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Brazil in turmoil as Olympics loom

On the streets of Rio de Janeiro, it feels like a long time since the heady days in 2009 when the city was named to host South America’s first Olympics. Then, a booming Brazil was the Latin American poster child for the seemingly unstoppable rise of emerging markets, and its ...

Apr 28, 2016

South Korea unveils Zika-proof Olympic uniforms

South Korea’s Olympic committee on Wednesday unveiled Zika-proof uniforms complete with mosquito repellent it says will help protect athletes from the virus at this year’s games in Rio de Janeiro. Mosquito-repellent chemicals were added to the outfits, which all include long pants, long-sleeved shirts ...

Apr 27, 2016

Two-time Olympic weightlifting champion Kono dies at 85

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Tommy Kono died Sunday in Honolulu due to complications from liver disease, the U.S. Olympic Committee said. He was 85. Kono won gold medals at the Olympics in Helsinki in 1952, and Melbourne in 1956, and captured six World Championship ...

Apr 20, 2016

Sports federations concerned about Rio venues

International sports federations expressed concern Tuesday over problems with venues for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, including power failures at the gymnastics arena this week. Two top International Olympic Committee officials, meanwhile, will be dispatched to Rio for frequent visits to monitor the ...

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 ...