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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 […]

IOC new host contract is gold medal for human rights: HRW

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ALY SONG (Reuters) – Human Rights Watch has heaped unusual praise on the International Olympic Committee for including human rights clauses in new contracts to be signed by future Olympic host cities, saying other organizations should follow suit. The IOC has for years been criticized by human rights groups including HRW, especially after awarding […]

Ex-world champion Mulaudzi killed in car crash

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO Oct 24 (Reuters) – Former world 800 meters champion and Olympic silver medalist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi has been killed in a car accident in his native South Africa. The 34-year-old died on his way to an athletics meeting in Johannesburg, a statement from the office of South Africa President Jacob Zuma said on […]

Olympian Jim Thorpe’s remains should not be moved: U.S. court

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/JOE MCDONALD (Reuters) – Jim Thorpe’s remains will stay in the Pennsylvania hamlet named for the legendary Native American athlete and Olympics champion, after a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by two sons to move them to tribal lands in his native Oklahoma. Addressing an unusual dispute between two generations of […]

FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Preview

Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin (Doug Haney/U.S. Ski Team) The 2014-2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season begins Saturday, October 25 at 6:30 AM ET LIVE on Universal Sports. Click here for the full viewing schedule. Play-by-play announcer Steve Porino helped analyze the major storylines for upcoming season: On the expectations for Americans Ted Ligety and Mikaela […]

Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Five-Year Jail Term

Oscar Pistorius is led to a prison van (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings) By Joe Brock PRETORIA, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius started his five-year jail sentence on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, marking the end of a trial that has gripped South Africa and millions around the world. His uncle, […]

Pistorius to be sentenced on Tuesday for girlfriend’s killing

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MUJAHID SAFODIEN/POOL (Reuters) – A judge will pass sentence on athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend after one of the most sensational murder trials in South Africa’s history – and the decision could fuel controversy over the state of the country’s justice system. The Olympic and Paralympic runner was convicted of […]

Serena Williams Slams Russian Chief for “Sexist” Slur

Serena Williams (REUTERS/Edgar Su) By Patrick Johnston SINGAPORE, Oct 19 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams slammed Shamil Tarpishchev for using “extremely sexist, racist and bullying” comments after the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) president described her and sister Venus as the “Williams brothers”. The WTA took swift action and fined Tarpishchev $25,000 and disqualified him […]

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 […]

Biles Poised to Leap into Rio Spotlight

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/CHINA DAILY (Reuters) – Her training headquarters is a small warehouse in Spring, Texas, but bigger things are expected for petite gymnast Simone Biles, who is on track to become a darling of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The powerfully-built 4-foot-9 American is back from Nanning, China, where last weekend she won four world championship gold […]

Simone Biles Named Sportswoman of Year

Simone Biles (L) and Nastia Liukin at the Women’s Sports Foundation’ gala (Mike Coppola/Getty Images) CLICK HERE to see Simone Biles defend herself against a bee attack on the podium! By Larry Fine NEW YORK, Oct 15 (Reuters) – American Simone Biles, who won four golds at last week’s world gymnastics championships in China, including the […]

Simone Biles Wins Four Gold Medals at World Championships

Simone Biles at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships (REUTERS/China Daily) CLICK HERE to see Simone Biles defend herself against a bee attack on the podium! (Reuters) – American Simone Biles emerged as the most-decorated gymnast at the 2014 world championships in southern China on Sunday after winning the balance beam and floor exercise events […]

Tokyo 1964 Silver Medallist Bill Barry about Why the Olympic Games Mean So Much to Him

(Photo by Gary M. Prior/Getty Images) A silver medallist for Great Britain in the coxless fours at Tokyo 1964, Bill Barry, has always embodied the values and spirit of the Olympics. On 15 October 1964, day five of the Summer Olympic Games, Great Britain’s coxless four of John Russell, Hugh Wardell-Yerburgh, John James and William […]

Olympic Berths up the Ante for Rugby Sevens World Series

Click here for the 2014-2015 schedule of rugby matches on Universal Sports. By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, Oct 9 (Reuters) – With berths at the 2016 Olympics up for grabs, the rugby sevens world series will take on an extra edge when competition gets underway with the opening round on the Gold Coast this weekend. 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 […]

