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Boxing governing body stripped of Olympic status

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Amid allegations of bout fixing, AIBA becomes the first sports federation to get stripped of its right to organize its own sport in the Olympics

KNOCKED OUT.  With AIBA still embroiled in a crisis, the IOC is set to oversee the boxing competition in the Tokyo 2020 Games. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Boxing body vote could see sport thrown out of Olympics

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Hit by allegations of bout-fixing, amateur boxing may be dropped in the 2020 Tokyo Games

BIG BLOW. Controversial decisions abound even during the recent Asian Games boxing competition. File photo from PSC

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann dead at 51

Oct 14, 2018 - 7:44 PM

'Basketball has lost a leader, an advocate and a friend'

FAREWELL. Patrick Baumann was known as a tireless worker in international basketball. Photo from FIBA

Kim says N. Korea to take part in 2020, 2022 Olympics

Mar 31, 2018 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) IOC chief Thomas Bach announces the news after landing in Beijing following Friday's 'fruitful' talks with Kim Jong-Un

PYONGYANG VISIT. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 31, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) meeting with President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

North Korea's Kim meets IOC chief in Pyongyang

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Kim Jong-Un thanks International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach for helping to bring about a 'dramatic thawing' of tensions on the Korean peninsula

IN PYONGYANG. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 31, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) shaking hands with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

The world of online games arrives in China for WESG Grand Final

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Victory at the $5.5-million World Electronic Sports Games Grand Final will also ensure immortality in the eyes of the millions of eSport fans

LEVEL UP. In this file photo, gamers take part in the European finals of the 2017 World Electronic Sports Games in Barcelona on November 23, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Anti-doping chief Pound slams IOC response to Russia: 'We're in trouble'

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:20 PM

According to Pound, Russia's ban can be lifted without it acknowledging its conduct or even committing to stopping it

CREDIBILITY. Former world anti-doping chief Dick Pound says that the games' credibility has taken a serious hit as the IOC made it possible for cheating athletes to prevail against clean athletes.

No Olympics for Russians who had life bans lifted

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:45 PM

15 Russians whose life bans for doping were lifted last week are barred from the Pyeongchang Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee says

CONTROVERSIAL. This file photo taken on December 12, 2017 shows a man talking on the phone in front of the headquarters of the Russian Olympic Committee in Moscow. Alexander Nemenov/AFP

'Extremely worried' Olympics body threatens to expel boxing

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:06 PM

This comes as the IOC opens an investigation into the sport's controversial governing body and says concerns linger over possible match-fixing at Rio 2016

AMATEUR BOXING. In this file photo, Ankushita Boro (L) of India and Ekaterina Dynnik of Russia take part in the final bout of the Women’s Light Welterweight (64kg) category at the AIBA Youth Women's World Boxing Championship 2017 in Guwahati on November 26, 2017. / Biju Boro/AFP

More athletes from Russia may make it to Olympics

Feb 03, 2018 - 9:09 PM

A specialist IOC panel would rule on whether the 13 Russian athletes and two coaches would be allowed to take part in the Pyeongchang Olympics

WELCOME TO PYEONGCHANG. This file photo taken February 4, 2017 shows a big banner at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, a venue for the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, in Pyeongchang. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

North Korea to send 22 athletes to Olympics in South

Jan 20, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The International Olympic Committee approved a landmark deal between two nations still officially at war

MARCHING TOGETHER. This handout photo provided by South Korean Unification Ministry on January 17, 2018 shows South Korean chief delegate Chun Hae-Sung (R) shaking hands with North Korean chief delegate Jon Jong-Su (L) after their working-level talks at the South side of the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas. Photo by AFP

Tokyo 2020 unveils 'significant' budget cuts as costs spiral

Dec 22, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Tokyo is under pressure to keep costs low

Winter Olympics chiefs accept IOC ban, will welcome clean Russia athletes

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The decision caught the Games organizers off guard, Lee Hee-Bum, chief of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, says

WELCOME TO PYEONGCHANG. This photo taken February 4, 2017 shows a big banner at tje Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, a venue for the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, in Pyeongchang. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Australia, Oceania will compete at first Asian Games in 2022

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Athletes from Australia and the rest of Oceania have been invited to compete at the 2022 Asian Games, Australian Olympic chief John Coates says.

