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San Francisco to submit bid for 2024 Olympics

Golden Gate Bridge (Shutterstock) (Reuters) – A group of San Francisco Bay Area business, sports and civic leaders will bid to host the 2024 Olympics and is putting together a proposal for the United States Olympic Committee, officials said on Thursday. Should the USOC decide to bid for the Games and the Paralympics, the cities […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

All Blacks Game Could Be Catalyst for U.S. World Cup Bid

USA Rugby Men’s Eagles (Michael Lee/USA Rugby) Click here to receive information about the Rugby World Cup 2015. By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – The All Blacks test against the United States in Chicago could provide the springboard rugby needs in the competitive American sports market and even prove a catalyst to bid for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Norway Withdraws Oslo’s Bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

Norway (Shutterstock) OSLO, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Norway’s government is withdrawing Oslo’s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, it said on Wednesday, leaving Beijing and Almaty in Kazakhstan as the only contenders after most potential applicants pulled out. Norway, which has hosted the Games twice and won more Winter Games medals than any other […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eugene Bids to Host IAAF World Championships

Sanya Richards-Ross competing in Eugene, Oregon in 2012 (REUTERS/Steve Dipaola)  By Gene Cherry Sept 25 (Reuters) – Eugene, Oregon will bid for the 2019 IAAF world athletics championships, seeking to become the first U.S. city to host the biennial event, officials said on Thursday. Barcelona and Doha are also bidding for the championships, which attract the world’s top […]

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 […]

China faces tougher sell in Winter Olympics bid

(Reuters) – Beijing promised a “frugal” Winter Olympics and to harness the event to clean up the capital’s notorious air pollution if selected as host of the 2022 Games, but the pledges were greeted with skepticism on Chinese social media. Along with Oslo and Almaty, Beijing was confirmed as an official candidate for 2022 on […]

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 […]

New York, Philadelphia Will Not Bid For 2024 Summer Olympics

By Max Meyer New York and Philadelphia have officially decided not to submit bids to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The Wall Street Journal reported that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio considered the possibility of bidding for the Olympic Games, but ultimately decided that it “doesn’t make sense.” New York has never hosted […]

2013 Boston Marathon Tribute: Joe Biden

A week before the 118th Boston Marathon, the city of Boston came together to remember the tragic terrorist attack last year. And giving tribute to the heroes and the survivors of that day, Vice-President Joe Biden had these words.

Embattled Evans bids to prove his worth as BMC leader

Cadel Evans (AUS) during stage twelve of the 2012 Tour de France between Saint Jean de Maurienne and Annonay Davezieux. (Bernard Papon/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE) NAZARETH, Belgium, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans has recovered from the mental scars of last year’s race and is looking to rediscover his […]

FIS turns down Vonn’s bid to enter men’s race

By Patrick Lang BASEL, Switzerland, Nov 3 (Reuters) – American Lindsey Vonn will not be allowed to enter the men’s downhill competition at Lake Louise, the International Ski Federation (FIS) said on Saturday. Vonn, the second most successful woman skier in the history of the sport, made headlines before the start of the season when […]

USSA formalizes bid for Vonn to ski against the men

Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. clears a gate during the first run of the World Cup Soelden Women’s Giant Slalom race on the Rettenbach glacier in the Tyrolean ski resort of Soelden, October 27, 2012. (REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler) Audi FIS Alpine World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn’s (Vail, CO) bid to ski against the men was formalized […]

Wiggins illness hits British worlds bid

Bradley Wiggins (GBR) races at Box Hill during the men’s cycling race. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) LONDON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins could be a doubt for the world championships next week after pulling out before the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain with illness on Friday. Team […]

Liukin’s comeback bid unravels at trials

U.S. gymnast Nastia Liukin falls on the uneven bars at the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, California, June 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Blake) By Mark Lamport-Stokes SAN JOSE, California, June 29 (Reuters) – Nastia Liukin’s comeback bid to gain a place at the London Games looked all but over on Friday after she faltered […]

China’s Liu back at his best in bid for redemption

Liu Xiang of China (C) wins the men’s 110 metre hurdle event with Jason Richardson of the US (R) and Aries Merritt of the US (L) trailing during the Diamond League athletics meet in Shanghai on May 19, 2012. (PETER PARKS/AFP/GettyImages) By Nick Mulvenney June 5 (Reuters) – In 12.87 seconds on an Oregon track, […]

Golden girl Liukin savoring grind of late London bid

Team USA women’s gymnast Nastia Liukin during a portrait session at the 2012 Team USA Media Summit at the Hilton Anatole. (Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE) By Larry Fine DALLAS, May 14 (Reuters) – Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Nastia Liukin is relishing the exhaustion of intense training in her rushed bid to represent the United States at […]

Overweight Gardner ends bid for Olympic comeback

Rulon Gardner of USA (left) celebrates winning the gold medal by defeating Alexandre Kareline of Russia (right) in the 130 kilogram event during the Greco Roman wrestling held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. (Billy Stickland/ALLSPORT) April 20 (Reuters) – American wrestler […]

Mutai hopes Boston can fuel Olympic bid

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the men’s division of the 2011 New York City Marathon in New York November 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON, April 13 (Reuters) – When Geoffrey Mutai, who clocked the fastest ever marathon in Boston last year, returns to the starting line on […]

Ted Ligety Suffers Left Wrist Injury

Ted Ligety (AP Photo/Shinishiro Tanaka) Click here for the full 2014-2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup viewing schedule. Olympic champion Ted Ligety suffered an injury to his left wrist while training today at Vail’s Golden Peak. According to U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Kyle Wilkens, Ligety suffered a left wrist carpal dislocation. He underwent surgery with U.S. […]

