Category Archive: -Olympics-

Olympics 2016 News For Sports Betting

Jun 21

Team GB athletes unlikely to receive reallocated medals this summer

• Goldie Sayers says she will be ‘gutted’ not to get 2008 Olympic bronze
• Legal challenges jeopardise London ceremony in August

Goldie Sayers will be “gutted” if she is one of the British athletes robbed of the chance to receive medals denied to them by drug cheats at a special ceremony at the world championships in London in August.

Organisers have offered to host extra ceremonies for Sayers and other British athletes, including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Jo Pavey and Kelly Sotherton, who also missed out on medals at Olympic Games and world championships owing to athletes subsequently found to have taken performance-enhancing drugs. Yet because of legal challenges it appears unlikely the reallocation of medals will happen before 10 August, when the ceremonies are due to take place.

Related: Jessica Ennis-Hill and Jo Pavey in line for special London medals ceremony

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/21/team-gb-athletics-medals-drug-cheats-2008-olympics

Jun 18

Forget dancing horses, surfing and BMX – the Olympic Games need eSports

eSports can be the spark for the International Olympic Committee to update the Olympic Games and reach a larger, more diverse audience

If we have learned anything from the previous few Olympics, it is that the Games are going through an identity crisis. Rocked by a doping scandal and with an older audience than ever, the International Olympic Committee is attempting to rehabilitate its image by appealing to a disinterested youth.

With sports such as BMX freestyle and baseball taking their place alongside archaic remnants from the age of imperialism, like modern pentathlon and dressage, it is difficult to know what or who the Olympics represent anymore. If the IOC is serious about joining the brave new world that seems to have passed it by and more importantly if it wants to keep its sponsors happy, it needs to make serious changes – starting with introducing eSports.

Related: The rise of eSports: are addiction and corruption the price of its success?

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/18/esports-olympic-games

Jun 16

McDonald’s pulls out of Olympics contract to end 41-year sponsorship

• US fast-food giant, an IOC partner since 1976, had deal to Tokyo 2020
• McDonald’s quits three years early ‘to focus on different priorities’

The US fast-food giant McDonald’s has ended its 41-year-long sponsorship with the International Olympic Committee, pulling out of its contract three years early.

Related: Olympics 2020: three-on-three basketball among five extra sports in Tokyo

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/16/mcdonalds-pulls-out-olympics-contract-end-41-year-sponsorship

Jun 13

Mike Tancred admits threatening former Australian Olympic chief Fiona De Jong

Former media director publicly apologises for ‘hurtful’ and ‘inappropriate’ conduct during conversation in December

Mike Tancred, the Australian Olympic Committee’s long-time media director, has admitted using threatening behaviour towards the organisation’s former chief executive Fiona De Jong and issued a public apology to her.

Tancred, who stepped down from his role with the AOC, was investigated by an independent committee after complaints of bullying were made by de Jong last year.

Related: Australian Olympic Commitee: John Coates defeats Danni Roche to stay on as president

Related: Australia’s Olympics-sized brawl: a tale of prestige, power and big money

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/13/mike-tancred-admits-threatening-former-australian-olympic-chief-fiona-de-jong

Jun 12

Canoeing sexual assault allegations leave UK Sport facing up to a crisis | Martha Kelner

Cycling’s bullying culture has already rocked UK Sport, but with swimming, taekwondo and now canoeing revealing their own problems they find themselves with even more questions to answer

The debate over whether medals have been prized over morals in Olympic sport has been escalated by the revelation that talented young women training with a view to sporting glory now allege they were sexually abused in pursuit of their dream.

British Canoeing and the police are currently investigating the claims. These were sportswomen who put their trust in a coach who they claim took advantage of them in the most deplorable way. Once more it gives rise to serious questions about duty of care for athletes, a discussion which will reignite on Wednesday with the long awaited publication of the independent report into the culture at British Cycling that was sparked by claims of bullying and discrimination first made by the cyclist Jess Varnish.

