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Olympic Agenda 2020: Strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement unveiled

On November 18, 2014, IOC President Thomas Bach revealed the 40 proposals that make up Olympic Agenda 2020, a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. During the public launch of the recommendations at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne (SUI), Bach called the 20+20 proposals “the culmination of a year of open, transparent and […]

IOC Suggests More Venues Outside Tokyo for 2020 Games

Japan (Shutterstock) By Elaine Lies TOKYO, Nov 19 (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President John Coates has urged Tokyo to consider moving more events to venues outside the capital, including one hundreds of kilometers away, in a bid to rein in spending for the 2020 Summer Games. Rising labour and construction costs have […]

Samsung extends deal as Olympics top sponsor to 2020

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/BEAWIHARTA (Reuters) – South Korea’s Samsung has extended its top sponsorship contract as an Olympics worldwide partner to 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Sunday. Samsung, who first signed up as a top sponsor with the IOC in 1998 and was a local sponsor at the 1988 Seoul Olympics as well, will […]

Rising Costs Force Review of Tokyo 2020 Venue Plans

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Reuters/Yuya Shino) (Reuters) – Rising labor and construction costs are forcing a review of Tokyo’s venue plans for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and could lead to a scaling back of facilities, Japanese officials said on Wednesday. The review will include all 10 venues that Tokyo plans to build for the […]

Wrestling Reclaims Its Spot In The 2020 Olympics

By Karolos Grohmann BUENOS AIRES | Sun Sep 8, 2013 2:10pm EDT (Reuters) – Wrestling completed an unprecedented comeback on Sunday, reclaiming its spot in the 2020 Olympic Games after beating bids from rivals squash and baseball/softball in an International Olympic Committee vote. An iconic Olympic sport, wrestling featured in the ancient Olympics as well […]

Summer 2020: Tokyo

By Ossian Shine BUENOS AIRES | Sat Sep 7, 2013 (Reuters) – Tokyo was awarded the 2020 summer Games on Saturday, beating Istanbul in a head-to-head vote after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had addressed the International Olympic Committee in person to allay fears over the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The Japanese capital won the right […]

IOC to Improve Olympic Bidding Process

Could baseball return to the Olympics? (Shutterstock) By Karolos Grohmann LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Bidding for the Olympics will become cheaper, easier and more attractive while sports will enter the Games quicker, the IOC said on Tuesday, presenting the biggest changes in decades in the way the Games are organized and run. “We have […]

IOC Will Unveil Major Olympic Changes Next Week

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (REUTERS/Aly Song) By Karolos Grohmann Nov 14 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee will unveil plans to overhaul parts of the sporting extravaganza next week as they look to make the Games more attractive to fans and sponsors alike. IOC President Thomas Bach will present 40 recommendations at the […]

Olympic Sports Notes

UniversalSports.com presents Olympic Sports Notes, a one-stop-shop for the latest in Olympic Sports related news. Check back often for updates. Friday, November 14, 2014 OLYMPICS ALPINE SKI – MIKAELA SHIFFRIN: FROM ONE BREAKTHROUGH TO THE NEXT LINDSEY VONN – GOPRO TRAINING VIDEO FROM Wednesday SPEED SKATING – US LONG TRACK SPEED SKATERS READY TO REBOUND […]

2024 Could be ‘Right Time’ for U.S. Olympic Bid

1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics (Ruediger Fessel/Bongarts/Getty Images) By Julian Linden BANGKOK, Nov 8 (Reuters) – One of the most powerful men in the Olympic movement has urged the United States to push ahead with its plans to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, saying it is the “right time”. The U.S. has not hosted the […]

Beijing and Almaty press their cases for 2022 Winter Games

(Reuters) – The two cities in the running to host the Winter Olympics that Europe didn’t want went on the charm offensive on Friday, hoping to convince Olympic delegates to award them the 2022 Games. The bidding teams from Beijing and Almaty provided a sneak preview of their ambitious plans to host the Games with […]

Olympics: Hold your horses, Paris mayor tells Hollande on 2024 bid

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN “Nothing, nobody will have me change the agenda or the method as far as a Paris bid is concerned,” Hidalgo, who like Hollande is a member of the Socialist Party, told a news conference on Friday. Hidalgo’s remarks come a day after Hollande said he was “in favor of the city […]

Public Funding Could Boost Paris 2024 Bid

Paris, France (Shutterstock.com) By Julien Pretot PARIS, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Although France has not decided if it will bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, the country’s Olympic Committee (CNOSF) is already planning a public funding operation to finance a possible candidacy for Paris. The CNOSF will say in January whether it wants to […]