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 […]

IOC Opens Door for Joint Olympics Organizers

IOC President Thomas Bach (L) and alpine ski racer Maria Hoefl-Riesch (REUTERS/Jean-Christophe Bott/Pool) By Karolos Grohmann LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday cracked open the door for more than one city or country to host the same Olympics as it looks for ways of cutting costs and making its […]

Doha to Host 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships

Doha (Shutterstock) MONACO, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Qatar’s emergence as a global sporting hub gained further clout when Doha was chosen as host city for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships on Tuesday. The fast-growing city alongside the Arabian Gulf will become the first from the Middle East to stage the blue riband event. Overlooked […]

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 […]

Prize Purse Doubled for Arena Grand Prix Series

Katie Ledecky (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) With twice the prize money as last season on the line, many of the world’s best swimmers will face top-flight competition on United States soil in USA Swimming’s 2014-15 Arena Grand Prix Series. As part of USA Swimming’s partnership with swimwear leader Arena, the six-event Arena Grand Prix Series […]

Fall of Berlin Wall and hopes of sports superpower status

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/THOMAS PETER (Reuters) – Berliners had only just started taking pickaxes to the Berlin Wall in the days after its dramatic demise on November 9, 1989 when the world of sport began confidently predicting a golden future for a reunited Germany. German officials talked about staging an historic Olympics in East and West […]

Bach tells IOC members ‘it’s time’ for change

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has called on sports leaders to quit talking and start taking action to reform the way the body runs the Olympics. Bach used his opening address at the Association of National Olympic Committees general assembly (ANOC) in Bangkok on Friday to urge delegates […]

U.S. A Sleeping Giant of World Rugby: Wallabies’ Greats

Sam Cane of the All Blacks scores a try during the International Test Match between the United States of America and the New Zealand All Blacks at Soldier Field on November 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images) (Reuters) – The United States was the ‘sleeping giant’ of world rugby and 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 […]

No quick fix on reducing Olympic costs, says Asian chief

(Reuters) – While the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is looking at ways to significantly reduce the costs of staging the Games, Asia’s top Olympic official has warned there is unlikely to ever be a dirt-cheap solution. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti president of the Olympic Council of Asia, said that while the IOC was investigating […]

Give Middle East a chance, says Asian Olympic chief

(Reuters) – The skeptics who have criticized the selection of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup are missing the bigger picture, and should wait and see before casting their judgment, Asia’s top Olympic official said on Thursday. Just as the Beijing Olympics helped changed some global perceptions of China, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the […]

FIS President Warns FIFA over Confict with 2022 Winter Games

By Manuele Lang SOELDEN, Austria, Oct 26 (Reuters) – International Ski Federation (FIS) president Gian-Franco Kasper has warned FIFA against holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at the same time as the Winter Olympic Games. Kasper, who is also an outspoken member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was reacting to comments last week […]

Oslo pullout highlights need for more IOC transparency

(Reuters) – Oslo’s surprise withdrawal from the race to stage the 2022 Winter Olympics last week highlighted the need for more transparency in the bidding process, Norwegian Olympic Committee Secretary General Inge Andersen told Reuters on Thursday. Oslo became the fourth city, after Stockholm, Lviv in Ukraine and Poland’s Krakow to pull out, leaving just […]

Winter Olympics May Have to Move for 2022 World Cup

Olympic Rings (Shutterstock) By Mike Collett LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The 2022 Winter Olympics may have to move from its traditional January and February dates to accommodate the World Cup finals being staged in Qatar, leading European soccer clubs’ official Umberto Gandini said on Wednesday. Gandini, vice-chairman of the European Club Association of Europe’s top […]

USA Swimming Suspends Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) Oct 6 (Reuters) – U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, who recently returned to top-level competition after a two-year retirement, was suspended on Monday for six months by USA Swimming following his recent arrest on a drunken driving charge. Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, will also not represent the […]

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 […]

Ryan Lochte Discusses Michael Phelps’ DUI Arrest

Ryan Lochte (left) and Michael Phelps (AP Photo/Matt York) By Seth Rubinroit Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was arrested Tuesday morning for drunken driving. Longtime swimming rival Ryan Lochte did not hold back when asked by TMZ Sports about Phelps’ arrest: “I’m not concerned…he just makes dumb decisions.” “He has so […]

2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards Nominees

Michael Phelps (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After claiming a combined 10 medals at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md.) and Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) headline the nominees for the 2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards, set for Monday, Nov. 24, at the New York Marriott Marquis. The nation’s […]

Discrimination clause part of new Olympic city contracts

(Reuters) – A new clause aimed at ensuring the Olympics are free from any form of discrimination will be included in future Gameshost city contracts after the Sochi 2014 Olympics were marred by a controversial Russian anti-gay propaganda law. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in a letter to bidders for the 2022 winter Olympics […]

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 […]

IRB Ready to Sniff Out Sevens “Fraudsters”

By Mitch Phillips LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Any 20-stone prop hoping to disguise himself as a rugby sevens speedster in a bid to secure a switch of nationalities for the 15-man game should think again after the sport’s governing body said on Monday it will be alert to such underhand dealings. The International Rugby […]

Nearly half the tickets for Rio 2016 to be under $30

PHOTO CREDIT: CREDIT: REUTERS/BRAZILIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS (Reuters) – Almost half of all tickets for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be sold for $30 or less in a bid to make the Games“as affordable as possible,” the organizing committee said on Tuesday. The most expensive tickets, however, will still be out of […]

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 […]

 
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