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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

Boxing's Olympic future in jeopardy

Oct 04, 2018 - 11:23 AM

The International Olympic Committee has warned that boxing could be axed from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

CONTROVERSY. Boxing has never been free of controversy, even during the Asian Games where Filipino boxers like Eumir Marcial (left) fell victim to controversial decisions. File photo from Asian Games media pool

Olympic clock ticking on boxing's 'cultural change'

Sep 03, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Philippine boxing official Ed Picson hopes that IOC won't carry out its threat to remove boxing from the Olympics

CONTROVERSIAL. Filipino boxer Rogen Ladon loses to Uzbekistan's Jasurbek Latipov via referee stopped contest after getting a cut on the forehead. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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

IOC keeps Russia doping ban for Olympic closing ceremony

Feb 25, 2018 - 12:49 PM

It means the Russians will not be able to march behind their flag at the ceremony

IOC BAN. People hold a placard with the picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin and flags during the 'Russia is in my heart!' rally in support of Russian athletes on February 3, 2018 in central Moscow. Photo by Vasily Maximov/OTO/AFP

47 Russians lose late court bid to compete at Olympics

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The International Olympic Committee is swift to welcome the decision, the latest twist in the Russian doping scandal, saying the ruling 'supports the fight against doping and brings clarity for all athletes'

The invisible team: Russia here but not here at Pyeongchang Olympics

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:56 PM

It is all a far cry from 4 years ago, when Russia hosted the Sochi Winter Olympics and the country soared to the top of the medals table

Russia's team leader and driver Nadezhda Sergeeva takes a turn in the first women's unofficial bobsleigh training session during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 7, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Mark Ralston

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

IOC 'confident' Tokyo 2020 venues will be ready on time

Dec 11, 2017 - 1:53 PM

IOC's Games coordination commission chairman John Coates backs Tokyo 2020 to deliver the venue on time

Olympics chief seeks North Korea visit – report

Dec 08, 2017 - 11:26 AM

South Korean organizers of the Pyeongchang Olympics are pushing for the North to compete as they hope to portray the event as a symbol of peace on the flashpoint peninsula

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

Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:01 AM

The sanction is the toughest ever leveled by the IOC for drug cheating and is delivered just 65 days ahead of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea

OUT. Fleece jackets with an inscription reading 'Russia' are displayed at BOSCO store in central Moscow on December 4, 2017. Mladen Antonov/AFP

Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC food from disaster-hit regions

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Tokyo 2020 organizers: 'By offering food from 3 disaster-hit prefectures, we hope to sweep away the false reputation of food from the regions and contribute to the restoration'

OLYMPIC SYMBOLS. The Olympic flag (L) and the logo of the Tokyo 2020 are displayed during the official flag arrival ceremony at the Tokyo's Haneda airport on August 24, 2016. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Paris, Los Angeles confirmed as Olympic hosts

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:27 AM

In a drama free conclusion to a 3 year bidding race IOC members vote unanimously to rubber stamp a deal for Paris to be given 2024 and Los Angeles 2028

WINNERS ALL. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (C) poses for pictures with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (L) and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti during the 131st IOC session in Lima on September 13, 2017. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Los Angeles happy to host 2028 Olympics

Sep 12, 2017 - 12:06 PM

The Los Angeles bid team has no regrets about accepting the offer to host the 2028 Summer Olympics

CELEBRATION. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the long run-up to the 2028 Olympics would enable the city to benefit immediately. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AFP

Brazil police say Rio Olympics were bought in corrupt scheme

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Brazilian police say in a statement they are probing an international corruption scheme aimed at the buying of votes for the election of Rio by the International Olympic Committee as the venue for the 2016 Olympics

A picture taken during a sports event to mark the 100-day-countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Central do Brasil train staion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 27, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/File/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

Olympics: LA agrees to host 2028 Games, Paris set for 2024

Aug 01, 2017 - 6:43 AM

UPDATED Los Angeles announces its intent to host the 2028 Summer Olympics after agreeing a deal with Games officials that paves the way for Paris to host in 2024

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. Frederick J. Brown/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

Usain Bolt loses one Olympic gold after teammate fails drug test

Jan 26, 2017 - 4:42 AM

Bolt s Olympic gold total falls to 8 after a retest of his 2008 relay teammate Nesta Carter s sample tests positive for a banned substance

"HEARTBREAKING." Jamaica's Usain Bolt is deprived of one of his "triple-triples" due to no fault of his own. Johannes Eisele/AFP

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

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

'Marvelous' Rio flames out as Japan takes the baton

Aug 22, 2016 - 8:16 AM

UPDATED The Rio Olympics ends in a blaze of color with an exuberant closing ceremony as Tokyo takes up the baton promising to host the best Games yet in 2020

Fireworks explode at the start of the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Rio police seize passports in raid on Irish Olympics office

Aug 22, 2016 - 4:01 AM

Phones passports and computers are seized as Brazilian police step up an inquiry into black market ticket sales at the Rio Olympics

AWAITING HEARING. President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Patrick Hickey of Ireland speaking during an interview at the 2015 European Games in Baku. He was arrested in Rio de Janeiro and is being held awaiting hearing. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

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

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

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

Sports court rejects Russia appeal, bars athletes from Rio

Jul 21, 2016 - 5:33 PM

UPDATED The International Olympic Committee had said the ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport will help shape its decision on whether to ban Russia entirely from the Rio Games

Secretary General of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Matthieu Reeb delivers a statement on July 21, 2016 at its headquarters in Lausanne. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

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

Olympics: Key Russia findings could cast shadow over Rio

Jul 17, 2016 - 11:25 AM

A World Anti Doping Agency decision on whether to let the Rio doping laboratory reopen could also hamper International Olympic Committee preparations

A picture taken on November 18, 2015 shows the glass window displaying the Olympic Rings at the Russian Olympic Committee building in Moscow. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

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

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31 Beijing Olympics athletes test positive after new analysis - IOC

May 18, 2016 - 2:11 AM

Up to 31 athletes from 12 countries could be banned from the Rio Olympics for doping after new tests on samples from the 2008 Beijing Games

DOPING TESTS. The suspect athletes from the Beijing Games took part in 6 sports, but none were named by the IOC. File photo by Gero Breloer/EPA

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

French prosecutors investigate Rio, Tokyo Olympic bids

Mar 02, 2016 - 8:03 AM

UPDATED French prosecutors are investigating suspicions of corruption surrounding bidding for this year s Rio Olympics and the 2020 Games in Tokyo

A worker carries huge balloons next to the Olympic Park in Barra two years prior to the Rio2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5, 2014. Michael Kappeler/EPA

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

Millions pour into aid groups after toddler's death

Sep 05, 2015 - 9:02 AM

There is an enormous response from the public the tide of indifference is shifting

Indian artist Sudarsan Pattnaik works on a sand sculpture depicting drowned Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi at Puri beach, some 65 kilometers away from Bhubaneswar, on September 4, 2015. Charities helping refugees saw a surge in donations on September 4 across Europe as people shocked by the heart-rending images of a drowned Syrian boy on a Turkish beach dug deep to help out. The photos of the lifeless body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, lying on a beach in Bodrum, Turkey, have triggered a wave of emotion across the continent, despite deep divisions among European governments on how to deal with the crisis. Photo by Asit Kumar/AFP