Courtney Walsh, Associated Press | Updated Aug. 8 - 9:02 a.m.
The chief executive of this year's Commonwealth Games says Birmingham has proven itself capable of hosting major sporting events like the Olympics. But Ian Reid says the city would be best-placed to co-host a global event like the Olympics as part of a multi-pronged bid with other cities in Britain. Birmingham was named host when the Commonwealth Games Foundation stripped Durban of the rights in 2017. That shortened the window Birmingham had to prepare for the multi-sports competition with its more than 5,000 para and able-bodied athletes. More than 1.5 million tickets were sold for the 12-day competition. The Commonwealth Games conclude on Monday.
Courtney Walsh, Associated Press | Updated Aug. 4 - 6:20 p.m.
English diver Jack Laugher extended his dominance in the one-meter springboard event to take a third straight gold at the Commonwealth Games. The 27-year-old Laugher continued a run that also included gold in Glasgow in 2014 and on Australia's Gold Coast four years ago. Former Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas crashed early in the individual time trial in Wolverhampton, striking a barrier when making a sweeping turn. Thomas was able to remount his bike and recovered well to claim the bronze medal behind winner Rohan Dennis, a double time trial world champion. Earlier, Jamaica caused a major upset in netball when it beat gold medal favorite Australia to reach the semifinals with a 57-55 comeback win.
Jimmy Golen, Associated Press | Updated Aug. 3 - 2:19 p.m.
Some expat Jamaicans living in Canada are hoping to bring a new winter sport to their tropical homeland. The island nation was recently granted conditional membership in the World Curling Federation. That gives Jamaica a chance to send teams to international competitions. And the new national governing body hopes it will help spread the word in a country better known for sprinters, reggae and rum. Curling Jamaica President Ben Kong says the curlers are following in the footsteps of the Jamaican bobsledding team that made it to the 1988 Winter Games. The WCF says it's the latest in a series of non-traditional curling nations to join.
Courtney Walsh, Associated Press | Updated Aug. 1 - 6:43 p.m.
Australian cycling officials finally got around to making a significant adjustment to the team's racing bikes at the Commonwealth Games following a review of a crash at the Tokyo Olympics. That meant on the last day of Commonwealth racing the Australian cyclists in the men's 1,000-meter time trial had to use drop bars instead of pursuit bars. Drop bars don't maximize the riders' aerodynamic profile. But Aussies Matthew Glaetzer and Tom Cornish finished 1-2. Australia and New Zealand finished the track cycling with a leading eight golds and 13 medals each. But the biggest cheer was reserved naturally for the great Laura Kenny. She won England's only gold medal in the women's scratch race almost a decade after her breakthrough at the London Olympics in the same arena.
Kirsten Grieshaber And Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press | Updated July 27 - 7:31 a.m.
The German government has indicated it's willing to pay further compensation to the families of 11 Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich by a Palestinian group. Relatives of the athletes, however, call the proposed amount "insulting." The families have long criticized how German authorities handled the attack and its aftermath. Demands for further compensation have threatened to overshadow a planned memorial event for the 50th anniversary of the massacre. Germany's Interior Ministry said it was holding talks with the relatives and that the "serious consequences for the surviving dependents" should be reassessed. It was not clear how much money was being offered to the families.
Russia is making plans for its athletes to live and compete in the French capital when the Paris Olympics start in 2024 even though many of the country's athletes remain barred from upcoming qualification events because of the war in Ukraine. Russian Olympic Committee president Stanislav Pozdnyakov has written on the Telegram messaging app that the country was working to get its athletes access to qualification events and already making plans for the Olympic village. Most Olympic sports have suspended athletes from Russia and Belarus since the invasion of Ukraine began in February but the IOC has not suspended the Russian Olympic Committee.
The Associated Press | Posted July 25 - 11:45 p.m.
