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IAAF head Coe: Sports can help Manchester’s healing process

May 26th, 2017

MANCHESTER, England (AP) – Sport can help Manchester’s healing process by celebrating humanity following the arena attack, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said Friday after watching athletes competing in the city’s streets.

Less than a mile from the scene of Monday’s suicide bombing, Coe was among hundreds of people who lined …

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The Latest: Head of world track attends Manchester event

May 26th, 2017

MANCHESTER, England (AP) – The Latest on the concert bombing in England (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

Police lined the street as an athletic event went ahead in Manchester four days after a suicide bomber targeted the city’s arena.

Sebastian Coe, president of the IAAF world track and field governing …

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Olympic athletes returning eco-friendly Rio medals over quick rusting, black spots

May 25th, 2017

Deteriorating eco-friendly medals from the 2016 Rio Games are forcing the world’s most elite athletes to request replacements.

Volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings (bronze), wrestlers Kyle Snyder (gold) and Helen Maroulis (gold), and dozens of other athletes have returned Rio’s “symbol of sustainability” medals since last summer. The Brazilian mint …

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Antonova upgraded to Olympic discus silver, Ukraine says

May 25th, 2017

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – The Ukrainian Athletics Federation says its discus thrower Olena Antonova has been upgraded to an Olympic silver medal from the 2008 Beijing Games after a rival failed a drug test.

Antonova’s upgrade follows the disqualification of the original silver medalist, Yarelys Barrios of Cuba. A retest …

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Column: Just say no when it comes to hosting Olympics

May 24th, 2017

It never figured to end well for Rio.

Just hosting the Olympics took everything out of the city. Trying to recover from them may be impossible.

Nine months after hosting the world’s best athletes in a flawed – and mostly joyless – Olympics, Rio has little to show for the …

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Faster, higher, rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics damaged

May 23rd, 2017

More than 80 American athletes have sent medals they won at the Rio Olympics to U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters to be shipped to games organizers, who will replace them due to flaking, black spots and other damage, the USOC said Tuesday.

The Americans, including gold-medal wrestlers Kyle Snyder and Helen …

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Putin says whistleblowing on doping echoes Stalin’s purges

May 23rd, 2017

MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that plans to encourage athletes to give evidence about doping remind him of denunciations during Josef Stalin’s purges.

While discussing a new plan of measures to fight drug use in sports, drawn up by a commission that Putin created last year, …

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After doping scandals, Putin’s commission calls for change

May 23rd, 2017

MOSCOW (AP) – A Russian anti-doping commission set up by President Vladimir Putin called for new measures to claw back prize money from drug cheats and to restore trust in Russian athletes.

The commission, headed by 82-year-old former International Olympic Committee member Vitaly Smirnov, denies the Russian government played any …

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Rio Olympic planning assailed for ‘white elephant’ venues

May 22nd, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – A federal prosecutor looking into last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics says that many of the venues “are white elephants” that were built with “no planning.”

The scathing report offered Monday at a public hearing confirms what The Associated Press reported several months after the …

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Scathing report on Rio Olympics: venues ‘White Elephants’

May 22nd, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – A federal prosecutor looking into last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics says that many of the venues “are white elephants” that were built with “no planning.”

The scathing report offered Monday at a public hearing confirms what The Associated Press reported several months after the …

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