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More criticism for Vizer

Marius Vizer’s latest foray into IOC politics earned a blunt rebuke from a senior Olympic leader Friday, as more sports suspended ties with his umbrella body. The head of the association of summer Olympic sports told Vizer in a sharply-worded letter to stop speaking on behalf of the federations, saying ...

May 20, 2015

Vizer seeks to repair ties with IOC

A month after launching a scathing attack on the IOC, the head of SportAccord said Tuesday he wants to meet with Thomas Bach to repair the damage that has led multiple sports to cut ties with the umbrella body for international federations. Responding to ...

May 19, 2015

International Weightlifting Federation suspends ties with SportAccord

Weightlifting has become the 10th sport to break with SportAccord, the umbrella body for Olympic and non-Olympic federations. The International Weightlifting Federation says it decided to suspend its membership following last month’s attack on the IOC by SportAccord President Marius Vizer. The matter will ...

May 19, 2015

Ruggiero skeptical about Boston bid

Boston’s troubled bid for the 2024 Olympics took another ding Monday, when a key U.S. Olympic leader suggested the city was no sure thing to remain the American candidate for the games. U.S. Olympic Committee board member Angela Ruggiero was the first in the ...

May 16, 2015

Longtime IOC member Tallberg, 77, dies

The International Olympic Committee says longtime member Peter Tallberg of Finland has died after a battle against cancer. He was 77. Tallberg was a sailor who competed in five Olympics between 1960 and 1980, with his best result a fourth-place finish in the Star ...

May 14, 2015

Sydney Olympic rings sold on eBay

The five massive rings from the Sydney Harbour Bridge which were the focal point of celebrations during the 2000 Olympics have been sold for 21,000 Australian dollars ($17,000). The steel rings, measuring 70 by 40 meters (230 by 130 feet) when assembled and weighing ...

May 12, 2015

JOC honors gymnast Uchimura

Gymnast Kohei Uchimura was named the most valuable athlete for the 2014 season by the Japanese Olympic Committee on Tuesday. Uchimura won the honor for capturing the men’s all-around world title for the fifth consecutive time in October. He is the only gymnast to ...

May 11, 2015

Application period to add sports to 2020 Tokyo Olympics opens

The application period officially opened Monday to add new sports to the program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Baseball and softball are considered favorites, because of their popularity in Japan. Other possibilities include squash, karate, surfing and cricket. In all, 33 international sports federations ...

Vizer stands by criticism of IOC

| May 9, 2015

Vizer stands by criticism of IOC

by Ed Odeven

Two weeks after his shocking speech in Sochi, Marius Vizer gave a passionate, yet defiant defense of his fiery rhetoric, which drew the scorn of the IOC and other global sports governing bodies. The SportAccord chief, who also heads the International Judo Federation, insists ...

Vonn named honorary ambassador for Pyeongchang Olympics

May 6, 2015

Vonn named honorary ambassador for Pyeongchang Olympics

South Korean Olympic organizers have appointed U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. Vonn is the first foreign individual selected for the role and she joins a list of high-profile South Korean sports stars including ...

Vizer's attack may be costly

| May 2, 2015

Vizer's attack may be costly

by Ed Odeven

Playing political hardball with the IOC is not a winning proposition. SportAccord president Marius Vizer delivered a blistering critique of the IOC, its Agenda 2020 reforms, and its president, Thomas Bach, on April 20 at the SportAccord convention in Sochi, Russia . It was ...

Ski jump legend Kasai eyes 2026 Games

Apr 26, 2015

Ski jump legend Kasai eyes 2026 Games

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Noriaki Kasai, the silver medalist on the men’s large hill at the Sochi Olympics a year ago, is aiming to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and even beyond, the ski jump legend told reporters after the Ski Association of ...