Olympics

India's Olympic body seeks to clarify contentious awards

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Already threatened with being suspended and stripped of its government funding, the Indian Olympic Association has stepped back from a proposal to appoint two tainted former officials as honorary life presidents. Tirlochan Singh, a senior IOA official, said IOA president N. Ramachandran wrote a letter to the sports minister on Monday explaining that the honorary awards, which caused a furore within the Indian sports community, were just a proposal and not been bestowed.Read more

India's Olympic body seeks to clarify contentious awards

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Already threatened with being suspended and stripped of its government funding, the Indian Olympic Association has sought to clarify its position regarding plans to appoint two tainted former officials as honorary life-time presidents. A spokesman said IOA president N. Ramachandran wrote a letter to the sports minister on Monday to explain.Read more

IOC opens 28 new doping cases for Russian Olympic athletes

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says it has opened disciplinary cases against 28 Russian athletes whose urine samples were likely tampered with at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The new wave of Olympic doping cases is based on evidence provided this month by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren. McLaren detailed vast state-backed cheating in Russian sport that included swapping athletes' tainted samples for clean urine through the testing laboratory at Sochi.Read more

Russia loses biathlon, skating events over doping

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MUNICH (AP) — Russia has lost biathlon and speedskating events it was due to host this winter following allegations it ran a vast state-sponsored doping scheme. World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren's final report has prompted Western athletes to campaign for boycotts in several winter sports in Russia after 12 medalists from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi were implicated.Read more




Russia loses biathlon, skating events over doping

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Russia has lost speedskating and biathlon events it was due to host this winter following allegations it ran a vast state-sponsored doping scheme. World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren's report has prompted Western athletes to campaign for boycotts in several winter sports in Russia after 12 medalists from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi were implicated. It's not yet clear where the events will be held instead.Read more

Russia loses biathlon, skating events over doping

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Russia has lost speedskating and biathlon events it was due to host this winter following allegations it ran a vast state-sponsored doping scheme. The International Skating Union says it is stripping the Russian city of Chelyabinsk of the final round of this season's World Cup. Separately, the International Biathlon Union says Russian hosts have voluntarily given up their rights to a World Cup round in March and the world junior championships, due to start in late February.Read more

Japanese Olympic organizers to disclose total cost estimate

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TOKYO (AP) — Japanese media say Tokyo Olympic organizers will present their first official cost estimate for the 2020 Games at a level slightly below their promised 2 trillion ($17 billion) cap. The reports say organizers are expected to present an estimated total of 1.6 trillion to 1.8 trillion yen ($14 billion to $15 billion) at Wednesday's meeting in Tokyo.Read more

Rio Mayor Paes changes plans about teaching at Columbia

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, who talked openly of plans to teach next year at New York's Columbia University after helping pull off the Olympics, says he's changed his mind. His office confirmed to The Associated Press that he would not be teaching as planned at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. The statement said the position "would hold him with many obligations," and added "the mayor intends to have flexibility to come and go from the U.S."Read more

Patrick Hickey back in Ireland, 4 months after Rio arrest

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DUBLIN (AP) — Olympic official Patrick Hickey is back in Ireland, four months after being arrested in Brazil during the Rio de Janeiro Games on ticket scalping charges. Hickey, who returned to Dublin on Sunday night, says he "will do everything possible to clear my name." The 71-year-old Hickey was allowed to leave Brazil to receive medical treatment. The Association of National Olympic Committees loaned Hickey the $430,000 in bail money so he could be released from legal custody in Brazil.Read more