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Olympic shooters thrust into gun-control debate

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Kim Rhode sees the news on television or social media. Another mass shooting, in Aurora, San Bernardino, Newtown, Orlando, Dallas, Baton Rouge. For the two-time Olympic gold medalist shotgun shooter, what comes next has become routine. “I just wait for my phone to ring,” Rhode said. “I know the questions ...

Jul 26, 2016

International Canoe Federation issues ban on five Russians for Rio Games

Five Russian canoe sprint athletes — including the 2012 Olympic champion Alexander Dyachenko — have been banned from competing at next month’s Rio Olympics by the International Canoe Federation (ICF), after they were implicated by the McLaren Report. Dyachenko, European champion Andrey Kraitor, Olympic ...

Buddhist priest contemplates canoe gold at Rio Olympics

Jul 25, 2016

Buddhist priest contemplates canoe gold at Rio Olympics

When he’s not chanting and living the austere life of a Buddhist priest, Kazuki Yazawa contemplates Olympic gold. The 27-year-old Yazawa will represent Japan in canoe slalom at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics where he hopes to use his mental toughness and skill to ...

Jul 25, 2016

Australians unhappy with Athletes Village

Australia’s Olympic team leader is keeping the delegation’s 700 athletes or staff out of the Athletes Village for at least two days, citing electrical and plumbing problems in the sprawling complex less than two weeks before the start of the games in Rio de ...

IOC decides against complete ban of Russia from Rio Olympics

Jul 25, 2016

IOC decides against complete ban of Russia from Rio Olympics

Rejecting calls by anti-doping officials for a complete ban of Russia, Olympic leaders on Sunday gave individual sports federations the task of deciding which athletes should be cleared to compete in next month’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Citing the need to protect the ...

Jul 22, 2016

IOC announces 45 failed doping retests from Beijing, London

Forty-five athletes have failed doping tests after their samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Games were reanalyzed, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday. The results are from a second wave of retests and take the total number of athletes who ...

Jul 21, 2016

WADA reopens drug-testing lab

The World Anti-Doping Agency said Wednesday it has reinstated the laboratory that will carry out drug testing for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, which start in just over two weeks. The lab was shuttered last month for what WADA called “nonconformity with International Standard ...

Russia expects final decision on Olympic ban Sunday

Jul 20, 2016

Russia expects final decision on Olympic ban Sunday

Russia’s top Olympic official says he expects a final decision by Sunday on whether the entire Russian team will be banned from next month’s games in Rio. The International Olympic Committee is examining the legal options following a report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator ...

IOC delays decision on total Russian ban

Jul 20, 2016

IOC delays decision on total Russian ban

With just over two weeks until the opening ceremony, Russia still doesn’t know whether its athletes — all or even some — will be competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It may all come down to the lawyers. While the IOC decided ...