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  • British agency to run Russian drug-testing during suspension

    February 10, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) The World Anti-Doping Agency says a deal has been signed for British officials to take temporary charge of drug-testing in Russia.The Russian anti-doping agency, RUSADA, was suspended in November following accusations it covered up doping by Russian athletes.

  • US women's national soccer team to be briefed on Zika virus

    February 9, 2016

    The U.S. women's national soccer team was scheduled to be briefed Tuesday night on the developing Zika virus crisis in Latin America, a day before the start of the CONCACAF Olympic qualification tournament in Texas.The 2016 Olympics are scheduled for Aug. 5-21 in Brazil, where the Zika virus is spreading rapidly. Speaking at a news conference in advance of the U.S. team's tournament opener against Costa Rica, coach Jill Ellis said there have been ''constant conversations behind the scenes'' about the virus.

  • Sarah Hammer headlines US team for track cycling worlds

    February 9, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Olympic silver medalist Sarah Hammer will go for her third world title in the omnium while anchoring the U.S. women's pursuit team at the track cycling world championships.Hammer was part of a nine-member team announced Tuesday that will compete in London from March 2-6.

  • US women start quest for 4th straight Olympic gold medal

    February 9, 2016

    The United States starts its pursuit of a fourth straight gold medal in women's Olympic soccer over the next two weeks at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Texas.Coming off their first World Cup title since 1999, the Americans face Costa Rica on Wednesday night in Frisco, Texas, to open the group stage, then play Mexico and Puerto Rico in Group A.

  • Paris secures sponsors; presents logo for 2024 Olympic bid

    February 9, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Paris ramped up its bid for the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday, securing about 8 million euros (.9 million) in four sponsorship deals and presenting its Eiffel Tower-shaped logo in a ceremony on the Champs Elysees.The bid committee said each of the four new sponsors - Caisse des Depots, Elior Group, JCDecaux and RATP - will contribute about 2 million euros (.2 million) to the budget.

  • Kenya planning on track for Rio Olympics; No Zika boycott

    February 9, 2016

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Kenya is preparing as planned for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics while also monitoring the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, the official in charge of the country's team said Tuesday.Team chief Stephen Arap Soi denied reports that Kenya was threatening to pull out of the Olympics if the mosquito-borne virus was not contained, telling The Associated Press it was ''too early'' to talk about not going to the games, which are six months away.

  • A Wyoming cowboy is snow master for the Pyeongchang Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) Cattle rancher Tom Johnston is a Wyoming cowboy gone global who's the master of snow for Alpine skiing events at the Pyeongchang Olympics.Johnston, the chief of race for ski events at the 2018 Olympics, is responsible for preparing the snow to world-class conditions at the next Winter Games.

  • Paris secures 8m euros in sponsorship deals for Olympic bid

    February 9, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Leaders of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics secured about 8 million euros (.9 million) in sponsorship deals with four major French groups on Tuesday.The bid committee said each of the four new partners - Caisse des Depots, Elior Group, JCDecaux and RATP - will contribute about 2 million euros (.2 million) to the budget.

  • Morris, US youth gain valuable experience before busy year

    February 9, 2016

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) Jordan Morris made his ninth appearance for the United States last Friday, which gave him nine more games for the national team than as a professional.At least the Seattle Sounders' newest prospect is now eligible for the payments due national team players: His first seven appearances came during his college career at Stanford.

  • Korean skier earns applause at 2018 Olympics test event

    February 7, 2016

    JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) South Korean skier Kim Hyeon-tae had a modest goal in his World Cup debut: to finish within five seconds of the winner.He didn't quite reach it, finishing last in 42nd position - more than seven seconds behind Swiss winner Carlo Janka in Sunday's super-G test event for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

  • Janka wins super-G at 2018 Olympics test by large margin

    February 7, 2016

    JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) Former overall World Cup champion Carlo Janka won the super-G test event for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics by a large margin Sunday, while several pre-race favorites failed to finish their runs.The Swiss racer clocked 1 minute, 26.16 seconds for a 0.82 advantage over Christof Innerhofer of Italy. Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria finished third, 1.06 behind.

  • Teens Wang, Jha advance at US table tennis trials

    February 6, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Teenagers Crystal Wang and Kanak Jha won qualifying tournaments Saturday night on the final day of the U.S. Open table tennis trials.Wang, a 13-year-old from Bellevue, Washington, won the last women's final by beating Angela Guan 13-11, 11-1, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10.

  • Wind whisperer: US skier Nyman 3rd in Olympic downhill test

    February 6, 2016

    JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) Steven Nyman couldn't have picked a better place to post his first podium result of the season: on the downhill course that will be used for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.The American skier finished third behind Kjetil Jansrud of Norway and Dominik Paris of Italy on Saturday in the opening test event for the next Winter Games.

  • Teens Alguetti, Zhang advance at US table tennis trials

    February 5, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Teenagers Sharon Alguetti and Lily Zhang won qualifying tournaments Friday night on the second day of the U.S. Olympic table tennis trials.Alguetti, a 14-year-old from Tenafly, New Jersey, advanced in men's play by defeating Kanak Jha 11-4, 12-10, 4-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9. Zhang, a 19-year-old former Olympian from Palo Alto, California, beat Ying Lu 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5 in the women's final.

  • Historian: Zika won't stop Olympics; only war has done that

    February 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The world's best known Olympic historian said Friday it will take something more destructive than the Zika virus to cancel the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.''Historically, the only times the games have been cancelled is in war - World War I and World War II,'' David Wallechinsky told the Associated Press. ''Other than that, nothing has done it.''

  • Wozniacki to be Denmark's flag-bearer at Olympics in Rio

    February 5, 2016

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) Former top-ranked tennis player Caroline Wozniacki has been chosen to be Denmark's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Explaining its decision, the Danish Olympic committee says the 25-year-old Wozniacki is one of ''most successful tennis players'' of the past decade.

  • Holy trees spark debate on future of Olympic downhill course

    February 5, 2016

    JEAONGSEON, South Korea (AP) The long-term future of the downhill course for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics is coming under the spotlight this weekend at the Alpine skiing test event for the games.Local organizers are hoping that the attractiveness of a completely new venue - the first of its kind in South Korea - will help shape the debate with environmentalists and pilgrims trekking to sacred trees lining the course.

  • Pyeongchang organizers at 70 percent of sponsorship target

    February 5, 2016

    JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) South Korean organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics have reached 70 percent of their target of 870 billion won (8 million) in domestic sponsorships.''A few (deals) are not finalized but I have full confidence that we can meet the target,'' Pyeongchang organizing committee head Cho Yang-ho said Friday.

  • 2 former Olympians win US table tennis qualifiers

    February 4, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Former Olympians Chen Wang and Timothy Wang won qualifying tournaments Thursday night on the first day of the U.S. Olympic table tennis trials.Top-seeded Chen Wang claimed a spot in the North American Trials by beating Ying Lu 9-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 in a women's final.

  • Brazil minister says no plans to cancel Rio Games

    February 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian organizers have reiterated they have no intention of canceling the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the outbreak of the Zika virus, with Sports Minister George Hilton saying the topic ''is not in discussion.''Hilton issued a statement Thursday saying he ''lamented material and opinions in the press'' speculating that South America's first Olympics might be called off.

  • Michael Phelps coming to Atlanta for Olympic tuneup

    February 4, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Michael Phelps is coming to Atlanta for one of his final tuneups heading into the Rio Olympics.The 18-time gold medalist is scheduled to take part in the Atlanta Classic swim meet May 13-15 at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, site of the 1996 Games. Olympic champions Katie Ledecky and Nathan Adrian are also likely to attend the meet, which is co-sponsored by SwimAtlanta and the Southern Crescent Aquatic Team.

  • British Olympic Association providing guidance on Zika

    February 4, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The British Olympic Association says it will provide medical guidance to athletes about the Zika virus ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to an increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in Brazil.

  • Jack Riley, US hockey coach at 1960 Olympics, dies at 95

    February 4, 2016

    Jack Riley, the Army coach who in 1960 guided the U.S. to its first Olympic gold medal in hockey, has died. He was 95.Riley died Wednesday on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the U.S. Military Academy said Thursday. He regularly attended Army home games into his early 90s.

  • Jack Riley, coach of 1st US hockey team to win gold, dies

    February 4, 2016

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) Jack Riley, a former Army hockey coach who won guided the U.S. team to its first Olympic gold medal in 1960, has died. He was 95.The U.S. Military Academy announced in a statement that Riley died Wednesday in Massachusetts. No cause of death was provided.

  • 'No slow motion needed' on tame Pyeongchang downhill course

    February 4, 2016

    JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) No super-steep gradients, no rock-hard ice, no death-defying speeds.It's not what Christof Innerhofer had in mind for the downhill course for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. The Italian skier prefers only the toughest challenges and the Jeongseon piste - the first downhill developed in South Korea - is much tamer than what World Cup racers are accustomed to.

  • Skiers offer positive reviews of Pyeongchang downhill course

    February 3, 2016

    JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) Canadian downhiller Erik Guay called it ''awesome.'' American racer Travis Ganong raved over ''Olympic-caliber'' conditions. Even Christof Innerhofer, the Italian who only likes the most difficult of challenges, was satisfied.

  • Italian Parliament backs Rome's bid for 2024 Olympics

    February 2, 2016

    ROME (AP) The Italian Parliament voted on Tuesday to back Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic GamesItalian Premier Matteo Renzi is a strong supporter of Rome's candidacy and the Parliament has now thrown its weight behind the bid.''Today the Italian Parliament adopted, by a large majority, a clear and indisputable position on the candidature of Rome to the Olympic Games of 2024,'' read a statement on the bid website. ''It is a strong yes, an expression of the popular will, which blows away controversies and gives to the city and the country an important opportunity for economic redemption and the revival of international image.''

  • US-Colombia Olympic playoff 2nd leg to be in Frisco, Texas

    February 2, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The second leg of the United States' Olympic men's soccer qualifying playoff against Colombia will be played on March 29 at Frisco, Texas.The home-and-home, total-goals playoff opens March 25 at Barranquilla, Colombia, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Tuesday.

  • US-Columbia Olympic playoff 2nd leg to be in Frisco, Texas

    February 2, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The second leg of the United States' Olympic men's soccer qualifying playoff against Colombia will be played on March 29 at Frisco, Texas.The home-and-home, total-goals playoff opens March 25 at Barranquilla, Colombia, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Tuesday.

  • Zika virus overshadows buildup to Rio de Janeiro Olympics

    February 2, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Zika virus is overshadowing the final preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, even eclipsing concerns over deep budget cuts and severe water pollution.Hundreds of reporters packed Olympic headquarters on Tuesday to hear about ticket sales, venue construction and a reminder that Friday marks six months until the opening of the games on Aug. 5.

  • BBC secures rights to 2022, 2024 Olympics from Discovery

    February 2, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The BBC will continue to broadcast the Olympics through 2024 after reaching a deal Tuesday to sub-license the exclusive British television rights from Discovery Communications.Discovery, which owns Eurosport and holds the European rights through 2024, agreed to sell the British free TV rights on to the BBC for the 2022 Winter Games and 2024 Summer Olympics. Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • IOC chief likes LA, but reveals no favorite for 2024 Games

    February 1, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The president of the International Olympic Committee said a lot of nice things about Los Angeles on Monday after visiting proposed venues for the 2024 Games. But if he has a favorite among the four cities competing to host the international competition, he didn't share it.

  • Coach says Lionel Messi will skip Rio de Janeiro Olympics

    February 1, 2016

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Lionel Messi will skip the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in six months because his coach Gerardo Martino says he needs some rest.Martino spoke Monday on Argentina radio station La Red and said Messi will play in the Centennial Copa America tournament in the United States, but not the Olympics in Brazil.

  • IOC president visits Los Angeles as city bids for 2024 Games

    February 1, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The president of the International Olympic Committee is in Los Angeles to visit proposed venues for the 2024 Olympic Games.Thomas Bach's visit on Monday comes five months after the city was selected as the U.S. candidate for the international sporting event.

  • 'Die-hard' sports fan Renzi is boosting Rome's Olympic bid

    February 1, 2016

    CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) When Italian Premier Matteo Renzi flew to New York to witness the all-Italian U.S. Open final between Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci in September, it was a source of controversy at home.Critics decried the use of a government plane for a personal trip, while supporters trumpeted his celebration of two Italian athletes on a world stage.

  • Alpine races to open test events for 2018 Pyeongchang Games

    February 1, 2016

    Transport, accommodation, snow conditions, course preparation, and other logistics for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics are going to get their first big test this week.A men's World Cup downhill and super-G are scheduled for the South Korean venue of Jeongseon next weekend - the first of 28 official test events for the next Winter Games.

  • Athletes in Rio stay inside, slather on repellent for Zika

    January 31, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Aline Silva has had the dengue fever twice, and she's not taking any chances with the Zika virus.Silva is a Brazilian wrestler who hopes to win an Olympic medal in just over six months in Rio de Janeiro. At a test event on Sunday for the games- at a venue in Rio's new Olympic Park - she wasn't alone in being concerned.

  • Athletes in Rio stay inside, lather on repellent for Zika

    January 31, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Aline Silva has had the dengue fever twice, and she's not taking any chances with the Zika virus.Silva is a Brazilian wrestler who hopes to win an Olympic medal in just over six months in Rio de Janeiro. At a test event on Sunday for the games- at a venue in Rio's new Olympic Park - she wasn't alone in being concerned.

  • After dominating youth scene, US teenage sprinter eyes Rio

    January 29, 2016

    Teenage sprinter Candace Hill's favorite subject in high school is U.S. history.Certainly appropriate, since the 16-year-old from Conyers, Georgia, makes quite a bit of it whenever she steps on the track in her hard-to-miss, highlighter-yellow spikes. World history, too, in breaking all sorts of youth marks.

  • Iraq beats Qatar to get last Asian spot in Olympic soccer

    January 29, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Iraq beat Qatar to the last Olympic qualifying place for Asian nations at the Rio de Janeiro Games after a 2-1 win on Friday in a third-place playoff match at the Asian Under-23 Championship in Doha.The Iraqis join South Korea and Japan - who play in Saturday's final - as Asia's three teams in the 16-nation tournament lineup in Brazil.

  • IOC sends medical advice to Olympic committees on Zika virus

    January 29, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The IOC advised national Olympic committees on Friday to follow the World Health Organization's guidance on dealing with the Zika virus ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, asserting its confidence that the games will be safe.Brazil has been hit hard by the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in infants, raising concerns about the outbreak's potential impact on South America's first Olympics in August.

  • CAS confirms Bulgaria ban from Olympic weightlifting

    January 29, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Bulgaria remains banned from Olympic weightlifting because of excessive doping after sport's highest court dismissed an appeal on Friday.The Court of Arbitration for Sport said its single judge ruled the International Weightlifting Federation president Tamas Ajan was entitled to exclude Bulgarian teams from qualifying for the Rio de Janeiro Games after 11 athletes tested positive for anabolic steroids last March.

  • Rupp will compete at Olympic marathon trials next month

    January 28, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Galen Rupp, the Olympic silver medalist in the 10,000 meters, will step up in distance and try to qualify for the Rio Games in the marathon next month.This will be Rupp's first full marathon. The U.S. Olympic marathon trials are Feb. 13 in Los Angeles, with the top three securing spots to Rio.

  • IOC to advise national Olympic bodies on Zika virus

    January 28, 2016

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) The IOC will advise all national Olympic bodies on how to deal with the Zika virus ahead of the games in Rio de Janeiro.IOC President Thomas Bach said Thursday the committee is in ''close contact'' with Brazilian authorities and the World Health Organization about the mosquito-borne virus.

  • Olympic gold medalist moves from USOC to Laureus

    January 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Olympic gold medalist Benita Fitzgerald Mosley is leaving her post at the U.S. Olympic Committee to take a CEO position at Laureus USA.Fitzgerald Mosley has worked as the USOC's chief of organizational development, but will now spearhead community projects at Laureus, which seeks to use sports to inspire children.

  • IOC's Bach: Refugees will be honored at Rio Olympics

    January 28, 2016

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) A group of refugee athletes will march together in the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in a symbol of hope for the world's migrants, IOC President Thomas Bach said Thursday.On a three-day visit to Greece, Bach also said a refugee would carry the torch during the Greek leg of the flame relay and that the route would include a stop at an Athens refugee camp. The flame lighting ceremony at Ancient Olympia will take place on April 21.

  • IOC's Bach: Rio de Janeiro Games will 'overwhelm' world

    January 27, 2016

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach predicted on Wednesday that the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will ''overwhelm'' the world, despite Brazil's deep financial crisis.Bach, visiting Athens for a sporting awards ceremony, described Brazil as being in a ''situation of crisis,'' but said the country was on course to stage ''an Olympic Games with a great joy of life and a great passion for sport.''

  • Sports leaders postpone merger with convention organizers

    January 27, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) International sports federations have postponed plans to merge their umbrella body with the organization that runs a major annual industry convention.The SportAccord Council, which represents Olympic and non-Olympic sports, decided to put off its planned merger this year with SportAccord Convention.

  • Budapest city council approves venues for 2024 Olympic bid

    January 27, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Budapest's city council on Wednesday approved the list of venues to be included in its bid for the 2024 Olympics.The project includes the construction of a 60,000-capacity stadium for track and field, a velodrome, a tennis complex with a 10,000-seat main court, as well as temporary facilities downtown for events such as beach volleyball and archery.

  • Australian Olympic Committee warns of Zika virus dangers

    January 26, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) The Australian Olympic Committee has warned pregnant team members to carefully consider whether they will attend this year's Olympic Games in Brazil after an outbreak of the Zika virus which can cause birth abnormalities.In a statement on Wednesday, the AOC said ''any team members who are pregnant at the time of the Games need to consider the risks very carefully before deciding whether to proceed with travel to Brazil.''

  • Diamond promoted to NBC Olympics executive VP of programming

    January 26, 2016

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Peter Diamond has been promoted to NBC Olympics executive vice president of programming.Diamond will work his 17th Olympics this summer in Rio de Janeiro, which the company says is more than any executive in U.S. television history.

  • Ex-sailing CEO: I was fired for trying to move Rio event

    January 26, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The former CEO of World Sailing says he was fired for pushing to get rid of polluted Guanabara Bay as the sailing venue of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Peter Sowrey tried to change the venue, or at least have a ''B plan'' but says ''I was told to gag myself on the subject.''

  • Ex CEO of World Sailing says fired over Rio's polluted venue

    January 26, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The former CEO of World Sailing says he was fired for pushing to get rid of polluted Guanabara Bay as the sailing venue of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Peter Sowrey tried to change the venue, or at least have a ''B plan'' but says ''I was told to gag myself on the subject.''

  • Ex head of sailing body says fired over Rio's polluted venue

    January 26, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The former CEO of World Sailing says he was fired for pushing to get rid of polluted Guanabara Bay as the sailing venue for this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Peter Sowrey tried to change the venue, or at least have a ''B plan'' but says ''I was told to gag myself on the subject.''

  • AP NewsBreak: US athletes urge expansion of Russian probe

    January 26, 2016

    U.S. Olympic athletes sent a letter to leaders of the International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency this week, urging them to expand the investigation into Russian doping to sports beyond track and field.The letter came in response to the two-part report detailing doping inside Russia's track team, the sport's international governing body (IAAF) and allegations the government participated in the fraud.

  • CAS to rule on Bulgaria ban from Olympic weightlifting

    January 26, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport expects to rule this week on Bulgaria's ban from Olympic weightlifting competition because of doping.The Bulgarian federation had its appeal against exclusion from the Rio de Janeiro Games by the International Weightlifting Federation heard at the court on Monday.

  • Olympic powerbroker has Kuwaiti court conviction thrown out

    January 26, 2016

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) A Kuwaiti sheikh who is a major powerbroker in the Olympics and world soccer has been acquitted by an appeals court of violating a gag order in a case about an alleged coup, his lawyer said Tuesday.Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah had his six-month prison sentence overturned on Monday, lawyer Ali al-Rasheedi told The Associated Press.

  • Los Angeles switches plan for athlete village for 2024 Games

    January 25, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Organizers behind Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Olympic Games moved Monday to erase a major uncertainty: where to house thousands of athletes, and how to pay for it.A proposal released last year when Los Angeles stepped in as a contender for the Games envisioned a billion athletes' village rising on the site of a rail yard near downtown, bankrolled by mostly private dollars from an unknown source. That concept was officially scrapped, and officials announced that athletes would live about 15 miles west, on the UCLA campus.

  • Los Angeles proposes athlete, media village sites for 2024

    January 25, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Organizers of the Los Angeles bid to host the 2024 Olympics have chosen the UCLA campus as the prospective site for the athletes' village.Mayor Eric Garcetti also announced Monday that the University of Southern California campus would be the site of the media village.

  • Bach: Lamine Diack brought IAAF 'into the abyss'

    January 25, 2016

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach says former IAAF head Lamine Diack brought his sport ''into the abyss'' by extorting money from athletes to cover up doping.In a broad-ranging interview with German sports magazine Kicker, Bach said track and field's world governing body faces a ''rocky road'' in its attempt to clean up the sport, but that the new IAAF president, Sebastian Coe, has taken the right initial steps.

  • IOC relaxes guidelines on transgender athletes

    January 24, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without underdoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the IOC.International Olympic Committee medical officials told The Associated Press on Sunday they changed the policy to adapt to current scientific, social and legal attitudes on transgender issues.

  • Brazil Olympic venues to be checked daily to help stop Zika

    January 24, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rio de Janeiro's Olympic venues will be inspected daily during the games in a bid to prevent the spread of a mosquito-borne virus linked to a rare birth defect and also a condition that can cause paralysis, local organizers said Sunday.

  • New Tokyo Olympic stadium to be completed in 2019

    January 22, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) The International Olympic Committee says the new stadium for 2020 Tokyo Games will be completed two months earlier than planned to allow organizers time to stage more test events before the games.Japanese organizers told IOC vice president John Coates during a two-day IOC ''project review'' that the completion date would be moved from January 2020 to November 2019.

  • New Tokyo 2020 stadium to be completed earlier than planned

    January 22, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) The International Olympic Committee says the new stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be completed two months earlier than planned to allow organizers time to stage more test events before the games.Japanese organizers informed IOC vice president John Coates that the completion date would be moved from January 2020 to November 2019 during a two-day IOC ''project review'' of Tokyo's preparations.

  • Rio rescinds contracts for Olympic tennis, equestrian venue

    January 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes has rescinded contracts for venues for Olympic tennis and equestrian events for what the city calls ''noncompliance to contractual clauses.''Paes annulled the equestrian venue contract on Thursday and the contract for the tennis center on Wednesday.

  • Renzi confident time is right for Rome to host Olympics

    January 21, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Italian Premier Matteo Renzi believes Rome's time has finally come to host the Olympics again.Renzi met with IOC President Thomas Bach in Lausanne on Thursday and backed Rome's bid for the 2024 Games.Rome, which last held the Olympics in 1960, lost out to Athens in the final round of voting for the 2004 Games. It was forced to withdraw its bid for the 2020 Olympics after the government of then Premier Mario Monti declined to provide financial backing.

  • Russia still 'preferred host' for 2019 European Games

    January 21, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Russia remains the preferred choice to host the 2019 European Games despite the country's current suspension from global track and field because of a doping scandal.The European Olympic Committees said Friday that Russia is still ''the preferred host providing they can demonstrate their ability to support an anti-doping program of the highest international standards.''

  • Paris 2024 Olympic bid secures million sponsorship deal

    January 21, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Leaders of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics secured a 2 million euros (.2 million) sponsorship deal Thursday with the operator of France's national lottery.Francaise des Jeux became the first company to support the bid, which is competing with Budapest, Rome and Los Angeles for the games. The International Olympic Committee will choose the host city in September 2017.

  • WADA appoints outside experts to oversee Russia reforms

    January 20, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The World Anti-Doping Agency wants three outside experts to oversee the cleanup of Russia's anti-doping system.A WADA report in November accused Russia of operating a state-sponsored doping program in track and field and also led to the national anti-doping agency RUSADA being stopped from carrying out tests, following accusations that it covered up drug use by Russian athletes.

  • Kuwait Olympic head deplores 'serious escalation' of dispute

    January 20, 2016

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) The head of Kuwait's national Olympic committee condemned what he called on Wednesday the ''serious escalation'' of government interference that could prevent the Gulf nation's athletes from representing their country at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • Hungary's top court rejects referendum on 2024 Olympic bid

    January 20, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Hungary's supreme court on Wednesday rejected a proposed referendum on Budapest's bid for the 2024 Olympics, frustrating opponents of the candidacy who vowed to continue efforts to let voters decide on the project.The court said the question proposed for the referendum was invalid because the vote would be held after the Feb. 17 deadline for submitting the bid's documentation to the International Olympic Committee.

  • Pyeongchang Alpine test event cleared after gondola worries

    January 20, 2016

    The alpine skiing test event for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics will go ahead as planned next month after workers toiled through the holidays on overnight shifts to complete construction on a key gondola.The International Ski Federation issued final clearance Wednesday, ending worries that the gondola would not be ready in time.

  • Rio Olympic and Paralympic ticket sales are lagging

    January 19, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Ticket sales for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympics are disappointing organizers.Sales ''are a little lower than the usual - also because of the (economic) crisis here. But the best tickets are selling very quickly,'' organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said on Tuesday.

  • UCI announces quotas for men's road race at Rio Olympics

    January 18, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Spain and Italy received the full number of starters for men's road events at the Rio Olympics on Monday, while the U.S. was granted just two starters in the road race and two in the time trial.The UCI, the sport's global governing body, determines the number of starters for each nation based on previous year's results. The U.S. was 18th in the WorldTour rankings and fifth in the America Tour, leaving it the same number of starters as Latvia, Estonia and others.

  • James, Anthony top 30 finalists for Olympic basketball team

    January 19, 2016

    LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are a step closer to a fourth Olympics, and Stephen Curry is in position for his first.The NBA stars were among 30 players selected Monday as finalists for the U.S. basketball team that will attempt to win a third straight gold medal.

  • Olympic official confident for Alpine test races in S Korea

    January 17, 2016

    WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) Olympic course designer Bernhard Russi has ''full confidence'' that men's Alpine World Cup racers will go to South Korea next month for a 2018 Pyeongchang Games test event that was in doubt.Downhill and super-G races due Feb. 6-7 at Jeongseon were at risk from delays building a gondola to take people up the mountain.

  • Scheduling change allows Felix to go for double in Rio

    January 16, 2016

    It won't be the first time Allyson Felix will like what the clock says at the Olympics.America's top sprinter earned her first win of the 2016 Games on Saturday, when international track and field officials agreed to shift the schedule in Rio so Felix can try for gold in both the 200- and 400-meter races.

  • Rio de Janeiro Olympics facing deep cuts unseen in decades

    January 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Cuts, cuts and more cuts.That's the situation facing international sports federations, with just over six months to go before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Brazilian organizers will be meeting next month with federation leaders, and World Rowing executive director Matt Smith already knows what to expect: He's bracing for news that 4,000 temporary grandstand seats at the rowing Olympic venue won't be built.

  • Rio pushes back track cycling test event; venue delayed

    January 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic organizers in Rio de Janeiro are pushing back a test event in track cycling because the velodrome for the event is running behind schedule.Organizers said Friday that the test, set for March 18-20, was being rescheduled for April 29-May 1. Organizers said the delay would not affect the event in the Olympics, which run Aug. 5-21.