Prosecutors have searched the home of former Tokyo Olympic organizing committee executive board member Haruyuki Takahashi in connection with payments made to him by an Olympic sponsor of the Tokyo Games. The Japanese news agency Kyodo says Takahashi is thought to have received around 45 million yen ($330,000) from clothing retailer Aoki Holdings Inc. Kyodo says Aoki's Olympic sponsorship was announced about a year after the reported payments but as a quasi-civil servant Takahashi wasn't allowed to accept money or gifts. The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee was dissolved on June 30. The Tokyo Olympics, delayed for a year, opened on July 23, 2021. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government held a ceremony at the $1.4 billion National Stadium to mark the anniversary.
John Leicester, Associated Press | Posted July 25 - 11:28 a.m.
Paris Olympic Games organizers have marked the two-years-to-go milestone to the 2024 games by unveiling their official slogan. It will be "Games Wide Open." Organizers said the slogan reflects their desire to make the games accessible and use them to also open minds. Games organizers said they also got fresh backing from French President Emmanuel Macron for their planned giant opening ceremony along the Seine River. Breaking with Olympic tradition, the ceremony won't be held inside a stadium and will instead take place on the river that cuts through the French capital. Prices for all sports will start at 24 euros (US$24.5) and nearly half of tickets for sale to the public will cost 50 euros ($51) or less.
Eddie Pells And Pat Graham, Associated Press | Posted July 25 - 11:27 a.m.
The conversation about what track sensation Sydney McLaughlin will do next involves more than the clock. She brought the record in her 400-meter hurdles race down by nearly three-quarters of a second at the world championships in Eugene, Oregon. But it was her run in the women's 4x400 relay that might really get people wondering. The Paris Olympics start two years and 2 days from the close of the world championships. Whether McLaughlin sticks solely with the hurdles, or moves to the 400 flat or even the 100 hurdles is one of the most intriguing storylines to follow between now and Paris.
Eddie Pells, Associated Press | Updated July 24 - 10:48 p.m.
in the very first and very last action of the last session at Hayward Field. Nigeria's Tobi Amusan opened the evening by setting the record for the 100-meter hurdles in the semifinals: 12.12 seconds. And, pole vaulter Armand Duplantis of Sweden cleared 6.21 meters (20 feet, 4 1/2 inches) to best his world record.
Pat Graham, Associated Press | Updated July 22 - 8:09 p.m.
Allyson Felix hasn't run her last race after all. The most decorated sprinter in U.S. history will return to the world championships to run in the prelims of the women's 4x400 relay this weekend. She says team officials coaxed her out of her brief retirement after she helped the mixed relay team win a bronze medal last Friday in what she had said was her last major race. At the Tokyo Olympics last year, she was on the gold-medal women's 4x400 relay along with Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad and Athing Mu.
Pat Graham, Associated Press | Posted July 22 - 8:06 p.m.
The U.S. men's 4x100 relay lineup of Christian Coleman, Noah Lyles, Elijah Hall and Marvin Bracy cruised into the final with the fastest qualifying time at world championships. It was cause for a mini-celebration as anchor leg Bracy pretended the baton was a can, popped the top and took a giant gulp. They now have a chance for atonement after a faulty exchange at the Tokyo Games kept the team out of the final. The U.S. women also had the top time in qualifying to advance. They will be chasing the Jamaicans.
Brisbane 2032 Olympic officials have staged an event that not many other previous host cities have had the opportunity to celebrate: 10 years out until their Games begin. The east coast Australian city was awarded the 2032 Games a year ago after the International Olympic Committee rubber-stamped an earlier recommendation from its Executive Board. Brisbane was the first city to be awarded a Games under the IOC's revamped procedure for choosing host cities which saw a small group of IOC members identify and propose host cities to the board. Previously Games had been awarded to both Summer and Winter Games hosts seven years out from them being held.
Pat Graham, Associated Press | Posted July 22 - 11:26 a.m.
The title of Olympic hurdles champion carries a lot of weight for Jasmine Camacho-Quinn after becoming Puerto Rico's first champion in track and field in Tokyo. The standout from South Carolina is learning to deal with the pressure. She will be a favorite this weekend at the world championships in Oregon as a proud nation watches. She's already a big name in Puerto Rico, where her mom is from. Her name appeared on billboards after her Olympic win. She had a parade in her honor and met some of the country's biggest names. She appreciated all the attention but now is eager to get back to the work of winning more gold medals.
