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Tokyo's Winning Olympics Bid Linked to Big, Alleged Bribe

$2.3M was paid to consulting firm linked to IAAF officials convicted of corruption

(Newser) - A former head of the largest Olympic sports federation and his son have been convicted in France of accepting $4 million in bribes from athletes in exchange for hiding positive doping tests. And from that case has sprung another claim of corruption, this one tied to Tokyo's bid for... More »

At the End of 'Dark Tunnel,' an Olympic Light

Official dates set for next year's Games in Tokyo: July 23 to Aug. 8

(Newser) - There's now an official date for the 2020 Olympics in Japan, postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Olympics officials and Japanese organizers announced Monday that the Tokyo Games will be held next summer from July 23 to Aug. 8, TMZ reports. Officials say this schedule was chosen to help... More »

For First Time, Olympics Will Be Held in an Odd Year

Japan Prime Minister Abe, IOC head in '100% agreement' games must be postponed till 2021

(Newser) - Serious rumblings of a postponement of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo began over the weekend , and are now official. Per the Wall Street Journal , Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach by phone on Tuesday, and the two agreed that putting off the Games... More »

Cost to Host Olympics? Start With $2M in Bribes

Former Rio governor tells court that up to nine IOC officials were paid off in 2016

(Newser) - Chicago was one of the cities that lost out to Rio de Janeiro back in 2009 for the right to host the 2016 Olympics. Bribery apparently would have helped. Sergio Cabral, a former Rio governor, told a court this week that he bought up to nine International Olympic Committee votes... More »

2024 Olympics May Boast 'More Artistic' New Sport

IOC appears to be on board for break-dancing

(Newser) - Break-dancing might just become an Olympic sport. Organizers of the 2024 Games in Paris have put forth their suggestions for four sports to be added to the current roster of 28, with breakdancing listed alongside surfing, climbing, and skateboarding. The latter three sports are already confirmed for Tokyo 2020, but... More »

Taiwan to Consider Whether to Drop 'Make-Believe' Name

It competes at Olympics as 'Chinese Taipei'

(Newser) - Because of pressure from China, athletes from Taiwan compete at the Olympics under the name of a make-believe country: Chinese Taipei. They march behind an imaginary national flag and, if they win a gold medal, hear an "alternate national anthem" being played. Imagine if France or Australia had to... More »

Calgary Residents on 2026 Olympics: That's a Hard No

Vote was nonbinding, but it looks like city's bid will be nixed

(Newser) - "Does Calgary really want the Winter Olympics? Does anyone?" That's the question posed by the New York Times on Monday, and it looks like the first question has just been answered. The AP reports that, in a nonbinding referendum held Tuesday, 56% of voters (more than 170,000... More »

Russian Who Failed Doping Test Was a Curler

This could damage chances of reinstatement

(Newser) - Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said in a statement Monday that it has "initiated a procedure involving" Krushelnitsky, who finished third in... More »

IOC Sends Member Home 'in Disgrace'

Friday was a rough day for Americans in Pyeongchang

(Newser) - The International Olympic Committee has sent one of its own members home from Pyeongchang after a clash with a hotel security guard. The Telegraph reports that British IOC member Adam Pengilly is leaving South Korea "in disgrace" after the incident. Pengilly—a skeleton slider for Britain in the 2006... More »

Court Upholds Olympic Bans for 45 Russians

"That's it. The story is over'

(Newser) - Russia's desperate attempt to get 45 banned athletes—including several medal favorites—into the Pyeongchang Olympics failed just hours before Friday's opening ceremony. The International Olympic Committee had banned Russia because of a massive doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games, but gave individual athletes the chance to... 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 »

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 »

IOC Bars 118 Russians, Allows Rest to Compete

More than two-thirds have avoided doping ban

(Newser) - The International Olympic Committee approved the entry of 271 Russian athletes for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Thursday, meaning 70% of the country's original team will compete after a doping scandal that has dominated the buildup to the games, the AP reports. Also Thursday, the rule barring Russian... More »

Russia Swapped Urine Samples Through 'Mouse Hole': Report

It led to a room full of clean, frozen samples

(Newser) - During the day, it looked like an impenetrable wall. Only under cover of darkness was the small "mouse hole" at ground level uncovered to reveal a passage from Russia's anti-doping lab to a room where clean urine tests sat waiting, frozen. "At a convenient moment, usually around... More »

IOC Loosens Guidelines on Transgender Athletes

Surgery will no longer be required

(Newser) - Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the International Olympic Committee. IOC medical officials say they changed the policy to adapt to current scientific, social, and legal attitudes on transgender issues. The... More »

IOC: We Want Refugee Athletes at 2016 Olympics

It's the first time refugees will be allowed to compete without a home country

(Newser) - Refugees have never been allowed to go for Olympic gold because they can't represent the countries they've fled from. Now they're going to get their shot, thanks to a decision by the International Olympic Committee to allow "highly qualified" refugees to take part in the Summer... More »

99% of Russian Athletes Are Doping: Report

Whistleblowers speak in German documentary, IAAF investigating

(Newser) - As if bribery allegations weren't enough, Russia has found itself in the center of a corruption and systematic doping scandal via a German documentary that claims up to 99% of Russian Olympic athletes are doping, the Guardian reports. Liliya Shobukhova, winner of the Chicago Marathon from 2009 to 2011,... More »

US Skaters Get Olympic Bronze 50 Years Late

IOC finally adds Josephs to record books

(Newser) - There's no Olympics this winter, but the US still managed to claim two bronze medals in figure skating yesterday—from the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics. Siblings Vivian and Ronald Joseph came in fourth place in pairs figure skating but were given bronze medals a couple of years later after the... More »

Host 2022 Olympics? Cities Say No Thanks

Costs make gig increasingly unappealing

(Newser) - The race is on for the 2022 Winter Olympics—the race to get out of hosting, that is. Four cities that were considering hosting, including two finalists for the job, have dropped out of the running. Four finalists remain, but only two of those bids look robust. Cities just don'... More »

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