Latest International Olympic Committee News

Australia's Queensland state to fund 2032 Olympic bid study

Jul. 22, 2019 11:38 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia has moved closer to launching a bid for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games after the Queensland state government announced it would help fund a study into how much the events would cost taxpayers. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Tuesday said she would chair a...

Year to go to Tokyo Games, with costs, ticket demand rising

Jul. 22, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The countdown for the Tokyo Olympics has hit 365 days. To mark the year-to-go mark, the gold, silver and bronze Olympic medals are to be unveiled Wednesday as part of daylong ceremonies around the Japanese capital. Tokyo's 1964 Olympics showcased bullet trains, futuristic designs and a new...

Tokyo 1-Year Out: Scandal, high costs but unrivaled demand

Jul. 22, 2019 2:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Despite scandals, rising costs and doubts about the economic payoff, the Tokyo Olympics will be a must-see event — if you can find a ticket or a hotel room — when they open in a year. Tokyo was supposed to be a "safe pair of hands" after Rio de Janeiro's corruption and...

FIFA-backed students sent out to help run world sports

Jul. 19, 2019 1:41 AM EDT

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland (AP) — It's the Swiss finishing school that has prepared hundreds of post-graduate students to lead, manage and litigate world sports. Graduates have later headed campaigns to host soccer's World Cup, run Olympic sports federations, and prosecuted landmark cases in international...

Rakhimov resigns from troubled boxing body AIBA

Jul. 15, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Gafur Rakhimov, a businessman with alleged links to organized crime, resigned Monday as president of the International Boxing Association after his tenure played a role in the body being stripped of the right to organize the Olympic boxing events. The Uzbekistani became interim...

Olympic greats Bubka, Popov deny Rio 2016 vote-buying claims

Jul. 5, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic gold medalists Sergey Bubka and Alexander Popov have denied claims made in a Brazilian court they were paid to vote for Rio de Janeiro's winning bid to host the 2016 Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee said Friday its ethics commission has contacted both...

IOC lifts suspension on Kuwaiti Olympic body imposed in 2015

Jul. 5, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says it has fully lifted a suspension from Kuwait's Olympic committee, imposed in 2015 when the national government passed a law that compromised the independence of sports bodies. The suspension meant Kuwaitis at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics competed as an...

Tokyo Olympics offer 'second-chance' lottery for Japan fans

Jul. 5, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are putting "a few hundred-thousand" tickets into a lottery next month for Japan residents who were shut out when results of the first lottery were announced in June. The new "second-chance" lottery is being organized on short notice because of unprecedented demand in...

Got a Tokyo Olympics ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil

Jul. 4, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Overwhelmed by unprecedented demand, Tokyo Olympic organizers said Thursday they hope to run another ticket lottery next month for residents of Japan who got nothing the first time. Millions of Japanese were let down last month when they came away empty-handed in a lottery for next year's...

Stripped of Olympic status, boxing body calls new elections

Jun. 27, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — One day after being stripped of Olympic recognition, boxing body AIBA called for fresh elections in November to help rebuild its image and relations with the IOC. AIBA executive committee member Umar Kremlev of Russia said Thursday a new president will be elected Nov. 15 in Lausanne,...