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  • Peru pulls out of hosting Marius Vizer's World Combat Games

    The Olympic backlash against Marius Vizer widened, as Peruvian organizers pulled out of hosting one of his showcase multi-sports events and basketball became the latest federation to suspend ties with his umbrella body. The Peruvian Olympic Committee notified Vizer it was withdrawing as host of…

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  • Ghana cheated in Olympics qualifier, claims Le Roy

    Congo Brazzaville coach Claude le Roy accused Ghana of fielding over-age footballers this weekend in a 1-0 Rio Olympic Games qualifying victory. "Congo play by the rules and Ghana do not. "I coached some of these Ghanaians seven years ago for an African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier…

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  • Memorial for stabbed doctor in Brazil amid fresh violence

    Dozens of cyclists Saturday gathered in Rio to pay homage to a doctor fatally stabbed on his bike, amid a spate of attacks in the city ahead of next year's Olympic Games. The doctor, Jaime Gold, died in hospital after he was attacked near the popular Rodrigo de Freitas lake, close to the site that…

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  • Summer Olympic sports chief to Vizer: You don't represent us

    Marius Vizer's latest foray into IOC politics earned a blunt rebuke from a senior Olympic leader Friday, as more sports suspended ties with his umbrella body. The head of the association of summer Olympic sports told Vizer in a sharply-worded letter to stop speaking on behalf of the federations,…

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  • Rome mayor wants Olympic medal ceremonies at Colosseum

    Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino proposed Friday that medal ceremonies be held at the Colosseum if the Italian capital wins the bid to host the 2024 Olympics. Marino was meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach and bid committee officials, as well as Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Giovanni Malago,…

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  • John Coates re-elected as head of sports arbitration court

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Australian Olympic official John Coates has been re-elected president of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport.

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  • Taekwondo venue for Tokyo Games under review

    Taekwondo could become the latest sport to have its venue moved for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as part of a widening review into plans for the games. The Japan Taekwondo Federation says the head of the World Taekwondo Federation will visit the Japanese capital next month to inspect a facility at a…

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  • Celtics owner Pagliuca takes over Boston's 2024 Olympic bid

    The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston shook up its management Thursday, making Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca the new chairman in an attempt to revive the city's chances of hosting the Summer Games. The managing director of Bain Capital and formerly a vice chairman…

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  • Embattled Boston shake up bid committee

    With Boston's 2024 Olympic aspirations taking a beating, those hoping to bring the games to the New England city have turned to some local sports and business heavyweights to energize their bid. Boston 2024 confirmed on Thursday that Steve Pagliuca, co-owner of the NBA's Boston Celtics, will…

    AFP
  • Rugby joins SportAccord exodus

    Rugby joined equestrian, curling and table tennis in cutting ties with SportAccord on Thursday, the latest round of walkouts after its president sharply criticized the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Some 18 Olympic federations have already withdrawn their membership of the umbrella…

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  • SportAccord's Vizer issues 20-point plan for talks with IOC

    As more sports cut ties with his umbrella association, SportAccord chief Marius Vizer issued a 20-point plan Thursday for discussions with the IOC - including prize money for Olympic athletes and a 50 percent stake for federations in the new Olympic television channel. In a clear sign that he is…

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  • Rio drops Olympic water polo venue

    The venue scheduled to host water polo at next year's Rio Olympics will be dropped from the Games, after months of construction delays and a funding shortfall, officials said Wednesday. Espindola said organizers tried to secure the funding from a third-party consortium that funded the multimillion…

    AFP
  • Five Olympic rings light up a northern Rio de Janeiro Park

    This is a sure sign the 2016 Olympics are getting close. Officials of next year's games in Rio de Janeiro stood by Wednesday evening as fireworks exploded above a huge version of the symbolic five Olympic rings. The rings were installed in Madureira Park in northern Rio, far from the heart of the…

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  • Cyclist stabbed to death near Rio Olympic venue

    Mayor Eduardo Paes said Wednesday he was confident in security arrangements for next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a day after a cyclist was stabbed to death near the main venue for rowing and canoeing at South America's first games. The cyclist was identified by police as 55-year-old Jaime…

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  • Thomas Bach to Marius Vizer: I'll get back to you later

    IOC President Thomas Bach is keeping Marius Vizer waiting on his invitation for a clear-the-air meeting. Vizer, who heads the umbrella body SportAccord, wrote to Bach on Tuesday asking for a meeting to mend fences following his blistering attack on the International Olympic Committee in Sochi last…

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  • Paralympian wants new study into advantages of prosthesis

    BERLIN (AP) -- German Paralympian Markus Rehm is calling for a new scientific study to determine whether his carbon-fiber prosthesis gives him an unfair advantage.

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  • Truth 'too shocking' for IOC but pressure must stop: Vizer

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - SportAccord president Marius Vizer has urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to end pressure on federations to withdraw their membership of his organization after he criticized the Olympic body last month. Vizer, who heads the international judo…

    Reuters