IOC exec implies Innsbruck 2026 bid may be favorite

Innsbruck would have “an excellent chance” of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics if the Austrian city decides to bid for the games, a top IOC official said Friday. International Olympic Committee executive board member Gian Franco Kasper told AP that Innsbruck would need to join with other cities — probably ...

Oct 19, 2016

Russian weightlifter stripped of 2012 Olympic silver

Russian weightlifter Apti Aukhadov was stripped of his silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics on Tuesday after testing positive for steroids in a reanalysis of his doping samples. Aukhadov tested positive for turinabol and drostanolone and was retroactively disqualified from the London Games, ...

London Olympic heptathlon champ Ennis-Hill retires

Oct 13, 2016

London Olympic heptathlon champ Ennis-Hill retires

Former Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill announced her retirement from track and field on Thursday, ending the career of one of Britain’s most successful sportswomen. The 30-year-old Ennis-Hill won the heptathlon gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, won a second world championship gold ...

Oct 8, 2016

Obama puts end to tax on Olympians

America’s Olympic athletes will no longer pay a so-called victory tax under a bill President Barack Obama has signed into law. The IRS will now be prohibited from taxing most medals or other prizes awarded to U.S. Olympians. The U.S. Olympic Committee awards cash ...

Oct 5, 2016

Jamaica's Japan-made 'Shitamachi Special' bobsleigh unveiled

A new bobsleigh model developed by about 60 small factory operators in Tokyo for the Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation was unveiled Wednesday in the Japanese capital. A committee promoting the “Shitamachi Bobsleigh” project showed the new “Shitamachi Special” for two riders, painted green, yellow and ...

Swimmer Hoshi confirms retirement

Oct 4, 2016

Swimmer Hoshi confirms retirement

Double Olympic medalist Natsumi Hoshi, who won the bronze in the women’s 200-meter butterfly at the 2012 London Games and the Rio Olympics in August, said Tuesday she is retiring from competition. “The biggest (reason for retirement) is that I gave my all at ...

Oct 4, 2016

Fukuhara a target of cyber hackers

Women’s table tennis team bronze medalist Ai Fukuhara is among the three Japanese athletes who were targeted in the latest leak of confidential medical documents, a cyber hacker group said Monday. The World Anti-Doping Agency admitted the same day the hacking organization calling itself ...

Sports Agency unveils Tokyo 2020 medal road map

Oct 3, 2016

Sports Agency unveils Tokyo 2020 medal road map

Sports Agency Commissioner Daichi Suzuki on Monday revealed details of the strategic plan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics designed to help Japan win medals in a wider variety of disciplines and improve the overall medal count. The so-called “Suzuki Plan” will serve as a ...

Oct 2, 2016

IOC's Bach set to begin Paris visit

IOC president Thomas Bach met with French athletes and Paris leaders of their 2024 bid at the start of a two-day visit in the French capital on Saturday. Bach, who will meet French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace on Sunday then attend ...

Rome's city council votes to terminate 2024 Olympic bid

Sep 30, 2016

Rome's city council votes to terminate 2024 Olympic bid

As far as city leaders are concerned, Rome’s bid for the 2024 Olympics is finished. The city council voted in favor of scrapping the bid on Thursday, a week after Mayor Virginia Raggi rejected the candidacy, citing concerns over costs. “It was irresponsible to ...