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 […]

Tom Daley Not Concerned about Competing in Russia

Tom Daley (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth) By Michael Hann LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – British diver Tom Daley is not concerned about competing in Russia despite the country’s anti-gay stance and has no plans to make a political protest ahead of next year’s World Aquatic Championships in Kazan. Daley, who won a bronze medal in the men’s 10 […]

China wins sixth men’s gymnastics world team title in a row

(Reuters) – China’s all conquering men roared back from an abysmal start to snatch their sixth consecutive team title by the narrowest of margins at the world gymnastics championships on Tuesday thanks to Zhang Chenglong’s high-flying horizontal bar routine. China, whose title defense looked in jeopardy after the first rotation when Cheng Ran sat down […]

Michael Phelps to Take Break from Swimming after Drunken Driving Arrest

Michael Phelps (Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports) Oct 5 (Reuters) – Famed U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, who recently returned to top-level competition after a two-year retirement, said on Sunday he would take a break from swimming and undergo treatment after his arrest last week for drunken driving. Phelps, 29, who is the most decorated Olympian of […]

USA Roster for 2014 FINA Short Course World Championships

Ryan Lochte (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza) Watch the 2014 FINA Swimming World Championships (25m) on Universal Sports December 3-7 at 8 PM ET. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Eighteen Olympians, including individual gold medalists Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.), Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif.), Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.), will lead […]

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. […]

Magnificent Mary wins boxing gold for India at Asian Games

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/KIM KYUNG-HOON (Reuters) – M.C. Mary Kom gave India’s battered boxing team something to celebrate when she won the women’s flyweight gold medal at the Asian Games on Wednesday. Kom came from behind to beat Kazakhstan’s Zhaina Shekerbekova on a split decision in the 51-kilogram division. Her win provided India with its first […]

Olympic swimming champ Phelps arrested on drunken driving charge

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports – RTR41X0R (Reuters) – American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, police said. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist later apologized for the incident, saying he 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 […]

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 […]

Olympic champion Adams has shoulder, elbow surgery

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/KAI PFAFFENBACH (Reuters) – Two-time Olympic shotput champion Valerie Adams had surgery on her right elbow and left shoulder in Auckland on Friday. The injuries affected the 29-year-old New Zealander throughout the season, though she clinched her third Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow and extended her four-year winning record to 56 successive competitions. “Valerie’s surgeries […]

China’s Zhou sets clean and jerk world record, wins gold

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/JASON REED (Reuters) – Chinese weightlifter Zhou Lulu set a clean and jerk world record of 192 kilograms to win gold in the women’s +75kg category at the Asian Games on Friday. Zhou added 2kg to Russian Tatiana Kashirna’s previous mark set last year in Poland. The London Olympics champion also hoisted 142kg in […]

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 […]

Qatar takes a stand in hijab row at Asiad

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/KIM KYUNG-MIN/SPORTS CHOSUN (Reuters) – The issue of religious freedom took center stage at the Asian Games on Wednesday when Qatari women forfeited a basketball game after refusing to remove the Islamic head scarf, dealing another blow to an event that trumpets diversity and inclusiveness. Organizers of Incheon’s Asian Games, which have welcomed 9,500 […]

Park v Sun set to light up pool, South Korea top table

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/KIM KYUNG-HOON (Reuters) – South Korean sharpshooters snatched two early golds to put the hosts top of the Asian Games medals table on Sunday, but the highlight of the second day’s action will come later in the pool when China’s Sun Yang takes on local hero Park Tae-hwan in the 200 meters freestyle […]

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 […]

‘Locksmith’ Dutt hones bag of tricks for Asiad gold

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/GRIGORY DUKOR/FILES (Reuters) – Touching feet is the traditional Indian way of showing respect to someone but, as his numerous opponents would vouch, if it’s on the wrestling mat and the outstretched arms belong to Yogeshwar Dutt, it normally means danger. The 31-year-old is one of the Indian freestyle wrestlers who have challenged the […]

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, […]

Thai princess going for gold at Asian Games

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/SOE ZEYA TUN/FILES (Reuters) – The Thailand team for the 17th Asian Games includes a real-life princess with a down-to-earth approach to life and a heart set on winning gold. Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, the granddaughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, has been chosen to represent her country in equestrian, riding a horse called Prince Charming. […]

