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 ...

Victory for Olympic athletes in Germany to promote sponsors

Sports 02/27/19, 07:56

In a win for athletes over Olympic restrictions, a German federal agency ruled Wednesday that "abusive" limits on games-time promotional activities should be relaxed.The Olympic Charter's rules are "too far-reaching and thus constitute abusive conduct," the Federal Cartel Office said in an initial judgment on Wednesday.It is unclear how the ...

Koreas visit IOC about helping the North at Tokyo Games

Sports 02/15/19, 05:54

The IOC is hosting delegations from North and South Korea to try and help North Korea take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games through better training programs or a combined team.International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says on Friday the delegations "are very much interested in having some joint ...

Finnish ski jump icon Matti Nykanen dies at 55

Sports 02/04/19, 07:30

Four-time Olympic ski jumping champion Matti Nykanen, whose personal life was affected by alcohol problems, has died. He was 55.The International Ski Federation (FIS) said Nykanen, who also won seven World Championship gold medals, died Sunday. The cause of death was not immediately known.Nykanen became an icon of sport in ...

China’s Xi: 2022 Winter Games will be green, inclusive, open

Sports 01/31/19, 05:29

Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country is well on track to deliver a "spectacular" 2022 Winter Olympic Games.Xi also told IOC President Thomas Bach in Beijing on Thursday that China's government was firmly committed to putting on a "spectacular games" with a "green, inclusive, open, and corruption-free approach."Xi added ...

IOC backs FIFA’s calls for Bahraini player to be released

Soccer 01/26/19, 19:14

The International Olympic Committee has backed FIFA's calls for a Bahraini soccer player to be allowed to return to Australia from Thailand where he is detention while being pursued for extradition by Bahrain.But Asian soccer's leadership is declining to publicly back the campaign to secure the release of Hakeem al-Araibi, ...

Probe of IOC’s Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics

Sports 01/12/19, 05:03

A month ago, Tsunekazu Takeda was warmly applauded by 1,400 Olympic dignitaries as he spoke alongside International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo.A month later, the powerful IOC member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee is fighting a corruption investigation, suspected by French investigators of authorizing the payment ...

Tokyo 2020: domestic sponsorships up, operating budget same

Sports 12/21/18, 01:02

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics say they have picked up another $1 million in domestic sponsorships and that the operating budget for the games remains at $5.6 billion.The organizing committee, announcing its third version of the operating budget, said Friday "as with the previous version, the OCOG budget remains ...

Bach and IOC: No Olympic city ever as ready as Tokyo

Sports 12/05/18, 07:14

IOC President Thomas Bach and other International Olympic Committee members are calling Tokyo the best prepared host city in memory.Still, there are obstacles ahead for the 2020 Games, though small by the standards of the corruption-plagued Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.John Coates, the head of an IOC inspection team, ...

Whither Olympic boxing: Will it be in Tokyo, or not?

Sports 12/01/18, 05:04

The International Olympic Committee wants boxing to be held at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. That much we know.But IOC President Thomas Bach could not give an ironclad promise on Saturday that it will happen when the Olympics open in just over 20 months."We want to have the boxing tournament in ...

IOC’s Bach and Abe make brief visit to Fukushima region

Baseball 11/24/18, 05:55

IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a quick trip Saturday to the region northeast of Tokyo that was devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed three nuclear reactors.The Fukushima region will hold baseball and softball games during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The visit was ...

Patrick Baumann, rising star in Olympic circles, dies at 51

Basketball 10/14/18, 12:34

Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of basketball's world governing body who was seen as a potential IOC president, has died at the Youth Olympics. He was 51.Baumann "unexpectedly succumbed to a heart attack" in Buenos Aires despite getting immediate medical help, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) said Sunday in a ...

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