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Putin allows athletes to compete at Winter Olympics as neutrals

Moscow, Dec 12 (IANS) President Vladimir Putin has backed the decision made by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to clear national athletes for participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea under the neutral status, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. The ROC Assembly said after the session that it calls for respecting each individual athlete's choi...

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Putin allows athletes to compete at Winter Olympics as neutrals

Moscow, Dec 12 (IANS) President Vladimir Putin has backed the decision made by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to clear national athletes for participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea under the neutral status, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. According to Peskov, Putin stated earlier that there would be no obstacles in the way of Russian at...

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Ankushita's success: Boxing in northeast packs quite a punch

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Rising pugilist Ankushita Boro's gold medal feat at the recently concluded AIBA Youth World Championships has made her an overnight sensation, but not many are aware that the 17-year-old contemplated quitting the sport just a couple of years ago. Hailing from the nondescript Meghai Jarani village in Sonitpur district of central Assam, Ankushita recently captured t...

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Russia to pay IOC $15 mn: Deputy PM

Berlin, Dec 7 (IANS) The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) will pay a recently requested sum of $15 million to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) only based on a mutually agreed accord with the worlds governing Olympic body, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday. The IOC Executive Board on Tuesday had said that the ROC was to reimburse the costs incurred by the...

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Bach regards ban on Russia as just reflecting reality

Lausanne, Dec 7 (IANS) For International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, the decision to ban Russian participation in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang was not a compromise. The IOC Executive Board on Tuesday decided to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) with immediate effect, while inviting individual Russian athletes under strict conditions to the Oly...

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2018 Winter Olympics: Seoul urges Russian athletes to attend under neutral flag

Seoul, Dec 7 (IANS) South Korea ON Thursday urged Russian athletes to compete in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics under a neutral flag, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vetoed the country's participation over doping charges. Seoul expects many Russian athletes to participate, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said in a statement Thursday, adding that the part...

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Russia Winter Olympic ban is controversial, says sports minister

Moscow, Dec 6 (IANS) The decision of the International Olympic Committee to bar the Russian national team from taking part in the 2018 Olympic Games is controversial, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said. The decision is controversial...Fair competition has always remained the basis for developing sports in our country. However, it will be too early to give detailed comments befor...

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IOC bans Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics

Geneva, Dec 6 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Tuesday that Russia is banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics set for next February in PyeongChang, South Korea, over doping concerns, Xinhua reported. The IOC decided to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) with immediate effect, but Russian athletes would still be able to compete at the PyeongChang Games in uni...

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Mirabai Chanu: The new poster girl of Indian sport

Here comes weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu. She is among the new breed of sportspersons from a tiny state, Manipur, which has a population less than three million. Chanu is the world champion in the 48 kilogram category, only the second Indian woman to win a gold medal at the worlds after Karnam Malleswari who won not once but twice, in 1994 in Turkey and in China in 1995. ...

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Russia's doping scandal casts shadow on World Cup draw

Moscow, Dec 1 (IANS) Russia's doping scandal has cast a shadow on the 2018 World Cup draw, set for Friday. Reporters peppered FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the Russian federation chairman Vitaly Mutko with questions during a press conference before the World Cup draw, reports Efe. I'm happy to go to any court, to any disciplinary committee to anyone and I'll be happy to ta...

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IOC hands life ban to three Russian bobsledders

Beijing, Nov 30 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has banned three Russian bobsledders from all the Olympic Games from the 2014 winter edition for doping rule violations, the IOC announced on its official website. Alexandr Kas'yanov, Aleksei Pushkarev and Ilvir Khuzin have been sanctioned in the context of the Sochi 2014 forensic and analytical doping investigations, the I...

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IOC's final technical visit to PyeongChang Tuesday-Wednesday

Seoul, Nov 20 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will undertake a final technical visit to PyeongChang, the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics on Tuesday-Wednesday. According to local organizers on Monday, this will be the IOC's ninth and final Project Review on PyeongChang, reports Xinhua news agency. The organizers said IOC officials will review PyeongChang's ...

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Decision on Russia's participation in Winter Olympics on December 5

Moscow, Nov 17 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee on Friday announced that its Executive Board will on December 5 announce its decision on the participation of Russian athletes in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Koreas PyeongChang. The IOC Executive Board will meet in Lausanne on December 5 and 6, reports Tass news agency. A decision with regard to the participatio...

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Russian skiers get life ban from Olympics over alleged doping use

Moscow, Nov 10 (IANS) Four Russian cross-country skiers have been banned from participating in the Olympic Games for life over alleged doping, Russia's Cross-Country Ski Federation (CCSFR) said. Maxim Vylegzhanin, Alexei Petukhov, Yevgeniya Shapovalova and Yulia Ivanova were found guilty of violating anti-doping rules by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) investigative commission ...

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Playtonia's mega e-gaming tournament draws crowds

Bengaluru, Nov 9 (IANS) Playtonia, Indias leading e-sports start-up, organised the grand finale of Conquerors Insignia, a landmark event that drew crowds and was the culmination of numerous offline and online tournaments across eight cities and four months of competition. The cities are Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Cuttack and Hyderabad. Some of the best prof...

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Olympic flame for 2018 Winter Games ignited in Greece

Athens, Oct 24 (IANS) The Olympic flame for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics was lit on Tuesday in the ruins of ancient Olympia during a traditional ceremony ahead of its crossing through Greece before being transported to South Korea. Rain prevented Greek actress Katerina Lehou from following the programmed rite to light the torch, forcing organisers to resort to a contingency plan,...

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Olympic flame being lit in Greece for Winter Games

Athens, Oct 23 (IANS) South Korean prime minister Lee Nak-yeon was in the Greek capital here on Monday as part of a visit that would see the Olympic flame being ignited in Olympia ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. Lee Nak-yeon laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in central Syntagma Square on the morning, before meeting his counterpart Alexis Tsipras, as seen in ...

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'Russia's preparations for Winter Olympics unhampered by IOC probe'

Moscow, Oct 11 (IANS) A current investigation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) into Russias alleged violations of anti-doping rules does not hamper the national teams preparations for the 2018 Winter Games, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Wednesday. The winter season has begun and I held meetings with all presidents of (sports) federations and head coaches, Kol...

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Beijing 2022 announces secondment programme to Pyeongchang Games

Beijing, Oct 11 (IANS) The organisers of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will send 41 staff members on secondment for post-practice during the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, in South Korea, next year. The Organising Committee of Beijing 2022 announced the secondment programme, together with a Games-time Observer Programme, on Wednesday at its hea...

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Second edition of RFYS football competition begins

Kochi, Aug 16 ( IANS) The second edition of the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports' (RFYS) national football competition kicked off here on Wednesday. RFYS chairperson Nita Ambani, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), cheered on by hundreds of school kids at the Rajagiri Public School here in Kochi, launched the second season along with India striker and Kerala Blasters s...

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