Brazil in turmoil as Olympics loom

Apr 27, 2016

Brazil in turmoil as Olympics loom

On the streets of Rio de Janeiro, it feels like a long time since the heady days in 2009 when the city was named to host South America’s first Olympics. Then, a booming Brazil was the Latin American poster child for the seemingly unstoppable ...

Bach praises all four bids submitted to host 2024 Olympics

Feb 18, 2016

Bach praises all four bids submitted to host 2024 Olympics

The IOC praised the four cities bidding for the 2024 Olympics on Wednesday for relying heavily on existing and temporary facilities to cut costs and avoid white elephants. Los Angeles, Paris, Rome and Budapest, Hungary, delivered their first detailed bid files to the IOC ...

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 ...

Dec 9, 2015

IOC president Bach says scandals undermining sports' credibility

Recent scandals are undermining the credibility of sports and casting suspicion on millions of clean athletes, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said on Tuesday. Bach called on all sports organizations to follow rules of “good governance” to prevent the type of corruption cases ...

Dec 1, 2015

Bach says IOC regrets Hamburg's nixed 2024 Olympic bid

The rejection of Hamburg’s bid for the 2024 Olympics marks a “missed opportunity” for the city and Germany, IOC president Thomas Bach said Monday. Hamburg withdrew its bid Sunday after it was defeated in a referendum by voters in the northern port city. The ...

Bach confident Russia can enact reforms before Olympics

Nov 15, 2015

Bach confident Russia can enact reforms before Olympics

IOC president Thomas Bach said Saturday he is confident Russia will enact the necessary anti-doping reforms in time for its track and field athletes to be cleared to compete in next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Bach gave his backing to Russian Olympic ...

Sep 4, 2015

IOC establishes $2 million fund to assist refugees

The International Olympic Committee is setting up a $2 million fund to assist refugees. “With this terrible crisis unfolding across the Middle East, Africa and Europe, sport and the Olympic Movement wanted to play its part in bringing humanitarian help to the refugees,” IOC ...

Sep 4, 2015

Hausen named IOC president's new chief of staff

IOC president Thomas Bach has hired a German regional government official as his new chief of staff. The International Olympic Committee announced that 43-year-old Marcus Hausen started work on Tuesday at the body’s headquarters in Lausanne. For the past three years, Hausen ran the ...

Bach blames Boston for bid failure

Jul 30, 2015

Bach blames Boston for bid failure

IOC president Thomas Bach said Boston was firmly to blame for its aborted bid for the 2024 Olympics and that the city failed to deliver on “promises” made to U.S. Olympic leaders when they selected the Massachusetts capital as the American candidate for the ...

IOC wants stadium plan finalized by end of July

Jun 30, 2015

IOC wants stadium plan finalized by end of July

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has asked Japan’s organizing committee to finalize the main stadium plan for the 2020 Summer Games before the IOC meets in late July, Toshiaki Endo, the Cabinet minister in charge of hosting the Olympics, revealed Tuesday. Endo, who ...