Byron LaBeach, the distinguished Olympian of the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, was not one of the golden quartet athletes in the 4x400m final, but history records that he stood ably with Arthur Wint, Herb McKenley, George Rhoden and Leslie Lanig in giving Jamaica the often celebrated victory. LaBeach was the reserve, then referred to in 1952 as the alternative athlete, but on Sunday, June 16 at Olympic Manor, he was exclusively in the spotlight as he received the Olympic Pin from president of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Christopher Samuda, in a ceremony witnessed by family members and Olympians, which was emotionally celebratory as it was soberly reflective. The Jamaican achiever was
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will attend an International Olympic Committee vote on Monday to support Milan and Cortina D'Ampezzo's bid to land the 2026 winter Games, a source within the Italian Olympic Committee said on Wednesday. The Italian bid is up against the Swedish candidacy of Stockholm and Are, with the IOC to elect the winning bid on Monday. "We have informed the IOC today that Prime Minister Conte will arrive (in Lausanne) on Monday," the source told Reuters.
Archery's world body has de-listed the Archery Association of India (AAI) as a member and given it a month's time to either get its house in order or face suspension. World Archery said it will wait till July 31 before deciding on AAI's suspension. WA will wait for the Supreme Court's verdict on the controversial elections of the AAI. The decision to de-list AAI will not prevent Indian archers from taking part in international events under the national flag in competitions for which entries have already been made. “(World Archery) Executive Board has decided that there is sufficient evidence that the AAI is in breach of Articles 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.1. of the World Archery Constitution and Rules
MOSCOW (AP) — Thirty-three Russian athletes from a range of sports face doping cases for using banned treatments from a doctor, the Russian anti-doping agency said Monday. The agency, known as RUSADA, plans to file cases against 19 track and field competitors — two of them athletes with disabilities — as well as five cyclists, a boxer and a gymnast. The athletes haven't been named, but RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pakhnotskaya told The Associated Press some were national team members. They are suspected of receiving infusions of various substances. Under international anti-doping rules, athletes need a valid medical reason for any intravenous infusion over 100 milliliters in 12 hours, even if
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Winter Olympics in Sweden is music to the ears of the head of Spotify. Daniel Ek, the founder and chief executive of the popular digital music service, is among a slew of high-profile business leaders and politicians getting behind Sweden's bid to host the 2026 Games, a week before the vote takes place. Other signatories to the open letter published Monday include presidents of retail giant H&M and telecommunications company Ericsson, as well as Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and the mayor of Stockholm, Anna Konig Jerlmyr. The letter places a big emphasis on the importance of sustainability in Sweden's bid, saying "by also including social and economic sustainability,
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) — One Chesterfield and three Henrico teens are heading to the big time, qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Olympic trials in swimming. NOVA swimming club's Zoe Dixon, 15, Josephine Fuller, 16, Megan Pulley, 17, and Grace Sheble, 16, each qualified for the trials scheduled for June 21-28, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska. "I'm excited to just swim," Pulley said. But this isn't just any typical swim meet; it's to find out if these ladies have what it takes to make the 2020 U.S. Olympic team. “I get to race against other really fast people and I'm excited to see all these really famous people at the Olympic trials,” Fuller said. They already know one famous Olympian - fellow NOVA swimmer Townley
(CNN) — Your dream of being in the Olympics could be much closer than you think. The torchbearer application for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay opened Monday, which is the relay that brings the Olympic flame from Olympia, Greece, to Tokyo, Japan, for the beginning of the Summer Games. About 10,000 torchbearers, half of which will be members of the public, will wind their way through all 47 Japanese prefectures to safely deliver the flame to the Olympic cauldron. Each leg of the relay is about 200 meters (656 feet), although one leg could be longer than the other. The route was designed to be easily accessible for almost everyone in Japan, with 98% of the population being within an hour car
Ruman Sana had twice previously returned home with gold medals, but was never recognised officially. But yesterday was a different home-coming for the country's best archer as he returned with a bronze he won in the World Archery Championships in Netherlands along with the honour of directly qualifying for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The lad from Khulna was really overwhelmed with the reception he got as state minister for youth and sports Jahid Ahsan Rasel and Bangladesh Olympic Association's secretary general Syed Shahed Reza, along with Bangladesh Archery Federation high-ups, received him with the flower bouquets at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. Afterwards, Ruman and other archers were
