US Olympians unsympathetic to Sharapova; fear Rio won’t be clean

By Joshua Schneyer and Scott Malone BEVERLY HILLS, Calif, Mar 8 : US Olympic athletes expressed little sympathy for tennis star Maria Sharapova’s revelation that she failed a drug test, saying they wanted sporting officials to raise the pressure for clean play. Several athletes also expressed concern about reports that doping remains rampant in Russia […]

Olympics-BOA issues Zika update to sports bodies

By Alan Baldwin LONDON, Mar 2 : The British Olympic Association (BOA) has issued a fresh Zika virus advisory to national governing bodies of sport to reflect changed government advice ahead of the Rio Games in August. A spokesman said the update was sent out yesterday after the government recommended that pregnant women postpone until […]

Olympics-Up to 10 refugees to compete at Rio Games – IOC

By Karolos Grohmann LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Mar 2 : A team of refugees that will compete at this year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics could number as many as 10 athletes, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today. The team, which was officially approved by the IOC Executive Board and called Team of Refugee Olympics Athletes […]

Male boxers to abandon headgear at Rio Games after 32 years

By Karolos Grohmann LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Mar 1 : For the first time in 32 years male boxers will be able trade punches without any headgear at this year’s Rio Games after the International Olympic Committee sanctioned a change introduced by world boxing federation AIBA. AIBA adopted the change for amateur fighters some three years ago […]

CAS to take over doping cases at Olympics

By Karolos Grohmann LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Mar 1 : The judging of doping cases at this year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics and all future Games will be handled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) instead of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC said today that their Executive Board had approved the decision to […]