refund payments due to 13,000 people. One big problem. They can’t find them. “We are hunting after people,” Rio spokesman Mario Andrada told The Associated Press on Wednesday. ...

Nov 18, 2016

IOC strips 10 athletes of Beijing Olympic medals

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday stripped 10 athletes of medals from the 2008 Olympics after banned substances were found during retests of samples from the games. The IOC says the 10, nine of whom hail from former Soviet nations, had all tested positive ...

Nov 17, 2016

Judge releases Hickey on bail for medical reasons

A Brazilian judge has released former IOC member Patrick Hickey on bail of 1.5 million reals ($500,000) so he can seek medical treatment outside Brazil. The judicial order was published on Wednesday. Hickey, who is reported to have a heart condition, was arrested three ...

Nov 11, 2016

Riner, Paris mayor to push city's 2024 Olympic bid

Two-time Olympic judo champion Teddy Riner and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo will travel to Qatar to showcase the city’s 2024 hosting bid at an upcoming general assembly for The Association of National Olympic Committees. The ANOC meeting will be held in Doha on Tuesday ...

Oct 20, 2016

Two Japanese awarded prestigious Olympic Order

The International Olympic Committee has awarded former Japan Football Association President Saburo Kawabuchi and 1964 Tokyo Olympic women’s team gymnastics bronze medalist Kiyoko Ono the Olympic Order, the Japanese Olympic Committee announced Thursday. The Olympic Order, awarded for outstanding service to the Olympic movement, ...

Oct 8, 2016

Obama puts end to tax on Olympians

America’s Olympic athletes will no longer pay a so-called victory tax under a bill President Barack Obama has signed into law. The IRS will now be prohibited from taxing most medals or other prizes awarded to U.S. Olympians. The U.S. Olympic Committee awards cash ...

Oct 5, 2016

Jamaica's Japan-made 'Shitamachi Special' bobsleigh unveiled

A new bobsleigh model developed by about 60 small factory operators in Tokyo for the Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation was unveiled Wednesday in the Japanese capital. A committee promoting the “Shitamachi Bobsleigh” project showed the new “Shitamachi Special” for two riders, painted green, yellow and ...