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'Postpone or move Olympics due to Zika'

Washington, May 28 (IANS) The Rio Olympic Games should be postponed or moved in the name of public health over the Zika outbreak in Brazil, more than 100 prominent doctors and professors said in an open letter to the World Health Organisation (WHO). We make this call despite the widespread fatalism that the Rio 2016 Games are inevitable or 'too big to fail,' the writers said on Friday in...

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23 athletes test positive in London 2012 sample re-analysis

Lausanne (Switzerland), May 27 (IANS) Twenty three athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games returned with positive doping tests after samples were re-tested, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday. The IOC re-tested 454 selected doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Games and 265 from 2012 London, all based on intelligence-gathering that began in August 2015. It was mai...

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'Sharapova to be replaced from Olympic roster if ineligible'

Moscow, May 27 (IANS) Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, currently suspended over doping abuse accusations, has been included in the country's national Olympic roster for the 2016 Games in Rio but will be replaced in case she is still ineligible to play, the president of the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) has said. We will include her in the roster, Shamil Tarpishchev, who is also a m...

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14 Russian athletes tests positive in 2008 Olympics after rechecking

Moscow, May 25 (IANS) The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has confirmed receiving documents from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) notifying that 14 athletes in three sports disciplines were tested positive after a cross-checking of doping samples of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Any potential participant in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro who proved to use doping in the...

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Serbian football authorities oppose Kosovo's UEFA membership

Belgrade, May 20 (IANS) The Football Association of Serbia (FSS) has filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne against Kosovo's admission to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). The appeal was submitted with the court in Switzerland on May 13 and the FSS hopes that CAS would rule that it was illegal for UEFA to admit Kosovo, reports Tass on ...

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Russia wants its football team kept separate from Kosovo in draws

Moscow, May 19 (IANS) The Russian Football Union (RFU) plans to submit a request with Europe's governing body UEFA asking the organisation to separate the country's national team from the Kosovan team during the draw procedures of the European tournaments, its president Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday. UEFA's secretary general Theodor Theodoridis earlier said that the Serbian and some othe...

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Sports needs unified anti-doping system: Russian minister

Moscow, May 18 (IANS) The world of sports needs a unified system of fighting against abuse of performance enhancing drugs in light of recently frequent doping scandals, Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday. President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach said earlier in the day that a number of athletes could be banned from the 2016 Summer Olympics in...

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31 athletes face ban from Rio Olympics

Geneva, May 18 (IANS) Nearly 31 athletes from six sports could be banned from the Rio Olympics for doping following retests on their samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, said International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday. The IOC Executive Board met in special session on Tuesday to step up the fight against drugs cheats, and additional measures will be announced to protect clean athle...

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Dope tainted 31 athletes may be banned from Rio Olympics: IOC

Lausanne (Switzerland), May 17 (IANS) Thirty-one athletes from six sports have tested positive for doping offences following the retesting of samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Tuesday. As a result the athletes could be banned from competing at the Olympic Games in Rio. IOC retested 454 selected doping samples from the Beijing Game...

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Japan to probe allegations of graft in bid for 2020 Olympics

Tokyo, May 13 (IANS) The Japanese government on Friday ordered the Olympic Committee and the Tokyo government to probe allegations that officials were bribed to support the country's bid to host the 2020 Olympics. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: Prompt reviews by Tokyo and the JOC will allow us to determine the facts. Japanese Sports Minister Hiroshi Hase said authoritie...

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Satpal dispels doubts over Sushil's Olympic chances

New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) Renowed wrestling coach Satpal Singh on Thursday denied reports that his protege Sushil Kumar has been omitted from the Indian squad for the Rio Olympics, asserting that the double Olympic medallist is ready for a trial against Narsingh Pancham Yadav. Doubts were raised over Sushil's chances of going for the Rio Olympics on Thursday with the Wrestling Federation ...

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Kosovo accepted as UEFA member

Budapest, May 3 (IANS) The European football governing body, UEFA approved the admission of Kosovo as its new member during the 40th UEFA Congress here on Tuesday. The vote saw controversial discussions as expected, mainly because Serbia opposed Kosovo's admission to the UEFA, reports Efe. A total of 28 countries voted in favour of the admission, with 24 against and two invalid v...

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018 chief steps down

Seoul, May 3 (IANS) Cho Yang-ho, the chief of the organising committee of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, stepped down on Tuesday to focus on his role as head of one of South Korea's biggest conglomerates. Cho, chairman of the Hanjin Group, decided to resign from his post with immediate effect owing to critical financial issues facing one of the companies of the conglomerate, Hanji...

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What makes Rio 2016 torch special?

Rio de Janeiro, May 3 (IANS) At the Olympic torch-lighting ceremony in Greece last month, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said the flame was an eternal reminder that we are all part of the same humanity. And the Rio 2016 torch reinforces that theory, perhaps more than any Olympic flame before it, reports Xinhua. Predominantly white with blue and green waves ...

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Olympic Flame arrives at UN office in Geneva

Geneva, April 29 (IANS) The Olympic Flame on Friday reached the United Nations Office in Geneva, as it starts making its way to the Olympic Games Rio 2016 in Brazil this August. The flame, which had been officially lit at Ancient Olympia, Greece on April 21, arrived at the Palais des Nations in a lantern carried by a Brazilian child, shining brightly at a ceremony to commemorate the Inte...

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We are 'ready to deliver history', says Rio 2016 chief

Athens, April 28 (IANS) The city of Rio de Janeiro is ready to deliver history when Brazil becomes the first South American country to host the Olympic Games in August, Rio 2016 president Carlos Nuzman has said. Nuzman made the declaration in a speech to mark the handing over of the Olympic flame from Greece to Brazil at the Panathenaic Stadium here on Wednesday, which hosted the first O...

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No 'wild cards' at Rio Olympics: ITF tells AITA

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Indian hopes of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi reuniting at the Olympics were dashed on Wednesday with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) informing the All India Tennis Association (AITA) that no 'wild cards' are available for the Rio Games. We have received several enquiries regarding applications for 'wild cards' for the Olympic tennis event and I wa...

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Olympics serves Rio better than World Cup: Mayor Paes

Rio de Janeiro, April 27 (IANS) With Olympics only 100 days away, Rio city mayor Eduardo Paes has said the Games will bring more benefits to the city than the Football World Cup two years ago. There is a common sense -- valued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as well -- that hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games is only worth for a city if the event promotes transformation...

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Brazil crisis won't impact Olympics: IOC

Rio de Janeiro, April 19 (IANS) The impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will not interfere with preparations for this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Monday. With 109 days left until the opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium, the IOC said the Games provided an important opportunity to unite the Brazil...

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FIH plans hockey rejig with new global league from 2019

Lausanne, April 18 (IANS) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Monday announced that a new annual global home-and-away league will be launched in 2019 which will replace Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Finals and Finals and the Champions Trophy. Designed to provide a regular calendar of must-see events played in packed stadia across the world throughout the year, a new annual glob...

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