Tokyo Olympics end 1st ticketing phase for Japan residents

Sports 05/29/19, 02:47

Olympic organizers say millions of Japan residents have shown interest in buying tickets for next year's Tokyo 2020 Games.Organizers closed the first phase of ticket applications on Wednesday for Japan residents, and applicants will be told on June 20 what tickets they have been allocated through a lottery system.Organizers extended ...

Soccer club president latest tie to French corruption probe

Sports 05/25/19, 01:03

The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption probe that keeps spreading.Prosecutors in France have implicated Nasser al-Khelaifi — who leads Qatar-owned PSG, is chairman of Qatar-owned broadcaster beIN Sports, and sits on the executive committee of European soccer ...

Olympic official reassures sports federations about cuts

Sports 05/23/19, 06:48

An Olympic official has made a guarantee that should please the heads of world sports federations who are concerned that Tokyo Games organizers might be cutting things they see as "decoration" but federations view as "essential."Christophe Dubi, the executive director of the Olympic Games, says "the expectations are extremely high ...

IOC wants to remove boxing body AIBA from Tokyo Olympics

Sports 05/22/19, 11:23

Dealing a blow to Olympic boxing officials after months of investigations, the IOC has set up a vote next month on removing the sport's governing body AIBA from organizing bouts at the 2020 Tokyo Games.The International Olympic Committee said its executive board on Wednesday proposed suspending AIBA — a move ...

IOC inspectors face report on tough Olympic work conditions

Sports 05/21/19, 00:17

An IOC inspection team took a routine tour of venues being built for the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, just days after an international labor union federation derided difficult working conditions at some Olympic sites.Top International Olympic Committee officials meet in Tokyo this week with local organizers, where labor issues will ...

Boxing body faces Olympic inquiry team before Tokyo ruling

Sports 05/18/19, 11:46

The embattled amateur boxing federation faces an Olympic inquiry on Monday fearing it could be punished for forcing out a longtime IOC member as its president.For the first time in a six-month probe, International Boxing Association (AIBA) officials will sit down with the three-member investigation panel. It will wrap a ...

Russian boxing powerbroker says govt not backing $16M offer

Sports 05/16/19, 08:11

The Russian boxing powerbroker behind a $16 million offer aimed at keeping the sport in the Olympics has denied the government is funding his campaign.Umar Kremlev is due to present his offer when the International Boxing Association's executive committee meets on Saturday, four days before the International Olympic Committee board ...

Rory McIlroy likely to play in 2020 Olympics for Ireland

Golf 05/14/19, 15:53

Rory McIlroy will likely go to the 2020 Olympics and represent Ireland.The 30-year-old from Northern Ireland disclosed his decision Tuesday, two days before the start of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.McIlroy skipped the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 in part because he felt the Olympics were forcing him ...

Olympic ticket lottery opens in Japan; foreign sales June 15

Sports 05/09/19, 02:57

Residents of Japan began entering a ticket lottery on Thursday, hoping to land seats for next year's Tokyo Olympics.People overseas will have to wait until June 15 when tickets are put on sale by special distributors in each country — known as Authorized Ticket Resellers.Buying for Japan residents is straightforward. ...

Tokyo Olympics cut spending; sports federations unhappy

Sports 05/08/19, 04:54

The Tokyo Olympics are caught between the proverbial rock and hard place.Tokyo organizers are trying to cut spending, under pressure from the International Olympic Committee, which has been widely criticized for pushing host cities to build "white elephant" venues — often at the taxpayer's expense.That's the rock.And here's the hard ...

Boxing chief criticizes IOC comments on Olympic competition

Sports 05/08/19, 02:20

The head of the international boxing federation has criticized IOC president Thomas Bach's comments that Olympic officials could organize the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament if the sport's federation can't get its affairs in order.Bach said last weekend that the IOC wants the sport at next year's Tokyo Games and is ...

IOC head Bach says he has “sympathy” for Caster Semenya

Sports 05/03/19, 23:36

IOC President Thomas Bach said Saturday he has "a lot of sympathy" for Caster Semenya after the South African runner lost her Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal in a landmark case against track and field's governing body.Based on Wednesday's CAS decision, Semenya, who won the 800 meters at the ...

Money games: Revised LA Olympics budget nearly $7 billion

Sports 04/30/19, 08:41

The price tag on the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics is now $6.88 billion, a $1.36 billion increase that comes mainly because of accounting measures designed to better reflect inflation over the long lead-up to those games.Most key numbers the organizing committee released Tuesday are essentially the same as those in ...

Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics

Sports 04/18/19, 04:00

It's Olympic ticket sales time again, perhaps the least understood side of the games."Time flies," said Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist from Japan. "It's as if the Rio de Janeiro Olympics were just yesterday."The now-retired Kitajima helped Tokyo Olympic organizers launch their ticket website on Thursday, which ...

Japan’s PM visits Fukushima nuke plant in revival message

Asia & Pacific 04/14/19, 05:11

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday visited the Fukushima nuclear plant, which sank into meltdowns after a tsunami eight years ago, in an effort to highlight revival and safety as the nation prepares to host the 2020 Olympics.The visit by Abe, who last went to the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant ...

Boxing’s new leader steps into fight to keep Olympic status

Sports 04/12/19, 15:57

With as few as six weeks left to save boxing's place at the 2020 Olympics, the governing body's new interim president is now in the IOC's home city for the final rounds of lobbying.A long-time ringside doctor, Mohamed Moustahsane stepped into the arena last month as the International Boxing Association's ...

Milan-Cortina 2026 bid boosted by government support

Sports 04/05/19, 09:37

The Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics received a boost Friday by a key letter of financial support from the Italian government.The letter was signed by Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte and handed to Octavian Morariu, the chair of the IOC's evaluation commission, which is concluding a weeklong inspection ...

Claressa Shields trains for Showtime fight in Atlantic City

Sports 04/05/19, 02:07

Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer mostly feinted trash talking, using a few long glares and verbal jabs ahead of their showdown.They're the headline event for the undisputed middleweight championship on Showtime on April 13 in Atlantic City."Guys are disrespectful to each other, talking about people's mamas," Shields said at her ...

Russian makes $16M offer to help keep boxing in Olympics

Sports 03/28/19, 09:14

A Russian official has offered to clear the International Boxing Association's $16 million debt if the IOC keeps the sport in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Umar Kremlev, an AIBA executive committee member, made the offer in a letter to senior IOC officials overseeing an investigation into the embattled Lausanne-based boxing body.The ...

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