Kenyan greats call for law to punish dopers

by Ed Odeven

Is it time to make doping in athletics a criminal offense? Kip Keino, one of the greatest living legends of track and field, believes so. And he’s not the only one. London Olympic 1,500-meter champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya supports this bold initiative in their homeland. “Doping is a serious ...

Jan 22, 2015

London Olympic wrestling champion Yonemitsu to retire

Japan’s Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu, who won a gold medal at the London Olympics in the men’s 66-kilogram freestyle wrestling, will retire from competition, he announced Thursday. “I live for wrestling,” Yonemitsu told a press conference. “I was nurtured in wrestling and I want to do ...

Jan 16, 2015

Casino pushes for Olympic wagering

Olympic fans visiting Nevada during the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro might get to do something that hasn’t been done in Sin City for years: Make a wager on who wins a medal. Whether its archery or synchronized swimming, a casino operator and ...

Jan 8, 2015

Karate appeals for inclusion in Tokyo Olympics

The head of karate’s world governing body made a case on Thursday for his sport’s inclusion in the Olympic program at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Antonio Espinos, president of the World Karate Federation, told a press conference that karate, which originated in Japan was ...

Dec 19, 2014

Beijing increases visibility of 2022 Winter Olympics bid

Beijing is ramping up its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics with a series of international sports competitions and promotional events, seeking to stir public support and cement its status as the front-runner to hold the games. The freestyle skiing World Cup event in ...

Dec 16, 2014

Fukushima makes pitch to host some 2020 Olympic events

Fukushima Gov. Masao Uchibori on Tuesday told the Tokyo Metropolitan Government that the Tohoku prefecture hopes to host some of the preliminary events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to showcase its recovery from the 2011 nuclear accident. “We need to set a goal so ...

Dec 16, 2014

Rome plans bid for 2024 Olympics

Rome will spearhead an Italian bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Monday vowing a strong campaign to win the event. Italy is the first country to announce a bid taking advantage of new IOC rules allowing events to be ...

Dec 13, 2014

South Korea rules out sharing 2018 Winter Games events with Japan

South Korea formally ruled out Friday the possibility of sharing events at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics with Japan, stressing that preparations are too far along to consider venue changes. The option of moving some sliding events — such as bobsleigh and luge — ...

Mori to set up team to mull 2020 event lineup

Dec 10, 2014

Mori to set up team to mull 2020 event lineup

Yoshiro Mori, the chairman of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee, indicated Tuesday he intends to set up a review board in the near future to determine how to select additional events for the Summer Games. Mori announced the plan a day after the ...

Dec 9, 2014

IOC gives Kosovo full recognition

Athletes from Kosovo will be able to compete at the 2016 Summer Games after being granted full recognition on Tuesday by the International Olympic Committee. The full IOC formally ratified a decision made in October by the executive board that clears the way for ...

IOC approves Bach's reform plans

Dec 9, 2014

IOC approves Bach's reform plans

Thomas Bach never thought it would be this easy. In rapid fashion and without a single vote against or even an abstention, the International Olympic Committee on Monday overwhelmingly approved its president’s 40-point reform package — the biggest shake-up of the organization in decades. ...

Dec 9, 2014

Tokyo 2020, Japan sports officials react to IOC reforms

After the IOC rubber-stamped IOC president Thomas Bach’s “Agenda 2020″ that will lead to a shake-up in the Olympic movement not witnessed in decades, positive reactions reverberated across Japan as it prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Games in less than six years. “Being able ...