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Investigator warns boxing to change to save Olympic status

Jun. 20, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Fighting to keep their sport in the Olympics, boxing officials were warned on Monday to change its historical culture of breaking the rules. Investigator Richard McLaren said “corruption abounded” in the world boxing body formerly known as AIBA as...

Winter Olympics may not include Nordic combined for 1st time

Jun. 15, 2022 14:46 PM EDT

Nordic combined, which uniquely tests skiers on jaw-dropping jumps and heart-pounding trails, has been a part of the Winter Olympics since 1924. Its time might be up. It is the only Olympic sport without women and the International Olympic Committee is due to make a decision later...

Russian champion bashes Bach, shows sympathy for Ukrainians

Jun. 09, 2022 16:24 PM EDT

Olympic champion high jumper Maria Lasitskene, likely to be banned from defending her three straight world titles next month, lashed out at the leaders of the IOC and World Athletics, and expressed sympathy for her Ukrainian competitors in a heartfelt open letter distributed Thursday. ...

Tokyo a candidate for track and field world championships

May. 25, 2022 07:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The $1.4 billion Tokyo national stadium, built by the Japanese government for last year’s Olympics, is being viewed as a site for the track and field world championships. An inspection team from World Athletics — the governing body of the sport — met with Tokyo...

Bach says Russia ban is to protect athletes, not punish them

May. 20, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Russian athletes and officials who have been banned from international sports because of the war in Ukraine are being protected rather than punished, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Friday. Most sports bodies have followed the IOC guidance...

IOC reveals more talks with Peng Shuai, plans Europe visit

May. 20, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has continued to speak with Olympic officials since the Beijing Winter Games and wants to visit Europe soon, IOC president Thomas Bach said on Friday. The fallout from Peng's allegations last November of being sexually...

All-Japan committee meets to promote Sapporo Olympic bid

May. 10, 2022 02:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Yasuhiro Yamashita, the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee, acknowledged the biggest stumbling block to holding the Olympics is the billions in costs. However, in another breath on Tuesday at a so-called “All Japan” meeting to promote Sapporo's bid for the 2030...

IOC head in Brisbane for 1st time since city awarded Games

May. 07, 2022 03:11 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — IOC president Thomas Bach was in Brisbane on Saturday for the first time since the Queensland state capital was awarded the 2032 Olympics. Bach flew into Australia last weekend to attend a testimonial dinner for outgoing Australian Olympic Committee...

Salt Lake, Sapporo head race to 2030 Olympics, and maybe '34

May. 02, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

Fraser Bullock, who leads Salt Lake City's bid to return the Winter Olympics to Utah, sounds very confident about success. “I believe we'll host a future Game(s). It's a question of when,” he said last week in a local television interview. But will it be in 2030,...

Chesterman elected president of Australian Olympic Committee

Apr. 30, 2022 07:41 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Ian Chesterman has moved up from vice president to president after voting was held Saturday to replace departing Australian Olympic Committee chief John Coates. Chesterman defeated former Olympic swimmer Mark Stockwell 67-26 in the vote held during the AOC's annual...