23 hours ago
Air quality improved in Beijing ahead of Olympic vote

Beijing, May 22 (IANS) Beijing's air quality has improved as the vote to decide the 2022 Winter Olympics host city is less than three months away. Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau (BMEPB) announced on Thursday that thanks to the capital's continuous air pollution control efforts and favourable weather conditions, Beijing's air quality has improved in the last four months...

12 days ago
Snow not a concern for Beijing to host 2022 Winter Games

Beijing, May 10 (IANS) Snow will not be a concern for Beijing and Chongli county to host snow sports if China win hosting rights of the 2022 Winter Olympics. It surprisingly snowed in Chongli and Beijing on Friday as Beijing's average temperature in May is between 14 to 26 degrees Celsius, reports Xinhua news agency. Liu Jianjun, who has been working in Chongli's weather bureau f...

15 days ago
Paris' 2024 Olympics bid boosted by regional backing

Paris, May 8 (IANS) Paris' bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics has been boosted as the regional council of Ile de France passed a resolution to give its backing to the French capital. The council of the region surrounding Paris voted 136-37 in favour of the project with four abstentions at an exceptional meeting in the capital's seventh arrondissement. Ile de France president Jean-...

15 days ago
India's sports atmosphere is getting vitiated

Indian sport is in an unfathomable churn, if not in total mess. The cricket board officials are in cyclic hostility and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is in an internecine war of its own with most national federations in a moribund state. A noteworthy coincidence, brothers Narayanaswamy Srinivasan and Ramachandran have worked their way up to occupy the two topmost positions in the ...

15 days ago
Beijing steps up air quality control ahead of Olympics vote

Beijing, May 7 (IANS) China has scaled up air quality control in Beijing to bring down the city's pollution level significantly in a bid to win hosting rights for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Beijing announced on Wednesday it will ban restaurants from operating outdoor barbecues, which authorities say are a major contributor to smog, in selected suburban areas, reports Xinhua. ...

16 days ago
Russia focus on 2018 World Cup, not bidding for 2024 Olympics

Moscow, May 7 (IANS) Russia is focused on hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup and is not interested in bidding for the 2024 Olympics, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has said. So far, Russia does not plan to bid for hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics, Mutko said on Wednesday, reports Xinhua. The minister said the main tasks of Russian sports authorities are the successful preparations of ...

16 days ago
Lausanne plans to hold Youth Olympic events in France

Paris, May 7 (IANS) Swiss city Lausanne's bid committee for the 2020 Youth Winter Olympics announced that it plans to hold the ski-jumping, biathlon and Nordic combined events in neighbouring France. The venue is set to be the Stade Nordic des Tuffes, located in Premanon, southeast France, in the Jura mountain, reports Xinhua. We want to organise a Youth Olympic Games which are s...

17 days ago
Badminton Association seeks IOA chief Ramachandran's ouster

New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) Piling further pressure on Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N. Ramachandran, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Tuesday raised the issue of a no-confidence motion against the national Olympic body chief. The move comes after various state Olympic associations and Hockey India (HI) asked for a Special General Body Meeting (SGBM) to be called to s...

18 days ago
Jharkhand, Tripura seek no-confidence motion against IOA chief

New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) The state Olympic associations of Jharkhand and Tripura raised the issue of a no-confidence motion against incumbent Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N. Ramachandran on Monday. The move comes after the Olympic associations of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) and Nagaland asked for a Special General Body Meeting (SGBM) to be called to set things right within...

20 days ago
J&K, Nagaland join HI, call for IOA meet

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Two days after Hockey India (HI) demanded a no-confidence motion against Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N. Ramachandran, the Olympic associations of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) and Nagaland on Saturday asked for a Special General Body Meeting (SBGM) to be called to set things right within IOA. HI president Narinder Batra on Thursday initiated a move ...

24 days ago
FIDE president considers pushing chess into Winter Olympics

Chengdu (China), April 29 (IANS) International Chess Federation (FIDE) president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov hopes the game will be included in the Winter Olympic Games and believes it can fit in perfectly at the showpiece event. He said it has been about 20 years since FIDE applied to enter the Summer Games in vain which made them realise that joining the Winter Games might be a better idea, rep...

25 days ago
Modi seeks IOC's help to promote India as 'sports hub'

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Intending to promote India on the global sports map, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday sought help from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in enabling the country to become a nerve centre of sports. According to an official communique, Modi, in his meeting with IOC president Thomas Bach, expressed his intention to promote India on the global sports ...

1 month ago
Yao Ming joins Laureus academy

Shanghai, April 15 (IANS) Three Chinese, including former NBA star Yao Ming, joined the Laureus world sports academy here on Wednesday. Yang Yang, China's first ever winter Olympic gold medallist and an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, and former world gymnastics champion Li Xiaopeng were included in the academy during the Laureus world sports award ceremony on Wednesday nig...

1 month ago
IOC launches whistle-blower hotline

Lausanne, April 14 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has launched a whistle-blower hotline for competition manipulation and other unethical issues that threaten the integrity of sport. The move was announced on Monday at an international summit on sports integrity here, which was chaired by IOC president Thomas Bach, reports Xinhua. The ultimate goal of all this i...

1 month ago
City council votes in favour of Paris' bid for 2024 Olympics

Paris, April 13 (IANS) France took a decisive step towards officially announcing a bid for the 2024 Olympics after the council in Paris voted in favour of supporting the country's capital city's bid for the quadrennial event here on Monday. 163 councillors have given their backing to mayor Anne Hidalgo's resolution, reports Xinhua. Hidalgo, who was reticent for a long time, has i...

1 month ago
IOC to pay president Bach 225,000 euros a year

Geneva, April 3 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee has said it will give president Thomas Bach 225,000 euros ($243,600) a year to cover his costs. The IOC said in a statement on Thursday it was making public details of proposed payments to executive board members with a view to ensuring total transparency, reports Xinhua. As many as 115 full and honorary members of the bo...

1 month ago
Beijing passes Winter Olympics test

Beijing, March 30 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) evaluation commission has completed its visit to Beijing, which is bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympics with Zhangjiakou, and is pleased with what it found. It was clear that you embraced the spirit and goals of Olympic Agenda 2020. Our visit confirms that Beijing is capable of hosting a successful 2022 Olympic Winter...

1 month ago
Birendra, Vandana best hockey players, Balbir Sr. gets lifetime award

Melbourne, March 28 (IANS) Defender Birendra Lakra and striker Vandana Kataria were on Saturday named the Players of Year in the male and female category respectively, while three-time Olympic gold medallist Balbir Singh Sr. got the Lifetime Achievement award at the inaugural Hockey India (HI) annual awards here. Youngsters stole the show in all the award categories at the glittering cer...

1 month ago
Beijing 'capable' of hosting successful Winter Olympics: IOC

Beijing, March 28 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief inspector Alexander Zhukov said on Saturday that Beijing is capable of hosting a successful Winter Games. Our visit confirms that Beijing is capable of hosting successful Games, said the chairman of the 19-member IOC evaluation commission while concluding the five-day inspection. It has been a productive and inf...

1 month ago
2008 Olympics legacy teaches Beijing how to cut back on 2022 cost

Beijing, March 28 (IANS) Beijing has vowed to deliver an economical 2022 Winter Olympics should it win the bid. Wang Anshun, Beijing mayor and president of the 2022 Committee, said the Chinese capital will draw a meticulous budget to lower costs, reports Xinhua. Based on the Agenda 2020 reforms of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Beijing presents three concepts in bid -...

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