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'Extremely worried' Olympics body threatens to expel boxing

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:06 PM

This comes as the IOC opens an investigation into the sport's controversial governing body and says concerns linger over possible match-fixing at Rio 2016

AMATEUR BOXING. In this file photo, Ankushita Boro (L) of India and Ekaterina Dynnik of Russia take part in the final bout of the Women’s Light Welterweight (64kg) category at the AIBA Youth Women's World Boxing Championship 2017 in Guwahati on November 26, 2017. / Biju Boro/AFP

Brazil police say Rio Olympics were bought in corrupt scheme

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Brazilian police say in a statement they are probing an international corruption scheme aimed at the buying of votes for the election of Rio by the International Olympic Committee as the venue for the 2016 Olympics

A picture taken during a sports event to mark the 100-day-countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Central do Brasil train staion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 27, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/File/AFP

Violence, chaos plagues Rio one year after Olympics

Aug 03, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Rio de Janeiro today is unrecognizable from the feel good city greeting the world at the Olympics in 2016

DILAPIDATED. Picture of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium which hosted the swimming competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, taken on May 27, 2017 and which is planned to be dismantled. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Far from Olympic glory, refugee judoka fights humble battle

Jul 06, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Eleven months after the Rio Olympics Popole Misenga is still poor living in two tiny rooms with his partner and children thousands of miles from his African homeland

FIGHT CONTINUES. Thousands of miles from his homeland, Popole Misenga lives in a Rio favela, where even jogging can be dangerous. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Pole vaulter escapes ban after cocaine contamination during hotel tryst

Oct 07, 2016 - 4:53 AM

Canada s Shawn Barber competed at the Rio Games after arguing that he was contaminated by cocaine accidentally by a woman he hooked up with through Craigslist

ONE NIGHT STAND. Shawn Barber says he requested a 'professional' woman who was 'drug and disease free' to 'relieve stress,' but is finding the one-night stand to have created a new set of problems. Photo by Thierry Zoccolan/AFP

Tragedy strikes Paralympics as Iranian cyclist dies during race

Sep 18, 2016 - 7:47 AM

Bahman Golbarnezhad 48 dies following an accident on the penultimate day of the Rio Games

TRAGEDY. The Paralympic cycling competition was marred by tragedy after an Iranian cyclist died following an accident. Photo by Simon Bruty/OIS/AFP

Paralympians, poor Rio kids teach each other about overcoming limits

Sep 17, 2016 - 7:54 PM

Meeting about 30 young judo students in rough edged Rocinha is a distinct reality check for the French

EYE-OPENER. Paralympic French athlete Sandrini Martinet (R) is pictured during a visit by French athletes to the Reaction Institute, created by Brazilian Olympic bronze medalist, judoka Flavio Canto, in 2003 at the Favela da Rocinha shantytown, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 16, 2016. The Reaction Institute is a non-governmental organization that promotes human development and social inclusion through sport and education. TASSO MARCELO / AFP

Belgian Paralympian considering euthanasia for unbearable pain

Sep 12, 2016 - 1:01 PM

When the moment comes when I have more bad days than good days then I have my euthanasia papers says silver medalist Marieke Vervoort

RISING ABOVE THE PAIN. The 37-year-old has suffered from a degenerative muscle disease that causes constant pain, paralysis in her legs and leaves her barely able to sleep since the age 14. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Obama links US Olympic success to genetic diversity

Sep 07, 2016 - 10:04 PM

We have genetically for whatever sport we have people who fit the sport That s a good metaphor for why I think we ve been very successful

US President Barack Obama holds a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) town hall meeting at Souphanouvong University Auditorium in Luang Prabang on September 7, 2016. Saul Loeb/AFP

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Aug 26, 2016 - 8:44 PM

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Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte charged over Rio robbery lie

Aug 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The American gold medalist risks a jail sentence of up to 6 months and could be tried in absentia in Brazil

DEEP WATER. Ryan Lochte has apologized for fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint, but it's too little too late for Brazilian authorities. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Polish Olympian sells silver medal to save boy battling cancer

