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Olympic marathon champ fails drug test

Apr 7, 2017

Olympic marathon champ fails drug test

Defending Olympic and London marathon champion Jemima Sumgong of Kenya has failed a drug test, the IAAF has confirmed. The BBC quoted the sport’s governing body as saying Sumgong tested positive for EPO during a surprise test in Kenya. Sumgong was the points leader ...

Apr 6, 2017

3 more Olympians stripped of medals in IOC doping retests

Two wrestlers and a weightlifter have been stripped of Olympic medals for doping with anabolic steroids at the 2008 and 2012 Games. Uzbek wrestler Artur Taymazov, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Ukrainian wrestler Vasyl Fedoryshyn, who won silver, ...

IOC to probe payments on voting for Rio Games

Mar 4, 2017

IOC to probe payments on voting for Rio Games

Organizers of the 2016 Rio Olympics denied on Friday that vote buying helped to secure the games after a French newspaper reported that a Brazilian businessman made payments to the son of an International Olympic Committee member before the vote. Le Monde said a ...

Decorated Olympic swimmer Yamanaka dies at 78

Feb 14, 2017

Decorated Olympic swimmer Yamanaka dies at 78

Five-time Olympic medal-winning swimmer and former world-record holder Tsuyoshi Yamanaka died of pneumonia Friday at a Tokyo hospital, his family said. He was 78. Yamanaka won two silver medals in the men’s 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle at the 1956 Melbourne Games as a high ...

Yuna Kim unveils Olympic torch

/ Feb 9, 2017

Yuna Kim unveils Olympic torch

The one-year countdown to the Pyeongchang Games began Thursday with Yuna Kim revealing the Olympic torch and organizers opening online ticket reservations. South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn and an International Olympic Committee delegation led by Gunilla Lindberg, who heads the IOC’s coordination commission ...

Jan 31, 2017

LA mayor positive about 2024 Olympic bid

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday he is confident the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid will be evaluated on its merits even in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s new immigration ban. A temporary ban on immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations was ...

Jan 22, 2017

Germany calls for Russian Olympic ban

A ban of Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics and possibly the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games should be considered if there was state-run doping in the country, Germany’s Olympic Committee chief Alfons Hoermann said on Sunday. Leaders of 19 anti-doping agencies also called for ...

Jan 3, 2017

Former Olympic skiing champion Vuarnet, 83, passes away

Ex-Olympic downhill skiing champion Jean Vuarnet has died at age 83, French local newspaper Le Dauphine Libere reported on Monday. Vuarnet, who won a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics, died of a stroke in Sallanches in the French Alps, the newspaper said. He ...