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  • Russia says eight Russians at 2012 Olympics tested positive for doping

    The Russian Olympic Committee said on Saturday that re-tests of A samples from eight Russian sports people at the 2012 Olympics in London had tested positive for doping. The Russian committee said in a statement on its website that the International Olympic Committee had informed it of the…

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  • UN health agency rejects call to postpone Rio Olympics

    The World Health Organization says there is ''no public health justification'' for postponing or canceling the Rio Summer Olympics because of the Zika outbreak in Brazil. Friday's letter cited recent scientific evidence that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects , most notably babies born…

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  • UN health agency rejects Rio Olympics postponement call

    The World Health Organization says there is ''no public health justification'' for postponing or canceling the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the Zika outbreak. Friday's letter cited recent scientific evidence that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects, most notably babies born with…

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  • Patience pays off for Polish-born kayaker competing for US

    Rather than chasing gold, silver or bronze at the last Olympics, Michal Smolen decided he'd rather wait for the red, white and blue. Born in Poland but living in the United States, the kayaker could've gone back to his native country for a chance to compete under its flag in London.

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  • Hardy, Anderson win swim events at Speedo Grand Challenge

    IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- Jessica Hardy won the 100-meter breaststroke Friday night at the Speedo Grand Challenge tune-up meet before next month's U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

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  • Health experts urge WHO to consider moving Rio Olympics

    Health experts on Friday urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak. The letter cited recent scientific evidence that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects, most notably babies born with…

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  • Scientists disagree over Zika risk at Brazil's Olympics

    One day after a top U.S. health official declared there was no public health reason to cancel or delay this summer's Olympics in Brazil, more than 150 scientists on Friday called for just that, saying the risk of infection from the Zika virus is too high. The scientists, many of them bioethicists,…

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  • IOC Olympic director admits to velodrome worry

    International Olympic Committee (IOC) director for the Rio Games, Christophe Dubi, admitted to AFP on Friday that organisers face a race against time to deliver the cycling velodrome in Brazil. "The track has been delivered and built, the rest of the velodrome and the tests conducted by the…

    AFP
  • 23 new doping failures from London Games found

    The International Olympic Committee on Friday reported 23 new doping failures from the 2012 London Games and warned that more could be revealed in coming weeks. The 23 were from six countries and took part in five different sports at the London Games. The IOC also said a 32nd suspected case from…

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  • Trio for Rio set to make history: Estonian triplets head to Olympics

    By David Mardiste TARTU, Estonia (Reuters) - Leila, Liina and Lily Luik from Estonia will make Olympics history when they cross the start line for the women's marathon in Rio. Twins competing in the same event is not uncommon at the Olympic level. The blond, blued-eyed sisters from the southern…

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  • IOC: 23 positives in retests of samples from London Olympics

    Nearly two dozen athletes tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics, adding to the more than 30 already caught in retesting from the 2008 Beijing Games. The International Olympic Committee said Friday that 23 athletes from five sports and six countries had…

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  • Hungary forms athletes' commission to help Budapest 2024 bid

    The Hungarian Olympic Committee has set up a 31-member commission of athletes to advise and promote Budapest's bid for the 2024 Games. The commission is headed by Olympic swimming champion Agnes Kovacs and includes other champions like gymnasts Krisztian Berki and Agnes Keleti, canoer Akos…

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  • IOC: 23 athletes caught in retests of doping samples from 2012 London Olympics

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- IOC: 23 athletes caught in retests of doping samples from 2012 London Olympics.

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  • All the way like FBK: Schippers sets targets for Olympics

    It was fitting that Dafne Schippers streaked away from her rivals to set the fastest 200-meter time in the world this year at the wet, windy and chilly FBK Stadion. The stadium was named in honor of the great Fanny Blankers-Koen, who won four Olympic sprint titles at the 1948 London Games. One…

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  • Philippines' gold dream fades as Pacquiao rules out Rio

    Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said Friday he would skip the Rio Olympics even if professionals were allowed to compete, knocking out the Philippines' best chance of winning its first gold medal. Pacquiao, who was this month elected to his nation's Senate and harbours dreams of becoming president,…

    AFP
  • Final vote on impeachment could come 3 days before Olympics

    The Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been upstaged by the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. Brazil Sen. Antonio Anastasia has said the final vote on removing Rousseff should come on Aug. 2 - just three days before the Olympics officially open in Rio de Janeiro. Rousseff was suspended from…

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  • Tennis-Nadal baffled by tennis no shows at Olympics

    By Pritha Sarkar PARIS (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal knows only too well what it's like to miss out on playing at the Olympics, hence he does not understand why so many of his fellow tennis professionals are turning their backs on the Rio Games in August. When injury forced the 2008 Beijing gold…

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  • Swiss anti-doping chief backs Russian whistleblower

    The head of the Lausanne's anti-doping laboratory where Olympic samples are kept, Martial Saugy has told AFP that Russian doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov would have no reason to lie. Former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, Rodchenkov, has gone into hiding in the United States…

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  • Suspended Sharapova named on Russian Olympic team

    Russia have included Maria Sharapova in their Olympic tennis team despite the star player being suspended over a positive test for the banned drug meldonium, the country's tennis federation said on Thursday. "By the end of the first week of Roland Garros, the question of Sharapova's participation…

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