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 ...

Dec 8, 2014

IOC OKs moving events away from host cities, countries

The IOC on Monday voted to allow Olympic Games host cities to move competitions to other towns, cities or even countries, breaking with a long tradition of keeping the games contained in one location. The decision fuels speculation regarding the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, ...

S. Korea rejects talk of Nagano share in '18

Dec 8, 2014

S. Korea rejects talk of Nagano share in '18

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics organizers said Monday they had no intention of moving any events outside South Korea, following reports that some competitions may be shifted to Japan in an effort to save costs. “All necessary preparations are under way . . . on ...

Dec 7, 2014

Nagano could host 2018 Olympic events

The IOC is urging South Korean organizers of the 2018 Winter Games to move bobsled and luge events to another country to save money, according to an IOC official with knowledge of the situation. The IOC asked the South Koreans to halt construction of ...

Bach's proposals set for vote by IOC members

Dec 4, 2014

Bach's proposals set for vote by IOC members

IOC president Thomas Bach on Friday enters the final straight in his campaign to pass some of the most revolutionary reforms in the history of the 120-year-old Olympic movement and set his stamp on the IOC just over a year after taking office. The ...

Nov 27, 2014

Sapporo to bid for '26 Games

The mayor of Sapporo in Japan’s northernmost island prefecture Hokkaido on Thursday announced the city’s intention to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. The Japanese Olympic Committee will decide in 2016 which Japanese city will bid to host the event before International Olympic Committee ...

IOC supports Tokyo's plans to relocate Olympic venues

Nov 19, 2014

IOC supports Tokyo's plans to relocate Olympic venues

Olympic venue costs for the 2020 Games could be reduced to about ¥260 billion ($2.2 billion) from an earlier estimate of ¥460 billion ($3.9 billion), according to a report released Wednesday following discussions between officials with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the International Olympic ...