Finland forward Riika Sallinen, who in PyeongChang became the oldest Olympic hockey medalist, has retired at age 46. “I no longer have the burning need to really try my best to become a better player,” she said, according to media translations of a Finnish report. Sallinen joined Finland's national team in 1989, nine years before she would score in the first Olympic women's hockey game at the 1998 Nagano Games (and lead the tournament in scoring with 12 points in six games). Sallinen earned a bronze medal in 1998, then retired after the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. She was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2010, but came back to the national team in 2013 after giving birth to three children.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — It was an unforgettable experience for children in the Boys and Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region Monday, who got to meet Team USA athletes and try some new sports at the Olympic Training Center. It was the kick off of a week-long celebration of Olympic Day events happening around Colorado Springs. It was a behind the scenes tour of the Olympic Training Center for about 30 southern Colorado kiddos. “I think our hosts would say it's been challenging to keep the kids a bit corralled here,” President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region, James Sullivan, said. The group did some learning, discovering, moving, and most importantly, dreaming. “Right
A Denver lawmaker is proposing a one-year commission to investigate the U.S. Olympic Committee after it allegedly failed to protect athletes from serial child molester Larry Nassar, giving a boost to a Colorado senator's effort to further study the embattled Olympic agency. Democratic U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette will file legislation Tuesday creating a Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and Paralympics. The committee's 16 members, who would be appointed by congressional leaders, will contain at least eight Olympians, if the bill becomes law. The unpaid commissioners will be given one task: studying the U.S. Olympic Committee, including its diversity, finances, participation, licenses and responses
MONACO (AP) — Olympic marathon silver medalist Eunice Kirwa has been banned for four years for doping. The Athletics Integrity Unit says Kirwa's ban will end on May 7, 2023, when she will be 38. Kirwa, who was born in Kenya but switched nationality and represented Bahrain at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, will keep her silver medal because the AIU disqualified only her results from April 1-May 7. In Rio, Kirwa was second behind Jemima Sumgong of Kenya, who has since been caught doping and lying to investigators. Both Kirwa and Sumgong, is serving an eight-year ban but has retained her Olympic title, were caught using EPO. Kirwa's younger brother, marathon runner Felix Kirwa, was also banned
India won silver in the men's recurve team event at the Archery World Championships after losing to China in the final in Netherlands on Sunday. Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav put up a spirited performance against the Chinese team of Wei Shaoxuan, Feng Hao and Ding Yiliang as they lost 6-2. This was only the second time ever that India reached the gold medal final at the Worlds in this event. They had previously won a silver medal in the 2005 edition held in Madrid, in a team that comprised Rai, along with Jayanta Talukdar and Gautam Singh. They had lost to Korea 244-232 in the final that year. This was also the first time since 2014 that the Indian men's recurve team reached the
A small survey conducted by a British academic shows that a vast majority of British athletes surveyed feel that the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) rules on transgender female athletes are unfair to biological females. “In the survey of 15 female British Olympians, most of them answering anonymously, 11 also agreed with the view that 'it can never be fair for transgender athletes who have been through male puberty to compete in female sport,' with another declining to answer,” according to The Guardian. Cathy Devine, who conducted the study, will report her finding at St Mary's University in London on Wednesday. The IOC's rules on transgender female athletes, updated in 2015, allow
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Winter Olympics in Sweden is music to the ears of the head of Spotify. Daniel Ek, the founder and chief executive of the popular digital music service, is among a slew of high-profile business leaders and politicians getting behind Sweden's bid to host the 2026 Games, a week before the vote takes place. Other signatories to the open letter published Monday include presidents of retail giant H&M and telecommunications company Ericsson, as well as Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and the mayor of Stockholm, Anna Konig Jerlmyr. The letter places a big emphasis on the importance of sustainability in Sweden's bid, saying “by also including social and economic sustainability,