Greece prepares for Olympic flame-lighting ceremony

Fire spurted from a concave mirror Wednesday as a priestess, kneeling in her long, pleated dress before a ruined Greek temple, focused the blazing sun’s rays on her metal torch. Come rain or shine on Thursday’s official lighting ceremony, Rio de Janeiro has now secured its Olympic flame, which will burn in the Brazilian host […]

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Jean-Luc Brassard quits as Canada’s chef de mission for Rio Olympics

Freestyle skiing champion Jean-Luc Brassard, who earlier this year criticized the Canadian Olympic Committee’s handling of alleged sexual harassment by former president Marcel Aubut, has stepped down as Canada’s chef de mission for the Summer Games in Rio. Back in February, Brassard told Radio-Canada he would considering resigning over the Aubut scandal. The COC said […]

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WADA to consider new inquiries into Russian doping

The World Anti-Doping Agency is prepared to open new inquiries into suspected systematic doping in Russian sports and other countries. Four months after a WADA-commissioned investigation alleged a Russian doping conspiracy in track and field, WADA president Craig Reedie said Monday he would “reanalyze” the report to see if new cases were needed. “I will […]

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A Trump victory could foil L.A.’s Olympic dreams

Professional courtesy dictates that Olympic bid bosses do not criticize rival bids, so when I ask Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, chairman of the Rome 2024 bid, about the consequences of a Donald Trump victory in the U.S. presidential race, he does not bite. Instead, he rolls his eyes – no words necessary. “I don’t think […]

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Less than half the tickets sold so far for Rio Olympics

With five months to go before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian organizers are struggling to sell tickets for South America’s first games. On a day when Rio organizers sought to provide reassurances over the Zika outbreak, venue delays, doping legislation, metro construction and other issues, Rio organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said only […]

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Less than half the tickets sold so far for Rio Olympics

With five months to go before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian organizers are struggling to sell tickets for South America’s first games. On a day when Rio organizers sought to provide reassurances over the Zika outbreak, venue delays, doping legislation, metro construction and other issues, Rio organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said only […]

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