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Olympic Games: Paris organisers propose breakdancing to IOC as a new sport for 2024

Russia’s Sergei Chernyshev, competing under the nickname Bumblebee, won breaking gold at the 2018 Youth Olympics Breakdancing has been proposed for inclusion in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, organisers have announced. It is one of four sports that Paris organisers will propose to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as surfing, climbing and skateboarding. Surfing, sport climbing and skateboarding will make their Olympic debuts at Tokyo 2020. Breakdancing was included in the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018. The IOC will consider the proposal and must reach…

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Curling: Former NFLers take aim at becoming Olympic curlers

(Reuters) – A group of former NFL players who took up curling with Olympic-sized dreams may not have struck fear in opponents’ eyes like they did on the gridiron but they still consider their inaugural campaign a sweeping success. Former Minnesota Vikings great Jared Allen and his team had no curling experience between them when they formed last March but that has not deterred them from chasing the lofty goal of representing the United States at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. “You tell people that and they think that’s…

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Diplomatic gold? Joint North Korea-South Korea Olympic bid faces long odds

SEOUL/BERLIN (Reuters) – If North and South Korea succeed in their long-shot bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics, any athletic feats at the Games may be overshadowed by the political achievements needed to make it happen. FILE PHOTO: Participants form a message during Mass Games in May Day stadium marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s foundation in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 9, 2018. Picture taken September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File photo Buoyed by the role the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics played in easing tensions last year, South Korean…

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Doping bans for 12 Russian athletes including 2012 Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov

Ukhov (centre) has had his London 2012 win struck out, meaning Britain’s Robert Grabarz (second from right) could be upgraded to Olympic silver London 2012 Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov is among 12 Russian track and field athletes banned for doping by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Three years of Ukhov’s results, including the 2012 Olympics, have been disqualified, meaning Britain’s Robert Grabarz could be upgraded to silver. Cas acted on evidence from the McLaren report, which found Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme. The 12 athletes have…

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Olympic champion swimmer Sun did not break rules: CSA

BERLIN (Reuters) – China’s world and Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang has not broken anti-doping rules, the Chinese swimming association said on Monday, rejecting allegations in a British newspaper. FILE PHOTO – Swimming – 2018 Asian Games – Men’s 400m Freestyle Final – GBK Aquatics Center – Jakarta, Indonesia – August 21, 2018 – Sun Yang of China competes. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo The Sunday Times reported an alleged dispute between doping testers and the swimmer last year which the newspaper said had resulted in damage to a sample. China’s swimming…

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Alpine skiing: Olympic combined champion Gisin out for season

FILE PHOTO: Dec 1, 2018; Lake Louise, Alberta, CAN; Michelle Gisin of Switzerland celebrates on the podium in the ladies downhill race in the 2018 FIS alpine skiing world cup at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports – 11768088 ZURICH (Reuters) – Olympic alpine skiing gold medalist Michelle Gisin was ruled out for the rest of the season on Monday, completing an unhappy few weeks for her family following her brother Marc’s dramatic crash in December. The Swiss skiing team said in a statement that Michelle…

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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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Michael Johnson: How ‘Superman’ Olympic champion’s world was changed by stroke

Johnson, pictured here in 2015, won 13 Olympic and world gold medals during his career Michael Johnson makes his living by telling people where they went wrong. Whether it be as one of the most respected pundits at BBC Sport or at his Michael Johnson Performance centres – analysing the minute details of an athlete’s performance pays the bills. It is particularly cruel, therefore, that he faces the future with no such clarity about his health. Four months ago Olympic sprinting great Johnson had a stroke. It was a mini…

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Wrestling – Triple Olympic gold medalist Yoshida retires

FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Saori Yoshida reacts after defeating Canada’s Tonya Lynn Verbeek on the final of the Women’s 55Kg Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 9, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem/File Photo TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s three-times Olympic wrestling champion Saori Yoshida announced her retirement on Tuesday at the age of 36. Yoshida, who also won silver at Rio 2016, made the announcement on Twitter. “I have decided to end the 33 years of being a wrestler,” she said. “Thanks to all your encouragement and…

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