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  • Lindsey Vonn to promote 2016 Winter Youth Games

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Lindsey Vonn will help promote the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. The IOC says the American skier will serve as an ambassador for the games, the same role she held for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012. Vonn won...

  • Rousseff to tour Olympic venue with vote in days

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, in a close race for re-election, is touring the main venue for Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympic Games with voting just days away. Local organizing committee officials say Rousseff will visit the site of the Olympic Park on Tuesday with Rio...

  • USOC wary of funding for unit investigating abuse

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee has serious concerns when it comes to funding an independent agency to investigate sex-abuse claims inside Olympic sports. "I'd be lying to say I'm unequivocally confident that we can raise the $15 million we need to raise," CEO Scott...

  • Rio hopes it's turned corner; IOC inspectors visit

    Updated: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 hope they've turned a corner in preparations, spurred on by Brazil's better-than-expected World Cup and the role of IOC-appointed troubleshooter Gilbert Felli. They'll learn where they stand when International Olympic...

  • Positive attitude keeps Van Dyken-Rouen going

    Updated: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Even before the accident, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen's message was the same. "Enjoy every single moment, because you don't know what's around the next turn," she said. For her, a Friday night out for dinner in June turned into a life-altering event. The six-time Olympic gold-medal...

  • Olympic sports on board for US 2024 bid

    Updated: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Olympic Committee received near-unanimous support from the country's sports federations in a poll asking whether they would support a bid for the 2024 Olympics — another sign that a U.S. city will make a run at hosting the next available Summer Games. In his annual...

  • Former NFL exec takes jab at troubled league

    Updated: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — A former NFL executive took a not-so-subtle jab at the troubled league, saying "a brand is not a shield you can hide behind." U.S. Olympic Committee chief marketing officer Lisa Baird made the comment Friday during her presentation to the USOC Assembly. She was a senior vice...

  • IOC adds anti-discrimination to host contract

    Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    The IOC will require future Olympic host cities to abide by rules that forbid any kind of discrimination, a move prompted by the outcry caused by Russia's adoption of a law banning so-called gay "propaganda" before the Sochi Winter Games. The International Olympic Committee sent a letter to the...

  • 2024 candidates hope to learn from Chicago's loss

    Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Every day for a year after his most painful professional setback, the chief of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics got hit with some form of the same question, always from a different person: Why? The answer: It wasn't really Chicago's fault. The biggest lesson any of the U.S....

  • Rio Olympic official confident about golf plans

    Updated: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A top Olympic official is confident a lawsuit against the city of Rio de Janeiro and a golf course developer will not prevent a test event from taking place before the 2016 games. "Our understanding today is that we will be ready for the first test event which will be...

  • Volleyball to be hot ticket for 2016 Rio Olympics

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's loss to Poland in the final of the men's volleyball world championship on Sunday was a blow to the South Americans, but should boost the sport in two years at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Poland upset three-time defending champion Brazil 3-1 in Katowice to end an...

  • IOC's Bach says sports tied to politics

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    INCHEON, China (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says sports must acknowledge its relationship to politics and big business, while still maintaining its neutrality. In a speech at the Asian Games Saturday, Bach said the IOC and other sporting bodies need to partner...

  • IOC: Flexible rules could allow baseball's return

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The adoption of a more flexible approach to the Olympic program could allow for the return of baseball and other sports that have been dropped from the games, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Saturday. Asked on the sidelines of meetings at...

  • SKorean president offers assurances on 2018 Games

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president has assured the IOC that the government will make the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang a success. President Park Geun-hye met Thursday in Seoul with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. The IOC says in a statement the two...

  • Future of Olympic course unclear after hearing

    Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The future of the golf course under construction for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 was unclear Wednesday after the city of Rio and the course developer — both defendants in a lawsuit — failed to agree to changes proposed by a Brazilian court. Rio judge Eduardo...

  • Paralympics head won't promote Pistorius' return

    Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — As Oscar Pistorius awaits sentencing for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, it's uncertain if the fallen sports icon will ever race again. What's clearer is that the Paralympic leadership will not be encouraging any comeback by the double amputee sprinter. Next month, the...

