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Belarusian capital Mink selected to host 2019 European Games

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MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- The capital of Belarus was chosen Friday to host the 2019 European Games, despite criticism of the country's human rights record and concerns over the cost of the event....

IOC official 'very happy' with possible Innsbruck 2026 bid
SOELDEN, Austria (AP) -- Innsbruck would have "an excellent chance" of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics if the Austrian city decides to bid for the games, a top IOC official said Friday....

Bach proposes holding 2020 events in disaster area

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TOKYO (AP) -- IOC President Thomas Bach met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday and suggested staging some events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the northeastern region of Japan hit by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster....

Norway's Johaug gets provisional 2-month doping suspension
OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Defending cross-country World Cup champion Therese Johaug was handed a two-month provisional suspension Wednesday pending a full investigation into her positive doping test....

Japan's Watanabe elected president of gymnastics federation
TOKYO (AP) -- Morinari Watanabe of Japan was elected president of the International Gymnastics Federation on Wednesday, promising to usher in changes that will make gymnastics "the king of sports."...

Russian sports minister promoted to deputy premier

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MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko, who has come under scrutiny in Russia's doping scandal and was banned from attending the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, was promoted to a deputy prime minister on Wednesday....

IOC chief Bach notes 'political' reasons for Rome withdrawal

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ROME (AP) -- IOC President Thomas Bach has taken note of the "political reasons" behind the withdrawal of Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics....

Romanian weightlifting medalist fails Rio Olympic drug test

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- A Romanian weightlifter who won a bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics could lose his medal after failing a doping test....

Former Olympic heptathlon champ Jessica Ennis-Hill retires

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SHEFFIELD, England (AP) -- Former Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill announced her retirement from track and field on Thursday, ending the career of one of Britain's most successful sportswomen....

Tokyo organizers say rowing venue for 2020 should stay put

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TOKYO (AP) -- Organizers want the rowing venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to remain at its original location rather than be moved to a site hundreds of miles away....
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Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko speaks at the European Olympic Committees General Assembly in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Lukashenko says his country is ready to host the 2019 European Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) AP Photo/Sergei Grits
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