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Olympics: IOC ramp up speed of Rio preparations

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday drew up a list of urgent recommendations aimed at breathing life into the flagging preparations for the 2016 Olympics. Rio's Olympics have come under fire recently over construction delays which have echoed the problems facing the World Cup which Brazil will host in June and July this year. Problems have been exacerbated by a host of international sports bodies also expressing their fears over the speed of construction of venues for the Olympics, the first to be staged in South America.

Olympics: IOC praises Tokyo's gender-equality push

A senior International Olympic Committee official praised Tokyo on Friday for the number of women on its organising committee's executive board as Japan, long a male-dominated society, prepares for the 2020 Summer Games. The 34-member board set up last month has seven female members, or 21 percent of the total -- just above the IOC's goal to have at least a fifth of leadership positions in national committees staffed by women.

Olympics: IOC praises Tokyo's gender-equality push

A senior International Olympic Committee official praised Tokyo on Friday for the number of women on its organising committee's executive board as Japan, long a male-dominated society, prepares for the 2020 Summer Games. The 34-member board set up last month has seven female members, or 21 percent of the total -- just above the IOC's goal to have at least a fifth of leadership positions in Olympics-related organisations staffed by women.

Olympics: IOC confirm venues for 2016 football tournament

The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday confirmed Sao Paulo, Salvador, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Rio as host cities for the 2016 Olympic Games football tournament. The IOC's coordination committee is in Rio this week for three days of meetings ahead of a closing news conference on Friday which will unveil the body's overall assessment of preparations for South America's first Olympiad. The decision to take some of the football nationwide -- all of the selected cities will see World Cup action in June -- mirrors that of the 2012 London Games organizers.

Athletics: Jamaica changes encourage WADA chief

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chief executive David Howman said Wednesday that Jamaica's testing system was now "back in place" following the controversial case of Veronica Campbell-Brown. The two-time Olympic 200 metres champion tested positive for the specified substance hydrochlorothiazide last May, but she argued the urine sample collected had been compromised and saw a two-year ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Swede Backstrom to get ice hockey silver medal: IOC

(Reuters) - Swedish ice hockey player Nicklas Backstrom will receive an Olympic silver medal despite being forced to miss last month's final in Sochi due to a doping offence, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday. Although the IOC did not confirm at the time that Backstrom had failed a drugs test, Swedish officials pulled him out of the final after being told that he had been shown to be carrying a high level of the stimulant pseudoephedrine (PSE).

Some Ukraine athletes leave Games: IOC

By Karolos Grohmann SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Some Ukraine athletes have decided to leave the Sochi Winter Olympics as widespread anti-government protests back home have left dozens dead and hundreds injured, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday. "I believe some of them have decided to return home and (Ukraine Olympic Committee president) Sergey Bubka has said he absolutely respects every individual's right to make their own decision," said IOC spokesman Mark Adams.

Indian skier ready for flag to fly at closing ceremony

By Martyn Herman ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - India's only Olympic Alpine skier Himanshu Thakur finished last in the men's giant slalom on Wednesday and cannot wait for the Sochi Games to end. Not because he is homesick or fed-up with his performance - he just wants to walk with his country's flag at the closing ceremony after being denied that honor when the torch was lit nearly two weeks ago.

Rio faces 'big challenge' to build credible doping lab

By Anna McIntosh SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Brazilian authorities face a 'big challenge' to build a credible doping lab in time for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the head of the Swiss anti-doping lab, Martial Saugy, said on Tuesday. Saugy's lab is responsible for testing samples during next year's soccer World Cup in Brazil after the Rio lab was stripped of its WADA license to test for banned substances last year.

IOC could add anti-discrimination clause to bid rules

By Karolos Grohmann Sochi, Russia (Reuters) - Future Olympic bidders may have to abide by a specific anti-discrimination rule modelled on the Olympic Charter's Principle 6 if they are to be awarded the Games, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday. Principle 6 says sport does not discriminate on any grounds, including race, religion, politics or gender.
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