Aug 26, 2016 - 10:01 AM

Poland s Piotr Malachowski auctions his silver medal to help a boy battling eye cancer

THROWING FOR A CAUSE. Poland's Piotr Malachowski, who won silver in the men's discus throw at the Rio Games, has found a greater cause for his medal. Photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Football: Hope Solo suspended 6 months for calling Olympic foes 'cowards'

Aug 25, 2016 - 12:51 PM

The American women s soccer player called her Swedish opponents a bunch of cowards after losing a match to them

SUSPENDED. Hope Solo will have lots of time to think about her bad decision making. File photo by Daniel Oliveria/EPA

US swimmer James Feigen apologizes for role in Rio embarrassment

Aug 25, 2016 - 12:45 PM

We did make the regrettable decision to urinate in the grass behind the building

RIO SHAME. James Feigen, one of the 4 US swimmers involved in a fabricated robbery story, apologized for his involvement. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

LOOK: Hidilyn Diaz receives Congressional medal, monetary award

Aug 25, 2016 - 11:45 AM

The Olympic silver medalist receives P1 5 million collected in donations from at least 260 congressmen

Hidilyn Diaz silver medalist in 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil receives a Congressional Medal of Distinction and a monetary award of P1.5 million from House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez during the first regular session of the 17th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa Plenary Hall on Wednesday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

Hidilyn Diaz, other ASEAN Olympic medalists get free AirAsia flights

Aug 24, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The 18 Olympic medalists from Southeast Asian countries will get free flights from AirAsia either for life gold for the next 5 years silver or for 3 years bronze

Philippine silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, Hidilyn Diaz shows her medal during a press conference as she arrives at the Manila International Airport in Manila on August 11, 2016.  Diaz is the country's first Olympic winner in 20 years. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo for 2020 Games

Aug 24, 2016 - 12:25 PM

After stepping off a plane from the Brazilian host city Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike carries the flag at a ceremony at the city s Haneda airport

ARRIVAL. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (R) waves the Olympic flag beside Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Kakeda (L) as she gets out of a plane upon its arrival at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo as Japan's capital gears up to host the 2020 Games. TORU YAMANAKA / AFP

Hero's welcome for Indonesian Olympic gold medalists

Aug 24, 2016 - 11:40 AM

They arrived at Jakarta airport to enthusiastic scenes from the waiting crowd before traveling through the capital in an open top double decker bus

India probes failure to provide collapsed Olympian with water

Aug 24, 2016 - 5:43 AM

I could have died there says marathoner O P Jaisha

HEART. O.P. Jaisha of India (second from right) was not provided adequate water during the women's marathon event. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Olympic marathoner doesn't return to Ethiopia after protesting repression

Aug 24, 2016 - 5:29 AM

Feyisa Lilesa who protested political repression in his country is reportedly considering seeking asylum after winning silver

PROTEST. Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa (silver) crosses the finish line of the Men's Marathon athletics event during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Lilesa crossed his arms above his head as he finished the race as a protest against the Ethiopian government's crackdown on political dissent. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

#Rio2016 on social media: Top Olympic moments on Facebook

Aug 23, 2016 - 4:20 PM

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Ethiopia pledges safe return for protest runner

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms as he finished the marathon in protest against the Ethiopian government s crackdown on political dissent

Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia reacts while crossing the finish line to take the second place in the men's Marathon race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 August 2016. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Sponsors drop Lochte after Rio Olympics scandal

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:46 AM

Global swimwear brand Speedo and US fashion label Ralph Lauren topped the list of companies that ended their relationships with the 32 year old Lochte

Ryan Lochte of the USA reacts after competing in the men's 200m Individual Medley Final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Swimming events at Olympic Aquatics Stadium at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 11, 2016. Patrick B. Kraemer/EPA

PH looks to improve at Tokyo 2020 as Rio Games close

Aug 22, 2016 - 5:11 PM

Chef de mission Jose Romasanta gives an assessment of the Philippines Olympic participation calling it a good run

END OF THE JOURNEY. Kirstie Alora (L) is the last Filipino Olympian to leave Rio. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

The Olympics are over for Brazil – was it worth it?

