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  • Thomas Bach: IOC must uphold ethical standards

    The International Olympic Committee needs to show it is serious about maintaining ethical credibility and staying free of corruption, IOC President Thomas Bach said Thursday. ''We need to demonstrate that we are indeed walking the walk and not just talking the talk,'' Bach said in a keynote speech…

    The Associated Press26 mins ago
  • AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

    The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, as well as for visitors to the iconic beaches of Rio de Janeiro. An Associated Press investigation found…

    The Associated Press42 mins ago
  • AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth

    An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues - results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.…

    The Associated Press52 mins ago
  • Japan ruling party to recommend sacking of sports association head

    Japan's ruling party will recommend sacking the head of the sports association that manages the national stadium after plans for a new arena for the 2020 Summer Olympics were scrapped due to soaring costs. If Ichiro Kono, head of the Japan Sport Center (JSC), is replaced he would be the second…

    Reuters
  • 5 things to know about filthy water awaiting Rio Olympians

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Associated Press commissioned a study of the virus and bacteria levels in the waters where Olympic athletes will compete next year in Rio de Janeiro. The testing found dangerously high levels of pathogens from human sewage waste.

    The Associated Press
  • Beijing favorite in IOC vote for 2022 Winter Olympics

    It's a contest between China, the world's most populous nation and a rising global giant with a huge economy, against a young country and former Soviet republic in Central Asia that is hoping to establish itself as a player on the world stage. Against that backdrop and after a low-key campaign,…

    The Associated Press
  • Japan dismisses plagiarism claims over 2020 logo

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo Olympics organizers said there is no problem with their new logo after discussions arose about possible plagiarism, with internet commentators suggesting there was a resemblance to an overseas design. The emblem, unveiled last week, had already received…

    Reuters
  • Almaty 2022 Winter Olympic bid at a glance

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee will vote Friday on the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, choosing between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    The Associated Press
  • Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic bid at a glance

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee will vote Friday on the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, choosing between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    The Associated Press
  • 2022 Olympic host city vote at a glance

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics will be decided Friday in a vote of the International Olympic Committee. The two candidates are Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Here's a quick look at the election:

    The Associated Press
  • Activists aim to derail Beijing's bid for Winter Olympics

    By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - Human rights activists are stepping up efforts to derail Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, hoping their protests and petitions can thwart what appears to be almost certain victory for the Chinese capital. Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics…

    Reuters
  • Rio Olympics organizers promise 'no white elephants'

    The organizers of next year's Rio Olympics say not only the Games will be a success -- but so will the aftermath. Mindful of criticism directed at Brazil's World Cup last year, in which expensive new stadiums fell empty as soon as the tournament ended, Olympic organizers on Wednesday promised a…

    AFP
  • Bach: Boston failed to deliver on 'promises' to USOC

    IOC President Thomas Bach said Boston was firmly to blame for its aborted bid for the 2024 Olympics and that the city failed to deliver on ''promises'' made to U.S. Olympic leaders when they selected the Massachusetts capital as the American candidate for the games. Bach also said Wednesday has a…

    The Associated Press
  • Rio work to go on to last minute: IOC chief Bach

    Workers will probably still be finishing the Olympic stadium when the Rio Games start in a year's time, but IOC president Thomas Bach told AFP the world will still be "overwhelmed" by the event. Bach, who will travel to Rio de Janeiro for the one year countdown on August 5, said in an interview…

    AFP
  • Kazakhstan backs Olympic promises with oil fund

    Kazakhstan will break into its $70 billion sovereign wealth fund to help pay the bills if it wins the 2022 Winter Olympics, Prime Minister Karim Massimov said Wednesday ahead of an IOC vote. The International Olympic Committee, which will vote between the former Kazakh capital of Almaty and…

    AFP
  • Park unhappy with qualifying criteria for Olympic golf

    Inbee Park, the top-ranked player in women's golf, has criticized the qualifying criteria for next year's Olympic tournament, saying it will rule out too many of the world's top stars. South Korea, where Park is from, has 15 players in the top 28 in the women's rankings.

    The Associated Press
  • Former IOC member Leo Wallner of Austria dies at 79

    Leo Wallner, a former IOC member who led Austria's national Olympic movement for 19 years, has died. The Austrian Olympic Committee said he died early Wednesday, without revealing a cause of death. ''He has always served the interests of Austrian sports on national and international level and…

    The Associated Press