Olympic gold medalist runner Whitfield dies at 91

Nov 20, 2015

Olympic gold medalist runner Whitfield dies at 91

Mal Whitfield, a Tuskegee airman who won Olympic track and field titles in the 800 meters in 1948 and 1952 and served for decades as a sports affairs officer for the U.S. Information Agency, died Thursday. He was 91. Fredricka Whitfield said she and ...

Nov 17, 2015

Oldest surviving Olympian dies at 103

Guo Jie, a former Chinese discus thrower who was the world’s oldest surviving Olympian, has died. He was 103. The Xi’an Institute of Physical Education, where he had served as a coach and instructor, said Guo died Sunday. Guo represented China in the discus ...

Nov 12, 2015

Magic Johnson joins L.A. 2024 bid team

NBA legend and Olympic gold medalist Earvin “Magic” Johnson has been appointed to help boost Los Angeles’ ambitious bid for the 2024 Summer Games, a statement said Wednesday Johnson, a member of the fabled 1992 U.S. Dream Team at the Barcelona Olympics, was appointed ...

Cycling body close to agreeing Tokyo Games venue switch

Nov 5, 2015

Cycling body close to agreeing Tokyo Games venue switch

After months of negotiations, cycling’s governing body, the UCI, is nearing final agreement with Olympic organizers on their proposal to move cycling events at the 2020 Tokyo Games to a venue outside the capital to save money. UCI president Brian Cookson told The Associated ...

Oct 20, 2015

Hashimoto appointed Japan's Chef de Mission for Rio Olympics

Former Olympic speed skater Seiko Hashimoto will make history as the first female Chef de Mission at the Summer Olympics, when she leads Japan’s delegation to next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games. The Japanese Olympic Committee on Tuesday named the seven-time Olympian to reprise ...

Oct 9, 2015

Equestrian events in Rio in jeopardy

The equestrian events for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro might have to take place outside Brazil, the head of the country’s equestrian confederation has warned. Luiz Roberto Giugni blasted the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry for delays in issuing the documentation needed to allow ...

Oct 2, 2015

Vatican beefs up IOC contacts, remains cautious on Rome bid

The Vatican is beefing up its contacts with the International Olympic Committee but isn’t taking sides in Rome’s bid for the 2024 Games, which organizers hope will include the marathon winding through St. Peter’s Square. The head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal ...

Tokyo 2020 chiefs recommend five additional sports

Sep 28, 2015

Tokyo 2020 chiefs recommend five additional sports

Five additional sports, including skateboarding and surfing, have been recommended by the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics for inclusion at the 2020 Summer Games, it was announced on Monday. Baseball/softball, karate and climbing were also given the thumbs up under a proposal that will ...