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Aug 3, 2015

Rio water quality on agenda as IOC leaves for Brazil

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The water quality for competitors at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be on the agenda when the International Olympic Committee travels to Brazil for talks this week, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.

Bach is leaving for the Brazilian city later in the day to attend celebrations marking the one year countdown to the Games on Aug. 5 and said pollution would be discussed with Rio 2016 officials.

Aug 3, 2015

Olympics-Rio water quality on agenda as IOC leaves for Brazil

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 (Reuters) – The water quality for competitors at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be on the agenda when the International Olympic Committee travels to Brazil for talks this week, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.

Bach is leaving for the Brazilian city later in the day to attend celebrations marking the one year countdown to the Games on Aug. 5 and said pollution would be discussed with Rio 2016 officials.

Aug 3, 2015

Blatter gives up IOC membership as FIFA exit nears

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter was relieved of his International Olympic Committee ex officio membership on Monday, seven months before he will be replaced as the head of soccer’s governing body, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.

Blatter would ordinarily have been re-elected for another eight-year term as a procedural matter at the ongoing IOC Session in Malaysia, along with more than a dozen other members, but would be required to stand down when he left FIFA at the end of February.

Aug 3, 2015

Soccer-Blatter gives up IOC membership as FIFA exit nears

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter was relieved of his International Olympic Committee ex officio membership on Monday, seven months before he will be replaced as the head of soccer’s governing body, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.

Blatter would ordinarily have been re-elected for another eight-year term as a procedural matter at the ongoing IOC Session in Malaysia, along with more than a dozen other members, but would be required to stand down when he left FIFA at the end of February.

Aug 3, 2015

Athletics roiled by mass doping allegations after blood test leak

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Endurance runners suspected of doping have been winning a third of Olympic and world championship medals, two news organizations said on Sunday, after a leak of thousands of blood test results from 2001-2012 threw global athletics into chaos.

Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper and Germany’s ARD/WDR broadcaster said they had obtained the secret data from the vaults of the global athletics governing body, the IAAF, supplied by a whistleblower disgusted by the extent of doping.

Aug 2, 2015

IOC overhauls Olympic bid process to attract more cities

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Cities considering bidding for the Olympics in the future can expect an easier and less complicated procedure after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) overhauled the two-year process.

Following the withdrawal of four out of six cities from the 2022 Winter Olympics bid process, the IOC has opted to scrap the publication of a shortlist midway through the two-year process and allow cities to submit their bid books in three parts.

Aug 2, 2015

Olympics-IOC overhauls Olympic bid process to attract more cities

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Cities considering bidding for the Olympics in the future can expect an easier and less complicated procedure after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) overhauled the two-year process.

Following the withdrawal of four out of six cities from the 2022 Winter Olympics bid process, the IOC has opted to scrap the publication of a shortlist midway through the two-year process and allow cities to submit their bid books in three parts.

Aug 2, 2015

South Sudan becomes Olympic movement’s 206th member

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – South Sudan became the 206th member of the Olympic family on Friday after the International Olympic Committee approved its inclusion, despite ongoing fighting in the African country.

The unanimous recognition of the country’s Olympic Committee drew a loud round of applause from the IOC members with South Sudanese officials visibly moved and some in tears.

Aug 2, 2015

Olympics-South Sudan becomes Olympic movement’s 206th member

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 (Reuters) – South Sudan became the 206th member of the Olympic family on Friday after the International Olympic Committee approved its inclusion, despite ongoing fighting in the African country.

The unanimous recognition of the country’s Olympic Committee drew a loud round of applause from the IOC members with South Sudanese officials visibly moved and some in tears.

Aug 2, 2015

Sport rocked by “wild” doping allegations

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The world of athletics was rocked on Sunday by “wild” doping allegations involving hundreds of suspect blood samples, just as global sports leaders were meeting in Malaysia.

International Olympic Committee members and sports federation chiefs woke to the news that IAAF test data had been leaked to news organisations and that it allegedly showed suspect samples from athletes, including Olympic and world championship medallists.

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