<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/olympics Fri, 01 Jul 2016 21:50:37 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[USOC increases anti-doping funding by nearly 25 percent]]> http://gazette.com/usoc-increases-anti-doping-funding-by-nearly-25-percent/article/1579424?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usoc-increases-anti-doping-funding-by-nearly-25-percent/article/1579424?custom_click=rss

The U.S. Olympic Committee approved a 24 percent funding increase to the country's anti-doping agency Thursday, choosing money over words in an effort to fix a worldwide system that CEO Scott Blackmun says is broken.

The USOC board approved the increase starting next year from $3.7 million to $4.6 million annually for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which is tasked with testing American Olympic athletes, along with foreigners who train and compete in the United States.

The money won't have much impact on Russia, which is the focal point of a doping crisis that threatens the country's participation in the Rio Games. Track's governing body has booted Russia's track team from the Olympics because of widespread doping throughout

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:44:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Missy Franklin misses out on Olympic event; Phelps, Lochte set up their only true showdown at U.S. trials]]> http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-misses-out-on-olympic-event-phelps-lochte-set-up-their-only-true-showdown-at-u.s.-trials/article/1579405?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-misses-out-on-olympic-event-phelps-lochte-set-up-their-only-true-showdown-at-u.s.-trials/article/1579405?custom_click=rss

OMAHA, Neb. — Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte did their part.

The longtime rivals are headed to another showdown at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

Phelps and Lochte cruised through the semifinals of the 200-meter individual medley Thursday night, each of them winning their heats in dominating fashion.

"It means a lot," Lochte said. "I've been racing him in this event since like 2003. He's a tough competitor. I just love racing against him because it's a challenge."

This one is especially significant for Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist who has yet to qualify for an individual event in Rio.

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:50:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Gold, Wagner to headline Skate America]]> http://gazette.com/gold-wagner-to-headline-skate-america/article/1579354?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gold-wagner-to-headline-skate-america/article/1579354?custom_click=rss U.S. champion Gracie Gold and world silver medalist Ashley Wagner will headline Skate America.

Assignments for the Grand Prix Series were announced Thursday, with the opening event at Hoffman Estates, Illinois, drawing a strong field of Americans. Also scheduled to compete in Skate America are U.S. men's champ Adam Rippon, U.S. ice dance gold medalists and world runners-up Maia and Alex Shibutani, and American pairs champs Tarah Kayne and Daniel O'Shea.

Skate America from Oct. 21-23 also drew such international stars as Russia's Julia Lipnitskaia and Japan's Mao Asada in the women's event. Men's world bronze medalist Jim Boyang of China and Olympic bronze winner Denis Ten of Kazakhstan also are entered.

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:29:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Isaksen sisters will chase Olympic gold, side by side, in Rio]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-isaksen-sisters-will-chase-olympic-gold-side-by-side-in-rio/article/1579311?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-isaksen-sisters-will-chase-olympic-gold-side-by-side-in-rio/article/1579311?custom_click=rss

Margaux Isaksen was driving on the outskirts of downtown Colorado Springs when she glanced at her sister, Isabella, who was riding peacefully beside her.

Margaux and Isabella soon will compete in the Rio Olympics in the ultra-demanding and diverse modern pentathlon. They are the closest of friends, even if they aren't much alike.

But they are sisters, and everyone knows how conflict creeps into this complicated sibling realm.

Isabella's blouse is lovely, Margaux thought to herself as she drove along. She kept sneaking peeks at Isabella's red-and-white shirt until the truth crashed into her mind.

"That's my shirt!' Margaux announced to her sister.

"Is it?" Isabella asked.


Years ago,

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:24:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Coach caught in prostitution sting while at U.S. swim trials]]> http://gazette.com/coach-caught-in-prostitution-sting-while-at-u.s.-swim-trials/article/1579332?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coach-caught-in-prostitution-sting-while-at-u.s.-swim-trials/article/1579332?custom_click=rss

OMAHA, Neb. — A Michigan swim coach has been fired after he was arrested in a prostitution sting while attending the U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

Court records say 41-year-old Kelton Graham was one of 11 people arrested Monday night during an undercover police operation at a west Omaha hotel. The records say Graham, who is from Detroit, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor solicitation charge Tuesday and was sentenced to a day in jail, which the court credited as being served.

