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  • 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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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?

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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

    August 29, 2015

    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.