Pat Graham, Associated Press | Posted July 22 - 5:24 a.m.
Jamaica's Shericka Jackson is now a world champion after a mistake led to an early exit at the Tokyo Games. It's a more-than-satisfying reward after a year in which she trained with the goal of never making the same mistake again. The 28-year-old executed the curve perfectly and ran the 200 meters in the second-fastest time ever, 21.45 seconds, to lead a Jamaican 1-2 finish at the world championships. She beat 100-meter champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to the finish line by 0.36. Defending champion Dina Asher-Smith of Britain prevented this from being a back-to-back sprint sweep for the Jamaicans.
Eddie Pells, Associated Press | Updated July 21 - 10:41 p.m.
Noah Lyles led wire to wire and routed the field in the 200 meters Thursday in 19.31 seconds, the third-fastest time ever, to lead America's second sprint sweep at world championships. Lyles blew away U.S. teammates Kenny Bednarek by 0.46 seconds, with 18-year-old Erriyon Knighton finishing third. When the winner saw the names of his American teammates pop up behind his, he slammed his hands on the ground, ripped off his jersey and grabbed the gold medal from the awaiting presenter. His victory came moments after Shericka Jackson gave the Jamaican women another gold in the sprints. She ran 21.45, the second-fastest time in history, to beat 100-meter champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
U.S. women's hockey forward Dani Cameranesi has announced her retirement from the national team at age 27. Cameranesi helped the U.S. win gold at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang and was part of the team that came away with silver earlier this year in Beijing. She also played at three world championships and won gold in 2015 and 2019. She scored 24 goals and added 34 assists for 58 points in 87 games of international competition. The Plymouth, Minnesota, native also won two national championships at the University of Minnesota.
Koji Ueda, Associated Press | Updated July 19 - 4:44 a.m.
Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu says he is stepping away from competitive figure skating. He left it unclear whether he would ever return to the sport. Hanyu won back-to-back gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. But he finished fourth in Beijing five months ago and had been noncommittal since about his future. He is also a two-time world champion. He failed in Beijing to become the first to land a quad axel in competition. Hanyu has been the world's most watched skater for a decade. He was the first Asian man to win gold in Olympic figure skating.
Luis Ruiz, Associated Press | Posted July 19 - 12:22 a.m.
Triple jump, three time champion. This time there was no world record in a big event, but there was another gold for her. And a crowd in the stadium, who paid homage to her show. Yulimar Rojas seizes her third gold in a World Athletics Championship, winning the final with a jump of 15.47 meters. That was far from the world records she had set during her last two major events, the Tokyo Olympics last year and the Indoor Championships held in Belgrade in March.
Eddie Pells, Associated Press | Updated July 17 - 11:57 p.m.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce sped her way back to the top of the sprint game, winning her fifth world title at 100 meters by leading a Jamaican sweep and knocking off the reigning Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah. The 35-year-old Fraser-Pryce, mother of a 4-year-old son, Zyon, led all the way and crossed the line in 10.67 seconds. She defeated second-place finisher Shericka Jackson by 0.06 seconds while Thompson-Herah finished a surprising third. A night that started with thoughts that Thompson-Herah might knock off Florence Griffith-Joyner's 34-year-old world record of 10.49 closed instead with Fraser-Pryce setting a world-championships record. Marion Jones set the old mark of 10.70 in 1999.
Eddie Pells, Associated Press | Updated July 16 - 10:10 p.m.
Fred Kerley led the first American sweep of the 100 meters at the worlds in 31 years, barely edging teammates Marvin Bracy and Trayvon Bromell to stamp a red-white-and-blue exclamation point on the first championships ever held in the United States. Kerley leaned at the line to finish in 9.86 seconds and beat both Bracy and Bromell by 0.02 seconds. The difference between second and third was 0.002. It marked the first American sweep at worlds since Carl Lewis, Leroy Burrell and Dennis Mitchell went gold-silver-bronze at the 1991 championships in Tokyo.