Club Wolverine, which has several swimmers in Omaha for the trials, said in a message sent to club parents that Graham has been dismissed because he'd violated the terms of his contract.

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:48:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Missy Franklin turns in gutsy performance to earn return Olympics bid]]> http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-turns-in-gutsy-performance-to-earn-return-olympics-bid/article/1579300?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-turns-in-gutsy-performance-to-earn-return-olympics-bid/article/1579300?custom_click=rss

OMAHA, Neb. — Michael Phelps is heading back to the Olympics.

So is Missy Franklin.

Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, held off a stiff challenge from Tom Shields to win the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials Wednesday night. Phelps whipped around to look at his time — a bit slower than he probably would've liked — and held up all five fingers on his right hand.

Yep, it's Olympics No. 5, making him the first male swimmer to compete in that many Summer Games.

Franklin, meanwhile, turned in one of the gutsiest performances of her career to earn a spot for Rio in the 200 freestyle.

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:16:10 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: Boomer Phelps celebrates with stuffed animal]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-boomer-phelps-celebrates-with-stuffed-animal/article/feed/366832?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-boomer-phelps-celebrates-with-stuffed-animal/article/feed/366832?custom_click=rss

The Latest on the Olympics ahead of the Rio Games (all times local to Rio):


12:10 a.m.

Boomer Phelps has his first stuffed animal from a swim meet.

Not just any meet, but his daddy's last U.S. Olympic trials.

Michael Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly to make his record fifth U.S. swim team. After the awards ceremony, he jogged over to the stands where his fiancee Nicole Johnson carried their 7-week-old son down to the deck.

Phelps kissed the infant on his head, handed the toy to Johnson and then kissed her on the cheek.

The 18-time gold medalist says Boomer made some "grumbling noises" and was asleep.

Phelps has said he intends to retire for good after the Rio Games.



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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:21:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Too much pressure? Missy Franklin struggles against rising stars at US swimming trials]]> http://gazette.com/too-much-pressure-missy-franklin-struggles-against-rising-stars-at-us-swimming-trials/article/1579222?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/too-much-pressure-missy-franklin-struggles-against-rising-stars-at-us-swimming-trials/article/1579222?custom_click=rss

OMAHA, Neb. — One by one, some of America's biggest swimming stars are going down at the Olympic trials.

First, Ryan Lochte. Then, Missy Franklin.

Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist but slowed by a groin injury, missed out on his second chance to make the team in an individual event with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle. There was some consolation: Lochte at least clinched a spot in the 4x200 relay, so he'll be in Rio.

Franklin can't say that yet. The bubbly star of the 2012 London Games struggled to a seventh-place finish in the 100 backstroke, denying her a chance to defend the gold medal she won four years ago.

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:27:29 -0600
<![CDATA[NBCUniversal to provide record 6,755 hours from Rio Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/nbcuniversal-to-provide-record-6755-hours-from-rio-olympics/article/1579150?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nbcuniversal-to-provide-record-6755-hours-from-rio-olympics/article/1579150?custom_click=rss

STAMFORD, Conn. — NBCUniversal's TV and digital networks will show a record 6,755 hours of action during this summer's Rio Olympics.

The previous high was 5,535 hours from the 2012 London Games.

The main NBC network will broadcast more than 260 hours, including the opening and closing ceremonies and extensive coverage of swimming, gymnastics and track and field, the company said Tuesday.

Rio is just one hour ahead of the United States' Eastern time zone. The last Summer Games held in a time zone close to that of the U.S. was the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, when NBC was the only network airing events. It showed just 171 hours.

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:38:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Missy Franklin advances to 200 freestyle semifinals, has busy day ahead]]> http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-advances-to-200-freestyle-semifinals-has-busy-day-ahead/article/1579148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-advances-to-200-freestyle-semifinals-has-busy-day-ahead/article/1579148?custom_click=rss

OMAHA, Neb. — Colorado native Missy Franklin tied for seventh in the 200 freestyle with Hali Flickinger in 1:58.61 at the U.S. Olympic trials on Tuesday. Franklin faces a busy night. She will swim the 200 free semifinals shortly before 8 p.m. EDT and return about 15 minutes later for the 100 backstroke final in a bid to make her second straight Olympic team. She won four golds and a bronze four years ago at the London Games.

