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'New anti-doping agency ITA may be truly independent'

Moscow, March 22 (IANS) There are reasons to believe that the new Independent Anti-Doping Testing Agency (ITA) to be established soon will be truly unbiased, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) said. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on March 16 announced the establishment of an independent authority, ITA, to deal with anti-doping testing, reports Tass news agency.

10 hours ago
'Now or never' in 2024 Olympic bid, says Paris bid team

Paris, March 22 (IANS) The Paris Olympic bid team has shrugged off the possibility of waiting for another four years to host the Olympic Games, emphasising that it was a now-or-never decision for the city's attempt to host the 2024 Games. We cannot accept 2028. It's not possible, said Paris bid co-chairman Tony Estanguet during a visit to London on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

5 days ago
Stadium in Fukushima to be used as venue for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo, March 17 (IANS) Representatives from the organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics said here on Friday that the Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium in Fukushima Prefecture would be used as an additional venue for baseball and softball events during the 2020 Games. In an effort to support areas in Japan hardest-hit by the quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in March 2011, ...

8 days ago
Kenyan athletes urge compliance with IOC to avoid ban

Nairobi, March 14 (IANS) Kenyan athletes on Tuesday called upon the government to do all it takes to avoid impending International Olympic Committee (IOC) ban on Friday after its local affiliate refused to make changes to its constitution. Officials of the Professional Athletes Association of Kenya (PAAK) led by Organizing Secretary, Julius Ndegwa said athletics formed the bedrock of the...

12 days ago
IOC imposes financial sanctions on Kenya Olympic body

Nairobi, March 10 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has slapped financial sanctions on its Kenyan affiliate barely 48 hours after its top officials revolted against proposed reforms. On Tuesday, 11 of 13 Kenyan National Olympic Committee (Nock) Executive Committee members voted against the adoption of an IOC-backed new constitution that seeks among other things to limit th...

1 month ago
Athens silver medallist Claudia to address athletes career programme meet

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) Athens Olympics silver medal winning fencer Claudia Bokel, former chairperson of the IOCs Athletics Commission and Executive Board member, will be addressing a select gathering of players and sports administrators on the Athletes Career Programme (ACP) here on Wednesday. Claudia had represented Germany in Atlanta and Sydney Games in 1996 and 2000 but had to wait ...

1 month ago
Japan Olympic Committee chief probed over 2020 Games bid payments

Tokyo, Feb 8 (IANS) The chief of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) on Wednesday said he has been questioned as part of a French investigation into the legitimacy of payments made during Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Olympic Games. Japanese prosecutors questioned Tsunekazu Takeda in Tokyo last week, following a request from France, which is probing alleged payments worth around $2 million b...

1 month ago
Banning clean athletes from Olympics unacceptable: Russian minister

Moscow, Feb 6 (IANS) Many Russian sportspersons, especially paralympians, have been unfairly dismissed from competitions, Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov said on Monday. Kolobkov said it is unacceptable to ban clean athletes from the Olympics without evidence, reports Sputnik. Barring clean athletes from the Olympics without any real evidence is unacceptable. These issues should...

1 month ago
Paris kicks off international bidding for 2024 Olympics

Paris, Feb 4 (IANS) The Paris 2024 Bid Committee has marked a milestone in its bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games with a special presentation here. The event was participated by Paris 2024 leadership, top athletes, political and business leaders. Speaking at the event, Paris 2024 Co-Chair Tony Estanguet said Paris has launched the bid 18 months ago, the bidding tea...

1 month ago
Russia seeks return of medals from athletes caught doping

Moscow, Feb 3 (IANS) Russian authorities want all athletes caught doping to return their medals. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) is in on the job, its President Alexander Zhukov has said. This follows a request from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after Russian athletes were stripped of medals and were told to return them, Zhukov told journalists on Thursday.

1 month ago
'Russia will be able to cope with doping problems'

Kazan (Russia), Feb 2 (IANS) Russia will be able to cope with doping problems, Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov has said at the ministry's board meeting. I can't but say about the situation in anti-doping policy. The work, which Russia has carried out on anti-doping since 2008, has been enormous. Now the violation of anti-doping rules is both an administrative and criminal offence. But we ...

1 month ago
'Athletes refusing to return their medals may be banned from Olympics'

Moscow, Feb 1 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has the right to ban athletes who refuse to return their medals after their results were annulled for doping, from participation in the next Olympics, lawyer for the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexandra Brilliantova said on Wednesday. The athletes who did not return their medals won at the previous Games can apply to par...

1 month ago
Russia stripped of relay silver from London 2012 Olympics

Moscow, Feb 1 (IANS) Russia was on Wednesday stripped of the 4x400 metre relay silver medal from the London 2012 Olympics, after sprinter Antonina Krivoshapka tested positive for banned steroid turinabol. The ruling is likely to see Jamaica and Ukraine promoted to silver and bronze respectively behind the United States, according to the BBC. Krivoshapka, 29, has been out of actio...

1 month ago
World Olympians Association bans Lebedeva from executive committee

Moscow, Jan 28 (IANS) The World Olympians Association (WOA) has prohibited Russian triple jump and long jump champion Tatiana Lebedeva from working in the associations Executive Committee for a life-time period amid doping allegations against the athlete. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday stripped Lebedeva of silver medals from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, afte...

1 month ago
Russia retracts CAS appeal against International Weightlifting Federation

Moscow, Jan 27 (IANS) The Russian Weightlifting Federation (RWF) has decided to withdraw its last year's lawsuit with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). The lawsuit was submitted by Russia's weightlifting governing body in the wake of last year's decision of the IWF to suspend the membership of all national federations, whic...

1 month ago
IAAF to re-check doping samples from 2009 Berlin worlds

Moscow, Jan 26 (IANS) The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will re-check doping samples from the 2009 Berlin World Championships. Germany ARD television channel's journalist Hajo Seppelt, known for reports on high-profile doping scandals in Russian athletics, revealed the information on Wednesday, reports Tass. IAAF will perform further retests of stored ...

1 month ago
Lebedeva to appeal IOC decision on 2008 Olympic medals annulment

Moscow, Jan 26 (IANS) Russian track and field athlete Tatiana Lebedeva has said she will file an appeal against the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to strip her of two medals she won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Definitely I will be filing an appeal. I have been always fighting until the very end, she said on Wednesday , reports Tass. Lebedeva said she was ready...

1 month ago
Los Angeles gives final nod to 2024 Olympics bid

Washington, Jan 26 (IANS) Los Angeles' 2024 Olympic Games bid has been given final approval by the city council, a media report said on Thursday. The approval means that Los Angeles has the legal power to host the Games if the city is selected by the International Olympic Committee in September, Xinhua news agency reported. While giving its approval on Wednesday, the city also a...

1 month ago
Bolt loses 'treble treble' as team-mate tests positive for doping

Lausanne (Switzerland), Jan 25 (IANS) Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt will be stripped of one of his nine Olympic gold medals after team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance on Wednesday. Carter was part of the Jamaican quartet with Bolt that won the 4x100 metres relay in Beijing Games in 2008, reports the BBC. Bolt won three gold medals (100m, 200m, 4x100m)...

1 month ago
FIVB denies knowledge of Russian volleyball doping at 2012 Olympics

Moscow, Jan 25 (IANS) The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has said it is not aware of any facts behind allegations of Russian volleyballers being tested positive for doping substances at the 2012 London Olympics or any moves to strip Russia of its gold medal. On Monday, Giba, the Brazilian men's volleyball team head at the 2012 Games, claimed on national television that seven ...

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