The Associated Press | Updated July 15 - 7:31 p.m.
Jim Thorpe has been reinstated as the sole winner of the 1912 Olympic pentathlon and decathlon in Stockholm. The move comes nearly 110 years after he was stripped of those gold medals for violations of strict amateurism rules of the time. The International Olympic Committee announced the change on the 110th anniversary of Thorpe winning the decathlon and later being proclaimed by King Gustav V of Sweden as "the greatest athlete in the world." Thorpe was a Native American. He had his medals stripped months after the Olympics when it was discovered he had been paid to play minor league baseball over two summers.
California prosecutors say a man with a criminal history has been charged with assaulting a former Olympic volleyball player last week in downtown Los Angeles. Kim Glass was a silver medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and said she suffered multiple facial bone fractures when someone hurled a metal object, possibly a pipe, at her. Police identified the suspect as Semeon Tesfamariam. Officials say he faces a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon. It was not immediately clear whether the suspect has an attorney to speak on his behalf. Glass says she believes her vision will be OK and thanked her doctor for stiches near an eyebrow.
Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah says he was illegally brought to the U.K. as a young boy and forced to care for other children before he escaped a life of servitude through running. In a new documentary, Farah says his real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin and that he was from taken from the East African nation of Djibouti. The film was produced by the BBC and Red Bull Studios, and is scheduled for broadcast Wednesday. Farah says he was 8 or 9 when a woman he didn't know brought him to Britain using fake travel documents that included his picture alongside the name Mohammed Farah.
A former Olympic volleyball player says she was attacked in downtown Los Angeles when a man threw a metal object at her face in an assault that fractured multiple bones in her face and left one of her eyes swollen shut. Kim Glass was a silver medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She posted several videos to Instagram where she talked about the incident. Los Angeles police confirmed the attack and a police spokesperson says a man was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Glass is a Los Angeles native and posted videos showing her injuries to her eye, nose and cheek.
Francine Niyonsaba has withdrawn from the world championships with a foot injury. The injury comes just as she looked to be a good bet for her first major medal in the 5,000 meters after being forced to switch to long-distance events by contentious testosterone rules. Niyonsaba says on Instagram she is almost fully recovered but has missed too much training. She says she is "extremely sorry" to withdraw. Niyonsaba is a former Olympic silver medalist in the 800 meters but was barred from that event by World Athletics regulations governing athletes with intersex conditions known as 46,XY differences in sex development. They are the same rules affecting Caster Semenya.
Stephen Wade, Associated Press | Updated July 9 - 5:14 a.m.
Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the country's central figure in landing the 2020 Olympics for Tokyo. Abe died after being shot while campaigning in western Japan. It was Abe who charmed the closing ceremony of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. He paraded in a surprise appearance before a 70,000 sellout as Nintendo game character Super Mario. It was an unforgettable reminder that Tokyo was the next host. And it was also Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach that had the final word in March 2020 in postponing the Games for a year in the face of surging COVID-19 deaths.
Eddie Pells, Associated Press | Updated July 8 - 6:37 p.m.
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee has chosen Gene Sykes as its next chairman. The former CEO of the Los Angeles 2028 organizing committee now takes on a role that will shape policy throughout America's Olympic movement for the next four years and beyond. Details of the board vote were not immediately released. Sykes was vying for the seat against Dexter Paine, a current board member with deep ties to the ski community and the more than 50 national governing bodies that run the individual sports across America. But the board chose Sykes. He will take over for Susanne Lyons when her term expires at the end of the year.
Caster Semenya has been listed to compete at next week's world championships in Eugene, Oregon. It potentially sets up a surprise return to the big stage for one of track and field's most contentious athletes. Semenya was listed for the women's 5,000 meters. It's an event the two-time Olympic champion has turned to after being banned from the 800 meters because of high testosterone. Semenya's inclusion was unexpected after she didn't make the qualifying time for the 5,000 and was not included in the South African team. It was reported that she was moved onto the list for the worlds after higher-ranked runners didn't enter the championships.
