International Olympic Committee http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24339/all en Olympics-Cash-strapped Madrid ready to host Games, bid team say http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/olympics-cash-strapped-madrid-ready-host-games-bid-team-say <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Iain Rogers</p> <p>MADRID, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Madrid will be capable of staging a successful 2020 Olympics despite the parlous state of Spain's finances, officials behind the city's bid said on Tuesday.</p> <p>"Today the biggest weakness we have is the economy but we can overcome it," Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) president Alejandro Blanco told a news conference, a day after Madrid's bid dossier was handed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/olympics-cash-strapped-madrid-ready-host-games-bid-team-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alejandro Blanco Business Candidate Position Community of Madrid Geography of Europe International Olympic Committee Madrid Madrid bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics Madrid bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics Olympic Games Person Career Quotation Sports Summer Olympics Summer Olympics bids Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:45:25 +0000 5731606 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Soccer-Bulgaria and Hungary told to play behind closed doors http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-2-soccer-bulgaria-and-hungary-told-play-behind-closed-do <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds details)</p> <p>BERNE, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Bulgaria and Hungary were ordered to play their next home World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors after their fans were found guilty of racist and anti-Semitic behaviour in recent games, FIFA said Tuesday.</p> <p>Bulgaria were sanctioned after a group of supporters racially abused Denmark substitute Patrick Mtiliga every time he touched the ball after entering the field in the second half of their 2014 World Cup qualifier in Sofia in October.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-2-soccer-bulgaria-and-hungary-told-play-behind-closed-do" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FIFA International Olympic Committee Labor Sports Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:00:29 +0000 5731769 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Blatter dismiss plan to resurrect old Soviet league http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/soccer-blatter-dismisses-plan-resurrect-old-soviet-league <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ST PETERSBURG, Jan 20 (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has dismissed any idea of several wealthy Russian clubs creating a new league with top teams from the former Soviet states, saying any such move would be against the principles of the world governing body.</p> <p>"It's impossible," Blatter told reporters in St Petersburg on Sunday after attending the opening of the CIS Cup, an annual competition involving teams from the former Soviet Union.</p> <p>"It goes against the principles of FIFA, therefore FIFA would never support such idea."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/soccer-blatter-dismisses-plan-resurrect-old-soviet-league" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International Olympic Committee Sport in Europe Sports Thomson Reuters Sun, 20 Jan 2013 14:15:19 +0000 5736870 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Blatter says worldwide effort needed to battle corruption http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/soccer-blatter-says-worldwide-effort-needed-battle-corruption <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BERNE, Feb 1 (Reuters) - World soccer's governing body cannot battle corruption in the game alone and national associations must also join in, according to FIFA president Sepp Blatter.</p> <p>He believes all of FIFA's 209 member associations plus the continental confederations should follow its example by setting up independent ethics committees to investigate and punish any corrupt behaviour by their officials.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/soccer-blatter-says-worldwide-effort-needed-battle-corruption" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International Olympic Committee Sepp Blatter Sepp Blatter Sports Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 19:46:10 +0000 5743491 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: AFC offers support in major graft probe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/football-afc-offers-support-major-graft-probe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Asian football's governing body offered its support Wednesday to an investigation by European police into a massive world-wide match-fixing scandal.</p> <p>European police announced on Monday that they had uncovered a massive global match-rigging network that targeted hundreds of professional games, drawing in players, referees and other officials.</p> <p>Police have said a crime syndicate in Singapore was liaising with criminal networks throughout Europe, with match-fixing having taken place in 15 countries, and 50 people arrested so far.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/football-afc-offers-support-major-graft-probe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FIFA International Olympic Committee Sports AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:01:09 +0000 5747562 at http://www.globalpost.com Guinea bans opposition march during FIFA visit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/guinea-bans-opposition-march-during-fifa-visit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Guinea's government on Wednesday banned a march against an alleged attempt to rig a parliamentary election in May, saying it did not want protesters in the streets during a visit by FIFA chief Sepp Blatter.</p> <p>"The government asks the opposition to postpone the so-called peaceful march it wanted to organise tomorrow to a later date," Interior Minister Alhassane Conde said in a statement broadcast on private radio stations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/guinea-bans-opposition-march-during-fifa-visit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International Olympic Committee Sepp Blatter Sports AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:16:03 +0000 5747577 at http://www.globalpost.com Guinea bans political protest during FIFA chief's visit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/guinea-bans-political-protest-during-fifa-chiefs-visit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Saliou Samb</p> <p>CONAKRY, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Guinea's government has denied an opposition request to hold a demonstration in the capital Conakry on Thursday, saying the protest would interfere with a visit by FIFA President Sepp Blatter.</p> <p>The head of the world football governing body - wracked by a series of corruption scandals since 2010 - will make a two-day visit to Guinea as part of a four-country tour of Africa before Sunday's African Cup of Nations final.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/guinea-bans-political-protest-during-fifa-chiefs-visit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography of Africa International Olympic Committee Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:00:54 +0000 5747798 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Guinea bans political protest during FIFA chief's visit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/update-1-guinea-bans-political-protest-during-fifa-chiefs-visit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds opposition postponing protest, youths in Mamou)</p> <p>By Saliou Samb</p> <p>CONAKRY, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Guinea's government has banned an opposition demonstration scheduled for Thursday, saying the protest would interfere with a visit by FIFA President Sepp Blatter.