1 day ago
Budapest Assembly vows to support city's 2024 Olympic bid

Budapest, June 24 (IANS) Following a long meeting, the Budapest Municipal Assembly voted to support a bid by the city to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. City Mayor Istvan Tarlos submitted the proposal to the assembly on Tuesday, saying he agreed with the Hungarian Olympic Committee (HOC) that together, and with parliamentary support, the European country had the wherewitha...

2 days ago
Paris enters race for 2024 Olympics

Paris, June 23 (IANS) Paris became the fourth city to confirm its bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games after an official announcement here on Tuesday. Rome, Boston and Hamburg have already declared their candidacies to stage the 2024 Games while Budapest is also expected to enter the race, reports Xinhua. The French capital, which last hosted the Olympics in 1924, narrow...

2 days ago
Paris launches bid for 2024 Olympic Games

Paris, June 23 (IANS) Paris on Tuesday officially announced its bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Paris 2024 promises a feasible and flexible Games concept, French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) chief Denis Masseglia was quoted as saying by Xinhua. Paris failed in bids for the Olympics in 2008 and 2012, and joined Boston, Rome and Hamburg as candidates for t...

2 days ago
Wushu in shortlist of added events for 2020 Olympics

Tokyo, June 23 (IANS) Wushu has been included in a shortlist of sports seeking to join the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Tokyo Olympic Organising Committee accepted eight of the 26 sports that sought to be added to the 2020 Games, including a joint bid from baseball and softball. The seven others were bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu, reports Xinhua.

11 days ago
Why Beijing bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing, June 15 (IANS) The Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, which turned out to be a great success, is hailed as a milestone in the global olympic movement, Xinhua reported. With Beijing on the final straight in the 2022 Winter Olympics race, China takes this as an added opportunity to make more contribution to the olympic movement, the news agency said. China has long been support...

14 days ago
IOC head visits Beijing's Olympic bidding exhibition

Laussane, June 11 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has visited Beijing's 2022 Winter Olympics bidding exhibition here. Beijing's presentation room at Lausanne's Palace Hotela features 3D interactive models of three Olympic venues in Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou, and a virtual train journey experience. According to Beijing's plan, there will be a high...

15 days ago
Beijing, Almaty highlight bidding strengths for 2022 Olympics

Laussane, June 10 (IANS) Beijing and Almaty shed some light on the merits of their bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics in their presentations to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). We were very much encouraged by the IOC's recognition of our vision, delivery capabilities and our ambition to take winter sports to over 300 million Chinese, said Yang Lan, a member of the Beijing delega...

16 days ago
Almaty presents 2022 Winter Games bid to IOC members

Lausanne, June 9 (IANS) The delegation for Almaty 2022 Winter Olympic Games held its first round of scheduled presentations on Tuesday to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). During the presentations we showed our map and we presented in detail our existing venues, a member of the Almaty delegation told Xinhua after the meeting, which also saw the central Asian delegation answer qu...

16 days ago
Olympic programme evaluation criteria for Tokyo 2020 shortened

Lausanne, June 9 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board has approved the evaluation criteria for Tokyo 2020 while also suggesting additional events to the Olympic programme. A list of 35 criteria, derived from an original set of 74 criteria that were approved by the IOC session in 2011 and used to evaluate the 2020 sports program in 2013, has been developed to s...

16 days ago
Bach encourages FIFA to continue with reforms despite painful process

Lausanne, June 9 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has said he is not in the position to advise FIFA but has encouraged football's world governing body to continue with its reforms amid a crisis - though the progress could be painful. It's not up to the IOC to give advice. It's just to remember that we had this kind of problems 15 years ago, Bach was quot...

17 days ago
IOC concerned about Rio water pollution

Lausanne, June 9 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) remains concerned about water pollution at the Rio 2016 Olympic sailing venue, the organisation's president Thomas Bach said. Guanabara Bay remains littered with trash and untreated sewage despite a government pledge to reduce 80 percent of waste flowing into its waters. We can see significant progress, at the same...

17 days ago
IOC meeting opens discussion on key issues

Laussane (Switzerland), June 8 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s executive board meeting has begun ahead of crucial presentations from the candidate cities bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The 15 members of the board, including president Thomas Bach and one of the four vice presidents Yu Zaiqing of China, received reports from summer and winter international fe...

17 days ago
IOC part ways with SportAccord

Laussane (Switzerland), June 8 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced suspension of its recognition of SportAccord after the executive board meeting here. SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for all Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations as well as organisers of multi-sports games and sport-related international associations. The umbrell...

22 days ago
IOC chief hails Blatter decision to "open way for new leadership"

Madrid, June 3 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach on Wednesday conveyed his high regard for the decision made by outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign and open the way for new leadership. We highly respect this decision of president Blatter to step down and to initiate the necessary reforms -- and to make way for a new leadership of FIFA to drive ...

24 days ago
IOC publishes evaluation report on 2022 Winter Games bids

Geneva, June 1 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday released an assessment report by the evaluation commission prior to the 2022 Winter Games briefing for the members that will take place on June 9 and 10. The report highlights the strengths and challenges associated with hosting the Olympic Winter Games in 2022 in both candidate cities, Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Beij...

1 month ago
Air quality improved in Beijing ahead of Olympic vote

Beijing, May 22 (IANS) Beijing's air quality has improved as the vote to decide the 2022 Winter Olympics host city is less than three months away. Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau (BMEPB) announced on Thursday that thanks to the capital's continuous air pollution control efforts and favourable weather conditions, Beijing's air quality has improved in the last four months...

1 month ago
Snow not a concern for Beijing to host 2022 Winter Games

Beijing, May 10 (IANS) Snow will not be a concern for Beijing and Chongli county to host snow sports if China win hosting rights of the 2022 Winter Olympics. It surprisingly snowed in Chongli and Beijing on Friday as Beijing's average temperature in May is between 14 to 26 degrees Celsius, reports Xinhua news agency. Liu Jianjun, who has been working in Chongli's weather bureau f...

1 month ago
Paris' 2024 Olympics bid boosted by regional backing

Paris, May 8 (IANS) Paris' bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics has been boosted as the regional council of Ile de France passed a resolution to give its backing to the French capital. The council of the region surrounding Paris voted 136-37 in favour of the project with four abstentions at an exceptional meeting in the capital's seventh arrondissement. Ile de France president Jean-...

1 month ago
India's sports atmosphere is getting vitiated

Indian sport is in an unfathomable churn, if not in total mess. The cricket board officials are in cyclic hostility and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is in an internecine war of its own with most national federations in a moribund state. A noteworthy coincidence, brothers Narayanaswamy Srinivasan and Ramachandran have worked their way up to occupy the two topmost positions in the ...

1 month ago
Beijing steps up air quality control ahead of Olympics vote

Beijing, May 7 (IANS) China has scaled up air quality control in Beijing to bring down the city's pollution level significantly in a bid to win hosting rights for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Beijing announced on Wednesday it will ban restaurants from operating outdoor barbecues, which authorities say are a major contributor to smog, in selected suburban areas, reports Xinhua. ...

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