  • Ex-Hungary president to head advisers of Budapest's 2024 bid

    January 15, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Hungary's parliamentary speaker has appointed former Hungarian President Pal Schmitt as head of a group tasked with advising and promoting Budapest's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games.Others among the 23 ''Guardians of the Olympic Bid'' include chess grandmaster Judit Polgar, Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos, and International Weightlifting Federation President Tamas Ajan.

  • Russia says accusations of Putin's role in doping 'baffling'

    January 15, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The head of the Russian Olympic Committee said it was ''baffling'' to think that Vladimir Putin may have been consulted on doping by Russian athletes.A World Anti-Doping Agency commission's report published Thursday said former IAAF president Lamine Diack told a lawyer he would consult Putin, ''with whom he had struck up a friendship,'' to discuss doping cases against nine Russians ahead of the 2013 world championships in Moscow.

  • Tokyo 2020 stadium architect says his design not plagiarized

    January 15, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Kengo Kuma, the architect of Japan's new 2020 Olympics stadium, refuted allegations by British-Iraqi designer Zaha Hadid that his design borrowed from blueprints she made and which organizers dropped last year.''In the design, I would like to say there are no similarities at all,'' Kuma told reporters when asked Friday about complaints by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects over apparent similarities between her design and Kuma's.

  • Michael Phelps discovers true happiness in Arizona desert

    January 15, 2016

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Michael Phelps never knew he could be this happy.Not even while winning all those gold medals.He's engaged. His first child, an already above-average-sized boy, is due in May. He just bought a home that looks out on the jagged, stunning mountains of the Arizona desert. His job takes him to the swimming pool almost every day, where he usually works out under blue skies and bright sunshine.

  • Architect of Tokyo 2020 stadium says his design not a copy

    January 15, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Kengo Kuma, the architect of Japan's new 2020 Olympics stadium, refuted allegations Friday by British-Iraqi designer Zaha Hadid that his design borrowed from blueprints she made that organizers dropped last year.''In the design, I would like to say there are no similarities at all,'' Kuma told reporters when asked about complaints by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects over apparent similarities between her design and Kuma's.

  • No Boston Olympics joins call for Rome 2024 bid referendum

    January 14, 2016

    ROME (AP) The group that helped bring down Boston's Olympic bid is lending its support to the left-wing movement Radicali Italiani's call for a referendum on Rome's candidacy for the 2024 Games.''The citizens of Rome deserve the opportunity to have the same sort of debate, and a referendum - as suggested by Radicali Italiani - is the best way to ensure that happens,'' No Boston Olympics co-chair Chris Dempsey said in a statement distributed by the Radicali on Thursday.

  • China's Olympic team picks Sao Paulo for training camp

    January 14, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) More than 300 of China's top athletes will train in Sao Paulo, using Brazil's largest city as their base for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.In a statement, the large, multi-sports Pinheiros club says it will host up to 350 Chinese athletes from June 22 to Aug. 15.

  • Soviet 2x Olympic weightlift champ Leonid Zhabotinsky dies

    January 14, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Soviet weightlifting great Leonid Zhabotinsky, who won two Olympic gold medals and set multiple world records, has died at the age of 77 following a long illness.The Ukrainian Weightlifting Federation said Zhabotinsky died on Wednesday night, and paid tribute to him as an ''outstanding Ukrainian athlete.''

  • Russian 2x Olympic weightlift champ Leonid Zhabotinsky dies

    January 14, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Soviet weightlifting great Leonid Zhabotinsky, who won two Olympic gold medals and set multiple world records, has died at the age of 77 following a long illness.The Ukrainian Weightlifting Federation said Zhabotinsky died on Wednesday night, and paid tribute to him as an ''outstanding Ukrainian athlete.''

  • Japan's 74-year-old equestrian rider aims for Olympic berth

    January 14, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Japan's 74-year-old equestrian rider Hiroshi Hoketsu is aiming to compete at the 2016 Olympics.Hoketsu, who represented Japan at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, has applied for a qualifying trial for the Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Japan Equestrian Federation said Thursday.

  • Hadid says Japan trying to take stadium design copyrights

    January 14, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Architect Zaha Hadid says the Japan Sport Council is withholding money owed for work on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium design while demanding her company give up claims to copyrights.The Japan Sport Council was seeking to resolve the issue but would not comment on specifics of the contract with London-based Zaha Hadid Architects, or ZHA, the council said in a statement read over the phone on Thursday.

  • NFL return to LA buoys bid for 2024 Olympics

    January 13, 2016

    Here's an idea almost anyone in Olympic circles would love: a billion stadium they don't have to pay for.Leaders of the attempt to bring the 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles say they're excited about the prospect of adding the soon-to-be-built stadium to a list of possible venues.

  • Kuwait government sues Olympic body after IOC suspension

    January 13, 2016

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) The Kuwaiti government filed a .3 billion suit against 14 board members of the Gulf state's Olympic committee, including the influential head of the world association of national Olympic bodies.Among those named in the suit was Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the president of the Association of National Olympic Committees.

  • IOC: Newspaper refuses to provide emails in 'parcels' report

    January 12, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC asked a British newspaper for copies of the emails quoted in a report linking the son of former IAAF president Lamine Diack to alleged ''parcels'' to be delivered to six IOC members.The Guardian refused to turn over the material, the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday.

  • US World Cup winner Carli Lloyd gets FIFA world player award

    January 11, 2016

    ZURICH (AP) United States World Cup-winning captain Carli Lloyd has won the FIFA women's world player of the year award for 2015.Lloyd dominated a worldwide vote and collected the award at FIFA's annual awards ceremony in Zurich.In an emotional acceptance speech, Lloyd says: ''I honestly wouldn't be sitting up here, standing up here, without my incredible teammates.''

  • Montezemolo sees no 'necessity' for Rome bid referendum

    January 11, 2016

    ROME (AP) The chairman of Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics sees no need for a public referendum on the candidacy.Rome's city council voted ''nearly unanimously'' in support of the bid last year, ''and the government has expressed maximum support, so we don't see the necessity,'' Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said Monday.

  • Former English cricket board official hired by IOC

    January 11, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) A former official of the England and Wales cricket board is taking a new public affairs role with the International Olympic Committee.Philip French, director of public policy and international relations at the ECB, was appointed Monday to the new IOC position of director of the department of Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport.

  • Amid cuts, Panasonic steps in to aid Rio Olympic ceremonies

    January 9, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Facing severe budget cuts in almost all aspects of the games, the Rio de Janeiro Olympics are boosted by Panasonic signing on as a sponsor of the opening and closing ceremonies.In a statement, the Japanese electronics company said it would provide an array of equipment to project visual images and sound for the ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • Panasonic steps in to partner Rio Olympic ceremonies

    January 9, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Facing severe budget cuts in almost all aspects of the games, the Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been boosted by Japanese electronics company Panasonic signing on as a sponsor of the opening and closing ceremonies.In a statement, Panasonic said it would provide an array of equipment to project visual images and sound for the ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • Renzi reiterates support for Rome's 2024 Olympics bid

    January 9, 2016

    ROME (AP) Amid rising opposition and calls for a public referendum, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has reiterated his strong support of Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics.Writing in his weekly newsletter, Renzi says, ''It's not going to be easy, because we have tough opponents, starting with Paris. But the idea that Italy can start thinking large again and not give up its dreams anymore - as happened a few years ago with Rome - is a value that I want to defend.''

  • Organizers say 4 designs make shortlist for Tokyo 2020 logo

    January 9, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Olympic organizers in Japan say four entries have made a shortlist after a public competition for the design of a new logo for the 2020 Tokyo Games.The new logo will be unveiled in the spring after the organizers investigate and register trademarks.

  • WADA: Israel has fallen into line with anti-doping rules

    January 6, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Israel has fallen into line with the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency.WADA says its foundation board has voted to remove Israel from the list of countries found to be non-compliant with the world anti-doping code.WADA says Israel has ''drafted and adopted anti-doping rules'' in line with the global code.

  • IOC retested nearly 500 doping samples from 2006 Games

    January 6, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Nearly 500 doping samples from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin have been retested with improved techniques to try to catch any cheaters who escaped detection a decade ago, the IOC said Wednesday.The International Olympic Committee did not disclose whether the retests had produced any positive cases, saying it would announce any findings ''in due course.''

  • IOC says it rested nearly 500 doping samples from 2006 Games

    January 6, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC says nearly 500 doping samples from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin have been reanalyzed with improved testing methods.The International Olympic Committee did not say whether the retests produced any positive cases.

  • Radical group calls for referendum on Rome 2024 Olympics bid

    January 5, 2016

    ROME (AP) The small, left-wing movement Radicali Italiani is calling for a public referendum on Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics.''We believe that such an important decision for the future of the capital must be made by the citizens, and that's why we're asking Premier (Matteo) Renzi and (Rome's extraordinary commissioner Francesco Paolo) Tronca to hold a referendum,'' the group said as it launched a detailed website criticizing the bid.

  • Rio Olympic track stadium goes dark due to unpaid bills

    January 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The track and field stadium for this year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics was without power Monday with the city hall and Rio soccer club Botafogo blaming each other for unpaid utility bills.In a statement to The Associated Press, the city hall said Botafogo has been responsible for the utility bills since May 2015.

  • Ireland loses CAS appeal in 2016 Olympics team jumping case

    January 4, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Ireland has lost an appeal to have its equestrian jumping team cleared to compete in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its three-member panel issued an urgent ruling Monday, dismissing the Irish appeal against results at the 2015 European Championships.

  • 1976 Olympic champion boxer Howard Davis Jr. dies at 59

    January 1, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Olympic champion boxer Howard Davis Jr., who won the 1976 gold medal and was named over teammate Sugar Ray Leonard as the most outstanding fighter in the Montreal Games, has died of cancer, his wife said Friday.Davis, 59, died Wednesday at his Plantation home, surrounded by family, said Karla Guadamuz-Davis.

  • Bach: Sports bodies must clean up to protect credibility

    December 30, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Sports organizations must work harder than ever in 2016 to clean up their act after a year of corruption and doping scandals that tarnished the Olympic movement, IOC President Thomas Bach said Wednesday in a New Year's message.Bach said the entire Olympic world must live up to the public's expectations of integrity and heed his call from a year ago to ''change or be changed.''

  • 11 football venues across Italy chosen for Rome Olympic bid

    December 23, 2015

    ROME (AP) Eleven cities across Italy would host football matches as part of Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics.Among the venues selected on Wednesday for the men's and women's tournaments are the San Siro in Milan, Juventus' home ground in Turin, and the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

  • Brazil attorney general alleges bribes tied to Rio Olympics

    December 22, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil's attorney general is investigating allegations that bribes were paid to a powerful lawmaker to help secure contracts for the building of venues and other works for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.In documents obtained by The Associated Press, Attorney General Rodrigo Janot accuses Eduardo Cunha, speaker of the lower house in Brazil's two-chamber legislature, of receiving 1.9 million Brazilian reals (5,000) from the construction company OAS to craft legislation favorable for the company.

  • Russian government to take charge of Moscow anti-doping lab

    December 22, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) The Russian government has given the sports ministry three months to take charge of the Moscow anti-doping lab at the center of a major drug scandal.Russia's track and field federation was suspended by the IAAF after a World Anti-Doping Agency panel accused the country of operating a widespread, state-sponsored doping program and covering up positive tests.

  • The old and new designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium

    December 22, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japan has replaced a futuristic design for its 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium with a cheaper and more understated one.Gone is the massive oblong dome designed by architect Zaha Hadid, dismissed by the government last July as public opposition rose to its high cost and visual impact on the surrounding neighborhood.

  • Toyota head resigns from Tokyo Olympic committee

    December 21, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) The head of Toyota Motor Corp. stepped down Monday as vice president of the organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as organizers acknowledged the cost of hosting the games will be far higher than originally thought.The committee said that Akio Toyoda is expected to be replaced by the president of Panasonic, Kazuhiro Tsuga.

  • Pyeongchang organizers: gondola to be ready for Alpine test

    December 20, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Organizers for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang say that the construction of a gondola will be completed in time for the Alpine test event in February.A men's World Cup downhill and super-G are scheduled to be held at the Jeongseon resort on Feb. 6-7.

  • Cagliari chosen as sailing venue in Rome's Olympic bid

    December 19, 2015

    ROME (AP) Cagliari on the Italian island of Sardinia has been chosen as the proposed sailing venue in Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.Cagliari and Bari were on a shortlist of two after beating 15 other cities in the first phase.In a statement Saturday, the organizing committee says Cagliari was chosen because it ''offered the best weather-marine conditions with better intensity of wind and greater regularity.''

  • Felix training to run 200, 400 at Olympics on same day

    December 19, 2015

    American sprinter Allyson Felix's training is all geared toward the finish line in the 200 and 400 meters at the Rio Olympics. Schedule allowing, she hopes to be in the starting blocks for both races.Problem is, those events are scheduled to happen 75 minutes apart.

  • Correction: Tokyo 2020 story

    December 16, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) In a story Dec. 14 about proposed Olympic Stadium designs, The Associated Press misidentified the president of the Japan Sport Council is Kazumi Daito. It is Kazumi Ohigashi.A corrected version of the story is below:Correction: Tokyo 2020 story

  • Olympic legacy? Rio urban planner, report raise questions

    December 15, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A Rio de Janeiro urban planner warns that next year's Olympics will widen the gap between the wealthy and the poor in this already socially stratified city.Orlando Santos Jr. of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro helped research a 190-page report that cites abuses linked to the games and questions the legacy for most of Rio's 12 million residents.

  • Beijing names head of 2022 Winter Games organizing committee

    December 16, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) Beijing's Communist Party chief has been appointed head of the organizing committee for the 2022 Winter Games.Guo Jinlong said his first task would be to review Beijing's host city contract and the IOC's ''Olympic Agenda 2020'' program before coming up with a detailed agenda, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

  • World Sailing: Olympians willing to risk illness for medals

    December 15, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Competing in waters in the picturesque heart of Rio de Janeiro.Staying in the Olympic village with tickets and the ceremonies.And, most importantly, collecting an Olympic medal.These will justify the risk of being infected by Rio's polluted waters, according to a World Sailing federation official.

  • Olympians association opposes blanket ban on all Russians

    December 14, 2015

    MONACO (AP) The global association of Olympic athletes says it's unfair that all Russia's track and field athletes have been banned from international competition because of allegations of state-sponsored doping.The World Olympians Association calls for an ''urgent solution'' that allows athletes who have not been involved in doping to be able to compete.

  • Colosseum features in logo of Rome bid for 2024 Olympics

    December 14, 2015

    ROME (AP) A design of the Colosseum in the colors of the Italian flag has been chosen as the logo of Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics.The logo was presented Monday at a ceremony in the Italian capital in front of 2,500 schoolchildren, as well as current and former Italian Olympic champions.

  • Japan gets peek at new proposed Olympic stadium designs

    December 14, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Two groups competing for the lucrative contract to build the new stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have disclosed their design proposals.The Japan Sports Council released the designs on Monday and said the winner will be chosen this month. It did not identify which companies have proposed which designs.

  • Federations to work with IOC on setting up anti-doping body

    December 11, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) International sports federations say they are ready to cooperate on the establishment of an independent drug-testing body under the control of the World Anti-Doping Agency.IOC President Thomas Bach met Friday with Francesco Ricci Bitti, who heads the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, to discuss issues of governance and anti-doping.

  • Federer plans to team with Hingis in Rio Olympics doubles

    December 11, 2015

    Roger Federer says he'll be teaming up with Martina Hingis for Switzerland in mixed doubles at next year's Rio Olympics.Federer wrote Friday on Twitter that he is ''really excited'' about the pairing, and posted a photo of the two tennis stars from what he said was 15 years ago.

  • Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad to appeal 6-month sentence

    December 11, 2015

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) A Kuwaiti sheikh who is a major powerbroker in the Olympics and world soccer was sentenced to six months in prison for comments made in a television interview three years ago, a local newspaper reported Friday.Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who is a member of Kuwait's royal family, denied any wrongdoing and said he would appeal the sentence and verdict. He was convicted of disobeying a prosecutor's gag order by discussing a video involving a purported plot to overthrow the government.

  • Olympic powerbroker gets 6-month prison term in Kuwait

    December 11, 2015

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) A Kuwaiti sheikh who is a major powerbroker in the Olympics and world soccer was sentenced to six months in prison for comments made in a television interview three years ago, a local newspaper reported Friday.Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who is a member of Kuwait's royal family, denied any wrongdoing and said he would appeal the sentence and verdict. He was convicted of disobeying a prosecutor's gag order by discussing a video involving a purported plot to overthrow the government.

  • With no headgear, US Olympic boxers are struggling with cuts

    December 11, 2015

    RENO, Nev. (AP) Antonio Vargas never had a cut in his boxing life until blood trickled down his forehead Wednesday during his most important bout.The touted flyweight fought through the surprise and pain, but his Olympic dreams were imperiled when he lost a split decision at the U.S. team trials.

  • Globo secures Olympic TV rights in Brazil through 2032

    December 10, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Globo has secured broadcast rights in Brazil to the Olympics through 2032, the latest long-term, multi-games TV deal for the IOC.The International Olympic Committee said Thursday that Globo, Brazil's dominant media company, was awarded the rights on a non-exclusive basis for free television and on an exclusive basis for subscription TV, internet and mobile platforms.

  • Head of Russia's scandal-hit anti-doping agency resigns

    December 10, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) The head of Russia's anti-doping agency has resigned, less than a month after the organization was suspended following the publication of a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report which accused it of covering up doping by the country's athletes.

  • IOC to begin auditing of money to international federations

    December 10, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC will launch an independent auditing of the money it gives to sports organizations in a bid to prevent the type of corruption scandals that have engulfed the governing bodies of soccer and track and field.Noting that many sports bodies are concerned their ''reputation is being tarnished'' by the FIFA and IAAF scandals, the IOC executive board on Thursday adopted a ''declaration on good governance in sport and the protection of clean athletes.''

  • IOC VP: Brazil economic crisis will inevitably affect games

    December 9, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The political and economic turmoil in Brazil will ''inevitably'' affect next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, a senior IOC official said Wednesday, as Brazilian organizers declared that preparations remain fully on track for the games despite the grim financial situation.

  • IOC approves switch of cycling venues for Tokyo Olympics

    December 9, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) After months of negotiations, the IOC on Wednesday approved the cycling venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including the cost-cutting move of indoor track events to a facility located two hours from the host city.The International Olympic Committee said moving track cycling from Tokyo to an existing velodrome in Izu would save 0 million in construction costs, bringing to .8 billion the total savings from a series of venue changes for the games.

  • IOC approves cycling venues for Tokyo Olympics

    December 9, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) After months of negotiations, the IOC has approved the cycling venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.In the biggest change, the indoor track cycling events will be moved to Izu, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Tokyo.The international cycling union had initially resisted the move, saying it would detract from the Olympic experience.

  • Bach says scandals undermining the credibility of sports

    December 8, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Recent scandals are undermining the credibility of sports and casting suspicion on millions of clean athletes, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday.Bach called on all sports organizations to follow rules of ''good governance'' to prevent the type of corruption cases that have rocked the global governing bodies of soccer and track and field.

  • 1st stone symbolically laid for new IOC headquarters

    December 8, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The first stone for the new IOC headquarters was symbolically laid on Tuesday.The 200 million Swiss francs (0 million) project will allow the International Olympic Committee to house all 600 employees under one roof.Ground clearing on the new site is scheduled to begin in April, and the new building is expected to open in 2020.

  • Lausanne to host 2016 SportAccord Convention in April

    December 8, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Lausanne will host a major sports industry conference next year.Organizers announced Monday that the SportAccord Convention will be held from April 17-22 at the Swiss Tech Convention Center.Dubai had pulled out as the original host.

  • IOC says no threat of suspension for Mexico

    December 8, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Mexico has avoided any threat of suspension from the Olympics after the IOC found no evidence that the government was interfering in the work of sports federations.Pere Miro, the IOC's deputy director general of relations with the Olympic movement, said Tuesday the Mexican government has assured the International Olympic Committee that it respects the autonomy of national sports bodies and will not meddle in their leadership.

  • Bach renews calls for fight against corruption and doping

    December 8, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach called for renewed efforts Tuesday to combat corruption and doping, saying recent scandals are undermining the credibility of sports and unfairly casting suspicion on millions of clean athletes.

  • American lawyer Lenard to head arbitration panel at Olympics

    December 7, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) American lawyer Michael Lenard will head the arbitration panel that will hear any legal disputes at next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Monday that Lenard will lead the 14-person tribunal that will rule on disputes involving doping, eligibility and other issues.

  • IOC to hear from Rio organizers amid budget cuts, recession

    December 7, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The president is facing impeachment proceedings. The economy is in free fall. The country is reeling from a wide-ranging corruption scandal.Such is the grim backdrop in Brazil as organizers of next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro prepare to make their latest progress report to the IOC.

  • Tokyo Olympic organizers get thousands of logo applications

    December 7, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Olympic organizers in Japan say they have received more than 14,000 applications for the design of the new logo for the 2020 Tokyo Games by Monday's deadline.The emblem selection committee plans to choose 100 to 200 candidates by the end of the year and will narrow the list down by Jan. 9. The new logo will be unveiled next spring.

  • Rio 2016 organizers change minds, will provide free air con

    December 4, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Throw away the floor fans.Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizers have changed their minds and said Thursday that athletes will have free air conditioning in their bedrooms at the athletes village.The decision to have free air conditioning comes after The Associated Press reported this week that about 10,000 Olympic athletes would have to pay for it because of budget cuts.

  • Rio 2016 organizers change mind, will provide free air con

    December 4, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Throw away the floor fans.Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizers have changed their minds and say athletes will have free air conditioning in their bedrooms at the athletes' village.The decision to provide complimentary air conditioning comes after The Associated Press reported this week that about 10,000 Olympic athletes would have to pay for it because of budget cuts.

  • 3 gold medalists among 6 Australian Olympic sailors named

    December 3, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) The first six members of Australia's sailing team for next year's Rio Olympics have been selected, including three gold medalists from London in 2012.The Australian Olympic Committee said Friday that Mathew Belcher, the 470 champion from London, will attempt to defend his title in Rio. Will Ryan pairs with Belcher, replacing the retired Malcolm Page.

  • Column: With more FIFA arrests, sport turns corners for 2016

    December 3, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Another day, another reason to think that professional sports no longer deserve the adoration of their fans.With police in Switzerland hauling away yet more soccer officials suspected of taking bribes and prosecutors in France investigating track and field administrators alleged to have hushed up doping, fans would be right to think they've been mugged. Much of 2015 has felt like a long, concerted effort by inept or crooked leaders at FIFA and other governing bodies of much-loved sports to alienate the world completely.

  • Air conditioning in athletes village hit by Rio budget cuts

    December 3, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The 10,500 athletes at next year's Olympics will feel first-hand the deep budget cuts buffeting the Rio de Janeiro Games: they won't have air conditioning in their bedrooms unless someone pays for it.Charging for air conditioning is part of what games organizers call finding ''fat'' and cutting it.

  • Olympic, global health officials flip-flop over viral tests

    December 2, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Since The Associated Press first reported on contamination of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waterways, Olympic officials and the World Health Organization have changed their minds repeatedly about whether to undertake viral testing to ensure the safety of athletes. Here's a rundown of what's been promised, then retracted.

  • Budapest rejects holding referendum on 2024 Olympic bid

    December 2, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Budapest's city council on Wednesday rejected a proposal by members of opposition parties to hold a referendum on the Hungarian capital's bid for the 2024 Olympics.Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos rebuffed the idea of a public vote as ''political demagoguery'' and said it was unclear whether residents had adequate information about the Olympics two years before the host city is chosen.

  • New AP test: Rio's Olympic water consistently contaminated

    December 2, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Olympic waters in this city are more widely contaminated by sewage than previously known and pose a greater threat to athletes' health ahead of next year's games, according to new results from tests commissioned by The Associated Press.

  • Timeline of Rio Olympic water testing broken promises

    December 2, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Confusion, mixed signals from authorities since The Associated Press first reported on contamination of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waterways:---July 30 - The Associated Press publishes its first story based on data from five months of viral and bacterial testing of Rio's venues for Olympic water sports. The levels of disease-causing viruses were similar to those found in raw sewage. The medical director of the International Olympic Committee says in response that there are no plans to change venues and that the World Health Organization, which acts in an advisory role for the IOC, has reassured Olympic officials there is ''no significant risk of athlete health.''

  • AP test: Rio Olympic water badly polluted, even far offshore

    December 2, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic sailor Erik Heil floated a novel idea to protect himself from the sewage-infested waters he and other athletes will compete in during next year's games: He'd wear plastic overalls and peel them off when he was safely past the contaminated waters nearest shore.

  • Rome won't hold referendum on bid for 2024 Olympics

    December 1, 2015

    ROME (AP) While Hamburg's bid for the 2020 Olympics was rejected by German voters, leaders of Rome's bid are sticking to their plans of avoiding a referendum.''The citizens in Rome are very particular,'' bid ambassador Fiona May said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press. ''Italians are very passionate. I don't think you need to do a referendum. You feel it.''

  • Former sports official in South Africa killed by intruders

    December 1, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) A former high-ranking South African sports official was shot and killed early Tuesday by armed robbers at his Johannesburg home, the national Olympic committee said.Banele Sindani, who was a former chief executive of the South African Olympic committee, was 60. He also worked with Athletics South Africa and the Soweto Marathon.

  • Tokyo government to pay a quarter of Olympic stadium cost

    December 1, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) The Tokyo city government agreed Tuesday to foot a quarter of the 158 billion yen (.3 billion) cost for the new stadium for the 2020 Olympics.The Tokyo government will pay 39.5 billion yen (0.8 million) of the total cost. The national government will pay half, or 79.1 billion yen (0 million), and proceeds from a national sports lottery will cover the remaining 39.5 billion yen.

  • Germany deals IOC and Bach a message: No thanks, to Olympics

    November 30, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Once again, German voters delivered a harsh and sobering message to the Olympic movement: No thanks.The rejection of Hamburg's bid for the 2024 Olympics in a referendum sent out another clear signal that the IOC still has a lot of work to do to convince cities that hosting the games is a boon not a burden.

  • Thomas Bach: Hamburg bid rejection is 'missed opportunity'

    November 30, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The rejection of Hamburg's bid for the 2024 Olympics marks a ''missed opportunity'' for the city and Germany, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday.Hamburg withdrew its bid Sunday after it was defeated in a referendum by voters in the northern port city. The vote was 51.6 percent against, and 48.4 percent in favor.

  • Merkel regrets Hamburg's rejection of 2024 Olympic bid

    November 30, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) A spokeswoman for Angela Merkel says the German chancellor regrets the decision by Hamburg residents to reject the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics.Officials announced Sunday that bid opponents won with 51.6 percent of the vote, with 48.4 percent in favor.

  • Russia drops plan to disband doping agency after scandal

    November 30, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Russia says it will reform its national anti-doping agency rather than shut it down.The agency, known as RUSADA, was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Nov. 18 after being accused of covering up positive drug tests by leading Russian athletes.

  • Hamburg voters reject 2024 Olympic bid in referendum

    November 29, 2015

    Hamburg residents rejected the German port city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics in a public referendum on Sunday.Opponents to the bid won with 51.6 percent of the vote, with 48.4 percent in favor.''That's a decision that we didn't want, but it's clear,'' said Hamburg mayor Olaf Scholz.

