Latest International Olympic Committee News

Kip Keino hands himself over to police in corruption case

Oct. 18, 2018 11:49 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Running great Kip Keino handed himself over to police in Kenya on Thursday and is under arrest, set to face charges of corruption and abuse of office that threaten the reputation of one of track and field's most revered figures. The 78-year-old Keino, former Kenyan sports minister...

Patrick Baumann, rising star in Olympic circles, dies at 51

Oct. 14, 2018 12:26 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of basketball's world governing body who was seen as a potential IOC president, has died at the Youth Olympics. He was 51. Baumann "unexpectedly succumbed to a heart attack" in Buenos Aires despite getting immediate medical help, the...

Stockholm city government deal threatens 2026 Olympics bid

Oct. 12, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Stockholm's bid to host the 2026 Olympics is at risk only three days after the IOC formally approved the city among three candidates. A new coalition deal announced Friday to run Stockholm's city government, between a center-right alliance and environmentalists, requires no taxpayer...

Column: What if they had an Olympics, but no one would host?

Oct. 12, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

What if they threw an Olympic party, but no one was willing to host it? That day could be coming, and sooner than you might think. With news Friday that Stockholm is likely to pull out of the race for the 2026 Winter Games — just days after it was approved as a candidate city by the International Olympic...

Tokyo Olympics: Costs hit almost $25 billion _ may go higher

Oct. 9, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The price tag keeps soaring for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite local organizers and the International Olympic Committee saying that spending is being cut. A report just released by the national government's Board of Audit shows Japan is likely to spend $25 billion to prepare the games, and...

IOC picks Senegal as first African host for Youth Olympics

Oct. 8, 2018 5:29 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The IOC has picked its first African host of any Olympics, formally awarding the 2022 Youth Games to Senegal. Senegal President Macky Sall was present on Monday to see International Olympic Committee members confirm the executive board's preference from four candidates....

Players' union, rights activists urge IOC to shelve charter

Oct. 5, 2018 5:05 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A coalition of athletes, their global trade union, and human rights activists want the IOC to postpone an athlete charter due to be adopted next week. The Olympic body's Athletes' Rights and Responsibilities Declaration is set for approval at a meeting in Argentina to help safeguard athletes...

The Latest: Russian envoy rejects reports of cybercrimes

Oct. 4, 2018 10:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on a new wave of global cyberattacks blamed on Russia (all times local): 9:50 p.m. A top Russian diplomat is warning the U.S. that its allegations of cybercrimes by the Russian intelligence could dangerously escalate tensions between the nuclear superpowers. Deputy Foreign Minister...

Russia accused of hacking sports world over doping scandal

Oct. 4, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — In Russia, sports and the government are closely intertwined. Top athletes hold military ranks, Olympic medals are a matter of national pride, and champions receive luxury cars in Kremlin ceremonies. So when Russia was accused of doping its way to the top, the Russian state hit the sports...

IOC threatens to drop boxing from Olympics over election

Oct. 3, 2018 6:47 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has reiterated its threat to drop boxing from the Olympics, expressing "extreme concern" with how the sport is run after a businessman from Uzbekistan who has been accused by U.S. authorities of having ties to organized crime was announced to...