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:09 PM

How did Rio de Janeiro and the country as a whole come out in the end?

A general view shows the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Olympics: Athletics nervously enters post-Bolt world

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:59 PM

Usain Bolt has consistently been a beacon for clean athletes amid doping and corruption scandals

LIFE AFTER BOLT. Usain Bolt of Jamaica kisses the finish line after winning the men's 4x100m relay final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/LUKAS COCH

Veterans rule in USA's run to Olympic basketball gold

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Carmelo Anthony 32 brings the experience and Kevin Durant 27 the scoring as the USA capped its 2016 Olympic run by mauling Serbia

SENIORS TAKE CHARGE. Carmelo Anthony of USA takes charge during the men's basketball gold medal game of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/SAM MOOY

Boxing on brink after Rio Olympics judging controversies

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:35 PM

The Games would not be complete without boxing controversy of one kind or another

CONTROVERSY. Evgeny Tishchenko of Russia (red) is declared winner against Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan during the men's heavyweight 91kg final bout of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The result sparked controversy as the Russian is booed by the crowd. EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Groundbreaking Olympics for women in Rio

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:24 PM

Of the 11 444 athletes in Rio 45 – 5 175 – were women slightly higher than in London 2012

Simone Biles of the USA reacts after performing during the women's floor exercise final for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Artistic Gymnastics events. EPA/TATYANA ZENKOVICH

Let's make Tokyo best Olympics ever, says PM Abe

Aug 22, 2016 - 12:02 PM

The Japanese Prime Minister meets with the country s Olympic medalists and urges them to make Tokyo 2020 the best ever Olympics

ON TO TOKYO. The flag of Japan is displayed after the flag handover during the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

VIRAL: Japanese PM Abe pops out as Super Mario at Rio Olympics closing

Aug 22, 2016 - 10:40 AM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe transforms into Super Mario and the Internet goes wild

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, dressed as Super Mario, holds a red ball during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Philippe Lopez/AFP

'Marvelous' Rio flames out as Japan takes the baton

Aug 22, 2016 - 8:16 AM

UPDATED The Rio Olympics ends in a blaze of color with an exuberant closing ceremony as Tokyo takes up the baton promising to host the best Games yet in 2020

Fireworks explode at the start of the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

USA beats Serbia to win third straight gold in Olympic basketball

Aug 22, 2016 - 4:46 AM

Kevin Durant leads with 30 points as Team USA wins gold again

Rio police seize passports in raid on Irish Olympics office

Aug 22, 2016 - 4:01 AM

Phones passports and computers are seized as Brazilian police step up an inquiry into black market ticket sales at the Rio Olympics

AWAITING HEARING. President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Patrick Hickey of Ireland speaking during an interview at the 2015 European Games in Baku. He was arrested in Rio de Janeiro and is being held awaiting hearing. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Wrestling coaches strip to undies to protest Rio judging

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:42 AM

What s the best way to express displeasure at officiating? Take your clothes off thought two coaches from Mongolia

NAKED TIME. The coach of Mongolia's Mandakhnaran Ganzorig is escorted off after undressing in protest in front of judges after Ganzorig was defeated agasint Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan men's freestyle 65kg medal bout. Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

Live: Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:22 AM

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Brazil delivers men's volleyball gold for hometown crowd

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:14 AM

Brazil finally earns another men s volleyball gold after losing the last two finals

HOMETOWN SPIKERS. Brazil's Wallace Leandro De Souza spikes the ball during the men's gold medal volleyball match between Italy and Brazil. Photo by Juan Mabromata / AFP

Claressa Shields becomes first American to retain Olympic boxing title

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:38 AM

The American middleweight dominates her Dutch foe en route to her second straight gold medal

DOMINANCE. Claressa Shields was never threatened in Rio as she dominated the field once again. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Tearful Alora bows out of Rio after second loss

