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2 days ago
Kosovo accepted as UEFA member

Budapest, May 3 (IANS) The European football governing body, UEFA approved the admission of Kosovo as its new member during the 40th UEFA Congress here on Tuesday. The vote saw controversial discussions as expected, mainly because Serbia opposed Kosovo's admission to the UEFA, reports Efe. A total of 28 countries voted in favour of the admission, with 24 against and two invalid v...

2 days ago
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018 chief steps down

Seoul, May 3 (IANS) Cho Yang-ho, the chief of the organising committee of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, stepped down on Tuesday to focus on his role as head of one of South Korea's biggest conglomerates. Cho, chairman of the Hanjin Group, decided to resign from his post with immediate effect owing to critical financial issues facing one of the companies of the conglomerate, Hanji...

2 days ago
What makes Rio 2016 torch special?

Rio de Janeiro, May 3 (IANS) At the Olympic torch-lighting ceremony in Greece last month, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said the flame was an eternal reminder that we are all part of the same humanity. And the Rio 2016 torch reinforces that theory, perhaps more than any Olympic flame before it, reports Xinhua. Predominantly white with blue and green waves ...

6 days ago
Olympic Flame arrives at UN office in Geneva

Geneva, April 29 (IANS) The Olympic Flame on Friday reached the United Nations Office in Geneva, as it starts making its way to the Olympic Games Rio 2016 in Brazil this August. The flame, which had been officially lit at Ancient Olympia, Greece on April 21, arrived at the Palais des Nations in a lantern carried by a Brazilian child, shining brightly at a ceremony to commemorate the Inte...

7 days ago
We are 'ready to deliver history', says Rio 2016 chief

Athens, April 28 (IANS) The city of Rio de Janeiro is ready to deliver history when Brazil becomes the first South American country to host the Olympic Games in August, Rio 2016 president Carlos Nuzman has said. Nuzman made the declaration in a speech to mark the handing over of the Olympic flame from Greece to Brazil at the Panathenaic Stadium here on Wednesday, which hosted the first O...

8 days ago
No 'wild cards' at Rio Olympics: ITF tells AITA

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Indian hopes of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi reuniting at the Olympics were dashed on Wednesday with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) informing the All India Tennis Association (AITA) that no 'wild cards' are available for the Rio Games. We have received several enquiries regarding applications for 'wild cards' for the Olympic tennis event and I wa...

8 days ago
Olympics serves Rio better than World Cup: Mayor Paes

Rio de Janeiro, April 27 (IANS) With Olympics only 100 days away, Rio city mayor Eduardo Paes has said the Games will bring more benefits to the city than the Football World Cup two years ago. There is a common sense -- valued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as well -- that hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games is only worth for a city if the event promotes transformation...

16 days ago
Brazil crisis won't impact Olympics: IOC

Rio de Janeiro, April 19 (IANS) The impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will not interfere with preparations for this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Monday. With 109 days left until the opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium, the IOC said the Games provided an important opportunity to unite the Brazil...

17 days ago
FIH plans hockey rejig with new global league from 2019

Lausanne, April 18 (IANS) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Monday announced that a new annual global home-and-away league will be launched in 2019 which will replace Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Finals and Finals and the Champions Trophy. Designed to provide a regular calendar of must-see events played in packed stadia across the world throughout the year, a new annual glob...

19 days ago
Will Rio Olympics suffer from political fallout in Brazil?

Rio de Janeiro, April 16 (IANS) The Rio Olympic Games are going to open in four months. This is normally a time when the final signs are being put up, security drills are carried out and volunteers complete their training. However, due to the political crisis featuring investigations on top politicians and business figures in Brazil, the Olympic Games are left in dilemma, with fears this...

21 days ago
Hungary unveils logo for 2024 Olympics bid

Budapest, April 14 (IANS) Hungary unveiled the logo it plans to use in its bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games at a special ceremony here on Thursday. The logo, designed by the Graphasel Design Studio, was chosen by a Hungarian professional jury from nearly 200 submissions and portrays Hungary's Statue of Liberty, a symbolised Danube River, and a stylised version of the classic...

21 days ago
Rio Olympics to make Brazil 'proud': IOC

Rio De Janeiro, April 14 (IANS) Rio de Janeiro is on track to host an Olympic Games that will make Brazil proud as organisers enter the final straight in their preparations for the quadrennial event, a top International Olympic Committee (IOC) official said on Wednesday. The prediction came as the IOC's coordination commission undertook its final visit of the city before the games begin ...

22 days ago
No complacency, says Rio 2016 chief

Rio de Janeiro, April 13 (IANS) Rio 2016 president Carlos Nuzman has vowed organisers will not become complacent despite declaring the city ready for this year's Olympic Games. Nuzman made the comments on Tuesday in a speech to mark the final visit by the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) coordination commission before the games begin on August 5, reports Xinhua. The Games ...

23 days ago
Rio Olympic Main Press Centre and Live Site opened

Rio de Janeiro, April 12 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) coordination commission has praised progress but warned that the time was limited on the first day of their final inspection visit ahead of Rio Olympic Games here. Less than four months to the start of Rio 2016 Olympic Games, IOC coordination commission chair Nawal El Moutawakel on Monday officially opened the Main...

27 days ago
Marsha, Annie appointed joint chiefs of FIH athletes' committee

Lausanne, April 8 (IANS) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Friday announced that its athletes' committee will be led by two women Olympians -- South Africa's Marsha Cox and England and Great Britain's Annie Panter. The former athletes, who have five Olympic Games appearances and over 400 international caps between them, take on the joint roles of Chair for a two-year period fo...

1 month ago
Nigeria to celebrate World Table Tennis for All Day

Lagos, April 4 (IANS) The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) will join their counterparts throughout the world to celebrate the World Table Tennis For All Day on April 6. The day was jointly set by the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the International Day of Sport for development and peace, reports Xinhua. It is also done to celebrate the contr...

1 month ago
Nigeria to celebrate World Table Tennis for All Day

Lagos, April 4 (IANS) The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) will join their counterparts throughout the world to celebrate the World Table Tennis For All Day on April 6. The day was jointly set by the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the International Day of Sport for development and peace, reports Xinhua. It is also done to celebrate the contr...

1 month ago
Nigeria to celebrate World Table Tennis for All Day

Lagos, April 4 (IANS) The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) will join their counterparts throughout the world to celebrate the World Table Tennis For All Day on April 6. The day was jointly set by the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the International Day of Sport for development and peace, reports Xinhua. It is also done to celebrate the contr...

1 month ago
Nigeria to celebrate World Table Tennis for All Day

Lagos, April 4 (IANS) The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) will join their counterparts throughout the world to celebrate the World Table Tennis For All Day on April 6. The day was jointly set by the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the International Day of Sport for development and peace, reports Xinhua. It is also done to celebrate the contr...

1 month ago
Nigeria to celebrate World Table Tennis for All Day

Lagos, April 4 (IANS) The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) will join their counterparts throughout the world to celebrate the World Table Tennis For All Day on April 6. The day was jointly set by the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the International Day of Sport for development and peace, reports Xinhua. It is also done to celebrate the contr...

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