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Feb 3, 2016

Zika virus overshadows buildup to Rio Games

The Zika virus is overshadowing the final preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, even eclipsing concerns over deep budget cuts and severe water pollution. Hundreds of reporters packed Olympic headquarters on Tuesday to hear about ticket sales, venue construction and a reminder that ...

Feb 3, 2016

Italian Parliament backs Rome 2024 Olympics bid

The Italian Parliament voted on Tuesday to back Rome’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is a strong supporter of Rome’s candidacy and the Parliament has now thrown its weight behind the bid. “Today the Italian Parliament adopted, by ...

Jan 28, 2016

IOC chief Bach claims Rio Games will 'overwhelm' world

IOC president Thomas Bach predicted on Wednesday that the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will “overwhelm” the world, despite Brazil’s deep financial crisis. Bach, visiting Athens for a sporting awards ceremony, described Brazil as being in a “situation of crisis,” but said the country ...

Jan 12, 2016

Japan considers new law to curb doping ahead of 2020 Olympics

Japan is considering introducing an anti-doping law as the country gears up for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a government minister said Tuesday. Hiroshi Hase said a law against doping was “necessary legislation” as Japan seeks to curb drug abuse by athletes at the Tokyo Games. ...

Jan 9, 2016

Stalman admits to taking steriods

Dutch 1984 Olympic discus gold medalist Ria Stalman on Friday admitted to taking anabolic steroids to enhance her performance, 31 years after triumphing at the Los Angeles Games. “During the final two years of my career, I daily used a light dosage of anabolic ...

Jan 5, 2016

Rio Olympic stadium goes dark due to unpaid bills

The track and field stadium for this year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics was without power Monday with the city hall and Rio soccer club Botafogo blaming each other for unpaid utility bills. In a statement to The Associated Press, the city hall said Botafogo ...

Dec 31, 2015

Brazil eases Olympic travel for some

Citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States will not have to get a visa to travel to Brazil for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the government said in the official gazette on Wednesday. The waiver will apply only for tourist ...

Dec 19, 2015

Pyeongchang test event in jeopardy

Delays in gondola construction for the 2018 Olympic Alpine skiing test event in South Korea are starting to worry the International Ski Federation. With little snow for now in Pyeongchang, a final decision on the races won’t be made until Jan. 20. “They have ...

IOC approves switch of cycling venues for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Dec 9, 2015

IOC approves switch of cycling venues for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

After months of negotiations, the IOC on Wednesday approved the cycling venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including the cost-cutting move of indoor track events to a facility located two hours from the host city. The International Olympic Committee said moving track cycling from ...