International Olympic Committee

TOKYO | IOC President Bach lavishes praise on suspended Sheikh Ahmad

TOKYO — Sheikh Ahmad al Fahad al Sabah, who has stepped away temporarily from the presidency of an Olympic umbrella group to fight a criminal court case in Switzerland, was praised by IOC President Thomas Bach on Thursday. “We have said, first of all, that we respect the decision he took under his own will … Continue reading TOKYO | IOC President Bach lavishes praise on suspended Sheikh Ahmad

STOCKHOLM | Stockholm city government deal threatens 2026 Olympics bid

STOCKHOLM— Stockholm’s bid to host the 2026 Olympics is at risk only three days after the IOC formally approved the city among three candidates. A new coalition deal announced Friday to run Stockholm’s city government, between a center-right alliance and environmentalists, requires no taxpayer funding for a Winter Games. “The starting point for all our … Continue reading STOCKHOLM | Stockholm city government deal threatens 2026 Olympics bid

TOKYO | 2020 Tokyo Olympics consider daylight saving to beat heat

TOKYO — Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are considering introducing daylight saving time as a countermeasure to the extreme heat that could prevail in the Japanese capital during the games. Japan has been gripped by a deadly heatwave this summer that has resulted in more than 65 deaths nationwide. The temperature on Monday reached … Continue reading TOKYO | 2020 Tokyo Olympics consider daylight saving to beat heat

WARSAW, Poland | Olympic gold sprinter Irena Szewinska of Poland dies at 72

WARSAW, Poland— Irena Szewinska, a Polish sprinter who dominated women’s athletics for two decades, winning seven Olympic medals, and who later became a member of the International Olympic Committee, has died at 72. Szewinska’s husband and former coach, Janusz Szewinski, said his wife died shortly before midnight Friday in a Warsaw hospital after a battle … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Olympic gold sprinter Irena Szewinska of Poland dies at 72

SION, Switzerland | Voters in Swiss region reject bid for 2026 Winter Games

SION, Switzerland (AP) — Another Olympic hosting bid in Switzerland was sunk Sunday by a public vote against expected high costs. A total of 53.98 percent of voters in the Swiss region of Valais refused to pledge financial support for a 2026 Winter Games hosting bid centered on the town of Sion. “There is no … Continue reading SION, Switzerland | Voters in Swiss region reject bid for 2026 Winter Games

JERUSALEM | Israel in uproar over Argentina pre-World Cup friendly snub

JERUSALEM (AP) — The sports-crazed nation of Israel was in uproar Wednesday over Argentina’s abrupt cancellation of a World Cup warmup match following pro-Palestinian protests, with some of the country’s leaders accusing Lionel Messi and his teammates of caving to terrorism. Israel was eagerly awaiting the sold-out international friendly scheduled for Saturday night at Jerusalem’s … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel in uproar over Argentina pre-World Cup friendly snub

Return to the Future: Lillehammer explores another Olympics

TOKYO /March 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  The Norwegian ski resort of Lillehammer, site of the popular 1994 Winter Olympics, could be in the running to host again. Gerhard Heiberg, who headed the 1994 Lillehammer Games, told The Associated Press the resort would like to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics but said 2030 seems more … Continue reading Return to the Future: Lillehammer explores another Olympics

Russia reinstated into Olympic movement after doping scandal

SOCHI, Russia/February 28, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Russia’s ban from the Olympic movement was lifted on Wednesday despite two failed doping tests by its athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The decision by the International Olympic Committee appears to be an attempt to draw a line under the state-concocted doping scandal that tarnished the 2014 Olympics … Continue reading Russia reinstated into Olympic movement after doping scandal