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All-Japan committee meets to promote Sapporo Olympic bid

May. 10, 2022 02:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Yasuhiro Yamashita, the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee, acknowledged the biggest stumbling block to holding the Olympics is the billions in costs. However, in another breath on Tuesday at a so-called “All Japan” meeting to promote Sapporo's bid for the 2030...

IOC head in Brisbane for 1st time since city awarded Games

May. 07, 2022 03:11 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — IOC president Thomas Bach was in Brisbane on Saturday for the first time since the Queensland state capital was awarded the 2032 Olympics. Bach flew into Australia last weekend to attend a testimonial dinner for outgoing Australian Olympic Committee...

Salt Lake, Sapporo head race to 2030 Olympics, and maybe '34

May. 02, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

Fraser Bullock, who leads Salt Lake City's bid to return the Winter Olympics to Utah, sounds very confident about success. “I believe we'll host a future Game(s). It's a question of when,” he said last week in a local television interview. But will it be in 2030,...

Chesterman elected president of Australian Olympic Committee

Apr. 30, 2022 07:41 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Ian Chesterman has moved up from vice president to president after voting was held Saturday to replace departing Australian Olympic Committee chief John Coates. Chesterman defeated former Olympic swimmer Mark Stockwell 67-26 in the vote held during the AOC's annual...

Russian swimmer Rylov banned for appearing at Putin rally

Apr. 22, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian Olympic gold medalist swimmer Evgeny Rylov has been banned from the sport for nine months for appearing at a rally in support of President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Rylov stood on stage with medalists from other Olympic...

Alex Gilady, Israeli Olympic Committee member, dies at 79

Apr. 14, 2022 05:59 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Alex Gilady, an Israeli media pioneer and longtime International Olympic Committee member, has died. He was 79. Gilady was a former sport executive at U.S. network NBC and was the first Israeli journalist to report from Egypt in 1977 ahead of the signing of a...

Olympic sailor from Tunisia, aged 17, dies in training

Apr. 11, 2022 16:46 PM EDT

Olympic sailor Eya Guezguez of Tunisia has died in a training incident, the IOC announced on Monday. She was 17. Guezguez was training with her twin sister Sarra alongside their national team on Sunday when their boat capsized due to strong winds. Eya died while Sarra survived. ...

Qatar divides soccer, FIFA seeks unity ahead of WCup draw

Mar. 30, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A chance to change perceptions of a country. A tournament to foster unity. Heard it before? Qatar is the next stop on the global tour of major sports events to nations led by autocratic governments who are often decried by human rights activists,...

Russia invasion upends Olympic 'neutrality' — if it existed

Mar. 15, 2022 00:14 AM EDT

The International Olympic Committee has always been political, from the sheikhs and royals in its membership to a seat at the United Nations to pushing for peace talks between the Koreas. But Russia's invasion of Ukraine three weeks ago exposed its irreconcilable claims of “political...

Russia steps up legal fight against isolation in sports

Mar. 11, 2022 12:54 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russia stepped up its legal fight against isolation in sports because of the war in Ukraine when its national Olympic body made an urgent appeal Friday to overturn a ban on its athletes competing at a European youth winter sports festival. The Court of...