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Sep 11, 2014

Soccer-Bayern’s Ribery fit for his first game of the season

BERLIN, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich are set to benefit from the return of winger Franck Ribery, who is ready to make his season debut against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday after overcoming a nagging knee injury.

The German champions have had a less explosive start to the season than last year, drawing 1-1 at Schalke 04 on Aug 30 in their second league game after winning their opening match at Borussia Dortmund.

Sep 9, 2014

Olympics-IOC meets Saudi Olympic chief, discuss women in Games

BERLIN, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee has met with the new Saudi Arabian Olympic chief to discuss women’s participation in the Games among other issues, amid the country’s failure to send any female athletes to the Asian Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach said new Saudi Olympic chief Prince Abdullah bin Musaed bin Abdulaziz had made his first visit to the IOC last week and among issues of “mutual interest” that were discussed was women’s participation, Bach said.

Sep 9, 2014

IOC to respect Scotland vote, athletes protected – Bach

BERLIN (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee promised Scottish athletes’ interests would be “safeguarded” ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics should Scotland vote in favour of independence on Sept. 18.

If Scotland votes to break away from the United Kingdom, Scottish athletes who competed for Britain at the 2012 summer Olympics in London would not be eligible to do so with that country in Rio.

Sep 9, 2014

Olympics: IOC to respect Scotland vote, athletes protected – Bach

BERLIN (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee promised Scottish athletes’ interests would be “safeguarded” ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics should Scotland vote in favor of independence on Sept. 18.

If Scotland votes to break away from the United Kingdom, Scottish athletes who competed for Britain at the 2012 summer Olympics in London would not be eligible to do so with that country in Rio.

Sep 9, 2014

Rio showing dynamism, World Cup a confidence boost

BERLIN (Reuters) – Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic preparations are in full swing with organizers having rediscovered their dynamism after years of delays and the soccer World Cup boosting their confidence, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday.

Branded as the ‘worst preparations ever by’ International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates in April, work for the Rio Games was now much more coordinated, said Bach, adding his colleague has since revised his statements.

Sep 9, 2014

Olympics-Rio showing dynamism, World Cup a confidence boost

BERLIN, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic preparations are in full swing with organisers having rediscovered their dynamism after years of delays and the soccer World Cup boosting their confidence, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday.

Branded as the ‘worst preparations ever by’ International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates in April, work for the Rio Games was now much more coordinated, said Bach, adding his colleague has since revised his statements.

Sep 1, 2014

Modest, inner-city Games concept for Berlin, Hamburg

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Berlin and Hamburg, eager to launch a summer Olympics candidacy, have proposed modest, inner-city concepts for the Olympics with the country to decide in the coming months if and which city will bid for the 2024 Games.

The two cities are slugging it out for the national nod to bid, with Germany’s Olympic sports confederation (DOSB) to decide on the better candidacy in the coming months.

Sep 1, 2014

Olympics-Modest, inner-city Games concept for Berlin, Hamburg

BERLIN, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Germany’s Berlin and Hamburg, eager to launch a summer Olympics candidacy, have proposed modest, inner-city concepts for the Olympics with the country to decide in the coming months if and which city will bid for the 2024 Games.

The two cities are slugging it out for the national nod to bid, with Germany’s Olympic sports confederation (DOSB) to decide on the better candidacy in the coming months.

Aug 28, 2014

Dortmund desperate to recover from early setback

BERLIN (Reuters) – When Borussia Dortmund midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz was ordered off during training after scuffling with team mate Jonas Hofmann this week, it was clear last season’s runners-up had some serious issues with the new campaign barely under way.

An opening day shock 2-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen last week highlighted some of those problems with coach Juergen Klopp racing against time to turn things around ahead of their next league game at Augsburg on Friday.

Aug 23, 2014

Leverkusen stun Dortmund 2-0 as Schalke lose again

BERLIN (Reuters) – Last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund suffered a shock 2-0 home defeat to Bayer Leverkusen at the start of their Bundesliga season on Saturday after the league’s fastest ever goal and another deep in stoppage time.

Winger Karim Bellarabi took nine seconds to score the opener for the visitors with Dortmund below par despite the return of Marco Reus after an injury that saw him miss the World Cup.

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