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Paris aims to beat Olympic traffic with flying taxis

Le Bourget - Paris aims to give visitors to the 2024 Paris Olympics a flying start by offering airborne taxis to tournament sites straight from the airport.

Topless Tongan eyes unique Olympic treble

Wellington - Tongan athlete Pita Taufatofua -- the bare-chested flag-bearer who became an online sensation at both the Rio and Pyeongchang Olympics -- plans to break out the baby oil once again and compete at the Tokyo Games in 2020.

WADA collects 2,200 samples from disgraced Moscow lab: statement

Montr - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Tuesday it had retrieved 2,262 samples from Moscow's former drug-testing laboratory which will be subjected to further analysis.

Tokyo unveils 'cherry blossom' Olympic torch

Apo - Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Wednesday unveiled a cherry-blossom shaped torch for the Games as the city prepares for the famed flower season to begin in coming days.

Japan Olympic chief facing corruption probe to step down

Apo - The head of Japan's Olympic Committee said Tuesday he would step down in June, as French authorities probe his involvement in payments made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Games.

Japan Olympic chief facing corruption probe to step down

Apo - The head of Japan's Olympic Committee said Tuesday he would step down in June, as French authorities probe his involvement in payments made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Games.

Japan's 'Uncle Olympics' fan dies just short of 2020 Games

Apo - A Japanese Olympic mega-fan who attended every summer games since Tokyo in 1964 has died, just over a year before his home city was to host its second Olympics.

Japan eyes 2020 Olympics to retake place on tech podium

Apo - Driverless cars, robot volunteers and ultra high-definition TV: Japan Inc. hopes to use the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to show the world it has regained its touch for innovation and technology.

Fukushima evacuees resist return as 'Reconstruction Olympics' near

Apo - With Japan keen to flaunt Tokyo 2020 as the "Reconstruction Olympics", people who fled the Fukushima nuclear disaster are being urged to return home but not everyone is eager to go.

Paralympics lift Russia suspension to Kremlin 'delight'

Bonn - The International Paralympic Committee said Friday it will conditionally readmit Russia by March this year, lifting a suspension imposed over a doping scandal.A Kremlin spokesman responded by saying Russia was delighted.

Olympic dream turns to nightmare for S. Korea's 'Garlic Girls'

Seoul - The South Korean women's curling team were the unexpected heroines of last year's Winter Olympics, but since their impressive run to the final they have endured a nightmare year.

Macron says 2024 Olympics failing poor Paris areas

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron says he is concerned that some of the poorest districts of Paris are failing to see the benefits from the 2024 Olympics.

Koreas to meet IOC in February on joint Olympic bid

Seoul - The two Koreas on Friday agreed to hold talks with the International Olympic Committee on their joint bid for the 2032 Summer Games in February, Seoul said, as a rapid diplomatic thaw takes hold on the peninsula.

Calgary residents vote on Canada's 2026 Olympic bid

Ottawa - Calgary's bid to stage the 2026 Winter Olympics faced a major hurdle Tuesday, with residents of the Canadian city at the foot of the Rocky Mountains voting in a referendum likely to determine if it proceeds any further.

Calgary residents vote on Canada's 2026 Olympic bid

Ottawa - Calgary's bid to stage the 2026 Winter Olympics faced a major hurdle Tuesday, with residents of the Canadian city at the foot of the Rocky Mountains voting in a referendum likely to determine if it proceeds any further.

Koreas to seek talks with IOC on joint 2032 Olympics bid

Seoul - The two Koreas on Friday agreed to seek talks with the International Olympics Committee to discuss a joint bid for the 2032 Summer Games, Seoul said, as cross-border reconciliation gathered pace.

Koreas to hold talks this month on joint Olympic bid

Seoul - North and South Korea will discuss the details for their planned joint bid for the 2032 Olympics later this month to follow up on an ambitious agreement reached between their leaders in September.

50 years on, shockwaves of Olympic 'Black Power' protest still rumble

Los Angeles - Fifty years after raising clenched fists in protest during the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, the shockwaves unleashed by John Carlos and Tommie Smith's salute of defiance are still rippling around the sporting world.

1968 Olympics, symbol of turbulent times, turn 50

Mexico - Former Olympic athletes lit a commemorative cauldron Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Games in Mexico City, a symbol of a worldwide year of turbulent times.

Boxer carries host Argentina's hopes of gold in Youth Olympics

Buenos Aires - Brian Arregui has made his way through life with his fists. Now 18, he's punched his way into contention for a gold medal as Argentina hosts the Youth Olympics this week.

Refugee team to compete at Tokyo 2020 Olympics — IOC

Buenos Aires - A team of refugees will again take part at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday, after 10 refugees competed at the Rio Games.The decision was approved at the 133rd IOC meeting in Buenos Aires.

Thai cave survivors play River Plate at Youth Olympics

Buenos Aires - The players of the Thai junior football team who were rescued after being trapped in a cave for more than two weeks were invited to the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires and played at River Plate on Sunday.

Frozen by IOC, boxing in danger of Olympic KO

Buenos Aires - The International Olympic Committee said on Friday that it has frozen relations with the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and refused to accredit interim president, Gafur Rakhimov, for the Youth Olympics.

IOC backs daylight savings to ease Tokyo 2020 heat fears

Apo - The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday backed calls by Japanese organisers to implement daylight savings time at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as concerns mount over athlete safety in soaring temperatures.

S. Korea to propose joint Olympics with North at summit: minister

Seoul - South Korea plans to propose a joint hosting of the 2032 Summer Olympics with North Korea at next week's summit in Pyongyang, sports minister Do Jong-hwan said Wednesday, according to a Yonhap report.

Indonesia announces surprise bid for 2032 Olympics

Jakarta - Indonesia unveiled surprise plans to bid for the 2032 Olympics on Saturday as it rides high from its successful staging of the Asian Games.

Legal battle over rights to Olympic founder's name

Lausanne - A Dutch branding company, a global sports organisation and the name of a French aristocrat who has been dead for 80 years might not seem like the ingredients for a high-stakes legal battle.

Sports-crazed Faroe Islands' quest for Olympic recognition

Klaksv - For elite swimmer Pal Joensen, representing Denmark twice in the Olympic Games just didn't feel right. The Faroe Islands native would have much preferred to compete under the flag of Denmark's autonomous territory in the North Atlantic.

Greek Olympics star says Macedonia deal is 'betrayal'

Atenas - One of Greece's new crop of Olympics gold medalists, markswoman Anna Korakaki on Sunday blasted a name deal with neighbouring Macedonia as a sell-out and a "betrayal".

IOC helping N. Korean athletes prepare for Olympics

Bejing - The International Olympic Committee is working on a special programme to help North Korean athletes take part in the next two Olympic Games in Japan and China, IOC President Thomas Bach said Tuesday.
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