Germany will bid to host 2024 Games

Germany (Shutterstock) (Reuters) – Germany is to bid to host the 2024 Summer Games in Berlin or Hamburg, the country’s Olympic sports confederation (DOSB) said on Tuesday. The DOSB added that a decision will be made on March 21, 2015 on which of the two cities will be picked. “Olympic and Paralympic Games are the […]

Ryan Lochte Helps “Make-A-Wish” Come True

Erik (L) racing Ryan Lochte (Courtesy of Make-A-Wish) By Seth Rubinroit 15-year-old Erik is determined to swim in the 2020 Olympics, and he is not going to let cystic fibrosis stop him. To help him accomplish his goal, Make-A-Wish granted Erik’s wish of a training session with 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte. Lochte jumped into […]

Costs and bidding process scare off European hopefuls

(Reuters) – What do European cities Stockholm, Oslo, Krakow, Lviv, St Moritz and Munich have in common? They have all turned down or pulled out of bidding for the Winter Olympics in 2022 and triggered alarm bells at the International Olympic Committee. The withdrawals, with Oslo pulling out as recently as last week, have highlighted […]

Japan delays demolition of stadium for Olympics over new bid round

(Reuters) – The demolition of Japan’s National Stadium to clear the way for a new structure to host the 2020 Summer Olympics has been further delayed in order to hold another round of bidding for the project, officials said on Monday. The move was suggested by a government panel following a complaint of irregularities in […]

Oslo 2022 Games pullout no blow but changes needed – IOC

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ALY SONG (Reuters) – Oslo quitting the race to stage the 2022 Winter Olympics has not hurt the International Olympic Committee but has underlined that changes are needed to make the Games more attractive to bidders, president Thomas Bach told Reuters on Thursday. IOC head Bach said that Norway’s decision to pull out was […]

Russian Zhukov heads 2022 Games bids evaluation team

CREDIT: REUTERS/ENRIQUE MARCARIAN (Reuters) – Russian Olympic chief Alexander Zhukov has been picked to head the team that will evaluate the 2022 winter Olympic bids ahead of next year’s decision, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday. Zhukov, a former Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation who became an IOC member in 2013, has […]

Gulf states strike athletics gold, North stun South

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/JASON REED (Reuters) – Bahrain and Qatar struck more Asian Games athletics gold on Monday as their policy of cherry-picking top African talent continued to pay off, while North Korea stunned the South with a late winner in their women’s soccer semi-final. Mohamad Al-Garni and Maryam Yusuf Jamal added their names to the growing […]

U.S. Olympic bid picking up momentum and support

(Reuters) – The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) gave the clearest indication yet that it will make a pitch for the 2024 Summer Games, saying on Friday that next year it hoped to be in the final stages of preparing a bid. After stunning rebukes to New York to host the 2012 Olympics and Chicago’s […]

Hagino sets sights on Olympics after conquering Asia

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/TIM WIMBORNE (Reuters) – Showing no sign of fatigue or weariness after his grueling schedule, Japan’s Kosuke Hagino provided another glimpse on Wednesday of why he could be the man to take over from Michael Phelps as swimming’s ultimate ironman. Hagino captured his fourth gold medal at the Asian Games by winning one of […]

Baseball Gains Support for Return to Olympics

Baseball was last in the Olympics in 2008 (Shutterstock) By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The president of the Olympic Council of Asia has thrown his support behind baseball’s bid to return to the programme at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who also heads the powerful Association of […]

Women front and center of Japan’s Asian Games team

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ISSEI KATO (Reuters) – Japan heads to the Asian Games with the team’s top two symbolic leadership roles filled by women for the first time in what may mark a growing focus on women’s sports in its traditionally male-dominated society. Giving the roles of captain and flag bearer to women at the could be […]

Rio showing dynamism, World Cup a confidence boost

(Reuters) – Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic preparations are in full swing with organizers having rediscovered their dynamism after years of delays and the soccer World Cup boosting their confidence, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday. Branded as the ‘worst preparations ever by’ International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates in April, work for […]

Incheon Ready to Showcase Cream of Asian sports

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/KIM HONG-JI (Reuters) – An array of Olympians and stars of sports niche and new arrive in the South Korean city of Incheon for the 17th Asian Games this month, bringing together some 10,000 athletes for a 16-day multi-sport spectacular second only in scale to the Summer Olympics. From weightlifting to wushu, rowing to […]

