Tag: Olympics

Trump speaks with Bach to express support for LA Olympic bid

President-elect Donald Trump has spoken by phone with the head of the International Olympic Committee to voice his support for Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2024 Games. The Los Angeles bid committee says on Twitter that Trump spoke with IOC President Thomas Bach "to express his strong support" for the Olympics and for the city’s "plans to host a great Games." Los Angeles, which is competing against Paris and Budapest, Hungary, is seeking to bring the Summer Olympics back to the U.S. for the first time since Atlanta hosted the 1996 Games. The IOC will select the host...

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Sharapova’s doping ban cut from 2 years to 15 months

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Maria Sharapova’s doping ban was reduced from two years to 15 months on Tuesday, meaning the Russian tennis star can come back in April and return to Grand Slam play at the French Open. The Court of Arbitration for Sport cut nine months off the suspension imposed on Sharapova, who tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January. Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player, appealed to CAS in June seeking to overturn or reduce the two-year suspension imposed by the International Tennis Federation. The CAS panel found that...

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Agency says hackers revealed more medical data

GENEVA (AP) — Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has "no issue" with his medical data being leaked, in an alleged criminal attack by Russian hackers on a World Anti-Doping Agency database. Froome was a headline name among 25 athletes – from Britain, the United States and Germany plus five other countries – whose confidential details of using authorized medications spilled into the public domain late Wednesday. "I’ve openly discussed my TUEs (therapeutic use exemptions) with the media and have no issues with the leak which confirms my statements," Froome said Thursday. Also leaked was detail of asthma...

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Samba, reflections and pride in final Rio Olympics party

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Shaking to samba and expressing a sense of longing with uniquely Brazilian words, Olympians and fans said goodbye to the Rio Games with one last big bash that was both revelatory and a sigh of relief. The closing ceremony Sunday celebrated the 16-day spectacle that was the Rio Games, which combined numerous highlights with ugly and even bizarre episodes that sometimes overshadowed competition. Cariocas — as Rio’s residents are known — weren’t swayed by the issues that led up to these Olympics, and braved rain and strong winds on the final night to cap...

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5 cities are competing for 2024 Summer Olympics

LONDON (AP) — The race is on for the 2024 Olympics: A five-city contest pitting four European bids against a two-time host from the United States. The International Olympic Committee announced the official field of candidates Wednesday, and there were no surprises as the previously declared bidders were all on the list – Budapest, Hungary; Hamburg, Germany; Los Angeles; Paris; and Rome. "We are welcoming five outstanding and highly qualified candidate cities," IOC President Thomas Bach said. The lineup features three capital cities (Budapest, Paris, and Rome), three previous Olympic hosts (Paris, Rome, and Los Angeles) and one first-time...

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