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Oct 18

McKayla Maroney says sexual abuse by team doctor started when she was 13

Olympic gold medalist details years of molestation by team doctorMaroney says abuse started when she was 13 under guise of treatmentAlleged abuser already faces criminal charges for abuse of gymnastsOlympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney said on Wednesd…

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Oct 11

Tokyo Olympic stadium worker’s death follows 190 hours of overtime in a month

• Man logged 90 hours of overtime more than the monthly threshold for karoshi• Japan again forced to confront work culture after 23-year-old’s deathJapanese labour inspectors have determined that the suicide of a 23-year-old man who worked at Tokyo’s n…

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Oct 08

Syd Hoare obituary

My father, Syd Hoare, who has died aged 78, was an Olympic judo competitor, author and commentator.The son of Alfred Hoare, an executive officer at the Ministry of Defence, and Petrone (nee Gerveliute), a waitress, Syd enjoyed a wild childhood in postw…

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Oct 06

IOC suspends Carlos Nuzman after gold bar corruption allegation

• Rio 2016 chief involved in commission organising Tokyo 2020 Olympics
• Brazilian police accused 75-year-old of involvement in alleged bribery

The International Olympic Committee has suspended the head of the Rio Games after his arrest on bribery and fraud charges linked to a bid vote-buying scandal, which he denies.

Carlos Nuzman, 75, was involved in a commission organising the Tokyo 2020 Olympics but has been removed from the role after Brazilian police accused him of involvement in alleged bribery of IOC members to vote for the Rio Games during campaigning in 2009. Because he is president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee that body has also been suspended, meaning any IOC payments are frozen and its right to vote on Olympic-related matters is revoked.

Related: Usada chief Travis Tygart urges IOC to ban Russia from Winter Olympics

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/06/ioc-suspends-rio-2016-chief-carlos-nuzman

Oct 05

Rio 2016 Olympic chief Carlos Nuzman arrested in corruption investigation

  • Nuzman arrested amid claims he was involved in bribery scandal
  • Hidden assets allegedly include 16 gold bars worth £1.53m

The man in charge of last year’s Rio Olympics was arrested yesterday as it was alleged 16 gold bars worth $2m (£1.53m) that were stored in a bank in Switzerland were among his hidden assets.

The investigation into corruption within the International Olympic Committee (IOC) escalated as Carlos Nuzman, the head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, was detained amid claims he was a key figure in a bribery scandal which led to Rio de Janeiro being awarded South America’s first Olympics.

Related: IOC selective blindness continues but Rio 2016 scandal looks all too familiar | Marina Hyde

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/05/brazilian-police-arrest-olympics-chief-carlos-arthur-nuzman-bribery-investigation

Sep 27

Skier Lindsey Vonn makes bid to race against men in World Cup downhill

  • USSA to propose for Vonn to ski in World Cup men’s downhill race
  • Vonn wants to “beat some boys and then call it a day” before retiring

The US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) will put forth a formal proposal to the International Ski Federation (FIS) next week for Lindsey Vonn to participate in a men’s World Cup downhill race next year.

The bid would pitch Vonn, the most decorated skier in American history with 77 wins and 130 podiums, opposite men over the last weekend of November 2018 at Lake Louise, the lone Canadian stop on the circuit where she’s notched 14 of her record 39 World Cup downhill wins.

Related: Usada chief Travis Tygart urges IOC to ban Russia from Winter Olympics

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Sep 17

The ‘fix’ is in – but is it right that Russia will compete in the Winter Olympics? | Sean Ingle

Despite calls from UK and US anti-doping bodies for shamed nation to be banned from February’s games, IOC and Wada inaction could let them off the hook

‘It wouldn’t surprise me if the fix is already in,” warned Travis Tygart, the venerable head of the US Anti-Doping Agency, when I asked him on Thursday whether Russia will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics. It was not so much pessimism as prophecy. Twenty-four hours later Alexander Zhukov, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee, confidently predicted at the 131st IOC summit in Lima: “It will be a Russian team with the Russian anthem and Russian flag” in Pyeongchang.

Of course it will be. No one who follows the arcane politics of the International Olympic Committee believes otherwise. The fix is indeed in, just as it was before the Rio Olympics, when the IOC niftily side-stepped massive evidence of state-sponsored doping and allowed hundreds of Russians to compete, and again in what is now claimed to have been corrupted bidding processes for the Rio and Tokyo Games, in 2009 and 2013, when votes were allegedly traded for cash.

Related: Icarus film finds more than Greek tragedy in Russia doping scandal | Sean Ingle

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/sep/17/russia-doping-winter-olympics-wada-craig-reedie

Sep 15

‘It sucks’: Alex Ovechkin accepts NHL’s ruling to skip first Olympics since 1998

  • NHL star confirms he will not participate at 2018 Games in statement
  • Washington Captials star: “It sucks that will we not be there to play!!”
  • NHL players had competed in last five Winter Olympics dating to 1998

Alex Ovechkin has admitted his dream of representing his country in the 2018 Winter Olympics is dead.

The Washington Capitals star winger issued a written statement through the team on Thursday confirming he would not compete for Russia at the Pyeongchang Games.

Related: Anti-doping agencies call on IOC to ban Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics

Related: Why won’t the NHL allow its players to go to the 2018 Winter Olympics?

