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IOC Confirms Singapore as Host of First Olympic Esports Week

The International Olympic Committee has announced its inaugural Esports Week will be held June 22–25 in Singapore, marking the biggest step yet by the governing body into the esports world. The IOC said in a Wednesday statement — confirming earlier hints of its location — that the event “marks the next major step in supporting […]

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IOC President Thomas Bach speaks during the final day of Executive Board meetings. Photo by IOC/Christophe Moratal

Thomas Bach: Sports Should ‘Keep Following’ Sanctions Against Russia

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach laid out his case for the international sports movement to continue its stance against Russian and Belarussian influence in sports in the wake of Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, saying at the Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly to “keep following the sanctions and protective measures,” that have […]

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IBA Defies IOC, Welcomes Back Russian and Belarusian Boxers and Flags

The International Boxing Association, whose Russian president recently overcame a challenge to his position, has defied the International Olympic Committee and announced all Russian and Belarusian athletes will be allowed to compete and have their respective flags shown and anthems played at competition, the first international federation to lift its ban that had been in […]

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Report: Sports on LA28 Shortlist for Inclusion to Present Case This Week

Nine sports that could be included in the program for the 2028 Olympic Summer Games are making virtual presentations to both LA28 and the International Olympic Committee this week, according to a published report. InsideTheGames.biz said the governing bodies for motorsport, cricket, karate, baseball and softball, lacrosse, breaking, kickboxing, squash and football will be making […]

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IOC President Thomas Bach speaks during the final day of Executive Board meetings. Photo by IOC/Christophe Moratal

IOC’s Bach Eyes Return to Sports for Anti-War Russian Athletes

Russian athletes who do not endorse their country’s war in Ukraine could be accepted back into international sports, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said in Italy on Friday, a potential opening to the IOC’s current ban of Russian athletes and teams from international competition within days of the country’s invasion of Ukraine. “It’s about […]

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IOC Says No Deadline on Russian Ban But Federations Hint at Deliberations

The looming decision for the International Olympic Committee about allowing Russian and Belarussian athletes back into international competition comes without a set deadline, IOC President Thomas Bach has said, but many international federations are already grappling with a decision as the war in Ukraine rages on. The International Judo Federation Executive Committee has banned Russian […]

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The IOC Executive Board holds its second day of meetings on September 9, 2022, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo via IOC

Analysis: IOC Playing a Delay Game for 2030 Winter Games Host

There are three Olympic Games between Summer and Winter editions over the next six years but after two days of the International Olympic Committee’s executive board meetings, one takeaway more than any other is center stage — and it’s for a Games that does not yet have a host. Here are five takeaways from what […]

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Financial Stresses for Future Games the Focus of IOC Meetings

Looming financial concerns over the two upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games was one of the main focuses of attention for the International Olympic Committee during Thursday’s first day of Executive Board meetings, at which the IOC heard reports on progress for each of the future Winter and Summer Games. Paris 2024 has faced growing budget […]

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Sports and COVID-19: The Impact on the Sports-Event Industry

The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry. Here is a look at where things stand. Click here for the latest on COVID-19’s Effect on the Sports-Event Industry. TENNIS: Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic Withdraws from U.S. Open Posted: Thursday, August 25 With the final Grand Slam of the tennis season about to start […]

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Bach: IOC Resolute in Russian Stance Ahead of 2024

While it may seem that the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games are a far way off, the looming issue of Russian and Belarusian athlete participation may have to be resolved sooner than later with the Olympic qualification processes for some sports already underway. Russian Olympic Committee President Stanislav Pozdnyakov wrote on the Telegram messaging […]

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