UEFA and Conmebol strengthen their alliance against FIFA and create a championship final between the winner of the European Championship and the winner of the Copa América

The announcement is a challenge to FIFA, the world soccer governing body, which historically does not allow interference in its area.

China’s Olympic men’s ice hockey team could be left out in the cold in Beijing

New IIHF president Luc Tardif on Chinese hockey: “They didn’t do their job properly preparing for the competitions”. Final decision on team’s participation at Beijing 2022 will be made after two-game “test event”.

Simone Biles admits she shouldn’t have been in Tokyo but says “I wouldn’t change anything”

The most decorated gymnast of all time ended up withdrawing from five of her six finals, citing her mental health and a loss of spatial awareness during her routines.

The man who recorded the “scandal video” of Suriname’s vice president explains why he did it, while part of the local media calls on Brunswijk to apologize

The Argentine Pedro Troglio, coach of Honduran club Olimpia, is putting his position at the disposal of the board, which is evaluating whether to appeal Concacaf’s decision, according to their lawyer.

Ukrainian ice hockey player faces calls for suspension from the sport after making racist gesture towards opponent

Andrei Deniskin will face disciplinary proceedings within the Ukrainian Hockey League for his actions against Jalen Smereck. The ice hockey community awaits his punishment.

FIBA, McLaren come under fire from human rights group for “critical gaps” in investigation into Mali Basketball Federation

The Sport and Rights Alliance said “The failures in the McLaren investigation’s protection measures are symptomatic of foundational flaws in FIBA’s governance, structure and responsibilities to basketball players.”

Suriname vice president scandal, beyond the imagination of any Hollywood screenwriter, puts CONCACAF in the world’s spotlight

Ronnie Brunswijk, one of Inter’s players, as well as its owner and vice-president of the country, was seen handing out money in the dressing room of Olimpia of Honduras, who had won 6-0.

Madrid takes the first steps on a long road to bid again to host the Olympic Games

The announcement that Madrid is once again interested in the Games was precipitated in recent days during a radio interview with the deputy mayor of the Spanish capital, Begoña Villacís.

French ice hockey leader Luc Tardif elected as new president of the International Ice Hockey Federation

IIHF election to replace René Fasel goes four rounds, lasts three hours. Tardif: “Alone we go faster, but together we go further”

More countries weigh in on COVID vaccines for Beijing 2022 ahead of the release of IOC playbooks

Russia will recommend its athletes get vaccinated, while Norway will not require their athletes to get the jab. The IOC has not revealed if it intends to make vaccination a requirement to compete at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

U.S. prepares for zero spectators for Beijing Winter Olympics as COVID protocols expected to be similar to Tokyo

USOPC chair Susanne Lyons says “I think that it is entirely possible that once again there will be very limited attendance outside of operational staff”.

Five candidates shooting to score top job at the International Ice Hockey Federation

Longtime IIHF president and newly inducted Hall of Famer René Fasel’s successor to be elected Saturday in St. Petersburg.

United Nations entity for gender equality tabs ITF president David Haggerty to champion the cause - Federation Focus

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Orlando Martinez, Cuba’s first Olympic boxing champion, dies in Havana at age 75

Martinez won the gold medal at Munich 72 in a sport that the island has depended on for much of its Olympic success in the years since.

Around the Rings presents “Mixed Zone”, a weekly podcast from behind the scenes of world sport

Two new podcasts, in English and Spanish, with the information and analysis that can only be found in Around the Rings.

U.S. Congress commemorates 25th anniversary of Atlanta 1996 Olympics and Paralympics

The bipartisan resolution endorsed by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee: “the true legacy of these Games can still be felt today”

USOPC requires COVID-19 vaccinations for Team USA delegation at Beijing 2022

The organization said the mandatory vaccinations would “allow us to restore consistency in planning, preparation and optimal service to athletes”.

Olympic ski resort, skiers, IOC, adapt to Squaw Valley to Palisades Tahoe name change

IOC says it is consulting with the Northern California resort about how exactly to proceed. Extreme skier Dan Egan: “All of us are in an awakening to what this means to people and how important it is”

Wheelchair basketball reinstated to the Paris 2024 sports program but with some strings attached

The reinstatement is subject to the IWBF meeting conditions outlined by the IPC. The decision comes after the IWBF developed classification rules more in line with the 2015 IPC Athlete Classification Code.

Rio hopes to step in as replacement host for the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup in December

The Brazilian city joins South Africa in bidding to replace Japan, which bowed out as host earlier this month due to the pandemic.

ATR Extra: Let’s have fun and build friendships through School Sport - ISF U15 World School Sport Games Belgrade 2021

A lifetime experience for the U15s of the ISF for this inaugural event. The 2023 edition to be hosted in Brazil.

Low key IOC presence at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly

No speech this year by IOC President Thomas Bach though two IOC members who are also heads of state are speaking this week.

Afghanistan female athletes find new homes Down Under and in Europe after fleeing the Taliban

Taekwondo and youth soccer the latest sports to successfully get athletes out of Afghanistan following the return to power of the Taliban.

Cricket complication for the Taliban: no women, no international competition

The problem for the Taliban is that they may not have changed in the last 20 years, but the world and sport have.

From Cuban to Romanian in the blink of an eye: Asley Gonzalez, Olympic runner-up, surprises his country and his fans by changing his nationality

This is the first case of a Cuban Olympic medalist who, without having to defect, renounces Cuba to go and represent another country in international competition.

Spyros Capralos re-elected to what he says will be his final four year term as Greek NOC president

The IOC member and EOC president believes it’s time for a younger candidate to step forward and lead the way from 2025.

IWF athletes commission member optimistic about weightlifting’s future though “the changes aren’t going to be happening overnight”

Forrester Osei tells Around the Rings the IOC doesn’t want to kick the sport out of the Olympics. “They want to see an organization that has been in the dark waters to finally say enough is enough”.

The World Cup every two years, a political battle where everyone can lose out

Gianni Infantino’s proposal can open many Pandora’s Boxes. It is opening them already, in fact.

Andrew Parsons faces no challengers for a second term as president of the International Paralympic Committee

Duane Kale primed to be re-elected unopposed as vice president, but there is plenty of competition for the 10 member at large positions on the governing board.

IOC confirms Jorge Delgado, Ecuador’s sports hero, as new president of the National Olympic Committee after unprecedentedly close elections

The EOC incumbent was fourth in the 200 butterfly won by Mark Spitz at the 1972 Munich Olympics and emerged victorious in an election that ended 37-37. A controversial tie-breaking vote had to be used.