The whole project needs a rethink. Scrap all the flags: let athletes compete as citizens of the worldI have some sympathy for Vladimir Putin. For years, he was playing footsie with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC had surely known per…
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With karate now included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, we check out a new complex dedicated to the martial art on Japan’s most southerly islands Spinning, hissing, arms and legs pistoning: the 12 men are like steam locomotives. Karate master Morio H…
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Weightlifter who fled communist oppression in Bulgaria to represent Turkey at the OlympicsThe weightlifter Naim Süleymanoğlu escaped the communist oppression of his native Bulgaria by evading the agents detailed to keep an eye on him while he was compe…
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Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga don’t want to be a feelgood side story, they want a medalNigeria may be within grasp of a historic first ever appearance in the winter Olympics, but the three members of the Super Eagles women’s bobsleigh t…
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Star gymnast confirms she was sexually abused by Lawrence G NassarSix-time Olympic medalist was team captain at London and Rio GamesNassar currently faces 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conductAly Raisman, one of the most decorated American …
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• Scientist headed Russia’s main anti-doping laboratory from 2005 to 2015• Anonymous athletes made confession on Russia’s biggest sports TV channelTwo Russian athletes have admitted taking banned performance-enhancing substances given to them by Grigor…
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Japanese IT giant Fujitsu is developing a 3D sensory system that will make scoring easier. But will computers ever fully replace human judges?A light blinks on the black box alerting the gymnast to begin her routine. She launches off the vault, lands a…
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Gabon were looking for a warm-up match before the 2012 Olympics. Newcastle United were busy and their U21s were away, so up stepped Heaton StanningtonBy Tom Nicholson for The Set Pieces, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkIn July 2012 Geoff Walker, the …
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• Former China Olympic doctor alleges systematic doping in all sports• ‘More than 10,000 athletes’ were affected, says Xue YinxianA former doctor for the Chinese Olympic team has revealed that more than 10,000 of the country’s athletes were involved in…
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Why stop at pole dancing at the Olympics? Let’s have groping and mud wrestling as wellThe news that pole dancing has been formally recognised as a sport – and will now be considered for possible inclusion in the Olympics – fills me with delight.Regular…
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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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• 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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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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• 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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