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Nov 7, 2012

Olympics-Coe elected unopposed as BOA chairman

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Twice Olympic 1,500 metres champion Sebastian Coe was elected unopposed as chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA) on Wednesday after masterminding the highly successful 2012 London Games.

Coe, 56, played a key role in bringing the Games to London for the third time and was then the driving force behind its success as chairman of the organising committee.

Nov 7, 2012

Rugby-Priestland wins battle for Wales flyhalf jersey

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – A debate familiar to generations of Welsh rugby fans was resolved this week in favour of Scarlets’ flyhalf Rhys Priestland following the national team’s annual training camp in Poland.

Priestland sparkled at last year’s World Cup with a series of commanding displays after he had been installed as the first choice in a position holding a special status in Welsh rugby lore.

Oct 17, 2012

West Indies’ success key to 2013 Champions Trophy

LONDON (Reuters) – Eighteen days of international one-day cricket will provide an aperitif for next year’s Ashes series in England with the world governing body hoping to capitalise on West Indies’ success in the Twenty20 World Cup.

The Champions Trophy, a 50-overs tournament involving the world’s top eight one-day sides, has been a poor relation of the four-yearly World Cup and next year’s edition will be the last in this format.

Oct 17, 2012

Cricket-West Indies’ success key to 2013 Champions Trophy

LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Eighteen days of international one-day cricket will provide an aperitif for next year’s Ashes series in England with the world governing body hoping to capitalise on West Indies’ success in the Twenty20 World Cup.

The Champions Trophy, a 50-overs tournament involving the world’s top eight one-day sides, has been a poor relation of the four-yearly World Cup and next year’s edition will be the last in this format.

Aug 2, 2012

Swimming: Phelps finally recaptures glory days

LONDON (Reuters) – Competitive fires that appeared to be flickering and fading, burst into glorious flame on Thursday when Michael Phelps finally won his first individual gold medal of the London Olympics.

Phelps convincingly defeated fellow-American Ryan Lochte, the pretender to his 200 meters individual medley title, leading all the way through each of the four strokes.

Aug 2, 2012

Olympics-Swimming-Phelps finally recaptures glory days

LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Competitive fires that appeared to
be flickering and fading, burst into glorious flame on Thursday
when Michael Phelps finally won his first individual gold medal
of the London Olympics.

Phelps convincingly defeated fellow-American Ryan Lochte,
the pretender to his 200 metres individual medley title, leading
all the way through each of the four strokes.

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.

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