14 hours ago
Yao Ming joins Laureus academy

Shanghai, April 15 (IANS) Three Chinese, including former NBA star Yao Ming, joined the Laureus world sports academy here on Wednesday. Yang Yang, China's first ever winter Olympic gold medallist and an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, and former world gymnastics champion Li Xiaopeng were included in the academy during the Laureus world sports award ceremony on Wednesday nig...

1 day ago
IOC launches whistle-blower hotline

Lausanne, April 14 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has launched a whistle-blower hotline for competition manipulation and other unethical issues that threaten the integrity of sport. The move was announced on Monday at an international summit on sports integrity here, which was chaired by IOC president Thomas Bach, reports Xinhua. The ultimate goal of all this i...

2 days ago
City council votes in favour of Paris' bid for 2024 Olympics

Paris, April 13 (IANS) France took a decisive step towards officially announcing a bid for the 2024 Olympics after the council in Paris voted in favour of supporting the country's capital city's bid for the quadrennial event here on Monday. 163 councillors have given their backing to mayor Anne Hidalgo's resolution, reports Xinhua. Hidalgo, who was reticent for a long time, has i...

12 days ago
IOC to pay president Bach 225,000 euros a year

Geneva, April 3 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee has said it will give president Thomas Bach 225,000 euros ($243,600) a year to cover his costs. The IOC said in a statement on Thursday it was making public details of proposed payments to executive board members with a view to ensuring total transparency, reports Xinhua. As many as 115 full and honorary members of the bo...

16 days ago
Beijing passes Winter Olympics test

Beijing, March 30 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) evaluation commission has completed its visit to Beijing, which is bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympics with Zhangjiakou, and is pleased with what it found. It was clear that you embraced the spirit and goals of Olympic Agenda 2020. Our visit confirms that Beijing is capable of hosting a successful 2022 Olympic Winter...

18 days ago
Birendra, Vandana best hockey players, Balbir Sr. gets lifetime award

Melbourne, March 28 (IANS) Defender Birendra Lakra and striker Vandana Kataria were on Saturday named the Players of Year in the male and female category respectively, while three-time Olympic gold medallist Balbir Singh Sr. got the Lifetime Achievement award at the inaugural Hockey India (HI) annual awards here. Youngsters stole the show in all the award categories at the glittering cer...

18 days ago
Beijing 'capable' of hosting successful Winter Olympics: IOC

Beijing, March 28 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief inspector Alexander Zhukov said on Saturday that Beijing is capable of hosting a successful Winter Games. Our visit confirms that Beijing is capable of hosting successful Games, said the chairman of the 19-member IOC evaluation commission while concluding the five-day inspection. It has been a productive and inf...

18 days ago
2008 Olympics legacy teaches Beijing how to cut back on 2022 cost

Beijing, March 28 (IANS) Beijing has vowed to deliver an economical 2022 Winter Olympics should it win the bid. Wang Anshun, Beijing mayor and president of the 2022 Committee, said the Chinese capital will draw a meticulous budget to lower costs, reports Xinhua. Based on the Agenda 2020 reforms of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Beijing presents three concepts in bid -...

20 days ago
Beckham backs Beijing's 2022 Winter Olympics bid

Beijing, March 26 (IANS) English football icon David Beckham endorsed Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics during his recent visit to China. If any country try to get an Olympic Games, it means their passion about hosting something very special and also really wants the world to take notice in the sport, said Beckham, who is the promotion ambassador of Chinese Super League, reports...

20 days ago
Airbnb to provide accommodation for Rio Games

Rio de Janeiro, March 26 (IANS) The organisers of Rio Olympics said that they have signed a deal with online accommodation provider Airbnb, which will provide 20,000 rooms for fans during the 2016 Games. It would be the first arrangement of its kind at an Olympics. The organisers additionally have traditional large-scale accommodation in place with hotels, reports Xinhua. But the...

24 days ago
Hamburg chosen as German bidder for 2024 Olympics

Berlin, March 22 (IANS) The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) announced that Hamburg will represent the European country's bid for the 2024 Olympics. The northern port city was unanimously chosen with 410 votes, and no abstentions, over capital Berlin by an extraordinary general assembly of the DOSB. Hamburg will compete with confirmed bidders Boston and Rome, and possible candi...

29 days ago
Hamburg to bid for 2024 Olympics

Frankfurt, March 17 (IANS) Germany's Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) has decided to recommend Hamburg for the 2024 Olympic bidding process. The decision in favour of Hamburg and against Berlin as Germany's candidate city for the bidding process was made at a meeting at the DOSB's ruling bureau here on Monday, reports Xinhua. This is not a decision against one of the two citie...

1 month ago
Almaty or Beijing, who will win race for 2022 Olympics?

Beijing, March 15 (IANS) With less than five months to go before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chooses the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics, sports officials and advisers have made their predictions about the race between Beijing and Almaty in Kazakhstan. Both cities have the capability to host the Games. And the question is which city is more suitable for the 2022 Wint...

1 month ago
Jackie Chan lends voice to Beijing's Olympic bid

Beijing, March 14 (IANS) Internationally acclaimed movie star Jackie Chan has joined in the recording of a song 'Wake up Winter' that will be used to promote Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. The first people to officially hear the song will be the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission during their March 24-28 visit to Beijing, reports Xinhua. Wake...

1 month ago
Olympic hero Scheidt downplays Rio pollution fears

Rio de Janeiro, March 12 (IANS) Two-time Olympic sailing champion Robert Scheidt has downplayed fears about water pollution at the Rio 2016 sailing venue. Rio officials have been criticized for perceived slow progress of clean-up work to Guanabara Bay, which remains littered with trash and untreated sewage, reported Xinhua. But Scheidt, a gold medallist in the laser class at the ...

1 month ago
Water pollution tricky issue for Rio Olympic Games

Rio de Janeiro, March 11 (IANS) With the Olympic Games just 17 months away, the Rio de Janeiro authorities in Brazil are under pressure to clean the polluted Olympic sailing venue Guanabara Bay. Water pollution has been a tricky issue for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as floating garbage could still be seen in many areas on the city's bay and lakes, reports Xinhua. Besides Guanabara...

1 month ago
IOC mourns French athletes' death in helicopter crash

Geneva, March 11 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has mourned the death of three French athletes who were killed in an helicopter crash in Argentina on Monday. London Olympic swimming champion Camille Muffat, Beijing Olympic boxing bronze medallist Alexis Vastine and yachtswoman Florence Arthaud were among ten people killed when two helicopters collided during the filming...

1 month ago
IOC backs November/December World Cup in Qatar

Rio de Janeiro, March 1 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has expressed support in moving the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar to November and December, avoiding any clash with that year's Winter Olympic Games. A FIFA taskforce recommended playing the 2022 World Cup in winter instead of summer to avoid temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius in Qatar, reports Xinhua. <...

1 month ago
Rio must reach new level: IOC

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 26 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee has asked Rio de Janeiro to step up preparations to a new level to ensure the city is ready for the 2016 Games. The comments coincide with concerns about the progress of construction work at some venues and delays to a planned new metro line, reported Xinhua. Speaking during a visit to facilities Wednesday, the IOC...

1 month ago
IOC chief praises Rio 2016 preparations

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 25 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has praised the state of preparations for South America's first Olympic Games to be staged in Rio de Janeiro next year. ...

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