Related: Police investigate suspended GB Canoeing coach after child grooming and sexual assault claims

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/12/canoeing-sexual-assault-uk-sport-crisis

Jun 12

Michael Jordan’s Olympic Converse sell for record six-figure sum at auction

Shoes from 1984 gold medal match in Los Angeles fetch $190,373 Thought to be last time Jordan wore Converse in an official gameA pair of game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers sold at auction for $190,373 on Sunday, setting a record for game-used shoes. The…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/12/michael-jordans-olympic-converse-sell-for-record-six-figure-sum-at-auction

Jun 09

Olympics 2020: three-on-three basketball among five extra sports in Tokyo

• IOC announces plans to make 2020 Olympics ‘more youthful and urban’
• Emphasis also put on introducing more events for female competitiors

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced radical changes to the event programme for Tokyo 2020 to make the Games “more youthful, more urban and will include more women”.

It was already known that Tokyo would have five more sports than Rio, taking the total to 33, but the existing 28 sports have been given 15 more events.

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/09/ioc-announce-plans-to-make-2020-tokyo-olympics-more-youthful-urban-women

Jun 09

Los Angeles has the perfect chance to push back against a troubled IOC

If LA is chosen as the home of the 2028 Summer Olympics it should leverage cash from an IOC that is finding host cities in short supply

One of the great contrasts of the Olympic Games is that while they bring out the best in athletes, they often bring out the worst in host cities. This past week offered a sharp reminder of this dynamic, with fresh revelations that the National Security Agency engaged in indiscriminate surveillance during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. This was no mere quirk of history. The Olympics-induced state of exception has long afforded government authorities enormous leeway to break norms and bend laws.

If, as appears likely, Paris and Los Angeles are awarded the 2024 and 2028 Games respectively, the cities should bear in mind the events in Salt Lake City and not sleepwalk to the optimistic rhythms of the IOC. It’s time to face up to the past and make big asks for the future.

Related: LA Olympics bid leader appears to concede 2024 Games to Paris

Related: Boston’s bid for 2024 Games crumbles as US Olympic Committee severs ties

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/09/los-angeles-olympic-bid-2028-summer-games

Jun 07

LA Olympics bid leader appears to concede 2024 Games to Paris

  • Casey Wasserman appears to switch focus to hosting 2028 Games
  • LA 2024 spokesman later denies that Games have been conceded

Los Angeles has apparently given up its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, a move that effectively means Paris will host the Games in seven years. LA is then expected to be the host city in 2028.

“To be blunt, LA 2024 has never been only about LA or 2024,” LA’s bid leader, Casey Wasserman, writes. “Even when the issue of a dual award for the 2024 and 2028 Games was initially raised, we didn’t say it’s ‘LA first’ or it’s ‘now or never’ for LA: that sounds like an ultimatum.

Related: Olympic bidders face harsh reality of costs heavily outweighing benefits | Sean Ingle

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/07/los-angeles-paris-summer-olympics-2024-2028

Jun 02

Tokyo Olympics: IOC expected to add 3-on-3 basketball to official program

  • 3-on-3 basketball expected to be added to Olympic program in 2020
  • Full list of medal events for Tokyo Games will be finalized next week

A full list of 2020 Tokyo Olympics medal events will be finalized by the IOC executive board next week, one month ahead of schedule.

Among more than 60 proposals, 3-on-3 basketball is an expected favorite after all were analyzed by an International Olympic Committee advisory panel.

Related: Ice Cube bets big on nostalgia with new professional 3-on-3 basketball league

Related: Vote Paris and keep the Olympics out of Donald Trump’s sticky little fingers | Richard Williams

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/02/tokyo-olympics-ioc-expected-to-add-3-on-3-basketball-to-official-program

May 23

A public lottery in Australia could be a good thing – and deliver more than Olympic gold | Martin Farrer

In a country with a gambling problem, any lottery will be controversial. But the UK’s example shows how much public good can come from such a scheme

It’s August 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics have just finished. Once again, the USA and Team GB top the medal table. But the real story is the collapse of the once-great Australian team who only have one shooting gold to show for their efforts. Humiliated, they board the plane back home where a festival of national self-flagellation awaits.

A bit over the top? Maybe, but this was the reality for Great Britain’s team back in 1996 when they took home only one gold (in rowing), prompting a decision to use the proceeds of the newly begun national lottery to fund elite sport.

