Latest International Olympic Committee News

Soccer club president latest tie to French corruption probe

May. 25, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption probe that keeps spreading. Prosecutors in France have implicated Nasser al-Khelaifi — who leads Qatar-owned PSG, is chairman of Qatar-owned...

Italian bid edges Swedish rival in 2026 Olympic host study

May. 24, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Italian bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo looked stronger than the Stockholm-Are project in an IOC analysis of the candidates published Friday. Polling by the International Olympic Committee, which typically looks to get a warm welcome from host nations,...

Olympic officials reassure sports federations about cuts

May. 23, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An Olympic official made a guarantee Thursday that will please the heads of world sports federations who are concerned that Tokyo Games organizers might be cutting things they see as "decoration" but federations view as "essential." Many federations fear what happened at the 2016 Rio de...

IOC wants to remove boxing body AIBA from Tokyo Olympics

May. 22, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Dealing a blow to Olympic boxing officials after months of investigations, the IOC has set up a vote next month on removing the sport's governing body AIBA from organizing bouts at the 2020 Tokyo Games. The International Olympic Committee's executive board on Wednesday proposed...

IOC confident Tokyo can resolve complaints over budget cuts

May. 21, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The heads of some international sports federations complained this month that Tokyo Olympic organizers were cutting too deeply to save money. One said the cost reductions could make venues look cheap, reminding of deep, last-minute budget slashing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. John...

Boxing body faces Olympic inquiry team before Tokyo ruling

May. 18, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The embattled amateur boxing federation faces an Olympic inquiry on Monday fearing it could be punished for forcing out a longtime IOC member as its president. For the first time in a six-month probe, International Boxing Association (AIBA) officials will sit down with the three-member...

Bullying probe calls for sensitivity training for WADA

May. 16, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — The culture of bullying and harassment collided with the Olympic universe after two strong-voiced women in the World Anti-Doping Agency received back-to-back rejections over the span of 48 hours. Among conclusions from an investigation into one of those episodes was that WADA leaders need...

Russian boxing powerbroker says govt not backing $16M offer

May. 16, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian boxing powerbroker behind a $16 million offer aimed at keeping the sport in the Olympics has denied the government is funding his campaign. Umar Kremlev is due to present his offer when the International Boxing Association's executive committee meets on Saturday, four days before...

'Harsh,' 'disrespectful,' but no bullying in WADA case

May. 15, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — Witnesses saw tears in Beckie Scott's eyes following a meeting in which one man called her attitude "victimistic" and another questioned whether the athletes' committee she led even needed to exist. In the end, investigators looking into the meeting that left Scott "angry," ''close to...

Japanese rush to buy Tokyo Olympic tickets on first day

May. 10, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — If you're a Japan resident and you want tickets for next year's Tokyo Olympics — be patient. Tokyo organizers on Friday said delays and long waits to get an online response met Japan residents who tried to enter the ticket lottery on the first day it opened. The ticket lottery for Japan...