  • Hamburg voters deciding on 2024 Olympic bid in referendum

    November 29, 2015

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Voters in Hamburg are going to the polls in a referendum on the German port city's candidacy to host the 2024 Olympics.About 1.3 million people in Hamburg and the nearby port city of Kiel, where sailing events would be held, are eligible to have their say at voting stations opened since 8 a.m. local time on Sunday.

  • Fencing great Valentina Vezzali fails to qualify for Rio

    November 28, 2015

    TURIN, Italy (AP) Six-time Olympic champion fencer Valentina Vezzali won't be competing at next year's Rio de Janeiro Games after failing to qualify Saturday.The 41-year-old Vezzali was eliminated in the second round of the foil event at the Trofeo Inalpi meet, while Italian teammate Arianna Errigo reached the semifinals and gained the necessary points to qualify.

  • IOC leaders to discuss Mexico dispute next month

    November 27, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) A dispute that could lead to Mexico's suspension from the Olympics will be discussed by IOC leaders next month.The International Olympic Committee said Friday the issue of government interference in Mexico will be reviewed by its policy-making executive board at its Dec. 8-10 meeting in Lausanne.

  • Russia vows to follows all WADA recommendations on doping

    November 27, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Russia says it will follow any recommendations from the World Anti-Doping Agency to clean up its own troubled drug-testing body.A WADA commission's report this month accused the Russian anti-doping agency, RUSADA, of covering up failed drug tests by top athletes. RUSADA was suspended by WADA following the report's publication.

  • Hamburg voters to decide on 2024 Olympic bid

    November 26, 2015

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Leaders of Hamburg's bid for the 2024 Olympics hope that a soccer scandal, unsettled costs and fear of attacks won't dissuade voters from backing the German port city's candidacy on Sunday.About 1.3 million people in Hamburg and the nearby port city of Kiel hold the bid fate in their hands in a public referendum. Kiel is where sailing events would be held.

  • Brazil auditor worried by border security for Rio Olympics

    November 25, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A government watchdog said Wednesday that ''flaws'' in Brazil's border security are a ''big concern'' heading toward next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Augusto Nardes, a government auditor, told a news conference organized by Brazil's Justice Ministry that police and military need better ways to control the country's 17,000 kilometer-long (10,500-mile) border, which touches 10 countries and runs through remote areas of the Amazon jungle.

  • Brazil watchdog worried by border security for Rio Olympics

    November 25, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A government watchdog says ''flaws'' in Brazil's border security are a ''big concern'' heading toward the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next year.Augusto Nardes, speaking at a news conference organized by Brazil's Justice Ministry on Wednesday, says Brazil's police and military need better ways to control the country's 17,000 kilometer-long (10,500-mile) border, which touches 10 countries and runs through remote areas of the Amazon jungle.

  • Summer Olympic federations set up anti-doping task force

    November 25, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Summer sports federations have set up a task force to study their anti-doping programs as Olympic officials consider turning over all drug-testing to an independent body.The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations said the task force will be headed by archery federation president Ugur Erdener, who also chairs the IOC's medical commission.

  • Hungary scolded for claiming European support for 2024 bid

    November 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) Europe's Olympic association scolded Hungary on Tuesday for claiming it has secured the backing of 16 European countries for Budapest's bid for the 2024 Games.The Hungarian Olympic Committee said Monday that Budapest had received support from the national Olympic bodies from central and southern Europe. A resolution, proposed by the head of Croatia's Olympic committee, was approved by the 16 countries during last week's European Olympic Committees general assembly in Prague, the Hungarians said.

  • Olympic qualifying draw sets up possible US-Canada final

    November 23, 2015

    The World Cup-champion U.S. women's national team will face Costa Rica to open the eight-team CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in February.The United States has won the past three tournaments that determine the Olympic representatives from North and Central America and the Caribbean. The U.S. team has gone on to win the gold medal in the last three Olympics.

  • Rio Olympic golf course handed over to games organizers

    November 22, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rio de Janeiro's Olympic golf course - slowed by environmental lawsuits, land ownership disputes and doubts it even needed to be built - was handed over Sunday to organizers of next year's games.Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes spent 15 minutes defending the course, built in the wealthy neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca, where most Olympic venues will be located.

  • Mayor trusts Rio Olympic security, but says 'have to worry'

    November 21, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Mayor Eduardo Paes expressed confidence Saturday in security for next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but was also cautious in the wake of the attacks in Paris just over a week ago.''We have to worry,'' Paes said, speaking at the field hockey venue for the games. ''The attacks to Paris were not to Paris, but to the civilized world. ... This can happen anywhere and we are going to take good care of the security of the Olympic Games, and things are going to go well.''

  • Los Angeles focus on vision, public support for Olympic bid

    November 20, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Leaders of Los Angeles' bid to host the 2024 Olympics took away two clear ideas from meetings at IOC headquarters on Friday.Vision and public support must be at the heart of bid files they will submit on returning to Lausanne in three months' time.

  • Paris determined 'more than ever' to host 2024 Olympics

    November 20, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) The deadly attacks in Paris won't deter the French capital's bid to host the 2024 Olympics.Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris bid, said Friday the group is determined ''more than ever'' to bring the games to the city in the wake of the coordinated attacks that killed 130 people.

  • 2019 Euro Games host decision delayed due to Russian doping

    November 20, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) The European Olympic Committees say a decision about the host of the 2019 European Games will be delayed due to the Russian doping scandal.Patrick Hickey, the EOC president, told the general assembly in Prague on Friday that after the Netherlands pulled out ''our preferred host nation was Russia.''

  • IOC president proposes overhaul of WADA doping operations

    November 20, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach proposed an overhaul of the World Anti-Doping Agency's operations Friday, including the creation of independent testing and professional intelligence-gathering units to avoid the kind of scandals that have embroiled Russia and track and field.

  • IOC president: Russia taking 1st steps to fix doping scandal

    November 20, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach says he has been notified of ''some very important first steps'' taken by Russia to reform its anti-doping program following the suspension of its track and field federation.Bach spoke Friday with Russian Olympic Committee chief Alexander Zhukov, who informed him of measures being taken to sanction drug cheats and fall into compliance with global anti-doping rules.

  • Bulgaria barred from 2016 Olympic weightlifting for doping

    November 19, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Bulgaria cannot send a weightlifting team to the 2016 Olympics because of its steroids doping record.The International Weightlifting Federation says its executive board ruled that ''Bulgaria is not eligible to participate'' in Rio de Janeiro in August.

  • Paris 2024 Olympic bid takes rivals' goodwill to IOC meets

    November 19, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Leaders of Paris' bid to host the 2024 Olympics took goodwill messages from campaign rivals to meetings with the IOC on Thursday.Six days after deadly terror attacks on their city, Paris bid staffers fulfilled long-scheduled plans to discuss strategy with Olympic officials.

  • Mexico's participation in Rio Olympics under threat

    November 19, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Mexico's participation in next year's Olympics could be in jeopardy because of a conflict between the government and national sports federations.The sports bodies are facing financial inspections by a national government agency, which is questioning how funds are being spent.

  • Athletes want probe to go beyond Russian track team

    November 19, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Cleaning up the corrupt anti-doping system in Russia matters because of these stories:-Cross-country skier Beckie Scott missed out on her Olympic gold-medal celebration in 2002 because she was beaten by a group of Russian drug cheats.

  • WADA declares Russian anti-doping agency noncompliant

    November 18, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The easy part was shutting down Russia's anti-doping agency until further notice.The hard part for the World Anti-Doping Agency was, well, everything else.WADA's top policymaking board handed down a declaration of noncompliance to Russia's anti-doping agency Wednesday, in a much-expected rebuke for the country where corruption has been exposed throughout its sports and drug-fighting systems.

  • WADA athlete chair calls for all sports to be investigated

    November 18, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) While the World Anti-Doping Agency geared up to suspend Russia's anti-doping operation, calls for investigation into that country's entire sports program came from athletes and leaders outside of track and field who worry their sports have been tainted, too.

  • Edwin Moses: Russian track team should be banned from Rio

    November 18, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Olympic champion Edwin Moses argued that the only fair penalty for the Russian track team is to ban it from next year's Olympics.Speaking to the World Anti-Doping Agency's foundation board Wednesday, Moses said ''the only sanction that can send the message that enough is enough is to state loudly and clearly that the Russian athletics team cannot go to Rio.''

  • Olympic athlete calls for all sports to be investigated

    November 18, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) While the World Anti-Doping Agency geared up to suspend Russia's anti-doping operation, calls for further investigation into that country's entire sports program came from athletes and leaders outside of track and field who fear their sports have been tainted, too.

  • Investigator: Russian track team still can make it to Rio

    November 17, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The author of the report that detailed anti-doping corruption in Russia believes the country that spent billion on hosting the Sochi Olympics should be able to fix its system in time to get the track team to next year's Summer Games.

  • WADA selects Olivier Niggli as new general director

    November 17, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The World Anti-Doping Agency has tapped chief operating officer and general counsel Olivier Niggli as its new director general.Niggli will take the spot currently held by David Howman, who is stepping down next year. Niggli worked as WADA's legal director and chief financial officer from 2001-11.

  • Former modern pentathlon champ gets role with Budapest bid

    November 17, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former Olympic modern pentathlon champion Attila Mizser has joined Budapest's bid for the 2024 Olympics.Mizser, who won a team gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, was appointed as director of sports and venues of the Budapest bid committee on Tuesday.

  • IOC panel: Kuwait keeping athletes out of qualifying events

    November 17, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC athletes' commission has condemned attempts by Kuwaiti authorities to prevent athletes from competing in qualifying events for next year's Olympics.Kuwait's national Olympic committee was suspended by the IOC last month for government interference.

  • AP NewsBreak: Leaders say no to Russian track at Rio Games

    November 16, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Leaders of the world anti-doping movement called for Russian track athletes to be banned from next year's Olympics, saying Monday that the nine-month window between now and the Games isn't enough to ensure the program and its athletes are clean.

  • Guo Jie, oldest surviving Olympian, dies at 103

    November 16, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) Guo Jie, a former Chinese discus thrower who was the world's oldest surviving Olympian, has died. He was 103.The Xi'an Institute of Physical Education, where he had served as a coach and instructor, said Guo died Sunday.Guo represented China in the discus at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin after setting a national record the year before. At the Berlin Games, he produced a personal best throw of 41.13 meters (135 feet, 6 inches) but failed to make the final.

  • Alpine test for 2018 Pyeongchang Games passes key deadline

    November 16, 2015

    OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) The Alpine skiing test event in February for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, seems to be on track.The International Ski Federation had set Nov. 15 as the deadline to decide whether construction on a gondola at the Jeongseon resort was moving forward fast enough.

  • Bach: Russia can only return if compliant with global rules

    November 15, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Russia's track and field athletes will be eligible for the Olympics only if the country falls into line with all global anti-doping rules and the reforms are verifiable, IOC President Thomas Bach said Sunday in an interview with The Associated Press.

  • IOC's Bach confident in Rio security after Paris attacks

    November 15, 2015

    LONDON (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach expressed confidence Sunday in the ability of Brazilian authorities to protect next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.With the games nine months away, the bomb and gun attacks in the French capital that left at least 129 people dead and over 350 wounded will raise concerns over the safety of athletes and fans at the Olympics. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks.

  • IOC discusses 2026 bidding with 7 winter federations

    November 13, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Hoping to avoid a repeat of the narrow list of candidates for the 2022 Olympics, the IOC's top management has met with seven international winter sports federations to discuss the bidding process for the 2026 Games.Beijing was selected as host of the 2022 Games in July, narrowly defeating Almaty, Kazakhstan - the only other candidate after the withdrawal of four European cities, including Oslo and Stockholm, for political or economic reasons.

  • At Rio Olympics, Paltrinieri won't be surprised by Sun Yang

    November 13, 2015

    ROME (AP) Gregorio Paltrinieri won't be surprised again by Sun Yang.The Italian swimmer recovered from his initial shock over his Chinese rival's last-minute no-show to win the longest race in the pool at this year's world championships.For next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Paltrinieri is already considering the possibility that Sun won't enter the 1,500-meter freestyle at all.

  • 6 countries bidding to host Olympic basketball qualifiers

    November 13, 2015

    Six countries are in the running to host the qualifying tournaments that will determine the last three spots in the Olympic basketball tournament.Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Philippines, Serbia and Turkey have submitted bids to host the tournaments that will be held from July 4-10.

  • LA 2024 tabs Goldman Sachs executive Gene Sykes as CEO

    November 12, 2015

    The new CEO of the effort to bring the Olympics back to Los Angeles loves the idea so much, he's working for free.Gene Sykes, an executive with Goldman Sachs, will work full time as CEO of Los Angeles 2024 and won't get a paycheck.''I'm fortunate that I've had a career, I've gotten to a point in my life, where I can afford to do things where I don't need to be paid,'' Sykes said Thursday.

  • Magic Johnson joins Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid team

    November 11, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Hall of Famer and former Olympian Magic Johnson has been named vice chair of the group trying to lure the 2024 Olympic Games to Los Angeles.Johnson, who won five NBA titles with the Lakers, says in a statement that Los Angeles is ''the best sports town in America.''

  • Sports leaders agree to idea of merging 2 SportAccord bodies

    November 11, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) International sports federations agreed Wednesday to merge their umbrella body with the organization that runs a major industry convention.The SportAccord Council, which represents Olympic and non-Olympic sports, would merge with SportAccord Convention next year.

  • Fencing champion Bianchedi named Rome 2024 general director

    November 11, 2015

    ROME (AP) Two-time Olympic fencing gold medalist Diana Bianchedi is the new general director of Rome's bid for the 2024 Games.The bid team says Bianchedi is replacing Claudio Bugno, who is leaving for a new job.The 46-year-old Bianchedi won gold medals in team foil for Italy at the 1992 and 2000 Olympics, plus five world titles. She has a degree in sports medicine and was the Italian Olympic Committee's first female vice president - one of several positions she has held at CONI.

  • NZ Olympic Committee receives IOC Women in Sport award

    November 10, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The New Zealand Olympic Committee has become the first national Olympic body to receive the IOC's women in sport world trophy.At the awards ceremony at the Olympic Museum, the NZOC was honored on Tuesday for its longstanding efforts to promote women in sport, that have resulted in strong female representation on its board, in senior management, and on its Olympic teams.

  • USOC grants USA Football recognition as sports organization

    November 10, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The U.S. Olympic Committee added USA Football to its formal list of recognized sports organization for all forms of American football.Monday's announcement means USA football will have a seat on the multi-sport organization council, a group that includes the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations.

  • IOC suspends Diack; opens way for stripping of medals

    November 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The IOC suspended Lamine Diack as an honorary member Tuesday and said it was ready to strip medals from any Russian athletes found guilty of doping and consider retesting samples from the Sochi Olympics.The International Olympic Committee convened an urgent meeting of its executive board by video conference to consider what action to take in response to the corruption and doping crisis engulfing track and field.

  • Rio Olympic organizers confirm football schedule

    November 10, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The opening football match for the Olympic men's tournament will be in Brasilia on Aug. 4, a day before the opening ceremony for the Rio de Janeiro Games.The women's tournament will open on Aug. 3 in Rio's Maracana Stadium.Both finals will be at Maracana, the venue for last year's World Cup final. The women's final is on Aug. 19 followed by the men on Aug. 20.

  • Yeo appointed sec-gen of Pyeongchang organizing committee

    November 9, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Yeo Hyeong-gu was appointed secretary-general of the organizing committee for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and went straight to work Monday at a staff meeting in Seoul.He will oversee preparation of competition venues, the venue for opening and closing ceremonies and Olympic villages, and also be responsible for areas including marketing, accommodation, transport and promotion.

  • Yeo Hyeong-gu appointed sec-general of PyeongChang 2018

    November 9, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Yeo Hyeong-gu was appointed secretary general of the organizing committee for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and went straight to work Monday at a staff meeting in Seoul.He will oversee preparation of competition venues, the venue for opening and closing ceremonies and Olympic villages, and also be responsible for areas including marketing, accommodation, transport and promotion.

  • Thousands form giant Olympic rings in Hamburg

    November 8, 2015

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Thousands of people have gathered in a Hamburg park to form giant Olympic rings, weeks before the city's residents vote on whether its bid for the 2024 Games should go ahead.People who turned up to the northern port city's Stadtpark on Sunday without clothes in the right color were given ponchos in blue, black, red, yellow or green, news agency dpa reported.

  • Japan Sports Agency sets goals for Rio, Tokyo Olympics

    November 5, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) The newly formed Japan Sports Agency has set ambitious goals for the nation's athletes at both the Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo Olympics.Headed by Seoul Olympics swimming gold medalist Daichi Suzuki, the government agency has targets of at least 10 gold medals at next year's Rio games and a minimum of 20 at Tokyo in 2020.

  • Women fill out list of USOC Team of Year candidates

    November 5, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) All three nominees for the U.S. Olympic Team of the Year award are women's teams.The world-champion bobsled and water polo teams and the World Cup champion soccer team are the nominees in the voting, which is open to fans from Thursday through Nov. 20.

  • Paris 2024 bid announces plans for Olympic Village

    November 5, 2015

    PARIS (AP) The athletes village for the 2024 Olympics will be located in the northern suburbs of Paris if the French capital wins the right to host the games.The Paris bid committee said Thursday the village would be located in the Pleyel area, a 50-hectare (125-acre) site next to the river Seine in the popular district of Seine-Saint-Denis.

  • IOC refers Lamine Diack case to ethics commission

    November 4, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC ethics commission will look into the case of Lamine Diack, the former IAAF president who is under investigation in France on corruption and money-laundering charges.Diack is an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee. French authorities said Wednesday he was placed under investigation on suspicion of taking at least 200,000 euros (0,000) from Russia to cover up positive doping tests.

  • UCI close to agreement on Tokyo Olympic venue move

    November 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) After months of negotiations, the UCI is nearing final agreement with Olympic organizers on their proposal to move cycling events at the 2020 Tokyo Games to a venue outside the capital to save money.Brian Cookson, president of cycling's governing body, told The Associated Press that the UCI stands ready to accept the change but is looking for certain ''assurances'' to ''minimize'' the impact of moving events so far from the host city.

  • South Africa rugby star Habana aiming to play at Olympics

    November 4, 2015

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) South African rugby great Bryan Habana is in contention to play at the Olympics after being included Wednesday in the national sevens squad for the 2015-16 season.Rugby sevens is making its debut at next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • China approves budget for 2022 Winter Olympics rail link

    November 4, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) China has approved the budget for a 58.41 billion yuan (.22 billion) high-speed rail project connecting Beijing to the outdoor venues for the 2022 Winter Olympics, a crucial piece of infrastructure for staging the games.State media reports said construction on the 174 kilometer (108-mile) line to Zhangjiakou in neighboring Hebei province will last 4 1/2 years.

  • Kuwait terminates agreement with Olympic Council of Asia

    November 2, 2015

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) Kuwait's government has decided to terminate its agreement with the Olympic Council of Asia.Kuwait's state-run KUNA news agency reported the government's decision, saying it came during a Cabinet meeting Monday.KUNA quoted Minster of Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammed Al Sabah as saying the decision came after the International Olympic Committee suspended Kuwait for political interference last week.

  • Mikaela Mayer edges Gonzalez, wins US women's boxing trials

    November 1, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Mikaela Mayer won the lightweight division of the U.S. Olympic women's boxing trials Sunday, beating Jajaira Gonzalez by a narrow split decision for the second time this week.Gonzalez beat Mayer by unanimous decision Saturday to force the decisive third bout between the two Los Angeles-area natives. Mayer edged her teenage opponent by a 2-1 score again in the rubber match, apparently overcoming Gonzalez's remarkable punch output with her superior size and technical skill.

  • Medalist Esparza stays alive at US Olympic boxing trials

    October 30, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza stayed in contention for a spot on her second U.S. Olympic team with a victory over Christina Cruz in the challengers bracket Friday night at the women's boxing trials.Lightweight Jajaira Gonzalez and middleweight Tika Hemingway also won challengers bracket fights to advance to championship bouts on Saturday.

  • VP Joe Biden apologizes to Olympic assembly for 'oversight'

    October 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Conspicuously absent the previous day, Vice President Joe Biden dropped in on a global Olympic meeting Friday and gave an impromptu plug for Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Games.Delegates from around the world took notice Thursday when no representative of the U.S. government appeared at the opening of the two-day general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees.

  • Brazil, EU reach agreement on Olympic horses

    October 30, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil and the European Union have reached a sanitary agreement that removes the last big hurdle for equestrian events at the next Olympic Games, the head of the country's Olympic Public Authority said Friday.Marcelo Pedroso told The Associated Press that European regulations for sending horses abroad will be accepted at Rio 2016.

  • San Diego to host inaugural World Beach Games in 2017

    October 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) San Diego will host the inaugural World Beach Games in 2017.The California city was awarded the hosting rights to the Olympic-style, multi-sport event on Friday by the Association of National Olympic Committees.Other cities that had expressed interest in hosting the 10-day event included Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Sochi, Russia; Barcelona, and Istanbul.

  • VP Biden makes surprise appearance at Olympic meeting

    October 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Conspicuously absent the previous day, Vice President Joe Biden dropped in on a global Olympic meeting Friday and gave an impromptu plug for Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Games.Delegates from around the world took notice Thursday when no representative of the U.S. government appeared at the opening of the two-day general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees.

  • Bob Beamon collects 'outstanding Olympic performance' award

    October 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Long jump great Bob Beamon has received a special Olympic award, almost half a century after he set a world record with a stunning jump at the 1968 Mexico City Games.Beamon was presented the ''outstanding performance''' prize Thursday night by the Association of National Olympic Committees.

  • Taekwondo athletes sue USOC over sexual abuse

    October 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Three female Taekwondo athletes are suing the U.S. Olympic Committee and other sports organizations, claiming none did enough to prevent them from being sexually molested by a coach while they were in training.Kendra Gatt, Brianna Bordon and Yazmin Brown were minors when the crimes occurred between 2007 and 2013. They all agreed to let their names be used publicly.

  • Kuwait loses Olympic qualifying event over visa denial

    October 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The IOC revoked the Olympic qualifying status of a shooting championship in Kuwait on Thursday after an Israeli official was denied a visa to enter the Gulf country for the event.The IOC executive board stripped the Asian Shooting Championship of its Olympic status on the request of the International Sports Shooting Federation. The event is scheduled from Nov. 1-12.

  • IOC's Bach urges sports bodies to protect their credibility

    October 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) In a clear reference to the corruption scandal at FIFA, IOC President Thomas Bach urged sports bodies on Thursday to make sure they comply with ethical rules and standards of good governance or risk losing their credibility.''Without good governance all your achievements are at risk,'' Bach said in a keynote speech at the opening of the general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees in Washington. ''You cannot disassociate the credibility of sports organizations from the credibility of competition.''

  • Los Angeles mayor charms Olympic delegates in 2024 bid race

    October 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) It's hard to miss Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in the crowd of conference delegates.He seems to be everywhere - meeting the constituents, pressing the flesh, oozing the charm in the lobby, hallways and bars of a Washington hotel. There he is at a reception in downtown Washington, exchanging pleasantries and business cards with everyone around him.

  • Kuwait's Sheikh Ahmad in his element in city of politics

    October 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The ultimate Olympic powerbroker has come to the ultimate home of power politics.Kuwait's Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is in his element in Washington this week, presiding over a meeting of the world's Olympic leaders in the nation's capital.

  • IOC suspends Kuwait's national Olympic committee

    October 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) For the second time in five years, Kuwait was suspended by the IOC for political interference on Tuesday, leaving the Gulf country's athletes in limbo for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The IOC executive board said Kuwait's national Olympic committee was suspended in order to ''protect the Olympic Movement in Kuwait from undue government interference.''

  • Sheikh Ahmad: Kuwait Olympic body to be suspended

    October 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) For the second time in five years, Kuwait is being suspended by the IOC for political interference, leaving its athletes in limbo for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti who heads the global association of national Olympic committees and is a senior IOC member, told The Associated Press that the Gulf country will be sanctioned by the IOC on Tuesday.

  • IOC: Refugees eligible to compete in Olympics for 1st time

    October 26, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) Highly qualified athletes who are refugees will be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games for the first time, the president of the International Olympic Committee announced Monday.IOC chief Thomas Bach made the announcement to the U.N. General Assembly which adopted a resolution urging all countries to stop fighting and observe a truce during the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • US hosting national Olympic bodies for 1st time in 21 years

    October 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) For the first time in more than two decades, the world's national Olympic committees are holding their annual congress in the United States. In the nation's capital, no less.The symbolism and timing of this week's gathering in Washington of sports leaders from more than 200 countries is highly significant for U.S. Olympic interests.

  • 10 nations in running to host Olympic basketball qualifiers

    October 26, 2015

    MIES, Switzerland (AP) Basketball's governing body says 10 countries are in the running to host the qualifying tournaments that will determine the final three teams in the Olympic basketball field.FIBA says Monday that the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Iran, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Serbia and Turkey had expressed interest in hosting one of the three events that will run from July 4-10. Each will consist of six teams, and the winner of each will qualify for Rio de Janeiro.

  • Popovich to coach US Olympic basketball team after Coach K

    October 23, 2015

    When it came time for a pro coach again, the U.S. basketball team turned to the one considered the NBA's best.Gregg Popovich, winner of five NBA championships, will have a chance to lead a team to Olympic gold.The San Antonio Spurs coach was hired Friday to replace Mike Krzyzewski as the U.S. basketball coach following the 2016 Olympics, a job he never knew he would get despite his undeniable place in coaching history.

  • Bouzou re-elected head of world Olympians group

    October 22, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Joel Bouzou has been re-elected unopposed as president of the World Olympians Association.Bouzou was first elected in 2011 when he succeeded former Olympic high jump champion Dick Fosbury as head of the organization representing former Olympic athletes.

  • Back in Russia, Bach speaks out against political boycotts

    October 21, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach spoke out again Wednesday against political boycotts, citing his own ''burning'' frustration as an athlete over missing the 1980 Moscow Olympics.Bach spoke in Moscow at the opening of the World Olympians Forum. Russian President Vladimir Putin also spoke, calling for a U.N. resolution on the ''de-politicization'' of sports.

  • CBC extends Canadian Olympic rights deal through 2024

    October 21, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has extended its exclusive Olympic broadcast rights deal in Canada through the 2024 Games.The International Olympic Committee says it awarded the rights to CBC/Radio-Canada for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing and the 2024 Summer Olympics, whose site has not yet been selected.

  • Colangelo says next US basketball coach likely from pros

    October 20, 2015

    An NBA coach will likely follow Mike Krzyzewski as U.S. Olympic basketball coach.USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo says Tuesday during an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio that the ''odds are that it will be a professional coach.''Krzyzewski was hired as U.S. coach in 2005 when Colangelo began the national team program and will guide the Americans into the Olympics for the third straight time next summer in Rio. Colangelo says he hopes to unveil his plan to replace him sometime soon.

  • Former Indian IOC member Ashwini Kumar dies at 94

    October 20, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Ashwini Kumar, an Indian who served as a member of the International Olympic Committee for 27 years, has died. He was 94.Kumar's death was announced by the IOC. No cause was given.Kumar joined the IOC in 1973 and served until 2000, when he became an honorary member.

