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Sheikh Ahmad al-Sabah stands down from IOC amid forgery allegations

• Kuwaiti accused of faking videos against government officials• Sheikh Ahmad steps down pending ethics committee hearingSheikh Ahmad al-Sabah, whose influence and wealth made him one of the most powerful figures in the Olympic movement and football’s …

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Sheikh Ahmad al-Sabah stands down from IOC amid forgery allegations

• Kuwaiti accused of faking videos against government officials• Sheikh Ahmad steps down pending ethics committee hearingSheikh Ahmad al-Sabah, whose influence and wealth made him one of the most powerful figures in the Olympic movement and football’s …

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Blow for IOC as Calgary set to be latest city to stop bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

Referendum looks likely to oppose bid for GamesOnly two cities have officially declared for hosting rightsCalgary’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics was rebuffed on Tuesday when local voters said “no” in a non-binding referendum. Unofficial results…

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Amateur boxing plays Russian roulette with choice of Rakhimov as president | Sean Ingle

IOC left with a big decision after a candidate described as ‘one of Uzbekistan’s leading criminals’ is elected to lead AibaAnyone who has ever stepped into a boxing ring knows it is generally not a good idea to drop both hands below your waist, stick y…

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Nobody can afford to host the Olympics but at the IOC the largesse never stops | Andy Bull

Potential host cities are dwindling to an embarrassing low and yet the International Olympic Committee seems to still be living in the era when money is no objectLord but the IOC makes it hard to love the Olympics, and this last month has been especial…

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Russia says IOC has reinstated its membership after doping allegations

Alexander Zhukov claims on state TV Russia’s rights are restoredRussians competed as neutral athletes at Winter OlympicsThe head of Russia’s Olympic Committee has claimed that the International Olympic Committee has reinstated his organisation’s member…

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018: ‘the Games of new horizons’? | Sean Ingle

Russian scandal couldn’t overshadow spectacular sport and thawing relations between North and South KoreaMoments before the XXIII Winter Games ended amid a furious barrage of K-pop and firecrackers, the president of the International Olympic Committee,…

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Will joint ice hockey team warm up frosty Korea relations?

North and South Korea will play as a united team for the first time at the Winter OlympicsFor decades, the Olympics have shunned politics, hoping to keep the Games focused on sport rather than world affairs.But while this year’s women’s ice hockey team…

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Winter Olympics: fading barriers herald fortnight of fierce competition | Sean Ingle

The thawing of relations between North and South Korea has offered the IOC a good news story after criticism over its reaction to Russian doping at the Sochi Games in 2014Of course it was awkward at first. Reunions between estranged families invariably…

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Thomas Bach defends IOC’s approach to Russian doping problem

• IOC president insists 2014 findings have been dealt with correctly• Decision soon regarding Russian involvement at Winter OlympicsThomas Bach has defended the International Olympic Committee’s approach to the Russian doping problem, even though the f…

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IOC refuse to invite Cas-cleared Russians to Pyeongchang

Thirteen athletes and two coaches will miss Winter GamesIOC review panel unanimous in recommendationThe 15 Russian athletes and coaches who had their lifetime bans overturned by world sport’s highest tribunal will not be invited to this month’s Pyeongc…

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IOC considering appeal against Cas ruling on Russian doping bans

• Cas says there is ‘insufficient evidence’ to uphold suspensions• Aiba governance could threaten boxing place at 2020 OlympicsThomas Bach has confirmed the International Olympic Committee is contemplating an appeal against the Court of Arbitration for…

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Russia’s backdoor Olympics | Sean Ingle

Russia was banned last year from the Winter Games because of its state-sponsored doping system but the IOC will still allow 169 of its athletes to compete in Pyeongchang this monthIt is a plotline worthy of Mikhail Bulgakov, or another of the great Sov…

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IOC in the dock as Russia rejoices in absolution of its doping damned | Martha Kelner

Ruling by the court of arbitration for sport, overturning lifetime Olympic bans on 28 Russian athletes, leaves Olympic movement in state of chaos on the eve of Pyeongchang GamesA month before Rio 2016 a report authored by the Canadian lawyer Richard Mc…

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US prosecutors issue subpoenas seeking information from Fifa, IOC and IAAF

Prosecutors looking into racketeering, fraud and money launderingParticular interest in world athletics championshipsUS federal prosecutors are conducting an extensive investigation into global sports corruption, including at Fifa and the international…

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IOC accused of ‘backroom deals’ with Russia over doping scandal

Film-makers behind Olympic doping exposé say athletes may be allowed to take part as neutral competitorsThe film-makers behind the documentary which exposed Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme have accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC…

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From Korea to Russia, 2018 set to show again that sport is politics by other means | Andy Bull

The Winter Olympics, World Cup and Commonwealth Games will all have an unavoidable backdrop that reminds us that all international sport is politicalIn the winter of 1945, Dynamo Moscow came to Britain on a goodwill football tour that turned out to be …

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Proxy battles by the US and Russia are taking sport back to the 1930s | Richard Williams

Lindsey Vonn’s outburst against Donald Trump means she takes her place in a complex game where politics and sport have once again become deeply entangledOn the face of it, Lindsey Vonn looks like Donald Trump’s type. Tall, blond, blue-eyed and a former…

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Fifa’s desperate dependence on Russia exposed in flimsy response to IOC ban | David Conn

The governing body’s willingness to let Vitaly Mutko, a man banned from the Olympics over state-sponsored doping, run next year’s World Cup shows how ethically compromised it remainsHow awkward it has been for Fifa and its president, Gianni Infantino, …

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Of course Russian sport is corrupt, but then so are the Olympics | Simon Jenkins

The whole project needs a rethink. Scrap all the flags: let athletes compete as citizens of the worldI have some sympathy for Vladimir Putin. For years, he was playing footsie with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC had surely known per…