Olympic triple jump champion Yulimar Rojas cannot compete in long jump at the world championships in Oregon this month because her qualifying leap was done in unapproved shoes. Track and field's governing body World Athletics says a long jump by Rojas in Spain was invalid because she wore triple jump shoes. Those can have a sole 25 millimeters thick but the limit is 20 for long jump. World Athletics says injury prevented Rojas competing again to get a valid qualifying jump. The 26-year-old Venezuelan is the two-time defending world champion in triple jump.
Allyson Felix was named to her 10th world championships team, where she will have a chance to run in the mixed relay event and add to her record medal collection. Felix, whose 18 medals are the most in world-championship history, has announced that this will be her final season in track. At last month's national championships, she finished sixth in the 400 meters and did not qualify for any individual events. But the 36-year-old was named to the mixed relay pool when USA Track and Field released its 151-person roster for worlds. The world championships run July 15-24 in Eugene, Oregon.
There were some cheers for "The Star-Spangled Banner" before USA Basketball's game in Cuba on Independence Day. And then the Americans celebrated the holiday with a big win. Xavier Munford scored 24 points and the U.S. defeated Cuba 87-64 on Monday night to close the first round of qualifying for next year's Basketball World Cup. The U.S. is now 31-1 all-time against the island nation. Munford was 10 for 12 from the floor for the Americans. Justin Jackson scored 13 points for the Americans. They'll start the second round of World Cup qualifying in late August.
Tim Reynolds, Associated Press | Posted July 4 - 9:48 a.m.
Olympic luge champ Natalie Geisenberger of Germany is pregnant with her second child. Geisenberger has won the last three Olympic women's luge gold medals and is considered by many to be the most dominant athlete in her sport's history. Geisenberger announced her pregnancy over the weekend on social media. Her first child, Leo, was born in 2020. She took off the 2019-20 season, then returned in 2020-21 to win her eighth overall World Cup championship.
South African former track star Oscar Pistorius has met with the father of Reeva Steenkamp, the woman he shot to death in 2013, as part of his parole process. Steenkamp family lawyer Tania Koen says in a text message to the AP that Pistorius and Barry Steenkamp met face-to-face on June 22 as part of what's known in South Africa as a victim-offender dialogue. It gives victims of crimes or their relatives a chance to meet with the offenders if they choose to before the offender can be eligible for parole. Koen on Friday confirmed the meeting but declined to give any more details. Pistorius is now eligible for parole having served more than half his sentence.
Authorities say a stolen Olympic gold medal belonging to a member of the 2020 U.S. Women's Volleyball Team has been found in Southern California. Olympian Jordyn Poulter reported the medal stolen May 25 after she discovered her car broken into at a parking garage in Anaheim. Detectives later arrested a suspect in the theft, but weren't immediately able to locate the missing medal. On Monday, the owners of an Anaheim barbershop reported finding the gold medal inside a plastic bag discarded outside their business. They handed it over to police, who plan on returning it to Poulter.
Swiss sprinter Alex Wilson has been banned for four years after an anti-doping tribunal judged he intentionally used an anabolic steroid. Wilson's case flared at the Tokyo Olympics last July. Court of Arbitration for Sport judges reinstated Wilson's provisional suspension days before he was due to compete in the men's 100 and 200 meters. Wilson was the 200 bronze medalist at the 2018 European Championships. He tested positive for the steroid trenbolone in an out-of-competition sample taken in March 2021. Wilson initially blamed contaminated meat he ate in Las Vegas.
Eddie Pells, Associated Press | Posted June 27 - 4:56 p.m.