  • WADA to consider independent testing proposal next month

    October 19, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The World Anti-Doping Agency is taking a cautious approach to a proposal that it should take over responsibility for drug-testing from sports federations.In a potentially major shift, Olympic leaders agreed Saturday to make testing ''independent from sports organizations'' and asked WADA to study taking over the testing on a global level.

  • Rome 2024 bid's village aims at wide-scale civic renewal

    October 19, 2015

    ROME (AP) Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics hopes to win over international voters by using ''iconic venues,'' such as the Circus Maximus for beach volleyball and the Colosseum for nightly athletes parades.Locally, the candidacy is relying on a wide-scale civic improvement project including an athletes village on the city's outskirts that would be turned into university housing and a hospital extension after the games.

  • Olympic leaders agree on independent drug-testing system

    October 17, 2015

    LONDON (AP) In a shake-up of the drug-testing system in sports, Olympic leaders agreed Saturday that testing should be independent of sports organizations and urged the World Anti-Doping Agency to take over the responsibility on a global level.In a separate decision, the IOC said competitions run by international federations or national Olympic bodies must allow entry to athletes from all member countries and give them equal treatment, or else the event will not be given Olympic qualifying status. The move addresses the issue of Israeli athletes being denied entry to some countries.

  • Sporting goods store puts Olympic hopefuls to work

    October 17, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The fencer worked as a barista. One martial artist drove a prison truck, and the other went door-to-door selling pizza coupons. The paracyclist was also a starving musician. And as if five sports didn't keep the modern pentathlete busy enough, she also worked part-time at a clothing store.

  • Column: Olympic athletes need to think beyond Rio Games

    October 16, 2015

    Around the world, thousands of Olympic athletes are training intensely for the biggest moment of their lives.Hopefully, they're also pondering what they'll be doing a year from now, once the high of the Rio Games wears off.Dealing with the rest of your life can be even tougher than winning a gold medal.

  • Rio 2016: No viral testing of sewage-filled Olympic waters

    October 16, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rio de Janeiro's Olympic organizing committee ruled out conducting viral tests of the human sewage-laden waterways where the 2016 Games' aquatic events will be held, following recommendations from the World Health Organization, a Rio 2016 spokesman said Friday.

  • Tokyo launches design competition for new Olympic logo

    October 16, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese organizers have launched the design competition for a new logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to replace the emblem that was dropped amid plagiarism allegations.The organizing committee says the competition is ''open to everyone regardless of previous experience or formal qualifications,'' including individuals or groups.

  • Olympic fencing champion Mikhail Burtsev dies at 59

    October 16, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Mikhail Burtsev, an Olympic fencer who won gold medals for the Soviet Union in 1976 and 1980, died Friday, the Russian Fencing Federation said. He was 59.Burtsev was a member of the Soviet saber team which won gold at the 1976 Montreal Games when he was only 20 years old. He repeated in Moscow four years later, when he also won an individual silver in saber.

  • IOC awards Kofi Annan with highest Olympic order

    October 15, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has received the International Olympic Committee's highest award.Annan was presented with the Olympic Order in Gold on Thursday by IOC President Thomas Bach.Annan was announced as a recipient of the order in 2007 but was unable to attend an award ceremony until now.

  • Summer sports bodies coordinate anti-doping efforts for Rio

    October 15, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Summer sports federations are joining forces on a common anti-doping strategy ahead of next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations organized a meeting between leaders of the 26 sports on the Rio program and experts from the IOC and World Anti-Doping Agency.

  • IOC gives Sri Lanka until end of year to revise sports law

    October 14, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The International Olympic Committee has given Sri Lanka until the end of the year to revise its sports legislation or face possible suspension.The IOC says it held ''constructive'' and ''fruitful'' meetings in Lausanne with a Sri Lankan delegation led by Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara.

  • IOC praises 'balanced package' of proposed sports for Tokyo

    October 14, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) IOC vice president John Coates is pleased with the ''balanced package'' of proposed additional sports for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and expects that skateboarding will soon be represented by a single international federation to push its case for inclusion in the games.

  • IOC pleased with 5 new sports proposed for 2020 Olympics

    October 14, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) IOC vice president John Coates says he is pleased with the list of proposed additional sports for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and that a petition by skateboarders not to have their sport included was likely the result of a misunderstanding.Baseball-softball, surfing, skateboarding, karate and sports climbing were recommended for inclusion last month by the Tokyo organizing committee.

  • Mexico beats Honduras 2-0 in CONCACAF Olympic final

    October 14, 2015

    SANDY, Utah (AP) Victor Guzman scored in the second half and Mexico beat Honduras 2-0 on Tuesday night in the final of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.The teams already clinched spots in the 2016 Rio Olympics with victories in the semifinals Saturday. Mexico is the defending Olympic champion.

  • US beats Canada 2-0 to advance to playoff against Colombia

    October 13, 2015

    SANDY, Utah (AP) All the United States kept alive its bid to reach the Rio Olympics.Marc Pelosi and Jordan Kiesewetter scored second-half goals and the U.S. beat Canada 2-0 on Tuesday to finish third in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament and set up a playoff game against Colombia for a spot in Rio.

  • IOC sets Oct. 27 deadline for resolution of Kuwait dispute

    October 13, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC has set a deadline of Oct. 27 for the resolution of a dispute that could lead to Kuwait's suspension from the Olympic body.International Olympic Committee officials held meetings in Lausanne on Monday with a high-level Kuwaiti delegation to discuss issues involving sports legislation in the Gulf country.

  • Boules bidding for inclusion at 2024 Olympics

    October 12, 2015

    PARIS (AP) The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.

  • Mexico beats Canada 2-0 to clinch Olympic berth

    October 10, 2015

    SANDY, Utah (AP) Mexico will have a chance to defend its Olympic gold medal in men's soccer.Erick Torres and Hirving Lozano scored to lead El Tri over Canada 2-0 Saturday night for a berth in next year's Olympics at Rio de Janeiro.''What this team obtained is not minor,'' Mexico coach Raul Gutierrez said. ''Qualifying for the Olympic Games, for many people, could be something very simple, but it's complicated. We're proud of having obtained that.''

  • US in danger of missing Olympic men's soccer again

    October 10, 2015

    SANDY, Utah (AP) The United States is in danger of missing its second straight men's Olympic soccer tournament.Alberth Elis scored in the 24th and 77th minutes, and Honduras beat the U.S. 2-0 Saturday to qualify for next year's Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • Marcel Aubut apologizes for behavior, quits law firm

    October 9, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Former Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut has apologized for his behavior amid allegations he sexually harassed several women.He said in a statement Friday he has been ''living in turmoil,'' offering ''unreserved apologies'' from the ''bottom of my heart'' to all who have been hurt by his conduct. The 67-year-old Aubut adds he is leaving his BCF law firm and seeking counseling.

  • Baseball qualifying for 2020 Tokyo Games would be tricky

    October 9, 2015

    ROME (AP) If baseball rejoins the Olympics for the 2020 Tokyo Games, just qualifying for the tournament could be a challenge.Under Tokyo's recommendations, the men's baseball competition would consist of just six teams - two less than the World Baseball Softball Confederation's proposal.

  • 2016 Olympic equestrian event may not be held in Brazil

    October 8, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The head of the Brazilian Equestrian Confederation has warned that equestrian events at next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics might have to take place outside Brazil.Luiz Roberto Giugni blasted the country's Agriculture Ministry for delays in issuing documentation needed to allow horses brought into Brazil from Europe, the United States and Canada to leave the country.

  • Hamburg estimates .6 billion cost for 2024 Olympics

    October 8, 2015

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Hamburg's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games has an estimated budget of 11.2 billion euros (.6 billion), with 7.4 billion (.3 billion) to come from taxpayers.Hamburg mayor Olaf Scholz said at the presentation of the financial plan Thursday that the ''Olympic and Paralympic Games 2024 will cost less than the (2012) Olympic Games in London.''

  • Rio Olympics cutting costs with Brazil deep in recession

    October 6, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic organizers, faced with the reality of a country deep in recession, are trimming costs to keep their budget balanced.To keep spending in line, officials say they will cut back on volunteers, reduce staffing at dozens of test events and trim costs for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • BMX test event for Rio Olympics receives poor grade

    October 4, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The BMX track for next year's Rio Olympics hosted its first test event on Sunday but received a poor grade from riders.The two-day test event was reduced to one day after some of the world's top riders declined to race on Saturday, citing dangerous jumps and turns.

  • Canadian Olympic Committee president quits amid inquiry

    October 3, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Marcel Aubut has resigned as president of the Canadian Olympic Committee while under investigation for a sexual harassment complaint.The committee said in a statement Saturday its investigation now ends. Since the original complaint, two other women made allegations against Aubut.

  • BMX test event in Rio put back 1 day over safety concerns

    October 2, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Organizers of next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics have moved a BMX test event back one day over safety concerns.The event, which was to have been held on Saturday and Sunday, has now been pushed back to Sunday in order to modify jumps and other parts of the course.

  • Brazil's lower house approves visa waiver tied to Olympics

    October 1, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil's lower house voted Thursday to grant a 90-day waiver to foreigners who normally need a visa so they can come to the country next year for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate and signed by President Dilma Rousseff.

  • Brazil currency tumbles, but Olympic ticket prices stay put

    October 1, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Some foreign ticket buyers for next year's Olympics are paying higher prices than they should, failing to benefit from the steep decline in the value of the Brazilian currency against the dollar.Rio de Janeiro organizers reached an agreement a year ago with official ticket resellers outside Brazil to an exchange rate of 2.35 Brazilian reals to the dollar.

  • Vatican beefs up IOC contacts, but cautious on Rome bid

    October 1, 2015

    VATICAN CITY (AP) The Vatican is beefing up its contacts with the International Olympic Committee but isn't taking sides in Rome's bid for the 2024 Games, which organizers hope will include the marathon winding through St. Peter's Square.The head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, is due to travel to IOC headquarters in January, the highest-ranking Vatican official to do so.

  • Canadian Olympic chief leaves amid sex harassment inquiry

    October 1, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Marcel Aubut has stepped down as president of the Canadian Olympic Committee while he is investigated for possible sexual harassment.The committee received a complaint last week. The investigation concerns remarks Aubut ''allegedly made to a colleague.''

  • US teams look for future Paralympians at scouting combines

    October 1, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Two years after losing his lower leg in a car crash, Matthew Freitas is faster and stronger than ever.The 14-year-old is nearing a 6-minute mile on the track, running with a prosthetic foot. He was the star goalie on his youth lacrosse team, and next spring the freshman will compete for his high school's squad. His swift progress has stunned doctors, teammates and, to his delight, opponents.

  • Hungary says no plans for referendum on 2024 Olympic bid

    September 25, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Hungary has no plans to hold a referendum on Budapest's bid for the 2024 Summer Games, the country's national Olympic committee said Friday.The Hungarian Olympic Committee issued a statement to shoot down ''various misconceptions'' about the possibility of a public vote on the bid, saying there is ''solid support and a powerful unity'' behind the project.

  • Japan's education minister to quit over Olympic woes

    September 24, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japan's education minister, Hakubun Shimomura, has submitted his resignation due to troubles with planning for Tokyo's National Stadium, a main venue for the 2020 Olympic games.Shimomura said Friday that he told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he wanted to resign and take responsibility for the problems. He said Abe asked him to stay in office until a Cabinet reshuffle that is expected soon.

  • Japan's education minister offers to quit over Olympic woes

    September 24, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japan's education minister, Hakubun Shimomura, says he has submitted his resignation due to troubles with planning for Tokyo's National Stadium, a main venue for the 2020 Olympic games.Shimomura says he told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he wanted to resign and take responsibility for the problems.

  • USOC leaders grateful to Los Angeles for 2nd chance at 2024

    September 24, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee compared the choice of Boston as a bidder for the 2024 Olympics to Seattle's choice to pass the ball at the goal line at the end of the Super Bowl last season.Fortunately, CEO Scott Blackmun said, ''unlike the Seahawks, we have not lost the game.''

  • LA 2024 bid names former Olympic swimmer Evans vice chair

    September 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles has named Olympic swimming medalist Janet Evans its vice chair and director of athlete relations.Evans, a Southern California native, won a total of five Olympic medals in 1988 and 1992. She passed the torch to Muhammad Ali at the opening ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Games.

  • Human rights groups attack IOC on host city contract

    September 24, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Human rights groups accused the IOC on Thursday of failing to include explicit requirements on human rights in the host city contract for the 2024 Summer Olympics.The International Olympic Committee, meanwhile, said it was ''surprised'' by the criticism and insisted that the contract does ''explicitly'' include references to gay rights, workers' rights and freedom of the press during the games

  • AP Interview: Vatican, Colosseum to feature in Rome 2024 bid

    September 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) The marathon route winding through St. Peter's Square and finishing under the Arch of Constantine in front of the Colosseum. A medals plaza set up inside the Baths of Caracalla. Beach volleyball played at the Circus Maximus.Since Italian Premier Matteo Renzi announced Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics last year, the details have been something of a mystery.

  • IOC pushes SKorean organizers to be ready for test events

    September 24, 2015

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) The International Olympic Committee pressed South Korean organizers on Thursday to make sure venues are completed in time for crucial test events ahead of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang.The IOC's coordination commission wrapped up a three-day visit - and its fifth overall trip - to Pyeongchang to check on preparations for the first Winter Olympics in South Korea.

  • Rio Olympic, Paralympic ceremonies to be low-budget

    September 22, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The opening and closing ceremonies for Rio Olympics and Paralympics will be low-budget productions compared to three years ago in London, or in Beijing in 2008.The austerity reflects the reality of Rio's Olympics, which open in just over 10 1/2 months and are caught up in the economic and political upheaval besetting Brazil.

  • WADA, China sign deal to crack down on doping products

    September 22, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) The World Anti-Doping Agency and Chinese officials have signed an agreement to crack down on the manufacture and supply of performance-enhancing drugs in China.WADA announced the ''memorandum of understanding'' on Tuesday with the General Administration of Sport of China.

  • Belgian theater drops Japan Olympic logo case

    September 22, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) A theater in Belgium has dropped a plagiarism legal case over the design of a logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The International Olympic Committee said in a statement Tuesday that the Theatre de Liege ''has decided to waive the pending procedure.''

  • Pyeongchang begins construction of athletes village for 2018

    September 22, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) South Korean Olympic organizers have held a groundbreaking ceremony to launch construction of the athletes village for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang.Tuesday's event was attended by organizing committee president Cho Yang-ho and Gunilla Lindberg, chair of the IOC coordination commission for the Pyeongchang Games.

  • Rubin, O'Neill left off US Olympic soccer qualifying roster

    September 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Forward Rubio Rubin and Royal Mouscron-Peruwelz defender Shane O'Neill were not included in the U.S. roster for Olympic soccer qualifying after their clubs refused to release them for next month's tournament.MK Dons goalkeeper Cody Cropper also was not in the 20-man roster announced Friday following a knee injury that required surgery last week. His club projected he will be sidelined for up to six weeks.

  • Decision on proposed sports for Tokyo Games set for Sept. 28

    September 18, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese organizers will announce on Sept. 28 which additional sports they want to include in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Tokyo organizing committee says the ''additional event program panel'' and executive board will meet to decide on a proposal to submit to the International Olympic Committee.

  • Rio Olympics Tourist's delight: Samba to Copa to Maracana

    September 18, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Visitors to the Rio Olympics will be able to see most of city's famed landmarks without roaming far from the venues.The city took pains to use its most famous spots as the competition sites or backdrops at South America's first Games.

  • US Open champion Pennetta backs Rome to host 2024 Olympics

    September 17, 2015

    MILAN (AP) Newly crowned U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta is backing Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympics.Pennetta says ''after this great year for me in 2015, now it's the time for Rome.''Pennetta beat fellow Italian Roberta Vinci in New York on Saturday to claim her first Grand Slam title and immediately announced her retirement.

  • Swimming body calls for virus testing in Rio Olympic water

    September 16, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) The international swimming federation has called for virus testing in water which will be used at next year's Olympics, citing health concerns for athletes.Until recently, games organizers insisted viral testing was not necessary, despite an independent five-month analysis by The Associated Press showing dangerously high levels of viruses from human sewage at all Olympic water venues in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Swimming body calls for virus testing in Olympic water

    September 16, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Swimming's governing body FINA has called for virus testing in water which will be used at next year's Olympics following fears for athletes' health.Until recently, games organizers insisted viral testing was not necessary, despite an independent five-month analysis by The Associated Press showing dangerously high levels of viruses from human sewage at all Rio Olympic water venues.

  • Swimming body criticizes Rio Olympic organizers

    September 16, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) The international swimming federation has strongly criticized the organizers of next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over what it says are substandard facilities and ''disrespect'' for aquatic events.FINA, which oversees some of the Olympics' most-watched events, attacked the organizers and Rio mayor Eduardo Paes on various grounds including slashing the seating capacity at the main pool, according to a FINA letter obtained by The Associated Press.

  • Refugee crisis, money issues in background of 2024 bid race

    September 16, 2015

    LONDON (AP) With the race for the 2024 Olympics now officially underway, the five bid cities face a two-year campaign to convince IOC members that they offer the best project.The International Olympic Committee announced the official list of candidates Wednesday. As expected, they were: Budapest, Hungary; Hamburg, Germany; Los Angeles, Paris and Rome.

  • Rio Olympic golf course will get first test in March

    September 16, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A top official of the International Golf Federation said Wednesday that the new course for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will get its first test in March with a one-day exhibition event featuring three or four of the top male and female players.

  • Race is on: 5 cities to compete for 2024 Summer Olympics

    September 16, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The race is on for the 2024 Olympics: A five-city contest pitting four European bids against a two-time host from the United States.The International Olympic Committee announced the official field of candidates Wednesday, and there were no surprises as the previously declared bidders were all on the list - Budapest, Hungary; Hamburg, Germany; Los Angeles; Paris; and Rome.

  • Tokyo organizers set up committee for Olympic logo selection

    September 16, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese Olympic organizers set up a committee on Wednesday to initiate the selection of a new emblem for the 2020 Tokyo Games after the original design was scrapped over allegations of plagiarism.Ryohei Miyata, president of the Tokyo University of the Arts, will head the group that will choose the members of the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee. The new committee will examine issues surrounding the withdrawal of the previous emblem, and formulate a policy for the choice of a new one.

  • IOC: 5 cities in running to host 2024 Olympic Games

    September 16, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The race is on for the 2024 Olympics, a five-city contest pitting four European bids against a two-time host from the United States.The IOC announced the official field of candidates Wednesday, and there were no surprises as the previously declared bidders were all on the list - Budapest, Hungary; Hamburg, Germany; Los Angeles; Paris; and Rome.

  • 5 cities set to be in running for 2024 Olympics

    September 15, 2015

    LONDON (AP) With Toronto deciding against a last-minute bid, five cities are set to be in contention for the 2024 Olympics when the race opens officially on Wednesday, pitting four European cities against a two-time host from the United States.The International Olympic Committee's final deadline for submission of bids comes at midnight Tuesday in Switzerland, setting the stage for a two-year campaign that features bids from three former Olympic host cities - Los Angeles, Paris and Rome.

  • Toronto nears deadline for 2024 Olympic bid

    September 14, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The premier of Ontario says she hasn't decided if her government would back a bid by Toronto for the 2024 Olympics.Kathleen Wynne says it is her understanding that Toronto Mayor John Tory has not decided whether to inform the IOC of a bid. Tory has until Tuesday to do so and has repeatedly said he plans to take all the time available.

  • Paris formally submits 2024 Olympic bid to IOC

    September 12, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Paris has formally submitted its bid for the 2024 Olympics in a letter to the International Olympic Committee, hoping to bring the games back to the French capital for the first time in 100 years.Mayor Anne Hidalgo and French Olympic Committee president Denis Masseglia signed the letter that promises to ''build a project which is unforgettable, innovative, responsible and sustainable.''

  • Promoting its 'incomparable beauty,' Rome submits 2024 bid

    September 11, 2015

    ROME (AP) Emphasizing its ''incomparable beauty'' amid a widening corruption scandal, Rome formally submitted its bid for the 2024 Olympics on Friday to mark a turnaround after a 2020 candidacy was scrapped three years ago because of financial concerns.

  • Rome formally submits bid for 2024 Olympics to IOC

    September 11, 2015

    ROME (AP) Rome has formally submitted its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.Mayor Ignazio Marino, bid leader Luca Cordero di Montezemolo and Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago signed the candidate application on Friday at City Hall and sent it to the International Olympic Committee.

  • Away from Olympics, sewage blights vast swaths of Rio

    September 10, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rivulets of waste crisscross the labyrinth of alleyways that serve as 5-year-old Kaike de Oliveira Benjamin's playground, forming dark, fetid puddles and gurgling streams of refuse and trash. It's little better inside the tiny, one-room apartment he shares with his mother, two little brothers and infestations of roaches and rats. When it rains, the basement apartment floods ankle-deep with a mixture of rainwater and sewage, and drinking water often comes out of the tap looking and smelling contaminated.

  • Bob Bowman, David Marsh to coach US swimmers at Rio Games

    September 9, 2015

    For Bob Bowman and David Marsh, the goal heading to the Rio Olympics is clear: Maintain America's dominance in the pool.They've got some work to do.Bowman, the longtime coach of Michael Phelps, and Marsh were announced Wednesday as head coaches of the U.S. team for the 2016 Summer Games.

  • Bob Bowman, David Marsh to coach US swimmers at Olympics

    September 9, 2015

    Bob Bowman and David Marsh will be the U.S. swim coaches at the 2016 Olympics, looking to spark a powerhouse team coming off a disappointing world championships.USA Swimming made the announcement Wednesday during a coaching convention in Cleveland.Bowman is the longtime coach of Michael Phelps, the winningest athlete in Olympic history. Bowman, who recently took over the swim program at Arizona State, will be in charge of the men's team in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Hamburg sends bid for 2024 Olympics to IOC

    September 9, 2015

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Hamburg formally submitted its bid for the 2024 Olympics on Wednesday, hoping to bring the games back to Germany for the first time since in 52 years.City officials and German Olympic leaders signed the bid application and sent it to the International Olympic Committee.

  • Plans for Tokyo Olympics marred by stadium mess, logo fuss

    September 9, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japan's ambitions for a trouble-free 2020 Tokyo Olympics to showcase the country's economic revival are facing an unexpected obstacle course as planners lurch from one fiasco to the next.The 2020 Games were dubbed the clinching ''fourth arrow'' of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ambitious strategy to restore Japan's star stature after two decades of economic doldrums. But instead of burnishing the country's image, the glitches so far have tarnished it.

  • Toronto officials unsure of possible 2024 Olympics bid

    September 8, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto officials say they're still trying to determine whether bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics would be good for city.The deadline to bid to host the games is next week. Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne noted Tuesday at a news conference that many questions remain surrounding the costs and responsibilities.

  • Former Canadian Olympic star reveals 1994 doping violation

    September 8, 2015

    OTTAWA (AP) Canadian Olympic star Clara Hughes has disclosed a doping violation from more than 20 years ago.The former cyclist and speedskater writes in her newly released memoir that she tested positive for the banned substance ephedrine in 1994. She adds that she was notified of the test result by Cycling Canada's then national team director. Hughes says in the book the violation was intentionally kept quiet.

  • Rio Olympic canoeing test event hit with worries over weeds

    September 5, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The second day of an Olympic canoeing test event on Saturday brought more complaints about weeds floating in Rio de Janeiro's polluted course, with canoeists saying it was too shallow and needed to be dredged.The Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon is also the venue for rowing in next year's Olympics.

  • Experts: Unlikely German sailor fell ill in Rio's water

    September 4, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Medical experts and scientists said Friday it's unlikely that a German sailor with a bacterial skin infection that's resistant to antibiotics contracted the illness in polluted Olympic waters.Sailor Erik Heil fell ill after competing in a pre-Olympic test event held Aug. 15-22 in Rio's Guanabara Bay, into which dozens of rivers dump raw sewage.

  • Canoeists complain about dirty water, weeds in Olympic venue

    September 4, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Canoeists at an Olympic test event complained Friday about the polluted water at the venue, but were most outspoken about aquatic plants that tangled with their oars and rudders.''I think really the most important thing they have to do is to work with the plants,'' German canoeist Franziska Weber said. ''Because it's not fair. We work four years only for this moment, and to lose then because of plants - it's hard.''

  • IOC sets up million fund to assist refugees

    September 4, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The International Olympic Committee is setting up a million fund to assist refugees.''With this terrible crisis unfolding across the Middle East, Africa and Europe, sport and the Olympic Movement wanted to play its part in bringing humanitarian help to the refugees,'' IOC President Thomas Bach said Friday.

  • IOC president hires German official as new chief of staff

    September 4, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach has hired a German regional government official as his new chief of staff.The International Olympic Committee says 43-year-old Marcus Hausen started work on Tuesday at the body's headquarters in Lausanne.

  • Los Angeles mayor pitches 2024 Olympic bid to IOC president

    September 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took his city's newly-launched bid for the 2024 Summer Games to IOC headquarters on Thursday, saying it's time ''to bring the Olympics back home'' to the United States after an absence of nearly three decades.

  • Obstacle to moving Rio Olympic venues? 1,400 silent athletes

    September 2, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic organizers have agreed to test for viruses in Rio's sewage-filled waters.But even if they find high virus counts, organizers say they have no plans to move venues.Why isn't there more pressure to move? Olympic athletes have little clout, some sports don't have alternate venues, and sport federations have deep financial ties to the International Olympic Committee.

  • Thomas Bach gets what he wants: A US bid for 2024 Olympics

    September 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) When Boston's troubled bid for the 2024 Olympics collapsed in late July, IOC President Thomas Bach made it pointedly clear he was counting on the U.S. to come up with another candidate.Bach said the U.S. Olympic Committee had given the IOC a ''commitment'' to submit a 2024 bid and he fully expected the Americans to deliver a new nominee by the Sept. 15 deadline.

  • Los Angeles back from dead as US candidate for 2024 Olympics

    September 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles is the official U.S. nominee for the 2024 Olympic games - a dramatic turnaround for a city that just two months ago was considered out of the running.But with a late surge of life brought on by Boston's dropout from the process, the city found itself on Tuesday as the U.S. candidate, and its leaders were left feeling inspired and destined.

  • '84 Olympics were shining moment for Los Angeles

    September 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles has a grand idea of how to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its successful role as host of the 1984 Olympics. Do it again.The city famed for sun and celebrities officially became the U.S. candidate to host the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday. It hopes to join London as the only three-time hosts of the games. Los Angeles was the site of the 1932 Olympics, but it is best remembered for 1984, when Olympic fever took hold and the city pulled off a coup that hasn't been seen since in other Olympic cities burdened by cost overruns and white elephant venues.

  • USOC endorses Los Angeles for 2024 Olympics bid

    September 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The U.S. Olympic Committee on Tuesday named Los Angeles as its candidate for the 2024 Games, replacing Boston's soured bid and marking a comeback for LA's dream of becoming a three-time Olympic host.The announcement by USOC CEO Scott Blackmun came under a summer sun at Santa Monica Beach, where the city's plan calls for staging beach volleyball on the site where the sport was founded.

