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Russia doping whistleblower welcomes ban, urges review of Olympic results

Washington - The former head of Russia's anti-doping agency, who fled Moscow after turning whistleblower, on Monday welcomed a four-year ban from major sporting events imposed on his country.

Russia banned from Olympics, World Cup over doping

Lausanne - The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, over manipulated doping data.

Doping casts shadow over Putin's hopes for sporting prestige

Moscow - A proposed four-year doping ban on Russian athletes would deal a huge new blow to President Vladimir Putin's efforts to use sport to boost the country's prestige and his own reputation.

French hotels protest 'outrageous' Airbnb-Olympics deal

Biarritz - French hotel owners assailed Airbnb on Wednesday over its new partnership with the International Olympic Committee, warning they would stop working on the planning for the Paris 2024 summer Games to protest against what they call an unfair competitor.

Tokyo to vote for governor three weeks before Olympics

Apo - Tokyo will hold an election to pick a governor on July 5, 2020, less than three weeks before the Japanese capital hosts the Olympic Games, the city said Wednesday.

Defiant governor says Olympic marathon should stay in Tokyo

Apo - Tokyo's governor insisted Wednesday she still wants to see the Olympic marathon held in the capital next year, despite plans to move the event to northern Japan over heat concerns.

Moscow-linked hackers hit anti-doping agencies: Microsoft

Paris - A hackers group linked to Moscow has targeted sporting and anti-doping organisations across the world with "significant" cyberattacks as anti-doping authorities mull new allegations against Russia.

Tokyo 2020 marathon move decision 'final', says IOC's Coates

Apo - The decision to move the Tokyo 2020 marathon and race-walking events to northern Japan is "final", the International Olympic Committee's John Coates said Friday despite opposition from local officials.

'The girl you were warned about': Paris 2024 logo mocked online

Paris - The new 2024 Olympics logo is supposed to evoke French history but has instead earned ridicule online for its apparent resemblance to a stereotypical Parisian woman.

World sport anti-doping body says to probe Russia 'inconsistencies'

Apo - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced Monday a probe into "inconsistencies" in laboratory data provided by Russia, raising the possibility of a fresh ban on the country in the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics.

Water bacteria cancels Tokyo 2020 paratriathlon test swim

Apo - The swimming section of a paratriathlon test event for Tokyo 2020 was cancelled Saturday due to high levels of bacteria in the water, the latest in a series of difficulties over water quality and temperature.

French triathlete 'treated for heatstroke' in Tokyo: report

Apo - French triathlete Cassandre Beaugrand was taken to hospital with suspected heatstroke after an Olympic test event Thursday, according to Japanese news agency Kyodo, despite organisers cutting the run to 5km due to stifling heat in Tokyo.

Tokyo 2020 construction worker dies, heatstroke suspected

Apo - A worker at a Tokyo 2020 Olympics construction site has collapsed and died, organisers said, reportedly of heatstroke as the Japanese capital swelters through a blistering heatwave.

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.
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