NEW POWERHOUSE. Australia, which won 8 gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics, will add tough competition to the Asian Games beginning in 2022. Photo by François-Xavier Marit/AFP

'Superhuman' wanted – Bolt exit leaves vacuum to fill

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:00 PM

At one point athletics resembled Usain Bolt down and out on the track Now the sport is rebuilding its image

LA City Council urged to approve 2028 Games deal

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:29 PM

The City Administrative Officer and Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst outline risks in shifting to 2028

OLYMPICS. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the announcement of the city's bid to host the 2028 Olympics. A potential deal breaker is whether state legislature will approve the $250 million guarantee to cover possible cost overruns for the Olympiad. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AFP

Olympics: Paris, LA both poised to win race to host Games

Jul 11, 2017 - 3:24 PM

The International Olympic Committee is poised to hand the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games to Paris and Los Angeles with a landmark double hosting deal set to be approved

This file photo taken on May 11, 2017 shows journalists visiting the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the IOC Evaluation Commission continues with its visit to Los Angeles, California, before a visit to Paris and the September vote for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Frederick J Brown/AFP

3x3 basketball among events added to 2020 Olympics

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:38 PM

This is a historic day for FIBA and 3x3 says FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann

TRIPLE THREAT. Terrence Romeo is one of the players who have moonlighted in 3x3 for the Philippines. File photo by Josh Albelda

28 Russians face action over Sochi Olympics doping – IOC

Dec 23, 2016 - 6:52 PM

The IOC said the action was being taken following evidence produced by World Anti Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren who released his latest report on December 9

This file photo taken on February 21, 2014 at the Olympic Park in Sochi shows a sign showing the direction to the anti-doping laboratory of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. LEON NEAL / AFP

More than 1,000 Russian athletes in 'institutionalized' doping – report

Dec 09, 2016 - 8:07 PM

UPDATED International sport had been hijacked by the Russians according to Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren who has previously accused Russia of state sponsored cheating

DAMNING REPORT. Professor Richard McLaren speaks during a press conference following the publication of his report on drug use in Russian sport, in central London on December 9, 2016. Adrian Dennis/AFP

Retroactive doping test catches Russian gold medalist

Nov 22, 2016 - 10:32 AM

There are 7 medalists on the latest list of dope cheats released by the International Olympic Committee but the Russian 3000m women s steeplechase winner is the only champion on the list

DOPING. Russia's gold medalist Yuliya Zaripova, seen in this file photo celebrating on the podium of the women's 3000m steeplechase at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games, is caught in a retroactive doping test. JOHANNES EISELE / AFP

Obama says Olympic host decisions are 'a little bit cooked'

Oct 04, 2016 - 1:09 AM

US President Barack Obama compares the IOC s decision making to the scandal hit FIFA

SECOND CITY SNUB. US President Barack Obama hints at corruption in IOC decisions over which cities host the Olympics. File photo by AFP

Brazil court orders seizure of Olympic broadcaster's assets

Sep 20, 2016 - 7:28 PM

Prosecutors say the Olympic Broadcast Services subjected thousands of workers to abusive labor conditions

ASSETS SEIZED. A Brazilian court has ordered the seizure of goods and assets belonging to the broadcast-arm of the International Olympic Committee. Photo from the Olympic Broadcast Services

Three Russian Olympians fail retroactive Beijing dope tests

Sep 01, 2016 - 2:08 PM

Three more Russian Olympic medallists have tested positive for banned substances

IOC launches inquiry into Ryan Lochte mugging scandal

Aug 20, 2016 - 6:02 AM

4 Olympic swimmers face a disciplinary inquiry after fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint to cover up a drunken incident at a gas station

RETRACTED. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is one of 4 US athletes involved in a controversy which caused a distraction at the Rio Games. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Top IOC official arrested in Rio over illegal ticket sales

Aug 17, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The head of the European Olympic Committees is detained at a luxury hotel in Rio as police look to crack down on ticket scalping

TICKET SCANDAL. File picture taken on August 8, 2016 shows tickets of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games marked with the name of the Olympic Committee of Ireland seized from one of the directors of THG Sports, Irish Kevin James Mallon, displayed during a press conference at the City Police's station in Benfica. Photo by Tasso Marcelo/AFP

