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Aug 27, 2016

OCI officials can return to Ireland

A Rio de Janeiro court will return the passports of three members of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) and they will be allowed to leave Brazil, a source in the Rio state security services said on Friday. The passports were seized by Brazilian ...

Russia's gifts for Olympic medalists spark dispute

Aug 27, 2016

Russia's gifts for Olympic medalists spark dispute

Luxury cars, apartments, even a racehorse — being an Olympic medalist in Russia can come with great material rewards but also controversy. Under President Vladimir Putin, it’s become a tradition for Russia’s Olympic heroes to be showered with large cash sums and sometimes unwanted ...

Aug 26, 2016

Ticket-scalping probe widens in Rio

Rio de Janeiro police began questioning two of Ireland’s top Olympic executives on Thursday in a Summer Games ticket-scalping probe that has already ensnared the highest official. Olympic Council of Ireland’s team leader Kevin Kilty and chief executive Stephen Martin arrived at police headquarters ...

Aug 26, 2016

Lochte charged with making false robbery claims

The Brazilian authorities have charged U.S. swimming star Ryan Lochte with making a false statement about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Olympics, police said Thursday. The 32-year-old gold medalist risks a jail sentence, Brazilian media quoted a police official as saying, although ...

Japan Olympic delegation reflects on Rio success

Aug 25, 2016

Japan Olympic delegation reflects on Rio success

Japan’s Olympic delegation held a wrap-up ceremony at a Tokyo hotel on Thursday following a highly successful campaign at the Rio Games. Decathlete and Japan’s flagbearer at the Games, Keisuke Ushiro, handed back the flag to Japanese Olympic Committee chief Tsunekazu Takeda before chef ...

Japanese medalists thank fans, look ahead to 2020

Aug 24, 2016

Japanese medalists thank fans, look ahead to 2020

Japanese athletes who won medals during the Rio Olympics expressed their appreciation Wednesday to all those who cheered for them during the 17-day event, which came to a close Sunday, and looked forward to more excitement at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 55 athletes, ...

Aug 24, 2016

Rio police expand scalping probe of Irish Olympic Council

The man named to head Ireland’s Olympic committee after its president was arrested in a ticket-scalping case during the Rio Games is also suspected of participating in the scheme but left Brazil before he could be questioned, police said Tuesday. Authorities said William O’Brien, ...

Silver medalist Lilesa skips flight to Ethiopia

Aug 24, 2016

Silver medalist Lilesa skips flight to Ethiopia

Olympic marathon silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa failed to return to Ethiopia Monday night despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over political repression in his country. An AFP journalist at the airport in Addis Ababa said Lilesa was not onboard ...

Russia's ban from Rio Paralympics upheld

Aug 23, 2016

Russia's ban from Rio Paralympics upheld

Russia is banned from the Paralympic Games as punishment for a state-backed doping program, after losing an appeal at sport’s highest court. The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced its urgent verdict Tuesday to dismiss the Russian Paralympic Committee’s appeal against exclusion from the ...