Austrian Teqball Federation launched on Austrian Day of Sports

Graz 2026 Bid is Dead

(ATR) The Austrian Olympic Committee, citing "political arguments", decides to abandon the idea. Reaction is swift.

#ICYMI -- Possible Graz 2026 Bid; Barcelona Approaching Winter Bid; Fans Want Cricket in Olympics

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Graz 2026 Bid is 'Absolutely Feasible'

(ATR) The results of a study are ammunition in the effort to convince critics of the merits of an Olympic bid.

IOC VP Dispenses Advice to Graz Bid -- 2026 Roundup

Also: Thomas Bach says a third straight Winter Games in Asia is not a problem for the IOC.

Austrian Olympic Committee Backs 2026 Winter Games Bid

(ATR) Joint 2026 bid from Graz and Schladming must still secure provincial government approval before letter goes to IOC.

IOC Ready To Make Difficult Choices -- On the Scene

(ATR) The fate of Russia at the 2018 Winter Olympics is being decided today. ATR Editor Ed Hula reports from Lausanne.

Austrian NOC President Quitting One of His Jobs

(ATR) Karl Stoss will conceivably have more time for a potential 2026 Winter Games bid by the end of the year.

Karl Stoss Skeptical of Simultaneous 2024, 2028 Olympics Vote -- ATRadio

(ATR) OOC chief joins ATRadio to talk PyeongChang preps, Olympic host selections and issues with fledgling European Games.

Austrian Officials Cautious Before Launching 2026 Bid

(ATR) Peter Mennel says officials are being diligent by conducting a feasibility study on the Innsbruck 2026 Olympic bid.

Innsbruck Weighing Potential of 2026 Olympic Bid

(ATR) The Austrian city is moving forward with a feasibility study to bring the Winter Games back for a third time.

Austria "Happy to Bid" for Summer Olympics; Tokyo Bid Enjoys More Suport

(ATR) "Austria is a good host," Around the Rings is told ... New public opinion poll shows 31 percent of residents against Tokyo 2020 ... Phelps' former coach likes Istanbul ... More inside this Bidding for the Games ...

News from the NOCs - Spain Centennial; Panama Warning; German Slogan for Sochi

(ATR) Spanish Olympic Committee celebrates 100th birthday ... IOC warms Panama over elections ... Germany announces motto for Sochi 2014 ... Austrian Olympic Committee reelects president ... More inside this News from the NOCs ...

Olympic team for London consists of 70 active OC athletes

Around Innsbruck 2012 - Vonn Visit; Snowboard Slopestyle; First Triple Gold Medalist

(ATR) Olympic champion, athlete ambassador stops by ski venue ... Canada goes two-for-two in rescheduled slopestyle finals ... Home team boasts first triple gold medalist ... ATR's Brian Pinelli reports from the Winter Youth Olympics.

"Innsbruck is Ready" Says Austrian Olympic Leader

(ATR) The secretary general of the Austrian Olympic Committee tells Around the Rings "we are in a very good situation" ahead of Friday's opening ceremony of the first-ever Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Austrian President Receives First Ticket for Innsbruck 2012

News from the NOCs -- Asian Chief Reflects on Year; Austrian Gathering

(ATR) Asian NOC chief reflects on "successful" year of Asian sporting events ... Austrians honor Olympic great ... Funeral set for NOC chief ... Australian trailblazer died.

IOC Monitors Leo Wallner Corruption Investigation

(ATR) The IOC tells Around the Rings the Ethics Commission is monitoring investigations by prosecutors into a financial scandal involving Leo Wallner, IOC member and former president of the Austria Olympic Committee.

Olympic Newsdesk - Luger Memorial, Austrian Scandal, Russian Election

(ATR) An IOC delegation attends the memorial for luger Nodar Kumaritashvili... A financial scandal in Austria grows murkier... Election date set for a new Russian NOC president.

Olympic Newsdesk - World Cup Bid Popular in Russia; Austrian NOC Lifts Bans

(ATR) Leaders for Russia's 2018 World Cup bid tell Around the Rings that public backing for its campaign will eclipse that of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi... The Austrian Olympic Committee has lifted the ban on all 12 officials linked to the blood doping scandal of the 2006 Turin Games

Olympic Briefs -- Scandal Forces Jungwirth Resignation, Winter EYOF Concludes

(ATR) A scandal over Austria's failed 2014 Olympic bid caused the NOC's long-serving secretary general to resign...The ninth Winter European Youth Olympic Festival comes to an end

Olympic Briefs - Remembering Judy Patching; Austrian NOC President Re-elected

(ATR) Australian sport officials recall fellow Aussie's contributions to the country's Olympic movement... Leo Wallner returned to office for fifth term.

Rogge Signs Host City Contract for 2012 Youth Olympics

(ATR) The IOC president underlines his confidence in Innsbruck's plans to stage the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012 on a visit to the Austrian city today.

Austrian NOC Marks 100th Anniversary

(ATR) IOC President Jacques Rogge is among the guests at the Austrian national Olympic committee's 100th anniversary celebrations on Friday. Austrian President Heinz Fischer will open the gala celebrations at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna.