Demand for Tokyo 2020 tickets unprecedented, says IPC chief

 There have been more than three million requests for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics tickets via the first lottery phase, three times the demand seen a year out from the London 2012 event which went on to post record sales, Paralympics chief Andrew Parsons has said. London is seen as the benchmark for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in terms of interest in the Games with a record total of 2.7 million tickets sold. “We have some very good numbers on ticket sales,” IPC President Parsons told Reuters on Tuesday. “We had…

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Putin says Moscow could appeal Russia sports ban

PARIS (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Moscow had grounds to appeal a decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency to bar Russia from major sporting events, a move he said violated the Olympic charter. Russia was banned from the world’s top sporting events for four years earlier on Monday, including the next summer and winter Olympics and the 2022 soccer World Cup, for tampering with doping tests. Putin, who was speaking in Paris after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, said Russia would analyse a decision he…

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Russia’s sports officials cry foul as WADA eyes four-year Olympic ban

Russian sports officials on Tuesday spoke out against a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) committee’s recommendations that the country be banned from the Olympics for four years, saying this was overly harsh and would hurt sport there. Russia could miss out on the Tokyo Olympics next summer and world championships in a wide range of sports. WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee recommended the ban, after Moscow provided WADA with laboratory data that was found to have been doctored. “It’s sad. I can only call these recommendations unfair,” Umar Kremlev, head of…

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