Activists urge IOC to postpone ‘genocide’ Beijing Games

Activists today called for the postponement of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics as China prepared to receive the Olympic flame, a day after a protest disrupted the lighting ceremony in Olympia. “This is sports-washing. There are no legitimate reasons to host the Games during a genocide,” Zumretay Arkin, advocacy manager of the World Uighur Congress, told a news conference in the Greek capital. “For sure there will be protests (in China) by Uighurs, Tibetans,” said Arkin, who said she has had no contact with her family since 2017. Lit on Monday…

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4 Paralympians Run Faster Than Olympic Champion

The Paralympic Games don’t usually generate the same level of hype as the Olympics, but they certainly weren’t lacking in the incredible story department in 2016. For instance, one might assume a Paralympian would automatically clock a slower time than his Olympic counterpart in say, a 1,500-meter race. One would be wrong. Four visually impaired athletes—Abdellatif and Fouad Baka of Algeria, Tamiru Demisse of Ethiopia and Henry Kirwa of Kenya—all ran a faster time in the 1,500-meter T13 final than the Olympic champion, American Matthew Centrowitz Jr. Abdellatif Baka’s gold medal-winning time…

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Mei Kuan-Meng Yean's Tokyo dream

CHOW Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean want to achieve what no Malaysian women’s doubles pair have achieved in the past — a podium finish at the Olympics. The pair who have done well to reach three semi-finals this year (two at the Asian Leg of the World Tour and at the Swiss Open) are among the eight local players who have qualified for the delayed Tokyo Games on July 23-Aug 8. After playing together for more than six years, the World No 11 believe it is high time a Malaysian women’s…

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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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