"I think I do my best when I'm given a big challenge, and tonight I'm really going to have a big challenge ahead of me," Franklin said. "My warmups have been feeling really great. I think I'm trying a little bit too hard and thinking a little bit too much. It's just about trusting myself and just

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:51:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Jason Day says Zika fears will keep him out of Rio Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/jason-day-says-zika-fears-will-keep-him-out-of-rio-olympics/article/1579133?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jason-day-says-zika-fears-will-keep-him-out-of-rio-olympics/article/1579133?custom_click=rss

AKRON, Ohio — Jason Day pulled out of the Olympics on Tuesday because of the Zika virus, costing golf its No. 1 player as it returns from a century-long absence at the games.

The sport has lost two of its biggest stars in the last week, adding to the perception that the Olympics are not a high priority. Rory McIlroy, a four-time major champion, also said Zika will keep from competing in Rio de Janeiro.

"The sole reason for my decision is my concerns about the possible transmission of the Zika virus and the potential risks that it may present to my wife's future pregnancies and to future members of our family," Day said in a statement. "I have always placed my family in front of everything else in my life.

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:07:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Durant, Anthony lead 12-player US Olympic basketball roster]]> http://gazette.com/durant-anthony-lead-12-player-us-olympic-basketball-roster/article/feed/365966?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/durant-anthony-lead-12-player-us-olympic-basketball-roster/article/feed/365966?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving took one last shot on the flight home from the NBA Finals, hoping LeBron James would play in the Olympics.

James isn't going to Rio, and neither are many more of basketball's best players.

The Americans think they'll be just fine with who they have.

"We should be heavily favored," Golden State's Klay Thompson said. "I mean, 12 NBA stars, very unselfish guys, very versatile team, we definitely should be favored. It's a disappointment if we don't win gold."

The U.S. selected the roster Monday, led by Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, it hopes can do that for the third straight time.

Durant and Anthony are the only players with Olympic experience after a number of stars, including

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]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:14:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony lead 12-player US Olympic basketball roster]]> http://gazette.com/kevin-durant-carmelo-anthony-lead-12-player-us-olympic-basketball-roster/article/1579093?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kevin-durant-carmelo-anthony-lead-12-player-us-olympic-basketball-roster/article/1579093?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving took one last shot on the flight home from the NBA Finals, hoping LeBron James would play in the Olympics.

James isn't going to Rio, and neither are many more of basketball's best players.

The Americans think they'll be just fine with who they have.

"We should be heavily favored," Golden State's Klay Thompson said. "I mean, 12 NBA stars, very unselfish guys, very versatile team, we definitely should be favored. It's a disappointment if we don't win gold."

The U.S. selected the roster Monday, led by Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, it hopes can do that for the third straight time.

Durant and Anthony are the only players with Olympic experience after a number of stars,

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:13:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Amid crisis, Rio gov. warns Olympics could be 'big failure']]> http://gazette.com/amid-crisis-rio-gov.-warns-olympics-could-be-big-failure/article/feed/365994?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/amid-crisis-rio-gov.-warns-olympics-could-be-big-failure/article/feed/365994?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's acting governor warned Monday that the Olympic Games could be a "big failure," because of budget shortfalls that threaten to compromise security and mobility during the games.

In an interview with Rio's O Globo daily, Francisco Dornelles said the state is still awaiting a 2.9 billion Brazilian real ($860 million) payout from the federal government aimed at shoring up state coffers ahead of the Aug. 5-21 event. The funds were allocated last week but have not yet reached the state, and Dornelles warned that without them, police patrols may grind to a halt by the end of the week, for lack of gas money.

"How are people going to feel protected in a city without security," Dornelles was quot

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]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:30:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Simone Biles glides to 4th straight US gymnastics title]]> http://gazette.com/simone-biles-glides-to-4th-straight-us-gymnastics-title/article/feed/365857?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/simone-biles-glides-to-4th-straight-us-gymnastics-title/article/feed/365857?custom_click=rss

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The national titles are starting to run together for Simone Biles, a three-year blur of near flawlessly executed routines and carry-on cases full of medals.

