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World Beach Games

World Beach Games canceled after Bali withdraws as Host

The 2023 Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games scheduled to be held in Bali next month have been cancelled after the Indonesian city withdrew as hosts, giving the ANOC no time to find an alternative. "It is with great surprise and extreme disappointment that ANOC has learnt that the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) has withdrawn from its commitment to host the ANOC World Beach Games and the ANOC General Assembly in August 2023," it said on Tuesday. Bali was set
German Gmnast

13-year-old German Gmnast readies for Special Olympics

13-year-old Annabelle, who has Down’s syndrome, is competing against over 100 gymnasts at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin (Markus Tschech-Loeffler, Annabelle’s father) “There are so many factors and pieces of the mosaic, that's how it begins. And where she is standing or running now. It has to be said that even though there is also a family influence, it's also something she was born with. And the fact that she does gymnastics at all today - the World Games - is
Brisbane Olympics

Australia to Spend $5 bln on Brisbane Olympics Venues

The Australian federal government and the Queensland state government said that they would spend a combined A$7.1 billion ($4.9 billion) to build new venues and refurbish existing ones ahead of the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane. The federal government will provide A$2.5 billion for the development of Brisbane Arena, a proposed 17,000-seat sports venue, while the Queensland government will fund the A$2.7 billion rebuild of the Gabba cricket ground. Sixteen new or upgraded venues will receive A$1.87 billion in co-funding on a 50/50 basis

Russian athletes cannot be allowed at Olympics, Zelensky says

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says that allowing Russia to compete at the 2024 Olympics in Paris would amount to showing that "terror is somehow acceptable". He said he had raised the issue with French President Emmanuel Macron. Moscow must not be allowed to use the Olympics for propaganda, he added. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said Russian and Belarusian athletes could compete as neutrals at the Olympics. But Ukraine has threatened to boycott Paris 2024 if Russian and Belarusian athletes are allowed

Ukrainian biathlete pulls out of event after father captured…

Ukrainian biathlete Anastasiia Laletina was forced to pull out of the middle distance sitting event at the Beijing Winter Paralympics on Tuesday after her father was captured by Russian forces, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian paralympic committee told Reuters. Laletina's father is a soldier in the Ukrainian army. The spokesperson said they had no further details on his capture. Russia's invasion of Ukraine last month, which Moscow describes as a "special operation" to disarm the country, prompted the International Paralympic Committee to ban
Dmytro Pidruchnyi

Meet Ukraine Athletes Who Have Joined Ukrainian Military

Less than two weeks ago, Dmytro Pidruchnyi was competing at the Winter Olympics in Ukraine's national colors. Now he's wearing a military uniform and ballistic helmet. Less than two weeks ago, Dmytro Pidruchnyi was competing at the Winter Olympics in Ukraine's national colors. Now he's wearing a military uniform and ballistic helmet. Pidruchnyi is a world champion in biathlon, which combines skiing and shooting, and a three-time Olympian. He returned home from Beijing last week just before Russia launched its invasion of his
International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Beijing 2022 countermeasures ensure safe Games

The stringent COVID-19 countermeasures, established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee, have ensured the safe and successful organisation of the Olympic Games, protecting all the Games participants and the local communities. Out of 1,741,000 million airport and screening tests conducted since 23 January, when the closed-loop system came into effect officially, only 436 people have been found positive: 265 confirmed positives out of 13,628 airport tests171 confirmed positives out of 1,727,472 screening tests98 athletes confirmed positive86 team
Erin Jackson

Speed skating-American Jackson wins gold after stumble in trials

Erin Jackson of the United States won gold in the women's 500 meters speed skating with an explosive start on Sunday, giving the U.S. its first gold medal in the event since 1994 and first-speed skating medal at the Beijing Olympics. She could be seen grinning widely after completing her lap of the National Speed Skating Olympics in 37.04 seconds, but had to wait for the last pair to finish before embracing her coach and bursting into tears. "I wish I could describe
The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee said on Saturday that a total of eight new COVID-19

Beijing Games organizer reports 8 new COVID-19 cases on…

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee said on Saturday that a total of eight new COVID-19 cases were detected among games-related personnel on Feb. 11. All of the cases were among those already in the "closed loop" bubble that separates all event personnel from the public, five of whom were classified as either an athlete or team official, the notice said. No cases were found among new airport arrivals, according to a notice on the Beijing 2022 official website. Source : Reuters
Figure skating sensation Kamila Valieva won a gold medal having earlier failed a drug test

Russian skater Valieva failed drug test taken before her…

Figure skating sensation Kamila Valieva won a gold medal having earlier failed a drug test and Olympic officials will fight Russia's decision to let her compete at the Winter Games, the International Testing Agency (ITA) said on Friday. The 15-year-old's gold medal and Games future now hangs in the balance as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) attempts to draw a line in the sand over Russian doping. Russian athletes are competing at the Beijing Games without their flag and national anthem, because of
Alpine skiing-Austria's Strolz wins men's combined gold

