14 days ago
Nita Ambani addresses sports-faith conference in Vatican

Vatican, Oct 7 (IANS) India's representative at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Reliance Foundation Chairperson Nita Ambani on Friday addressed the delegates at the 'Sport at the service of humanity' conference held by the Vatican in conjunction with the United Nations and the IOC here. The conference was hosted by Pope Francis, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and IOC Pres...

18 days ago
Security is top priority for Olympic Games: Bach

Paris, Oct 3 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach admitted security was the top priority for Olympic Games but declined to raise the par for Paris bid when it comes to terrorism concerns. Security is always top priority for the International Olympic Committee, of course, the IOC President told media before summing up his two-day visit to Paris for the French cap...

19 days ago
'Paris bid for 2024 Olympics has no worries'

Paris, Oct 2 (IANS) Paris's bid for the 2024 Olympics won't be affected by the possible withdrawal of Rome from the hosting race, the French city's co-chairman for the bid Tony Estanguet has said. Just 10 days ago, Rome mayor Virginia Raggi announced her opposition to the Italian city's bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, citing financial and corruption risk concerns, repo...

22 days ago
Three boxers reprimanded by IOC for betting on Rio Olympics bouts

Lausanne (Switzerland), Sep 29 (IANS) Three boxers have been severely reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for betting on boxing bouts during the 2016 Rio Olympics. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the IOC said: As there was no intent to manipulate any event, all three athletes have been issued severe reprimands and obliged to follow and contribute to various integ...

23 days ago
IOC sanctions three boxers for betting on fights at Rio Games

Geneva, Sep 28 (IANS) Two Irish and a British boxer were on Wednesday given severe reprimands by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for betting at the Rio Games in August. Bantamweight Michael Conlan, 24, and welterweight Steve Donnelly, 27, both of Ireland, and British middleweight Antony Fowler, 25, were further ordered to take part in various IOC educational programmes in order...

23 days ago
IOC to discuss anti-doping system on October 8

Lausanne, Sep 28 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will hold a meeting here on October 8 to review the performance of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), it was announced on Wednesday. Discussions will focus on the protection of clean athletes and, more specifically, on a review of the WADA anti-doping system. The Olympic Summit will discuss some principles for a more rob...

24 days ago
Don't understand why Russian athletes sanctioned at Rio Games: IOC chief

Tokyo, Sep 27 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach says he still does not understand why Russian athletes were sanctioned at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Talking to the Japanese Yomiuri newspaper, Bach said on Monday: Concerning suspicions of possible deviations in the Russian anti-doping system, I still cannot understand why Russian athletes had to be subjec...

25 days ago
Greek Olympic medallist Devetzis denies doping allegations

Athens, Sep 26 (IANS) Greek veteran triple jumper Pigi Devetzis, who won the silver medal in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and the bronze in the 2008 Beijing Games, has admitted that she was under inquiry by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding her participation in the Beijing Olympics, but strongly denied allegations that she had used doping substances. In November 2015, ...

29 days ago
Russian athlete won't challenge decision to strip her of Olympic gold

Moscow, Sep 22 (IANS) Russian track and field athlete Yulia Chermoshanskaya on Thursday said she will not challenge the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to strip her of her gold medal from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The IOC announced on August 17 that Russia's national track and field team was stripped of the 2008 Olympic Games gold medal in the 4x100 metre r...

1 month ago
Rome Mayor withdraws 2024 Olympic bid

Rome, Sep 21 (IANS/AKI) Rome's grassroots Mayor Virginia Raggi has rejected a bid to host the 2024 Olympics as financially irresponsible for the cash-strapped capital, a move that has effectively dealt a fatal blow to its candidacy. This is our position: It is irresponsible to say yes to this candidature, she told a packed media conference on Wednesday. We are effectively asking ...

1 month ago
WADA urges more funding, sanctioning powers

Montreal, Sep 21 (IANS) The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) needs to increase funding and to enlarge sanctioning powers, the agency has said after summarising results of consultations with other sport organisations. WADA held consultations with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Associations of Summer and Winter Olympic Internati...

1 month ago
Russians' doping probe at 2014 Sochi Olympics to conclude this year

Zurich, Sep 19 (IANS) The investigation into doping manipulations of Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi will be completed this year, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent commission's head Richard McLaren said on Monday. When asked whether the results of the investigation will be available this year or next year, McLaren said, This year, for sure. I don'...

1 month ago
Khannas have only been serving Indian tennis

Every time a controversy erupts in Indian tennis, a Khanna has to be at the centre of it. Strictly speaking, today no Khanna officially has a position in the All India Tennis Association (AITA) -- yet Anil Khanna is everything. Without his nod nothing can happen in the country's apex tennis body. Anil's father, the late Raj Kumar Khanna -- also AITA Secretary General and President, revel...

1 month ago
IOC instructs Kenyan affiliate to hold polls under new constitution

Nairobi, Sep 18 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Sunday instructed its Kenyan affiliate to hold fresh elections under a new constitution by December 31. This edict was issued after a tripartite meeting between the IOC, the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) and the government led by the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Hassan Wario held in Lausanne, Switzerland, r...

1 month ago
Russian cyclists tell WADA its ban relied on 'criminal's testimony'

Moscow, Sep 18 (IANS) Russian racing cyclists who were barred by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) from the 2016 Rio Olympics over doping allegations, have told World Anti-Doping Agency their ban was based entirely on a criminal's testimony. They have asked the WADA to remove from its report former Russian doping lab chief Grigory Rodchenkov's testimony on an alleged state-run dopi...

1 month ago
WADA confirms another leak of confidential athletes' data by hackers

Montreal, Sep 17 (IANS) The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has confirmed that cyber hacker Group 'Fancy Bear released a fresh batch of confidential athletes data on their website, which they illegally obtained from a Rio 2016 Olympic Games account of WADAs Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS). With this in mind, stakeholders should know that WADA is being consulted a...

1 month ago
Russian cyclists demand IOC, WADA verify whistleblower's information

Moscow, Sep 16 (IANS) Russian cyclists have urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Cycling Union (UCI) to set up an independent international commission for verification of the doping claims made by former chief of the Moscow Anti-Doping Center Grigory Rodchenkov. Rodchenkov's claims featured in a WADA report that led to...

1 month ago
IOC disqualifies four athletes for doping at 2008, 2012 Olympics

Lausanne (Switzerland), Sep 14 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that four Russian athletes have been retroactively disqualified from the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. Reanalysis of the athletes' samples yielded positive readings for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol), reports Xinhua. The three disqualifi...

1 month ago
Javelin thrower Abukamova stripped off 2008 Olympics silver medal

Lausanne, Sep 14 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Russian javelin thrower Maria Abukamova has been stripped of her 2008 Olympic Games silver medal after she was tested positive for using performance enhancing drugs. In a statement released on Tuesday, the IOC said: Maria Abukamova, 30, of the Russian Federation, competing in athletics (javelin throw event),...

1 month ago
Russian hackers leak US athletes medical files

Washington/Montreal, Sep 14 (IANS) A group of Russian computer hackers illegally gained access to the World Anti-Doping Agency's athlete database and leaked confidential medical files of US Olympic athletes, Wada confirmed on Tuesday. Athletes affected include tennis players Venus and Serena Williams and teenage gymnast Simone Biles, the BBC reported. Accroding to Wada, a Russian...

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