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Asian Games: Indian boxers will participate under tricolour

Incheon, Sep 16 (IANS) Indian boxers will be allowed to participate under the national flag in the 2014 Asian Games starting here Friday after the world body AIBA gave provisional recognition to Boxing India, a newly-elected federation. AIBA president C.K. Wu, in statement Tuesday, said Boxing India, has been unanimously approved for provisional membership and also asked the federation t...

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IOC president believes in success of Rio 2016 Olympics

Bucharest, Sep 13 (IANS) Rio 2016 Summer Olympics will be successful, just as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has said. In Bucharest for the centennial anniversary of the Romanian Olympic Committee, the IOC president Friday said that we expect an excellent Olympics in Rio, an Olympics full of enthusiasm and joy of life from B...

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Hungarian Olympic Committee backs 2024 Olympics bid

Budapest, Sep 12 (IANS) The Hungarian Olympic Committee (HOC) has backed the idea of Budapest bidding to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, HOC President Zsolt Borkai said. Borkai Thursday said he thought bidding for the Games was realistic. Since Hungary, and more specifically, his own hometown of Gyor, will be hosting the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2017, reports Xinhua. It...

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Bach praises Rio 2016 preparations

Rio de Janeiro, Sep 10 (IANS) Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, has praised the dynamic pace of preparations for the Rio 2016 Games in Brazil. The panel's vice president John Coates in April had claimed Rio's Games preparations were the worst he had ever seen. But Bach said officials had stepped up work in recent months, reported Xinhua. The Rio O...

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Softball hoping for new Olympic chance

Haarlem (the Netherlands), Aug 25 (IANS) With the end of the World Championship Softball meet here, the focus of the softball world is now on bringing the sport back on the Olympic agenda. Baseball and softball were taken out of the Olympics after the 2008 Games and in September last year the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided not to reinstate the sports to the 2020 Summer Oly...

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Basketball has Olympic dreams for 3x3 version

Nanjing (China), Aug 24 (IANS) The world governing body for basketball FIBA is targeting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for the 3x3 basketball. We have good cards to play and can give the International Olympic Committee (IOC) something to help rejuvenate their programme, something urban, something very youth-orientated and something that marries technology with entertainment, said FIBA secretar...

1 month ago
Youth Olympic Games open in Nanjing

Nanjing (China), Aug 16 (IANS) The 2nd Youth Olympic Games opened in eastern Chinese city of Nanjing Saturday with more than 3,700 athletes from around the world taking part in. During the 13-day-competition sports gala, the young athletes aged between 15-18 will compete in 28 sports in arenas and stadiums in Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu Province, reports Xinhua. Chinese ...

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Nigeria pulls out of Youth Olympics due to Ebola

Nanjing (China), Aug 16 (IANS) Nigeria has decided to pull out of the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games after two other West African countries - Sierra Leone and Liberia also pulled out due to the spread of deadly Ebola virus in the region. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach confirmed the withdrawal of Nigeria from the Games Saturday, reports Xinhua. Two NOCs (...

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Sierra Leone, Liberia skip Youth Olympics due to Ebola virus

Nanjing (China), Aug 15 (IANS) Sierra Leone and Liberia, both affected by the deadly Ebola virus, will skip the Youth Olympic Games starting Saturday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said here Friday. Emmanuelle Moreau, IOC's head of media relations, confirmed to Xinhua that the delegations of Sierra Leone and Liberia are not travelling to Nanjing. More than 1,000 peopl...

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IOC's 'life-changing factory' in place at Nanjing 2014

Nanjing (China), Aug 14 (IANS) The Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games will offer participating athletes more than two dozen cultural and educational events that promote the spirit of Olympism while integrating real-life issues faced by young sportspersons on and off the field of play. The events are considered a key part of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG). International Olympic Committee (IO...

1 month ago
IOC President Bach arrives in Nanjing

Nanjing (China), Aug 13 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach arrived here Wednesday to attend the Youth Olympic Games starting Saturday. Bach is expected to stay here until Aug 28, the last day of the Games. This is the first Youth Games since he took charge last year, reports Xinhua. It (The YOG) is not only about competition, it's also about making...

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Anti-doping education programmes at Youth Olympics

Nanjing (China), Aug 13 (IANS) Education, as well as testing, will play a big part in the anti-doping programme at the second Youth Olympic Games that would be officially opened here Saturday. Anti-doping activities at the Youth Olympic Village (YOV) include World Anti Doping Agency's (WADA) Play True Generation Programme which is delivered during major multi-national, multi-sport events...

1 month ago
After 92 years, rugby returns to Olympic programme at Nanjing

Nanjing (China), Aug 13 (IANS) Rugby will make its return to the Olympic programme after 92 years at the second Youth Olympic Games scheduled to open here Saturday in the form of rugby sevens ahead of its reappearance at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro in 2016. In 2009, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members voted to readmit the sport to the Olympic programme. The sport wa...

1 month ago
Youth Olympic Village opens in Nanjing

Nanjing (China), Aug 12 (IANS) With the turn of a symbolic golden key and a shower of golden confetti, the Youth Olympic Village (YOV) officially opened here Tuesday. Ten minutes before the scheduled 8:30 a.m (local time) opening time the audience dressed in the official NYCOG uniforms, media and officials were buzzing with excitement waiting for the ceremony to start, reports Xinhua.

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Nanjing 2014, a precursor to Rio 2016

Nanjing (China), Aug 12 (IANS) The second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing is seen as a Games of many firsts, as rugby sevens, Hockey5s, golf, 3x3 basketball, beach volleyball and showcase events such as sport climbing, roller sports, skateboarding and wushu make their debut. The Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have worked in c...

1 month ago
Dubai keen on bidding for Olympics: Officials

Dubai, Aug 7 (IANS) The Gulf Arab sheikdom has plans to expand its existing sports facilities across the emirate and eyes submitting a bid to host the Olympic Games. Ali Omar, the director of Dubai Sports Council (DSC) sports development department, said that submitting a candidature as host city to the international Olympic committee (IOC) was still on the agenda, reports Xinhua.

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Who is Rajeev Mehta?

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) From being the president of the low-profile Kho Kho federation to secretary-general of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Rajeev Mehta has had a meteoric rise in Indian sports. But the 49-year-old Mehta brought embarrassment for the country when he was arrested in Glasgow for driving without a valid licence and under the influence. Also arrested, but in a separ...

1 month ago
Who is Rajeev Mehta?

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) From being the president of the low-profile Kho Kho federation to secretary-general of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Rajeev Mehta has had a meteoric rise in Indian sports. But the 49-year-old Mehta brought embarrassment for the country when he was arrested in Glasgow for driving without a valid licence and under the influence. Also arrested, but in a separ...

1 month ago
IOC names Yao Ming as ambassador for Nanjing Youth Olympics

Geneva, July 29 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has named Yao Ming as the latest Ambassador for this summer's second Youth Olympic Games (YOG) taking place in Nanjing, China. According to IOC Monday, the Chinese basketball legend will share his advice and experience of international competition with the next generation of young athletes, while inspiring young people arou...

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CWG is beyond the reach of smaller nations

What is the relevance of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in the 21st century? This question pops up every four years, more so in the last two decades. The Games are invariably held in British Isles, Australia, Canada or New Zealand. The only exceptions were Kingston, Jamaica, in 1966, Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and 2010 New Delhi. That's the imperialistic stranglehold. Now South Africa is another...

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