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Category: International Olympic Committee

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IOC’s oppressive podium rules ignore history of legitimate Olympic protest | Sean Ingle

Ever since Peter O’Connor scaled a flagpole in Athens to call out Olympic unfairness the stage was set for winning athletes to make powerful statements. So why outlaw it now?Some called him the Antelope. Others the King of Spring. But, above all, Peter…

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IOC concerned by ‘very serious’ doping allegations in weightlifting

• Claims include girls aged 13 being encouraged to take drugs• German investigators make new allegations against IWFThe International Olympic Committee has expressed its concerns over “very serious and worrying” new allegations of doping and corruption…

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Paris wants to host Olympic surfing competitions on Tahiti

Polynesian island is suggested as alternative to Atlantic coast locations of French mainlandFrance is proposing to hold the 2024 Olympic surfing competitions on the island of Tahiti.Paris, which will host the summer Games, has reportedly suggested the …

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Olympic committee’s deal with Airbnb angers Paris authorities

Mayor of 2024 host city has promised to rein in website, blamed for pushing up rentsParis city authorities have reacted angrily to what they call a “risky” deal between the Olympic committee and the short-term tourist rental company Airbnb.Officials in…

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‘Groundbreaking’ gene test to detect doping may be ready for Tokyo 2020

• Tests would allow blood doping to be identified for months• Ground-breaking test pioneered at University of BrightonA “groundbreaking” new method of using gene testing to catch doping cheats could be ready in time for next year’s Olympic Games in Tok…

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US senator Rick Scott says 2022 Winter Olympics should not be held in China

Republican senator says 2022 Games should be movedFormer Florida governor doubles down on letter to IOCScott blasts Fifa for awarding Club World Cup to ChinaUS senator Rick Scott said on Tuesday the 2022 Winter Olympics should not be held in Beijing, c…

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Tokyo Olympics marathon moved 800km to Sapporo for cooler climate

• Race-walking events also moved north to Sapporo • Move will result in ‘significantly lower temperatures’The International Olympic Committee has announced plans to move the Tokyo 2020 marathon and race-walking events over 800km north of Japan’s capita…

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IOC calls for investigation into all Alberto Salazar’s athletes

• Mo Farah’s former coach banned from athletics for four years• Seb Coe says anyone who stays with Salazar will be bannedThomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee president, says he has contacted the World Anti-Doping Agency asking it to investi…

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IOC delays announcing new transgender guidelines for 2020 Olympics

• Draft proposals have ‘gone around the houses’• Sporting federations urged to create own policiesPlans by the International Olympic Committee to introduce stricter guidelines for transgender athletes before the Tokyo 2020 Games have run into the sand …

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ECB’s transgender review could result in more medical-driven policy

• Testosterone levels may have to match IOC guidelines• Policy could mirror that of Cricket AustraliaThe England and Wales Cricket Board is reviewing its transgender policy before its £20m semi-professional women’s competition starts next year.Under EC…

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IOC ‘very satisfied’ with Tokyo 2020 preparations, say organisers

• More than 7.5 million people in Japan register for tickets• Concerns remain about heat, cost overruns and accommodationDespite concerns about extreme heat, ballooning costs and accommodation shortages, organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paraly…

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Team GB must deliver more than just medals at 2020 Olympics in Tokyo | Paul MacInnes

British Olympic Association sets new goals that will include currying favour with the hosts and inspiring future generationsThe slogan of the British Olympic movement used to be straightforward and decidedly unsentimental. Now, as the countdown to Toky…

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Team GB must deliver more than just medals at 2020 Olympics in Tokyo | Paul MacInnes

British Olympic Association sets new goals that will include currying favour with the hosts and inspiring future generationsThe slogan of the British Olympic movement used to be straightforward and decidedly unsentimental. Now, as the countdown to Toky…

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IOC investigates allegations of bribery over Rio’s 2016 Olympic bid

• Former state governor accuses nine members of corruption• Sergei Bubka among those named by Sérgio CabralThe International Olympic Committee has promised to investigate startling new allegations that nine of its members – including pole vault legend …

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Breaking news: Street dance moves closer to Olympic debut at Paris 2024

Breaking among four sports Paris looks to add for 2024 programFinal decision on added sports to be made in December 2020Breakdancing, known as breaking in Olympic circles, moved a step closer to the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday, and now organizers can look…

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British Olympians call for IOC to shelve ‘unfair’ transgender guidelines

• Survey of 15 female athletes finds frustration over current policy• Group in favour of suspension of rules pending further researchThe International Olympic Committee’s guidelines for transgender athletes are unfair on female athletes and should be s…

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Aiba stripped of right to run boxing tournament at Tokyo Olympics

• IOC announcement folows six-month Deloitte review• New organisation to be in place by JuneAmateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, has been stripped of its right to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympic boxing tournament.However the International Olympic Committ…

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Aiba threatens to sue IOC if stripped of right to run amateur boxing

• Amateur boxing’s governing body locked in row with IOC• IOC poised to announce Aiba is impossible to work withAmateur boxing’s world governing body, Aiba, is planning to up the ante in its fight with the International Olympic Committee by filing a la…

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Breakdancing at the Olympics? Bring it on… | Alex Clark

The Games are now far removed from their origins, so let’s embrace all arcane pursuitsGood for Paco Boxy, the face of British breakdancing, who came out with a punchy – one might say nominatively characteristic – comment on hearing that the sport was t…

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He’s free, but who’s to blame for Hakeem al-Araibi’s ordeal?

Campaigners examine whether the failings of Interpol, Australian police, the world’s footballing bodies and Thai authorities allowed the refugee athlete to fall into Bahrain’s webAs Hakeem al-Araibi settles back into his life in Melbourne after 76 days…