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Column: Women's tennis leads lonely fight for human rights

Dec. 03, 2021 07:54 AM EST

If Thomas Bach or Adam Silver need some pointers on standing up for human rights instead of the bottom line, they should give a call to Steve Simon over at the women's tennis tour. Finally, someone picked right over the almighty yuan. Treading...

Lamine Diack, ex IAAF chief convicted of corruption, dies

Dec. 03, 2021 06:43 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Lamine Diack, the controversial long-time leader of track and field who was convicted of extorting money from athletes and accused of taking bribes in an Olympic hosting vote, has died, his family said Friday. He was 88. Awa Diack, niece of the...

IOC says it had 2nd video call with tennis player Peng Shuai

Dec. 02, 2021 13:21 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee said it held a second video call with Peng Shuai but again didn't release any video or transcript nor make any reference to the tennis player's sexual assault allegation against a former Chinese government official. ...

WTA to AP: Loss of China events over Peng could go past '22

Dec. 02, 2021 05:23 AM EST

The suspension of all WTA tournaments in China because of concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former government official there of sexual assault, could result in cancellations of those events beyond 2022, the head of the women's professional...

Sapporo says it can hold 2030 Olympics and also save money

Nov. 29, 2021 07:11 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The northern Japanese city of Sapporo became a frontrunner to land the 2030 Winter Olympics after the mayor talked up a plan Monday that he said would cut the costs of holding one of sports' most expensive events. Mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto said at a news...

Sapporo expected to announce cost cuts to land 2030 Olympics

Nov. 28, 2021 06:00 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The northern Japanese city of Sapporo is set to announce what it says will be a reduction in costs that will make it an attractive venue for the 2030 Winter Olympics. City officials were expect to announce details on Monday. The...

WTA remains "concerned' about Peng's ability to speak freely

Nov. 27, 2021 22:38 PM EST

Steve Simon, the head of the WTA, says he remains “deeply concerned” about the whereabouts of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai and her ability to “communicate freely, openly and directly" after allegations that a powerful politician forced her to have sex. Peng, a...

Former Brazil Olympic boss sentenced to jail for corruption

Nov. 26, 2021 10:51 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for more than two decades, was sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in jail for buying votes for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics. The ruling by Judge Marcelo Bretas became public...

WADA approves reforms; athlete groups say they're not enough

Nov. 25, 2021 13:42 PM EST

The World Anti-Doping Agency approved a series of reforms designed to give athletes a bigger voice in decision-making, though the changes were roundly criticized by activist groups that said they didn't go far enough. At its board meeting Thursday, WADA announced it was...

IOC call with Chinese tennis star Peng raises more questions

Nov. 22, 2021 10:58 AM EST

A video call between the head of the International Olympic Committee and Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, whose nearly three-week disappearance from public view sparked an outcry, was meant to reassure the world that she was safe — but instead has raised more questions. ...