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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

'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

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

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

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

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

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May 18, 2016 - 12:14 PM

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VLOG: Lillehammer Winter Youth Olympics kicks off

Feb 13, 2016 - 2:32 PM

King Harald V of Norway opens the winter games which happens 22 years after he declared open the 1994 Winter Olympics in the same city

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT. The Youth Olympic flame is lit by Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra. Photo courtesy of Alexander Eriksson/ YIS

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

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

Hosts South Korea set medal pace at Asian Games

Sep 20, 2014 - 9:52 PM

South Korea was shocked in the women s 10 meter air pistol but rebounded to win gold in the men s wushu women s saber individual and men s fencing events

GOLD RUN. South Korean cyclists celebrate after winning the Men's Team Sprint gold. Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

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

After World Cup success, concern for Rio Olympics

Jul 15, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Sewage in the bay hosting sailing competitions and slow work at other sites have raised concerns about Rio 2016 in a repeat of the delays that had workers scrambling to polish off stadiums only days before the World Cup began

'ON THIS SITE WILL RISE...' 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

Curtain falls on Sochi Winter Olympics

Feb 24, 2014 - 7:40 AM

In a glitzy closing ceremony International Olympic Committee IOC president Thomas Bach says Russia delivered all what it had promised

FAREWELL, SOCHI. Fireworks are seen above the Olympic Park during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia, 23 February 2014. Armando Babani/EPA

Party time as Sochi Winter Olympics close

Feb 24, 2014 - 7:27 AM

In a show themed Reflections of Russia a Marc Chagall fantasy world of brides and fiddlers clowns and acrobats children and animals came to life in a scene inspired by one of his paintings

GRAND CLOSING. Dancers performing during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia, 23 February 2014. Daniel Karmann/EPA

Austrian Olympian fails drug test as team labels him a 'scoundrel'

Feb 23, 2014 - 11:19 PM

An Austrian cross country skier was thrown out of the Sochi Olympics and labelled a scoundrel by his own team Sunday after testing positive for blood booster EPO the fifth doping case to hit the Games

BUSTED. Johannes Duerr of Austria in action during the 15km+15km Skiathlon competition at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Duerr has tested positive for doping. Photo by Roland Schlager/EPA

Russia ends Winter Olympics as surprise medals leader

Feb 23, 2014 - 10:09 PM

Sochi s 50 billion Olympics close Sunday with Russia hailing a Games closely wrapped up in the image of President Vladimir Putin and the country seizing first place in the medals table

MONOPOLY. Russians Maxim Vylegzhanin (silver), Alexander Legkov (gold) and Ilia Chernousov (bronze) celebrate during the flower ceremony for the Men's 50km Mass Start Free Cross Country Skiing event. Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

First Winter Olympics medals up for grabs after dazzling opening

Feb 08, 2014 - 4:29 PM

Olympic athletes were competing for the first medals of the Sochi Winter Games on Saturday after Russia staged a thrilling opening ceremony that impressed even foreign skeptics

SNOWED OUT. Laurenne Ross of USA in action during the Alpine Skiing Ladies' Downhill training in Rosa Khutor Alpine Center at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by Michael Kappeler/EPA

Putin declares Russia 'ready' as torch comes to Sochi

Feb 06, 2014 - 9:40 AM

Concerns still remain over Russia s suitability as a venue with a another anti Games ecological activist sent to jail and protests planned worldwide over Russia s now notorious anti gay law

WELCOME TO SOCHI. Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) takes part in a ceremony of greeting Russian athletes in the Olympic village in Sochi, Russia, 05 February 2014. Alexei Nikolsky/Ria Novosti/Kremlin pool/EPA

Sochi Games promote 'dictatorship' – Kasparov

Feb 02, 2014 - 10:03 AM

Russian former chess great Garry Kasparov calls on athletes to protest saying that Sochi 2014 promoted dictatorship

'DICTATORSHIP.' Chess great Garry Kasparov believes that participating in Sochi 2014 'gives a boost to the dictator.' File Photo from kasparov2014.com

Groups pledge $480,000 to rehabilitate Yolanda-ravaged sports facilities

Jan 18, 2014 - 7:42 PM

Various sports groups have pledged a total of 480 000 P21 120 000 in cash donations to rehabilitate sports facilities in areas of the Philippines devastated by super typhoon Yolanda Haiyan last November

The Tacloban City Convention Center, which hosts PBA games and other events, is among the many sports facilities devastated by Typhoon Yolanda. Photo courtesy of AG Saño

I am my own man, says new IOC president Bach

Sep 11, 2013 - 8:47 AM

The 59 year old German trounced his five rivals to win in the second round with 49 votes

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 members: Syria cost Istanbul votes

Sep 08, 2013 - 2:40 PM

There had been concerns that Istanbul could suffer from the fallout over the Syrian conflict which has seen over 500 000 refugees cross over into Turkish territory

LOSING 2020. A man holds a flag of Istanbul 2020 after the IOC announced Tokyo the winner of the Summer Olympic Games on September 7, 2013, at Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul. AFP / Ozan Kose