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  • Russian Athletes Disappear From Competition After Doping Agency Arrives

    01/19/2018 7:59:12 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 2 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 1/17/2018
    More than 30 Russian athletes withdrew from a tournament in Siberia over the weekend after the unannounced arrival of anti-doping officials. Russia has a checkered history with the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs by its athletes, a legacy of the Soviet Union backed by historical evidence and testing records. The country’s team was banned last month from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics over allegations of a state-run doping scheme at the 2014 Games in Sochi. A total of 36 Russian athletes suddenly dropped out from a regional athletics competition in the Siberian city of Irkutsk after Russian Anti-Doping Agency...
  • North, South Korea to March Together Under 1 Flag at Winter Olympics

    01/17/2018 7:01:13 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    They will also field a joint North and South Korean women’s ice hockey team for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which begin early next month, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said. North and South Korean skiers will train together at a resort in North Korea before the Olympics start, and performers from the two countries will also hold a joint cultural event there. North Korea will also send around 230 supporters to cheer on its athletes. A smaller delegation of North Korean athletes and supporters will attend the Paralympics, the unification ministry said.
  • Can Russia perform under Soviet flag during 2018 Winter Olympics?

    01/16/2018 9:27:58 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 19 replies
    Pravda ^ | Jan 16, 2018
    The Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended Russia from the Winter Olympics in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang. On December 17, the IOC prohibited the use of Russian national symbols at the Games. On January 16, 2018, it was reported that a special commission of the International Olympic Committee was going to consider a possibility to let Russian athletes use the flag of the Soviet Union during the Games in Pyeongchang. "These are proposals from certain officials, members of public chambers," Leonid Tyagachev, honorary president of the Russian Olympic Committee, told Pravda.Ru. "We have the final...
  • Despite doping scandals, Olympic fever grips Russian cinemas

    01/16/2018 9:13:51 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 16, 2018 | James Ellingsworth
    Russia's going crazy for the Olympics. The 1972 Olympics. Even as the Russian team faces up to being barred from next month's Winter Games for doping offenses, audiences are flocking to see a movie about Soviet glory on the Olympic basketball court 46 years ago. "Going Vertical" tells the story of the Soviet Union team which won gold in 1972, becoming the first basketball team in history ever to beat the United States at the Olympics. It's a tale of Cold War rivalry, inspiring speeches and something very familiar to Russian sports fans after recent scandals — a gold medal...
  • Germany expands anti-terror squad GSG 9

    01/15/2018 4:27:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.15.2018 | Ben Knight
    The German federal police are expanding its anti-terrorism unit GSG 9 and installing a special squad in Berlin. The move is a reaction to ongoing terrorist threats in the capital. The federal police squad that deals with terrorist attacks is to become significantly larger, and will set up a second base in Berlin. “We’re talking about around a third of the current strength of the unit,” GSG 9 commander Jérome Fuchs told Berlin state broadcaster RBB on Monday, before adding that finding the right personnel would be a “big challenge,” and that “fitness, strength of character, and teamwork” were particular...
  • IOC accused of 'backroom deals' with Russia over doping scandal

    01/14/2018 1:22:05 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 12, 2018 | Luke Harding
    The film-makers behind the documentary which exposed Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme have accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of doing “backroom deals” with Moscow ahead of next month’s winter Games in South Korea. The whistleblower who exposed the programme, Dr Grigory Rodchenkov, is currently in hiding in the US. Rodchenkov’s lawyer Jim Walden described his client – whose whereabouts are unknown – as “extremely brave” and “an incredible man”. Rodchenkov was grateful to WADA for recognising that “he was telling the truth the whole time”. But he was now “distressed” that the IOC was considering lifting the suspension of some...
  • North Korea’s ‘Army of Beauties’ Set to Invade South

