Athletes warned over social media ahead of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

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Athletes competing at Glasgow 2014 have been warned they could be thrown out of the event if they do not adhere to strict social media guidelines released by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

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Autonomy of NOC’s vital for future of Olympic Movement, claims Bach

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March 31 – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has spoken strongly about the vital importance of National Olympic Committee autonomy in order to ensure a level playing field in international sport.

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Mega Events: Why Big Sports Needs To Engage the Little Guy

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It is July 29, 2012. I am on a bus with other journalists being whisked through South-East London on a lane reserved for Olympic vehicles. Beside us, I am uncomfortably aware, snakes a long queue of non-Olympic traffic. It is at this point that I spot a road sign that makes me do a double-take. It says: “Ha Ha Road Closed.”

I later checked on a city map and there is, improbably, a Ha Ha Road in that area of the UK capital. No matter: imagine that you don’t know that and you are an ordinary motorist enduring a journey that is taking much longer than it should because the Olympic circus is in town. And then you see that sign. How do you suppose it makes you feel? Continue reading

Bach Must Now Turn to Future After Being Winner ‘Majority of People’ Wanted

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“Ouffff!”

The first word uttered by Thomas Bach as International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, at around 12.42 p.m. today, may not have been very Presidential, but it tells you that this was no cake-walk.

The 59-year-old German’s clear-cut — but not landslide — victory in the Argentinean capital, in the race to become only the ninth president in the IOC’s more than century-old existence, was a triumph of sustained hard work, some would say over more than two decades.

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Athletics World Champions are Getting Older

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Track and field world champions are getting older again, after a near decade-long spell at the start of the millennium when their average age was getting progressively younger. Continue reading

David Oliver – A High Hurdler Heading Back in the Right Direction

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Whenever I see the United States 110 meters hurdler David Oliver I am always pleasantly relieved that his head remains on his shoulders. Three years ago, I chatted to this powerfully built and affable product of Denver, Colorado as we traveled on an open-top bus around the 2012 Olympic Park as part of the publicity drive – as it were – for the following day’s London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace. As we caught a distant glimpse of the as-yet unfinished Olympic Stadium, Oliver – who is six feet, two inches tall – rose from his seat on the top deck to get a picture of it on his mobile phone. A low bridge loomed suddenly in front of us. And had the American not sat down just as suddenly after deeming his snap satisfactory then, well, as I say, it’s nice to see he remains in one piece. Continue reading

IOC Presidential Candidate Wu Offers to Help London Olympic Museum Project

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C K Wu, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) President currently campaigning to take up the most powerful position in world sport as the leader of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has said he would be available to help London re-start its Olympic Museum project. Continue reading