U.S. Olympic skater repudiates ‘horrific’ abuses by communist regime in China

China 01/12/22, 10:35

U.S. famous skater Timothy LeDuc repudiated the human rights violations taking place in China under the communist regime shortly after qualifying to participate in the Beijing 2022 Olympics. LeDuc told reporters Sunday—when asked about human rights in China—that "there is no simple answer," but that he recognizes that "horrible" abuses are ...

Tibet: Travel restrictions imposed ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics

China 12/30/21, 08:35

Visitors to China will be subjected to intense surveillance during the Olympic Games, which will take place in Beijing from February 4 to 20, according to a January 23 announcement by the Chinese central government's Information Office. According to the RFA, the Chinese government is increasing security in Tibet ahead of ...

The US officially boycott Beijing Olympics

China 12/08/21, 02:27

The U.S. will officially boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki answered on the press briefing on Dec. 6 that “The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games given the PRC’s ongoing genocide ...

Legislators push for ‘diplomatic boycott’ of China 2022 Olympics

China 07/28/21, 16:29

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is pushing a measure to trigger a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. The boycott would be a consequence of the genocide being committed by the Chinese communist regime against ethnic Uighurs and other Turkish Muslim minority groups, Fox News reported. The ...

Update: Boston defensemen lead charge in Game 1

Sports 05/27/19, 22:03

The Latest on the Stanley Cup Final (all times local):11 p.m.Forty-nine years after Boston's Bobby Orr flew through the air following his Stanley Cup-clinching goal against St. Louis, Bruins defensemen Connor Clifton and Charlie McAvoy played a huge role in a Game 1 win over the Blues.Both scored in the ...

Bettman says NHL will consider expanding video review

Sports 05/27/19, 21:00

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday the league will consider expanded video review after some high-profile missed calls during the playoffs.During his annual speech prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Bettman said general managers will discuss potential expansion of video review next month. He didn't even wait ...

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 ...

Italian bid edges Swedish rival in 2026 Olympic host study

Sports 05/24/19, 06:58

The Italian bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo looked stronger than the Stockholm-Are project in an IOC analysis of the candidates published Friday.Polling by the International Olympic Committee, which typically looks to get a warm welcome from host nations, showed "83% support in Italy" ...

Malago to lead organizing committee if Milan-Cortina wins

Sports 05/07/19, 06:48

Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago will lead the organizing committee if the Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo bid wins next month's vote to host the 2026 Winter Games.Malago's announcement came hours after a massive police operation in the Milan area resulted in 43 people being arrested — many of them public officials ...

After cover-ups, Moscow’s doping lab makes quiet return

Sports 05/03/19, 13:02

The Moscow laboratory that was shut down in 2015 following doping cover-ups has quietly become a crucial part of the world's drug-testing system once again.Under an often-overlooked provision in anti-doping rules, the lab handled 1,763 blood samples last year from athletes, including foreign tennis stars, and a total of 3,539 ...

Canada’s Osmond, 2018 world champion, retires from skating

Sports 05/02/19, 16:29

Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada, the 2018 world champion and Olympic bronze medalist, is going out on top.The 23-year-old Osmond announced her retirement from competitive figure skating on Thursday. She leaves the sport as Canada's most decorated women's singles skater.Osmond won the world title last March in Milan, a few weeks ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ichiro turns down Japanese government award for third time

Sports 04/04/19, 23:04

For the third time, baseball star Ichiro Suzuki has turned down a prestigious Japanese government award handed to stars in sports, entertainment, and culture.A Japanese government spokesman said Friday that Ichiro, who retired last month with the Seattle Mariners, had declined the People's Honor Award.The most recent winner was Olympic ...

Firefighters extinguish large parts of South Korean blaze

World 04/04/19, 21:32

Authorities say firefighters have extinguished large parts of a forest fire burning in the mountainous South Korean region that hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics.It has destroyed 120 homes and forced thousands to flee. One person was killed by the fire, and another died because of a falling object in the ...

Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir takes break for fundraiser

Sports 03/31/19, 08:05

How dedicated is Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir to his hometown training rink, The Skating Club of Wilmington?When the Delaware resident was recently cast in a new Netflix ice skating drama called "Spinning Out," he was to be in Canada filming the show's first season next weekend when the skating ...

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