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IOC bans former senior Olympic member Sheikh Ahmad for 15 years

IOC bans former senior Olympic member Sheikh Ahmad for 15 years

KUWAIT'S Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah has been banned for 15 years from all positions within the International Olympic Committee over ethics breaches, the Olympic ruling body has decided. In a letter seen by Reuters, IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper informed all IOC members of the Executive Board's decision to sanction the once-powerful Sheikh Ahmad over a court case in Switzerland. "The IOC Executive Board decided to confirm the seriousness of the breaches of ethical principles by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah, including a betrayal of his IOC Member’s oath, as well as the seriousness of the damage to the IOC’s reputation,…
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African Olympic body supports Russian, Belarusian participation as neutrals

African Olympic body supports Russian, Belarusian participation as neutrals

AFRICAN Olympic committees passed a resolution supporting the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes at the Paris 2024 summer Olympics as neutrals. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) set out a path in January for Russian and Belarusian athletes to earn Olympic places through Asian qualifying events and to compete as neutrals, with no flags or anthems. Athletes from those countries were banned from many international competitions following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but some international federations are now allowing them back following the IOC's guidance. The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) passed its resolution following a meeting in Nouakchott, Mauritania,…
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The IOC must protect Russian and all athletes against geopolitics

The IOC must protect Russian and all athletes against geopolitics

THE International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Ukrainian government are at each other’s throats over the inclusion of Russian and Belarussian athletes at the Paris 2024 Olympics in 18 months. ABBEY MAKOE The IOC has stated its willingness to let athletes from the two countries heavily involved in the Ukraine war participate “under a neutral flag” at the games in France. In the aftermath of the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, the IOC recommended that Russian and Belarussian athletes should be “indefinitely suspended” in international competitions. Russia was swiftly barred from participating in the UEFA games and the FIFA…
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German athletes’ group urges IOC to investigate Peng’s safety

German athletes’ group urges IOC to investigate Peng’s safety

GERMANY’S independent elite athletes' organisation has urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to provide evidence of the safety of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai and called for an independent investigation into her situation. Peng's whereabouts became a matter of international concern following a nearly three-week public absence after she posted a message on social media in early November alleging that China's former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli had sexually assaulted her. Neither Zhang, who retired in 2018, nor the Chinese government has commented on Peng's allegation and the topic has been blocked from direct discussion on China's heavily censored internet. In the…
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ANALYSIS-IOC’s new transgender and intersex guidelines divide sport

ANALYSIS-IOC’s new transgender and intersex guidelines divide sport

SYDNEY BAUER and RACHEL SAVAGE THE International Olympic Committee's move to drop its advice on testosterone levels for transgender athletes in the absence of scientific consensus leaves sports bodies facing tough decisions on who can compete, some experts have warned. The IOC this week reversed its 2015 guidance that transgender women should be allowed to compete in women's sport provided their testosterone levels are below a certain limit for at least 12 months before their first competition. It said there was "no definitive answer" on whether testosterone conferred a competitive advantage for trans and some intersex women and that its impact on…
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Olympics-Undaunted by pandemic, S.Sudan athletes in Japan fix eyes on the prize

Olympics-Undaunted by pandemic, S.Sudan athletes in Japan fix eyes on the prize

KIYOSHI TAKENAKA AFTER the coronavirus forced a delay in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, athletes from South Sudan who are training in Japan seized the opportunity for more practice, which they have vowed to keep up, despite mounting uncertainty over this year's event. Four track athletes and a coach from South Sudan, the world's youngest country, and one of its poorest, arrived in November 2019 in Maebashi, a city 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Tokyo, to exploit Japan's better training conditions. Forced to extend their stay after the summer games were postponed by a year, they find infections are still…
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Olympics-Another record on track, Belarus sprinter heads for Poland

Olympics-Another record on track, Belarus sprinter heads for Poland

AMY TENNERY and GABRIELLE TÉTRAULT-FARBER Another athletics world record was obliterated at the Olympics on Wednesday, as athletes coped with the heat of political and diplomatic controversy as well as Tokyo's broiling summer weather. American Sydney McLaughlin shattered her own record in the 400 metres hurdles while a Belarusian athlete left for Poland three days after refusing an order to come home against her wishes and seeking diplomatic protection. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was investigating the case of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya while querying China over athletes who wore Mao Zedong badges on the medals podium but suspending a probe…
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Guinea takes part in Olympics

Guinea takes part in Olympics

GUINEA’S five athletes will participate in the Tokyo Olympics after all, a statement from the West African nation's sports ministry has said, reversing the previous day's decision to suspend its participation in the Games citing the pandemic. On Wednesday, Sports Minister Sanoussy Bantama Sow said in a letter to the country's National Olympic Committee that the government had cancelled Guinea's participation to "preserve the health of its athletes" due to a surge in COVID-19 variants. Daily coronavirus infections in Tokyo rose to 1,979 cases on Thursday, the city said, the highest level since January. The July 21 letter seen by…
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The Tokyo Olympics will be the Games of all mothers

The Tokyo Olympics will be the Games of all mothers

IN March, the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee announced that the Tokyo Games would be the “first gender-balanced Olympic Games in history.” JANE THORNTON, Clinician Scientist, Canada Research Chair in Injury Prevention and Physical Activity for Health, Sport Medicine Physician, Western University MARGIE DAVENPORT, Associate Professor, Christenson Professor in Active Healthy Living, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta The gender gap in sport is well-established. Men have historically dominated elite sport for centuries, but thanks in part to the advocacy of organizations like the IOC Women in Sport Commission, global female representation…
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Tokyo 2020 chief doesn’t rule out cancelling Games

Tokyo 2020 chief doesn’t rule out cancelling Games

JUN-MIN PARK and SAKURA MURAKAMI THE chief of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee has not ruled out cancelling the Olympics if COVID-19 cases spiked, as more athletes tested positive for the virus and sponsors ditched plans to attend Friday's opening ceremony. Asked at a news conference if the global sporting showpiece might still be cancelled, Toshiro Muto said he would keep an eye on infection numbers and liaise with other organisers if necessary. "We will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases," said Muto. "We have agreed that based on the coronavirus situation, we will convene five-party talks…
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