</p> <p>Opposition groups later said they would reluctantly abide by the decision, though police reported some young protesters had already started to gather in one central town and had thrown stones at officers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/update-1-guinea-bans-political-protest-during-fifa-chiefs-visit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International Olympic Committee Sepp Blatter Sports War Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:16:10 +0000 5748069 at http://www.globalpost.com Guinea opposition puts off protest amid FIFA visit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/guinea-opposition-puts-protest-amid-fifa-visit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Guinea's opposition said Thursday it will postpone a protest march against an alleged bid to rig an upcoming parliamentary election, to allow for a visit by FIFA chief Sepp Blatter.</p> <p>"We have decided to postpone our peaceful march because of the visit of the FIFA president to our country (on Thursday) who we welcome and wish a pleasant stay," said Aboubacar Sylla, leader of the Union of Forces for Change party.</p> <p>He said the protest will now take place on February 13, and will be followed by paralysing strikes around the country "until all our demands are met".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/guinea-opposition-puts-protest-amid-fifa-visit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Guinea International Olympic Committee Politics Sports AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:31:05 +0000 5748631 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-FIFA chief Blatter says impossible to stop cheats http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/soccer-fifa-chief-blatter-says-impossible-stop-cheats <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NOUAKCHOTT, Feb 7 (Reuters) - The head of world soccer governing body FIFA said on Thursday that cheats would always exist in the sport and it would be impossible to stop them, after revelations of a global match-fixing scandal this week.</p> <p>European police revealed on Monday that about 680 suspicious matches, including qualifiers for the World Cup and European championship and the Champions League, had been identified in a match-fixing inquiry.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/soccer-fifa-chief-blatter-says-impossible-stop-cheats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster International Olympic Committee Sepp Blatter Sepp Blatter Sports Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Feb 2013 14:15:42 +0000 5748884 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: FIFA blasted over 'culture of nepotism' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/football-fifa-blasted-over-culture-nepotism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>FIFA was accused of encouraging a "culture of nepotism" on Friday by an independent body set-up to overhaul the way the world governing body operates.</p> <p>The commission said it was pleased with the way FIFA had implemented initial steps "towards the creation of a framework of good governance and controls," including by reforming its Ethics Commission.</p> <p>But it added in its report that FIFA has yet to adopt a few points "of crucial importance for successful reform," which will be subject to approval at its next congress in Mauritius in May</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/football-fifa-blasted-over-culture-nepotism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FIFA FIFA International Olympic Committee Sports AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 21:30:41 +0000 5750584 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Blatter angry with UEFA over declaration on FIFA reforms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/soccer-blatter-angry-uefa-over-declaration-fifa-reforms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Mike Collett</p> <p>JOHANNESBURG, Feb 10 (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter took a swipe at European governing body UEFA on Sunday for what he said were attempts to block his reform process to make soccer's governing body more transparent and less prone to corruption.</p> <p>Blatter said he was surprised that UEFA, headed by Michel Platini who is a possible rival for the FIFA presidency in two years' time, had declared itself against key proposals from FIFA's reform working party the Independent Governance Committee (IGC).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/soccer-blatter-angry-uefa-over-declaration-fifa-reforms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FIFA International Olympic Committee Sports Thomson Reuters Sun, 10 Feb 2013 16:45:19 +0000 5751871 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Blatter wants FIFA term extended http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/football-blatter-wants-fifa-term-extended <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>FIFA president Sepp Blatter suggested here Sunday that the term of office for the head of world football should be extended from four to eight years.</p> <p>"If he has done a good job, he stops (after eight years), if he has done a very good job, he can go four more years," the 76-year-old told a media briefing ahead of Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final.</p> <p>Blatter, who took over the FIFA presidency in 1998, did not rule out standing for another term in 2015.</p> <p>"Don't ask me what happens in 2015," Blatter said when asked if he would stand again. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/football-blatter-wants-fifa-term-extended" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International Olympic Committee Sepp Blatter Sepp Blatter Sports AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 17:16:24 +0000 5751913 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Wrestling out of Olympic programme for 2020 - IOC http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/olympics-wrestling-out-olympic-programme-2020-ioc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday opted to remove wrestling from the programme of sports at the 2020 Games, a spokesman said.</p> <p>The decision, taken at the IOC's executive committee meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, means wrestling now faces a fight against seven other sports for inclusion at the Games, the location of which will be decided later this year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/olympics-wrestling-out-olympic-programme-2020-ioc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asian Games International Olympic Committee Sports AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:30:35 +0000 5753393 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Olympics: Wrestling out of Olympic programme for 2020 - IOC http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/urgent-olympics-wrestling-out-olympic-programme-2020-ioc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday opted to remove wrestling from the programme of sports at the 2020 Games, a spokesman said.</p> <p>The decision, taken at the IOC's executive committee meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, means wrestling now faces a fight against seven other sports for inclusion at the Games, the location of which will be decided later this year.</p> <p>stp/phz/ak</p> International Olympic Committee Olympic Games Sports AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:47:37 +0000 5753489 at http://www.globalpost.com