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U.N. chief to address IOC meeting in Sochi

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, later this week, his office confirmed Monday. Ban also plans to deliver a keynote speech at the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s general assembly there to run from Wednesday to Friday. Ban will speak about the social role of the IOC and sports. He will become the first U.N. chief to address the annual IOC session. The IOC has an observer status at the 193-member organization.

IOC chief says seven-year rule not set in stone

By Karolos Grohmann SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - An International Olympic Committee rule that forces a sport to wait seven years before it can potentially become part of the Games program is "more or less obsolete," IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday. Bach, who took over from Jacques Rogge in September, is eager to revamp the organization, change the bidding process for candidate cities and refresh the sports program.

Olympics: No Sochi reprieve for banned India

India's three competitors at the Winter Olympics had their slender hopes of competing under their national flag in Sochi dashed on Sunday. The India Olympic Association (IOA) remains suspended from the Olympic movement until fresh elections take place on February 9. As that falls after the February 7 opening ceremony, the three athletes will compete as independent competitors. "They will take part as independent athletes under the International Olympic Committee (IOC) flag," said IOC spokesman Mark Adams on Sunday when he ruled out a last-minute reprieve.

Olympics: No Sochi reprieve for banned India

India's three competitors at the Winter Olympics had their slender hopes of competing under their national flag in Sochi dashed on Sunday. The India Olympic Association (IOA) remains suspended from the Olympic movement until fresh elections take place on February 9. As that falls after the February 7 opening ceremony, the three athletes will compete as independent competitors. "They will take part as independent athletes under the International Olympic Committee (IOC) flag," said IOC spokesman Mark Adams on Sunday when he ruled out a last-minute reprieve.

Sponsor P&G sets more modest target for Winter Games

By Keith Weir LONDON (Reuters) - With the Winter Olympics only a month away, Procter & Gamble - one of the event's leading sponsors - launched its main advertising campaign on Monday, seeking a more modest return than from the summer games in London 18 months ago.

IOC sets up $10 million doping fund, wants more sports

By Karolos Grohmann (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee has set up a $10 million anti-doping fund to boost detection methods and will hold an extraordinary session next year to push through changes for sports at the Olympic Games, its president said on Saturday. Speaking in a conference call to reporters after the executive board held a four-day brainstorming session in Montreux, Switzerland, Thomas Bach said the IOC was ready to embrace change.

India welcomes IOC reprieve given to national Olympic body

NEW DELHI, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- India's Sports Ministry Wednesday welcomed the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s decision to revoke India's suspension if the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) holds its polls next year. The ministry said its own efforts have had a role to play in the IOC's new stand. The IOC has expressed satisfaction with the IOA for undertaking amendments in its constitution which would bar charge-framed officials from the association.

(Sports) India welcomes IOC reprieve given to national Olympic body

(Sports) India welcomes IOC reprieve given to national Olympic body NEW DELHI, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- India's Sports Ministry Wednesday welcomed the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s decision to revoke India's suspension if the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) holds its polls next year. The ministry said its own efforts have had a role to play in the IOC's new stand. The IOC has expressed satisfaction with the IOA for undertaking amendments to its constitution which would bar charge-framed officials from the association.

Bach receives symbolic golden key at the inauguration of newly renovated Olympic Museum

LAUSANNE, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- The newly renovated Olympic Museum was officially inaugurated on Tuesday night with a special and symbolic ceremony involving the current and former chiefs of International Olympic Games (IOC). During the handover ceremony, Thomas Bach, who was elected as the ninth president of IOC in September and took office since then, officially received the golden key to IOC from his predecessor, former IOC president Jacques Rogge. Bach expressed the salute to the symbolic act of handing over the key, which became a traditional part of IOC history.

Indian compliance a major step towards lifting ban: IOC

By Karolos Grohmann LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - A last-minute decision by the banned Indian Olympic Association to comply with IOC orders is a good first step for the country's gradual return to the Olympic fold, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday. In a late act of compliance on Sunday, the IOA passed an amendment to its constitution to exclude tainted officials from office.
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