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IOC Opens Door to E-Sports in Olympics

'The players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes'

(Newser) - The International Olympic Committee has taken the first step toward allowing competitive video game playing into the Olympics, NBC Sports reports. According to Reuters , the IOC released a statement Saturday after meeting in Switzerland stating that e-sports "could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare... More »

North Korean Skating Success Becomes Diplomatic Question

Will North Korean athletes participate in Olympics in South Korea?

(Newser) - Amid rising nuclear tensions, two figure skaters Friday became the first North Korean athletes to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held just 40 miles south of the demilitarized zone in South Korea, CNN reports. According to the New York Times , 18-year-old Ryom Tae-Ok and 25-year-old Kim... More »

It's Officially Paris 2024, LA 2028 for Olympics

IOC 'rubber stamps' previously determined arrangement

(Newser) - This was one of those rare Olympic moments where everyone walked away a winner. Paris for 2024. Los Angeles for 2028. And the International Olympic Committee for transforming an unruly bidding process to lock down its future by choosing not one, but two Summer Olympics hosts at the same time.... More »

Los Angeles Reaches Deal to Host 2028 Olympics

That leaves Paris for 2024

(Newser) - Los Angeles has reached an agreement with international Olympic leaders that will open the way for the city to host the 2028 Summer Games, the AP reports. City Council President Herb Wesson's office confirmed the deal Monday. Spokeswoman Caolinn Mejza says the pact is expected to be reviewed by... More »

Looks Like LA, Paris Will Host 2024, 2028 Olympics

If a 3-way deal with the IOC works out

(Newser) - If they can agree who goes first, Paris and Los Angeles will be awarded the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. International Olympic Committee members voted unanimously to seek a consensus three-way deal between the two bid cities and the IOC executive board, the AP reports. Talks will open with Paris widely... More »

Canoeing, Surfing Orgs Fight Over Stand-Up Paddleboarding

A court will decide which sport gets to claim SUP

(Newser) - Ending an argument we're sure has happened at least once on a slow afternoon in a bar somewhere, a court will finally decide whether stand-up paddleboarding is closer to surfing or canoeing. The New York Times reports the Court of Arbitration for Sport has been asked to settle a... More »

After 41 Years, McDonald's Makes a Change

It's ending Olympic sponsorship agreement

(Newser) - The year 2018 will mark the first time since 1976 that you won't see the McDonald's logo plastered across Olympic venues, reports USA Today . That's because McDonald's has negotiated an early end to its corporate sponsorship agreement with the International Olympic Committee, which was scheduled to... More »

Lochte: I May Have Been 'Most Hated Person in the World'

But swimmer clarifies he never considered suicide after scandal at Rio Olympics

(Newser) - Ryan Lochte spent most of last August on an apology tour for his "immature behavior" at the Rio Olympics, which saw the swimmer jump from pool water into hot water for his role in an incident at a local gas station—an event he originally "over-exaggerated" as an... More »

Something's 'Suspicious' About LA's Olympics Facebook Page

Los Angeles Olympics campaign gets lots of likes—from Pakistan

(Newser) - More than a million Facebook users like the idea of hosting the 2024 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Many of them, oddly enough, from Pakistan. A report prepared for the AP says most of LA's likes have come in the past six weeks from far away from Southern California.... More »

Only 2 Cities Are Still Bidding to Host 2024 Olympics

Budapest says bye-bye to controversial bid

(Newser) - The International Olympic Committee is due to meet in September to vote on the site of the 2024 Olympics—but if one more city drops out, they won't need to. The Hungarian government confirmed Wednesday that Budapest's bid has been withdrawn, leaving Paris and Los Angeles as the... More »

Bolt Loses Gold Medal, Treble Record

Teammate doped during Beijing relay race: IOC

(Newser) - Usain Bolt has lost his claim to having won three gold medals at three separate Olympics—through no fault of his own. Bolt will be forced to return his gold medal won in the 400-meter relay in Beijing in 2008 because his Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter tested positive for doping,... More »

Alibaba Founder: US Spent $14T on the Wrong Thing

'You're supposed to spend money on your own people,' not war, Jack Ma said

(Newser) - Tempted to blame China for your economic woes, America? Take a look in the mirror instead. That was the message of Alibaba founder Jack Ma Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he wagged a finger at the US for blowing $14 trillion on war efforts over... More »

Russia Admits Doping Was 'Institutional Conspiracy'

But officials still won't say cheating was state sponsored

(Newser) - "It was an institutional conspiracy," Anna Antseliovich, acting head of Russia's anti-doping agency, admits to the New York Times , marking the first time Moscow has come clean about an elaborate doping scheme that has marred its Olympics competitions. But all is not utter contrition, notes the BBC... More »

Olympic Wrestler Turns Down Silver Medal

Yogeshwar Dutt's opponent tested positive for doping after his death

(Newser) - It's not often an Olympian turns down a medal, but that's exactly what Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is trying to do. Yogeshwar won bronze at the 2012 Olympics in London, Indian Express reports. But the wrestler who beat him, Russia's Besik Kudukhov, was discovered to have been... More »

'17 F---ing Years and It's Over!': Solo on Suspension

Soccer star didn't take news well in documentary clip

(Newser) - Hope Solo didn't react well to her team losing to Sweden during the Rio Olympics, earning her a six-month suspension from US Soccer for her remarks that the Swedes were "a bunch of cowards." Her reaction upon finding out about her suspension was similarly explosive, and USA ... More »

2 Olympians From Guinea Disappeared After Rio Games

One athlete said she wanted to try 'working in a developed country'

(Newser) - The head of Guinea's Olympic delegation says two athletes did not return to the West African nation after competing at the Rio Olympics, the AP reports. Atef Chaloub said Saturday that swimmer Amadou Camara disappeared 48 hours before the team's scheduled departure. He said Mamadama Bangoura, who competed... More »

Japan Wants Olympic Medals Made From Old Electronics

It says there's enough metal in old phones and tablets to make the medals

(Newser) - The precious metals used to make the next batch of Olympic medals might not come out of the ground but out of our pockets. The BBC reports Japan's Olympic organizing committee is considering making the medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics out of recycled electronic waste. Using the tiny... More »

Wife Sentenced for Murder of Olympic Bronze Medalist

Jane Laut handed 2 consecutive 25-year-to-life terms

(Newser) - The wife of a 1984 Olympic medalist was sentenced to a potential life sentence on Tuesday for shooting him in what she claimed was self-defense following years of abuse. Jane Laut, 59, was given two mandatory, consecutive prison terms of 25 years to life for first-degree murder and using a... More »

Rio Closing Ceremony Feels Like Carnival

Brazil bids farewell to the games

(Newser) - Shaking to samba and expressing a sense of longing with uniquely Brazilian words, Olympians and fans said goodbye to the Rio Games with one last big bash that was both revelatory and a sigh of relief. The closing ceremony Sunday celebrated the 16-day spectacle that was the Rio Games, which... More »

US Women's Basketball Keeps Historic Gold Medal Streak Alive

Team USA defeats Spain 101-72 in Rio

(Newser) - The USA women's basketball team won Olympic gold for a historically impressive sixth time in a row Saturday, defeating Spain 101-72 in Rio, USA Today reports. The team has now won 49 games in a row. And only once has an opponent come within 10 points of Team USA... More »

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