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Rio de Janeiro's hotel bed shortage was eased on Friday, as online home share startup Airbnb inked a deal to be the official "alternative accommodations" sponsor of the 2016 Olympic games.
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Olympic ski medalist Silvan Zurbriggen retires from racing

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 6:41am
Olympic medalist Silvan Zurbriggen says he has retired from Alpine skiing at age 33 because of persistent back injuries.
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Rio Olympic tickets go on sale despite football uncertainty

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 31st - 11:01am
The first phase of ticket sales for the Rio Olympics in 2016 began on Tuesday despite uncertainty about the football tournament.
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Olympic race walking champion Lashmanova could miss Olympics

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 31st - 5:30am
The Russian athletics federation says Olympic race walking champion Elena Lashmanova could miss the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro because she competed while serving a doping ban.
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Winter Olympics inspectors positive after Beijing visit

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 28th - 7:50pm
IOC inspectors left Beijing Sunday after offering praise for the Chinese capital's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics that, if successful, would make it the first city to hold both the winter and summer games.
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Former Olympic boxing champ retires; cites brain injuries

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 27th - 6:10am
Former Olympic boxing champion Audley Harrison has retired, saying repeated blows to the head have left him with brain injuries.
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Beijing assures Olympic security as 2022 bid inspections end

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 27th - 4:20am
Chinese officials said Friday they can provide a secure environment for a Winter Olympics in Beijing, as IOC evaluators wrapped up their five-day inspection tour of the city's 2022 bid.
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Former Olympic swimming champ Park apologizes for doping ban

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 27th - 2:30am
A tearful former Olympic swimming champion, Park Tae-hwan of South Korea, offered an impassioned public apology Friday, four days after receiving an 18-month ban for failing a doping test.
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Hazards at Rio Olympic course: legal, political, ecological

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 26th - 9:51am
The golf course for the 2016 Olympics has been embroiled in legal wrangling since the day three years ago when American golf architect Gil Hanse won the design contest over other bidders including Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
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IAAF wants Russian walkers to lose Olympic medals

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 26th - 8:40am
The IAAF wants two Russian race walkers to be stripped of medals from the 2012 London Olympics because of doping, the Russian anti-doping agency said Thursday.
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Korean Oly body could give banned swimmer Park shot at Rio

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 25th - 10:21pm
South Korea's Olympic body said Thursday it is considering easing its eligibility rules for athletes entering international competitions, which would allow banned former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan a chance at qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
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Rio mayor unveils controversial Olympic golf course

Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 25th - 6:04pm
Rio de Janeiro's mayor unveiled the city's controversial Olympic golf course on Wednesday and laid out an ardent defense of a project that has been criticized by environmental activists and is at the center of legal wranglings.
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Beijing renews 2022 Winter Olympics air quality assurances

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 25th - 8:01am
Leaders of Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics said Wednesday the capital's notorious air pollution will be much improved by the time of the games.
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Judge allows construction to continue at Olympic golf course

Tales Azzoni, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 24th - 7:31pm
A Rio de Janeiro judge has rejected prosecutors' request to halt construction at the Olympic golf course, clearing a major hurdle in the sport's return to the games after a 112-year absence.
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Rio 2016 head says Olympics will transform city

Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 24th - 7:00pm
With 500 days to go until the start of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the head of the local organizing committee pledged Tuesday that the games would be the motor of the biggest urban transformation of any Olympic city.
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Boston Olympic group urges statewide referendum on 2024 bid

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 24th - 1:50pm
The group behind Boston's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics said Tuesday that it wants the residents of Massachusetts to decide whether the effort to bring the games to the city should go forward.
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IOC panel visits bid sites; China fires back on human rights

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 24th - 7:50am
IOC evaluators began a five-day inspection tour of Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics on Tuesday as Chinese organizers fired back at critics of the government's human rights record.
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Sao Paulo decision to come after release of Olympic schedule

Tales Azzoni, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 23rd - 5:50pm
Sao Paulo will not be able to guarantee its participation in the Olympic football tournament by the time the match schedule must be completed next week, local officials said Monday.
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Former Olympic swimming champion Park banned 18 months

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 23rd - 12:00pm
Former Olympic champion Park Tae-hwan of South Korea was banned 18 months Monday for doping after testing positive for testosterone in an out-of-competition drug test, the latest in a series of high-profile doping cases in swimming.
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Vizer unopposed re-election as head of sports body

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 23rd - 11:20am
Marius Vizer will be unopposed for re-election as president of SportAccord, the umbrella body for Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations.
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