IOC’s Bach met with Russian doping whistleblowers

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach met with Russian whistleblowers Vitaly and Yulia Stepanov, who were responsible for helping uncover one of the biggest doping scandals in sport, he said on Wednesday. Stepanov, a former employee of the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA, helped expose massive doping problems in Russia in 2014 with his athlete wife Yulia Stepanova and the pair have since fled the country and live in hiding in North…

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IOC stops payments to boxing federation AIBA

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday said it would not make any payments to the international boxing federation AIBA until problems over governance and finances are sorted out. AIBA has been riven with in-fighting for months, with former president CK Wu first provisionally suspended and then stepping down in November after a bitter dispute with his executive committee. Wu, an IOC member, was replaced by interim chief Franco Falcinelli and the…

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Russia banned from Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Russia has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after the IOC found evidence of an “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system that has led to a series of suspensions for the country’s athletes in recent months. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) did not impose a blanket ban on Russia ahead of the Rio 2016 Summer Games but said on Tuesday that the evidence unearthed by the Schmid Commission made…

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Russia banned from Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Russia has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after the IOC found evidence of an “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system that has led to a series of suspensions for the country’s athletes in recent months. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) did not impose a blanket ban on Russia ahead of the Rio 2016 Summer Games but said on Tuesday that the evidence unearthed by the Schmid Commission made…

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Olympics: Russian doping case now closed says IOC’s Bach

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Russia’s doping affair should now be considered closed after the country was banned from the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics, with only some invited athletes allowed to take part, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday. The International Olympic Committee decided on a string of sanctions for Russia following systematic doping across many sports for years in what Bach said was an “unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and Sport”. Among…

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Russia bobsleigh federation chief ‘shocked’ by IOC ban

MOSCOW – Russian bobsleigh federation president Alexander Zubkov said on Tuesday he was shocked by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. “I am simply shocked by what is happening and what happened and by Thomas Bach’s decision regarding our country and our athletes,” Zubkov told . Zubkov was stripped last month of the two gold medals he won at the 2014 Sochi Games and banned from the…

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Exclusive: EU set to rule in favor of speed skaters over ISU ban threat – sources

BRUSSELS – European Union antitrust regulators are set to back speed skaters who want to compete in new money-spinning events outside the control of the sport’s governing body, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The European Commission’s move could impact other sports and become as important a milestone as the landmark 1995 court ruling involving Belgian soccer player Jean-Marc Bosman, which paved the way for the free movement of players in the…

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IOC suspends Brazil’s Nuzman after arrest over vote-buying allegations

ZURICH – Brazil’s national Olympic committee (COB) and its head Carlos Nuzman were provisionally suspended by the International Olympic Committee on Friday, a day after the 75-year-old was arrested in Rio de Janeiro in connection with a corruption investigation. However, the IOC said in a statement Brazilian athletes would not be affected and Team Brazil would be able to take part at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Nuzman, a former IOC member and now…

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Doping: IOC in denial over drugs says Icarus film director

LONDON – The man who helped expose Russia’s massive doping regime says the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is still in denial over the performance-enhancing drug use and would rather sweep it under the carpet than take meaningful action. American Bryan Fogel, director of the documentary film Icarus, told that IOC president Thomas Bach had “betrayed clean athletes the world over by his failure to act decisively” and that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was “crippled…

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Tokyo governor says now’s the last chance to rein in Olympic costs

TOKYO – Tokyo’s governor said on Wednesday that now was the last chance to take steps to rein in soaring costs for the city’s 2020 Olympics, projected to cost 3 trillion yen ($29 billion) – over four times higher than planned. Gov. Yuriko Koike, who took office in August, ordered a review of Olympic expenses that last month recommended changing three venues to save money, a move criticized by both the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee…

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