Aug 21, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Kirstie Alora the last Olympian competing for the Philippines at the Olympics is unable to win a medal

China blames 'fierce' competition for worst Olympic performance in 20 years

Aug 21, 2016 - 1:21 PM

China has won just 26 gold medals despite sending its largest team at a foreign Olympics its fewest since Atlanta 1996

GOLD FLOP. Weightlifter Tian Tao celebrates after a lift, earning silver. Despite topping the medal tally in 2008 and coming in second in 2012, China is now lagging behind USA and Great Britain in Rio. Photo by AFP

China tops Serbia to win women's volleyball gold

Aug 21, 2016 - 1:01 PM

China wins its first women s volleyball gold since 2004

SPIKED. Ting Zhu (R) of China spikes the ball against Tijana Boskovic (C) and Milena Rasic (L) of Serbia. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Neymar's nerves of steel hand Brazil first football gold

Aug 21, 2016 - 8:31 AM

The 5 4 shoot out win exacted revenge for a humiliating 7 1 World Cup semi final defeat to Germany two years ago

FOR THE WIN. Brazil's forward Neymar scores the winning goal during the penalty shoot-out of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's football gold medal match between Brazil and Germany at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 20, 2016. Odd Andersen/AFP

US women rout Spain to win sixth consecutive basketball gold

Aug 21, 2016 - 4:31 AM

Diana Taurasi and Lindsay Whalen score 17 as USA blows out Spain by 29 points

GOLDEN GIRLS. The US dominance in women's basketball continues with yet another first place finish. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Tearful Stevenson eyes pro stardom after Olympic heartbreak

Aug 21, 2016 - 4:13 AM

Shakur Stevenson will turn pro under Floyd Mayweather with plans to win a world title and break records

HEARTBREAK. Shakur Stevenson was set on winning the USA's first boxing gold since 2004. Now he turns his attention to the pro game. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

South Korea's Park wins first women's Olympic golf gold in 116 years

Aug 21, 2016 - 3:38 AM

South Korea s Park In Bee wins the women s golf title with a 5 stroke victory over world number one Lydia Ko

VICTORY. The former world number one rolled in a final par putt on the 18th hole and appeared to choke up for a moment as she raised her arms in victory. Photo by Erik S. Lesser/EPA

Cuban Ramirez beats Mayweather protege Stevenson for Olympic gold

Aug 21, 2016 - 2:56 AM

USA s boxing gold medal drought continues as Cuba s Robeisy Ramirez wins the bantamweight crown at the expense of Shakur Stevenson

GOLDEN BOY. Robeisy Ramirez joins an elite list which includes Joel Casamayor, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Felix Savon and Teofilo Stevenson of Cuban boxers to win multiple Olympic gold medals. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

'I'm the greatest' - Usain Bolt bows out of Olympics with 9 golds

Aug 20, 2016 - 5:17 PM

Usain Bolt brings down the curtain on his historic Olympic run in fashion winning his ninth gold medal after accomplishing a triple triple

TRIPLE TRIPLE. Usain Bolt of Jamaica continued his dominant streak in Rio. Photo by Zsolt Czegledi/EPA

Meet Ryan Lochte, the world's latest 'ugly American'

Aug 20, 2016 - 3:59 PM

Lochte is under heavy fire after fabricating a story of being robbed at gunpoint during the Olympics

RETRACTION. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has taken a 180 turn after claiming to have been robbed by a mugger posing a police officer in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Patrick Kraemer/EPA

Tragic Venezuela boxer says Olympic medal will change his life

Aug 20, 2016 - 12:51 PM

Yoel Finol wins Venezuela s first boxing medal in 32 years

Canada boxing pressures AIBA to protect 'integrity' after questionable judging

Aug 20, 2016 - 12:43 PM

The boxing competition at the Rio Olympics has been hit by a number of judging controversies which have caused international outrage

QUESTIONABLE JUDGING. Arthur Biyarslanov is one of the boxers who feels he was cheated in Brazil. YURI CORTEZ / AFP