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Chinese officials defend Sun’s three-month ban

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/TIM WIMBORNE (Reuters) – The Chinese Swimming Association (CSA) has defended the three-month ban handed out to world and Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang for a doping offense. The CSA released a statement on Tuesday saying it believed Sun had made a mistake but never intended to cheat. “Sun took the drug without an […]

Michael Phelps Named USA Swimming’s Male Athlete of the Year

Michael Phelps (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) Ryan Lochte said “there’s no doubt in my mind” that Michael Phelps will be ready for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Nov 24 (Reuters) – Michael Phelps has been crowned Male Athlete of the Year for a fifth time at the 2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards on Monday despite being […]

Rio 2016 Olympic Mascots Revealed

Mascots of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games (REUTERS/Alex Ferro) Vote to name the Rio 2016 Olympic mascots HERE, and let us know on Facebook which name you pick! RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Bright yellow and cat-like, with a green leaf-haired brother, the mascots for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de […]

Sun Yang Receives Three-Month Suspension

Sun Yang (REUTERS/Jorge Silva) Chinese doping officials say they were not trying to cover up Sun Yang’s positive test and that they held back news of his three-month suspension because they did not want to make any mistakes with “the most famous athlete in China”. Sun, China’s most successful male swimmer, secretly served his ban […]

Australia Opposed to Late-night Swimming Finals in Rio

(Reuters) – Australian Olympic officials say they will oppose plans to stage the 2016 Rio Olympics swimming finals late at night. Although the final schedule for the Rio Games has not been completed, reports that the swimming finals could start at 10 p.m. local time to fit in with American television have been criticized in […]

Olympic Mascot Fun Facts

Mascots of the Summer Olympic Games (REUTERS/Sergio Moraes) By Seth Rubinroit Mascots from previous Olympics gathered in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday in anticipation of the first public appearance of the 2016 mascots. How many Olympic mascots do you recognize? Let us know on Twitter. The mascots, from left: Fu Niu Lele (Beijing 2008) Wenlock (London 2012) […]

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 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 […]

Teemu Selanne Announces Retirement

Teemu Selanne (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports) Nov 17 (Reuters) – Ten-time NHL All-Star Teemu Selanne, who played 1,451 games and won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks, has retired from the game at the age of 44. Nicknamed “the Finnish Flash”, Selanne was named MVP at this year’s Sochi Olympics where he […]

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 […]

Paul Berg German male snowboard ‘Athlete of the Year’

Up-and-coming talent Paul Berg has been chosen by his national federation for the ‘Athlete of the Year 2014′ award. The 23-year old from Konstanz was honoured for his strong performance in his second complete year on the World Cup tour in which he not only qualified for his first Olympics where he placed 13th but […]

Germany plans doping law with prison terms for offenders

(Reuters) – The German government on Wednesday will unveil a draft bill that foresees jail terms and stiff fines for top athletes, coaches and managers who use or acquire banned substances, in an effort to crack down on drug users in elite sports. The draft bill will still need to be discussed in parliament and […]

USA Bobsled & Skeleton National Team Named

Steven Holcomb (AP Photo/Mike Groll) Click here for the full 2014-15 FIBT Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup viewing schedule. USA Bobsled & Skeleton announced the 23 bobsledders and 11 skeleton athletes to represent the United States on the 2014-2015 World Cup and Intercontinental Cup tours. “There is a wealth of talent on this team, which is […]

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 […]

Violinist Vanessa Mae Gets Four-Year Ban over Manipulation

Vanessa Mae at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) BERNE, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Pop violinist Vanessa Mae has been banned by the International Ski Federation (FIS) for four years over the manipulation of giant slalom races which allowed her to qualify for the Sochi Olympic Games at the last minute. An FIS panel also banned […]

Alpine Team Named at Copper Mountain

2015 U.S. Alpine Ski Team (USSA/Sarah Brunson) Click here for the 2014-2015 FIS Alpine World Cup viewing schedule. The sun was shining down on Center Village today where a huge crowd congregated for the 2015 U.S. Alpine Ski Team to be introduced during Nature Valley First Tracks at Copper Mountain on November 8. The energy […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Janet Evans: ‘This Comeback Was For Me’

By Matthew Tufts Janet Evans started turning heads when she leapt into the pool at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, where she won gold medals in the 400 meter freestyle, 800 meter freestyle and 400 meter individual medley against much stronger and larger East German competition. She would later admit she had “never really thought […]

NHL participation at 2018 Winter Games still uncertain

(Reuters) – The participation of National Hockey League players at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics remains on ice but officials hope to reach an agreement in time to avoid a repeat of the standoff before Sochi. National Hockey League players have competed at the last five Winter Olympics but were in doubt for this year’s […]

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 […]

2014 Cup of China is Coming

Polina Edmunds (Jay Adeff/U.S. Figure Skating) Click here for the full 2014-2015 figure skating viewing schedule. Eight U.S. athletes will compete at 2014 Cup of China, the third event of the 2014 International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, Nov. 6-8, at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai. Team USA Ladies Polina […]

Winter Games Will Not Move for World Cup, Olympic Official Declared

(Shutterstock) By Julian Linden BANGKOK, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Asia’s top Olympic official has ruled out the possibility of the 2022 Winter Olympics being shifted from its traditional February time-slot to avoid clashing with the World Cup, saying FIFA needed to sort out its own problems. Soccer’s world governing body is currently considering whether to […]

World Beach Games Set to Debut in 2017

Marketa Slukova (left) and Kristyna Kolocova (Courtesy of FIVB) By Julian Linden BANGKOK, Nov 5 (Reuters) – A brand new international multi-sports event, featuring games including American flag football, skateboarding and jet ski races, could be added to the global sports calendar in 2017. Although the yet-to-be-named world beach games will not carry the Olympic tag, […]

South Korea and Netherlands Ink Skating Accord

South Korea’s Lee Kyou-hyuk (REUTERS/Phil Noble) SEOUL, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Short track powerhouse South Korea and speed skating masters the Netherlands have agreed to share expertise in the winter sports to boost their medal hopes at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. The Korea Skating Union (KSU) said on Tuesday it had signed the agreement with […]

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 […]

United Nations Recognizes Autonomy of Sport

Fireworks during Opening Ceremonies for 2012 London Olympic Games (Rob Schumacher/USA TODAY Sports) BERLIN, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee has hailed a United Nations resolution recognizing the autonomy of sport as an important tool that will help foster political neutrality as well as lead to less boycotts and discrimination. The resolution adopted […]

Chad Le Clos Confident of Beating Michael Phelps Again

Michael Phelps (R) and Chad le Clos (Rob Schumacher/USA TODAY Sports) By Julian Linden SINGAPORE, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Chad le Clos, one of the few men to have beaten Michael Phelps at the Olympics, has thrown down the challenge to his old rival, urging him to get back into training so they can have a rematch […]

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 […]

 
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