If Biles is being honest, the fourth straight all-around championship she cruised to on Sunday night wasn't so much a competition as an exhibition and one more thing for Biles to scratch off her checklist before the next real test: Rio de Janeiro and the Summer Olympics.

It's a destination Biles is finally allowing herself to think about after putting up a two-day total of 125.00 — the highest during her historic run at the top — to beat three-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman by nearly four points.

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]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:58:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Klee: First rule of U.S. Bobsled tryouts: Just do it]]> http://gazette.com/klee-first-rule-of-u.s.-bobsled-tryouts-just-do-it/article/1579048?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-first-rule-of-u.s.-bobsled-tryouts-just-do-it/article/1579048?custom_click=rss

Have you heard the one about the insurance salesman with an Olympic dream?

Or the football punter who's kicking around the idea of zipping down a track at 80 mph? How about the strength coach from Florida whose fantasy is on ice?

"I mean, who wouldn't want to be in the Olympics in anything?" the latter said.

It's a good one. Goes like this: Sunday on Washburn Field at UCCS, 33 athletes with zero experience in a bobsled took the first step in making the U.S. Bobsled team.

And when I say zero, I mean zero. Most had never seen a bobsled in person.

"Just on TV," said Gerell Miller.

Gerell's the punter. He also kicks field goals at Independence (Kans.) Community College.

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:42:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Lochte finishes 2nd in 400 IM heats at US Olympic trials]]> http://gazette.com/lochte-finishes-2nd-in-400-im-heats-at-us-olympic-trials/article/feed/365733?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lochte-finishes-2nd-in-400-im-heats-at-us-olympic-trials/article/feed/365733?custom_click=rss

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Chase Kalisz qualified fastest in the 400-meter individual medley preliminaries Sunday at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials with Ryan Lochte trying to shake off the cobwebs on the meet's first day.

Kalisz (KAY-lish) out-touched defending Olympic champion Lochte to win their heat in 4 minutes, 11.86 seconds. Lochte was second-fastest in 4:11.98.

"My first race is always the worst one," Lochte said. "I didn't really press anything to full potential. There's a little juice left. There has to be."

Jay Litherland, who swims for Georgia, was third in 4:12.57.

At 31, Lochte is the oldest swimmer in the final. Tyler Clary edged his way in, finishing eighth in 4:15.41.

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]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:57:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Missy Franklin: I've got skillz, but Trotters have to wait]]> http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-ive-got-skillz-but-trotters-have-to-wait/article/1579025?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-ive-got-skillz-but-trotters-have-to-wait/article/1579025?custom_click=rss

OMAHA, Neb. — Missy Franklin wants everyone to know: She's got some hoops skillz.

That said, the Harlem Globetrotters will have to wait.

Swimming remains her main focus.

"I haven't been thinking too much about my future basketball career," Franklin joked Saturday, breaking into a big smile while wearing a Harlem Globetrotters jersey. "But after this summer, I will keep you updated."

She was sporting a No. 4 Globetrotters jersey that was sent to her by the famed team, which "drafted" her in its annual tradition of selecting from a host of world-class athletes and celebrities "who all embody the Globetrotters' spirit and passion for basketball.

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:52:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Krasnozhon edges Aaron in Aerial Figure Skating Challenge]]> http://gazette.com/krasnozhon-edges-aaron-in-aerial-figure-skating-challenge/article/1578978?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/krasnozhon-edges-aaron-in-aerial-figure-skating-challenge/article/1578978?custom_click=rss Dallas' Aleksei Krasnozhon rose to meet defending champion Max Aaron's challenge to land his first clean quadruple loop in competition and eke out victory in the second annual Aerial Figure Skating Challenge.

"If this went one more round I know Max would have won," Krasnozhon said. "Last year, I wasn't able to land clean but tonight I was right on. I hit it just right. (Landing the jump cleanly) was some real progress for me."

The $7,500 winner's check was a bonus, he added. Runner-up Aaron, who competes for the host Broadmoor Skating Club, took home $5,000 while bronze-medalist Jimmy Ma of New York collected $2,500 after struggles in an earlier round dropped him from first into third place on Friday night.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:50:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Aerial Figure Skating Challenge hits Broadmoor World Arena on Friday]]> http://gazette.com/aerial-figure-skating-challenge-hits-broadmoor-world-arena-on-friday/article/1578894?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aerial-figure-skating-challenge-hits-broadmoor-world-arena-on-friday/article/1578894?custom_click=rss

Some of the nation's best will test how far they can push themselves in Friday's Aerial Figure Skating Challenge.