  • Financial concerns shadow possible Toronto Olympic bid

    September 1, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto lawmakers are wary about bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics.The head of the city's budget committee said Tuesday there is more uncertainty now that excitement has faded over Toronto's role as host of the recent Pan Am Games.''I'm taking a cautious step back now and looking at the numbers very carefully,'' Gary Crawford said. ''There are a lot of unanswered questions at the moment that need to be answered.''

  • The Latest: USOC names Los Angeles for 2024 Olympics bid

    September 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The latest on the city of Los Angeles' bid to host the 2024 Olympics (all times local):12:55 p.m.The U.S. Olympic Committee has formally named the city of Los Angeles as the U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympics.USOC CEO Scott Blackmun announced the selection Tuesday, shortly after the Los Angeles City Council cleared the way for Mayor Eric Garcetti to execute agreements that begin negotiations with the USOC.

  • Los Angeles vote clears way for mayor to seek Olympic deal

    September 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles City Council cleared the way Tuesday for Mayor Eric Garcetti to strike agreements for a 2024 Olympics bid, putting the city on the verge of becoming the U.S. contender after Boston's awkward collapse.With the 15-0 vote, the U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to announce shortly that Los Angeles is the replacement candidate for 2024, about a month after Boston was dropped from contention amid shaky public support and questions about taxpayer spending and liability.

  • The Latest: Los Angeles City Council backs 2024 Olympics bid

    September 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The latest on the city of Los Angeles' proposed bid to host the 2024 Olympics (all times local):11:30 a.m.The Los Angeles City Council has thrown its support behind an effort to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games.The 15-0 council vote Tuesday cleared the way for Mayor Eric Garcetti to execute agreements that begin negotiations with the U.S. Olympic Committee without obligating the city financially.

  • Rio head vows to introduce viral testing in Olympic waters

    September 1, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Olympic organizers promised Tuesday to introduce viral testing in the polluted waters in Rio de Janeiro where about 1,400 athletes will compete in next year's games.The IOC and Brazilian organizers had repeatedly insisted that only bacterial testing was required despite an independent five-month analysis by The Associated Press showing dangerously high levels of viruses from human sewage at all Rio Olympic water venues.

  • Sailor who fell ill after Rio regatta feeling better

    September 1, 2015

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) A German sailor who fell ill after competing in a pre-Olympic test event in the filthy waters off Rio de Janeiro says he is recovering from his skin infections.Erik Heil needed daily hospital treatment for multiple infections on his legs and hip. The Berlin hospital where he was treated said he had contracted MRSA, a type of bacteria resistant to many antibiotics.

  • Cyclist Rogers gets 2004 Olympic bronze medal 11 years later

    September 1, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC says Australian cyclist Michael Rogers has received his Olympic bronze medal 11 years after the Athens Games.Rogers placed fourth behind winner Tyler Hamilton of the United States, who was stripped of the gold in 2012 for doping.

  • Los Angeles City Council poised to vote on 2024 Olympic plan

    September 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A month after Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games collapsed, Los Angeles appears on the verge of stepping in as the replacement U.S. candidate.The City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposal to authorize Mayor Eric Garcetti to execute agreements related to its 2024 bid, which outlines more than billion in public and private spending.

  • Was Tokyo Olympic logo designer a serial plagiarizer?

    September 1, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) The cry of plagiarism over the now-dropped logo for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was only the beginning.In the five and a half weeks since its July 24 unveiling, a mounting series of allegations suggested the high-profile Japanese designer behind the logo might be a serial copier. Tokyo's Olympic organizers, who had defended the logo as recently as last Friday, finally threw in the towel and abandoned it on Tuesday.

  • Japan scraps Olympic logo over plagiarism allegation

    September 1, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Tokyo Olympic organizers on Tuesday decided to scrap the logo for the 2020 Games following another allegation its Japanese designer might have used copied materials.Reversing their earlier support for designer Kenjiro Sano against allegations of plagiarizing the design, the organizers said the decision came after new accusations over the weekend.

  • Los Angeles poised to vote on 2024 Olympic plan

    September 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A month after Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games collapsed, Los Angeles appears on the verge of stepping in as the replacement U.S. candidate.The City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposal to authorize Mayor Eric Garcetti to execute agreements related to its 2024 bid, which outlines over billion in public and private spending.

  • Japan could scrap Olympic logo over plagiarism allegation

    September 1, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Tokyo Olympic organizers are expected to scrap the logo for the 2020 Games on Tuesday following another allegation its Japanese designer might have used copied materials in presentations of the design.Up to now, Olympic organizers have supported designer Kenjiro Sano against allegations of plagiarizing the design, but Japan's national broadcaster NHK said that the support will be withdrawn as a result of new accusations that Sano allegedly used an image from someone else's website without authorization.

  • Nigeria wins African basketball title, gets Olympic spot

    August 30, 2015

    RADES, Tunisia (AP) Nigeria won its first African basketball championship and earned a spot in the 2016 Olympics.The Nigerians beat Angola 74-65 on Sunday in the Afrobasket championship game behind 19 points from Chamberlain Oguchi. Carlos Morais led Angola with 15.

  • AP Source: LA strikes 2024 Olympic bid deal with USOC

    August 30, 2015

    Los Angeles and the U.S. Olympic Committee have struck a deal that will make the city America's 2024 Olympic bidder pending approval by the city council next week.If the council approves the deal at a meeting Tuesday, the USOC will announce Los Angeles as its candidate, a person familiar with the process told The Associated Press.

  • Activist: thousands of fish dead near Olympic Park in Brazil

    August 29, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian environmentalist and biologist Mario Moscatelli says sewage has killed at least a ton of fish in a lagoon next to the Olympic Park that will host many Rio 2016 events.Moscatelli said Saturday that thousands of tilapia, sea bass and mullets started washing up Friday on the shore of Rio de Janeiro's Jacarepagua Lagoon. He said the die-off could be repeated during next year's games.

  • Carter's cancer rekindles memories of 1980 Olympic boycott

    August 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Thirty-five years after his hopes for a gold medal were dashed by Jimmy Carter's boycott of the Moscow Olympics, Craig Beardsley is at peace.That doesn't mean the former world record-holding swimmer has backed off from his belief that staying home in 1980 was a huge mistake.

  • An Olympic-sized question mark: Housing in plan for 2024

    August 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The centerpiece of the proposed 2024 Olympic Games in Los Angeles would be a billion village where thousands of athletes would eat, sleep and stroll on tree-lined walks and clipped lawns.But with a deadline to submit a U.S. candidate for the 2024 Games just 18 days away, the plan remains a mystery in many ways.

  • Panel advances proposal linked to Los Angeles Olympics bid

    August 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A proposal that would authorize the mayor of Los Angeles to execute contracts related to the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics has advanced amid questions about potential runaway costs.A City Council committee Friday referred the plan to the full council, which is not expected to vote until next week.

  • German sailor gets sick after Rio regatta

    August 28, 2015

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) A German sailor has fallen ill and is getting daily hospital treatment for several skin infections after competing in polluted water at a test event for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.A post on the German sailing team's Olympic blog said Erik Heil was told by the Berlin hospital treating him that he was the victim of multi-resistant germs. He's getting daily treatment with antibiotics, which are so far not working.

  • Japan organizers defend designer over logo, deny it's copied

    August 28, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Tokyo Olympic organizers defended a Japanese designer in a logo scandal Friday, denying allegations his design for the 2020 Summer Games was copied from a Belgian theater.At a news conference in Tokyo, the organizers disclosed designer Kenjiro Sano's initially submitted logo, saying its emphasis on a ''T'' shape bore no resemblance to that of Theater de Liege.

  • Analysts question costs in Los Angeles 2024 Olympics bid

    August 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) City analysts warned that construction costs for athlete housing in Los Angeles' 2024 Olympic bid may be significantly underestimated.The cost of acquiring land and building an Olympic Village for athletes near downtown Los Angeles ''may significantly exceed'' the projected billion cost, according to a preliminary report released Thursday from city Chief Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and Chief Legislative Analyst Sharon Tso.

  • Japan scales back Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium plans

    August 28, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japan's government has approved a plan to reduce the seating and slash the construction cost of the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after public opposition to the initial design.The cabinet approved the revised plan Friday, which would cap the price tag at 155 billion yen (.3 billion), down from the plan for a 252 billion yen stadium that the government abruptly scrapped in July.

  • New Olympic app lets fans track favorites

    August 26, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The U.S. Olympic Committee is releasing a phone app that will let fans track athletes in their favorite sport on their road to the Rio Games.The Team USA app will combine biographical and event information from the various Olympic sports and users can program it to send push notifications about specific Olympic qualifiers.

  • Vote on 2024 Olympics delayed amid questions over cost

    August 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Facing an early test of support at home, Los Angeles' 2024 Olympics plan stalled Wednesday amid questions about potential runaway costs and the impact on neighborhoods already strangled by traffic and congestion.The City Council had been expected to vote on a proposal to give Mayor Eric Garcetti broad authority to execute agreements linked to the bid, a steppingstone toward entering the international competition for the Games.

  • Los Angeles projects 1 million surplus for Olympics

    August 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Anxiety over taxpayer costs helped cripple Boston's 2024 Olympic bid, but organizers in potential stand-in Los Angeles projected that they could stage events from Santa Monica Beach to the Hollywood Hills and bank a 1 million surplus.

  • IOC wants Japan's main stadium ready by January 2020

    August 25, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) A top International Olympic Committee official urged Japan on Tuesday to speed up the troubled construction of Tokyo's new national stadium for delivery by January 2020, but the Japanese minister in charge of the Games cautioned this may not be possible.

  • Sailing chief: Rio events could be moved from polluted bay

    August 22, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The head of sailing's governing body threatened Saturday to move all Olympic sailing events out of polluted Guanabara Bay unless the water is cleaner and floating rubbish is removed for next year's Rio Games.''If we can't get the water to a level, then we'll move it outside (to the Atlantic Ocean) - for sure,'' Peter Sowrey told The Associated Press on the final day of an Olympic test event.

  • Los Angeles City Council to vote on authorizing Olympic bid

    August 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The president of the Los Angeles City Council has introduced a motion to give Mayor Eric Garcetti broad authority to negotiate a deal to host the 2024 Olympics.The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1UY5Ayr ) that the motion would give Garcetti and council President Herb Wesson the authority to sign a legally binding agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

  • Head of Rio's water utility sees 'problems' in Olympic bay

    August 21, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The head of Rio de Janeiro's water utility has acknowledged ''problems'' with the city's sewage-filled Guanabara Bay but insisted the Olympic city will eventually reach its goal of collecting and treating all the waste currently dumped into the waterway.

  • Testing Rio waters: Korean wind surfer taken to hospital

    August 19, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) South Korean wind surfer Wonwoo Cho got his first ride in an ambulance the other day, taken to a Rio de Janeiro hospital with dehydration, vomiting, a headache and dizziness.Cho is one of four athletes to have ''officially'' fallen ill so far at the week's Olympic sailing test event in Rio de Janeiro's polluted Guanabara Bay. Officials acknowledge the reporting is incomplete with many teams and some of the 300 athletes skittish about disclosing illnesses.

  • Sailors try to limit contact with polluted Rio Olympic venue

    August 17, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Mexico sailing coach Agustin Bellocchio offered a tip to sailors and windsurfers at this week's Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro's polluted Guanabara Bay: Don't swallow the water.''Shut your mouth when you're in the bay, and don't take in any water,'' said Bellocchio, an Argentine working for Mexico. ''Everyone knows this bay is badly contaminated.''

  • Olympic champion Alptekin loses 1,500-meter title for doping

    August 17, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) Olympic champion Asli Cakir Alptekin has agreed to give up her 1,500-meter title and serve an 8-year ban for blood doping, dealing another blow to track and field.A settlement by the Turkish runner and the IAAF was announced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday, days before the world championships open in Beijing.

  • Canada women beat Cuba, clinch Olympic basketball berth

    August 16, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Kia Nurse scored 20 points and Canada beat Cuba 82-66 on Sunday night in the gold-medal game of the FIBA Americas women's basketball championship to clinch a berth in the 2016 Olympics.Natalie Achonwa had 12 points for the Canadians, who went undefeated in the tournament to extend their winning streak to 14 games on home soil. They had recently defeated the U.S. for gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto.

  • Photo team mugged while covering Rio Olympic test event

    August 16, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian officials say a team of photographers on contract to Rio de Janeiro's city government were mugged while covering a road cycling test event for next year's Olympics in Rio.The Rio state security secretariat said in a statement that no one was injured in Sunday's incident, which saw the thieves make off with a camera and cellphones.

  • World sailing no plans for viral tests at Rio Olympic waters

    August 15, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Sailing's world governing body said Saturday it does not plan to conduct viral testing in Rio de Janeiro's polluted Guanabara Bay, the venue for sailing and wind surfing at next year's Olympics.Dr. Nebojsa Nikolic, top medical official for the International Sailing Federation, told The Associated Press ''we will certainly not do this'' until the World Health Organization comes out with what he called a ''firm statement.''

  • Filthy Rio water aside, sailing gets rare Olympic spotlight

    August 14, 2015

    The filthy water in Guanabara Bay might make some sailors at next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics lose their lunch.Then again, it could be the scenery that takes their breath away.Yachtsmen and women have no choice but to sail on the polluted bay, which an Associated Press study showed has dangerously high levels of disease-causing viruses.

  • WHO: Viral testing 'advisable' in Rio's Olympic waters

    August 14, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The World Health Organization's top water expert said Friday the body ''never advised against viral testing'' for Rio de Janeiro's polluted waterways where about 1,400 athletes will compete in Olympic events next year.Bruce Gordon, the WHO's coordinator of water, sanitation, hygiene and health, told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Geneva that testing for viruses ''would be advisable'' given it's known that human sewage pollution is rife in Rio's waters.

  • World Health Organization backs viral testing in Rio water

    August 14, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The World Health Organization says it ''never advised against viral testing'' for Rio de Janeiro's polluted waterways where about 1,400 athletes will compete in Olympic events next year.WHO told The Associated Press Friday that monitoring for viruses ''would be advisable.''

  • Japan adopts new plan for main stadium for 2020 Olympics

    August 14, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japan has adopted a new basic plan for its main stadium for the 2020 Olympics that would replace the costly original design that had to be scrapped.The plan, adopted Friday by a government panel, says the main stadium will have a roof over the spectators' seats. It said the stadium will be ready by the spring of 2020 in time for the Olympics.

  • Hopes high for karate's inclusion for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    August 14, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) After 17 years of intensive training, Japanese university karate champion Emiko Kawasaki may be about to realize her lifelong dream and have a chance to compete at the Olympics.Karate, a martial art consisting of punches, kicks and blocks, is among the sports Japan is considering for inclusion on the Olympic program for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

  • US men's basketball looks ready for Rio after minicamp

    August 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) While many countries are still trying to qualify for the Olympics, the U.S. is already lining up guys to play.Not just next summer, but potentially five summers down the line.Firmly perched atop the basketball world but forever mindful of how they were once knocked off, the Americans took a few days this week to begin their preparations for 2016. And 2020. And way beyond that.

  • USA Basketball ends minicamp with exhibition game

    August 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) There was no LeBron James or Stephen Curry.Nor were there any signs of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant or James Harden.Most importantly, there weren't any injuries.The U.S. men's basketball team ended its minicamp with an exhibition that felt like a light-hearted pickup game, a much smoother ending than last summer, when Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George broke his leg after crashing into a backboard stanchion.

  • Australian sailors wary of Rio debris as much as pollution

    August 13, 2015

    A 35-person team of Australian sailors, coaches and support crew begin competing in test events this week for next year's Summer Olympics on pollution-plagued Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, concerned as much about the floating debris that could affect the results of racing as the ''horrible'' sewage-filled water.

  • LeBron: Health, family will determine 2016 Olympic plans

    August 12, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) LeBron James said Wednesday his health and his family will determine whether he tries for a record third basketball Olympic gold medal next summer.James took part in USA Basketball's minicamp, satisfying chairman Jerry Colangelo's mandate that anyone wanting to be considered for the 2016 roster show up this week in Las Vegas.

  • A year after George's injury, US set for another exhibition

    August 12, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Paul George's broken leg in a USA Basketball exhibition game here last year shook up teammates and renewed the debate about whether NBA players should even be competing internationally in the offseason.It didn't change how the Americans plan their summer program.

  • IOC heaps fulsome praise on Rio's Olympic preparations

    August 12, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The head of an IOC inspection team said Wednesday she expects Rio de Janeiro to ''deliver outstanding Olympic Games'' next year, lauding the ''Olympic atmosphere and Olympic spirit'' in Brazil's showcase city.Nawal El Moutawakel, ending a week in Rio, gave a glowing assessment of the city's progress despite being peppered at a news conference with numerous questions about severe water pollution in Rio, concerns over political unrest in Brazil and the country's slumping economy.

  • USOC optimistic Los Angeles will bid for 2024 Olympics

    August 12, 2015

    This time, U.S. Olympic leaders are looking to Los Angeles as a bidder for the 2024 Olympics - a city that actually wants to host the games.Encouraged by 81 percent support in a recent poll and a supportive mayor who shows no signs of changing his mind, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Wednesday it is close to making L.A. its candidate to try to bring the games back to U.S. soil for the first time in a generation.

  • IOC rules out viral testing of Rio's Olympic waters

    August 12, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The International Olympic Committee ruled out conducting viral tests of Rio de Janeiro's sewage-laden waterways ahead of the 2016 games, a top official said Wednesday, despite an Associated Press study showing dangerously high levels of disease-causing viruses at all aquatic venues, with experts saying athletes are almost certain to be exposed to pathogens.

  • Ryan Seacrest to host NBC's late-night coverage at Olympics

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Ryan Seacrest will host NBC's late-night coverage during the 2016 Olympics.The network said Wednesday that the ''American Idol'' host would take over the late-night role in Rio. He was a correspondent for NBC during the 2012 London Games.

  • Swimmers sickened after Rio race worry about 2016 Olympics

    August 12, 2015

    Reports of dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria in Rio de Janeiro's waters have raised - and renewed - fears that athletes are at risk of getting sick at next summer's Olympics.Americans Kalyn Robinson and Chip Peterson can't help but wonder if a potential lifetime of health problems all goes back to the open water races they swam in the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio, where the waters are teeming with human waste.

  • US men's basketball starts road to Rio with minicamp

    August 11, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul were in the gym. LeBron James could join them Wednesday.Dwight Howard came back in hopes of playing in another Olympics. Stephen Curry showed up to register his interest in playing in his first.

  • Los Angeles proposes .1B budget if Olympic candidate

    August 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) If the city of Los Angeles becomes the U.S. candidate for the 2024 Olympics after Boston's recent drop from contention, the organizers' proposed budget for the Summer Games would be .1 billion plus a 0 million contingency, a senior adviser to Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday.

  • Some US rowers fall ill at 2016 Olympics test event

    August 10, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Thirteen rowers on the 40-member U.S. team came down with stomach illness at the World Junior Rowing Championships - a trial run for next summer's Olympics - and the team doctor said she suspected it was due to pollution in the lake where the competition took place.

  • Midnight at the pool: Swimmers face late nights at Rio Games

    August 10, 2015

    KAZAN, Russia (AP) One prominent swimming coach called it ''irresponsible.'' Another labeled it a ''business decision.''World governing body FINA, meanwhile, placed the onus on the International Olympic Committee.Whatever the factors at play, the bottom line for swimmers is this: they'll be competing until or after midnight at next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Russia's new 'sports capital' has Olympic ambitions

    August 10, 2015

    KAZAN, Russia (AP) The city calling itself ''Russia's sports capital'' isn't Moscow, St. Petersburg or even last year's Winter Olympic host Sochi. Instead it's Kazan, a provincial city with global ambitions.The venue for U.S. swim phenom Katie Ledecky's record-breaking exploits at this month's world championships, Kazan wants to use the event as a springboard to bring the Summer Olympics to Russia for the first time since Moscow hosted the games in 1980.

  • Correction: Rio 2016-Equine Disease story

    August 8, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) In a story Aug. 6 about the equine disease glanders, The Associated Press reported erroneously that 200 horses were participating in the Olympic test event. Only 19 horses were taking part.A corrected version of the story is below:

  • After tape-delayed success, a mostly live Olympics for NBC

    August 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A swimmer with a heart-wrenching history is about to race at the Olympics, so of course NBC will first air a slickly produced feature full of teary interviews and stirring music.Not next year. Not enough time.With the 2016 Summer Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro, which is just an hour ahead of the United States' Eastern time zone, the network can broadcast many high-profile events live in prime time. Make no mistake, NBC executives are thrilled about that prospect, but it means tweaking a formula that has worked so well in recent Olympics.

  • Rio Olympics: 1 year away and mayor says all will be ready

    August 5, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Exactly one year ahead of the start of Rio de Janeiro's Olympics, Mayor Eduardo Paes said on Wednesday that all the venues are running on schedule and will be delivered in time for next year's games - a feat he compared to a ''miracle.''

  • Dirty water at Olympics 'not a big problem,' says swim chief

    August 5, 2015

    KAZAN, Russia (AP) Water quality at next year's Olympic venues is ''not a big problem'', according to the head of swimming's governing body.An Associated Press investigation last week showed a serious health risk to the 1,400 Olympic athletes who will compete at water venues around Rio de Janeiro that are rife with human waste and sewage.

  • Japanese designer rejects plagiarism claims in Olympic logo

    August 5, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese designer Kenjiro Sano rejects claims he copied the emblem of a Belgian theater when he created the official logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.At a news conference on Wednesday, Sano said his design was original and he never saw the emblem for the Theatre de Liege before creating his logo.

  • With Rio next, Olympics still a major draw on television

    August 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Olympics move at their own pace, when an athlete can go from unknown to celebrity in a matter of hours.Fans who will tune in loyally every night during the games might not have been aware a few weeks earlier of the date of the opening ceremony. That's why NBC executives are heartened by research they did more than a year before the start of the Rio Olympics.

  • Japanese designer refutes plagiarism claims in Olympic logo

    August 5, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese designer Kenjiro Sano refuted claims Wednesday that he copied the emblem of a Belgian theater when he created the official logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Speaking at a press conference, Sano said his design is original and that he never saw the emblem for the Theatre de Liege before creating his logo.

  • World Rowing to seek viral testing in Rio Olympic waters

    August 4, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The head of the governing body of world rowing said Tuesday he will ask for viral testing at the rowing venue for next year's Rio Olympics, and he expects all other water sports in Rio to follow suit.The move comes after an Associated Press investigation last week showed a serious health risk to about 1,400 Olympic athletes who will compete at water venues around Rio that are rife with human waste and sewage.

  • Brazilian universities to help with dirty water cleanup

    August 3, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao signed a deal Monday with several Brazilian universities and research institutes to develop a plan for cleaning up the polluted waters of the city's sewage-strewn Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events will be held.

  • IOC ready to act if Olympic medals affected by doping

    August 3, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The IOC will take action against any Olympic athletes if they are found guilty of the latest doping allegations rocking the sport of track and field, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday.Bach said it is up to the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate the allegations, including that one-third of medals in endurance races at the Olympics and world championships from 2001 to 2012 were won by athletes who recorded suspicious blood tests.

  • Sepp Blatter's term as IOC member ends

    August 3, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter's 16-year term as an International Olympic Committee member ended Monday when he did not seek re-election.Blatter was among a group of IOC members up for re-election for another eight-year term. But IOC President Thomas Bach said Blatter informed him by letter on July 23 that he would not stand again.

  • Sepp Blatter not running for re-election as IOC member

    August 2, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) FIFA president Sepp Blatter is relinquishing his position on the International Olympic Committee.Blatter was among a group of IOC members up for re-election for another eight-year term on Monday. But IOC President Thomas Bach says Blatter informed him by letter on July 23 that he would not stand again.

  • IOC to order tests for viruses at Rio's Olympic water venues

    August 2, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will order testing for disease-causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next year's Rio de Janeiro Games.Before, the IOC and local Olympic organizers in Rio said they would only test for bacteria in the water, as Brazil and virtually all nations only mandate such testing to determine the safety of recreational waters.

  • IOC to test Rio's Olympic water venues for viruses

    August 2, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will begin testing for disease causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next year's Rio de Janeiro Games.Before, the IOC and local Olympic organizers in Rio said they would only test for bacteria in the water, as Brazil and virtually all nations only mandate such testing to determine the safety of recreational waters.

  • IOC shakes up bid process for 2024 Summer Olympics

    August 2, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The IOC shook up the bidding process for the 2024 Olympics on Sunday, eliminating the cut-down phase and clearing the way for all the candidates to make it to the final vote.The decision, announced at the International Olympic Committee's general assembly, opens the prospect of a crowded field of as many as seven cities battling it out over a two-year global campaign.

  • Emotional scenes as South Sudan gains Olympic status

    August 2, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) With an Olympic flag draped around his neck, the official from South Sudan couldn't contain his emotion.Moments after his war-torn country was officially recognized by the IOC on Sunday, Tong Chor Malke Deran wiped tears from his eyes and later broke down when talking about the plight of his nation's athletes.

  • South Sudan gains Olympic status, cleared for Rio

    August 2, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) South Sudan received official recognition from the IOC on Sunday, allowing the world's newest nation to send a team under its own flag to next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The IOC's executive board had recommended South Sudan's inclusion last week, and on Sunday the full IOC session voted in favor.

  • More online, more on mobile: advertising executive to IOC

    August 2, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) A leading advertising executive told the IOC on Sunday that the Olympic body needs to stay relevant with the younger generation and concentrate more of its content on the Internet and via mobile devices.And the once futuristic-sounding technology of virtual reality will likely be part of the planning.

  • More on line, more on mobile: advertising executive to IOC

    August 2, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) A leading advertising executive told the IOC on Sunday that the Olympic body needs to stay relevant with the younger generation and concentrate more of its content on the Internet and via mobile devices.Martin Sorrell, chief executive officer of advertising agency WPP, said the International Olympic Committee was in a unique position because its biggest asset was its live content.

  • WHO and sailing body seek virus tests in Rio Olympic venues

    August 2, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The World Health Organization has asked the IOC to analyze virus levels in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters, and the governing body of world sailing says it will start doing its own independent virus tests.The moves come after an Associated Press investigation showed a serious health risk to Olympic athletes in venues around Rio rife with sewage.

  • Sailing body to test for viruses in Rio Olympic venue

    August 1, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The governing body of world sailing says it will start doing its own independent testing for viruses in Rio's Olympic waters after an Associated Press investigation showed a serious health risk to athletes competing in venues rife with raw sewage.

  • Sailing governing body will start testing for viruses in Rio

    August 1, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The governing body of world says sailing it will start doing its own independent testing for viruses in Rio's Olympic waters after an Associated Press investigation showed a serious health risk to athletes competing in venues rife with raw sewage.

  • USOC: 3 cities being contacted to replace Boston in 2024 bid

    August 1, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) U.S. Olympic leaders have started contacting Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington about the possibility of bidding for the 2024 Games and believe the demise of Boston's candidacy will be ''ancient history'' by the time the host city is selected in 2017.

  • IOC hears reports on Rio's dirty water, Tokyo emblem flap

    August 1, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) A day after the high-profile vote which awarded Beijing the 2022 Winter Games, International Olympic Committee members dealt Saturday with issues affecting the next two Summer Games - severe water pollution in Rio de Janeiro and the fuss over Tokyo's choice of emblem.

  • Having made Olympic history, Beijing faces challenges

    August 1, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) Having made history as the first city to win hosting rights for both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Beijing now faces a slew of challenges, from ensuring adequate snow in a bone-dry region to ramping up support for winter sports in a nation where few people ski or skate.

