Commentary: The Olympics must ban Iran

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The International Olympic Committee and United World Wrestling — the global governing body for amateur wrestling—squandered a chance to save the life of Navid Afkari, the Iranian champion put to death in September on fraudulent charges by the regime in Tehran.

“There is not one shred of evidence in this damned case that shows I’m guilty...Read more


Russia’s doping ban from next two Olympics is upheld, drawing praise and condemnation

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An international court has upheld Russia’s ban from the next two Olympics in a ruling that has drawn predictably mixed reactions — both praise and condemnation — from around the sports world.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in, Lausanne, Switzerland issued its decision on Thursday, the latest development in a long-running scandal that ...Read more


Russia will learn Thursday if it can participate in Tokyo Olympics

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Russia will learn its Olympic fate on Thursday when an international court rules on whether the nation should be kept out of the upcoming Summer Games in Tokyo.

The Russians are serving a four-year ban handed down in late 2019, the result of a long-running scandal that has seen athletes, coaches and officials caught in an orchestrated doping ...Read more

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Appreciation: Appreciating Rafer Johnson as more than a great athlete, but a great man

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LOS ANGELES — Rafer Johnson's body had grown weak but his spirit was undimmed the last time he attended a Special Olympics breakfast at Long Beach State. That was a year ago — or maybe two years, Tai Babilonia guessed, since she had seen him at a meeting of the organization that gripped his heart since he founded its Southern California ...Read more

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Olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson, who helped bring Summer Games to L.A., dies at 86

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LOS ANGELES — Rafer Johnson, the breathtaking Olympic gold medal winner who became an adored symbol of good sportsmanship and civic generosity, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles' Sherman Oaks neighborhood. He was 86.

The Olympian's death was confirmed by his family.

Johnson's legacy was interwoven with Los Angeles' history, beginning...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Arnie Robinson dies at 72; Olympic long jump gold medalist, San Diego mainstay

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The fact Arnie Robinson learned to long jump using a discarded mattress in the driveway of his Paradise Hills home offered the first hint of his fiery drive. Winning a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal revealed his talent, focus and unflinching commitment.

Beyond the world-class ability, the global track and field fame, the pile of ...Read more

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Report: Tokyo Olympics to cost extra $1.9 billion

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The organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics estimated the additional costs for postponing the events to the summer of 2021 to be about 200 billion yen ($1.9 billion), the Yomiuri newspaper reported.

The committee will discuss the plan with the Japanese and Tokyo metropolitan governments and decide next month how to split the...Read more

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U.S. sprinter Christian Coleman draws two-year ban, will miss Tokyo Olympics

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The world's top sprinter will not be allowed to compete at the Tokyo Olympics after officials banned him for two years for missing a string of random doping tests.

Christian Coleman, who won the 100-meter title at last year's world championships, figured to rank among the marquee U.S. athletes at the postponed Games.

The Athletics Integrity ...Read more



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