Category Archives: Olympics

IOC President Bach welcomes Zelensky’s plans to hold Olympics in Ukraine

IOC President also welcomed Ukraine’s long term sports strategy for engaging its population and benefiting from the values of sport President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky shared with the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach plans to hoid the Olympics in Ukraine. This was discussed during the meeting of Zelensky and Bach in Kyiv, according to the press service of the President

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Russia Fires Back at Olympics for Correcting Ukraine Map to Include Crimea

The Olympics have frequently become a battleground for countries’ territorial claims. This week, amid the opening ceremonies, have been no exception. Russia on Friday fired back at the International Olympic Committee after it appeared to change a map previously showing the Crimean Peninsula as separate from Ukraine hours before the games’ opening ceremonies were scheduled to begin. “This is a

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In Doping Scandal, Russia Opts For ‘Honorable Surrender’

Moscow has a reputation for fiercely defending its standing on the world stage, but in a years-long and embarrassing doping scandal in sports, it’s playing a different game. Russia is banned from the Tokyo Olympics this summer, a ruling stemming from revelations in 2015 that officials covered up widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs among its athletes. Instead of going on

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Neutral Olympic Athletes From Russia Told to Deflect ‘Provocative’ Questions

Russian athletes competing under a neutral flag have been instructed to avoid answering “provocative” political questions at the Tokyo Olympics that will open to mostly empty stands next week, the Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday. “No comment” is the most commonly recommended response on issues ranging from Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the Russian doping scandal to the Black Lives

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Human rights activists call for boycott of 2022 Olympics in Beijing due to human rights abuses

Official China rejects criticism as interference in its internal affairs and politicization of sports A coalition of 180 rights group called for a boycott of next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics tied to reported human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in China. This is reported by CBC. The games are to open in one year, on Feb. 4, 2022, and are

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Russia to Miss Tokyo Olympics After Doping Ban Halved

Sport’s highest court on Thursday banned Russia from international sports competitions for two years including the Tokyo Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruling halved a four-year ban for systematic doping imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Under the landmark decision which also excludes the country from the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, Russians will still be allowed

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Russian Athletes Should Face ‘Blanket Ban’ in Tokyo, Says Whistleblower

Doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov says no Russian athletes should be allowed to take part in next year’s postponed Tokyo Olympics. The World Anti-Doping Agency in December banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar over manipulated doping data. Russia is appealing the ban at the Court

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IOC to postpone Olympic Games amid Covid-19 outbreak

According to Japanese Olympic Committee President, the length of the delay would be a difficult issue to resolve On Monday, March 23, President of Japanese Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita stated that the International Olympic Committee would postpone Tokyo Olympics if it was a decision to protect the safety of athletes, The Japan Times reports. “Both the IOC and the

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CNN: Canada and Australia will not send athletes to Tokyo Olympics

The IOC executive board ruled out canceling the Games. Canada and Australia will not send athletes to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo because of the risks associated with the coronavirus outbreak, the Olympic committees for both countries said in separate statements. Both countries’ Olympic committees also are calling for the Games to be postponed until 2021, CNN reported. “While

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World Athletics Fines Russia $10M, Caps Neutral Russian Athletes at 10

World Athletics on Thursday fined Russia’s track and field federation $10 million for breaching anti-doping rules and capped at 10 the number of Russians allowed to compete as neutrals at the Tokyo Olympics. The system of allowing Russian athletes to take part as Authorized Neutral Athletes, World Athletics president Sebastian Coe warned, “will be suspended if $5 million of the $10

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Ukrainian athlete Yaroslava Mahuchikh set world record in high jumping

09:42, 19 January 2020 Athlete’s record high jump was 2.01 meters A new record in high jumping in the U20 category was set by 18-year-old Ukrainian athlete Yaroslava Mahuchikh. The Ukrainian Athletics Federation on a Facebook page reports. “2.01 (meters – ed.) Is my personal record on premises. The next start in Cottbus is January 29 (Germany – eds.) We will compete and show

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