2 days 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...

4 days ago
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...

6 days ago
China 'patka' row: Akal Takht seeks government intervention

Amritsar, July 24 (IANS) The Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikh religion, Thursday sought the intervention of the central government in the controversy over two Sikh players being forced to remove their 'patkas' (head kerchief) during an international basketball match in China recently. Akal Takht Jathedar (chief) Gurbachan Singh termed the incident in China a shameful one and...

7 days ago
BFI to take up 'patka row' at FIBA Asia meet

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) will take up the 'patka row' at the general council meeting of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Thursday at Doha. The BFI is very seriously representing the issue of not permitting the Sikh players to participate wearing turban (patka) by the technical commission during the recently concluded Asia Cup a...

8 days ago
Sports Minister asks IOC to intervene in 'patka' row

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Wednesday has asked the the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take up the issue of Indian basketball players being barred from 'patkas', a head covering in place of a turban, at the 5th FIBA Asia Cup held in China. Two Sikh players, Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh, were asked to remove their patkas before the start of In...

21 days ago
Brazil will forget defeat against Germany: IOC chief

Geneva, July 10 (IANS/EFE) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach hoped that the usual optimism of Brazilians will help them to forget the heavy 1-7 defeat their football team suffered at the hands of Germany in the World Cup semi-final. Bach said here Wednesday he knows the Brazilians are optimistic people and hoped they would realize that every defeat creates a new ch...

23 days ago
Beijing, Almaty, Oslo allowed to bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

Lausanne (Switzerland), July 8 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board unanimously agreed here to accept Beijing, Almaty and Oslo as candidate cities for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and proceeded to the second phase of the bidding process. The Executive Board Monday made the decision based on a technological analysis of the cities' applications submitted earlier t...

24 days ago
All 3 bid cities short-listed for 2022 Winter Games

Lausanne, July 7 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Monday that all three cities bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games will go through to the candidate phase of the process. Almaty (Kazakhstan), Oslo and Beijing remain in contention but Oslo could yet withdraw, as the Norwegian bid has not secured government backing, reports Xinhua. The IOC will select the host...

1 month ago
World Cup is dwarfing other major sporting achievements

In the frenzy of the football World Cup, some other major sporting achievements are getting dwarfed. The mad football lover is bound to say: When the World Cup is on who is bothered about any other sport? In India, which has nothing much of its own to celebrate, fans can pick and choose which international sport to watch. Still, the first preference would be the universally popular sport - ...

2 months ago
Stop work on Olympic golf course: Rio prosecutors

Rio de Janeiro, May 31 (IANS) Public prosecutors in Brazil have called for the suspension of work on the Olympic golf course over environmental concerns. Rio de Janeiro's public ministry notified the state government's environment secretary of its recommendation Friday, reports Xinhua. The move casts fresh doubts over Rio's Games planning, just weeks after International Olympic Commi...

2 months ago
Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic venues 38 percent ready

Rio de Janeiro, May 17 (IANS) The organising committee of the 2016 Rio Olympics hit back at critics relating to the delayed preparation by saying that 38 percent of the Olympic and Paralympic Games competition venues were ready. According to a statement released by the organisers Friday, with more than two years to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin, 38 percent of the competition ven...

2 months ago
Carl Lewis hopes for a clean sport

Bangalore, May 16 (IANS) At 52, Frederick Carlton Carl Lewis can be mistaken for an athlete in his prime, save his white-speckled pate, and is as riveting a personality as he was in his salad days when he won nine Olympic gold medals besides a host of World championship laurels. None of the old aura has diminished. Here as a Brand Ambassador for the TCS World 10K Bangalore run scheduled for...

2 months ago
High time IOA cleaned up boxing mess

Boxing is one sport where India can aspire to win a clutch of medals at the upcoming Commonwealth and the Asian Games. Shockingly there is no elected body to govern the sport and things cannot be run in such a cavalier fashion if boxers have to be at their best. It is over a year since the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation - has been derecognised by the AIBA international federation and the...

3 months ago
Rio officials rebuff Games criticism

Rio de Janeiro, April 30 - Rio Olympic officials have insisted the city will be ready for the 2016 Games amid growing concerns about project delays and cost overruns. In a statement, the Local Organising Committee rebuked the claims, saying the city's Olympic projects were so far on schedule, reported Xinhua. We have a historic mission: to organise the first Olympic and Paralympic Ga...

3 months ago
Former IOC president Rogge named UN chief's envoy

United Nations, April 29 - Jacques Rogge, former International Olympic Committee - president, has been named Special Envoy for Youth, Refugees and Sport by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Ban said Rogge will focus primarily on promoting sport as an empowerment tool, with an emphasis on peace, reconciliation, security, health, education, gender equality and inclusiveness, reports Xinhua. <...

3 months ago
IOC announces another doping case from Sochi Games

Geneva, April 26 - Latvian ice hockey player Ralfs Freibergs became the eighth athlete and third hockey player to fail the Sochi Olympics dope tests. The International Olympic Committee - announced Friday that the 23-year-old provided a urine sample Feb 22 whose A and B samples indicated the presence of a prohibited substance. The IOC decided to disqualify Freibergs from the play-offs quart...

3 months ago
Carl Lewis named Event Ambassador for Bangalore 10K run

Bangalore, April 23 - Legendary athlete Carl Lewis has been confirmed as the Event Ambassador for the World 10K Bangalore to be run here May 18. It gives me great joy to come to India, a country I love and respect to spread the magic of running and sport amongst the beautiful populace. In the last decade or so, India has witnessed a running revolution and the sport has grown manifold in ter...

3 months ago
Bidding begins for Rio 2016 Olympic Games projects

Rio de Janeiro, April 19 - Brazil's southeast city of Rio de Janeiro has opened bidding for two infrastructure projects in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympic Games, authorities said. Mayor Eduardo Paes said Friday that the projects are part of the Diodoro Sports Complex that will host some 11 Olympic competitions, reported Xinhua. The works, which are estimated to cost around $359 milli...

3 months ago
Krakow's Olympic bid committee appoints new head

Warsaw, April 17 - Krakow's 2022 Winter Olympics bid committee Thursday appointed Warsaw's deputy mayor as the new head after Jagna Marczulajtis-Walczak resigned amid a scandal last week. Magdalena Sroka's appointment came during an extraordinary meeting as her predecessor stepped down Saturday after her husband was alleged to have offered money to the media in return for favourable stories...

3 months ago
Romanian Olympic committee chairman resigns

Bucharest, April 16 - Octavian Morariu resigned Tuesday from his post as chairman of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee -. I've led the institution for 10 years and I think I was a dedicated chairman in all these years, said the official, announcing that he decided to retire to avoid activity overload, given the other programmes he has in the International Olympic Committee - and in ...

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