Sprinter Blessing Okagbare's doping violations will keep her Nigerian teammates from participating in the 4x100 meter relay at next month's world championships. The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees doping cases in track, announced it was extending Okagbare's 10-year ban by a year, and making it retroactive to June 13, 2021. That's six days before she competed at Nigeria's Olympic trials, with her relay squad qualifying for this year's worlds. AIU leader Brett Clothier said it's not the first time an entire relay team has been penalized for the actions of one person. He said the rules call for the full team to be suspended and AIU will not waver on those rules.
The Associated Press | Posted June 25 - 10:35 a.m.
Iraqi official Mohammed Jalood has been elected president of the International Weightlifting Federation in a chaotic conference in Albania. The proceedings were controversial and often confusing after nine of the 11 candidates for president withdrew and another candidate claimed Jalood withdrew, too. Jalood is the first permanent president of the IWF since Tamás Aján stepped down in 2020 after more than 40 years in leadership roles while facing allegations that failed drug tests were covered up and millions of dollars went missing.
Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News | Posted June 24 - 10:40 p.m.
International Olympic officials acknowledged Friday that backers of Utah's bid for another Winter Games were told last week that the U.S government should have shown more support for the Beijing Games.
Eddie Pells, Associated Press | Posted June 24 - 9:12 p.m.
Lindsey Vonn used her induction speech into the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame to urge athletes to put their platform to good use, "especially today," the day the Supreme Court overturned the landmark ruling that guaranteed a women's constitutional right to abortion. Vonn joined Michael Phelps, Billie Jean King, Michelle Kwan, Mia Hamm and the late Pat Summitt among the inductees into the Class of 2022. King, at the forefront in the fight for women's advances in sports, was the first woman inducted in the "special contributor" category. She said it felt only appropriate that her honor came during the same week as the 50th anniversary of Title IX.
Canadian swimmers are enjoying their most successful world swimming championships ever in Budapest this week. Golds for the remarkable Summer McIntosh and Kylie Masse are the prize jewels in a nine-medal haul for Canada so far. Only the Americans and Australians had claimed more ahead of the final day of racing at Duna Arena on Saturday. Canadian swimmer Josh Liendo says the team is building momentum and looking forward to next year and then the Olympics. Canadian success in the pool is not a lucky accident. Swimming Canada's high-performance director John Atkinson says the key is identifying the right targets – and patience.
Eddie Pells, Associated Press | Posted June 24 - 1:26 p.m.
Changes are coming at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, sparked by frustration with years of flat revenue and what some portray as heavy-handed management in the wake of sex-abuse scandals that upended the movement in America. At their keynote addresses at this week's annual assembly of U.S. athletes and administrators, both CEO Sarah Hirshland and chair Susanne Lyons said the federation's top-line priority for the upcoming year is on athlete excellence and expanding revenue. This is a shift after years of placing athlete safety above all else after the scandals exposed what critics said was the USOPC's single-minded focus on money and medals.
Graham Dunbar, Associated Press | Updated June 24 - 12:51 p.m.
The IOC will not add a women's Nordic Combined to the 2026 Winter Games. The decision on Friday confirms skiing as the only Olympic sport lacking gender equality. The long-term Olympic future of Nordic Combined was also put in doubt with no commitment to keep the men's event on the program in 2030. Nordic Combined tests athletes in the contrasting disciplines of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. It was one of the original 16 medal events at the first Winter Games in 1924. The IOC cites concerns that Nordic Combined lacks a global audience and too few countries field women athletes.
The Associated Press | Posted June 24 - 10:16 a.m.
Ukraine has begun a boycott of international judo events because the Russian team is allowed to compete as Olympic qualification begins. Judo is one of the few Olympic sports where Russians can still compete. They must do so without their flag, and officially represent the International Judo Federation. Ukraine is staying away in protest after Russia entered the Grand Slam event in Mongolia. It's the first competition of the qualifying period for the Paris Olympics in 2024. Ukraine alleges many of the Russian competitors are serving military personnel.
Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News | Posted June 23 - 4:46 p.m.
Italian government officials are sounding the alarm about the finances of the 2026 Winter Games in Milan and Cortina, warning organizers are in the red after raising only around half of the expected revenues from selling sponsorships.
