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India completes Olympic return with Sochi flag raising

By Karolos Grohmann SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - India completed its return to the Olympic family on Sunday when its flag was hoisted at the Sochi Games, five days after the International Olympic Committee lifted its suspension on the South Asian nation. India had been banned since December 2012 after elections at its Olympic association (IOA) saw a corruption-tainted official voted in as secretary general.

Olympics: IOC rejects complaints over 'late night' dope tests

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday swatted away complaints that doping tests were being carried out inconveniently late and hurting athletes' preparations. Austria's Olympic Committee had complained to the IOC after its ski star Elisabeth Goergl had to undergo a doping test at 10.55 pm on Tuesday night, the day before she competed in the downhill. But IOC spokesman Mark Adams said there was a fixed window for carrying out tests and the test on Goergl had been carried out in line with standard practice.

Canada and U.S. showcase best of women's game

By Steve Keating SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Canada claimed a thrilling 3-2 win over the United States in a high-quality contest on Wednesday that showcased the best that women's ice hockey can offer at the Sochi Olympics. The trouble is that after nearly two decades of Olympic competition, Canada and the United States remain in a league of their own and are the only two nations capable of putting on such an entertaining show.

International Olympic Committee lifts ban on India

The International Olympic Committee Tuesday reversed a 14-month ban against India imposed over corruption concerns, ending an embarrassing debacle that allows its athletes to compete under their national flag in Sochi. The IOC said it was the first time that the suspension of a national association had been lifted during an Olympic Games and "the decision will have an immediate impact". The three athletes from India, which has never won a Winter Olympic medal, have been competing in Sochi under the IOC flag as a result of the country's suspension.

India returns as IOC lifts ban

By Karolos Grohmann SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - India has returned to the Olympic fold after the IOC lifted a ban on the country's Olympic Association on Tuesday. Indian athletes have been competing at the Sochi Winter Games under the Olympic flag due to the country's suspension, imposed after the country held a 2012 Olympic association (IOA) election in which a corruption-tainted official was voted in as secretary general.

International Olympic Committee lifts ban on India

The International Olympic Committee Tuesday reversed a year-long ban against India imposed over corruption concerns, ending an embarrassing debacle that will allow its athletes to compete under their national flag in Sochi. The IOC said it was the first time that the suspension of a national association had been lifted during an Olympic Games and "the decision will have an immediate impact". The three athletes from India, which has never won a Winter Olympic medal, have been competing in Sochi under the IOC flag as a result of the country's suspension.

Slopestyle success whets IOC appetite for new sports

By Karolos Grohmann SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Long before American Sage Kotsenburg grabbed the inaugural slopestyle snowboarding gold medal at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday it was clear the new event would be an instant hit. With legions of young followers around the world, the gravity-defying event took the Olympic world by storm, leaving the International Olympic Committee wanting more such changes. "It is just extraordinary," said IOC sports director Christophe Dubi on Monday.

China's Yu elected IOC VP, Turkey's Erderner on Board

By Karolos Grohmann SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - China's Zaiqing Yu was re-elected vice president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday, with Turkey's Ugur Erdener, a member of Istanbul's failed 2020 Games bid, voted onto the powerful Executive Board. The Chinese sports administrator, an IOC Vice President from 2008-20012, was the only candidate for the vacant spot.

Google Doodle flies gay flag for Sochi Olympics

Google marked the Winter Games in Sochi by flying the gay flag Thursday in a search page Doodle that linked to a call for equality in the Olympic Charter. Showcasing the flag and the excerpt served as an online rebuttal to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who warned spectators and athletes against promoting gay rights during the Olympics, saying it was forbidden by the Olympic Charter and Russian law to spread propaganda during a sporting event. Beneath the Rainbow Flag was the following paragraph attributed to the Olympic Charter:

Protesters urge sponsors to condemn Russian gay law

By Keith Weir SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - With the Winter Olympics only two days away, campaigners have urged major corporate sponsors to speak out about the way Games host Russia treats gay people. Activists from the All Out gay rights group were staging protests in 20 cities around the world on Wednesday, with plans to gather outside branches of Olympic sponsor McDonald's in New York and Paris.
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