  • For athletes, Olympic goals outweigh the risks of Rio waters

    August 1, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Athletes have been dismissing the dangers of swimming in Rio de Janeiro's dirty waters, saying the risks are not great enough to alter their Olympic plans.Despite a warning from a state environmental agency that some Olympic venues are unsafe, triathletes and paratriathletes entered the waters off Copacabana Beach Friday in an area considered ''unfit'' for swimming. They'll continue to compete this weekend in test events for next year's games.

  • Triathletes shrug off water warnings, swim in Rio

    July 31, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Triathletes swam in waters off Copacabana Beach Friday ahead of weekend Olympic test events, despite published warnings that water in the area was ''unfit'' for swimming.The website of the Rio de Janeiro environmental agency said the water, which has been declared unfit ten previous times this year, was unsafe based on the results of a Monday water test.

  • Russia's Sochi suggested as host for 2024 Olympics

    July 31, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) The man who organized last year's Winter Olympics in Sochi is pushing for the Russian city to host the 2024 Summer Games.Dmitry Chernyshenko wants Sochi to follow the example of Beijing, which will be the first city to host a summer and winter games after it won the right to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday.

  • Technical issues force 2 votes for 2022 Winter Olympics

    July 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The vote to decide the 2022 Winter Olympics host city should have taken about 10 minutes using tablet-like electronic devices. Instead, a technical glitch left 85 voting members of the International Olympic Committee using paper ballots to ultimately give Beijing the nod.

  • Russia's Sochi mooted as host for 2024 Olympics

    July 31, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) The man who organized last year's Winter Olympics in Sochi is pushing for the Russian city to host the 2024 Summer Games.Dmitry Chernyshenko wants Sochi to follow the example of Beijing, which will be the first city to host a summer and winter games after it won the right to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday.

  • Brazil data: Olympic water 'unfit' for triathletes to swim

    July 31, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Brazilian government's most recent data on water pollution in Rio de Janeiro show that water near where triathletes are preparing to compete this weekend is ''unfit'' for swimming.The designation, based on fecal coliform bacteria levels, is available on the website of the Rio de Janeiro environmental agency.

  • Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years

    July 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it - and in the span of just 14 years.The Chinese capital was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, beating Kazakh rival Almaty 44-40 in a surprisingly close vote marred by technical problems, taking the games back to the city that hosted the summer version in 2008.

  • Belgian designer to insist Tokyo changes Olympic logo

    July 31, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) A Belgian designer will approach the IOC and the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics to change the logo of the 2020 Games because it bears too much resemblance to his emblem for the Theatre de Liege.The Tokyo emblem is based on a ''T,'' standing for Tokyo, team and tomorrow. The 2013 logo for the theater in Liege has similar shapes in white against a black backdrop.

  • Reaction to Beijing's victory as 2022 Winter Olympic host

    July 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Reaction Friday to the IOC's decision to pick Beijing as host city of the 2022 Olympics by a vote of 44 votes to 40 over Almaty, Kazakhstan:---"They chose certainty in Beijing. But I don't think anybody would have believed that the result would have been that close"- IOC vice president Craig Reedie.

  • Muted reaction in Almaty as Kazakh city's Olympic bid fails

    July 31, 2015

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) Within minutes of the announcement that Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics had failed, it was almost as if it had never happened.The crowd of about 1,000 people which had gathered on a square in the Kazakh city to hear Friday's result started to disperse as soon as International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach revealed that the games would go to Beijing.

  • Watchdog groups quick to criticize IOC over Beijing in 2022

    July 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The Beijing bid delegation had no sooner finished their congratulatory hugs and handshakes after being awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics than criticism from human rights groups over the IOC's decision began to pour in.After a closer-than-expected 44-40 win in Friday's ballot against Almaty, Kazakhstan, Beijing will become the first city to host a summer and winter games. And just like before and after the city was awarded the 2008 Summer Olympics, watchdog groups were highly critical.

  • Beijing celebrates winning the 2022 Winter Olympics

    July 31, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) Lion dancers swayed and confetti canons erupted Friday as news came that Beijing would become the first city to host both the summer and winter Olympics.Local residents praised their city's winning bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, although celebrations were far more muted than 14 years ago when Beijing exploded in glee after getting the 2008 Summer Games.

  • Questions remain after Boston's 2024 Olympics bid ends

    July 31, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics flamed out in spectacular fashion this week, with local organizers and the U.S. Olympic Committee deciding to part ways after the mayor and Massachusetts' governor refused to be rushed into a decision putting taxpayers on the hook if the games went over budget.

  • Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics

    July 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Beijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, defeating the bid from Almaty in a surprisingly close vote to become the first city awarded both the winter and summer games.Beijing won the secret vote of the International Olympic Committee by 44-40, with one abstention. The vote was conducted by paper ballot, after the first electronic vote experienced technical faults with the voting tablets.

  • Lausanne awarded 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

    July 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The Swiss city of Lausanne has been awarded the Winter Youth Olympics for 2020, beating Brasov, Romania, in a vote by International Olympic Committee members.Lillehammer, Norway, will host the Winter Youth Olympics in 2016.

  • IOC chooses 2022 host city, winner to be announced Friday

    July 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The IOC selected a host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, with the winner to be announced later at an official ceremony.Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, were the only two candidates in the voting by the International Olympic Committee.

  • Technical delay in vote on 2022 Olympic host city

    July 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The IOC has decided to vote by paper ballots after problems with the electronic voting in the choice for the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics.The members had voted with new tablets in the election between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

  • IOC begins voting on host city for 2022 Winter Olympics

    July 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The International Olympic Committee has begun voting to determine the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics - either Beijing or Almaty, Kazakhstan.After both bid teams made final presentations earlier Friday, 85 IOC members were voting by secret ballot.

  • Tokyo 2020 emblem designer denies plagiarizing Belgian logo

    July 31, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) The designer of the emblem for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics says he did not copy a Belgian theater logo that looks similar.Kenjiro Sano's emblem for the Tokyo games bears a striking resemblance to the logo for Belgium's Theatre de Liege, created by designer Olivier Debie.

  • Almaty, Beijing make final pitches for 2022 Winter Olympics

    July 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The prime minister of Kazakhstan challenged the IOC on Friday to make a ''historic decision'' by awarding the 2022 Winter Olympics to Almaty, painting the project as the one that offers real snow and mountain conditions as opposed to the rival bid from Beijing.

  • Questions remain after Boston's Olympics bid ends

    July 31, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics flamed out in spectacular fashion earlier this week, with local organizers and the U.S. Olympic Committee deciding to part ways after the Boston mayor and the Massachusetts governor refused to be rushed into a decision putting taxpayers on the hook if the games went over budget.

  • Beijing makes last pitch in bidding for 2022 Winter Games

    July 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Beijing highlighted environmental improvements since the Summer Olympics in 2008 in its final presentation to the IOC before voting Friday to determine which city will be awarded the 2022 Winter Games.Beijing mayor Wang Anshun told the IOC delegates that the 2008 Beijing Games ''served as an impetus'' to make improvements costing 0 billion to enhance air quality in the city. He also said the city had removed more than 1 million high-emission vehicles from its roads. Beijing is bidding to be the first city to stage both Summer and Winter OIympics.

  • Kazakh PM: Almaty 'is not a risky choice' for 2022 Olympics

    July 30, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The prime minister of Kazakhstan challenged the IOC on Friday to make a ''historic decision'' by awarding the 2022 Winter Olympics to Almaty, painting the project as the one that offers real snow and mountain conditions as opposed to the rival bid from Beijing.

  • Almaty has hard-hitting final pitch for 2022 hosting rights

    July 30, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Almaty has pleaded with International Olympic Committee members to not consider them a ''risky'' choice to host the 2022 Winter Games simply because the central Asian country of Kazakhstan is not familiar to many of them.

  • Almaty, Beijing make final pitches ahead of '22 Olympic vote

    July 30, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The Kazakh city of Almaty and Beijing are making their final pitches to the International Olympic Committee ahead of the vote on the host city for the 2022 Winter Games.Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Olympics, goes in as the favorite as it bids to become the first city to stage both summer and winter games. Almaty sees the Olympics as a way to help raise Kazakhstan's profile on the international stage.

  • Chinese vice premier, Kazakh prime minister head delegations

    July 30, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov will head the Almaty delegation and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong will lead the Beijing team in the final presentations to the IOC ahead of the vote for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

  • No move to alter Olympic venues despite water contamination

    July 30, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Sailors and other athletes preparing for the Olympics have been training for months in contaminated waters where the Rio Games will be held. Many believe moving events now would put them at a disadvantage, even though water-quality tests analyzed by The Associated Press show athletes have a high chance of being exposed to viruses.

  • AP Investigation: What's in Rio's water? AP explains tests

    July 30, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Sewage pollution has long been a problem for Rio de Janeiro, and officials promised they would use the 2016 Summer Olympics as the springboard to finally clean up this stunningly beautiful city's waterways.An Associated Press investigation shows that not only have they failed to do that, but that the waters are rife with illness-inducing viruses.

  • Thomas Bach: IOC must uphold ethical standards

    July 30, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The International Olympic Committee needs to show it is serious about maintaining ethical credibility and staying free of corruption, IOC President Thomas Bach said Thursday.''We need to demonstrate that we are indeed walking the walk and not just talking the talk,'' Bach said in a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the IOC's 128th session in Kuala Lumpur.

  • AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

    July 30, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, as well as for visitors to the iconic beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

  • 5 things to know about filthy water awaiting Rio Olympians

    July 30, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Associated Press commissioned a study of the virus and bacteria levels in the waters where Olympic athletes will compete next year in Rio de Janeiro. The testing found dangerously high levels of pathogens from human sewage waste.

  • Beijing favorite in IOC vote for 2022 Winter Olympics

    July 30, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) When it comes to votes on Olympic host cities, geopolitics can play a crucial role in determining the victor.That's likely to be the case more than ever Friday when the International Olympic Committee chooses between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, for the 2022 Winter Games.

  • AP Investigation: Dirty Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

    July 30, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, as well as for visitors to the iconic beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

  • AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth

    July 30, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.

  • 5 things to know about Olympians weighing Rio's filthy water

    July 30, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Associated Press commissioned a study of the virus and bacteria levels in the waters where Olympic athletes will compete next year in Rio de Janeiro. The testing found dangerously high levels of pathogens from human sewage waste.

  • AP Investigation: Rio's Olympic water rife with sewage virus

    July 30, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill.That's according to a study commissioned by The Associated Press that tested for viral and bacterial pathogens in the waters where athletes will compete.

  • Tokyo emblem under scrutiny for resemblance to existing logo

    July 29, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) The design of the official emblem for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has come under scrutiny for bearing a striking resemblance to an existing logoA Belgium-based designer has taken to social media to express surprise over the similarity between the Tokyo 2020 logo and one he designed for a theater in Liege, eastern Belgium.

  • US Olympic hero Jim Craig to auction memorabilia

    July 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The American flag that goalie Jim Craig wrapped around his shoulders after the U.S. Miracle on Ice victory at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics is on the auction block.The flag is one of 19 items in ''The Jim Craig `Miracle on Ice' Collection,'' which also includes Craig's Olympic gold medal, the jersey he wore against the vaunted Soviet Union and in the gold-medal win against Finland. Also included are the only mask Craig wore during the Winter Games, his skates and goalie equipment, and the goalie sticks from the games against the Soviets and Finland.

  • Park unhappy with qualifying criteria for Olympic golf

    July 29, 2015

    TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) Inbee Park, the top-ranked player in women's golf, has criticized the qualifying criteria for next year's Olympic tournament, saying it will rule out too many of the world's top stars.Sixty players will compete in the men's and women's events in Rio de Janiero, and a country is allowed a maximum of four players. South Korea, where Park is from, has 15 players in the top 28 in the women's rankings.

  • Former IOC member Leo Wallner of Austria dies at 79

    July 29, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) Leo Wallner, a former IOC member who led Austria's national Olympic movement for 19 years, has died. He was 79.The Austrian Olympic Committee said he died early Wednesday, without revealing a cause of death.''He has always served the interests of Austrian sports on national and international level and within the IOC with dignity and full commitment,'' said AOC president Karl Stoss, who succeeded Wallner in 2009.

  • Bach: Boston failed to deliver on 'promises' to USOC

    July 29, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach said Boston was firmly to blame for its aborted bid for the 2024 Olympics, saying the city failed to deliver on ''promises'' made to U.S. Olympic leaders when they selected the Massachusetts capital as the American candidate for the games.

  • Japan-based advertising firm wins Olympic TV rights in Asia

    July 29, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The International Olympic Committee has awarded exclusive Olympic broadcast rights in 22 Asia-Pacific countries to Japan-based advertising agency Dentsu Inc.The IOC on Wednesday said the deal covers the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and yet-to-be awarded games in 2022 and 2024.

  • Star athletes pitch for Beijing, Almaty ahead of 2022 vote

    July 29, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Former NBA star Yao Ming and Sochi Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Denis Ten differ in height by exactly two feet. The towering basketballer is representing Beijing's bid for the 2022 Olympics, and the diminutive figure skater is boosting the bid from Almaty, Kazakhstan.

  • Tokyo Olympic chief apologizes to IOC over stadium change

    July 29, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Japanese organizers apologized to the IOC on Wednesday over the scrapping of the original plans for the Olympic stadium and delivered assurances that the new venue will be ready in time for the 2020 Games.The International Olympic Committee, meanwhile, said it would work with Japan on the new project to make sure ''there are no surprises'' this time.

  • If USOC finds a new city, Boston debacle could be forgotten

    July 28, 2015

    Embarrassing as the debacle in Boston may have been, chances are it will be nothing more than a distant memory when the vote for the 2024 Olympics finally rolls around.That's still more than two years away, and the U.S. Olympic Committee has seven weeks to replace Boston with a more willing candidate - one that shows more enthusiasm for hosting the games, and can withstand the criticism and questions that will invariably come in a contest against Paris, Rome, Budapest and others.

  • If USOC finds a new city, Boston debacle will be forgotten

    July 28, 2015

    Embarrassing as the debacle in Boston may have been, chances are it will be nothing more than a distant memory when the vote for the 2024 Olympics finally rolls around.That's still more than two years away, and the U.S. Olympic Committee has seven weeks to replace Boston with a more willing candidate.

  • A year away, Olympic organizers counting on sun and samba

    July 28, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rio de Janeiro conjures clear images of sun, samba and soccer. Organizers of the Olympics that start a year from now hope that's what people remember after the games - not images of polluted water, inefficient transportation and incomplete venues.

  • Tokyo Olympic stadium designer strikes back at critics

    July 28, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) The architects behind a scrapped plan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium blamed the bidding process and rocketing building costs for the spiraling price tag, striking back at claims that it was because of the design.Zaha Hadid Architects said the contractors were chosen before they submitted cost estimates in a two-stage tender process. The cost rose to 252-billion yen ( billion), nearly double the original estimate, and more expensive than any sports stadium ever built.

  • Tibetan groups campaign against 2022 Olympics going to China

    July 28, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) Tibetan activists and others are calling on the International Olympic Committee not to award the 2022 Winter Games to Beijing, saying China's human rights record after the 2008 Olympics in the Chinese capital worsened rather than showing a hoped-for improvement.

  • IOC executive board recommends South Sudan gain recognition

    July 28, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The IOC executive board recommended Tuesday that South Sudan be granted Olympic recognition, a step that would allow the world's newest nation to send a team to next year's games in Rio de Janeiro.The full International Olympic Committee will vote on the recommendation on Sunday, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said.

  • A look at Almaty's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics

    July 28, 2015

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) The Central Asian city of Almaty is vying with Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The winner will be selected Friday in a vote of the International Olympic Committee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Here's a quick look at Almaty's bid:

  • Almaty offers traditional winter setting in 2022 Olympic bid

    July 28, 2015

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) Instead of grand talk about how the Olympics will break new ground by going to a majority-Muslim country for the first time, or by making their first visit to Central Asia, Almaty's bid for the 2022 Winter Games is about tradition.

  • For No Boston Olympics, time to celebrate, then 'go away'

    July 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) On Boston's last day as a potential Olympic host, Chris Dempsey ate lunch at an Irish pub across from City Hall and waited for the bid for the 2024 Summer Games to crumble.A waitress recognized Dempsey, the co-chair of the opposition group No Boston Olympics, from last week's televised debate. A customer walked by and applauded, but his attempt at a high five was rebuffed.

  • Beijing bid faces same old questions ahead of 2022 IOC vote

    July 28, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Two of China's most storied winter Olympic athletes faced some tough questions Tuesday about Beijing bid's for the 2022 Winter Games - namely about air pollution and a lack of snow.Gold medalist pairs figure skaters Shen Zue and Zhao Hongbo came out of retirement to win gold at Vancouver in 2010, then retired again. The husband and wife are two of the Beijing bid's ambassadors trying to convince the IOC that the Chinese city should be given hosting rights over Almaty, Kazakhstan. The vote will be held here Friday.

  • '10 people on Twitter' exult in demise of Boston Olympics

    July 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Mayor Marty Walsh drew plenty of flak, and spawned a trending hashtag, by dismissing the opposition to the city's doomed bid for the 2024 Olympics as ''10 people on Twitter.''''The opposition for the most part is about 10 people on Twitter and a couple people out there who are constantly beating the drumbeat,'' Walsh said Monday before Boston and the U.S. Olympic Committee agreed amid feeble public support and boisterous resistance to spike the city's candidacy.

  • IOC urges US to come up with another bid city for 2024 Games

    July 28, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) With Boston no longer in contention, IOC President Thomas Bach urged U.S. Olympic leaders on Tuesday to pick ''the most appropriate city'' as a substitute candidate for the 2024 Games. Two-time Olympic host Los Angeles could fit the bill perfectly, according to several IOC board members.

  • IOC meetings begin, 2022 Winter Games venue top of agenda

    July 28, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The International Olympic Committee executive board meetings have begun, setting the stage for Friday's vote to decide which city will host the 2022 Winter Games.The choice between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan is the centerpiece of the weeklong meetings in the Malaysian capital.

  • USOC won't seek million bailout penalty from Boston

    July 27, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Oh, about that million. Don't worry about it, Boston.A U.S. Olympic Committee official said the federation will not pursue payment under a clause in its contract with Boston that put the bid on the hook for million if it pulled out of the running.

  • After Olympic dreams fizzle, Bostonians wonder: Now what?

    July 27, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Opponents are cheering the unceremonious demise of Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but some are wistfully wondering what might have been.The U.S. Olympic Committee officially severed ties with Boston on Monday, saying it was exploring other options amid lackluster public support and concerns from elected leaders and organized opposition about the impact to taxpayers.

  • With Boston out, can Los Angeles revive a US Olympic bid?

    July 27, 2015

    Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics was undercut by its own mayor, its skeptical public and, finally, leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee, who were tired of the city's ever-changing blueprint.Next, it might be time to see if there is more Olympic love in Los Angeles.

  • Boston out and USOC to look elsewhere

    July 27, 2015

    Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over.The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started.The decision throws the bid process - and hopes that the U.S. will host another Olympics - into flux. Only seven weeks remain before cities have to be officially nominated. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said the federation wants to stay in the race. If so, Los Angeles would be the likely choice.

  • US Olympic Committee will look elsewhere for 2024 host city

    July 27, 2015

    Now that Boston is out of the picture, the U.S. Olympic Committee wants to explore other opportunities to host the 2024 Games.In a statement Monday announcing the end of the bid in Boston, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said the federation was still interested in mounting a bid for the Summer Games.

  • Boston out as US candidate for 2024 Olympics

    July 27, 2015

    Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over.The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky told The Associated Press.The decision throws the bid process - and hopes that the U.S. will host another Olympics - into flux. Only seven weeks remain before cities have to be officially nominated. If the USOC wants to stay in the race, Los Angeles is its likely choice.

  • Mayor puts future of Boston Olympics bid in question

    July 27, 2015

    Boston's mayor delivered a harsh blow to the city's effort to host the 2024 Olympics when he declared on Monday he wouldn't sign any document ''that puts one dollar of taxpayer money on the line for one penny of overruns on the Olympics.''That document is the host city contract that has to be signed by government leaders before any city can be chosen as host. Mayor Marty Walsh made his announcement at a hastily called news conference that coincided with Gov. Charlie Baker's meeting with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

  • Boston mayor refuses to sign host contract for 2024 Olympics

    July 27, 2015

    Boston's mayor delivered a harsh blow to the city's effort to host the 2024 Olympics on Monday when he declared he wouldn't sign any document ''that puts one dollar of taxpayer money on the line for one penny of overruns on the Olympics.''That document is the host city contract that most in the Olympics consider crucial to any city's success. Walsh made his announcement at a hastily called news conference that coincided with Gov. Charlie Baker's meeting with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

  • USOC awaits talk with Massachusetts governor on Olympic bid

    July 27, 2015

    The leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee were set to talk to the governor of Massachusetts on Monday. What comes out of that conversation could well dictate the future of Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympics.The USOC wants to know whether Gov. Charlie Baker, notably noncommittal on the issue, supports the bid.

  • Bach: facilities and sustainability key to winning 2022 bid

    July 27, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach expects the vote to determine which city will host the 2022 Winter Olympics will come down to the quality of sports facilities for athletes, and which bid is perceived as the most sustainable.

  • IOC awards Olympic broadcast rights to Qatar's beIN Media

    July 27, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The International Olympic Committee has awarded broadcast rights in the Middle East and North Africa from 2018-2024 to Qatar's beIN Media Group.The IOC said Monday the deal would cover the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, and Olympics in 2022 and 2024. The IOC hasn't yet chosen hosts for 2022 and 2024.

  • Beijing touts experience, facilities in 2022 Olympic bid

    July 27, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) Beijing has marketed its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics as the reliable choice, despite concerns about a lack of natural snow, notoriously bad air pollution and warnings about the government's treatment of political dissidents and minority groups.

  • USOC to talk with Mass gov, decide next step for Boston bid

    July 27, 2015

    The leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee are supposed to hear from the governor of Massachusetts on Monday. What he tells them could very well dictate the future of Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympics.The USOC wants to know whether Gov. Charlie Baker, notably noncommittal on the issue, supports the bid.

  • Canadian Olympic head to back Toronto to make 2024 bid

    July 26, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The head of the Canadian Olympic Committee said Sunday he would push Toronto to bid for the 2024 Olympics.Marcel Aubut, head of the COC, told a press conference he wants to see Canada's largest city be an official candidate by Sept. 15, the deadline set by the International Olympic Committee.

  • COC chief would back Toronto bid for 2024 Olympics

    July 26, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The head of the Canadian Olympic Committee says he would back a bid by Toronto to host the 2024 Olympics, potentially joining a crowded field that already includes five cities.Marcel Aubut, president of the COC, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation the city can use the Pan Am Games - which end Sunday - as a springboard.

  • Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic bid at a glance

    July 26, 2015

    The International Olympic Committee will vote Friday on the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, choosing between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Olympics, is seeking to become the first city to stage both summer and winter games.

  • Almaty 2022 Winter Olympic bid at a glance

    July 26, 2015

    The International Olympic Committee will vote Friday on the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, choosing between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.Almaty, former capital of the ex-Soviet Republic in central Asia, is making its second Olympic bid, but this is the first time it has reached the final stage.

  • 2022 Olympic host city vote at a glance

    July 26, 2015

    The host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics will be decided this week in a vote of the International Olympic Committee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two candidates are Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Here's a quick look at the election:---WHAT: Selection of host city for 2022 Winter Olympics.

  • Beijing faces Almaty in IOC vote for 2022 Winter Olympics

    July 26, 2015

    The world's most populous nation against a new kid on the block. A global capital that hosted an Olympics just a few years ago against a city which many people may not be able to find on a map. A Chinese region with few big mountains and little natural snow against a former Soviet winter sports resort surrounded by towering peaks and plenty of real snow.

  • Toronto will bid for 2024 Olympics; joins 5 others

    July 26, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The head of the Canadian Olympic Committee says Toronto will bid for the 2024 Olympics, joining a crowded field that already includes five cities.Marcel Aubut, president of the COC, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation the city will use the Pan Am Games - which end Sunday - as a springboard.

  • Russia suggests Kazan as future Olympic host

    July 25, 2015

    KAZAN, Russia (AP) Russia says its central city of Kazan could be a future Olympic host, with less than two months before the application deadline for the 2024 summer games.Kazan is currently hosting the world aquatics championships. While visiting the event, Russian Olympic Committee head Alexander Zhukov said he was ''sure this city could cope with hosting the Summer Olympics'' in comments reported by Russia's Tass agency.

  • Boston Olympics organizers downplayed opposition, files show

    July 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Organizers of Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics downplayed the opposition that was already galvanizing against it, as well as the prospects of a voter referendum, according to the documents that won over the U.S. Olympic Committee.

  • Column: USOC needs to dump Boston while there's still time

    July 24, 2015

    The U.S. Olympic Committee needs to cut its losses.To have any chance of bringing the Summer Games back to America in 2024, it's time to dump Boston as the candidate city and go with Los Angeles.Granted, LA will be hard-pressed to beat a field of appealing European cities.

  • Boston Olympics organizers release original, unredacted bid

    July 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Organizers of Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics on Friday released the full, unredacted version of the bid that won over the U.S. Olympic Committee, after city officials earlier this week called for their disclosure.The documents reveal that organizers initially projected the games to cost about .7 billion but run at a nearly 0 million deficit. Boston 2024's revised proposal, released in June, shows a .6 billion budget with a surplus of just over 0 million.

  • USOC asks Massachusetts governor for stance on Boston '24

    July 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The U.S. Olympic Committee wants to know where the governor of Massachusetts stands on the Boston Olympics. His answer: Still crunching the numbers.Gov. Charlie Baker refused to take a position on the city's troubled bid for the 2024 Games on Friday, even after receiving a request from USOC leaders to let them know as soon as possible.

  • APNewsBreak: USOC asks Mass. gov for stance on Boston '24

    July 24, 2015

    DENVER (AP) A person familiar with the bid says the U.S. Olympic Committee has given Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker until the end of the day Friday to declare whether he supports the movement to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the communication with the governor was confidential.

  • Organizers reveal emblem for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    July 24, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese organizers revealed the emblem of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday, five years to the day before the opening ceremony.The emblem is based on ''T,'' standing for Tokyo, tomorrow, and team.It was designed by Japanese artist Kenjiro Sato.

  • IOC chief Bach arrives in KL ahead of 2022 Olympics vote

    July 24, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) IOC president Thomas Bach arrived in Malaysia on Friday ahead of executive board meetings and a general session which will determine the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics - either Beijing or Almaty, Kazakhstan.The vote for the 2022 host city will be held July 31.

  • IOC: Pyeongchang poised to move from planning to operations

    July 24, 2015

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) IOC coordination commission leader Gunilla Lindberg says organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are well poised to move from planning to operational mode with six months remaining before the first of the test events.

  • Hyundai, Kia Motors sign deal for 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

    July 23, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) South Korean automakers Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors have signed on as a domestic sponsor of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.Under the agreement, announced Thursday, Hyundai and Kia will provide 4,100 vehicles for VIPs, athletes transport and event operations as well as monetary sponsorship for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • Human rights groups criticize both 2022 Winter Olympic bids

    July 23, 2015

    Watchdog groups criticized the human rights records of China and Kazakhstan on Thursday, just over a week before the IOC decides on whether to award the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing or Almaty.Human Rights Watch said in a statement that the IOC, which will vote in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 31, should ensure that the host city ''fully respect'' human rights commitments in both preparing for and hosting the Winter Games.

