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The head of Russia's anti-doping laboratory resigned late Tuesday, hours after his laboratory was suspended over accusations it was part of state-sponsored doping program that experts fear could snowball into an international crisis for the sport.
 
IOC suspends Diack; opens way for stripping of medals
LONDON -- The IOC suspended Lamine Diack as an honorary member Tuesday and said it was ready to strip medals from any Russian athletes found guilty of doping and consider retesting samples from the Sochi Olympics.
 
The annual Taiwan Cycling Festival will kick off Oct. 30 with the participation of more than 400 cyclists from home and abroad, including Olympic gold medalist Lasse Hansen of Denmark, the organizers said Tuesday.
 
Indigenous 'Olympics' underway in remote Brazil city
What's billed as the first "indigenous Olympics" kicked off Thursday with a raucous cultural mash-up that saw grimacing Maori warriors, gong-bearing Filipinos and feather-crowned tribespeople from Brazil preside over a traditional fire-lighting ceremony.
 
Tokyo's scandal-tinged Olympic stadium will be completed in time for the 2020 games, the city's governor said Wednesday, as London Mayor Boris Johnson warned of the pitfalls of "playing politics" when hosting the competition.
 
The opening and closing ceremonies for Rio Olympics and Paralympics will be low-budget productions compared to three years ago in London, or in Beijing in 2008.
 
A Belgian graphic designer will press on with a court case against the International Olympic Committee over a logo for the Tokyo 2020 Games despite the withdrawal of a key co-plaintiff, his lawyer said on Monday.
 
Visitors to the Rio Olympics will be able to see most of city's famed landmarks without roaming far from the venues.
 
The mainland Chinese city of Hangzhou has been confirmed as the host of the 2022 Asian Games after standing as the only candidate.
 
Toronto Mayor John Tory will announce Tuesday whether Canada's largest city will launch a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, his office said.
 
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