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  • Olympic construction workers end strike

    Striking Rio Olympics construction workers said Friday they had ended their stoppage after winning their demand for an eight percent pay rise. Work on some of the venues for next year's Games came to a partial halt Tuesday when some 70 percent of 12,000 workers preparing South America's first…

    AFP
  • 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,…

    The Associated Press
  • US delegation to visit IOC next week for talks on Boston bid

    Boston and U.S. Olympic leaders will travel to Switzerland next week to sound out the IOC about their struggling candidacy for the 2024 Summer Games amid a leadership shake-up at the top of the bid. The high-level American delegation will be at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, next…

    The Associated Press
  • 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…

    The Associated Press
  • 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…

    The Associated Press
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    The Associated Press
  • 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…

    The Associated Press
  • Knife attacks put Olympic city Rio on edge

    A series of knife attacks in areas popular with tourists has Rio de Janeiro on edge just a year before the Brazilian city hosts South America's first Olympics. In the latest incident, police said two teenagers fatally stabbed a 52-year-old doctor late Tuesday as he cycled near the popular Rodrigo…

    AFP
  • 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…

    The Associated Press
  • 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…

    The Associated Press
  • 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
  • Rio 2016 consider changing water polo venue over delay

    By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The water polo competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics could change venue because of construction delays at the intended site, a spokesman for the organizers told Reuters on Tuesday. "If we hear from the state government that it's not going to be…

    Reuters
  • SportAccord chief Vizer seeks talks with IOC to repair ties

    A month after launching a scathing attack on the IOC, the head of SportAccord said Tuesday he wants to meet with Thomas Bach to repair the damage that has led multiple sports to cut ties with the umbrella body for international federations. Responding to the backlash that followed his blistering…

    The Associated Press
  • Rio de Janeiro construction strike affects work at Olympic sites

    By Rodrigo Viga Gaier RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Heavy-construction workers in Rio de Janeiro, many involved in work for the 2016 Olympic Games, have begun a strike, the union representing the workers said, threatening to slow completion of projects that are already behind schedule, About 70…

    Reuters