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2021 Winter Universiade falls victim to omnicron variant

The 2021 Winter Universiade was cancelled as the result of restrictions stemming from concerns over the omnicron variant of Covid-19. The newly announced restrictions were the final nail in the coffin for a sporting event that had already been postponed once as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Oscar Pistorius moved to prison closer to Reeva Steenkamp’s parents in anticipation of meeting

Pistorius has served half of his sentence for the murder of his girlfriend and may be eligible for parole upon meeting her parents

UIPM president elected to 8th term, but questions about his ability to lead and unite remain

Klaus Schormann has been president of the UIPM since 1993 and several national federations have called for his resignation over the UIPM’s decision to drop horse riding after Paris 2024

International Weightlifting Federation to delay upcoming elections due to legal technicality

The decision to delay the elections further complicates the sports future in upcoming Olympic Games.

THE HULA REPORT: China struggles to win Olympic respect

Modern day China began Olympics ties 70 years ago. The relationshhip with modern-day China has been tested repeatedly in the past 70 years.

IOC ethics commission to take action in “Nuzman case”: “To get this situation clarified and to get justice done”

Carlos Nuzman, head of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in prison for corruption, an unprecedented event in Olympic history.

WADA approves governance reforms amid criticism from athlete groups

A meeting of the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board in Paris has resulted in a number of governance reforms at a time when WADA is facing increased criticism from athlete advocacy groups over the agency’s governance.

Centro Caribe Sports launches its Junior Games for 2024 and confirms Santo Domingo will host the Centennial Games in 2026

Santa Marta, Colombia promises success with the First Beach Games as does San Salvador to follow. Guadeloupe will host Caribbean Games in 2022

U.S. lawmakers arrive in Taiwan as tensions escalate between U.S. and China

With the Beijing Games looming on the horizon, the visit is yet another source of animosity between the two countries

Several resignations at Cycling New Zealand after integrity breach uncovered at Tokyo Games

Cycling New Zealand found in breach of both IOC and UCI rules over athlete selection for Tokyo Games

Rio 2016 marks a negative milestone: Carlos Nuzman, its promoter and boss, sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in prison for corruption

Neither he nor his lawyer commented on the decision so far, nor did the IOC.

Conmebol’s tribute: a star will bear Maradona’s name

The star “Maradona” was registered in the Star Registration platform under the number 1307-87268-2718878. World champion in Mexico 86, Maradona died on November 25, 2020 from heart failure.

ICMG Executive Committee concerned with progress of Mediterranean Games Oran 2022

Officials from the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games have noted their concerns over delays related to the organization of the 2022 Mediterranean Games. The ICMG Executive Committee has vowed to continue cooperation with local organizers.

THE COLUMN: Pere Miró, the IOC mediator with Samaranch, Rogge and Bach who sits again in front of the Taliban as he did a quarter of a century ago

The Spanish expert could have dealt with up to 200 cases of varying magnitude in the Olympic Movement, among them the negotiation for the participation of the two Koreas in Pyeonchang 2018 and in the recent IOC humanitarian operation in Afghanistan.

Australia considers “diplomatic boycott” of Beijing Games as Chinese government downplays Peng Shuai case

The Canberra government “is awaiting the decision by the Biden administration before it makes a call on whether to sign up to a diplomatic boycott”.

Swedish Fencing Federation accuses the FIE of breaking good governance principles

Officials from the Swedish Fencing Federation have accused the FIE Executive Committee of breaching the IOC Code of Ethics and FIE Statutes after a proposal made by the organization was not included on the agenda for the upcoming FIE Congress.

IWF presidential candidate vows to clean up sport and secure weightlifting’s place in future Olympic Games

The sport has been awash in scandal and doping for years. IOC President Thomas Bach has strongly hinted their spot in the Paris 2024 program is far from a sure thing.

GAISF visit Saudi Arabia in preparation for 2023 World Combat Games amidst uncertainty over the organization’s future

The visit comes at a crucial time in the GAISF’s history, as a potential vote to dissolve the organization may be called for at the next General Assembly. The future of the organization’s multi-sports games could hang in the balance.

Diplomatic Olympic Boycott Called “Silly Show” in China

Editorial in China Newspaper blasts U.S. President Joseph Biden said days ago that the U.S. is considering the option as part of global criticism against China over human rights issues.

Bad news for Russian Olympic Committee ahead of Beijing 2022, but Norwegians should shine bright

Nielsen’s Gracenote releases updated projected medal tally for Beijing. The Russians are predicted to drop five medals from previous projection while Norway enjoys record performance