The IOC And WADA Will Either Save Or Destroy One Another

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

WADA had called  --  in vain  --  for the IOC to ban the Russian team from Rio. Since, the agency has endured a campaign of vilification by political actors and cyberattacks by hackers. Far more insidiously, too many of WADA's partners appear to feel that the agency has betrayed them by unmasking the ugly truths that lie behind impeccable fictions.

Athletes Pay The Price For Rampant Olympic Committee Spending

Nick Fillmore | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

Given the financial difficulties faced by athletes, you would think the Canadian Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee would provide every dime possible to sports bodies to provide funding. Not so. In fact, both are guilty of greedily spending millions of dollars on themselves while struggling athletes scrambled for a few bucks to get to Rio.

IOC Exec Accused Of Scalping Olympics Tickets Arrested

CP | Adriana Gomez Licon, The Associated Press | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada

He's accused of scalping tickets for the Summer Games as part of a wider probe of tickets allocated to Ireland that were being sold for higher fees.

4 U.S. Swimmers Robbed At Gunpoint In Rio

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.14.2016 | Canada

USA Today and Fox Sports Australia both said he had his wallet stolen early Sunday while socializing the night after Olympic swimming events ended.

Anti-Doping Leaders To Call For Russian Team To Be Banned From Rio

CP | Stephen Wilson And Eddie Pells, The Associated Press | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada

A draft of a letter by U.S. and Canadian anti-doping officials is circulating days before the public release of a report on Russia's system.

Golfer Rory McIlroy Drops Out Of Rio Olympics Over Zika Concerns

CP | Steve Douglas, The Associated Press | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Living

The fourth-ranked McIlroy was scheduled to play for Ireland as golf makes its return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

Olympic Committees Advised On Zika Virus Ahead Of Rio Games

CP | Stephen Wilson, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.29.2017 | Canada

"All parties are taking action to address this topic, and are following developments closely."

A Costly Toronto Olympic Bid Is Unlikely to Pay Off

Janice Forsyth | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Business
Janice Forsyth

Toronto is considering a bid for the 2024 Olympics -- Mayor John Tory says he's still mulling over the economics of it all. The hard reality is that scholarly research on the economic impact of hosting the Olympics is not encouraging. The vast majority of studies show either no impact or a negative impact.

2024 Olympic Bid Process Suffers From a Lack of Transparency

Janice Forsyth | Posted 09.04.2016 | Canada Living
Janice Forsyth

The September 15 deadline to bid for the 2024 Olympics is a big deal that boosters everywhere are downplaying. In Toronto, they are telling us not to worry, saying it's just a letter -- an "expression of interest" -- and that the letter doesn't mean anything. Elsewhere, no one is saying anything about that date at all. But September 15 is a big deal, and bid cities everywhere should be concerned.

Here's What Has To Happen For Toronto To Bid On the 2024 Olympics

CBC | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada

Mayor John Tory has to decide by Sept. 15 whether Toronto will submit a formal bid.

It's Beijing In 2022

CP | Stephen Wilson, The Associated Press | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Living

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Beijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summ...

IOC: Pussy Riot Attack 'Very Unsettling'

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada

SOCHI, Russia - The International Olympic Committee says images of the attack on the Pussy Riot punk group in Sochi are "very unsettling."IOC spokesma...

Why I'm an Olympic Atheist

Will Braun | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada
Will Braun

Amid the medal counts, terror threats and Norwegian curling flare lies the notion that the Olympics make the world a better place. Any sense of togetherness or egalitarianism at the 2012 London Games, for instance, certainly did not apply to the podium. Only 85 of the 204 countries with Olympic committees won medals. If we look at what Olympism has yielded for some of the countries most in need of peace and goodwill, the picture is even less inclusive. The reason the Haitian earthquake orphan will not make it to the Olympics is probably not because she doesn't believe staunchly enough in her dreams.

IOC Backs Russia On Gay Activist's 'Removal'

CP | Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada

SOCHI, Russia - The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday defended the removal of an Italian gay rights activist from a Sochi arena, saying she w...

Sochi Mayor Refused Meeting: Vancouver Councillor

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - An openly gay city councillor sent as Vancouver's envoy to the 2014 Winter Games was rebuffed by the mayor of Sochi and failed to get a fa...

The IOC Is Rich

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Business

SOCHI, Russia - The International Olympic Committee has $932 million in financial reserves after adding $31.5 million in 2013.IOC President Thomas Bac...

The IOC Deserves a Gold Medal in Cowardice

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

The truth is that when it's convenient, or easy, the IOC has no problem taking action. But not wanting to test the Siberian tiger, the IOC has shown that it only has the courage to stand up for straight athletes. In the long history of the Olympic movement, Sochi will be remembered in part for the IOC's unwillingness to defend its own athletes. Its silence on their behalf will speak volumes.


CP | Stephen Wilson, The Associated Press | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics on Saturday, capitalizing on its reputation as a "safe pair of hands'' and defying conc...

Olympics, Anyone?

CP | Stephen Wade, The Associated Press | Posted 11.04.2013 | Home

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Three days ahead of the vote to choose the host of the 2020 Olympics, bid officials for Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid were forc...

'Sport Is A Human Right'

CBC | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada

Growing international criticism of a new Russian law against gay "propaganda" has left some observers wondering whether the Sochi Games will leave an ...

Russia Is Like Nazi Germany, Says British Icon

CP | Rob Harris, The Associated Press | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada

LONDON - British actor and writer Stephen Fry has called for the 2014 Winter Olympics to be taken away from Sochi in a protest against Russia's new an...

Using the Olympic Symbol Sans Permission? Off With your Head!

Peter Worthington | Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png Measures being taken to prevent misuse of the Olympic designation are intriguing, appalling and hilarious. Fines for abuse can total $30,000. There's the 81-year-old grandmother who made tiny sweaters with the Olympic logo for dolls selling for the equivalent of $1.63, proceeds going to a church charity. And the florist rebuked for arranging flowers with the colours of the Olympic rings. Off with their heads!

Watching the Watchdog: The Opening Ceremony Was Its Own Weird Word Cloud

Tim Knight | Posted 09.26.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

The opening stuff before the parade of athletes was weird, bizarre, peculiar, odd, curious, offbeat, outlandish, eccentric, unconventional, unorthodox, queer, unexpected, abnormal, atypical, unusual, out of the ordinary, extraordinary, remarkable, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, inexplicable, incongruous, irregular, singular, ludicrous, comical, ridiculous, droll, deviant, aberrant, grotesque, freakish, surreal, wacky, oddball, way out, freaky, off the wall, rum, wacko, and bizarro.

Saudi Arabia Still Won't Pass the Olympic Torch to Female Athletes

Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada
Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver

For the first time, two Saudi Arabian women have publicly stated their interest in participating in the Olympic movement. But the Middle Eastern nation has never sent a female to the Olympics and doesn't plan on it anytime soon. There are currently 153 youth leagues supported by the Saudi government, yet all blatantly exclude female participation. Is it time for the Olympic Committee to take a stand?

Olympic Bid Imperiled?

CP | Martin Ouellet, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada Politics

QUEBEC - The president of the International Olympic Committee diplomatically sidestepped the question Tuesday of whether student strife in Quebec coul...