A year after winning Olympics, Tokyo faces hurdles in move from bid to build

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/KYODO/FILE (Reuters) – Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Olympics were meant to be different: compact, on budget and on time. But now, as the Japanese capital moves to leap from bid to building a year after winning thegames, the optimism is ebbing. The National Stadium, built when Japan hosted the Olympics in 1964, symbolizes the woes. […]

Two German Cities Interested in a 2024 Olympic Bid

By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Germany’s Berlin and Hamburg, eager to launch a summer Olympics candidacy, have proposed modest, inner-city concepts for the Olympics with the country to decide in the coming months if and which city will bid for the 2024 Games. The two cities are slugging it out for the […]

3×3 Basketball Excites at 2014 Youth Olympic Games

Team USA at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games. From left, Katie Lou Samuelson, De’Janae Boykin, Napheesa Collier and Arike Ogunbowale. (Seth Rubinroit/Universal Sports) By Seth Rubinroit Blink and you might miss a basket. Reach down for your soda and you could miss two. Run to the bathroom and you might miss the entire game. 3×3 […]

Berlin to unveil Olympic Games concept

(Reuters) – Berlin, which last hosted the Olympics in 1936, will unveil its concept for the 2024 Games on Sept. 1 and will follow up with a city referendum as Germany has still to decide on a bid between Hamburg and the capital for those Games or 2028. “We will answer the questionnaire of the […]

IOC Has to Explain Merits of Games Better, says Bach

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) must do a better job of explaining the merits of hosting the Games to cities considering an application, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday. Only three cities – Oslo, Almaty in Kazakhstan and Beijing – were confirmed as official candidates to host the […]

IOC urges ‘sustainable’ Tokyo Games, lauds venue review

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/YUYA SHINO (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates has urged Tokyo to ensure plans for the 2020 SummerGames avoid wasteful construction and welcomed talk of reviewing or possibly scaling back venues. Japanese officials, led by Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe, said earlier this month that rising labor and construction costs were forcing the Japanese capital to rethink […]

U.S. Olympic Committee Narrows List Of Cities To Four For Potential U.S. Bid For 2024 Olympic And Paralympic Games

Image Courtesy United States Olympic Committee BY: UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., were today identified by the United States Olympic Committee as candidates for a potential U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.“We’re extremely pleased with the level of interest U.S. cities […]

U.S. plans for 2024 Games to gain traction with NBC deal

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MATHIEU BELANGER UPDATE MAY 14: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is “seriously assessing the viability of an Olympic bid for New York City” for the 2024 Olympics, according to the Financial Times.  (Reuters) – Minutes after NBC Universal secured a long-term deal on Wednesday to broadcast the Olympics, the focus shifted firmly on the chances of a U.S. […]

White out of slopestyle as Sochi opening nears

  PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE (Reuters) – The Sochi Olympics were dealt a blow two days before the opening ceremony when American snowboarding star Shaun White pulled out of the slopestyle event due to safety concerns, highlighting the real dangers athletes face in extreme winter sports. The news came as organizers scramble to deal with teething problems […]

Japan May Scale Down Olympic Stadium

Credit: Reuters/Tokyo 2020 Bid Commitee/Handout (Reuters) – Japan may scale down its plans for a new Tokyo stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games in an effort to curtail rising costs and fend off criticism the originally planned building is too large. Olympics minister Hakubun Shimomura told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday that the new stadium could cost as much as […]

Wrestling in shock as IOC wields Games axe

The Aug. 5, 2012 file photo shows Cuba’s Gustavo Balart, left, competing with South Korea’s Choi Gyu-jin during 55-kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. IOC leaders have dropped wrestling for the 2020 Games in a surprise decision to scrap one of the oldest sports on the Olympic program. The IOC […]

Maze wins St. Moritz super-combined

By Manuele Lang ST MORITZ, Switzerland, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Tina Maze showed off her vastly improved all-round skills to win a super-combined event for her third victory of the Alpine ski World Cup season on Friday. The Slovenian giant slalom world champion was fastest in both legs of the event with a combined time […]

For our skiing fans: Universal Sports Network distribution update

The 2012-13 FIS Alpine World Cup Ski Season has officially arrived and Universal Sports Network is your championship home for winter sports action all season long! With all of the inquires into our coverage, we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on our current distribution efforts. Since the beginning of 2012, we have […]

Unsung Sports: Lost events

Team USA celebrates after the medal ceremony at the Baseball Stadium in Olympic Park during the Sydney Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia on September 27, 2000. The USA defeated Cuba 4-0 to win the gold medal. Cuba took silver. (Photo by Jamie Squire /Getty Images) Previous features: Modern Pentathlon | Steeplechase | Synchronized Swimming | […]

 
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