Related: Sports lottery will fund new national sports plan, says Greg Hunt

Related: The arts boost our culture and our economy. It’s time to stop the cuts | Anthony Albanese

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/24/national-lottery-australia-more-than-olympic-gold

May 19

Vote Paris and keep the Olympics out of Donald Trump’s sticky little fingers | Richard Williams

The IOC has the choice of Paris or Los Angeles to host the 2024 Olympic Games and both have relatively sensible proposals

With the contest for the right to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games down to the last two contestants and nearing a final verdict, there may be several good reasons for giving Paris the right to stage the 2024 Olympics while postponing the return of the Games to Los Angeles until four years later. The most compelling of them must surely be that such a decision would put the Olympics out of the reach of Donald Trump’s sticky little fingers.

The two-term limit of the recently inaugurated US president will end in 2025 – unless, that is, Trump decides to follow the example of Julius Caesar and declare himself dictator perpetuo. He might even emulate Caligula by pronouncing himself divine before presiding over the Games on a golden throne. And then why not go all the way? In the Olympics of 67AD, Nero awarded himself an entry in the 10-horse chariot race. Having persuaded the organisers to insert the event into the schedule, Trump could then invent a local rule forcing all competitors who are not heads of state of the host nation to blindfold their horses.

Related: They smashed my face and demolished my home – all for the Rio Olympics | Maria da Penha Macena

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/may/19/paris-los-angeles-olympic-games-2024-donald-trump

May 18

They smashed my face and demolished my home – all for the Rio Olympics | Maria da Penha Macena

When Maria da Penha Macena defended her home from developers before the Rio Olympics, she was left battered and bloodied. She believes her community was betrayed and the host city cheated

All that remains of our old community is one house, a Catholic church, and a handful of trees that we fought to protect. The rest has been completely demolished. The area where most of our homes once stood is now a large concrete car park that is usually empty and insufferably hot. It is sad. There used to be 650 families here. Today, there are 20.

Keeping even those was a hard-fought battle. We made history. We set an example as the first families to resist the Olympics. Though there are not many of us and our old homes were demolished and replaced, it was a big victory. We overcame powerful interests to defend our right to remain in our neighbourhood.

Related: Change beckons for Vila Autódromo, the favela that got in the Rio Olympics’ way

Related: View from the favelas: A legacy of corruption, neglect and repression | Daiene Mendes

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/may/18/smashed-my-face-demolished-my-home-rio-olympic-games-maria-da-penha-macena

May 07

Steven Holcomb: shock death of bobsled legend who made US a force

Sudden loss at age 37 of three-time Olympic medalist and five-time world champion stuns US Olympic community

America’s best bobsled pilot, Steven Holcomb, was a self-described computer geek who would rub elbows with Hollywood stars. He was never exactly in the best of shape, yet was a world-class athlete. He attempted suicide years ago, then revealed his story with hopes of helping others. He was a man who nearly went blind, then became an Olympic gold medalist.

His life was the epitome of a bobsled race, filled with twists and turns.

Related: Winter Olympics 2018: veterans could grab record medal haul for USA

So unbelievably sad to lose such a big part of sliding family today. @StevenHolcomb you will be loved, missed & remembered forever. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/KG7GLPopBu

Related: Speed Kings: the 1932 Winter Olympics and the fastest men on earth | Andy Bull

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/07/steven-holcomb-shock-death-of-bobsled-legend-who-made-us-a-force

May 06

Australian Olympic Commitee: John Coates defeats Danni Roche to stay on as president

Australian Olympic Committee president defeats Danni Roche by a big margin, but could still be under pressure to change the way things are run

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates, who been re-elected for another term, concedes the AOC’s brand has been damaged by the bitterness of the election campaign but is confident it can be fixed.

Coates survived a challenge from newcomer Danni Roche and ending a bruising six-week election campaign.

Related: Danni Roche says there is ‘momentum’ to remove John Coates from AOC presidency

Related: Athletes’ commission back Coates’ AOC re-election bid ‘with conditions’

Related: The Australian Olympic committee is voting for a new president: here’s what you need to know

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/06/john-coates-wins-another-term-as-australian-olympic-commitee-president

May 06

John Coates re-elected as Australian Olympic commitee president – video

Australian Olympic commitee president John Coates has been re-elected for another term, surviving a challenge from newcomer Danni Roche and ending a bruising six-week election campaign. Coates has thanked delegates for the ‘confidence you’ve shown in me’. He has been AOC president for the past 27 years and Roche was the first challenger for the position

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/video/2017/may/06/john-coates-re-elected-as-australian-olympic-commitee-president-video

Older posts «