Eddie Pells, Associated Press | Posted June 23 - 1:02 p.m.
Recent meetings with the IOC have led U.S. officials to believe all signs point toward Salt Lake City bidding for the 2034 Winter Olympics, though they say Utah's capital will be ready if asked to host the 2030 Games, too. U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee chair Susanne Lyons said she views Salt Lake City as the leading candidate for the 2034 Olympics, and that the complexities of hosting 2030 only two years after the Summer Games in Los Angeles make it a less-likely scenario.
Three Russian officials have won a court ruling to overturn being barred from this weekend's International Weightlifting Federation elections. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it upheld appeals by the men who were excluded last month by a panel vetting potential candidates. IWF board member Maxim Agapitov was among the three. CAS says the vetting panel did not have power to make disciplinary decisions against the Russians. The IWF's election meeting opens Saturday in Albania. The elections are the IWF's first since an investigation broadcast in January 2020 by German channel ARD accused the body of widespread corruption.
Former Swedish speedskater Jonny Nilsson has died at the age of 79. He won a gold medal in the 10,000 meters at the Winter Olympics at Innsbruck in 1964 and was a multiple world champion. Nilsson's death was announced by his wife, Marianne. She told Swedish news agency TT that he died during the night. Nilsson had been suffering from prostate cancer and said last year his condition was getting worse.
China's Liu Chuanxing has signed on as a foundation player with the Bay Area Dragons in the East Asia Super League after leaving his mark in Australia. The 2.25-meter (7-foot-5) center was known as Big Liu when he played for the Brisbane Bullets last season in Australia's National Basketball League. The 22-year-old Liu made history in the NBL for being the tallest player ever in the league. He's among the first 10 players signed for the new Dragons franchise that will represent Greater China in the EASL but will be based in Manila in Season 1. Dragons head coach Brian Goorjian says "We're building this team to be competitive right off the bat." The eight-team, pan-regional league launches in October.
Stephen Wade, Associated Press | Updated June 21 - 8:53 a.m.
The final price tag for last year's COVID-delayed Tokyo Olympics has been put at $13 billion (1.4 trillion Japanese yen). The Tokyo organizing committee announced the final cost before the body is dissolved at the end of the month. It was twice what was forecast in 2013 when Tokyo was awarded the Games. However, the final price tag presented by organizers is lower than the $15.4 billion they predicted when the Olympics ended just under 11 months ago. The University of Oxford in a study several years ago said Tokyo was the most expensive Olympics on record.
Boxing officials fighting to keep their sport in the Olympics have been warned to change its historical culture of breaking the rules. Investigator Richard McLaren says "corruption abounded" in recent years at the world boxing body formerly known as AIBA. He delivered the last part of his report commissioned by the new leadership trying to win over the IOC. The IOC has long-standing concerns about boxing's finances, leadership and fixed bouts. Boxing's governing body was removed from organizing bouts at the Tokyo Olympics and the sport is currently not included in the 2028 Los Angeles Games.
Italy's Thomas Ceccon has set a world record in the men's 100 backstroke and Katie Ledecky has claimed yet another gold at the swimming world championships in Budapest. Ceccon stunned the competition by clocking 51.60 seconds to shave 0.15 seconds off the previous best mark set by American Ryan Murphy at the 2016 Olympics. It's the Italian's first world title. Ledecky extended her record haul of titles to 17 with her fourth in the 1,500 freestyle alone. Ledecky never looked threatened and finished 14.74 seconds ahead of Katie Grimes. Ledecky punched the water in delight then embraced her teammate.
Track and field is leaving the multi-sport European Championships program after the 2022 edition in Munich. The European Athletics governing body says it will return to a stand-alone event in 2026 rather than be part of the collective championships. The multi-sport European Championships project was first held in 2018 and expanded to nine sports for the next edition in August. European Athletics says being independent is better for athletes, fans and broadcasters. Swimming has also opted out of the multi-sport championships. Losing two key Olympic sports will likely hamper the search for a 2026 host.