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Three sports could be expelled from 2028 Olympics

IOC president Thomas Bach on Thursday warned that the continued inclusion of weightlifting, boxing and modern pentathlon in the Games was in doubt but that skateboarding, climbing and surfing would be kept on the programme in Los Angeles in 2028.

Speaking at a press conference at the end of a three-day International Olympic Committee Executive Board in Lausanne, Bach also expressed thinly-veiled frustration with FIFA and announced that the three nominees for IOC seats included a refugee athlete.
Bach called boxing and weightlifting the IOC’s “problem children”.
He laid out what the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and the International Boxing Association (AIBA) must do to be included at the next Games in Paris in 2024.

“AIBA must demonstrate that it has addressed concerns around its governance, its financial transparency and the integrity of its refereeing and judging,” Bach said.
The IOC is insisting the IWF leadership must change and those who take over must demonstrate an “effective change of culture,” Bach said.
“They must successfully address historical incidence of doping in the sport.”
World Pentathlon (UIPM) faces a different problem, Bach said.
The sport, invented by Olympic founder Pierre de Coubertin, attracted headlines in Tokyo when a German coach punched the horse assigned to Annika Schleu, who was leading the event at the time, after it refused to jump.
Pentathlon will be on the programme in Paris but is under threat for Los Angeles.
It needs to replace horse riding and revamp its format, said Bach, as well as cutting costs and increasing their appeal to a wider audience.
Skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing joined the Olympics in Tokyo and Bach said the Executive Board was recommending that the full IOC rubber- stamp “these youth-focused” events for 2028 when it meets in Beijing in February.
He said the IOC recognised “the deep roots each of these sports have in LA and in California.”
Bach acknowledged a biennial World Cup could lead to a clash with the Olympics but said FIFA had not told the IOC anything about the plans.
“We have had no consultation with the FIFA president or with FIFA concerning this,” he said, adding that all the IOC knew about the proposals came from the media.
He said the IOC was “drawing the conclusion” that there could be a “biennial World Cup for the first time in 2028” when the Los Angeles Games are scheduled.
“We would have to study what this would mean for availability of the best players and the IOC would then have to consider the consequences.”
Bach announced that among the three nominations for spots on the IOC was Yiech Pur Biel, a runner originally from South Sudan, who competed for the Refugee Olympic Team in the 800m in 2016.
The other two were Danka Bartekova, a Slovak skeet shooter who won bronze at the 2012 London Games and David Lappartient, the president of the International Cycling Union.
Asked what the IOC was doing to ensure that products made by forced labour in the Chinese province of Xinjiang were not used at the upcoming Beijing Games, Executive Board director-general Christophe De Kepper said the IOC was performing “due diligence” and promised a full report in January.

Former International Olympic Committee president has died at the age of 79

Former International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has died at the age of 79.

The IOC announced his death on Sunday, with current incumbent Thomas Bach saying: “His joy in sport was infectious.”

During Rogge’s 12-year tenure from 2001 to 2013, he awarded the 2012 Games to London, having also competed at three Olympics for Belgium as a sailor in 1968, 1972 and 1976.

Rogge was the eighth President of the IOC, from 2001 to 2013, after which he became Honorary President.

He was married to Anne, and leaves a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.

Rogge was an orthopaedic surgeon with a degree in sports medicine.

His sailing career saw him win 16 national titles, while he also played rugby for Belgium. He became the IOC’s honorary president after leaving the post in 2013.

After his career as an athlete he became President of the Belgian and European Olympic Committees, and was elected President of the IOC in 2001. After his IOC Presidency, he also served as a Special Envoy for Youth, Refugees and Sport to the United Nations.

World Athletics president Seb Coe said, “I am beyond sad to hear the news of Jacques passing. I wrote to Jacques and Anne 2 weeks ago to tell them that all of us World Athletics missed them at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. I said it wasn’t the same being in the Olympic stadium watching athletics without them.

I have a mountainous gratitude for his part in the seamless delivery of London 2012. No Org Cttee could have asked or received more. He was passionate about sport & all he achieved in sport & beyond was done with common decency, compassion and a level head. We will all miss him.”

As a mark of respect, the Olympic flag will be flown at half-mast for five days at Olympic House, at The Olympic Museum and at all IOC properties, and the IOC invites all National Olympic Committees and International Federations to join in this gesture of remembrance and honour.

Brisbane is to stage the Olympic Games in 2032.

The announcement was made following the 138th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) held in Tokyo on Wednesday (21), where IOC Members voted to elect the Australian city as host of the Games of the XXXV Olympiad.

The Session heard presentations by Brisbane 2032, including by video link-up from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, as well as a final report from Kristin Kloster, Chair of the Future Host Commission for the Games of the Olympiad – the IOC body responsible for monitoring and analysing interest in hosting the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games.

Brisbane received 72 yes and 5 no votes from 77 valid votes.

