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Sports > Olympics
Zika fears prompt call for Olympics to move
The World Health Organization has ruled out any change in timing or the location of the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, shunning a call by doctors and scientists to shift the event over the Zika virus.
 
IOC: 23 positives in retests of samples from London Olympics
Nearly two dozen athletes tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics, adding to the more than 30 already caught in retesting from the 2008 Beijing Games.
 
Russia's Olympic Committee (ROC) said Tuesday that 14 of its athletes in the 2008 Beijing Olympics had been found positive for doping in new tests of their samples given during the Games.
 
IOC president Thomas Bach said Wednesday that athletes and federations face tough sanctions up to a lifetime ban as he warned that doping has hit "an unprecedented level of criminality."
 
In a major doping crackdown stretching back eight years, 31 athletes in six sports were caught in retesting of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and other positive cases could emerge from the 2012 London Games, the IOC said Tuesday.
 
Gymnastics: Born flat-footed, Indian vault star now eyeing Rio glory
As Dipa Karmakar flawlessly executes yet another dizzying somersault routine, it's hard to believe that the first Indian woman gymnast ever to ever qualify for the Olympics was born with flat feet.
 
Japan's Olympic chief insisted US$2 million in payments were "legitimate" on Friday after French prosecutors launched a probe, suspecting they were aimed at winning support for Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Games.
 
The prospect of Russian and Kenyan athletes being barred from the Olympics gathered momentum Thursday as a tidal wave of doping sleaze engulfed both countries with just three months to go before the Rio Games.
 
Wu Ching-kuo, the only Taiwanese member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said on Monday the political turmoil in Brazil will not affect the preparations for this year's Olympic Games.
 
The chief organizer of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has expressed confidence the Games will overcome their "hurdles" after a series of problems, including a French inquiry into the bidding process.
 
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