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IOC to Discuss Possible Olympic Recognition for Kosovo

Flag of Kosovo (Shutterstock) By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee will discuss the possibility of granting Kosovo Olympic recognition at its Executive Board meeting this week, an official said, a move that has angered Serbian Olympic officials. “We can confirm that Kosovo will be addressed at the Executive Board (starting […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rio 2016 Progress Impressive, Says IOC in Change of Tone

Rio de Janeiro (Shutterstock) By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 1 (Reuters) – In a dramatic change of tone Olympic officials said on Wednesday they were impressed by progress being made in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Games, just months after the preparations were described by one member as “the worst” ever. […]

IOC to Respect Scotland Vote, Athletes Protected

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ALY SONG (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee promised Scottish athletes’ interests would be “safeguarded” ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics should Scotland vote in favor of independence on Sept. 18. If Scotland votes to break away from the United Kingdom, Scottish athletes who competed for Britain at the 2012 summer Olympics in London […]

IOC meets Saudi Olympic chief, discuss women in Games

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/SUZANNE PLUNKETT (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee has met with the new Saudi Arabian Olympic chief to discuss women’s participation in the Games among other issues, amid the country’s failure to send any female athletes to the Asian Games. IOC President Thomas Bach said new Saudi Olympic chief Prince Abdullah bin Musaed bin […]

5 Questions with IOC President Thomas Bach

IOC President Thomas Bach at the Youth Olympic Games (Courtesy of FIVB) Click here for the schedule of the Youth Olympic Games on Universal Sports. By Seth Rubinroit The most coveted prize at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games, besides a gold medal, is a selfie with IOC President Thomas Bach. Bach started a social media […]

World Cup will inspires Rio Olympics, says IOC’s Bach

(President of Brazil’s Olympic Committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman (L) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach.) PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/UESLEI MARCELINO (Reuters) – Rio de Janeiro will host a successful Olympic Games in 2016 after the World Cup showed Brazil can cope with staging the biggest sporting events, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said […]

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 President Discusses Brazil’s Preparations for 2016 Rio Games

Brazil is hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Games (Shutterstock) By Stephanie Nebehay LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 9 (Reuters) – Brazil has presented an “encouraging report” about preparations for the 2016 Rio Games but vigilance is needed to ensure venues are ready, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday. IOC President Thomas […]

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 […]

No plans to move Rio Games, says IOC

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/RICARDO MORAES (Reuters) – London has not been approached about the possibility of staging the 2016 Olympics due to delays in Rio de Janeiro, the IOC said on Friday in pouring cold water on English media reports that the Games could be moved. “There is not a shred of truth in that,” an International […]

UCI and IOC agree qualification quotas for Rio 2016

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/JOSE MIGUEL GOMEZ (Reuters) – Two athletes per nation will be allowed to compete in the men’s and women’s individual Sprint and Keirin at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, a change from London 2012 when just one in each event was permitted. Team GB were forced to pick between the world’s top-two sprint specialists, Jason […]

Slopestyle success whets IOC appetite for new sports

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE (Reuters) – Long before American Sage Kotsenburg grabbed the inaugural slopestyle snowboarding gold medal at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday it was clear the new event would be an instant hit. With legions of young followers around the world, the gravity-defying event took the Olympic world by storm, leaving the International Olympic Committee wanting more […]

IIHF & IOC Extend Hockey Roster Deadline

The deadline for setting countries’ mens hockey rosters has been extended.

Universal Sports Update: IOC says no to protests

The IOC is reminding athletes that protesting will not be allowed.

