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Column: Olympic 'Family' Has Its Own Doping Problem

Dec. 10, 2019 1:16 PM EST

Russia cranked up a state-sponsored, industrial-scale doping operation ahead of the 2014 Sochi Games worthy of its own gold medal. It swept up more than 1,000 athletes and stretched from lowly lab technicians to the highest reaches of the nation’s sports ministries. And despite getting busted twice since,...

Analysis: Russia scandal makes 'fair' a thing of the past

Dec. 9, 2019 8:50 PM EST

The goal all along, or so the Olympic leaders say, has been fairness. And also — that notion of protecting the “innocent" Russian athletes who must be out there somewhere. But what's clear to anyone who has followed even a second of the Russian doping saga, now in its fifth year and showing no...

UN calls for truce around next year's Tokyo summer Olympics

Dec. 9, 2019 7:32 PM EST

United Nations (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution Monday urging all nations to observe a truce during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan, saying sports can play a role in promoting peace and tolerance and preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism. Diplomats...

Anti-doping agency imposes 4-year ban on Russia

Dec. 9, 2019 11:02 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russia was slapped Monday with a four-year ban from international sports events, including next summer's Tokyo Olympics, over a longstanding doping scandal, although its athletes will still be able to compete if they can show they are clean competitors. The ruling by the World...

Russia faces next wave of punishment in endless doping saga

Dec. 7, 2019 5:18 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The never-ending Russia doping saga hits another dramatic peak Monday when its Tokyo Olympics status and prospects for hosting international sports events are on the line. World Anti-Doping Agency leaders have been urged by expert advisers to take a hard line on Russian state tampering with a...

IOC angered by Russian gov’t in denial over doping scandal

Nov. 26, 2019 10:54 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Condemning Russian state authorities on Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee says their latest cheating attempt in a years-long doping scandal is an insult to the sports world. “The IOC will support the toughest sanctions against all those responsible for this...

Analysis: Russia cheats again _ and laughs its way to Tokyo

Nov. 25, 2019 8:26 PM EST

The message the World Anti-Doping Agency sent Monday, in case everyone in the sports world hadn’t already heard it: Russia can cheat and get away with it. In fact, the Russians can pin up pictures of WADA’s leaders on their bulletin boards, draw clown’s noses on their faces, walk up to them...

Decision by WADA group puts Russia’s Olympic future in peril

Nov. 22, 2019 7:05 PM EST

The chances of the Russian flag flying at next year’s Olympics took a potentially lethal hit Friday when anti-doping regulators recommended the country be declared noncompliant for tampering with data that was supposed to help bring the entire cheating episode to a close. The World Anti-Doping Agency...

IOC’s Bach asked to intervene in Tokyo Olympic labor dispute

Nov. 22, 2019 1:31 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An international trade union wants IOC President Thomas Bach to intervene and investigate alleged labor and safety violations at venues being built for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The Building and Wood Workers’ International has been critical for several years of workers’...

Paris hoteliers angered by IOC sponsorship deal with Airbnb

Nov. 21, 2019 7:10 AM EST

The newest Olympic sponsor has sparked the ire of French hoteliers, who have suspended their collaboration with 2024 Paris Games organizers over fears the IOC’s agreement with home-sharing company Airbnb will create unfair competition. The nine-year, five-games sponsorship deal announced this week starts...