  • Rio organizers announce Olympic ticket prices

    Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Organizers have announced the basic outline of ticket prices for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. Organizers said Tuesday that 7.5 million tickets will be issued for the Rio Games. Half of them — 3.8 million — will be priced under $30. Organizers said the cheapest...

  • Column: Without Scotland, not so great Britain

    Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — After 26 years guiding Manchester United, Alex Ferguson knows better than most that one should always think very, very carefully before breaking up a winning team. Perhaps that helps explain why he donated money to the campaign urging voters in his native Scotland to say "No" to...

  • Future of Olympic golf course in hands of court

    Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian court is set to decide the future of the golf course for the 2016 Olympics, a layout that is being carved out of a nature reserve with luxury high-rise apartments planned around the edges. The city of Rio de Janeiro and the course developer are defendants in a...

  • Fomer IOC member Diallo of Guinea dies at 82

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Alpha Ibraham Diallo, a former IOC member from Guinea and African Olympic head, has died. He was 82. Diallo's death was announced Monday by the International Olympic Committee. The cause was not given. Diallo joined the IOC in 1994 and served on the policy-making...

  • Pistorius free to compete, SA Olympic body says

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius is free to compete for South Africa again, as long as his running doesn't go against the ruling of the judge. Pistorius, who is to be sentenced next month after being found guilty in the negligent killing of his girlfriend, could compete at any...

  • Austria tightens anti-doping laws after Sochi case

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    VIENNA (AP) — Austria is tightening its anti-doping laws, making it illegal for athletes to work with coaches and officials who have been banned in doping cases. "There will be an increased focus on the athlete's entourage," Austria sports minister Gerald Klug told national radio station Oe1 on...

  • Hungary's Olympic chief backs bid for 2024 Games

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The head of Hungary's national Olympic committee says it fully supports a possible Budapest bid for the 2024 Games. Committee president Zsolt Borkai says Thursday there is still much work to do on a bid but "our intentions are unequivocal — we would like to host the...

  • Dates are set for '16 Olympic swim trials in Omaha

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The 2016 U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha, Nebraska, will take place June 26-July 3. USA Swimming and the Omaha Sports Commission announced Wednesday the dates for the event at the CenturyLink Center. The eight-day competition will be the only qualifier for the U.S. pool...

  • IOC, Interpol cooperate to fight match-fixing

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic officials are increasing their collaboration with Interpol to combat match-fixing and illegal betting. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach met Tuesday with Ronald Noble, secretary general of the international police agency. The IOC says...

  • IOC: No clash between 2022 World Cup and Olympics

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says it has received assurances from FIFA President Sepp Blatter that the 2022 World Cup will not clash with the Winter Olympics. FIFA said Monday that January/February was one of the alternative dates being considered for the World Cup in Qatar, along with...

  • Bach reflects on busy 1st year as IOC president

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Thomas Bach has been moving at breakneck speed in his first year as IOC president. Yet even he didn't expect to secure support for his Olympic reforms so quickly. It's been a manic 12 months for Bach, who was elected on Sept. 10, 2013, in Buenos Aires as the ninth president of the...

  • US firm faces case over Youth Olympics gym mats

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — An American gymnastics equipment supplier faces disciplinary action for sending unauthorized mats to the Youth Olympics in China. The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) says it opened a case against Jefferson, Iowa-based manufacturer AAI "for selling...

  • China commits $1 million to WADA research fund

    Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    MONTREAL (AP) — China has donated $1 million to a World Anti-Doping Agency fund for research and the development of techniques to detect prohibited substances. WADA said in a statement Thursday that the vice premier of the State Council for China, Liu Yandong, become the first national...

  • Brazilian court throws into question Rio 2016 golf

    Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a move to protect a nature reserve, a Brazilian court has proposed changes that throw into question the future of the golf course being built for the 2016 Olympics. The course developer and the city of Rio de Janeiro, both defendants in a lawsuit brought by a public...



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