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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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The U.S. delegation walks into Rice-Eccles Stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. AP File Photo

Salt Lake Ready for 2030 Olympic Games if IOC Asks, Organizing Committee Says

Salt Lake City stands ready and willing to host the 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games should it be asked by the International Olympic Committee as the field has slimmed to two contenders, Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games Chief Executive Officer Fraser Bullock said Tuesday. The SLC-Utah Committee for the Games held an […]

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

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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The U.S. team sings the national anthem ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool C game at Kobe Misaki Stadium against England in Kobe, Japan. The U.S. will host the 2031 Rugby World Cup for the first time in program history. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

A Decade of Big Events on Tap in United States

For the next decade, there may not be a season where a sports fan cannot enjoy a major international sporting event to travel to within the United States. This past summer alone saw World Athletics host the world track-and-field championships in the United States for the first time at the renovated Hayward Field in Eugene, […]

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USC running back Vavae Malepeai runs into the end zone for a touchdown against UCLA during the second half of a college football game on November 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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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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FILE - Drivers compete during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. A number of federations, including skiing, curling and Formula 1, pulled premier events out of Russia following the invasion. (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Formula One Executive Says ‘Never’ Racing in Russia Again

Formula One, which did not race in Russia this year after the country’s invasion of Ukraine, said that it would likely never race in the country again. Formula One Chief Executive Stefano Domenicali said over the weekend that the contract between F1 and the organisers of the Russian Grand Prix was terminated soon after the […]

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

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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