Thomas Bach Elected New IOC President

(Reuters) – German Thomas Bach was elected president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday, succeeding Belgium’s Jacques Rogge and maintaining a European stranglehold on the most powerful job in world sport. The 59-year-old Bach, who is also the first Olympic champion to head the IOC, is the ninth president only in the body’s […]

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 […]

IOC not ready to move on Armstrong’s Olympic medal

Viacheslav Ekimov of Russia celebrates gold in the Men’s Road Cycling Individual Time Trial alongside silver winner Jan Ullrich of Germany and bronze medalist Lance Armstrong of the USA at Moore Park on day 15 of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. (Mike Powell /Allsport) By Karolos Grohmann LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Dec 5 (Reuters) […]

IOC to investigate Armstrong’s Olympic medal

American Lance Armstrong races to win the bronze medal in the men’s individual time trial of the Sydney Olympic Games, September 30, 2000. Russian Viacheslav Ekimov took the gold medal and German Jan Ullrich took the bronze. (PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images) By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, Nov 1 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will investigate […]

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 […]

Gymnastics: Dominant U.S. retain women’s team gold

(Reuters) – The United States retained their women’s team title at the Gymnastics World Championships on Wednesday with a massive victory margin over hosts China, with Russia claiming bronze. Reigning world all-around champion Simone Biles joined Kyla Ross, Alyssa Baumann, Madison Kocian, Ashton Locklear and MyKayla Skinner to score 179.280 points, 6.693 ahead of China. […]

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 […]

U.S. Retain Women’s Team Gymnastics Gold

U.S. gymnasts pose with their gold medals at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships (REUTERS/China Daily) Click here for the remaining 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships schedule. Oct 8 (Reuters) – The United States retained their women’s team title at the Gymnastics World Championships on Wednesday with a massive victory margin over hosts China, with Russia […]

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 […]

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 […]

Asian Olympic boss unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women

(Reuters) – Asia’s top Olympic official is unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women from their team for the Asian Games and says he thought the Islamic kingdom had “broken the ice” when they picked female competitors for the London Olympics. Saudi Arabia is the only country among the 45 competing nations at the Asian Games, […]

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 […]

Asian Games: Women sidelined as Saudi Arabia selects all-male team

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/LUCY NICHOLSO (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has failed to include a single female athlete in its 199-strong team for the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea, saying its women are not sufficiently competitive. The Saudi stance sparked criticism from Human Rights Watch, which condemned its all-male line-up, saying the ultra-conservative state was shutting the door […]

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. […]

2014 Youth Olympics: Thomas Bach Interrupted by Fireworks

The IOC President, Thomas Bach, was giving a speech at the closing ceremonies and took too long of a pause. When he tried to pick it back up, the fireworks had already started!

Youth Olympics close with spectacular ceremony

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ALY SONG (Reuters) – The second Youth Olympics concluded in Nanjing on Thursday after a spectacular closing ceremony and a glowing endorsement from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Around 2,000 performers were involved in the ceremony, which was attended by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and the IOC president Thomas Bach. The sporting competition, which […]

Youth Olympians Experience Culture in Nanjing

Athletes at the welcome party in the Youth Olympic Village (Courtesy of the FIVB) By Seth Rubinroit At all hours of the day, the Youth Olympic Village looks like the quad of a bustling college campus. Athletes eat together in the cafeteria, make friends with other athletes from different countries, and even take seminars on life […]

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 […]

Youth Games action starts without Ebola-struck nations

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ALY SONG (Reuters) – Australian triathlete Brittany Dutton won the first gold of the Youth Olympics as competition kicked-off on Sunday without Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria who withdrew because of the Ebola outbreak in Africa. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday they had banned three west African athletes from competing […]

Best Photos from Opening Ceremony of Youth Olympic Games

U.S. flag during the Parade of Nations at the Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony (REUTERS/Aly Song) Click here for the schedule of the Youth Olympic Games on Universal Sports. By Seth Rubinroit More than 4,000 performers delighted the capacity crowd at the Opening Ceremony for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. From selfies with IOC President […]

Yao Ming Named Ambassador for 2014 Youth Olympic Games

Yao Ming (Photo by Eric Gay/Pool/Getty Images) Click here for the schedule of the Youth Olympic Games on Universal Sports. The Chinese basketball legend will share his advice and experience of international competition with the next generation of young athletes, while inspiring young people around the world to get active and embrace the Olympic values. Yao […]