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/15/alex-ovechkin-nhl-olympics-since-1998

Sep 14

Paris’s poor neighbour hopes city makes good on Olympic promise

Mayor of Saint-Denis, where aquatics centre and athletes’ village will be built, says 2024 Games are chance to shake off town’s bad image

It was gamble that Paris couldn’t afford to lose. After decades of humiliating failures in bids to host the Olympics – including tearfully losing to London in 2012 – the French capital has finally won the 2024 Games.

The city is now under pressure to prove it can deliver its promised new style of organising the event: cheaper, greener, with no white-elephant building projects and able to change the fortunes of local communities.

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Sep 14

Mike Tancred to leave AOC post after becoming ‘casualty of election crossfire’

  • Long-time media director departs organisation after 18 years
  • Exit comes after being cleared of bullying by independent panel

The Australian Olympic Committee has announced its controversial media director, Mike Tancred, is leaving the organisation, as new details of the independent committee’s review into the most recent complaints made against him suggest he was a “casualty of the crossfire” between camps in the AOC presidential election campaign earlier this year.

Related: Matt Carroll: the man tasked with restructuring the Australian Olympic Committee | Bret Harris

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Sep 13

Fresh claims that Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid teams bought votes

• Central figure in scandal ‘bought expensive jewellery’ days after each vote
• Revelations come on day 2024 Games awarded to Paris and 2028 to LA

On the day that the International Olympic Committee had hoped all eyes would be on Lima and the awarding of the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Games, it risked further embarrassment as fresh claims emerged surrounding the alleged buying of votes by bid teams for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Related: ‘The biggest lie in the history of world sport’: Diack dismisses corruption allegations

Related: London 2012 team insist bid for right to host Olympics was clean

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/13/olympic-allegations-rio-tokyo-bid-teams-bought-votes

Sep 13

LA is about to discover that democracy and the Olympics don’t mix

A key point often lost in the criticism of the IOC’s tolerance of tyranny is that by hosting the Olympics, democracies become more authoritarian

On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee will rubberstamp the plan to hand Paris the 2024 Summer Games while Los Angeles will host in 2028. Given the lack of bids from democratic countries and the increasingly frequent torpedoing of bids by activists and referenda, Olympic boosters are surely thrilled to lock down Paris and LA, two cities in democracies with storied Olympic histories.

After all, the IOC has received negative attention – and rightfully so – for bestowing the Games on authoritarian regimes. Olympic honchos even handed Beijing its second Games – it will host the Winter Olympics in 2022 after staging the Summer Games in 2008 – despite the fact that China is a serial human-rights abuser. As Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, said: “The reality is that the Chinese government’s hosting of the Games has been a catalyst for abuses.” No matter to the IOC, despite its own charter’s celebration of human dignity and non-discrimination – apparently, the Games must go on.

Related: IOC selective blindness continues but Rio 2016 scandal looks all too familiar | Marina Hyde

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/sep/13/los-angeles-olympics-2028-policing

Sep 10

Charities still waiting for millions raided to build West Ham stadium | Rachel Cain

The government has reneged on a pledge to refund £425m to charities after the Olympics, instead leasing the stadium to West Ham for a mere £2.5m a year

  • Rachel Cain is senior researcher at the Directory of Social Change

As West Ham United kick off a new season in the Olympic Stadium where the nation cheered Mo Farah and Usain Bolt in the World Athletics Championships this summer, few will be aware that this fabulous venue, now the London Stadium, was partly funded by money intended for charities, which are still waiting for repayment.

The story so far: back in 2007, the government raided millions from lottery funds to pay for the infrastructure of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. More than £400m of this money should have been distributed by the Big Lottery Fund in grants enabling charities to do vital work in communities.

Related: West Ham’s Olympic Stadium deal explained: from Water City to the London Stadium

Related: Charities seek return of £425m lotto cash borrowed for London Olympics

It is a national scandal that money these charities rely on is tied up in one of the richest football clubs in the world

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2017/sep/10/charities-still-waiting-lottery-millions-raided-west-ham-new-stadium

Sep 09

Matt Carroll: the man tasked with restructuring the Australian Olympic Committee | Bret Harris

At a time when the AOC is facing an organisational overhaul in the wake of bullying claims, the new CEO says he is well positioned to action change

It did not take long for Matt Carroll to face his first major challenge as the new chief-executive of the Australian Olympic Committee: last month an independent review found the AOC’s workplace culture to be dysfunctional amid claims of bullying, favouritism and open hostility.

Related: AOC promises overhaul after review says it is ‘out of step’ with Olympic ideals

It’s absolutely true to say that his association with me hurt his prospects

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Sep 09

Modern Toss – cartoon

The cities hosting the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games are announced on 13 September! Continue reading…

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Sep 08

‘The biggest lie in the history of world sport’: Diack dismisses corruption allegations

• Son of former IAAF president accused of taking payments for votes
• ‘My job was to help the IAAF identify countries to organise sporting events’

Papa Massata Diack has described accusations he was part of a large corruption racket involved in determining the location of the Olympic Games as “the biggest lie in the history of world sport”.

France’s financial prosecutor said this week that investigations had revealed a corruption scheme centred on Diack, the son of the former head of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Lamine Diack.

Related: Cas upholds life bans for Papa Massata Diack and Valentin Balakhnichev

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