Olympic champion’s name removed from banned list

DENVER (AP) — Olympic taekwondo champion Steven Lopez won arbitration Monday in a sexual-misconduct case and had his name removed from the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s banned list. Lopez was permanently banned in September for sexual misconduct involving a minor. He has denied the allegations. This marks the first case to be overturned by arbitration in the 21-month history of the center. SafeSport spokesman Dan Hill said arbitration is part of the center’s “code that is built on fairness and has a process for both parties.” Lopez’s brother and coach,…

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Canadian weightlifter upgraded to Olympic gold, bronze

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian weightlifter Christine Girard received a 2012 London Olympic gold and 2008 Beijing Olympic bronze medal in a ceremony on Monday at the National Arts Centre. Girard becomes the first Canadian Olympic champion in weightlifting and the first Canadian to win two Olympic medals in the sport thanks to failed doping tests by her opponents. She won the bronze medal in London in the 63-kilogram event. Girard was upgraded to gold after Maiya Maneza of Kazakhstan and Svetlana Tsarukaeva of Russia were stripped of their medals…

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IOC eases off support for electronic gaming as Olympic event

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has slowed its support for recognizing electronic gaming as a sport. After an Olympic leaders’ meeting on Saturday, the IOC says “discussion about the inclusion of esports/egames as a medal event on the Olympic program is premature.” Enthusiasm has seemed to dim since the IOC hosted a July conference with esports organizers and players. Sports bodies are now advised to “continue to engage with this (gaming) community, whilst at the same time acknowledging that uncertainties remain.” The IOC rules out cooperation with…

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Samsung signs Olympic sponsorship to 2028 Los Angeles Games

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung has extended its IOC sponsorship deal through the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, making it 30 years of Summer and Winter Games support. The IOC says the South Korean technology firm will give limited edition phones to all Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The value of the deal was not stated. The IOC’s 2017 annual report showed $493 million revenue from 13 top-tier sponsors. The deal was signed Tuesday in Seoul by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong, known…

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Ethiopia’s top Paralympian now living as refugee in Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) — Tamiru Kefeyalew’s life changed for the worse when he won Ethiopia’s only medal of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics. For the last two years he has lived as a refugee in Brazil, first in a camp, then a church, then a shelter for the homeless. He now sleeps on a mattress on the floor of a shared dormitory-like room, his meager possessions — including his Paralympic silver medal — stuffed into a small wardrobe. Yet still he refuses to return home. Tamiru protested against the…

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SKorean curling official leaves sport over abuse suspicions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A beleaguered South Korean curling official says he and his family will leave the sport for good as the government investigates their alleged abusive treatment of the “Garlic Girls,” the country’s hugely popular Olympic silver medalists. Former Korean Curling Federation vice-president Kim Kyung-doo said Tuesday he offers a “sincere apology” to the athletes and also for causing “great disappointment” to the public. Kim admitted to accusations that he verbally abused members of the team, saying he had been “unskilled” in expression. However, Kim has been…

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Russian Olympic Committee appeals doping court ruling

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Olympic Committee has appealed a Moscow court ruling which sought to overturn a doping disqualification against a double gold medalist from the Sochi Winter Olympics. The Moscow City Court ruled last month that bobsledder Alexander Zubkov — who carried the Russian flag at the Sochi opening ceremony — could keep his medals because a Court of Arbitration for Sport decision to uphold his disqualification wasn’t valid in Russia. That was a challenge to the authority of CAS and the International Olympic Committee. The ROC said…

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Bach and IOC: No Olympic city ever as ready as Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach and other International Olympic Committee members are calling Tokyo the best prepared host city in memory. Still, there are obstacles ahead for the 2020 Games, though small by the standards of the corruption-plagued Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. John Coates, the head of an IOC inspection team, wrapped up three days of meetings in Tokyo on Wednesday and said the city’s summer heat is a growing worry. Organizers are proposing to start the marathon between 5:30-6 a.m., and have moved up morning…

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Russian curler banned 4 years in Olympic doping case

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian curling medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky was banned for four years Tuesday in a doping case which cost Russia the right to fly its flag at the Winter Olympic closing ceremony this year. Krushelnitsky won the bronze medal in mixed doubles with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova — the first medal for Russian athletes at the Pyeongchang Games — but they were stripped of the result after he tested positive for the banned substance meldonium. Krushelnitsky argued that he was spiked with meldonium by an unnamed third party…

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Cal’s Durden, Stanford’s Meehan to coach US Olympic swimmers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — USA Swimming is turning to a pair of veteran collegiate coaches to oversee the Olympic swimming team in 2020. Dave Durden of California will be in charge of the men’s team and Greg Meehan of Stanford will coach the women’s in Tokyo, USA Swimming announced Monday. The U.S. swim team won 16 gold medals and 33 total medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, the best showing by the Americans in any sport. Bob Bowman coached the men in Rio and David Marsh guided the…

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