Michael Phelps Seeks Motivation From Butterfly Defeat

Michael Phelps, left, and Ryan Lochte (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Aug 8 (Reuters) – Crestfallen Michael Phelps says his narrow defeat in the 100 metres butterfly final at the U.S. National Championships in California on Friday will serve as motivation to not get beaten again. Tom Shields edged out the 18-times Olympic gold medalist by […]

Ten Years On, Athens 2004 Gives Greece Little to Cheer

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/YANNIS BEHRAKIS (Reuters) – It was billed as a chance to transform Greece’s image abroad and boost growth but 10 years after the country hosted the world’s greatest sporting extravaganza there is little to celebrate at the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. Many of the once-gleaming Olympic venues which crackled with activity have […]

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 […]

Oslo, Almaty, Beijing named as 2022 Winter Games candidates

(Reuters) – Oslo, Almaty and Beijing were confirmed as the official candidates to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on Monday even though an International Olympic Committee (IOC) report found several weaknesses in the Kazakh city’s bid. Stockholm, Krakow and Lviv had also submitted bids to the IOC but all three later withdrew. “The IOC Executive board […]

IAAF will not appeal Gay’s one-year doping ban

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/RUBEN SPRICH (Reuters) – The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will not appeal the one-year ban handed down to Tyson Gay for doping which has put the United States’s second-place finish in the 4×100 meters relay at the 2012 London Olympics in jeopardy. Gay, the world’s joint second fastest man, was banned for […]

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 […]

Olympic Flag Turns 100 in 2014

Olympic flag at the 2014 Winter Games (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports) The Olympic flag – one of the most recognisable symbols of the Olympic Games – is celebrating its centenary this year. The flag was created for the Olympic Jubilee Congress in 1914 in Paris in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Olympic Movement. […]

USOC Considering Boston, LA, SF and DC for 2024 Olympics

By Seth Rubinroit The U.S. Olympic Committee is considering four cities for a possible U.S. bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics: Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. “We’re extremely pleased with the level of interest U.S. cities have shown in hosting the Games,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun to TeamUSA.org. “Boston, LA, […]

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 […]

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. […]

Olympic Relay Medals in Jeopardy after Tyson Gay’s Ban

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE (Reuters) – The International Olympics Committee (IOC) will have the final say on whether Tyson Gay’s 4×100 meters relay team mates will be stripped of their London Games medals in the wake of the sprinter’s doping ban, the IAAF told Reuters. Gay received a one-year suspension on Friday after testing positive for a banned anabolic […]

U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay suspended one year for doping

 PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE RALEIGH, North Carolina – Former world double sprint champion Tyson Gay has been suspended for one year after testing positive in 2013 for a banned anabolic steroid, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Friday. Gay has also returned the silver medal he won with the U.S. 4×100 meters relay team […]

Rio Olympic preparations ‘worst’ ever : Coates

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ISSEI KATO Attending an Olympic forum in Sydney, Coates told delegates that construction had not commenced on some venues, infrastructure was significantly delayed and water quality was also a major concern two years out from the Games. He warned, however, that there was no “plan B” to find another host. “I think this is a worse situation than […]

Rio organizers acknowledge issues, guarantee to ‘deliver’

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/RICARDO MORAES (Reuters) – Organizers of the 2016 Olympics have acknowledged there are issues to be resolved in preparing Rio de Janeiro to host the event but said on Wednesday they were making progress and would deliver a “great Games“. The guarantees came a day after international sporting federations, meeting in Turkey, criticized the Brazilian government for the […]

6 Ways to Take Your Swimming to the Limit

By Olivier Poirier-Leroy (Courtesy of SwimSwam) It’s hard work chasing our goals. Not only does it require investing a lot of effort, with countless hours in and out of the pool, but it also requires us to suspend our fears. The fear of failure, fear of success, fear of looking bad. In actuality, doing the […]

 
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