  • Kazakhstan's hostility toward gays under fire

    July 23, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) A leading human rights organization has criticized Kazakhstan's hostility toward gay people ahead of a vote to pick the host for the 2022 Winter Olympics.Human Rights Watch on Thursday issued a 31-page report documenting violence and discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face in the Central Asian nation.

  • USOC adds Robert Wood to board of directors

    July 21, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Former Dow Chemical executive and USA Gymnastics board member Robert Wood is the newest addition to the U.S. Olympic Committee's board of directors.Wood takes a vacancy on the board created when chairman Larry Probst earned an automatic spot because of his election to the International Olympic Committee.

  • Building 2020 main stadium in Tokyo to start in early 2016

    July 21, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Construction of the new National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will begin in January or February.The government will choose a new design and builder through an international competition with the aim of completing the stadium by the spring of 2020, Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura said on Tuesday.

  • Construction of 2020 main stadium to start in early 2016

    July 21, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japan will start construction of a new national stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in January or February.Sports minister Hakubun Shimomura says the government will choose a new design and builder through an international competition with the aim of completing the stadium by the spring of 2020.

  • Blatter to skip Olympic meetings in Malaysia next week

    July 20, 2015

    ZURICH (AP) FIFA President Sepp Blatter will not travel to Malaysia next week for an IOC meeting where the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics will be chosen.Blatter, who has been an IOC member for 16 years, usually attends the annual Olympic meeting but has curbed his travel since an American investigation into FIFA corruption was revealed in May.

  • IOC chief Bach confident about new stadium in Tokyo

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The head of the International Olympic Committee remains confident that Tokyo will complete its new national stadium in time for the 2020 Summer Games, even though the original design has been scrapped because of soaring costs.

  • IOC says match-fixing hotline operational

    July 17, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The International Olympic Committee says its hotline for reporting match-fixing and other corruption is fully operational.The web-based ''integrity and compliance hotline'' - which was announced in April - allows athletes, coaches, referees, and the public to report anonymously on suspicious activity related to match-fixing, and violations of the IOC ethics code.

  • Japan to start from scratch on Tokyo Olympic stadium plan

    July 17, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japan scrapped the design of the Olympic stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Games because of soaring costs Friday and said it will reopen bidding for a new plan, in a stunning reversal that leaves the 2019 Rugby World Cup without a main venue.''We have decided to go back to the start on the Tokyo Olympics-Paralympics stadium plan, and start over from zero,'' Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters after a meeting with Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee. ''The cost has ballooned just too much.''

  • Japan leader announces redo for costly Tokyo Olympic stadium

    July 17, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japan scrapped the design of the Olympic stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Games because of spiraling costs and reopened bidding for a new plan in a stunning reversal on Friday.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe added the stadium won't be completed in time for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, as scheduled.

  • Rome mayor promotes existing venues for 2024 Olympic bid

    July 16, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Rome's mayor is promoting the use of existing venues in the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics.Ignazio Marino took part in a daylong seminar at IOC headquarters Thursday as part of the new invitation phase for potential host cities.

  • Japanese officials suggest revising Olympic stadium plan

    July 16, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese political leaders said Thursday the new main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is too costly and called for cost-cutting efforts to reduce the burden on taxpayers.The latest cost estimate of 252 billion yen ( billion) has nearly doubled from the initially planned 130 billion yen, and is a sharp increase from the 163 billion yen estimate last year. The Tokyo stadium shapes up as the world's most expensive sports stadium, more costly than the .6 billion MetLife stadium in New Jersey.

  • Senior Chinese sports official fired in corruption probe

    July 16, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) A senior Chinese sports official was fired from his government position on Thursday amid a corruption probe, just weeks before the vote on Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.The State Council announced through its human resources ministry that Xiao Tian was removed from the position as a vice minister of the General Administration of Sport of China. Xiao was placed under investigation for possible corruption in June.

  • USOC leaders head to Boston to check up on bid progress

    July 15, 2015

    U.S. Olympic Committee leaders will be in Boston to meet Thursday with the group trying to get the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics on track.Among those in the meeting will be USOC chairman Larry Probst and CEO Scott Blackmun, and Boston 2024 chairman Steve Pagliuca and CEO Rich Davey.

  • A look at the world's billion-dollar sports stadiums

    July 15, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) The first sports stadium to break the billion barrier was London's Wembley Stadium. Now, Tokyo's planned National Stadium for the 2020 Olympics will be the first to reach billion, according to the latest cost estimate. The world's billion-dollar stadiums:

  • Tokyo Olympic venue shaping up as world's costliest stadium

    July 15, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) When the dust settles on the marquee venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, it could well be the most expensive sports stadium in the world.The latest cost estimate of 252 billion yen ( billion at current exchange rates) would push it beyond the current record-holder, the .6 billion MetLife stadium completed in 2010 for the New York Jets and Giants football teams.

  • South Sudan hopes IOC recognition will unite newest nation

    July 15, 2015

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) Torn by civil war and facing a humanitarian crisis, South Sudan is finding hope on the sporting front: The world's newest nation is in line for international recognition that would allow it to send a team to next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • France holds special event to celebrate Paris Olympic bid

    July 14, 2015

    PARIS (AP) French President Francois Hollande is holding a special ceremony to promote the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics.The ceremony Tuesday is timed for Bastille Day, the country's biggest national holiday, and is to include several leading political and sports figures.

  • Criticism mounts over stadium cost for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    July 14, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japan's government is on the defensive as criticism mounts over the spiraling cost of the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Officials, however, say it's too late to change the design.Newly appointed Olympic Minister Toshiaki Endo acknowledged Tuesday that the latest estimate of 252 billion yen ( billion) represents a "substantial increase'' from the initial estimate of 162.5 billion yen.

  • Hamburg holding referendum on 2024 Olympics bid

    July 9, 2015

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Hamburg residents will be asked to ratify the city's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games in a referendum on Nov. 24.All political parties except the opposition Left Party voted in favor of the referendum, which would endorse Hamburg's bid to become Germany's candidate city. A vote against the games would end the bid.

  • Duerr avoids criminal charges after Sochi doping scandal

    July 9, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) Prosecutors in Austria have dropped a criminal investigation into former cross-country skier Johannes Duerr, who was kicked out of the Sochi Olympics for doping.State prosecution spokeswoman Nina Bussek said Thursday that Duerr won't be charged as it was his first offense and he didn't provide other athletes with banned substances.

  • Tokyo 2020 Olympics minister says donations appropriate

    July 9, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japan's newly appointed Olympics minister insists donations made to his political support group were handled appropriately.Toshiaki Endo, who was appointed as minister in charge of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last month, has quickly come under scrutiny over donations his fund-management group received.

  • Budapest announces intention to bid for 2024 Olympics

    July 8, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) The city of Budapest and the Hungarian Olympic Committee have officially announced their intention to bid for the 2024 Olympic Summer Games.Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos and Zsolt Borkai, head of Hungary's Olympic agency, made the declaration in a letter to Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee.

  • Brazil auditors say Rio subway may not be ready for Olympics

    July 7, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The extension of a subway line to the Olympic Park may not be ready before the games start August 2016, Brazilian auditors said Tuesday.According to the O Globo newspaper, a report by the Rio de Janeiro State Audit Court said there is a ''high risk'' that the extension of a subway line to the main venues at the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca will not be operating before the beginning of the Olympics.

  • Revised cost of Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium approved

    July 7, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) The building of a new main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will go ahead as planned after approval of the revised .1 billion construction cost.The Japan Sports Council, which will operate the main venue, approved the cost at a meeting on Tuesday. The price tag is up 0 million from the original estimate.

  • Hungarian lawmakers back Budapest's 2024 Olympic bid

    July 6, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Hungarian lawmakers have voted in support of a bid by the capital city of Budapest to host the 2024 Summer Games.The bid has already received the backing of the Hungarian Olympic Committee and the Budapest city council, with the government's approval expected soon.

  • France relay team finally gets Olympic bronze medal

    July 4, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Three years late, France's men got their 4x100-meter relay bronze medal from the London Olympics on Saturday, bumped up from fourth after the U.S. team was disqualified because of Tyson Gay's doping.Robbed of an Olympic podium in 2012, the French men got second-best: A medal ceremony at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

  • Rio 2016 organizers unveil Olympic torch

    July 3, 2015

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) Rio de Janeiro organizers unveiled the Olympic torch for the 2016 Games on Friday, saying it brings together ''movement, innovation and Brazilian flavor.''Organizers said the torch's design was inspired by Brazil's ''nature, and the harmonious diversity and energy'' of the Brazilian people.

  • CONI votes unanimously for Rome's 2024 Olympics bid

    July 2, 2015

    MILAN (AP) The Italian Olympic Committee has voted unanimously to support Rome's bid for the 2024 Summer Games.All 64 sports federation presidents supported the candidacy at a CONI council meeting on Thursday at the world's fair Expo in Milan.Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino also attended the vote, another sign of support from the capital after the city council voted 38-6 in favor of the bid last week.

  • Athletes avoid South Korea over virus fears

    July 2, 2015

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) As South Korea battles to contain an outbreak of the deadly MERS virus, some foreign athletes are turning their back on the country.Russian world champion gymnasts and the entire national sports team from the Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan will not compete at this month's University Games in Gwangju due to the virus, which has killed 33 people in the country so far. More than 2,000 others are in quarantine.

  • S. Korean musical producer to direct Pyeongchang ceremonies

    July 1, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) The producer of South Korea's longest-running theater show has been selected as executive creative director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.Olympic organizers said Thursday they've hired former theater and television actor Song Seung-whan to produce the ceremonies.

  • Lausanne favored for 2020 Youth Olympics in IOC evaluation

    July 1, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Lausanne appears favored to win 2020 Youth Winter Games hosting rights after an International Olympic Committee evaluation of the two candidates.An IOC report notes uncertainty about how Romanian city Brasov would fund a 40 percent budget rise after adding permanent venues for curling and halfpipe.

  • IOC praises Tokyo 2020 plans amid main stadium concerns

    July 1, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) IOC Vice President John Coates tried to calm concerns over the rising cost of Tokyo's new National Stadium while praising preparations for the 2020 Games on Wednesday.The city has been arguing with the central government over how costs of the new stadium will be shared.

  • USOC leaders stay course, stick with Boston's troubled bid

    June 30, 2015

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee are sticking with Boston as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics, knowing full well that getting the city to the starting line in this contest could be as tough as actually landing the games.

  • IOC wants Tokyo organizers to finalize plans for new stadium

    June 30, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Tokyo organizers of the 2020 Olympics have been asked to finalize plans for the main stadium by the International Olympic Committee after it was confirmed that building costs have almost doubled.IOC President Thomas Bach told the head of the organizing committee to finalize the plan before an IOC meeting in late July, Toshiaki Endo, the newly appointed minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, said at a press conference on Tuesday.

  • Dara Torres back in Omaha, where her long swim career ended

    June 29, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Dara Torres showed up at the CenturyLink Center on Monday to promote the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.No, the ageless Torres isn't making another comeback. She was in Omaha as a goodwill ambassador this time.''It's a little different to be here as someone talking about the Olympic trials and not actually being in the Olympic trials,'' Torres said. ''But I'm actually OK with it. I think I finally got it all out of my system.''

  • Boston 2024 Olympics organizers update .6B bid

    June 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games on Monday, unveiling a .6 billion plan it says would create thousands of jobs and housing units, expand the city's tax base and leave behind a vastly-improved regional transit system - all with a 0 million surplus.

  • Opponents say .6B Boston Olympics bid not enough new info

    June 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Opponents of bringing the 2024 Summer Games to Boston say the latest version of the plans still fail to guarantee taxpayers won't foot the bill for cost overruns or revenue shortfalls.Chris Dempsey, a co-chairman of the No Boston Olympics group, said Monday that more details are still lacking on the insurance plan that organizers promise will protect taxpayer interests.

  • .6B 'Bid 2.0' unveiled by Boston 2024 Olympics organizers

    June 29, 2015

    The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games on Monday, unveiling a .6 billion plan it says would create jobs and housing, expand the tax base and leave behind an improved city with a 0 million surplus.

  • Discovery secures European Olympic TV rights through 2024

    June 29, 2015

    LONDON (AP) U.S.-based media giant Discovery Communications Inc. secured the European broadcast rights for four Olympics through 2024 on Monday in a landmark deal worth 1.3 billion euros (.45 billion).The parent company of the Discovery Channel and Eurosport won the rights to the games of 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024, and also agreed to collaborate with the IOC on its new year-round Olympic Channel.

  • European Games come to a close in Azerbaijan

    June 28, 2015

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Just as the inaugural European Games have sought to establish themselves on the global sporting calendar, so host nation Azerbaijan has used the event to make its mark on the world stage.Both have faced widespread skepticism - the games over the patchy standard of competition, Azerbaijan over the jailing of government critics and barring of foreign journalists.

  • How the AP-GfK poll on the Olympics was conducted

    June 28, 2015

    The Associated Press-GfK poll on the Olympics was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications June 19-21. It is based on online interviews of 1,005 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.The original sample was drawn from respondents recruited by phone or mail survey methods. GfK provides Internet access to participants who don't already have it. With a probability basis and coverage of people who otherwise couldn't access the Internet, online surveys using KnowledgePanel are nationally representative.

  • AP-GfK Poll: Americans show strong support for home Olympics

    June 28, 2015

    While Bostonians are hesitant to host the Olympics, Americans across the country overwhelmingly support the idea of the games on home turf, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.The support decreases when people are asked if they would want the Olympics in their local area. It dips even further when they are asked if public funds should be used to pay for them.

  • Azerbaijan tipped to bid for Olympics

    June 28, 2015

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) The head of the European Olympic Committees says he expects Azerbaijan's capital Baku to bid for the Olympics after hosting this month's European Games.Officially, the Azerbaijani government says it is waiting to analyse its hosting of the European Games, which close Sunday, before making a decision on an Olympic bid.

  • 3 new USOC board members will help decide Boston's fate

    June 27, 2015

    A former deputy mayor, a big-time athletic director, an Olympic gold medalist.They are the newest members of the U.S. Olympic Committee's board of directors, and there is no easing into this job.Their first board meeting is next Tuesday, and the future of Boston's troubled bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics will be debated, with at least a chance the USOC could decide to change course.

  • Raducan asks IOC for gold medal back from 2000 Olympics

    June 26, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Fifteen years after being stripped of her Olympic gold medal following a positive drug test, former Romanian gymnast Andreea Raducan went to the IOC to see if she could get it back. She got sympathy, but not the medal.Raducan was 16 when she won the all-around gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games, as well as leading Romania to team gold and winning a silver in the vault.

  • Ricci Bitti elected new head of sports industry convention

    June 25, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) International Tennis Federation president Francesco Ricci Bitti is taking over as head of the SportAccord Convention as the conference looks for a host next year to replace Sochi.Ricci Bitti was elected on Thursday as the new president of the annual sports industry conference that draws hundreds of delegates from around the world.

  • Rome's city council votes in favor of Rome 2024 bid

    June 25, 2015

    ROME (AP) Rome's city council voted 38-6 in favor of the capital's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics on Thursday - a strong showing amid a widening corruption scandal.''Like it was for Barcelona and London, the Rome 2024 Olympics will leave a renewed, modern and sustainable identity for our city,'' Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino said in City Hall, where a flag from the 1960 Games hosted by Rome was on display.

  • Japanese PM Abe appoints Endo as Olympics minister

    June 25, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed veteran lawmaker Toshiaki Endo on Thursday as minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Endo met with Abe on Thursday and will be formally appointed to the Cabinet post in a ceremony at the Imperial Palace.

  • Rugby takes small step to Olympics; bigger jump to get fans

    June 24, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Returning to the Olympics is one step for rugby. But grabbing the limelight is a bigger jump, particularly in countries like Brazil where the sport has little following.''It's very hard to get on the radar in this market the way football is,'' Brett Gosper, the chief executive officer of World Rugby, said Wednesday as he talked up the game in Rio, visited the venue for next year's 2016 Olympics and watched beach rugby on a gray day on Copacabana beach.

  • British European Games worker killed in 2-victim road crash

    June 24, 2015

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) A British national working at the inaugural European Games was killed in a road crash in Baku.The Briton, who has not been named, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by an Azerbaijani, who was also killed in the incident on Tuesday, police spokesman Ehsan Zahid said.

  • Japan to stick with design for Tokyo 2020 main stadium

    June 24, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) The Japananese government says it will keep the existing design for the new National Stadium that will be the centerpiece of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The design by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid drew sharp criticism from her Japanese counterparts for being too big and costly. But the government has decided that making a drastic change to the design would lead to a delay in construction, Kyodo news agency reported Wednesday.

  • Furlong accuses lawyer of sullying dead wife's reputation

    June 23, 2015

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Former Vancouver Olympics CEO John Furlong raised his voice and thumped his fist during testimony as he defended himself at a British Columbia Supreme Court defamation trial on Tuesday.During fiery cross-examination, Furlong accused lawyer Bryan Baynham - who is representing freelance journalist Laura Robinson - of sullying his deceased wife's reputation.

  • Canadian athletes helping others step out of shadows

    June 23, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Moments before Anastasia Bucsis stepped on the ice, when her sole focus should have been on what she had to do to win, she was consumed by worries that went way beyond speedskating.What if her competitors knew she was gay?''Which is ridiculous because it shouldn't matter,'' Bucsis said. ''But when you are still in that closet and you know that you are being inauthentic, for me that was an all-encompassing issue, and it was incredibly, incredibly unhealthy.''

  • Allez Paris: French capital launches bid for 2024 Olympics

    June 23, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Declaring they have learned from their past mistakes and failures, French officials launched a bid Tuesday to bring the Olympics to Paris in 2024 - 100 years after the games were last held in the city.Paris became the fourth city to enter the 2024 race and, with a bid team led by athletes and sports officials rather than politicians, believes it has found a winning formula after a string of stinging defeats.

  • Azerbaijan says 2024 Olympic bid possible

    June 23, 2015

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Azerbaijan could bid for the 2024 Olympics after hosting this month's European Games but wants IOC requirements on the host nation to be reduced, the country's sports minister said Tuesday.The 20-sport European Games are the first major games to take place in the oil-rich ex-Soviet nation of Azerbaijan, and European Olympic Committees head Patrick Hickey has said they could be a springboard for an Olympic bid.

  • Budapest city council backs proposed bid for 2024 Olympics

    June 23, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) The Budapest city council has voted overwhelmingly to back a bid for the 2024 Olympics.The project still needs approval from the Hungarian government and parliament.Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos said Tuesday that ''Budapest can only be a winner'' because hosting the Olympics would speed up the city's development.

  • Paris becomes 4th city to join race for 2024 Olympic Games

    June 23, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Paris declared its candidacy for the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday, becoming the fourth city to enter the race and setting out its vision for bringing the games back to the French capital for the first time in 100 years.The Paris bid, which has been in the works for months, was formally launched in a ceremony at the headquarters of the French Olympic Committee that was attended by dozens of leading French athletes.

  • Beijing says snow is no problem for 2022 Winter Olympic bid

    June 23, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) Beijing is driving home assurances that providing plenty of good quality snow for the skiing events won't be a problem if it wins the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.With a little more than a month left before the games are awarded, the bid committee on Tuesday assembled a panel of ski industry experts to talk up the conditions in the winter sports center at Chongli where cross country, freestyle and other skiing events would be held.

  • Brazil basketball must pay dues for automatic Olympic spots

    June 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Basketball's governing body says Brazil must settle ''significant outstanding dues'' to receive automatic qualification into the 2016 Olympics.The host nation traditionally is granted spots into the men's and women's tournaments, and FIBA says the Brazilian Basketball Confederation has applied for consideration for the Rio Games.

  • At European Games, athletics attracts a motley crew

    June 22, 2015

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) With a vast, brand new stadium and passionate home crowds, European Games athletics offers a near-Olympic experience. There's just one thing missing - the Olympic athletes.European Games organizers couldn't agree a deal to bring the continent's best to Azerbaijan for the inaugural games due to scheduling conflicts, so instead the track and field competition featured a motley crew of competitors from Europe's lowest-ranked athletics nations, countries such as Malta, Albania and Slovakia.

  • Cost of London's Olympic Stadium soars over .1 billion

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The cost of London's Olympic Stadium will have soared to more than .1 billion after it is transformed to enable Premier League club West Ham to play there.When the 2012 Games were awarded in 2005, London said the main stadium would cost 250 million pounds (then 0 million) but costs soon rose to 429 million pounds.

  • Organizer defends European Games over empty seats

    February 9, 2016

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) The chief organizer of the inaugural European Games said Friday he is ''incredibly satisfied'' with the spectator turnout, despite the large number of empty seats at some events.Many sessions have taken place with banks of empty seats, even at sold-out events.

  • Paris to announce 2024 Olympic bid next week

    February 9, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Paris will officially announce its bid for the 2024 Olympics next week.Paris promoters say they will meet on Tuesday at French Olympic Committee headquarters. Bid leaders Tony Estanguet, Bernard Lapasset and Etienne Thobois will lay out the details of the French project.

  • Boston Olympics boosters propose beach volleyball in Quincy

    February 9, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) After abandoning plans to host beach volleyball on Boston Common, organizers for the city's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics are now proposing holding competitions for one of the games' most popular events at a waterfront park in Quincy, the city directly south of Boston.

  • Brawl costs wrestlers European Games medals

    February 9, 2016

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Two wrestlers threw away their medal chances at the European Games on Wednesday when their bout degenerated into punches and a head-butt.As Georgia's Vladimer Khinchegashvili and Belarusian Vladislav Andreev faced off in their men's 57-kilogram freestyle semifinal, tempers became heated shortly after the mid-match break, and both swung punches.

  • WADA report: Russia, Turkey lead world in doping violations

    February 9, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Russia and Turkey produced the most doping violations, with athletics and weightlifting leading the sports with the highest number of cases, according to a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency.The WADA report found that 1,953 sanctions were handed out for doping violations committed in 2013. The cases involved athletes and support personnel in 115 countries and in 89 sports.

  • Kasper to serve as interim SportAccord head until elections

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Swiss IOC member Gian-Franco Kasper will serve as interim head of umbrella body SportAccord until a new president is elected.Marius Vizer resigned as SportAccord president last month after facing a backlash from federations over his attacks on the International Olympic Committee.

  • USA rugby teams qualify for Rio Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    DUBLIN (AP) Ninety-two years after they clinched Olympic gold, U.S. rugby players will be defending their title at the 2016 Games in Rio.USA's men's and women's teams both qualified for the Olympic debut of rugby sevens at next summer's Games after winning the NACRA North America Rugby Sevens titles on Sunday.

  • Austrian swimmers win medal after bus crash

    February 9, 2016

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Austria won a synchronized swimming silver medal at the European Games on Monday, just four days after three members of the team were injured when they were hit by a bus.The incident Thursday morning left three 15-year-old Austrian swimmers requiring treatment. Vanessa Sahinovic suffered severe spinal injuries that may leave her paralyzed.

  • IOC's Bach praises European Games harmony

    February 9, 2016

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach praised the inaugural European Games for promoting harmony between peoples Sunday, even as tensions between host nation Azerbaijan and neighboring Armenia threatened to overshadow the sporting action.

  • Correction: European Games-Opening Ceremony story

    February 9, 2016

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) In a story June 12 about the opening ceremony of the European Games, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev entered the stadium carrying a torch. The torchbearer was Ilham Zakiyev, a two-time Paralympic gold medal-winning judo athlete.

  • Bus driver arrested after 3 Austrian athletes hurt

    February 9, 2016

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) A bus driver has been arrested after his vehicle crashed into three 15-year-old Austrian swimmers at the European Games, leaving one severely injured.Veli Ahmadov is accused of a breach of road rules and a criminal case has been opened against him, the Azerbaijani Interior Ministry and prosecutors said in a joint statement.

  • European Games ceremony cost over M, minister says

    February 9, 2016

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Azerbaijan's lavish European Games opening ceremony featuring Lady Gaga cost over million, the country's sports minister said Saturday.Organizers also said Lady Gaga spent several days hiding in a hotel in the capital Baku to keep her presence a secret before she performed at the ceremony.

  • Lady Gaga hidden in hotel for days before games show

    February 9, 2016

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Singer Lady Gaga spent several days hiding in a hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan to keep her presence a secret before she performed at the European Games.Performing the John Lennon song ''Imagine,'' Lady Gaga was a surprise addition to the program for the inaugural games Friday. Her participation was only revealed part-way through the two-hour show.

  • Euro Games to probe drunk claims after athletes hit by bus

    February 9, 2016

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) European Games organizers say they will investigate allegations that staff have been drunk on duty following an incident in which a bus collided with three Austrian athletes.One of the athletes, 15-year-old swimmer Vanessa Sahinovic, sustained severe spinal injuries after being hit Thursday by the bus, which veered onto the sidewalk in the athletes' village.

  • Lady Gaga helps open European Games open in Azerbaijan

    February 9, 2016

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) The first European Games opened in Azerbaijan on Friday with an extravagant opening ceremony featuring Lady Gaga, although even her star power failed to dispel some of the concerns hanging over the event.The games in the oil-rich nation's capital Baku have become a focal point for criticism Azerbaijan's human rights record, and worries over the competition's sporting credibility.

  • First European Games open in Azerbaijan

    February 9, 2016

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) The first European Games opened Friday in Azerbaijan's capital Baku with an extravagant opening ceremony featuring Lady Gaga.During a ceremony at the 68,000-seat Olympic Stadium that celebrated the host nation's history and the importance of science, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev declared the games open. Among those looking on were International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and many of the games' 6,000 athletes.

  • IOC sanctions Ukrainian swimmer in London doping case

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) A Ukrainian open water swimmer was disqualified from the 2012 London Olympics on Friday after testing positive for EPO in a reanalysis of her doping samples.The International Olympic Committee retroactively excluded Olga Beresnyeva and annulled her seventh-place finish in the 10-kiliometer open water race.

  • 26 sports apply for inclusion in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Baseball and softball could be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But how about korfball, billiards or even American football?Tokyo organizers on Friday released a list of 26 sports that that have applied for inclusion in the games. Some were familiar why others like surfing, wushu or sumo could give the Olympics a unique look.

  • Austrian swimmer in induced coma after bus incident in Baku

    February 9, 2016

    VIENNA (AP) A teenage synchronized swimmer from Austria who was hit by a shuttle bus at the European Games in Azerbaijan is being kept in an induced coma after lengthy surgery, a Vienna hospital said Friday.''Vanessa Sahinovic suffered many fractures and more surgery will be necessary,'' hospital spokesman Christoph Mierau said, adding the 15-year-old Austrian's injuries were not life-threatening.

  • Tokyo organizers say 26 federations apply for 2020 games

    February 9, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Tokyo Olympic organizers on Friday released a list of 26 sports that that have applied for inclusion in the 2020 Games.The combined bid from baseball and softball is considered a favorite because of the popularity of those sports in Japan. Other federations that hope to have their sports added to the program include karate, squash and sumo.

