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2022 FIFA World Cup likely in winter, says AFC boss

Melbourne, Jan 25 (IANS) Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa Sunday said the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar looks increasingly likely to be played in the winter. FIFA is contemplating a winter tournament in November and December to avoid unbearable heat of a Qatar summer when average temperatures can soar to nearly 50 degrees celsius, reports X...

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Three Russian Olympic champions tested positive for doping

Moscow, Jan 21 (IANS) Three Russian Olympic gold medalists in race walking were tested positive for abuse of using performance improving drugs, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) said Tuesday. Sergey Kirdyapkin and Olga Kaniskina were banned for three years and two months, while Valery Borchin received a ban for eight years from October 15, 2012. Their performance results were also ...

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FIH signs up for IOC's anti-betting measures

Lausanne, Jan 19 (IANS) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has signed up to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS). As an intelligence sharing digital platform, IBIS will enable FIH and its 132 member national associations to access an extensive network of monitoring and data-sharing across sports, event owners and the major sports...

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Kenya serves notices to football, athletics federations

Nairobi, Jan 18 (IANS) Kenya's cabinet secretary for sports, arts and culture Hassan Wario has warned Athletics Kenya (AK) and Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to clean up their act or face disbandment. In his most scathing attack yet on the two giant federations at the Sports Personality of the Year (Soya) Awards gala in Nairobi Friday night, Wario thundered this is the year of the red c...

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IOC launches bid process for 2024 Games

Paris, Jan 16 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the bid process for 2024 Olympic Games gets underway with new invitation phase. It's the first bid process following the adoption of Olympic Agenda 2020 earlier last month in Monaco during the 127th session, reports Xinhua. According to the IOC strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic movement, i...

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Beijing promises "athletes-centered and economical" 2022 Winter Games

Beijing, Jan 8 (IANS) Beijing has promised to deliver an athletes-centered, sustainable and economical Winter Olympic Games if it wins the right to host the event in 2022. Beijing Tuesday submitted its 2022 Winter Olympic Games official bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the latter's headquarters in Lausanne, reports Xinhua. Chinese Olympic Committee president Li...

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Beijing submits bid to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Lausanne (Switzerland), Jan 6 (IANS) The Chinese Olympic Committee submitted its bid for Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at its headquarters here Tuesday. China's submission came a day before the lapse of the deadline for cities to present their candidature files to the IOC. The committee president Liu Peng handed Beijing's guarantees...

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Rio set to add Olympic football venue

Rio de Janeiro, Jan 6 (IANS) Organisers in Rio are considering adding an extra venue to the 2016 Olympic football tournament. Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador and Brasilia are already guaranteed to host matches during the event, the Games' top official said Monday, reports Xinhua. Local organising committee president Carlos Nuzman said a sixth venue could be ch...

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Beijing to hand in 2022 Winter Games bidding report

Beijing, Jan 5 (IANS) Beijing will formally submit the 2022 Winter Olympic Games bidding report to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Tuesday in Lausanne. Chinese Olympic Committee president Liu Peng and Beijing 2022 Bid Committee president and mayor of Beijing Wang Anshun headed the team, whose presentation in Lausanne will weigh heavily in Beijing's bidding process, reports Xinh...

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China's former IOC member He Zhenliang dies

Beijing, Jan 4 (IANS) China's former International Olympic Committee (IOC) member He Zhenliang has died aged 85. He, who was elected to the IOC in 1981 and elected IOC vice president in 1989, died at a hospital in Beijing Sunday afternoon, his family said, reports Xinhua. He was instrumental in Beijing's successful bid for the right to host the 2008 Olympic Games. ...

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Rio mayor admits to Olympic velodrome delay

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 20 (IANS) Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes admitted work on the 2016 Olympic velodrome is three weeks behind schedule. But he played down the significance of the delay. He said Friday it is the only venue at Rio's Olympic Park complex that is running late, reports Xinhua. It is not a tragedy and (the lost time) will be easily recovered, Paes was quoted saying...

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IOA to give cash awards to medallists

Chennai, Dec 19 (IANS) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA), following its Annual General Meeting (AGM) here Friday, announced cash awards for the medallists in the recent Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Asian Beach Games. Also, the National Sports Federations and State Olympic Associations will receive special funding from the IOA in view of the decreasing grants to these bodies fro...

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SC reserves verdict on plea for Srinivasan's ouster from BCCI

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday reserved its verdict on the plea for barring N. Srinivasan from seeking re-election the Indian cricket board president and for terminating IPL franchisee Chennai Super Kings (CSK), owned by his company India Cements Limited, on the grounds of conflict of interest. The petitioner Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) sought the ouster of ...

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USA to bid for 2024 Olympic, Paralympic Games

New York, Dec 17 (IANS) The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has decided to bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, choosing the host city from either Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington. The International Olympic Committee's deadline for applicants is Sep 15, 2015, with a decision due in 2017. An entire generation of Americans has not had the opportunit...

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Rio Olympic to feature 13 morning session athletics finals

Paris, Dec 16 (IANS) A total of 13 finals will take place in morning sessions at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said. Among the morning session finals are all five road events - the men's and women's marathons, the men's 50-km race walk and the men's and women's 20-km race walk events, although both 20-km race walks are ...

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Pyeongchang won't part with 2018 Winter Olympics events

Seoul, Dec 12 (IANS) Hosts Pyeongchang have rejected a proposal to move some of the events of the 2018 Winter Olympics to another country to save costs. Pyeongchang Winter Games organising committee president Cho Yang-ho said in a statement Friday that they would like to keep all the competition at home, reports Xinhua. We will study the options once we receive more detailed info...

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Bach rules out re-opening bidding for 2022 Winter Games

Monte Carlo, Dec 10 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) introduced a new bidding system as part of 40-point reform package, but IOC president Thomas Bach ruled out re-opening the 2022 Winter Games race after four of six bidding cities dropped out. With an invitation phase being added to the reversed bidding system, IOC member Dick Pound suggested re-launch of the 2022 proces...

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Kosovo recognised as IOC's 205th member committee

Monte Carlo, Dec 10 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recognised Kosovo as the 205th member committee. This was a very important decision, particularly for the athletes of Kosovo. Now they can start to prepare for Rio, said IOC president Thomas Bach after the 96 members unanimously voted in favour of the decision Tuesday, reports Xinhua. This is one big day, on...

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IOC session approves big changes in bidding process

Monte Carlo, Dec 8 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved major changes to the bidding process for Olympic Games at the 127th Session here Monday. At the start of a two-day session, three recommendations of president Thomas Bach's Olympic Agenda 2020 reform package have been unanimously approved, reports Xinhua. With the new bidding system, potential candid...

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Does SAARC summit have sport on its agenda?

Wonder whether sport is all that important to be on the agenda of the two-day South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Kathmandu Wednesday-Thursday when the heads of states sit down to deliberate on a wide range of issues. The secretaries of the eight SAARC countries, who chalked out the agenda for the summit, do not seem to have taken up the issue of the South A...

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