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  • World Rowing to seek viral testing in Rio Olympic waters

    The head of the governing body of world rowing says he will ask for viral testing at the rowing venue for next year's Rio Olympics, and says he expects all other water sports in Rio to follow suit. The move comes after an Associated Press investigation last week showed a serious health risk to…

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  • Triple Olympic champion Domracheva to miss season

    MOSCOW (AP) -- Triple Olympic biathlon champion Darya Domracheva says she will miss the entire upcoming season after being struck down by the illness mononucleosis.

    The Associated Press
  • Brazilian universities to help with dirty water cleanup

    Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao signed a deal Monday with several Brazilian universities and research institutes to develop a plan for cleaning up the polluted waters of the city's sewage-strewn Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events will be held. As part of Brazil's Olympic…

    The Associated Press
  • Rio water quality on agenda as IOC leaves for Brazil

    By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The water quality for competitors at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be on the agenda when the International Olympic Committee travels to Brazil for talks this week, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday. Bach is leaving for the Brazilian city…

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  • Key Olympic powerbroker urges U.S. bid for 2024

    By Julian Linden KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The most powerful people in the Olympic movement have urged the United States to quickly find a replacement for Boston and push ahead with plans to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The U.S. has not hosted the Summer Olympics since 1996, partly because of…

    Reuters
  • IOC ready to act if Olympic medals affected by doping

    The IOC will take action against any Olympic athletes if they are found guilty of the latest doping allegations rocking the sport of track and field, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday. Bach said it is up to the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate the allegations, including that one-third…

    The Associated Press
  • Sepp Blatter's term as IOC member ends

    Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter's 16-year term as an International Olympic Committee member ended Monday when he did not seek re-election. Blatter was among a group of IOC members up for re-election for another eight-year term. ''He does not deem it to be appropriate to stand for re-election…

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  • IOC to order tests for viruses at Rio's Olympic water venues

    The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will order testing for disease-causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next year's Rio de Janeiro Games. Before, the IOC and local Olympic organizers in Rio said they would only test for bacteria in the water,…

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA boss Blatter gives up International Olympic Committee seat

    Under pressure FIFA leader Sepp Blatter on Monday gave up his International Olympic Committee seat because he will soon end his reign in charge of world football. Blatter, whose organisation is embroiled in a corruption scandal, was among a group of eight IOC members who should have sought…

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  • Triathlon tests Rio's Olympic readiness

    The event was vital for athletes looking to secure spots on their national Olympic teams but just as much a test of the city's ability to stage the world's biggest sporting event in exactly 12 months. With Rio's iconic Sugarloaf Mountain towering in the background, competitors raced across the…

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  • Electric Egyptian Kahraba too hot for Uganda

    Egypt moved closer this weekend to a record-extending 12th Olympic Games football appearance by an African country while their star Kahraba confirmed he is a master goal-poacher. The Baby Pharaohs won 2-1 in Uganda to complete a 6-1 aggregate triumph and secure a place in an eight-nation…

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  • South Sudan tearfully becomes 206th Olympic member

    South Sudan on Sunday became the Olympic movement's 206th member amid emotional scenes as the war-stricken African nation crossed the final hurdle to competing at next year's Rio Olympics. Sports leaders from South Sudan, Sudan and IOC executive members could not hold back tears as the…

    AFP
  • IOC shakes up bid process for 2024 Summer Olympics

    The IOC shook up the bidding process for the 2024 Olympics on Sunday, eliminating the cut-down phase and clearing the way for all the candidates to make it to the final vote. ''If it's a flood, it's a good problem to have,'' Christophe Dubi, the IOC's executive director of the Olympic Games, told…

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  • 'Frisbee' comes of age, earns Olympic recognition

    By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The sport of flying disc, commonly known as "frisbee", was officially recognized as an Olympic sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Sunday, opening the way for it to try and join the Games' program in the future. After meeting all the…

    Reuters
  • Emotional scenes as South Sudan gains Olympic status

    With an Olympic flag draped around his neck, the official from South Sudan couldn't contain his emotion. Moments after his war-torn country was officially recognized by the IOC on Sunday, Tong Chor Malke Deran wiped tears from his eyes and later broke down when talking about the plight of his…

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  • South Sudan becomes Olympic movement's 206th member

    By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - South Sudan became the 206th member of the Olympic family on Friday after the International Olympic Committee approved its inclusion, despite ongoing fighting in the African country. The country is now free to compete at next year's Rio de Janeiro…

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  • Rome rules out using Vatican for 2024 bid

    Rome will not use the Vatican for events in its 2024 Olympic bid, a top Italian sports official said Sunday, as Toronto gave stronger hints that it will join the campaign. Toronto is also considering entering. Giovanni Malago, president of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), said the historic…

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