Alpine skiing-Austria’s Strolz wins men’s combined gold

Austria's Johannes Strolz completed his incredible comeback from the brink of giving up professional skiing by winning a gold medal in the men's combined event at the Beijing Games on Thursday. Strolz, who almost quit skiing a year ago after losing his place in his country's top team, was fastest in slalom after coming fourth in downhill to pip Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde to top spot on the podium. James Crawford won the bronze medal, handing Canada their first alpine podium finish of
Snowboarding-Jacobellis earns first U.S. gold and long-awaited redemption

Snowboarding-Jacobellis earns first U.S. gold and long-awaited redemption

Snowboarding-Jacobellis earns first U.S. gold and long-awaited redemption Lindsey Jacobellis claimed the first gold medal for the United States at the Beijing Olympics when she won the snowboard cross final on Wednesday and finally found redemption after her career-defining fail at the Turin Games 16 years ago. Jacobellis was within metres of winning the event in 2006 - the first time it was included in the Games - when she threw in a showboating trick trying to grab her board, only to fall
S.Korea to lodge protest with CAS, IOC over disqualified short track skaters

S.Korea to lodge protest with CAS, IOC over disqualified…

South Korea said on Tuesday it plans to lodge a protest with the global top court for sport and an Olympics body over the disqualification of two short track speed skaters which triggered public furore at home. Hwang Dae-heon and Lee June-seo were disqualified from the men's 1,000 metres semi-finals at the Beijing Winter Olympics on late Monday, for an "illegal late pass" and a lane change, respectively, both causing contact with another skater. Many South Koreans questioned the decisions, especially as Hwang,
Therese Johaug

Therese Johaug won the first gold medal of the…

Zhangjiakou, China: Therese Johaug won the first gold medal of the Beijing Olympics on Saturday, finishing first in the women’s 15-kilometer cross-country skiathlon. The Norwegian fought wind and frigid temperatures to ski away from a chase group of four. Russian athlete Natalia Nepryaeva, the current overall World Cup leader, pulled away from the group on the last climb to take silver. Teresa Stadlober of Austria followed just behind for the bronze medal. The skiathlon is a mass-start race that began with 7.5 kilometers
Canada and US rivalry heats up Beijing Winter Games

Canada and US rivalry heats up Beijing Winter Games

There will be some bad blood at the bobsleigh track where Kaillie Humphries, after winning gold for Canada at the 2010 and 2104 Winter Olympics, defected to the U.S. over a dispute with the national federation and will compete in Beijing as an American. As sporting rivalries go the United States and Canada does not reach the intensity of Argentina and Brazil but when it comes to Winter Olympics the North American neighbours turn the heat up. Canada may be out-matched by the

Tokyo Paralympics: Gordon Reid reaches semi-final as GB win…

Defending champion Gordon Reid reached the men's singles semi-final at the Tokyo Paralympics with a three-set victory over Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez. The British fifth seed came through 7-5 3-6 6-1 against the world number four in two and a half hours. Earlier, archer Victoria Rumary won bronze for GB in the women's W1 event while there was also table tennis bronze for the class 8 team of Ross Wilson, Aaron McKibbin and Billy Shilton after they lost to China in the semi-finals. Boccia player David Smith bids to retain his BC1

Tokyo Paralympics: Sarah Storey becomes Great Britain’s joint most…

Becoming Great Britain's joint most successful Paralympian of all time was a "dream come true" for Sarah Storey after she won her 16th gold medal in the C5 time trial in Tokyo. The 43-year-old, appearing at her eighth Paralympic Games, tied the record held by swimmer Mike Kenny. She dominated the time trial, winning by 92 seconds as British team-mate Crystal Lane-Wright took silver. Storey has the opportunity to win a 17th gold in Thursday's road race. "I never set out on this

Tokyo Paralympics: Sarah Storey wins 15th Paralympic gold

Sarah Storey put in another world record-breaking performance on her way to claiming her 15th Paralympic title - Britain's first gold of Tokyo 2020. She beat team-mate Crystal Lane-Wright in the final to retain her C5 3,000m individual pursuit crown, after beating her own world best in qualifying. The 43-year-old is just one behind Mike Kenny's British record of 16 golds. There was also silver for tandem pair Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby in the B 4,000m pursuit. Bate and Duggleby were defending

BMX World Championships: Bethany Shriever takes women’s final to…

Bethany Shriever added a world title to her Olympic crown as the Tokyo 2020 gold medallist won the women's BMX World Championships. Shriever, 22, cruised to victory in the final after a three-rider crash took out reigning world champion Alise Willoughby of the United States. The former teaching assistant is the first woman to hold both BMX supercross titles at the same time. Judy Baauw was second, with Dutch compatriot Laura Smulders third. Shriever, who started in lane eight, looked elated as she

Tokyo Paralympics will have no spectators, as Covid-19 situation…

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics will not have any spectators as the Covid-19 situation in Japan remains serious, according to organizers. The announcement was made on Monday, following a remote meeting of four Paralympic and Japanese government groups responsible for the Games. "In light of the current emergency declaration issued for Tokyo, Saitama and Chiba Prefectures, another declaration of the state of emergency being requested by Shizuoka prefecture and the current infection situation broadly, more stringent measures will be taken for competitions to be