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Tokyo 2020 must address questions, says IOC’s Coates

Monday, 23 April 2018

John Coates, chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, told organizers on Monday that stakeholders may lose confidence in their ability to host the Games if they do not answer questions about preparations.Speaking at the International Olympic Committee’s Project Review meeting in Tokyo, Coates said there would be no let-up from National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and international sporting federations in the run-up to the Games.“We enter a phase ...

Olympics: Seven cities confirm interest in 2026 Winter Games

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Seven cities, or joint-bidding cities, have expressed interest in hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday. Canada's Calgary, Austria's Graz, Swedish capital Stockholm, Sion in Switzerland, Turkey's Erzurum, Japan's Sapporo and a joint bid from Italy's Cortina d’Ampezzo, Milan and Turin are all in the initial process. There is considerable Olympic experience in the field with Calgary having hosted the 1988 Winter Games and Sapporo having ...

Olympics: Futuristic pointy-eared mascots chosen for Tokyo 2020

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Mascot-loving Japan has two new characters to get excited about after two futuristic designs with pointy ears and chequered patterns were unveiled on Wednesday to promote the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Chosen by schoolchildren across Japan and announced before a gymnasium of cheering pupils in Tokyo, the as yet unnamed blue character will be the mascot for the Olympics and the pink cherry blossom-inspired one for the Paralympics. "It's quite innovative, I like the blue-check pattern ...

South Korea brings curtain down on ‘Peace Games’ Winter Olympics

Sunday, 25 February 2018

South Korea brought the curtain down on its “Peace Games” on Sunday, with winter sports athletes dancing and singing together at a vibrant closing ceremony, though there was little warmth between dignitaries from the United States and North Korea. South Korea President Moon Jae-in, who hopes to use these Games as an opportunity to engage with the North, warmly greeted US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka before offering a brief handshake to North Korean ...

Figure skating-Filipino skater got call to Olympics less than a month ago

Friday, 16 February 2018

Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez had other plans for February after narrowly missing the cut for the Olympics at a qualifier last year. In fact, he’d hung up his skates for good and turned to body building instead. “I was seventh out of six of us supposed to be going,” he told reporters after his short skate on Friday. “I was like, you know what, it’s time to put up my skates and I’m retired and everything. So I didn’t skate at all.” Then, ...

Saudi boxing trainer, Hala al-Hamrani, who earned black belt at age 16

Friday, 9 February 2018

Hala al-Hamrani, a Saudi boxing trainer, has described her experience as “unique” and that the sport has given her self-confidence and the ability to face challenges. At the age of 16, she earned a black belt in the Japanese martial arts sport Jujutsu. The boxer was born to a Saudi father and an American mother who was also a boxer. In an interview with Al Arabiya.net, Hamrani said that she has seen more and more Saudi women signing-up to practice different sports. She also said ...

Does Winter Olympics still make sense?

Thursday, 8 February 2018

The Olympic Winter Games, especially those taking place currently in Pyeongchang, are struggling to match their summer cousins in the collective imagination, except for people living less than 30 minutes from the ski slopes.This is the case worldwide, where the event goes unnoticed in Africa, Latin America, South Asia - these three huge areas totaling zero medals in the history of the Winter Olympics.The absence of snow and ice over much of the globe is seemingly the limit to the popularity of ...

North Korea’s participation to highlight Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

North Korea’s participation at the next month’s Winter Olympics will form an integral part of an opening ceremony that will highlight a key message of peace, Games organisers said on Tuesday. The 2018 Winter Olympics is being held in the mountainous resort town of Pyeongchang, 80 km (49.71 miles) from the heavily-fortified inter-Korean border, and kicks off with the opening ceremony on Feb. 9. Song Seung-hwan, who is serving as the executive creative director for the Pyeongchang ...

Technological innovation the key for Squash’s Olympic dream

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Squash chiefs have long held a desire for the sport to be a part of the Olympic Games and thanks to innovations in technology, their dream may be closer to becoming a reality. Squash has failed on three occasions to be included in the Games, most recently as part of the program for Tokyo 2020. Yet the sport hopes that the adoption of new data systems will make it a more appealing product as it seeks inclusion in the Paris 2024 Olympics. Next month, squash ...

Mutko stepping down as Russia Football Union chief

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Russia Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, banned for life from the Olympics this month, is temporarily stepping down from his role as head of the country’s Football Union, he said on Monday. Mutko is to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday against the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban him from the Games over allegations of state-sponsored doping. “For the period of the proceedings I will suspend my work at ...

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