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: No Pyeongchang invite for CAS-cleared Russian athletes

Monday, 5 February 2018

Fifteen Russian athletes and coaches who had their lifetime bans overturned by world sport’s highest tribunal will not be invited to this month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Monday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said last week that there was “insufficient evidence” of anti-doping violations against 28 Russian athletes. Although it confirmed 11 others had committed doping offences, it reduced their lifetime ...

IOC chief calls CAS ruling ‘extremely disappointing’

Sunday, 4 February 2018

IOC President Thomas Bach has described as “extremely disappointing and surprising” a recent ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that lifted Olympic doping bans for 28 Russian athletes.Bach, who made the remarks during a press briefing in Pyeongchang on Sunday, said the decision shows an “urgent” need to reform the court’s internal structure.The CAS ruling on Thursday overturned the doping bans on 28 Russian athletes, citing insufficient evidence. Russia ...

IOC confirms 169 Russians cleared to compete in Pyeongchang

Sunday, 28 January 2018

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that 169 Russian athletes have been cleared to compete at next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. The IOC banned Russia last month from Pyeongchang over “systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system at the 2014 Sochi Games. It left the door open to athletes with no history of doping to compete as neutrals, officially known as “Olympic Athletes from Russia”. The Olympic ...

North Korea to send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang for Winter Olympics

Saturday, 20 January 2018

North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games in the neighboring South next month and compete in three sports and five disciplines, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Saturday. North Korea’s planned involvement in Pyeongchang is viewed as a sign of easing tensions over its nuclear and missile program. The North and South had agreed to march under a single flag at the opening ceremony and would field a united team in the women’s ice hockey, The IOC said in a ...

IOC says no doubts about Korea Games amid French unease

Friday, 22 September 2017

Olympics organizers sought on Friday to ease French concerns about next year’s winter Games in South Korea, saying the safety of athletes was their priority and nations in the region had no doubts that the event would go ahead. With tensions on the Korean peninsula rising, France on Thursday became the first nation to publicly raise the possibility of skipping the Feb. 9-25 Pyeongchang Olympics on security grounds. North Korea, which conducted a sixth nuclear test ...

LA, Paris head to 2024 Olympics event unsure of IOC’s goal

Sunday, 2 April 2017

As the IOC moves the goalposts in the 2024 Olympic contest, bid leaders from Los Angeles and Paris head to a campaign event in Denmark on Tuesday unsure of exactly what they are shooting for. While both cities are bidding for the 2024 Games, the 2028 hosting rights are also in play, according to IOC President Thomas Bach. LA and Paris will send 12-member delegations to lobby and make 10-minute presentations in Aarhus at a conference of global Olympic sports officials - the first of only three ...

Nine athletes caught for doping in 2008 Beijing Olympics

Thursday, 27 October 2016

The International Olympic Committee announced the decisions in the latest sanctions imposed on athletes whose stored samples came back positive

Do African, Eastern European athletes make better Arab Olympians?

Friday, 19 August 2016

While Arabs have so far celebrated 12 medals during the Rio Games, at least three of those came from athletes standing before an anthem not their own

Kuwait loses Swiss court challenge against IOC ban

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

The court decision means Kuwait's nine athletes eligible to compete at the Rio Games will do so as neutral athletes

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