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LA city council votes unanimously to bid for 2024 Olympics

Santa Monica (United States), Sep 2 (IANS) The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to support the bid for hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) formally named the city as its official bidder for the sporting spectacle. It is my distinct honour to formally name the city of Los Angeles as the US bid to host the 2024 Olympics, USOC chief exec...

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Government recognises yoga as sports discipline

New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) The government on Tuesday decided to recognise yoga as a sports discipline and put it in priority category. It has further been decided to recognise yoga as a sports discipline and to place it in the priority category, according to a sports ministry release. The sports ministry reviewed the categorisation of various disciplines and also revised the scale o...

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Olympic readiness reshaping Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Sep 1 (IANS) The 2016 Olympic Games are reshaping this bustling city as it prepares to host the world's biggest sporting event. Already one of the most beautiful cities in South America, Rio is getting a face lift, upgrading its transportation system, renovating sports venues and boosting tourism facilities. This will be the biggest urban redevelopment project sin...

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Olympic preparations reshaping Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 31 (IANS) The 2016 Olympic Games are reshaping Rio de Janeiro as the Brazilian city prepares to host the world's biggest sporting event. Already one of the most beautiful cities in South America, Rio is getting a face lift, upgrading its transportation system, renovating sports venues and boosting tourism facilities, reports Xinhua. This will be the biggest ur...

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LA city council to decide on bid for 2024 Summer Olympics

Los Angeles, Aug 29 (IANS) A Los Angeles City Council committee has decided to support the city's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, and the full council will take decision on this next week. The City Council's Ad Hoc Committee on the 2024 Summer Olympics approved an agreement on Friday that would show the United States Olympic Committee that the city of Los Angeles is committed to p...

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Chinese President Xi meets OCA chief

Beijing, Aug 22 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping met Sheik Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, the president of Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) here on Saturday. Xi praised the contribution of ANOC and OCA to the development of Chinese sports as well as to world peace and development, Xinhua reported. Beijing, which staged the Summer Ol...

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Chinese President Xi opens Athletics Worlds

Beijing, Aug 22 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping opened the World Athletics Championships in the Bird's Nest National Stadium here on Saturday. Xi declared open the championships at a ceremony themed Flying with Dreams, ahead of the evening session that features the women's shot put final and men's 10,000 metres race, reports Xinhua. The first gold medal went to Ghirmay Ghebre...

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Windies on board for T20 as Olympic sport but warn of challenges

Port of Spain (Trinidad), Aug 19 (IANS) West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron has thrown his support behind Twenty20's inclusion as an Olympic sport but concedes that achieving this could prove a tough challenge. He pointed out that with the bigger nations not yet sold on cricket, it was important to first get the sport included in smaller global competitions such as th...

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'Rio on track to deliver outstanding Olympics'

Rio De Janeiro, Aug 13 (IANS) Rio 2016 organisers are on track to deliver an outstanding Olympic Games next year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said. The IOC coordination commission made its penultimate visit to Rio this week ahead of the first Olympics in South America, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday. As officials played down criticism of Rio's water qua...

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Creation of FIFA Reform Committee an important step: Platini

Nyon (Switzerland), Aug 12 (IANS) European football's governing body UEFA president Michel Platini referred to the creation of the FIFA Reform Committee as an important step in the introduction of structural changes to the global football federation. The creation of this working group is an important step towards the introduction of much needed reforms in the FIFA, Platini, who has alrea...

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Former IOC official to head FIFA's reform panel

Zurich, Aug 11 (IANS) World football's governing body FIFA on Tuesday appointed former International Olympic Committee (IOC) director general Francois Carrard as the independent chairman of its 2016 Reform Committee. A renowned Swiss lawyer, he is known for driving IOC's governance reforms after emergence of a corruption scandal for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002. The...

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Los Angeles aims to host 2024 summer Olympics

Los Angeles, Aug 11 (IANS) Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and businessman Casey Wasserman have formed a non-profit organisation, named LA24, and are trying to pitch the city of Los Angeles to the United States' Olympic Committee (USOC) as the country's bid for hosting the 2024 summer Olympics. Garcetti and Wasserman officially began talks earlier this month with USOC officials in a bid ...

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Lalit Modi aims to topple ICC with rival governing body

Melbourne, Aug 10 (IANS) Dismissing reports of non-bailable arrest warrants having been issued against him, Indian Premier League (IPL) founder Lalit Modi has revealed plans to set up an organisation which would rival the International Cricket Council (ICC). Modi has claimed that the new body will be affiliated with the Olympic movement, overseeing new Test and T20 competitions, and will...

27 days ago
IOC invites athletes to Rio 2016 Olympics

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 6 (IANS) The Rio 2016 Olympic Games celebrated its one year countdown in a samba, bossa nova and carnival centred ceremony as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach officially invited the world's athletes to take part in South America's first Olympics. As Beijing just won the 2022 Winter Olympics last week, China was on Wednesday also invited to a...

28 days ago
World leaders congratulate China for 2022 Beijing Olympics

Beijing, Aug 5 (IANS) Leaders of some countries and international organisations have sent messages to China congratulating Beijing on its successful bid to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. In a congratulatory message to Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said that Beijing's winning of the bid once again shows China's huge development pot...

28 days ago
No worries for Rio Olympics: IOC president

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 5 (IANS) International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has said he does not worry about the fate of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, insisting all doubts about the city's capability to host the mega event will be addressed by the time the event begins. Rio Olympics will celebrate one year to go milestone on Wednesday and Bach participated in a sports activity on Rio...

1 month ago
IOC elects two new members

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 3 (IANS) Senegal Olympic Committee president Mamadou Diagna Ndiaye and United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic were elected as new members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at its 128th session here on Monday. The IOC members election commission is working on a new procedure for the recruitment of IOC members based on the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommenda...

1 month ago
Blatter steps down from IOC

Zurich, Aug 3 (IANS) FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday relieved himself from the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) ex-officio membership, seven months prior to being replaced as the head of world football's governing body. Blatter would ordinarily have been re-elected for another eight-year term as a procedural matter at the ongoing IOC session in Kuala Lumpur along with more t...

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Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics programme same as Sochi 2014

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 3 (IANS) The programme of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will be the same as Sochi 2014, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at its 128th session here announced. The sports are skiing, biathlon, curling, luge, bobsleigh, skeleton, skating, and ice hockey. All seven Olympic sports contributed significantly to the success of the Winter Olympics Sochi 2014, bringing re...

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South Sudan granted IOC membership

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 3 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the full recognition of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of South Sudan at the 128th IOC session here. IOC president Thomas Bach welcomed the South Sudan NOC, represented by its president Wilson Deng Kuoirot and its secretary general Tong Chor Malek Deran, into the Olympic fold and presented them with a cer...

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