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IOC stunned by death of French athletes in helicopter crash

Mar 10, 2015

IOC stunned by death of French athletes in helicopter crash

The IOC on Tuesday mourned the death of three French sports stars, including two Olympic medalists, in a helicopter accident during the filming of a reality show. Olympic swimming champion Camille Muffat, bronze medalist boxer Alexis Vastine and yachtswoman Florence Arthaud were among the ...

Mar 3, 2015

Fukushima makes Olympic pitch

Fukushima, stricken by one of the world’s worst-ever nuclear disasters in 2011, wants to host baseball and softball games at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — and hopes to convince athletes to eat the local food. The sports were dropped from the Olympic program after ...

Feb 27, 2015

Tokyo 2020 unveils overall plans

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympics and Paralympics Games on Friday submitted its Games Foundation Plan for the 2020 Tokyo Games to the IOC and released it to the public on its official website. The Game Foundation Plan for the Tokyo Games consists ...

Feb 26, 2015

Olympic TV plan gains momentum

Olympic officials say it’s the right time for a $600 million gamble. Concerned about an aging television audience for the games, the authorities are working on a channel aimed at young people. The proposal was first made in 1994 by Thomas Bach, who took ...

Repucom touts importance of Olympic sponsorship

Feb 23, 2015

Repucom touts importance of Olympic sponsorship

by Kaz Nagatsuka

There’s no doubt sponsorships have played a huge role in helping the Olympic Games become the biggest sporting extravaganza in the world today. And when Tokyo hosts its second Summer Games in 2020, it will receive a substantial amount of financial backing from corporate ...

Feb 4, 2015

Bach says IOC ready to act in Russian doping case

IOC President Thomas Bach says the Olympic body will look into Yulia Zaripova’s doping case to determine whether to strip the Russian athlete of her gold medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase from the 2012 London Games. Bach tells The Associated Press that the IOC ...

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 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 ...