Olympics: 271 Russian athletes to be allowed into Rio Games

Aug 05, 2016 - 7:40 PM

Russia will have its smallest team for more than a century for the Olympic games

Baseball, skateboarding among 5 new Olympic sports in for Tokyo 2020

Aug 04, 2016 - 12:14 PM

Surfing karate and climbing will also be included in the Tokyo Olympics

NEW OLYMPIC CHIEF. New International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach  at a press conference closing the 125th IOC session on September 10, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. AFP / Fabrice Coffrini

Olympics: IOC chief urges total review of world anti-doping system

Aug 03, 2016 - 3:23 PM

In a surprise broadside Bach said the uncovering of widespread Russian doping had shown up deficiencies in the World Anti Doping Agency

NEW OLYMPIC CHIEF. New International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach  at a press conference closing the 125th IOC session on September 10, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. AFP / Fabrice Coffrini

Olympics: WADA chief insists anti-doping system 'not broken'

Aug 03, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Days before the Olympics start the WADA came under attack from the IOC

NEW LEADER. IOC deputy president Craig Reedie was elected head of global anti-doping body World Anti-Doping Agency. Photo from AFP

Proud Kuwaiti soldier refuses to carry Olympic flag at opening

Aug 01, 2016 - 5:38 PM

With Kuwait banned from the Rio Olympics legendary shooter Fehaid al Deehani has made a stand against carrying the neutral team flag

LOYAL SOLDIER. "I am a military man and I will only carry the Kuwait flag," says Fehaid al-Deehani. Photo by Marwan Naamani/AFP

IOC panel to decide which Russians can compete at Rio Olympics

Jul 31, 2016 - 6:57 PM

The panel will examine each case individually and make the final decision before Friday

THEY'RE HERE. The Russian Olympic team arrives at the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

More Russians banned in mounting Rio Olympics toll

Jul 27, 2016 - 12:28 PM

The number of banned Russians for the Olympics now stands at 41 since Sunday

NEW OLYMPIC CHIEF. New International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach  at a press conference closing the 125th IOC session on September 10, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. AFP / Fabrice Coffrini

IOC must make sure federations act on doping - USOC

Jul 26, 2016 - 5:22 PM

If the international federations enforce the conditions established by the IOC and if the IOC takes responsibility for ensuring that they do then we will have taken an important step in the right direction

Vitaly Smirnov, a member of the International Olympic Committee and former president of Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) attends a press conference after a meeting of the ROC in Moscow, Russia, 25 July 2016. The session aimed to take urgent measures to fight doping in Russian sports and to create a public anti-doping commission. EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

Russia avoids complete doping ban at Rio Olympics

Jul 25, 2016 - 12:05 AM

The IOC defers the decision to the discretion of individual sports federations after failing to agree on a blanket ban for state run doping

Turkish weightlifter stripped of 2008 Olympic silver medal for doping

Jul 23, 2016 - 4:11 AM

Sibel Ozkan is ordered to return her silver medal after a sample retest showed signs of the banned substance stanozolol

STRIPPED. Turkey’s Sibel Ozkan poses with her silver medal in the Women’s 48kg Clean & Jerk competition during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The IOC has stripped her of recognition and ordered her to return the medal after a retest of a urine sample turned up positive for a banned substance. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Olympics: Russia faces calls for all-out Rio ban

Jul 22, 2016 - 10:08 AM

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling on Russia s athletics team is seen as a key indicator as the International Olympic Committee debates whether to order a blanket ban on Russia from the Rio Games

Russia's Rio status hangs by thread as IOC considers ban

Jul 19, 2016 - 1:30 PM

The World Anti Doping Agency WADA calls for all Russian competitors and officials to be banned from next month s Olympics

A file picture dated 23 February 2014 of the Olympic flag (L) and the Russian flag (R) during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia. Photo by HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/EPA

IOC chief hails 'beautiful' Rio Olympic village

Jun 16, 2016 - 2:26 PM

The village is made up of 31 buildings and will host more than 10 000 athletes

NEW OLYMPIC CHIEF. New International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach  at a press conference closing the 125th IOC session on September 10, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. AFP / Fabrice Coffrini