"This unique jumps challenge was really fun and exciting," said 2015 challenge champ Max Aaron, the 2015 U.S. national champion. "It definitely pushed the skaters and I am looking forward to competing again this year."

Aaron, considered one of the more athletic figure skaters in the world, and defending ladies champion Vivian Le of Dallas will take on all challengers in the 7:45 p.m. finals Friday at The Broadmoor World Arena. The earlier rounds last from 3:25-5:10 p.m. Admission and parking is free.

The event is held in conjunction with the weeklong Broadmoor Open, which continues through Saturday.

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:33:57 -0600
<![CDATA[4 Olympic weightlifting champions fail doping retests]]> http://gazette.com/4-olympic-weightlifting-champions-fail-doping-retests/article/feed/361876?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/4-olympic-weightlifting-champions-fail-doping-retests/article/feed/361876?custom_click=rss BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Four Olympic weightlifting gold medalists from Kazakhstan are facing sanctions after retesting of their doping samples from the 2012 Games.

The International Weightlifting Federation on Wednesday says the four gold medalists are among 10 athletes from five ex-Soviet countries whose samples tested positive for banned substances in retesting conducted by the International Olympic Committee.

The four Kazakhs included men's 94-kilogram champion Ilya Ilyin, and women's gold medalists Zulfiya Chinshanlo (53 kilogram class), Maiya Maneza (63 kilogram) and Svetlana Podobedova (75 kilogram).

If all four are disqualified, Kazakhstan would drop from 12th to 23rd in the medal standings from London 2012.

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]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:52:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Gold medal stolen from US Olympic champion's car]]> http://gazette.com/gold-medal-stolen-from-us-olympic-champions-car/article/feed/358843?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gold-medal-stolen-from-us-olympic-champions-car/article/feed/358843?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — An American Olympian is searching for his 1992 gold medal after he says it was stolen by thieves who broke into his car in Atlanta.

Joe Jacobi won a gold medal for the U.S. in the two-man canoe slalom event in Barcelona, Spain.

He tells news outlets the medal was inside a backpack that was taken from his car while he and his family were inside a restaurant Monday.

Surveillance footage of the parking lot shows two men involved in the break-in.

Jacobi's wife, Lisa Riblet Jacobi, says police found the thieves' getaway car and recovered some of the stolen items Tuesday but are still looking for the medal.

She tells WGCL-TV (http://bit.ly/1OcOeil ) her husband takes the medal with him to share it

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]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 06:20:03 -0600 <![CDATA[UN asking expert panel to assess Zika risk at Rio Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/un-asking-expert-panel-to-assess-zika-risk-at-rio-olympics/article/feed/357087?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/un-asking-expert-panel-to-assess-zika-risk-at-rio-olympics/article/feed/357087?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization's chief says she will convene an expert committee to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics should proceed as planned, following concerns raised about the threat of the Zika virus.

In a request last month, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen asked WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan to evaluate whether the Rio games this year should be delayed or postponed. Chan said in a letter released by Shaheen on Friday that WHO has sent senior scientists to Brazil four times to assess the risk of Zika to the approximately 500,000 athletes and visitors expected to attend the Aug. 5-21 games in Brazil.

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]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 12:31:00 -0600 <![CDATA[IOC acts on doping crisis; backs 5 sports for 2020 Games]]> http://gazette.com/ioc-acts-on-doping-crisis-backs-5-sports-for-2020-games/article/feed/356069?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ioc-acts-on-doping-crisis-backs-5-sports-for-2020-games/article/feed/356069?custom_click=rss

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic leaders took action on two fronts Wednesday, ramping up efforts to keep drug cheats out of the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and recommending the inclusion of baseball-softball and four other sports for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The IOC executive board agreed to double its budget for pre-games drug testing to $500,000, to target athletes from Russia, Kenya and Mexico, and to extend retesting of stored doping samples to include medal winners from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

"We want to make sure any targeted athletes who have a positive result will be stopped from competing in Rio," IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. "That is for us the No. 1 priority.

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