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  • Brazilian universities to help with dirty water cleanup

    Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao signed a deal Monday with several Brazilian universities and research institutes to develop a plan for cleaning up the polluted waters of the city's sewage-strewn Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events will be held. As part of Brazil's Olympic…

    The Associated Press
  • Rio cops kill with impunity: Amnesty International

    Rio de Janeiro's paramilitary police have killed more than 1,500 people in the last five years, driving up the Olympic host city's already high violent death rate, Amnesty International said Monday. "At least 16 percent of the total homicides registered in the city in the last five years took…

    AFP
  • Rio water quality on agenda as IOC leaves for Brazil

    By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The water quality for competitors at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be on the agenda when the International Olympic Committee travels to Brazil for talks this week, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday. Bach is leaving for the Brazilian city…

    Reuters
  • Key Olympic powerbroker urges U.S. bid for 2024

    By Julian Linden KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The most powerful people in the Olympic movement have urged the United States to quickly find a replacement for Boston and push ahead with plans to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The U.S. has not hosted the Summer Olympics since 1996, partly because of…

    Reuters
  • Wrestling secures IOC spot in stunning comeback

    The head of wrestling's world body Nenad Lalovic secured a place on the International Olympic Committee on Monday, completing a remarkable comeback after his sport was threatened with exclusion from the Olympics. The Serbian, one of two new entrants onto the IOC with Senegal's Mamadou Diagna…

    AFP
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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 Press
  • 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 Press
  • FIFA boss Blatter gives up International Olympic Committee seat

    Under pressure FIFA leader Sepp Blatter on Monday gave up his International Olympic Committee seat because he will soon end his reign in charge of world football. Blatter, whose organisation is embroiled in a corruption scandal, was among a group of eight IOC members who should have sought…

    AFP
  • 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
  • South Sudan tearfully becomes 206th Olympic member

    South Sudan on Sunday became the Olympic movement's 206th member amid emotional scenes as the war-stricken African nation crossed the final hurdle to competing at next year's Rio Olympics. Sports leaders from South Sudan, Sudan and IOC executive members could not hold back tears as the…

    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
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  • 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