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Nov 7, 2014

Olympics-Bjoerndalen upset Oslo withdrew 2022 Winter Games bid

BANGKOK, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who won a record 13th Winter Olympics medal in Sochi this year, has urged the IOC to push ahead with plans to change the bidding process after Oslo dropped out of the running to host the 2022 Games.

Bjoerndalen, named as the outstanding male athlete in Sochi at Friday’s inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) awards in Thailand, said he was still upset that Oslo withdrew, leaving Beijing and Kazakhstan as the only candidates.

Nov 7, 2014

Former IOC boss Rogge supports Bach’s proposed reforms

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Former Olympics chief Jacques Rogge has given his seal of approval to the proposed changes his successor wants to introduce to the Games.

Rogge, who stepped down as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president in 2013 after 12 years in the job, said he agreed with the current IOC boss Thomas Bach that reforms were needed.

Nov 7, 2014

Olympics-Former IOC boss Rogge supports Bach’s proposed reforms

SINGAPORE, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Former Olympics chief Jacques Rogge has given his seal of approval to the proposed changes his successor wants to introduce to the Games.

Rogge, who stepped down as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president in 2013 after 12 years in the job, said he agreed with the current IOC boss Thomas Bach that reforms were needed.

Nov 7, 2014

Olympic officials name best London and Sochi athletes

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Kenyan middle distance runner David Rudisha was named as the best male athlete of the 2012 London Olympics at the inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) awards ceremony on Friday.

Chinese table tennis player Li Xiaoxia won the women’s award while Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen and Dutch speed skater Irene Wust were recognized as the top male and female athletes at this year’s Sochi Winter Olympics.

Nov 7, 2014

Olympics-Olympic officials name best London and Sochi athletes

BANGKOK, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Kenyan middle distance runner David Rudisha was named as the best male athlete of the 2012 London Olympics at the inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) awards ceremony on Friday.

Chinese table tennis player Li Xiaoxia won the women’s award while Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen and Dutch speed skater Irene Wust were recognised as the top male and female athletes at this year’s Sochi Winter Olympics.

Nov 7, 2014

Beijing and Almaty press their cases for 2002 Winter Games

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The two cities in the running to host the Winter Olympics that Europe didn’t want went on the charm offensive on Friday, hoping to convince Olympic delegates to award them the 2022 Games.

The bidding teams from Beijing and Almaty provided a sneak preview of their ambitious plans to host the Games with separate presentations at the Association of National Olympic Committees general assembly (ANOC) in Bangkok.

Nov 7, 2014

Olympics-Beijing and Almaty press their cases for 2002 Winter Games

BANGKOK, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The two cities in the running to host the Winter Olympics that Europe didn’t want went on the charm offensive on Friday, hoping to convince Olympic delegates to award them the 2022 Games.

The bidding teams from Beijing and Almaty provided a sneak preview of their ambitious plans to host the Games with separate presentations at the Association of National Olympic Committees general assembly (ANOC) in Bangkok.

Nov 7, 2014

Bach tells IOC members ‘it’s time’ for change

BANGKOK (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has called on sports leaders to quit talking and start taking action to reform the way the body runs the Olympics.

Bach used his opening address at the Association of National Olympic Committees general assembly (ANOC) in Bangkok on Friday to urge delegates to support his 40-point plan to modernize the IOC and the Olympic Games.

Nov 7, 2014

Olympics-Bach tells IOC members ‘it’s time’ for change

BANGKOK, Nov 7 (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has called on sports leaders to quit talking and start taking action to reform the way the body runs the Olympics.

Bach used his opening address at the Association of National Olympic Committees general assembly (ANOC) in Bangkok on Friday to urge delegates to support his 40-point plan to modernise the IOC and the Olympic Games.

Nov 6, 2014

Give Middle East a chance, says Asian Olympic chief

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The skeptics who have criticized the selection of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup are missing the bigger picture, and should wait and see before casting their judgment, Asia’s top Olympic official said on Thursday.

Just as the Beijing Olympics helped changed some global perceptions of China, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the president of the Olympic Council of Asia, said the World Cup could be a catalyst for positive change in the Middle East.

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