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Feb 4, 2014

Olympics-Stop using Games for cheap political gain – IOC chief

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 4 (Reuters) – The Sochi Winter Olympics are a purely sporting event which should not be used by uninvited guests to score political points, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday.

In a clear reference to world leaders who publicly refused to attend the first Winter Games in Russia, Bach said in an address in the host Russian city that some of them had not even been invited.

Feb 4, 2014

Pole vault queen Isinbayeva to return to training in 2015

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has her sights set on a third gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games but will not return to training until next year.

Isinbayeva, voted Russian athlete of the year in 2013 and the ceremonial mayor of the athletes village at the Sochi Games, won gold in Athens and Beijing but could do no better than bronze in London in 2012.

Feb 4, 2014

Olympics-Pole vault queen Isinbayeva to return to training in 2015

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has her sights set on a third gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games but will not return to training until next year.

Isinbayeva, voted Russian athlete of the year in 2013 and the ceremonial mayor of the athletes village at the Sochi Games, won gold in Athens and Beijing but could do no better than bronze in London in 2012.

Feb 4, 2014

IOC tours Games village, remembers Volgograd victims

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach paid tribute to victims of the recent bombing in Volgograd during a tour of the Sochi Games athletes village on Tuesday.

Bach, who was elected head of the IOC in September, also said people of all ‘perspectives’ were welcome at the Olympics.

Feb 4, 2014

Olympics-IOC tours Games village, remembers Volgograd victims

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 4 (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach paid tribute to victims of the recent bombing in Volgograd during a tour of the Sochi Games athletes village on Tuesday.

Bach, who was elected head of the IOC in September, also said people of all ‘perspectives’ were welcome at the Olympics.

Feb 3, 2014

IOC chief says seven-year rule not set in stone

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – An International Olympic Committee rule that forces a sport to wait seven years before it can potentially become part of the Games program is “more or less obsolete,” IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.

Bach, who took over from Jacques Rogge in September, is eager to revamp the organization, change the bidding process for candidate cities and refresh the sports program.

Feb 3, 2014

Olympics-IOC chief says seven-year rule not set in stone

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 3 (Reuters) – An International Olympic Committee rule that forces a sport to wait seven years before it can potentially become part of the Games programme is “more or less obsolete,” IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.

Bach, who took over from Jacques Rogge in September, is eager to revamp the organisation, change the bidding process for candidate cities and refresh the sports programme.

Feb 3, 2014

Jones moved to tears by team mates support

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – U.S. track and field star Lolo Jones was moved to tears on Monday as she spoke of the support her bobsleigh team mates had given her after being “thrown under the bus” over her selection for the Sochi winter Olympics.

Critics said the former world indoor 60 meters hurdles champion had been selected more for her looks and popularity than anything else.

Feb 3, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Jones moved to tears by team mates support

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 3 (Reuters) – U.S. track and field star Lolo Jones was moved to tears on Monday as she spoke of the support her bobsleigh team mates had given her after being “thrown under the bus” over her selection for the Sochi winter Olympics.

Critics said the former world indoor 60 meters hurdles champion had been selected more for her looks and popularity than anything else.

Jan 30, 2014

Schalke start league comeback with Huntelaar aura

BERLIN (Reuters) – The return of Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar after a five-month injury absence has filled Champions League club Schalke 04 with confidence they can turn their domestic season around.

The forward made his first appearance last week since August, scoring in their 3-0 win at Hamburg SV and sending Schalke back up to fifth place as they challenge for yet another Champions League spot next season.

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