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 […]

World 100m champion Magnussen splits with coach

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/JIM YOUNG (Reuters) – World 100 meters freestyle champion swimmer James Magnussen is gambling on a new coach taking him to Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 after parting ways with his long-time mentor Brant Best. The 23-year-old Australian successfully defended his title at the world championships in Barcelona last year but […]

USA Wins 2014 Basketball World Cup

Team USA defeated Serbia to win the 2014 Basketball World Cup (REUTERS/Juan Medina) By Larry Fine NEW YORK, Sept 15 (Reuters) – A spate of late withdrawals, a serious injury to Paul George and several marquee names missing appeared to put Team USA under a cloud for the 2014 Basketball World Cup and for future international competition. […]

Pistorius has not damaged Paralympic movement, says IPC

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/SUZANNE PLUNKETT (Reuters) – Oscar Pistorius’s conviction for culpable homicide after shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp will not harm the profile of the Paralympic movement, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on Friday. Double amputee Pistorius, an icon for the Paralympic movement and instrumental in its rise in popularity, was convicted on Friday […]

Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide

Oscar Pistorius reacts as Judge Thokozile Masipa (unseen) delivers her verdict (REUTERS/Alon Skuy) (Reuters) – Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, escaping the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, and will now battle to avoid going to prison. The 27-year-old double amputee, […]

Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps Named USOC’s Athletes of the Month

Katie Ledecky (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Top performances throughout August earned swimmers Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Maryland) and Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Maryland) Athlete of the Month recognition, while the U.S. Women’s Eight Rowing Team received Team of the Month honors, the United States Olympic Committee announced today. Ledecky became the first woman […]

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 […]

Pistorius Cleared of Murder, Culpable Homicide Verdict to Come

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS (Reuters) – Oscar Pistorius was cleared on Thursday of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but the Olympic and Paralympic track star faces a troubled night after the South African judge adjourned for the day before ruling on a charge of culpable homicide. The double-amputee, once one of the biggest names in world athletics, […]

Olympians Attend New York Fashion Week

By Seth Rubinroit Several Olympians had the opportunity to participate in Fashion Week in New York. Long-distance runner Kara Goucher walked down the runway as a model for Oiselle, a women’s apparel company, at Nolcha Fashion Week: Holy moly! Add runway model to resume! pic.twitter.com/iXuIUGPNvy — Kara Goucher (@karagoucher) September 9, 2014 Just days after […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jordan Burroughs Wins Bronze Medal at World Championships

Jordan Burroughs (John Sachs/Tech-Fall) By Craig Sesker TASHKENT, Uzbekistan – Nobody is going to ever question the grit, moxie and heart that American star Jordan Burroughs displays whenever he steps on a wrestling mat. Competing with a heavily wrapped left knee, Burroughs capped a courageous performance by winning a bronze medal at the World Championships […]

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 […]

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 […]

Apolo Ohno Prepares for Ironman Kona

 Michael Phelps (L) and Apolo Anton Ohno (REUTERS/Mike Segar) By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Apolo Ohno made a career of frenzied, 40-second bursts around the track so the speedskating champion knows his crusade to join the exclusive Ironman fraternity is daunting. It is also downright frightening, admits the eight-time Olympic medalist, who will […]

Sprint king Adrian unafraid of Phelps

Photo Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Reuters) – As the reigning Olympic champion in the 100 meters freestyle, Nathan Adrian knows what it is like to hunt and be hunted in the water. Two years ago, at the London Olympics, the American was chasing Australia’s world champion James Magnussen for the gold medal in swimming’s blue-riband […]

Countdown to Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Tatyana McFadden (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee joins the global Paralympic Movement in celebrating the two-year countdown to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Sunday, Sept. 7. With the Opening Ceremony to be held Sept. 7, 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will become the first South American […]

Lolo Jones Joins Cast of “Dancing with the Stars”

Lolo Jones (Dustin Snipes/Red Bull Content Pool) By Seth Rubinroit Lolo Jones’ busy year just got busier. She started the year representing Team USA at the Winter Olympics in bobsled. In the spring she retuned to track and field before cutting her season short in August. Now she is going to compete on Season 19 of Dancing with the […]

 
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