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Olympics: Nuzman freed on bail pending Rio Games vote-rig trial

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian judges on Thursday conditionally released from jail the former head of the country's Olympic committee who is charged with corruption in an alleged vote-buying scandal to secure the 2016 games.

Olympic stadium worker's suicide was 'death from overwork'

Toukyo - A 23-year-old construction worker on Tokyo's Olympic Stadium killed himself due to overwork, his family's lawyer said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of cases that have sparked alarm in the workaholic nation.

Rio 2016 Olympic committee chief resigns after arrest

Rio De Janeiro - The chairman of Brazil's Olympic Committee, who helped organize the Rio 2016 Games, submitted his resignation Saturday, saying he wanted to concentrate on defending himself against corruption charges.

Brazil arrests Rio 2016 Olympic committee chairman on corruption charges

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police on Thursday arrested the chairman of the country's Olympic Committee as part of a probe into alleged vote buying to secure Rio's hosting of the 2016 Games.

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted

Toukyo - Tokyo Olympic organisers said Wednesday that prolonged summer rain had temporarily brought high levels of bacteria to a venue intended for triathlon and marathon swimming at the 2020 Games.

S. Korea welcomes 'special' Olympic skaters from North

Seoul - South Korean organisers of next year's Winter Olympics welcomed Saturday the "special" qualifying of figure skaters from the North, as Seoul seeks to promote its isolated neighbour's participation as a key part of the "Peace Games".

France 'to stay home' if no Korea security guarantee

Paris - France will not attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang if the current international stand-off over North Korea's atomic weapons programme worsens and security cannot be guaranteed, the country's sports minister said Thursday.

Rundown Paris suburb dreams of Olympic transformation

Saint-denis - France is eyeing national glory with the 2024 Olympics, but a deprived Paris suburb is hoping for more tangible benefits: nothing short of a physical transformation.

International Olympic Committee readies to crown Paris, Los Angeles for 2024, 2028

- The International Olympic Committee will crown Paris and Los Angeles as hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics here Wednesday, delivering a welcome feel-good factor amid a gathering storm of corruption allegations.

Olympic chief defends handling of corruption case

- International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach defended his organisation's handling of corruption allegations on Monday, insisting the movement could never make itself immune from scandal.

Graft and white elephants: Rio's Olympic legacy

Rio De Janeiro - The Rio de Janeiro Olympics was a world class party, but a year later, there's no end in sight to the painful hangover gripping Latin America's biggest country.Brazilians have got used to public officials' incompetence and corruption.

Olympics: IOC prepares Paris, LA award amid graft storm

- The International Olympic Committee opens a week of high-level meetings here Monday, preparing to rubber-stamp the award of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics as the movement battles a fresh wave of corruption revelations.

Rio Olympics probe puts IOC back under corruption spotlight

Lausanne - The Rio 2016 cash-for-votes inquiry in Brazil has placed the International Olympic Committee under a fresh cloud of corruption less than a week before it is due to award the 2024 Games to Paris.

Tears, anger as Munich Olympic massacre memorial opens

Munich - Widows and children of 11 Israeli Olympic team members murdered during the 1972 Games in Munich unveiled a memorial to the victims at an emotional ceremony on Wednesday.

Brazil police say Rio Olympics were bought in corrupt scheme

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian officials said Tuesday that the country's Olympics chief was the "lynchpin" in a plot to bribe the International Olympic Committee into awarding Rio de Janeiro last year's Games.

Rio's Olympic hotel rooms empty one year later

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro hotels nearly doubled capacity for the Olympics, but had a problem once sports fans went home: the tourism industry had checked out with them.

Violence, chaos plagues Rio one year after Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - Plagued by violence, white elephant sports facilities and corruption scandals, Rio de Janeiro today is unrecognizable from the feelgood city greeting the world at the Olympics exactly a year ago.

Japan launches 'telework' campaign to ease Tokyo 2020 congestion

Toukyo - Japan on Monday launched a national exercise to encourage tens of thousands of commuters to work from home, in a bid to ease rail and road congestion before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and reform the country's workaholic culture.

Tokyo Olympic stadium worker's suicide due to overwork: family

Toukyo - The suicide of a 23-year-old worker on Tokyo's Olympic stadium was due to overwork, his family said, as Japan races to finish building venues for the 2020 Games.

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 living with spectre of killer quake

Toukyo - For modern Olympic host cities, the twin threats of terrorism and financial ruin constantly loom.But spare a thought for Tokyo 2020 organisers, who face the added risk of a devastating earthquake or tsunami.

Paris, LA both poised to win race to host Olympics

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee was poised to hand the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games to Paris and Los Angeles on Tuesday in a landmark double hosting deal.

2024 - a 'tale of two great Olympic cities', says IOC

Lausanne - The IOC lavished praise Wednesday on Los Angeles and Paris in an evaluation of the two cities' bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

N.Korea doubts over South's Olympic invite: report

Seoul - A top North Korean sports official voiced doubts over a proposal by South Korean President Moon Jae-In to form a unified Olympic team, citing political tensions and a lack of time, a report said.

French President shows game side to support Paris Olympics 2024

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron tried his hand at sports including boxing and wheelchair tennis to support Paris' bid to host the 2024 Olympics on Saturday.

S. Korea president invites N. Korea to Pyeongchang Olympics

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday invited North Korea to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, saying sports could serve as a peace maker.

Brazil vows good use of abandoned Olympic venues

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian authorities launched a plan Wednesday to make sure expensive venues used last year in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Games do not fall into disuse.

Former Rio governor sentenced to 14 years for corruption

Rio De Janeiro - A former Rio de Janeiro governor who was a key figure in hosting Brazil's 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison for corruption.

Olympic Games chief shrugs off Korean tensions

London - Military tensions on the Korean peninsula should not prevent the nuclear-armed North sending a team to the 2018 Winter Olympics in the South, according to the head of the Games organising committee Lee Hee-Beom.

Eight Brazilians sentenced for plotting jihadist attack on Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - Eight Brazilians convicted of plotting a jihadist attack on the Rio Olympics last year were sentenced Thursday to between five and 15 years in prison.

World Cup, Olympic stadiums in Brazil corruption scandal

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil was proud of its football World Cup and Olympics stadiums, but the shame of the country's corruption saga has engulfed even these monuments to fair play.
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