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Legendary weightlifter 'Pocket Hercules' dies at 50

Turkey's legendary triple Olympic gold medal-winning weightlifting champion Naim Suleymanoglu, dubbed the "Pocket Hercules" for generating huge power from his diminutive frame, died on Saturday at age 50, state media reported. The Bulgarian-born Suleymanoglu, who had in late September been admitted to intensive care after suffering liver failure, died in a ...

Nov 7, 2017

Russia eyes civil lawsuits to overturn doping bans

Russia could try to overturn doping bans against its athletes in civil courts, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said Monday. The International Olympic Committee banned two Russian cross-country skiers last week, stripping a gold medal from one. Those were the first Olympic rulings based on ...

French charge Fredericks in probe

Nov 4, 2017

French charge Fredericks in probe

IOC member Frankie Fredericks was handed preliminary charges on Friday in a French investigation into vote-buying around the decision to award the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro. An official close to the investigation told AP that Fredericks was questioned Thursday and handed charges of ...

Pyeongchang Games flame lit in birthplace of ancient Olympics

Oct 24, 2017

Pyeongchang Games flame lit in birthplace of ancient Olympics

The flame for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games was lit at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics Tuesday, despite a brief cloudburst that disrupted the sun-reliant ceremony. It launched a long torch relay that will culminate with the winter Games opening on Feb. 9. "Now it will ...

Speedskater Arianna Fontana chosen as Italy's Olympic flag bearer

Oct 24, 2017

Speedskater Arianna Fontana chosen as Italy's Olympic flag bearer

Short track speedskater Arianna Fontana has been named as Italy's flag bearer for the opening ceremony at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February. The 27-year-old Fontana has won five Olympic medals, 14 world championship medals and 34 European championship medals over her standout career. Fontana was selected ...

U.S. pressured IOC to ban Russia from Winter Olympics: Putin

Oct 20, 2017

U.S. pressured IOC to ban Russia from Winter Olympics: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the US had put indirect pressure on the IOC to block Russia from the 2018 Winter Games, adding it would be a "humiliation" for the country. The IOC is currently assessing if Russian athletes will be allowed to ...

Sep 22, 2017

France mulls skipping Olympics due to North Korea crisis

France will not attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang if the current international stand-off over North Korea's atomic weapons program worsens and security cannot be guaranteed, the country's sports minister said Thursday. "If this gets worse and we do not have our security assured, ...

Sep 16, 2017

Takeda gets formal OK to stay with IOC

The International Olympic Committee approved Tsunekazu Takeda remaining as an IOC member until the end of the 2020 Tokyo Games, it was announced at the IOC Session on Friday. Takeda, the Japanese Olympic Committee president, will reach the IOC's age limit of 70 in November, ...

IOC formally awards Paris 2024 Olympics, LA 2028 Games

Sep 14, 2017

IOC formally awards Paris 2024 Olympics, LA 2028 Games

Paris was awarded the 2024 Summer Olympics and Los Angeles was handed the 2028 edition on Wednesday, as the International Olympic Committee broke with decades of tradition to vote on a unique double allocation. Paris, which has hosted two previous Olympics, will stage the event ...