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Ukrainian athletes arrive in France for the ISF Gymnasiade Normandy 2022

Normandy, France was once the site of hard fought struggles during World War II. Now, the region will host a delegation of Ukrainian student athletes looking to escape the fog of war in favor of camaraderie and athletic competition at the ISF Gymnasiade Normandy 2022

Scandal in Russian volleyball over a racist insult to Cuban player

The coach of the top club in the Russian League used the term “monkey” in clear reference to the rival spiker Ailama Cesé Montalvo in the final match. The Cuban star announced she was leaving Russia but not for this offense, which she minimized

Uzbekistan para powerlifter banned by IPC for three years over positive doping result

Iskander Tursunbaev tested positive on three different urine samples

Kremlev reelected as IBA president as IOC continues to question boxing’s Olympic future

After a 24-hour delay, IBA members reelected Russian Umar Kremlev as their president

Schooling, Singapore lose SEA gold over swim controversy

After breezing to victory, a touch foul disqualifies the Singapore relay team in the 4x100 freestyle relay,

Elections postponed a day as legal situation looms over IBA

The IBA finds itself embroiled in controversy once more as elections scheduled for the second day of the association’s Extraordinary Congress are postponed following a legal challenge

ISF Gymnasiade begins this weekend in France

The 19th edition of the ISF Gymnasiade takes place every two years and will have over 3,500 athletes from 63 countries

Nigerian President Buhari withdraws basketball teams from international competition

Imposed stoppage for the next two years would put FIBA and Olympic eligibility in jeopardy

Amir Khan announces his retirement from boxing

Former light-welterweight world champion and Olympic silver medalist says it time to ‘hang up my gloves’

Beijing 2022 Paralympics were a bigger challenge than expected, but athletes still held center stage says IPC President

IPC President Andrew Parsons revisits the politically fraught Beijing 2022 Paralympics, addresses next steps and discusses the current political environment in international sports during an exclusive interview with Around the Rings

Russian court extends Brittney Griner’s detention by another 30 days

The WNBA star has been held in Russia since February 17 after vape cartridges containing cannabis oil were found in her luggage

Bach will travel to Madrid to see the refugee center and learn about the Pyrenees 2030 Olympic bid

The President of the COE Alejandro Blanco warns: “if there is no agreement there is no candidacy”

International Olympic Committee sees IBA on shaky ground yet again

Concerns over planning, governance and financial stability put sport in peril for Paris 2024 and LA28.

Olympic high jump champion Barshim headlines Diamond League opener at home in Doha

Qatari athletics star Mutaz Essa Barshim will once again go head-to-head with his close Italian friend and fellow Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medalist Gianmarco Tamberi. The season-opening Diamond League meet this Friday evening will be highlighted by seven reigning Olympic champions

USA set to host Rugby World Cup for first time in 2031

This will mark the first time the Rugby World Cup has been held in the Americas

Adam Peaty injuries foot, ruled out for FINA World Championships

The defending World and Olympic Champion is hoping to return to the pool for the Commonwealth Games in late July

“You can’t change history.” Gwen Torrence, who raced against Florence Griffith Joyner, says her 100-meter world record should stand

Jamaican official wants the world record to go to Elaine Thompson-Herah because of controversy over the 1988 mark. Torrence says the record could fall on its own given “the right conditions.”

The most famous avenue in the world to undergo a makeover ahead of Paris 2024

The city plans to reduce car traffic and pollution, while increasing green areas along the Champs-Élysées

IOC awaits response to its call for “free and fair” elections in the Venezuelan Olympic Committee

The elections will be on May 18. An IOC spokesperson told Around the Rings the VOC faces “undue political pressure.” VOC head Eduardo Alvarez hopes to be re-elected and denies accusations of corruption.

Japan Olympic Committee forecasts cost of Sapporo 2030 Games at $2.6 billion

JOC officials very confident that an ‘all-Japan’ bid approach will take advantage of existing venues from the Nagano and Saporro Olympic games