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International Paralympic Committee to reinstate Russia

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will end its ban on Russian Para-athletes – but under strict conditions. The 29-month suspension for the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC), enforced in 2016 following the McLaren report, will be lifted by March 15. The report found Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme for four years in the “vast majority” of summer and winter Olympic sports. IPC president Andrew Parsons said 69 of 70 reinstatement criteria had been met. More to follow. Source link

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Head of Japan’s Olympic Committee under investigation in France on suspicion of corruption

PARIS (Reuters) – The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under formal investigation by French prosecutors for suspected corruption related to Japan’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games, a French judicial source said on Friday. FILE PHOTO : Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic committee, attends a news conference during the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Monaco December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo The source said Takeda, a retired equestrian sportsman, was indicted last month by the national financial prosecutor’s office in Paris.…

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Head of Japan’s Olympic Committee indicted in France: source

FILE PHOTO : Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic committee, attends a news conference during the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Monaco December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – The head of Japan’s Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, has been indicted in France on corruption allegations, a judicial source confirmed on Friday. He was indicted by the national financial prosecutor’s office in Paris last month, the source said. The indictment was first reported by French newspaper Le Monde. Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; Editing by Luke Baker…

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Theresa May confidence vote: What was going on in committee room 14?

When Sir Graham Brady revealed the outcome of the vote on Theresa May’s leadership, it wasn’t only the result that had TV viewers transfixed. The venue and atmosphere of table banging and roaring approval didn’t pass without comment. Committee room 14 in the Palace of Westminster is no stranger to momentous events. But for those watching from home on Wednesday evening, the sight and aura of the room felt other-worldly. Conservative MPs, who earlier in the evening had cast their votes on whether Theresa May should remain party leader, sat…

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Doping: Russian Olympic Committee appeals local court doping decision

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian Olympic Committee appealed on Thursday against a Moscow court ruling that refused to recognize bobsledder Alexander Zubkov’s Olympic ban, saying it could cast doubt on Russia’s desire to fight against doping. FILE PHOTO: Russia’s pilot Alexander Zubkov poses with a gold medal during a ceremony for the four-man bobsleigh event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor Alpine Ski Resort near Sochi, Russia, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer Zubkov, who has retired from competition and currently serves as…

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IOC sets up committee to assist on human rights

TOKYO (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee said on Saturday it will form a new committee to advise the executive board on human rights issues within sport, including the requirements for all future Olympic Games host cities. Thomas Bach, President of the IOC attends a news conference ahead of the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, in Mexico City, Mexico September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Photo The new advisory committee will be headed by former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein…

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FIFA ethics committee member suspended over corruption investigation

FILE PHOTO: The FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann ZURICH (Reuters) – A member of FIFA’s ethics committee has been suspended after being placed under investigation by an anti-corruption unit in his native Malaysia, the global soccer body said on Wednesday. FIFA said in a statement that the investigation had been launched by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission against Sundra Rajoo. It said that “Mr Rajoo will not be involved in any further activities” while the investigation was being carried out. It did not give further details…

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Nobel literature body rejigs committee after sex scandal

FILE PHOTO: Nobel Foundation CEO Lars Heikensten pose for a picture at the foundation’s headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Esha Vaish STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – The body that picks the winner of the annual Nobel Prize in Literature is setting up a new selection committee in a bid to draw a line under a sex scandal that forced it to cancel this year’s prize. After discussions with the Nobel Foundation, which administers the will of the prize’s founder, dynamite-millionaire Alfred Nobel, the Swedish Academy said its new committee would…

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USA Gymnastics: United States Olympic Committee wants to strip governing body of status

Olympic champion Aly Raisman was one of Nassar’s victims The United States Olympic Committee is seeking to strip USA Gymnastics (USAG) of its status as a national governing body, saying “athletes deserve better”. In January ex-USAG team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years after nearly 160 women accused him of sexual abuse. His victims included Olympic champions Aly Raisman and Simone Biles. USAG chief executive Kerry Perry resigned in September after criticism of her handling of the fallout. A month later interim boss Mary Bono also…

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Calgary Olympic committee recommends city scrap 2026 Winter Games bid

(Reuters) – Calgary’s Olympic assessment committee on Tuesday recommended the city scrap a bid for the 2026 Winter Games after a funding row with the Canadian government. A full vote of council on whether to officially take the western Canadian city, which previously hosted the Olympics in 1988, out of the running will be held on Wednesday. The recommendation also seeks to cancel the Nov. 13 non-binding plebiscite on whether to bid for the 2026 Olympics, with one councilor saying it would be unfair to ask residents to vote without…

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