  • Brazil may lift visa needed by Americans heading to Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil's tourism minister said Thursday the visa requirements may be lifted for Americans wishing to attend next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, an effort that may boost ticket sales.''We would expand the exception for the visa for the American market for those who want to come to the Olympics,'' Henrique Eduardo Alves said, speaking at the Olympic Park being built in the western suburb of Barra da Tijuca.

  • USOC issues relaxed Rule 40 marketing guidelines

    February 9, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The U.S. Olympic Committee has released guidelines for athletes who want to endorse non-official products during the Olympics, following up on a change in international rules that relaxed restrictions many Olympians found too burdensome.

  • 3 Austrian swimmers hit by bus at European Games

    February 9, 2016

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Three teenage synchronized swimmers from Austria were injured Thursday when they were hit by a shuttle bus in the athletes village on the eve of the inaugural European Games, Austrian Olympic officials said.Two of the three girls - all 15 years old - were being flown home to Austria after being treated in the intensive care unit at a Baku hospital. The third was released with minor injuries.

  • European Games under pressure before opening ceremony

    February 9, 2016

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Even before their first opening ceremony, the European Games are struggling.Created to provide a European version of long-running continental competitions such as the Pan-American Games and Asian Games, the first edition of the European Games has been battered by sporting and political turmoil.

  • Baseball, Softball submit proposal for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) The World Baseball Softball Confederation has submitted an official proposal to Tokyo organizers for the addition of men's baseball and women's softball at the 2020 Games.Baseball and softball were dropped after the 2008 Beijing Olympics but are considered favorites to return for the Tokyo Games because of their popularity in Japan and the availability of existing facilities.

  • IOC members: Almaty narrows gap in 2022 race with Beijing

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Almaty managed to win the attention of IOC members. The next challenge is to win their votes.The bid from Kazakhstan came away with a big boost after impressing IOC members with its presentation for the 2022 Winter Games. Beijing, the long-time perceived favorite, also presented a solid case but will now feel pressure from a legitimate challenger.

  • Hungarian Olympic Committee backs intent to bid for 2024

    February 9, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Hungary's Olympic committee says it supports making a declaration of intent to bid on the 2024 Summer Games.According to a feasibility study presented ahead of Wednesday's unanimous vote, the event would be held from July 19-Aug. 4, 2024, while the Olympic village would be built on Csepel Island in the Danube River.

  • Netherlands pulls out of hosting 2nd European Games in 2019

    February 9, 2016

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) On the eve of the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan, the Netherlands on Wednesday pulled out of hosting the second edition of the multi-sport event in 2019.The Dutch government said in a statement that there was insufficient support for funding the event, calling the 57.5 million euro ( million) price tag too high for local, provincial and national authorities.

  • Tibetan protesters disrupt Beijing bid at Lausanne hotel

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) A small group of Tibetan protesters on Wednesday disrupted a display of Beijing's bid plans for the 2022 Winter Olympics.A handful of protesters chanted slogans and carried banners outside the luxury IOC hotel in Lausanne. They were held back by security officials.

  • Holdouts: Slum resists eviction in shadow of Olympic Park

    February 9, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Olympic Park for the 2016 Games is going up in one of Rio's wealthiest areas, and real estate prices are soaring even as Brazil enters a recession.Smack up against the rising girders, on the far edge of the Olympic venue, sits a ''favela'' slum called Vila Autodromo. Most of the houses and businesses there have been bulldozed into rubble to make way for the games.

  • Underdog Almaty makes good showing in 2022 bid presentation

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The race for the 2022 Winter Olympics may not be as one-sided as many had thought.With Beijing long viewed as the favorite in the two-city contest, the Kazakh bid from Almaty made a strong showing with IOC members Tuesday, presenting itself as the candidate that offers a ''real'' winter setting with plenty of natural snow.

  • Almaty, Beijing present 2022 Winter Games bids to IOC

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Seeking to cut into Beijing's status as favorite, leaders of the Kazakh bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics told the IOC on Tuesday that Almaty presents the ideal choice that offers a "real" winter setting with plenty of natural snow.

  • Will USOC stick with Boston, give up, or pick another city?

    February 9, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The leaders of the U.S. Olympic movement will soon choose one of three roads to take on their increasingly tumultuous path toward a bid for the 2024 Olympics.Stick with Boston, pull the plug or look elsewhere - probably to Los Angeles.

  • Only 35 percent of tickets allocated for 2016 Rio Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Only 35 percent of the tickets initially available for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been allocated to Brazilian fans after the first phase of sales ended.Rio organizers said Monday that almost 1.6 million tickets - of a total of about 4.5 million - have been awarded to fans after the first random draw happened this month.

  • Bach: FIFA must go through 'painful experience' to reform

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Saying there is ''no comparison'' in the scale of the IOC's Salt Lake City scandal and FIFA's corruption crisis, IOC President Thomas Bach urged soccer's governing body to take the ''painful'' steps needed to clean itself up and restore credibility in the organization.

  • IOC approves new events for 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC approved new events Monday in snowboarding, Alpine skiing, speedskating and curling for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Big Air in snowboarding, mass start in speedskating, mixed doubles in curling, and a team skiing event were the additions ratified Monday by the International Olympic Committee executive board.

  • IOC approves new venue changes for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC has approved another series of cost-cutting venue changes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Japanese organizers said the moves, ratified Monday by the IOC executive board, will cut another 0 million from the budget and bring total savings so far to about .7 billion.

  • Olympic fencing champion Sergei Sharikov dies in car crash

    February 9, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Sergei Sharikov, a two-time Olympic fencing champion from Russia, has died in a car crash, the Russian Olympic Committee said Monday. He was 40.Sharikov won gold in the team saber event at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2000 Sydney Games, as well as individual saber silver in 1996 and team saber bronze in 2004.

  • IOC cuts ties and funding for umbrella body SportAccord

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC withdrew its recognition and funding for SportAccord on Sunday and called on international federations to reshape the umbrella body that has been torn apart by Marius Vizer's attack on Olympic leaders.On the first day of a two-day meeting in Lausanne, the IOC executive board also reviewed the corruption crisis swirling around FIFA and prepared to make a decision on adding new events for the 2018 Winter Games, including Big Air in snowboarding and freestyle skiing.

  • APNewsBreak: IOC considers adding new Winter Olympic events

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC is considering adding new events in snowboarding, freestyle skiing, speedskating and curling for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Big Air in snowboarding, Big Air in freestyle skiing, mass start in speedskating and mixed doubles in curling have been submitted for approval to the International Olympic Committee executive board, The Associated Press learned Sunday.

  • IOC leaders meet with eye on FIFA scandal

    February 9, 2016

    As FIFA struggles to contain its burgeoning corruption crisis, Olympic leaders are preparing to meet at their headquarters about 100 miles (160 kilometers) down the road in Switzerland with a busy agenda of their own.While the scandal engulfing soccer's governing body is not officially on the agenda, it will likely be addressed during the two-day meeting of the International Olympic Committee executive board that opens in Lausanne on Sunday.

  • David Howman to step down from WADA in June 2016

    February 9, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) David Howman will be stepping down as director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency next year.WADA says Howman, who has been in the job since 2003, ''has decided to complete his mandate'' on June 30, 2016.In the meantime, WADA says it is starting a search for his successor.

  • Sailing planned on Buzzards Bay if Boston gets 2024 Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) The historic whaling city of New Bedford would host the Olympic sailing competition on Buzzards Bay if Boston is chosen for the 2024 Summer Games.The city, about 60 miles south of Boston, also would host Paralympic sailing events.

  • Leaders of sport, not state, to lead Paris' 2024 Olympic bid

    February 9, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The head of Paris' proposed bid for the 2024 Olympics wants athletes and sports officials at the front of the candidacy, after much-criticized failures by the French capital to land the games in the recent past.Bernard Lapasset said Paris bid promoters laid out their vision and an expected budget of billion during a meeting Tuesday with IOC officials in Lausanne, Switzerland, as part of the committee's new invitation phase. He said 60 percent to 80 percent of possible venues have already been built.

  • IOC cites challenges for Almaty and Beijing Olympic bids

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The IOC on Monday cited serious challenges facing the two bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics, including pointed concerns over Beijing's air pollution and lack of natural snow and Almaty's budget risks and limited experience in hosting major events.

  • F-bombs, shouting: Uncivil discourse on Boston's Olympic bid

    February 9, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) If there were an Olympic medal for acrimony, Boston would take the gold.The debate over the city's embattled bid to host the 2024 Summer Games has featured F-bombs at public hearings, shouting matches and online abuse in both directions.

  • Vizer quits as SportAccord chief amid backlash to IOC attack

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) With no allies left to support him, Marius Vizer resigned as president of the umbrella body for international sports federations on Sunday and delivered a defiant rebuke to the critics who forced him out after his attacks on the IOC.Vizer quit amid a backlash that led more than 20 sports bodies to cut or suspend ties with SportAccord, which represents Olympic and non-Olympic federations. His departure had seemed inevitable ever since he picked a fight with the International Olympic Committee that he was never going to win.

  • USOC chief named chair of IOC's Olympic Channel commission

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee was given a key international position Sunday, appointed as chairman of a new panel that will oversee the launch of the IOC's Olympic television channel.The creation of the Olympic Channel Commission and the appointment of USOC chair Larry Probst to head the 16-member panel was part of a shake-up announced by IOC President Thomas Bach in his various commissions.

  • Japanese parliament enacts bill to create Olympics minister

    February 9, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) The Japanese parliament has enacted a bill to create a ministerial post in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Olympics minister will coordinate work among related government agencies ahead of the games.Toshiaki Endo, a former senior vice education minister, is seen as the top candidate and is expected to be appointed in June.

  • Boston leader assures IOC on securing support for 2024 bid

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The new leader of Boston's troubled bid for the 2024 Olympics assured the IOC on Wednesday that local residents will support the effort once they've been fully informed of the plans and the long-term benefits of the games.''Our point today was that an informed public is our best ally,'' Steve Pagliuca told The Associated Press after daylong talks with International Olympic Committee officials in Lausanne, Switzerland.

  • Olympic winter sports body suspends ties with SportAccord

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The association of Olympic winter sports has joined the exodus from umbrella organization SportAccord following Marius Vizer's attacks on the IOC.The Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations notified Vizer by letter on Wednesday that it decided ''with great majority to suspend collaboration with SportAccord with immediate effect and until further notice.''

  • Only 1 winner, 1 loser in Vizer's Olympic fight with IOC

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) If this were a boxing match, the referee would have stopped the bout by now.Marius Vizer picked the wrong battle when he decided to publicly take on the IOC in his role as president of SportAccord, an umbrella body for Olympic and non-Olympic federations.

  • Olympic powerbroker turns back on Vizer, backs Thomas Bach

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) A senior Olympic powerbroker turned his back on Marius Vizer on Tuesday and threw his full support behind IOC President Thomas Bach in the latest backlash against the leader of umbrella body SportAccord.A non-Olympic sport, orienteering, meanwhile raised the possibility of breaking with SportAccord and setting up a new organization for the federations.

  • Badminton federation suspends membership of SportAccord

    February 9, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The Badminton World Federation has joined a long list of Olympic sports suspending its membership of SportAccord.The BWF said in a statement Monday that its president, Poul-Erik Hoyer, had written to SportAccord president Marius Vizer to convey the decision which was based on the federation's disagreement with Vizer's comments about the International Olympic Committee and President Thomas Bach in Sochi, Russia last month.

  • Peru pulls out of hosting Marius Vizer's World Combat Games

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The Olympic backlash against Marius Vizer widened, as Peruvian organizers pulled out of hosting one of his showcase multi-sports events and basketball became the latest federation to suspend ties with his umbrella body.The Peruvian Olympic Committee notified Vizer it was withdrawing as host of the 2017 World Combat Games following his recent attacks on the IOC and President Thomas Bach, according to a letter obtained Sunday by The Associated Press.

  • Rome mayor wants Olympic medal ceremonies at Colosseum

    February 9, 2016

    ROME (AP) Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino proposed Friday that medal ceremonies be held at the Colosseum if the Italian capital wins the bid to host the 2024 Olympics.Marino was meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach and bid committee officials, as well as Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Giovanni Malago, president of Italy's national Olympic committee.

  • Summer Olympic sports chief to Vizer: You don't represent us

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Marius Vizer's latest foray into IOC politics earned a blunt rebuke from a senior Olympic leader Friday, as more sports suspended ties with his umbrella body.The head of the association of summer Olympic sports told Vizer in a sharply-worded letter to stop speaking on behalf of the federations, saying he does not represent their views and has shown a ''lack of understanding'' of the Olympic movement.

  • US delegation to visit IOC next week for talks on Boston bid

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Boston and U.S. Olympic leaders will travel to Switzerland next week to sound out the IOC about their struggling candidacy for the 2024 Summer Games amid a leadership shake-up at the top of the bid.The high-level American delegation will be at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, next Wednesday and Thursday as part of the new ''invitation phase'' for Olympic bid cities, two officials with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press.

  • Taekwondo venue for Tokyo Games under review

    February 9, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Taekwondo could become the latest sport to have its venue moved for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as part of a widening review into plans for the games.The Japan Taekwondo Federation says the head of the World Taekwondo Federation will visit the Japanese capital next month to inspect a facility at a convention center in Chiba prefecture, about a one-hour train ride outside of Tokyo.

  • John Coates re-elected as head of sports arbitration court

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Australian Olympic official John Coates has been re-elected president of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport.Coates, a Sydney-based lawyer, will serve a second term from 2015-18. He became the third ICAS president in 2010, after Senegal's Judge Keba Mbaye from 1994-2007 and Italy's Mino Auletta from 2007-10.

  • Celtics owner Pagliuca takes over Boston's 2024 Olympic bid

    February 9, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston shook up its management Thursday, making Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca the new chairman in an attempt to revive the city's chances of hosting the Summer Games.Pagliuca takes over the effort to convince the IOC to send the Summer Olympics to the United States for the first time since 1996. The managing director of Bain Capital and formerly a vice chairman of the bid, he will replace construction magnate John Fish, the point man through a domestic competition in which Boston was selected by the USOC as the American bid city.

  • SportAccord's Vizer issues 20-point plan for talks with IOC

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) As more sports cut ties with his umbrella association, SportAccord chief Marius Vizer issued a 20-point plan Thursday for discussions with the IOC - including prize money for Olympic athletes and a 50 percent stake for federations in the new Olympic television channel.

  • Five Olympic rings light up a northern Rio de Janeiro Park

    February 9, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) This is a sure sign the 2016 Olympics are getting close.Officials of next year's games in Rio de Janeiro stood by Wednesday evening as fireworks exploded above a huge version of the symbolic five Olympic rings.These rings were displayed in the northeastern city of Newcastle, England, during the 2012 games in London.

  • Cyclist stabbed to death near Rio Olympic venue

    February 9, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Mayor Eduardo Paes said Wednesday he was confident in security arrangements for next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a day after a cyclist was stabbed to death near the main venue for rowing and canoeing at South America's first games.

  • Thomas Bach to Marius Vizer: I'll get back to you later

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach is keeping Marius Vizer waiting on his invitation for a clear-the-air meeting.Vizer, who heads the umbrella body SportAccord, wrote to Bach on Tuesday asking for a meeting to mend fences following his blistering attack on the International Olympic Committee in Sochi last month.

  • Paralympian wants new study into advantages of prosthesis

    February 9, 2016

    BERLIN (AP) German Paralympian Markus Rehm is calling for a new scientific study to determine whether his carbon-fiber prosthesis gives him an unfair advantage.Rehm, who won the long jump at the German nationals last year but wasn't nominated for the European Athletics Championships because of his prosthesis, tells Sport Bild ''the investigation last year didn't take enough factors into account. Only the potential advantages were considered. But the disadvantages that I have through the prosthesis have to be included in the results.''

  • SportAccord chief Vizer seeks talks with IOC to repair ties

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) A month after launching a scathing attack on the IOC, the head of SportAccord said Tuesday he wants to meet with Thomas Bach to repair the damage that has led multiple sports to cut ties with the umbrella body for international federations.

  • Weightlifting latest sport to suspend ties with SportAccord

    February 9, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Weightlifting has become the 10th sport to break with SportAccord, the umbrella body for Olympic and non-Olympic federations.The International Weightlifting Federation says it decided to suspend its membership following last month's attack on the IOC by SportAccord President Marius Vizer.

  • Sports in disarray after devastating Nepal earthquakes

    February 9, 2016

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) A revered national sports coach is among the thousands of dead, trapped in his rented house when devastating earthquakes rocked Nepal.The main football stadium was damaged, before becoming a makeshift refuge for displaced survivors of the quakes. The national cricket team's preparations for a major international tournament next are in disarray. The Asian weightlifting championships, scheduled for Kathmandu in July, are destined to be held somewhere else.

  • USOC board member: Boston bid no sure thing

    February 9, 2016

    Boston's troubled bid for the 2024 Olympics took another ding Monday, when a key U.S. Olympic leader suggested the city was no sure thing to remain the American candidate for the games.U.S. Olympic Committee board member Angela Ruggiero was the first in the federation's leadership group to suggest anything other than the USOC's unwavering support. Her comments came during a Q&A that followed her prepared remarks at a Boston city council meeting devoted to the bid.

  • Triathlon latest to break with SportAccord over Vizer attack

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Triathlon has joined the exodus from umbrella body SportAccord following Marius Vizer's attack on the International Olympic Committee.The International Triathlon Union says its executive board voted unanimously to suspend its membership in SportAccord, which represents Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations.

  • Japan plans to scale back stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Japan plans to scale back the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as the government runs short of money and time, the country's sports minister said Monday.Hakubun Shimomura said a planned retractable roof wouldn't be built in time for the games, and some of the 80,000 seats would be temporary ones, according to Japanese media reports.

  • Japan plans to scale back Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium

    February 9, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Japan's sports minister has revealed plans to scale back the main stadium for the Tokyo summer Olympics as the government runs short of money and time.Under the latest plans, a planned retractable roof won't be built in time for the 2020 Games, and some of the 80,000 seats would be temporary ones, Japanese media reports on Monday.

  • Longtime IOC member Peter Tallberg of Finland dies at 77

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Longtime IOC member Peter Tallberg of Finland has died after a battle against cancer, the International Olympic Committee said Saturday. He was 77.IOC President Thomas Bach described Tallberg as ''my first teacher at the IOC'' and said ''the athletes of the world and all those who love sport owe him a huge debt.''

  • South Korea marks 1,000 days to 2018 Winter Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) South Korea started its 1,000-day countdown to the 2018 Winter Olympics on Saturday with a variety of celebrations planned in the capital Seoul and around the host city of Pyeongchang.Pop stars, classical artists and local sports icons like former Olympic figure-skating champion Kim Yu-na were booked for a lavish two-day ceremony in southern Seoul that will continue through Sunday.

  • USOC makes 0 million for Winter-Olympic-year record

    February 9, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The U.S. Olympic Committee brought in 0 million in 2014, surpassing the previous high mark for a Winter Olympics year by million thanks in part to an increase in licensing income.The federation released its 2014 tax forms Friday, including salaries of its highest-paid employees. CEO Scott Blackmun made million, nearly 0,000 of which came in bonus pay. As a sign of the USOC's increasing stability, this also marked the third year since 2011 that the federation hasn't had to pay severance to ex-employees.

  • Lee named artistic director for 2018 Paralympic ceremonies

    February 9, 2016

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) South Korean organizers have appointed Lee Moon-tae as executive artistic director for the 2018 Paralympic ceremonies but delayed hiring anyone to direct the opening and closing ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

  • Soccer could be one of main attractions at 2016 Rio Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Soccer may finally get its turn to shine at the Olympics.The sport traditionally doesn't attract a lot of attention at the games, where it has been seen as a glorified youth tournament. But things may be different next year in Rio.In the land of football, all eyes will be on Brazil's attempt to win its first gold in the sport that is virtually a religion to local fans. Brazil has won all major trophies in soccer, but the Olympic gold remains the elusive prize for both the men's and women's teams despite several close calls.

  • 2020 host contract the last under old Olympic bid process

    February 9, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The U.S. Olympic Committee released a copy of the host city contract for the 2020 Tokyo Games - a boilerplate document that will be outdated when Boston, Rome, Hamburg and other cities prepare their bids for the 2024 Olympics.The contract is filled with stipulations a city must fulfill to host the Summer Games - including security, agreements not to sue the IOC, and an outline of the very important marketing agreements. But the template is being altered now that a new bidding process is in place.

  • Bobsled federation joins exodus from SportAccord association

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Bobsled's world governing body has become the latest federation to freeze ties with umbrella body SportAccord following Marius Vizer's attack on the International Olympic Committee.The FIBT says its executive committee voted unanimously to suspend its SportAccord membership following Vizer's ''inappropriate presentation of criticism and sharp words'' toward the IOC.

  • SOLD!: Iconic 2000 Olympic rings from Sydney Harbour Bridge

    February 9, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) The five massive rings from the Sydney Harbour Bridge which were the focal point of celebrations during the 2000 Olympics have been sold for 21,000 Australian dollars (,000).The steel rings, measuring 70 by 40 meters (230 by 130 feet) when assembled and weighing 50,000 kilograms (110,000 pounds), had been in a storage shed south of Sydney. When businessman Bernard Maas recently bought the shed, he discovered the rings inside.

  • IOC strips US of Olympic relay medals in Gay doping case

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The entire U.S. men's sprint relay team was stripped of its silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics on Wednesday as a result of Tyson Gay's doping case.The International Olympic Committee notified the U.S. Olympic Committee by letter that the 4x100 relay team has been disqualified and all the medals withdrawn. The letter asks the USOC to collect the medals and return them to the IOC.

  • AP Sources: IOC strips US of relay medals in Gay doping case

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The entire U.S. men's sprint relay team was stripped of its silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics on Wednesday as a result of Tyson Gay's doping case, two officials with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not yet been announced.

  • WADA lifts suspension of doping lab for 2016 Rio Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) The World Anti-Doping Agency has lifted the suspension of the drug-testing lab in Rio de Janeiro, clearing the way for its use at next year's Olympics.WADA revoked the credentials of Rio's lab in 2013 because of ''repeated failures'' in meeting agency standards.

  • Vizer defiant on World Combat Games despite withdrawals

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The World Combat Games will go ahead next year despite the withdrawal of several sports in protest over the chief organizer's attack on the International Olympic Committee.Marius Vizer, head of the umbrella body SportAccord that runs the multi-sport event, said Wednesday his organization ''would like to confirm the commitment to the World Combat Games and the unity of the combat sports family.''

  • Table tennis wants Olympic mixed doubles or mixed team event

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Table tennis is lobbying for the inclusion of a mixed doubles or mixed teams event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The International Table Tennis Federation says its president, Thomas Weikert, raised the proposal during a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach.

  • Demolition of Tokyo's old Olympic stadium completed

    February 9, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) The demolition of Tokyo's National Stadium has been completed after a series of delays, clearing the way for a new structure that will be the centerpiece of the 2020 Olympics.Demolition had been delayed by a dispute over tendering, but now all that remains of the old stadium that hosted the 1964 Olympics are piles of rubble that will be removed by the end of September. Construction of the new stadium is set to begin in October.

  • President Rousseff says she'll get more involved in Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff says she will get more involved in preparations of the Rio's 2016 Olympics with the games set to open in less than 15 months.Rousseff met Tuesday in Rio with Olympic organizers, Rio de Janeiro state governor Luiz Fernando Pezao and Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes.

  • IOC opens bid process for Olympic TV rights in Europe

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC has opened the bidding process for broadcast rights across Europe for the 2018 and 2020 Olympics.The International Olympic Committee issued the ''invitation to tender'' Monday for the rights to the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

  • Wrestling, taekwondo leave umbrella sports body in protest

    February 9, 2016

    Wrestling and taekwondo on Monday became the latest sports to cut ties with the umbrella body for international federations after its president launched a scathing attack on the IOC.United World Wrestling and the World Taekwondo Federation announced their split from SportAccord, which represents Olympic and non-Olympic sports.

  • Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa qualify for Rio Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa are the first nations to qualify for the Olympic debut of men's rugby sevens at next summer's Games in Rio.The three teams qualified through the results achieved at the Sevens World Series ahead of the final leg of the competition in London. They joined Brazil, which is automatically qualified as the host nation.

  • Tokyo opens bidding for sports to be added to 2020 Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese Olympic organizers opened the application process Monday for sports hoping to be added to the 2020 Tokyo Games.The Tokyo organizing committee launched a two-stage procedure that gives the host city a chance to add one or more sports to the program.

  • Tokyo weighing new sports for 2020 summer Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Softball anyone?The application period officially opened Monday to add new sports to the summer Olympics at the 2020 Tokyo Games.Baseball and softball are considered favorites, because of their popularity in Japan. Other possibilities include squash, karate, surfing and cricket.

  • Brazil hoping WADA approves anti-doping lab for Rio Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian sports officials say they are hopeful a new anti-doping laboratory will be approved next week by the Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency.WADA revoked the credential of Rio's lab in 2013 because of ''repeated failures'' in meeting agency standards. Officials want a new laboratory up and running for next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  • AP Interview: Pollution could delay Olympic rowing regattas

    February 9, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The head of rowing's governing body says races at next year's Olympics could be delayed because of severe water pollution at the venue.In an interview with The Associated Press, World Rowing Federation executive director Matt Smith said events may be suspended for a day or two if pollution spikes. But he says athletes are ''not a high risk'' with no plans to abandon the small lake in central Rio, site of a massive fish die-off last month.

  • Boxing pulls out of SportAccord in fallout from Olympic spat

    February 9, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The International Boxing Association has pulled out of the 2017 World Combat Games, an event organized by the SportAccord group which angered Olympic leaders.AIBA says it will no longer take part in the multi-sport combat event being hosted in Lima, Peru.

  • Vonn named honorary ambassador for Pyeongchang Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) South Korean Olympic organizers on Wednesday named U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.Vonn is the first foreign individual organizers appointed for the role and she joins a list of high-profile South Korean sports stars such as former Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na and Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, according to Pyeongchang's organizing committee.

  • IOC chief: Small nations like New Zealand could host games

    February 9, 2016

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says there's no reason a small nation such as New Zealand shouldn't aspire to host the Olympics.Bach, who is on a tour through the South Pacific, received a powhiri - or traditional welcome - from indigenous Maori in Auckland on Tuesday before saying: ''The Olympic Games are universal and we should open doors and windows'' to allow all nations that wish to host the games to try to do so.

  • IOC president Bach visits cyclone-hit facilities on Vanuatu

    February 9, 2016

    PORT VILA, Vanuatu (AP) International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach visited cyclone-damaged sporting facilities on Vanuatu and discussed with officials how some of the 0,000 aid money pledged by the IOC might be spent to repair the venues.

  • IOC president lobbies for sport to be part of UN plan

    February 9, 2016

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has urged national and regional Olympic bodies to lobby their governments to back his plan to have sport included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.Addressing the Oceania National Olympic Committee meeting on Saturday, Bach said ''I would like to ask each and every one of you if you can turn to your governments and ask your governments to support this move.''

  • Sao Paulo confirmed as football host in 2016 Olympics

    February 9, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Olympic organizers have confirmed Sao Paulo as one of the host cities of the football tournament at the 2016 Rio Games.The announcement came after a meeting between the local organizing committee and the city government Thursday.South America's biggest city was pre-selected as one of the six hosts, but local officials were yet to guarantee the city's participation because of the high costs involved. They said they wanted to fully analyze the list of requirements for the tournament before making a decision.