Skateboarding close to being included at Tokyo Olympics

Jun 02, 2016 - 4:50 PM

Skateboarding is one of 5 sports which could debut at the 2020 Olympics

OLYMPIC GRIND. Filipino skater Ansey Flores in action at Vans Go Skateboarding Day. If accepted by the IOC, terms such as "disco flip", "roastbeef grab" and "mongo-foot" could become part of the modern Olympic vernacular. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

2016 Rio Olympic Games flame lit at ancient Olympia

Apr 21, 2016 - 6:17 PM

The 4 month Olympic torch relay will cross part of Greece and scores of Brazilian cities before it arrives at Rio s Maracana Stadium for the August 5 Games opening ceremony

OLYMPIC FLAME. Greek actress Katerina Lechou (R), acting as the high priestess, passes the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera in Olympia on April 20, 2016, during a dress rehearsal for the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame in ancient Olympia, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 BC. Aris Messinis/AFP

Olympics: Four cities open campaign to host 2024 Olympics

Feb 18, 2016 - 11:28 AM

Paris Rome Los Angeles and Budapest are vying to host the 2024 Olympics

CANDIDATE CITIES. (L-R) Paris' Eiffel Tower; Rome's Colosseum; the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles; and the Szechenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest. Images courtesy Wikimedia Commons

POC monitoring Zika outbreak in lead-up to Rio Olympics

Feb 03, 2016 - 4:00 PM

It is a potential health problem not only for our athletes but for everyone else should they get infected

DISINFECTION. Local workers disinfect the famous Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 26 January 2016, ahead of the beginning of Rio's Carnival parades, on next 05 February, to fight against the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which spreads the Zika, Dengue and Chikunguna viruses. Photo by Marcelo Sayao / EPA

Beijing wins vote to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Jul 31, 2015 - 6:53 PM

Beijing will become the first city to host the Summer and Winter Olympics after defeating Almaty Kazakhstan by a narrow margin for the rights to stage the 2022 Winter Games

HISTORY. China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong speaks during the bid presentation to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in the Chinese city of Beijing, at the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Vincent Thian/Pool/AFP

Lausanne to host 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

Jul 31, 2015 - 6:41 PM

The International Olympic Committee has chosen its home city in Switzerland to host the Winter Youth Olympics in 2020

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach (L) welcomes Swiss Minister of Defense and Sport Ueli Maurer (R) prior to their bid presentation to host the 2020 Youth Winter Olympics in the Swiss city of Lausanne. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

IOC hails Tokyo's frugal Olympics budget

Jul 01, 2015 - 7:52 PM

Tokyo s budget compared favorably with previous Olympics insists John Coates chairman of the IOC s Tokyo 2020 coordination commission

An area of land where some facilities are planned to be constructed for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan taken on 06 September 2013. File Photo by CHRISTOPHER JUE/EPA

Olympics: IOC allows two country games, lifts sports limit

Dec 09, 2014 - 8:16 AM

The changes are part of a push by IOC chief Thomas Bach to make the world s biggest sporting event cheaper to stage and more attractive as well as bolster the credibility of the IOC

The Olympic rings at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. File/David Lozada/ Rappler

Covering Nanjing: How sports can bring the world together

Sep 13, 2014 - 11:00 AM

For all the young athletes who went to Nanjing this year’s games were their first Olympic experience For some it will be their only Olympic experience

CULTURAL EXCHANGE. The Youth Olympic Village was home to more than 6,000 young athletes during the Nanjing Youth Olympics. More than the sports events, the athletes also underwent cultural and educational programs. All photos by David Lozada/ Rappler

PH team ‘all set’ for the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games

Aug 09, 2014 - 5:40 PM

The 7 man delegation aged 15 to 17 years old will compete in 6 sports events – triathlon swimming archery track and field artistic gymnastics and air rifle

FOR THE COUNTRY. POC Chairman Peping Cojuangco Jr hands the Philippine flag to YOG CDM Jonne Go during the team send off ceremonies on August 1. Photo by David Lozada

Rio faces marathon run towards 2016 Olympics

Aug 05, 2014 - 8:29 AM

The spotlight falls on the marvelous city s ambitious 16 billion project for the Olympics first visit to South America

Workers install a sign before the ceremony marking the opening of construction at the Deodoro Sports Complex for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 3, 2014. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP