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Aug 1, 2012

Spirit of sport infringed but not the law

LONDON (Reuters) – Eight women badminton players disqualified from the London Olympics on Wednesday for deliberately trying to lose their doubles matches have been punished for infringing the spirit of their sport but not the rules.

The distinction is important after comments this year from International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge that manipulating results for financial gain was now a bigger threat to the Games than drugs.

Aug 1, 2012

Olympics-Spirit of sport infringed but not the law

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Eight women badminton players
disqualified from the London Olympics on Wednesday for
deliberately trying to lose their doubles matches have been
punished for infringing the spirit of their sport but not the
rules.

The distinction is important after comments this year from
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge that
manipulating results for financial gain was now a bigger threat
to the Games than drugs.

Jul 31, 2012

Is Phelps the greatest Olympian?

LONDON (Reuters) – Who has been the greatest Olympic athlete since ancient Olympia’s multi-sports festival was revived in Athens 116 years ago?

The debate was reopened on Tuesday when Michael Phelps anchored the U.S. men’s quartet to a sweeping victory in the 4×200 meters freestyle relay at the London Games.

Jul 31, 2012

Lewis surprised at Romney’s critical comments

LONDON (Reuters) – Nine-times Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis expressed surprise and disappointment on Tuesday over comments from U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney which appeared to criticize London’s handling of the Summer Games.

“It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out, there were a few things that were disconcerting,” the Republican candidate, who took over as head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics after a series of financial scandals, told NBC last week.

Jul 31, 2012

Johnson scandal still reverberates

LONDON (Reuters) – Seoul airport was engulfed by frenzied camera crews, fans and private security personnel to mark the arrivals of Carl Lewis and Ben Johnson for the 1988 Olympics.

Comparisons with the hype and hoopla accompanying Muhammad Ali’s arrival in various foreign capitals to defend his world heavyweight title in the two previous decades were inevitable.

Jul 31, 2012

Olympics-Lewis surprised at Romney’s critical comments

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – Nine-times Olympic gold
medallist Carl Lewis expressed surprise and disappointment on
Tuesday over comments from U.S. presidential candidate Mitt
Romney which appeared to criticise London’s handling of the
Summer Games.

“It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out, there
were a few things that were disconcerting,” the Republican
candidate, who took over as head of the 2002 Salt Lake City
Winter Olympics after a series of financial scandals, told NBC
last week.

Jul 31, 2012

Olympics-Athletics-Johnson scandal still reverberates

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – Seoul airport was engulfed by
frenzied camera crews, fans and private security personnel to
mark the arrivals of Carl Lewis and Ben Johnson for the 1988
Olympics.

Comparisons with the hype and hoopla accompanying Muhammad
Ali’s arrival in various foreign capitals to defend his world
heavyweight title in the two previous decades were inevitable.

Jul 30, 2012

Swimming: French literature lover wins second gold

LONDON (Reuters) – Yannick Agnel, a 20-year-old Frenchman who reads the poetry of Charles Baudelaire between races to relax, produced a second performance in his country’s best romantic traditions at the Olympic pool on Monday.

Agnel had swum a remarkable final leg on the previous evening to overhaul American Ryan Lochte and seize an unexpected men’s 4×100 metres freestyle relay gold medal for France.

Jul 30, 2012

French literature lover wins second gold

LONDON (Reuters) – Yannick Agnel, a 20-year-old Frenchman who reads the poetry of Charles Baudelaire between races to relax, produced a second performance in his country’s best romantic traditions at the Olympic pool on Monday.

Agnel had swum a remarkable final leg on the previous evening to overhaul American Ryan Lochte and seize an unexpected men’s 4×100 meters freestyle relay gold medal for France.

Jul 30, 2012

Olympics-Swimming-French literature lover wins second gold

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – Yannick Agnel, a 20-year-old
Frenchman who reads the poetry of Charles Baudelaire between
races to relax, produced a second performance in his country’s
best romantic traditions at the Olympic pool on Monday.

Agnel had swum a remarkable final leg on the previous
evening to overhaul American Ryan Lochte and seize an unexpected
men’s 4×100 metres freestyle relay gold medal for France.

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