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2006-08-31 05:25:55

By Nick Mulvenney BEIJING (Reuters) - It took Don Porter nearly three decades to win Olympic status for women's softball and the septuagenarian is in no mood to step aside before restoring his sport to the zenith of international competition. The 76-year-old Californian admits last year's IOC vote to remove softball from the 2012 London Olympics was a "difficult time" but is determined to ensure Beijing 2008 will not be the fourth and final Games for the sport. "I'm not giving up,...

2006-07-11 14:58:12

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - China's Liu Xiang smashed the 110 meters hurdles world record with a time of 12.88 seconds at a super grand prix meeting on Tuesday. Olympic champion Liu jointly held the previous world best of 12.91 seconds with Britain's Colin Jackson. Two-times world champion Jackson, originally set the mark in Stuttgart in August 1993. Liu equaled it on his way to Olympic gold in Athens in 2004. "I never thought I could break the world record. I'm feeling very tired, very...

2006-06-22 09:20:03

By Stephanie Nebehay LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Russia's Sochi, Salzburg in Austria and Pyeongchang in South Korea were named on Thursday on a shortlist to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. The three cities beat out competition from Bulgarian capital Sofia, Jaca in Spain, Almaty in Kazakhstan and Georgia's Borjomi which the IOC said were not yet ready to host the Games. The International Olympic Committee's executive board, whose 15 members include IOC President Jacques Rogge,...

2006-04-06 01:32:13

By Karolos Grohmann SEOUL (Reuters) - The global broadcasting rights deal for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and 2012 London Summer Games is expected to be about 30 percent higher than the previous Turin/Beijing rights package, the IOC said on Thursday. Broadcasting rights for the 2010-2012 Games have so far fetched $2.9 billion under deals struck with the United States, Canada and Europe, excluding Italy. The U.S. deal alone is worth $2 billion, an increase of about 35 percent,...

2006-04-04 23:51:45

By Karolos Grohmann SEOUL (Reuters) - International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has pledged more funds for National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to coincide with an expected rise in sponsor and broadcasting revenues. During their association meeting over the past three days, NOCs had complained that insufficient funds were being made available through the IOC's lead sponsors program worth several billion dollars. However, Rogge said on Wednesday the financial outlook...

2006-04-04 06:04:02

By Karolos Grohmann SEOUL (Reuters) - National Olympic Committees (NOCs) on Tuesday pressed the International Olympic Committee for more money, saying its lead sponsorship program needed to be reviewed. Blaming increased pressure from local sponsors and ambush marketing, the committees from Papua New Guinea to Jamaica said they often felt left out of the funding process. Several committees said it was necessary to review the methods used by the IOC to distribute funds through its...

2006-03-10 09:29:58

By Karolos Grohmann ATHENS (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee has launched what is expected to be a lengthy doping investigation into Austrian biathlon and cross-country skiers and team chiefs, an IOC official said on Friday. The IOC's three-person disciplinary commission has met after the end of the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics to chart its course of action regarding the Games' biggest doping scandal involving the Austrian teams. The official said the commission,...

2006-02-24 12:51:01

SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - All 10 Austrian athletes tested during a drugs swoop last Saturday by International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials at the Winter Games have proved negative, Leo Wallner, president of the Austrian Olympic Committee, told Reuters on Friday. The Austrian biathlon and cross-country skiing teams have been the subject of an IOC and police investigation after blood transfusion equipment was found at lodgings in the raid. "It's a good result for us. All the...

2006-02-24 12:53:46

By Sophie Hardach SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - All 10 Austrian athletes tested during a drugs swoop last Saturday by International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials at the Winter Games have proved negative, Leo Wallner, president of the Austrian Olympic Committee, told Reuters on Friday. The Austrian biathlon and cross-country skiing teams have been the subject of an IOC and police investigation after blood transfusion equipment was found at lodgings in the raid. "It's a good result...

2006-02-09 09:44:02

By Ossian Shine TURIN (Reuters) - Baseball and softball's bids to get on the program of the London 2012 Olympics failed on Thursday. International Olympic Committee members voted against even holding a ballot to decide their re-admission to the Olympic program. The two sports were thrown off the program after a vote at the Singapore Session last year, becoming the first to be cut from the Games since polo in 1936. The refusal to reconsider the sports means London will stage a...