California Dreaming: World’s surfers descend upon Huntington Beach with Olympic aspirations for 2024

Nearly 250 surfers representing 51 nations are hitting the waves at the ISA World Surfing Games in Surf City, USA. The two winning nations, male and female, will punch an additional ticket to the Paris 2024 Games, as the Olympic lifestyle sport will be showcased on the epic swells in Tahiti

Controversial LIV Golf Tour, Aussie star Cameron Smith, tee it up outside of Boston

Six new additions, led by world number two and Open Championship winner Smith, are playing LIV Golf for the first time, having recently joined the Saudi-backed golf tour. Tokyo 2020 Olympian Rory McIlroy on the PGA rival tour: “I hate what it’s doing to the game of golf. I hate it. I really do.”

U.S. Biathlon president Max Cobb named new IBU secretary general

Cobb brings 16 years of experience leading U.S. Biathlon to the International Biathlon Union (IBU). The U.S. winter sports veteran will relocate to work at the IBU’s Salzburg, Austria-based headquarters

Utah Olympic Park expansion, aided by $5 million donation, bolsters Salt Lake City Olympic bid

Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation president Colin Hilton highlights the purpose and vision behind the new ‘Phase Two’ expansion, while noting that it will allow the possibility of additional events to be held at Utah Olympic Park should the U.S. state win its bid for 2030 or 2034. Latest poll indicates that 79% of Utahns support a return of the Winter Olympics

Mexican organizers prepare to host beach volleyball world championships for the first time

Beach volleyball’s signature event will be contested on Latin American sand for the first time in 20 years when the championships open across three cities in East Central Mexico next year. Norwegian men and Brazilian women will seek to defend their world titles from Rome 2022 as the tournament also serves as a Paris 2024 qualifier

Belgian Nafi Thiam extends heptathlon dominance as four Olympic champions win European titles on night four in Munich

Italian high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi, Norwegian distance runner Jakob Ingebrigtsen, and Polish hammer thrower Wojciech Nowicki joined Nafi as Tokyo 2020 Olympic champions who triumphed at the 2022 European Athletics Championships

Allyson Felix discusses life after track and field, LA28 and serving on the IOC Athletes’ Commission

The 11-time Olympic medalist is eager to make an impact in her new role on the IOC Athletes’ Commission and at LA28. Felix, the mother of her now three-year daughter Camryn, is also partnering with Clorox, leading a newly launched back-to-school campaign targeted towards moms

Italian Olympic champion Jacobs, German Luckenkemper, win 100-meter titles at European Athletics Championships

Redemption for Lamont Marcell Jacobs after an injury-plagued season as the Italian sprinter outguns Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes with a 9.95 second winning time. Germany’s Gina Luckenkemper is victorious in a race decided dramatically in a three-person photo finish, while Decathlete Niklaus Kaul defends his world title on the home track in Munich

Olympic champion Janja Garnbret strikes double gold at European Sport Climbing Championships

Czech climbing legend Adam Ondra ascends to gold in the men’s Lead final, adding to his bronze in the Boulder discipline. Polish trio sweeps women’s Speed event. Later this week, the first combined Lead and Boulder event at a major competition, ahead of its debut at Paris 2024, will be contested at the championships in downtown Munich

Peace and Sport unveils new Junior Champions for Peace Club

Six teen-aged athletes are honored as the first class of the new club, joining the established ‘Champions for Peace’ representatives. The young group includes French-American skateboarder Julian Agliardi, twin sister motor sports racers Aliyyah and Yasmeen Koloc from Seychelles, German-Ukrainian chess prodigy Fiorina Berezovsky, Olympic swimmer Théo Druenne and AS Monaco football standout Mamadou Coulibaly.

Paralympics president Andrew Parsons commends work of the Italian Paralympic Committee as movement sets sights on 2026 Winter Games

Despite current political chaos in Italy, Parsons positively looks forward towards Milan-Cortina 2026. Among contributing factors, the IPC leader cites the continued growth and development of the Paralympic movement across Italy under Luca Pancalli’s leadership, as well as the success of the country’s athletes.

Two years until Paris 2024 Paralympics: IPC leader Andrew Parsons discusses the myriad challenges in a “changed world” along road to the Games

The Paralympics leader cites inflation, the ongoing Russia and Ukraine conflict and COVID-19 among obstacles facing Paris 2024 organizers and the International Paralympic Committee family. An ‘outside the box’ opening ceremony might be staged at the Place de la Concorde, while Parsons also teases major news to be revealed later this year

Para surfing attempting to ride wave of momentum into LA28 Paralympic Games

International Surfing Association (ISA) president Fernando Aguerre highlights progress of the sport since the inaugural Adaptive World Championships on the La Jolla shores in 2015. Aguerre: “My hope is to get as many people off their couch or out of their wheelchairs and into the water.”

Making a splash in Bali: sport program is unveiled for ANOC World Beach Games 2023

AirBadminton, 3x3 Basketball, Rowing (beach sprint and surfing), and Surfing are announced as the latest additions for next summer’s second edition of the global beach and waters sports showcase in Bali, Indonesia. Olympic sports skateboarding and sport climbing, both of which were on the Doha 2019 program, will not be included

LIV Golf takes a big swing in New Jersey, but comes up short and wayward

Henrik Stenson, a Rio 2016 silver medalist, overcame a firestorm for joining LIV, leading to his abrupt dismissal as European Ryder Cup captain. The Swede won this past weekend’s LIV Invitational, hosted by Donald Trump at his course, that often seemed more like a carnival than an actual golf tournament. The group 9/11 Justice protested as 48 golfers teed off 50 miles from where the 2001 terror attacks occurred

Divisive LIV Golf Tour tees off, amid protests, at Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey

Family members and survivors of the 9/11 terror attacks protest against the former U.S. president and pro golfers playing on the Saudi funded tour. Rio 2016 Olympic silver medalist Henrik Stenson is the latest pro to sell himself to the renegade tour. Booted from his role as European Ryder Cup captain earlier this week, Stenson posted a 64, tied for the opening round lead at the three-day, 54-hole event.

Cortina Bobsleigh Project on ice for the moment as government leaders and bobsleigh federation push to proceed

Veneto region president Luca Zaia insists that renovation of bobsleigh and luge track for 2026 remains on course, despite the current suspension of the project and new concerns about preserving its historical value from the Italian superintendency of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape

Competition kicks off at the Banská Bystrica European Youth Olympic Festival

The 10-day event showcasing more than 2250 young athletes is the largest multi-sport event in Slovakia’s sporting history. Ukrainian delegation warmly welcomed by EOC and Banská Bystrica organizers. IOC member Danka Barteková serves as event Ambassador

International Ski Federation officially takes reigns of three snow sports from International Paralympic Committee

IPC president Andrew Parsons expresses his trust in Johan Eliasch and FIS to achieve a new level of growth for Para alpine skiing, cross-country and snowboard. Twelve-time Paralympic alpine skiing medalist: “I hope that this will be the best fit for the athletes and I’ve heard some encouraging things”

Aussie Cameron Smith charges to stunning victory at 150th Open Championship

Smith fires a closing round 64 to overtake fan favorite Rory McIlroy, defeats playing partner Cameron Young by one shot. The 2020 Tokyo Olympian raises the Claret Jug at historic St. Andrews as the fifth Australian winner of the championship, which dates to 1860