3 days ago
Softball hoping for new Olympic chance

Haarlem (the Netherlands), Aug 25 (IANS) With the end of the World Championship Softball meet here, the focus of the softball world is now on bringing the sport back on the Olympic agenda. Baseball and softball were taken out of the Olympics after the 2008 Games and in September last year the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided not to reinstate the sports to the 2020 Summer Oly...

3 days ago
Basketball has Olympic dreams for 3x3 version

Nanjing (China), Aug 24 (IANS) The world governing body for basketball FIBA is targeting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for the 3x3 basketball. We have good cards to play and can give the International Olympic Committee (IOC) something to help rejuvenate their programme, something urban, something very youth-orientated and something that marries technology with entertainment, said FIBA secretar...

11 days ago
Youth Olympic Games open in Nanjing

Nanjing (China), Aug 16 (IANS) The 2nd Youth Olympic Games opened in eastern Chinese city of Nanjing Saturday with more than 3,700 athletes from around the world taking part in. During the 13-day-competition sports gala, the young athletes aged between 15-18 will compete in 28 sports in arenas and stadiums in Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu Province, reports Xinhua. Chinese ...

11 days ago
Nigeria pulls out of Youth Olympics due to Ebola

Nanjing (China), Aug 16 (IANS) Nigeria has decided to pull out of the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games after two other West African countries - Sierra Leone and Liberia also pulled out due to the spread of deadly Ebola virus in the region. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach confirmed the withdrawal of Nigeria from the Games Saturday, reports Xinhua. Two NOCs (...

13 days ago
Sierra Leone, Liberia skip Youth Olympics due to Ebola virus

Nanjing (China), Aug 15 (IANS) Sierra Leone and Liberia, both affected by the deadly Ebola virus, will skip the Youth Olympic Games starting Saturday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said here Friday. Emmanuelle Moreau, IOC's head of media relations, confirmed to Xinhua that the delegations of Sierra Leone and Liberia are not travelling to Nanjing. More than 1,000 peopl...

14 days ago
IOC's 'life-changing factory' in place at Nanjing 2014

Nanjing (China), Aug 14 (IANS) The Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games will offer participating athletes more than two dozen cultural and educational events that promote the spirit of Olympism while integrating real-life issues faced by young sportspersons on and off the field of play. The events are considered a key part of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG). International Olympic Committee (IO...

14 days ago
IOC President Bach arrives in Nanjing

Nanjing (China), Aug 13 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach arrived here Wednesday to attend the Youth Olympic Games starting Saturday. Bach is expected to stay here until Aug 28, the last day of the Games. This is the first Youth Games since he took charge last year, reports Xinhua. It (The YOG) is not only about competition, it's also about making...

15 days ago
Anti-doping education programmes at Youth Olympics

Nanjing (China), Aug 13 (IANS) Education, as well as testing, will play a big part in the anti-doping programme at the second Youth Olympic Games that would be officially opened here Saturday. Anti-doping activities at the Youth Olympic Village (YOV) include World Anti Doping Agency's (WADA) Play True Generation Programme which is delivered during major multi-national, multi-sport events...

15 days ago
After 92 years, rugby returns to Olympic programme at Nanjing

Nanjing (China), Aug 13 (IANS) Rugby will make its return to the Olympic programme after 92 years at the second Youth Olympic Games scheduled to open here Saturday in the form of rugby sevens ahead of its reappearance at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro in 2016. In 2009, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members voted to readmit the sport to the Olympic programme. The sport wa...

15 days ago
Youth Olympic Village opens in Nanjing

Nanjing (China), Aug 12 (IANS) With the turn of a symbolic golden key and a shower of golden confetti, the Youth Olympic Village (YOV) officially opened here Tuesday. Ten minutes before the scheduled 8:30 a.m (local time) opening time the audience dressed in the official NYCOG uniforms, media and officials were buzzing with excitement waiting for the ceremony to start, reports Xinhua.

16 days ago
Nanjing 2014, a precursor to Rio 2016

Nanjing (China), Aug 12 (IANS) The second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing is seen as a Games of many firsts, as rugby sevens, Hockey5s, golf, 3x3 basketball, beach volleyball and showcase events such as sport climbing, roller sports, skateboarding and wushu make their debut. The Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have worked in c...

21 days ago
Dubai keen on bidding for Olympics: Officials

Dubai, Aug 7 (IANS) The Gulf Arab sheikdom has plans to expand its existing sports facilities across the emirate and eyes submitting a bid to host the Olympic Games. Ali Omar, the director of Dubai Sports Council (DSC) sports development department, said that submitting a candidature as host city to the international Olympic committee (IOC) was still on the agenda, reports Xinhua.

24 days ago
Who is Rajeev Mehta?

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) From being the president of the low-profile Kho Kho federation to secretary-general of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Rajeev Mehta has had a meteoric rise in Indian sports. But the 49-year-old Mehta brought embarrassment for the country when he was arrested in Glasgow for driving without a valid licence and under the influence. Also arrested, but in a separ...

24 days ago
Who is Rajeev Mehta?

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) From being the president of the low-profile Kho Kho federation to secretary-general of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Rajeev Mehta has had a meteoric rise in Indian sports. But the 49-year-old Mehta brought embarrassment for the country when he was arrested in Glasgow for driving without a valid licence and under the influence. Also arrested, but in a separ...

29 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

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