Sion’s 2026 bid ratified by Swiss Olympic Committee

By Brian Homewood BERNE, Apr 11 : Sion’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics was ratified by the Swiss Olympic committee today. The candidacy had been approved by Swiss Olympic’s executive board last month but still needed the backing of the country’s 86 sports federations, the so-called sport parliament, which it received at an […]

NHL decision on Olympics is regrettable says IOC

By Karolos Grohmann AARHUS, Denmark, Apr 4 : The National Hockey League’s decision not to take part in the 2018 Winter Olympics is regrettable and will come as a big blow to the world’s best ice hockey players, the International Olympic Committee said today. The NHL announced yesterday it had decided not to send its […]

Kenya escapes threat of ban after resolving to adopt new constitution

By Isaack Omulo NAIROBI, Mar 18 : Kenya’s national Olympic committee has escaped the threat of suspension after failing to adopt a new constitution but funding will continue to be withheld until further notice, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said today. The IOC froze financial support to Kenya nine days ago, after the country’s troubled […]

Fukushima confirmed as additional 2020 baseball venue

By Peter Rutherford PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Mar 17 : Fukushima prefecture’s Azuma Baseball Stadium will host at least one baseball and softball match during the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tokyo organising president Yoshiro Mori said today. The prefecture was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 that triggered the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl […]

Olympics-IOC’s Fredericks steps down as 2024 Games bid chief

By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, Mar 7 : International Olympic Committee member Frank Fredericks stepped down today as head of the team evaluating bids to host the 2024 Olympics, as an IOC ethics commission investigates alleged payments to him before the awarding of the 2016 Games to Rio. Namibian Fredericks, a four-time Olympic sprint silver medallist […]

Bolt and Jamaica team mates ordered to return relay medals

By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON, Jan 26 : Usain Bolt and his Jamaican team mates who won the 4 x 100m relay at the 2008 Beijing Games have been told by the country’s Olympic Association to return their gold medals following Nesta Carter’s failed drug test. Mike Fennell, Jamaica Olympic Association president, told Reuters that Carter, […]