    01/11/2018 10:58:12 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | JAN 11, 2018
    With their good looks and sharp moves, North Korea’s female cheerleaders are a marked contrast to the regime’s menacing nuclear ambitions. Dubbed the “army of beauties” in South Korea, the young North Korean women — mostly in their late teens or early 20s — have attracted huge publicity whenever they have been sent to the South. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s wife-to-be wife Ri Sol Ju was among the group who attended the 2005 Asian Athletics Championships in Incheon. The cheerleaders are set for their fourth appearance in the South after Pyongyang agreed this week to send a delegation...
  • Nathan Chen Leads Olympic Figure Skating Team; (Silver Medalist) Ross Miner Is Bumped

    01/07/2018 10:45:07 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 7, 2018 | Associated Press
    The two-time national champion Nathan Chen, the veteran Adam Rippon and the rising star Vincent Zhou have been selected to represent the United States at the Pyeongchang Olympics next month. A U.S. Figure Skating Committee on Sunday chose the 2016 United States champion Rippon, who came in fourth at the national figure skating championships on Saturday night, instead of the second-place finisher, Ross Miner. The committee takes into consideration a number of criteria, including overall performance for the season. It will be the first Olympics for all three. Rippon’s inclusion at Miner’s expense isn’t unprecedented; the committee has made such...
  • Kim Jong-un’s Overture to South Korea Signals Possible Thaw in Nuclear Crisis

    12/31/2017 9:54:06 PM PST · by Innovative · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | Dec. 31, 2017 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, moved Monday to ease his country’s isolation by offering to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, even as he claimed to have accomplished the ability to launch a nuclear missile at the mainland United States. Mixing the nuclear threat with an overture for easing tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula, Mr. Kim proposed immediate dialogue with South Korea to discuss the North’s participation in the Olympics. If such talks were held, they would mark the first time the two Koreas have had an official dialogue since the South’s new...
  • Putin's Efforts to Save Himself by Promoting Chaos are Doomed, Yakovenko says

    12/28/2017 8:22:19 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 32 replies
    Window on Eurasia ^ | Dec 2017 | Paul Goble
    China and Singapore show what countries can achieve when they admit they are behind and have much to learn from others and play by the rules. But “Putin’s Russia conducts itself in a principally different way, pretending to be a counterweight to the West and in fact to the role of a world leader.” “Not having the resources for this and also lacking any chance to achieve what it wants in an honest way, Putin” first violates the rules of the game and then begins to threaten that he will do even more unless others change the rules so that...
  • Korea dog meat campaigners accused of barking up wrong tree

    12/27/2017 8:50:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    AFP ^ | 12/27/2017 | Staff
    Barking at their rescuers, labradors, beagles and mongrels desperately scrambled out of rusty cages in South Korea: saved from the dinner plate by a deal with dog-meat farmer Kim Young-Hwan. In the face of falling demand, Kim agreed to close his establishment in exchange for compensation from US-based Humane Society International (HSI). The dogs are bound for a new life in adoptive homes in the West. He is the 10th canine-meat farmer to accept such an offer in three years. The exact sums are confidential, but each deal requires hundreds of thousands of dollars once adoption costs are included. "This...
  • Lindsey Vonn suffers back injury in World Cup race after Trump comments

    12/09/2017 7:38:39 PM PST · by Reno89519 · 109 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 9, 2017 | Fox News / AP
    Skiing star Lindsey Vonn suffered a back injury during a World Cup super-G race in Switzerland Saturday, two days after she criticized President Donald Trump in an interview about next year's Winter Olympics.Vonn crossed the finish line in obvious distress, almost one second behind the then-leader, and slumped to the snow. .... Vonn stayed in the finish house to be treated, and one hour later limped slowly into a waiting car to be driven from the St. Moritz course. .... Vonn tweeted that she had suffered an "acute facet (spinal joint) dysfunction"
  • McKayla Maroney, mother seek maximum sentence for Larry Nassar (update: received 60 years in prison)

    12/09/2017 10:17:06 AM PST · by Drew68 · 9 replies
    ESPN ^ | 07 December 2017 | John Barr
    Editor's note: This story contains details that may be disturbing for some readers.GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan -- McKayla Maroney had planned to be in a federal courtroom Thursday to deliver a victim-impact statement in open court in the case of Larry Nassar, the disgraced former doctor for Team USA who, Maroney says, sexually abused her for six years. Instead, Maroney's testimony will come in the form of letters written by her, which have been made public, and her mother, which were obtained by Outside the Lines, to the federal judge presiding over the case. The letters provide a chilling account of...
  • Russia Should Stop Playing the Doping Scandal Victim

