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  • Rio 2016 organizers unveil Olympic torch

    The torch, crafted from recycled aluminum and resin with a satin finish, innovates with different segments that open up when the Olympic flame is passed from one torchbearer to another. The unveiling was made in a ceremony attended by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in the capital of Brasilia. …

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  • Brazil announces torch route ahead of 'historic' Olympics

    Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's president unveiled the 2016 Olympic torch Friday with a vow to overcome the Latin American giant's mounting problems -- ranging from massive corruption to street violence -- in time for a "historic" Rio games. Next May, officials announced, it will depart on a tour of 300…

    AFP
  • CAS explain how Vanessa-Mae cleared of Olympic ski race fix

    Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae exploited weak International Ski Federation rules and got help from Alpine race officials ''smitten'' by her celebrity to qualify for the Sochi Olympics, according to sport's highest court. The Court of Arbitration for Sport cleared the musician last month of rigging…

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  • L.A. Kings' Slava Voynov pleads no contest in domestic violence case

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov pleaded no contest on Thursday to charges that he attacked his wife at their Southern California home last year and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, prosecutors said. Voynov, 25, was also ordered to serve three years summary probation, attend a 52-week…

    Reuters
  • Rome 2024 bid endorsed by Italy's CONI

    Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games was unanimously endorsed by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) on Thursday in what bid president Luca di Montezemolo described as an important signal of support. CONI'S 64 members all voted to back the candidacy at a meeting held in Milan. Rome's rivals…

    Reuters
  • CONI votes unanimously for Rome's 2024 Olympics bid

    The Italian Olympic Committee has voted unanimously to support Rome's bid for the 2024 Summer Games. All 64 sports federation presidents supported the candidacy at a CONI council meeting on Thursday at the world's fair Expo in Milan. Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino also attended the vote, another sign…

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  • Athletes avoid South Korea over virus fears

    As South Korea battles to contain an outbreak of the deadly MERS virus, some foreign athletes are turning their back on the country. Russian world champion gymnasts and the entire national sports team from the Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan will not compete at this month's University Games…

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  • Pyeongchang picks 'Nanta' producer for 2018 ceremonies

    Organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics said on Thursday they have named Song Seung-whan, the producer of South Korean hit theater show 'Nanta', as the executive creative director for the Pyeongchang Games' opening and closing ceremonies. Pyeongchang's organizing committee (POCOG) said it had…

    Reuters
  • S. Korean musical producer to direct Pyeongchang ceremonies

    The producer of South Korea's longest-running theater show has been selected as executive creative director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Olympic organizers said Thursday they've hired former theater and television actor Song Seung-whan to produce the…

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  • Boxing wants more women's fight at Olympics

    The International Boxing Association (AIBA) wants to see more women fighting at the Olympic Games, its president Wu Ching-Kuo said. "The introduction of women's boxing at the London Games in 2012 was a success," Wu told AFP in an interview. Women's boxing will be in Rio again next year and the…

    AFP
  • Bergeroo extends contract as French women's coach

    Philippe Bergeroo's reward for taking the French women's football team to the World Cup quarter-finals is a two-year extension to his present contract which will see him in charge for next year's Olympics and Euro 2017 if they qualify. The 61-year-old -- who as a player was a member of the squad…

    AFP
  • Lausanne favored for 2020 Youth Olympics in IOC evaluation

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Lausanne appears favored to win 2020 Youth Winter Games hosting rights after an International Olympic Committee evaluation of the two candidates.

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  • IOC hails Tokyo's frugal budget

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday sought to deflect attention from a row over Tokyo's planned National Stadium by praising organisers for keeping the 2020 Games budget in check. John Coates, chairman of the IOC's Tokyo 2020 coordination commission, told reporters Tokyo had…

    AFP
  • IOC praises Tokyo 2020 plans amid main stadium concerns

    IOC Vice President John Coates tried to calm concerns over the rising cost of Tokyo's new National Stadium while praising preparations for the 2020 Games on Wednesday. The city has been arguing with the central government over how costs of the new stadium will be shared. Coates said the stadium…

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  • IOC says Tokyo's preparation 'outstanding', costs need watching

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - The cost of venues for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics will have to be carefully watched and managed despite previous cuts, but otherwise the Japanese capital's preparations are "outstanding," IOC Vice President John Coates said on Wednesday. Japan said on Monday…

    Reuters
  • Rio slum tests security with Olympics a year off

    Brazilian police assumed control over one of Rio's most dangerous neighborhoods Tuesday, replacing the army in a key test for how to suppress crime ahead of next year's Olympic Games. "We are leaving with the feeling of having contributed a bit more to the security of the region," said army Major…

    AFP
  • Simon Shnapir, 2-time US pairs champion, retires

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Two-time U.S. pairs champion Simon Shnapir is retiring from figure skating.

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  • Oh, baby: Hockey star checks Twitter for son's name

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- No doubt someone will suggest they call him Ice. Or maybe Stick. Or Zamboni.

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