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  • IOC ready to act if Olympic medals affected by doping

    The IOC will take action against any Olympic athletes if they are found guilty of the latest doping allegations rocking the sport of track and field, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday. Bach said it is up to the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate the allegations, including that one-third…

    The Associated Press29 mins ago
  • Sepp Blatter's term as IOC member ends

    Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter's 16-year term as an International Olympic Committee member ended Monday when he did not seek re-election. Blatter was among a group of IOC members up for re-election for another eight-year term. ''He does not deem it to be appropriate to stand for re-election…

    The Associated Press35 mins ago
  • IOC to order tests for viruses at Rio's Olympic water venues

    The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will order testing for disease-causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next year's Rio de Janeiro Games. Before, the IOC and local Olympic organizers in Rio said they would only test for bacteria in the water,…

    The Associated Press
  • Brazil's only Olympic worry? Getting enough medals: minister

    Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's sports minister, George Hilton, says he has only one real concern a year before Rio hosts the 2016 Olympics: the medal haul. In an interview in the capital Brasilia, Hilton told AFP that the focus is on Brazil getting an unprecedented slot in the top 10 rankings for…

    AFP
  • Triathlon tests Rio's Olympic readiness

    The event was vital for athletes looking to secure spots on their national Olympic teams but just as much a test of the city's ability to stage the world's biggest sporting event in exactly 12 months. With Rio's iconic Sugarloaf Mountain towering in the background, competitors raced across the…

    AFP
  • Electric Egyptian Kahraba too hot for Uganda

    Egypt moved closer this weekend to a record-extending 12th Olympic Games football appearance by an African country while their star Kahraba confirmed he is a master goal-poacher. The Baby Pharaohs won 2-1 in Uganda to complete a 6-1 aggregate triumph and secure a place in an eight-nation…

    AFP
  • IOC shakes up bid process for 2024 Summer Olympics

    The IOC shook up the bidding process for the 2024 Olympics on Sunday, eliminating the cut-down phase and clearing the way for all the candidates to make it to the final vote. ''If it's a flood, it's a good problem to have,'' Christophe Dubi, the IOC's executive director of the Olympic Games, told…

    The Associated Press
  • 'Frisbee' comes of age, earns Olympic recognition

    By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The sport of flying disc, commonly known as "frisbee", was officially recognized as an Olympic sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Sunday, opening the way for it to try and join the Games' program in the future. After meeting all the…

    Reuters
  • Emotional scenes as South Sudan gains Olympic status

    With an Olympic flag draped around his neck, the official from South Sudan couldn't contain his emotion. Moments after his war-torn country was officially recognized by the IOC on Sunday, Tong Chor Malke Deran wiped tears from his eyes and later broke down when talking about the plight of his…

    The Associated Press
  • South Sudan becomes Olympic movement's 206th member

    By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - South Sudan became the 206th member of the Olympic family on Friday after the International Olympic Committee approved its inclusion, despite ongoing fighting in the African country. The country is now free to compete at next year's Rio de Janeiro…

    Reuters
  • Rome rules out using Vatican for 2024 bid

    Rome will not use the Vatican for events in its 2024 Olympic bid, a top Italian sports official said Sunday, as Toronto gave stronger hints that it will join the campaign. Toronto is also considering entering. Giovanni Malago, president of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), said the historic…

    AFP
  • More online, more on mobile: advertising executive to IOC

    A leading advertising executive told the IOC on Sunday that the Olympic body needs to stay relevant with the younger generation and concentrate more of its content on the Internet and via mobile devices. Martin Sorrell, chief executive officer of advertising agency WPP, said the International…

    The Associated Press
  • Mobile key to growth, Sorrell tells IOC

    By Ossian Shine KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Olympic chiefs must pump more content to mobile devices, and extend the allure of the Games outside its 17-day window to stay relevant to young people, marketing guru Martin Sorrell said on Sunday. "You need to evolve to new consumption behaviors in both…

    Reuters
  • Rome does not plan referendum for 2024 Olympics bid

    By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - There will be no referendum to decide whether Rome's 2024 summer Olympics bid should go ahead despite the city's withdrawal of a previous bid in 2012 over financial concerns, Italian bid officials said on Sunday. Rome campaigned briefly for the 2020…

    Reuters
  • WHO and sailing body seek virus tests in Rio Olympic venues

    The World Health Organization has asked the IOC to analyze virus levels in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters, and the governing body of world sailing says it will start doing its own independent virus tests. The moves come after an Associated Press investigation showed a serious health risk to…

    The Associated Press
  • Four threats Olympics security chiefs need to stop

    Muggings, crowd violence, a terrorist attack -- there are a lot of potential problems to keep Olympics security chiefs in Rio de Janeiro awake at night a year before the 2016 Summer Games. With more than 10,000 athletes and hundreds of thousands of fans to protect, Rio says it's taking no chances,…

    AFP
  • Athletes shrug off pollution issues at Rio Olympic test

    The first day of the triathlon world championship event saw para-athletes swim in the Atlantic waters and bike and run in the streets nearby. "I'm not concerned about the water," said Alison Patrick, a blind British athlete who won the P-5 women's' triathlon in partnership with her sighted guide…

    Reuters