    12/05/2017 6:34:49 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 4 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Nov 15, 2017 | Hajo Seppelt
    When ARD broadcast my investigation into Russian doping in 2014, I never expected the situation would become as dramatic as it has. In Russia, ARD and later independent investigators found a widespread and comprehensive doping cover-up scheme. Apart from my research into doping in East Germany 20 years ago, I’d never seen this level of conspiracy. Still, I never imagined that Russia would fall into a never-ending carousel of denials stretching for more than three years, or for it to launch such a counter-offensive on its state media. People like former speed skater and Duma deputy Svetlana Zhurova, former sports...
  • Russia Banned from Winter Olympics by I.O.C.

    12/05/2017 1:46:51 PM PST · by righttackle44 · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 5, 2017 | REBECCA R. RUIZ and TARIQ PANJA
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  • Russia banned from Winter Olympics, athletes can compete under Olympic flag

    12/05/2017 10:42:22 AM PST · by BusterDog · 36 replies
    IOC suspends Russian NOC and creates a path for clean individual athletes to compete in PyeongChang 2018 under the Olympic Flag
  • 2018 Winter Olympics: What happens if the IOC bans Russia on Tuesday

    12/04/2017 2:32:55 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 44 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | Dec 4, 2017 | Cody Benjamin
    ...For one, Putin will be furious. Losing any and all connection to the Olympics a month before Russia's election would be a black mark for his country, and the IOC is reportedly already aware that its decision could humiliate the disgruntled president... Alexander Zhukov, president of the Russian Olympic Committee, called the WADA findings a "joke." Since November, with only months to spare before the start of PyeongChang's 2018 ceremonies, Russia has seen more than two dozen athletes reprimanded by the IOC for cheating in previous Olympics, namely the 2014 Sochi Games. Some have been stripped of gold medals for...
  • Rodchenkov diary may get Russia booted from Olympics

    11/29/2017 9:06:37 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 11 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Nov 28, 2017
    "The chemist who helped Russia's athletes benefit from banned substances kept very detailed notes, which the International Olympic Committee is relying on as it decides what penalities to impose on Russia before the Pyeongchang Games." Olympic officials will announce their decision Dec. 5. If they do not bar Russia completely from the coming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, they are likely to keep all Russian emblems out of the games: The Russian flag would not fly at the opening and closing ceremony, Russian athletes would compete in neutral uniforms and the Russian anthem would not be played. Such restrictions,...
  • Olympic champion Gabby Douglas says team doctor abused her

    11/22/2017 8:56:38 AM PST · by bgill · 17 replies
    cbsautsin ^ | Nov. 22, 2017 | AP
    The 21-year-old Douglas is the latest high-profile gymnast to come forward against Nassar, who spent nearly two decades as the national team doctor for USA Gymnastics before being fired in 2015. Two-time Olympic teammate Aly Raisman wrote about alleged abuse by Nassar in her autobiography “Fierce,” released earlier this month. Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney disclosed abuse by Nassar in October. Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, was part of the initial wave of lawsuits filed against Nassar in 2016 following reporting by the Indianapolis Star that highlighted chronic mishandling of abuse allegations against coaches...
  • Russian Official Calls for Doping Whistleblower to Be Shot ‘Like Stalin Would Have Done’

    11/20/2017 12:50:05 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 14 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | Dan Gartland
    The honorary president of Russia’s Olympic Committee believes the man responsible for exposing the country’s state-sponsored doping program should be executed. Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Moscow’s anti-doping lab, exposed the scheme in 2016 after fleeing to the United States. “Rodchenkov should be shot for lying, like Stalin would have done,” Olympic official Leonid Tyagachev said on a Russian radio station, according to the Guardian. Tyagachev’s remark may sound like hyperbole but Russia has a long history of killing political opponents—two former doping officials died under mysterious circumstances last year—and Rodchenkov fled to the U.S. over fears for his...