February 14, 2013 |
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Facing a wave of criticism from around the world, IOC president Jacques Rogge will meet with the head of wrestling's governing body to discuss ways the sport can fight to save its place in the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee's executive board dropped wrestling from the program of the 2020 Games on Tuesday, a decision that brought a sharp backlash from wrestling organizations and national Olympic bodies around the world - including the United States, Russia, and Iran.
August 10, 2012 |
LONDON - When the stakes are the biggest, the spotlight most bright, Usain Bolt is as good as gold. Good as there's ever been. Putting the field far enough behind that he could slow up over the last few strides and put his left index finger to his mouth to tell any critics to shush, Bolt won the 200 meters in 19.32 seconds Thursday night, making him the only man with two Olympic titles in that event. "That was for all the people that doubted me, all the people that was talking all kinds of stuff that I wasn't going to do it, I was going to be beaten," Bolt said of his "Shhhhhh" gesture at the finish.
June 8, 2011 |
NBC retained its hold on U.S. Olympic television rights yesterday in a four-games deal through 2020 worth nearly $4.4 billion, defeating rival bids from ESPN and Fox. "I can say the Olympics are really in their DNA," IOC president Jacques Rogge said, referring to the network, which has dominated the Olympic broadcast scene in the U.S. for 20 years. Now controlled by Comcast, NBC won the bid despite last month's resignation of longtime sports and Olympics chief Dick Ebersol in a dispute with the new owners.
February 13, 2010
VANCOUVER - There was light and decoration, dance and sound, a tribute to the aboriginal people of Canada, ending with the Great One and three others lighting the Olympic torch. It might have been a joyous opening ceremony to these Winter Games, with Wayne Gretzky, Steve Nash and a modest, pleasant follow-up to the overblown Beijing ceremony in 2008. It was, instead, a somber, galvanizing wake. At the ceremony that opened the Winter Games last night, the Olympic community mourned the death that morning of 21-year-old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who crashed spectacularly on the controversially fast track at Whistler, British Columbia.
February 11, 2010 |
The International Olympic Committee remains vigilant against the threat of illegal betting and match-fixing at the games. "Illegal betting is as serious a threat for sport as doping," IOC president Jacques Rogge said yesterday. "It's a very serious concern for the future. We will do everything we can to guard against it. " The IOC set up a system to monitor betting patterns during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but found no illegal activity. A similar system is in place for the Vancouver Winter Games, which open Friday.
February 9, 2010 |
VANCOUVER - What you have, they could use here. As the Mid-Atlantic region burrows out weekend snowdrifts and braces for more weather midweek, hundreds of workers are packing imported snow onto the halfpipes and race runs at Cypress Mountain, where the X-Games of the Winter Olympics will take place. Really. They promise. "We have absolutely no concern whatsoever," said International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge. "And there is no Plan B. " Officials yesterday canceled some training and all tours at the sites for the second straight day in hopes that they could prepare it to be used to train on for the next 3 days.
October 10, 2009 |
All those beautiful beaches and Tiger Woods, too! After more than a century on the sidelines, golf will return to the Olympics at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Rugby, last played in 1924, is coming back as well. Both were reinstated for the 2016 and 2020 games after a vote yesterday by the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen. The vote also was a victory for Jacques Rogge, the IOC president who was re-elected unopposed to a final 4-year term hours earlier. "Time will show your decision [on the new sports]
February 21, 2009 |
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said yesterday that Michael Phelps failed in his duty as a role model, but deserves a second chance after being photographed with a marijuana pipe. Rogge said the American swimmer's apology and promise not to do it again earned him the benefit of the doubt. Phelps won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. He was suspended by the U.S. swimming federation for 3 months after a British newspaper published the photo of Phelps holding the pipe at a party in South Carolina.
August 24, 2008 |
As the U.S. baseball team left an Olympic field yesterday for perhaps the final time - certainly for the next eight years - Jason Donald's emotions were as mixed as winner Brett Anderson's pitches. The Phillies prospect, who homered, singled and walked twice in the 8-4 win over Japan, was thrilled to help salvage a bronze medal for the United States and equally elated about his entire Olympic experience. But the International Olympic Committee has decided to drop baseball from the 2012 Summer Games in London, and Donald was upset that a lot of players won't get to experience what he has these last two weeks.
February 29, 2008 |
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said yesterday that allowing women ski jumpers into the 2010 Winter Olympics would dilute the medals given to others. Rogge said there are only about 80 women ski jumpers in the world and the sport has not yet reached the IOC's standard for being included in an Olympics. "If you have three medals, with 80 athletes competing on a regular basis internationally, the percentage of medal winners is extremely high," Rogge said.