No-go zone to be opened for North Korean athletes – Games chief

By Martyn Herman LONDON, May 18 : North Korean athletes will be allowed to cross the demilitarised zone into South Korea to compete at next year’s Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang 2018 chief Lee Hee-beom said today. The Korean peninsula has been split by the 4km wide no-go zone since 1953 with millions of troops massed either […]

Rio 2016 appeal to government to pay outstanding debts

By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO, May 17 : Brazil’s Olympic organisers have asked federal and municipal governments to help them pay back a deficit of 117 million reais ( 37.8 million dollars) incurred in the hosting of the Paralympics, the spokesman for the games said. Mario Andrada said the request, which comes in spite of […]

Any Olympics is a win, says Los Angeles mayor

By Steve Keating LOS ANGELES, May 11 : Los Angeles Olympic bid officials appeared to soften their hardline stance, backing away from a non-negotiable 2024 Summer Games or nothing position. As the International Olympic Committee’s Evaluation Commission began a three-day visit to the City of Angels an air of uncertainty was hanging over the bidding […]

Paris 2024 bid chiefs cheer Macron election win

By Julien Pretot PARIS, May 10 : – Organisers of Paris’ 2024 Olympics bid are cheering the election victory of Emmanuel Macron, optimistic that his youthful appeal and his internationalist outlook will be a boost to the French campaign. Paris is going head-to-head against Los Angeles for the 2024 games and Macron, who assumes the […]

Australian Coates’ reign under threat after grubby campaign

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, May 4 : John Coates’s long reign over the Australian Olympic Committee faces its first challenge in 27 years on Saturday when national sports federations vote in a presidential election at the committee’s annual general meeting. Unopposed since assuming the presidency in 1990, Coates is being challenged by Olympic hockey gold […]

Vertically challenged NZ looks to newer snow sports

By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON, May 4 : New Zealand’s Southern Alps are familiar to millions around the world as the jaw-dropping backdrop to the “Lord of the Rings” movies but they have proved far less precious in producing Winter Olympians than their northern equivalent. While Austria, Switzerland and Italy are snowsport superpowers, New Zealand, a […]