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  • 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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?

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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

    July 5, 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.