Before the vote, IOC Members were able to pose questions to Kloster about the election process, and to Brisbane 2032 about their proposal to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brisbane and South-East Queensland.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We encourage Olympic Games projects which are sustainable and economically responsible, which deliver the best possible Games experience for athletes and fans, and which leave solid legacies for local communities.

“The Brisbane 2032 vision and Games plan fit into long-term regional and national strategies for social and economic development in Queensland and Australia, and complement the goals for the Olympic Movement outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020 and 2020+5, while focusing on providing memorable sports experiences for athletes and fans.

“Today’s vote is a vote of trust that Brisbane and Queensland will stage magnificent Olympic and Paralympic Games 2032. We have heard a lot of positive feedback from IOC Members and International Federations in the past few months.”

After Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000, it will be the third time that the Olympic Games will be held in Australia.

Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Scott Morrison MP, said: “The 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Queensland will forge an enduring legacy for our entire nation. They will support economic growth and investment, deliver lasting community benefits and inspire the next generation of Australian athletes.

“I am proud of Australia, proud of Queensland and proud of our team that secured this win for our country.

“The Commonwealth Government has supported Brisbane’s candidacy for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games right from the very start. We believe in this bid.

“We know it’s a huge opportunity for our nation, just like the Melbourne Games in 1956 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000.”


Senegal Emerges as first African country to host Olympic Games

Senegal will be the first African host of any Olympics, after formally being awarded the 2022 Youth Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The decision in favour of Senegal against bids from Botswana, Nigeria and Tunisia was unanimously passed during the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

After long deliberations, the evaluation commission and the executive board confirmed that Senegal presented the best value proposition and greater opportunities at this moment in time.

IOC vice president Ugur Erdener pointed to Senegal’s “booming economy” and better conditions than the other bidders.

The Youth Olympics games in Senegal are likely to be held in late May. This would be at the end of the dry season to “greatly reduce the prevalence of tropical diseases,” Erdener told the membership.

Sall was present  to see International Olympic Committee members confirm the executive board’s preference from the four candidates.

The country will host the youth games in three places: Dakar; a new city of Diamniadio, close to the capital; and the coastal resort of Saly.

The games budget is estimated at $150 million, the IOC executive director of Olympic Games, Christophe Dubi, said at a news conference.

Senegal President Macky Sall said a 50,000-seat Olympic Stadium will be built for the government-backed project.

The construction project includes a rail link and an athlete’s village which will become university accommodation.

Russia needs to admit cheating- WADA chief

Russian athletes’ involvement at major events is in doubt until authorities admit cheating, says the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada), currently suspended by Wada, is yet to accept proof of state-sponsored doping.

Wada is also unable to access hundreds of athletes’ samples stored in a Moscow laboratory central to the scandal.

“The big losers here are Russian athletes,” said Sir Craig Reedie.

“We have been trying to persuade them to recognise and accept as true the systemic doping as revealed by the investigations led by Professor Richard McLaren and Samuel Schmid, which was the basis of the recent International Olympic Committee decision on Russia’s neutral status at the Winter Olympics.”

The McLaren report concluded 1,000 athletes across 30 sports benefitted from the doping programme between 2012 and 2015.

Athletes who could prove they were clean were allowed to compete in Pyeongchang under a neutral flag.

While Rusada – suspended in November 2015 – has now met all the other requirements on Wada’s road map for reinstatement, Reedie said there has been no progress on the final two points.

“We made an offer to senior Russian officials in Pyeongchang to visit the Moscow laboratory together but it seems our offer has fallen on deaf ears,” he said.

“We have also written to the Russian Investigatory Committee four times to offer our help and we have not had a single response.

“Their participation in future events will continue to be put in doubt and the rest of the world will not be convinced any meaningful change has taken place.”

But RUSADA’s new director general Yury Ganus said acknowledgement of state-sponsored doping “doesn’t depend on us”.

“It’s a difficult question and we’re not responsible for this question,” he added.

“We’re doing our best, but it’s a question for state officials and it’s a question of negotiation.”

Speaking at Wada’s 14th annual conference in Lausanne, Reedie’s address followed comments from the Russian sports minister Pavel Kolobkov to the TASS news agency, suggesting that the country’s “sports remains hostage” to McLaren’s findings.

Kolobkov cited the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) overturning the Olympic life bans of 28 Russian athletes which had been based on McLaren’s conclusion that 1,000 athletes across 30 sports benefitted from the doping programme between 2012 and 2015.

Cas said that in 28 cases evidence was “insufficient” to prove doping – a decision IOC chief Thomas Bach called “extremely disappointing and surprising”.

“When 28 of our athletes were cleared, the decision was made by an independent court, it was a meaningful judicial process involving witnesses, our athletes, experts and testimonies provided by McLaren and [whistleblower Grigory] Rodchenkov,” said Kolobkov.

“The decision speaks for itself, they have been cleared by professional judges.

“If they demand that we recognise the McLaren report, it means there is no evidence and demands are taking the place of real evidence.”

Source: bbc.com