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Putin slams 'discrimination' against Russian athletes

Russian President Vladimir Putin hit out at “discrimination” against the country’s banned track and field athletes at a Kremlin send-off ceremony Wednesday for its depleted Olympic team. Fencers and triathletes became the latest team of Russians to be cleared to compete in the Olympics by their sports’ governing bodies ahead ...

Jul 28, 2016

Speed skating legend Pechstein rips Bach

Five-time Olympic speed skating champion Claudia Pechstein was the latest prominent German to lash out Wednesday at compatriot Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, over the IOC’s stance on state-run Russian doping. “In my eyes, Bach can be bought politically,” Pechstein, who was handed ...

Jul 28, 2016

Olympic Channel ready for launch

The IOC will launch its new Olympic Channel next month following the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Games. The digital channel, which will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, will go live on Aug. 21, right after the ceremony, ...

Olympic shooters thrust into gun-control debate

Jul 27, 2016

Olympic shooters thrust into gun-control debate

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Kim Rhode sees the news on television or social media. Another mass shooting, in Aurora, San Bernardino, Newtown, Orlando, Dallas, Baton Rouge. For the two-time Olympic gold medalist shotgun shooter, what comes next has become routine. “I just wait for my phone to ring,” ...

More Russian athletes hit with bans

Jul 27, 2016

More Russian athletes hit with bans

At least 105 athletes from the 387-strong Russian Olympic team announced last week have been barred from the Rio Games in connection with the country’s doping scandal. International federations in canoeing, sailing and modern pentathlon ruled out eight on Tuesday, including an Olympic gold ...

Jul 26, 2016

Belarus team calls athletes' village unsanitary

The Olympic team of Belarus has branded the athletes’ village in Rio de Janeiro unsanitary, a day after Australia refused to check its athletes in over health concerns. It has complained about having no hot water, only sometimes cold water, and a failing sewage ...

Jul 26, 2016

International Canoe Federation issues ban on five Russians for Rio Games

Five Russian canoe sprint athletes — including the 2012 Olympic champion Alexander Dyachenko — have been banned from competing at next month’s Rio Olympics by the International Canoe Federation (ICF), after they were implicated by the McLaren Report. Dyachenko, European champion Andrey Kraitor, Olympic ...

Buddhist priest contemplates canoe gold at Rio Olympics

Jul 25, 2016

Buddhist priest contemplates canoe gold at Rio Olympics

When he’s not chanting and living the austere life of a Buddhist priest, Kazuki Yazawa contemplates Olympic gold. The 27-year-old Yazawa will represent Japan in canoe slalom at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics where he hopes to use his mental toughness and skill to ...

Jul 25, 2016

Australians unhappy with Athletes Village

Australia’s Olympic team leader is keeping the delegation’s 700 athletes or staff out of the Athletes Village for at least two days, citing electrical and plumbing problems in the sprawling complex less than two weeks before the start of the games in Rio de ...

IOC decides against complete ban of Russia from Rio Olympics

Jul 25, 2016

IOC decides against complete ban of Russia from Rio Olympics

Rejecting calls by anti-doping officials for a complete ban of Russia, Olympic leaders on Sunday gave individual sports federations the task of deciding which athletes should be cleared to compete in next month’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Citing the need to protect the ...