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  • PyeongChang organizers appoint interim head

    (Reuters) - The head of the South Korea Olympic Committee will step in to take over interim leadership of the 2018 PyeongChang Games following the surprise resignation of two senior officials. Kim Jung-haeng will take charge until a full-time replacement is found for Kim Jin-sun, who abruptly…

  • Pyeongchang's 2018 Olympic committee faced audit

    The organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang has been under investigation over its preparations for the games, South Korean officials said. South Korean media reported he was fired by the government over poor preparations for the games, citing delays in construction of the…

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  • Sochi chosen to host 2015 global sports convention

    The sports world will return to Sochi next year - despite the global criticism of Russia following the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. SportAccord, an umbrella body representing Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations, announced Tuesday that it will hold its annual sports industry…

    The Associated Press
  • Malaysian athletes to wear black armbands

    Malaysian athletes and officials at the Commonwealth Games held a minute's silence at their flag-raising on Tuesday and plan to wear black armbands at the opening ceremony in memory of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash. The crash over Ukraine killed 298 people, including 44 Malaysians. …

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  • Head of 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics resigns

    The head of the organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang resigned Monday, saying new leadership and a ''stronger system'' is needed to complete preparations for the games. Former provincial governor Kim Jin-sun was elected president of the organizing committee in late 2011…

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  • Pyeongchang Winter Olympics chief quits

    By Narae Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Kim Jin-sun quit as head of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizing committee on Monday, the second senior official to step down in recent weeks. "Pyeongchang 2018 is at a turning point for the latter half of its Games preparation, which requires more…

  • PRESS BOX: Kluwe not appeased by Vikings' response

    Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe criticized how the team responded to a six-month independent investigation into his claims of homophobic behavior in the organization. Kluwe said a 29-page summary of the investigation gave an inaccurate representation of special teams coordinator Mike…

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  • Olympic leaders back TV channel, bidding changes

    Moving forward on IOC President Thomas Bach's reform process, Olympic leaders backed his proposals Saturday for setting up an Olympic television channel, reshaping the bid city procedure, and adding more flexibility to the sports program. Bach convened a summit of 16 key IOC and sports officials…

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  • Bolt, Farah headline cast at Glasgow Commonwealths

    By Sam Holden and Michael Hann LONDON (Reuters) - Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Mo Farah lead a cast of the world's leading athletes descending on Glasgow to compete in the Commonwealth Games starting in Scotland’s biggest city on Wednesday. World-record holders, decorated Olympians and novice…

  • Russian biathlete Iourieva banned 8yrs for doping

    MOSCOW (AP) -- Former world champion biathlete Ekaterina Iourieva of Russia has been banned for eight years for a repeat doping offence, the International Biathlon Union says.

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  • Retired Russian biathlete Iourieva handed eight-year ban

    By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW Russia (Reuters) - Ekaterina Iourieva became the second Russian biathlete this week to pick up a doping suspension after the retired 2008 world champion was handed a back-dated eight-year ban by the International Biathlon Union (IBU) on Friday. The 31-year-old, who…

  • Russian biathlete Starykh gets 2 year doping ban

    Russian biathlete Irina Starykh has been banned for two years for doping, the International Biathlon Union says. Starykh had been considered a medal contender for February's Sochi Olympics, but Russia withdrew her from its team after she tested positive for banned substance EPO in an…

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  • Report: Plushenko was approached to skate for US

    MOSCOW (AP) -- Two-time Olympic figure skating gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko says he was urged to abandon Russia and skate for the United States.

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  • Biathlete Sachenbacher-Stehle banned for doping

    German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle has been banned for two years for a doping offence at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The International Biathlon Union says in a statement that the 33-year-old Sachenbacher-Stehle's ban is retrospective from Feb. 17 - the date she tested positive for the banned…

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  • Russian Starykh banned for two years for doping

    Russian Irina Starykh, who won the women’s 7.5-km sprint at the 2013 European biathlon championship, has been banned for two years for doping, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) said on Wednesday. "Irina Starykh is ineligible to compete for a period of two years, commencing from December 23,…

  • US Olympic pairs skaters Zhang, Bartholomay split

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- U.S. Olympic pairs skaters Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay have ended their partnership.

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  • One down, one to go: Rio Olympics next for Brazil

    Brazil just pulled off the World Cup. Next up is Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympics, which poses an even bigger challenge. Cement trucks are busy, creating billowing dust clouds, and girders are rising along Avenida Embaixador Abelardo Bueno, the road running in front of the main Olympic Park in the…

    The Associated Press
  • NOCs call for revision of Olympic bidding process

    The national Olympic committees of Austria, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland have joined forces to call for a thorough revision of the Olympic bidding process. In a joint paper released Tuesday, the four European NOCs asked the International Olympic Committee for ''more support in bidding, more…

    The Associated Press
  • Rio Games takes cue from World Cup

    Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Citing a highly successful World Cup, 2016 Rio Olympics organizers claimed Monday that the event would take its cue from football and make South America's first Olympiad one to remember.

  • Officials happy with planned spread of Olympic 2016 nations

    By Tony Jimenez HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Organizers of golf's comeback to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero in 2016 are confident the event will feature a good geographical spread of competitors. Golfers in the top 15 of the world rankings will automatically be eligible although no more than…

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