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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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BBC has ‘failed’ on equal pay, MPs on culture select committee say

The BBC has “failed” in its duty to give staff equal pay and opportunities, and needs “a more transparent” pay structure, a group of MPs has said. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee suggested women at the corporation were earning “far less” for doing comparable jobs. It inquiry was sparked by presenter Carrie Gracie, who had accused the corporation of pay discrimination. The BBC said much of the report was out of date but there is “more to do”. It said reforms to its pay structure now…

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USA Gymnastics interim CEO resigns: U.S. Olympic committee

(Reuters) – Mary Bono has resigned from USA Gymnastics, four days after she was named interim CEO of the organization, a spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee said on Tuesday. USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in an email that Bono stepped down from the role Tuesday. Bono had been criticized for a tweet she sent that was critical of sportswear maker Nike (NKE.N). Reporting By Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source link

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WADA committee recommends reinstatement of Russia’s anti-doping agency

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency said on Friday that its compliance review committee (CRC) had recommended the reinstatement of Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA, which has been suspended since 2015 over alleged state-backed doping. FILE PHOTO: Olivier Niggli, Director General of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) attends the WADA Symposium in Ecublens, near Lausanne, Switzerland, March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse WADA said the committee had reviewed a letter from the Russian sports ministry it said had “sufficiently acknowledged the issues identified in Russia,” thus fulfilling the first of…

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U.S. Olympic Committee board chair Probst to step down

(Reuters) – U.S. Olympic Committee Board Chair Larry Probst will step down at the end of the year and be replaced by board member Susanne Lyons, who until recently was the acting CEO, USOC said on Monday U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst speaks at a news conference in Boston, Massachusetts January 9, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder Probst, 68, was first elected chair in October 2008 and recently oversaw the opening of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, an independent entity that aims to help the sports community to respond to incidents…

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