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Olympic leaders support IOC TV channel, bidding changes

Jul 20, 2014

Olympic leaders support IOC TV channel, bidding changes

Moving forward on IOC president Thomas Bach’s reform process, Olympic leaders backed his proposals Saturday for setting up an Olympic television channel, reshaping the bid city procedure, and adding more flexibility to the sports program. Bach convened a summit of 16 key IOC and ...

New sports center symbol of Haiti's recovery

| Jul 19, 2014

New sports center symbol of Haiti's recovery

by Ed Odeven

Haiti’s recovery from the 2010 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation is a slow, difficult process. But part of that recovery involves sports and Olympic-related opportunities. And the IOC has made a commitment to work with Haitian leaders and the international community to help ...

Jul 17, 2014

Murofushi partners with TMDU

Athens Olympics hammer throw champion Koji Murofushi is teaming up with the Tokyo Medical and Dental University to provide medical and scientific support to athletes and eventually produce more Olympic medalists in the future, the TMDU announced on Wednesday. The TMDU will organize a ...

First black woman to win Olympic gold dies at 90

Jul 15, 2014

First black woman to win Olympic gold dies at 90

The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, died early Monday in south Georgia. She was 90. Davis’ death was confirmed by her daughter, Evelyn Jones. Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in ...

Jul 1, 2014

Race for 2022 Games down to three

Three cities look certain to make the final cut in the race to host the 2022 Winter Olympics after the withdrawal of the Ukrainian bid from Lviv. Lviv pulled out Monday because of the continuing political, security and economic crisis in Ukraine, becoming the ...

Murofushi named 2020 Tokyo Olympics sports director

Jun 24, 2014

Murofushi named 2020 Tokyo Olympics sports director

by Jim Armstrong

Former Olympic hammer-throw champion Koji Murofushi has been appointed sports director of the 2020 Tokyo Games. Fluent in English, the 39-year-old Murofushi was appointed Tuesday to the role which acts as a liaison between athletes, international sports federations and the organizing committee. “The most ...

Jun 19, 2014

IOC grants Japan broadcast rights for $1 billion through 2024

The IOC has awarded the Japanese broadcast rights for four Olympics through 2024 in a deal worth ¥110 billion ($1 billion). A consortium including NHK and the Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association secured the rights Thursday to the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, ...

Holding 2020 Games in August dangerous

Jun 19, 2014

Holding 2020 Games in August dangerous

by Robert Whiting

I was reading the official document submitted last fall by the Tokyo Governor’s office which represented Tokyo’s winning bid for the 2020 Olympics, the other day, and wondered what the penalty, if any, was for false advertising. The Tokyo submission, under former governor Naoki ...

USOC chief calls for changes in bid voting

| Jun 14, 2014

USOC chief calls for changes in bid voting

by Ed Odeven

Larry Probst, the United States Olympic Committee chairman, won’t win a popularity contest within the IOC anytime soon. Not after speaking his mind about the voting process to award Olympic cities. In an exclusive interview with Sports Business Journal late last month, Probst revealed ...

Mar 15, 2014

Backstrom will get Olympic silver

Swedish hockey star Nicklas Backstrom will receive an Olympic silver medal even though he was suspended from the final in Sochi after a positive drug test. The IOC ruled Friday that Backstrom had not intended to enhance his performance, laying the blame for his ...