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Hockey to become 60-minute game from Sep 1

Hockey to become 60-minute game from Sep 1Lausanne, March 20 : The international hockey federation (FIH) Thursday introduced major changes to the structure of the sport including reducing the 70-minute game to 60 minutes comprising four 15-minute quarters instead of two 35-minute halves. The changes will come into effect from Sep 1.

After the first and third quarters there will be a two-minute break while the existing 10-minute halftime will remain unchanged. The four-quarter model has been tried and implemented by both the Euro Hockey League and the Hockey India League.

India to begin hockey World Cup campaign against Pak

India to begin hockey World Cup campaign against Pak Lausanne (Switzerland), Dec 29 : India take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening fixture of the FIH Hero Honda World Cup hockey tournament to be held in New Delhi from Feb 28 to March 13, according to the match schedule announced by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) here Tuesday.

India are placed in pool B along with Pakistan, Australia, Spain, England and South Africa while pool A includes defending champions Germany, the Netherlands, Argentina, Korea, New Zealand and Canada.

IOC denies Thanou sprint gold

MarionJones-KaterinaThanouLausanne (Switzerland), Dec 10 (DPA) Olympic officials decided against giving the 100 metre gold stripped from Marion Jones to Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board has reallocated other individual medals taken from Jones for doping at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Thanou, who finished second in the sprint, was herself tainted by a doping scandal at the 2004 Athens Games.

Although Thanou has been allowed to keep silver, the decision means the gold medal remains vacant while other medals are redistributed.

Pechstein to hear CAS decision on November 25

Pechstein to hear CAS decision on November 25 Lausanne, Switzerland - Five-time Olympic speed skating champion Claudia Pechstein will hear the outcome of an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against a ban imposed for blood doping on November 25, sport's highest tribunal announced Thursday.

A decision was originally expected this week and the deferral means Pechstein can not compete in this weekend's World Cup event in Hamar, Norway.

CAS grant Chelsea stay of FIFA transfer ban

CAS grant Chelsea stay of FIFA transfer banLausanne, Switzerland  - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday granted Chelsea a suspension of FIFA's transfer ban, allowing the English Premier League club to sign players during the January transfer window.

Chelsea were banned from signing any new players until 2011 after being found guilty of inducing Lens player Gael Kakuta to breach his contract with the French club two years ago.

Clichy was also banned from playing for four months by the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber.

Pechstein will discover appeal hearing outcome next month

Pechstein will discover appeal hearing outcome next month Lausanne, Switzerland  - Five-time Olympic speed skating champion Claudia Pechstein will have to wait until next month to hear the outcome of an appeal hearing on a ban imposed for blood doping.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said after a two-day hearing before a three-strong panel of arbitrators in Lausanne that a final decision on the case was not expected before November 10.

FINA: All doping tests from world championships were negative

Swimming-Worlds-DopingLausanne, Switzerland - Swimming's controlling body FINA on Wednesday announced that all doping tests undertaken at the recent swimming world championship had returned negative.

In a statement released in Lausanne FINA said that they had taken 252 tests from swimmers, who broke an astonishing 43 world records at the meet, 30 from the open water swimming, 33 from diving, 11 from synchronized swimming and 65 from water polo.

CAS dismisses Mutu appeal against Chelsea

Adrian Mutu Lausanne, Switzerland  - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed Friday an appeal by Romanian striker Adrian Mutu against a FIFA order that he pay former club Chelsea 17.17 million euros (24.14 million dollars) in damages for breach of contract.

Mutu was sacked by the English Premier League after testing positive for cocaine in 2004 a year after joining them from Parma and was ordered to pay the sum by football's ruling body last year.

The 30-year-old has since gone on to rebuild his career, joining Juventus in 2005 despite serving a seven-month ban for the cocaine offence before moving on to Fiorentina in 2006. (dpa)

CAS confirm Pechstein appeal over doping ban

CAS confirm Pechstein appeal over doping ban Lausanne, Switzerland - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed Monday that five-time Olympic speed skating champion Claudia Pechstein and the German Speed Skating Association (DESG) have both filed appeals against her doping ban.

The International Skating Union (ISU) announced on July 3 that it had banned Pechstein for two years until February 2011 for blood doping due to abnormal blood values and abnormal changes of the values in various tests, most notably at the February 7/8 worlds in Norway.

CAS blocks FIFA punishment for Egypt goalkeeper El Hadary

CAS blocks FIFA punishment for Egypt goalkeeper El HadaryLausannne, Switzerland  - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) granted Tuesday a stay of the execution of a FIFA decision to hand a four-month ban to Egypt international Essam El Hadary, pending a final ruling of the goalkeeper's appeal.

In April of this year, FIFA banned Swiss club FC Sion from signing any new players until the end of the 2009-10 season because El Hadary had been signed before his contract with Al-Ahly had expired.

IOC renews ASBU broadcasting deal for 2014 and 2016 Games

IOC renews ASBU broadcasting deal for 2014 and 2016 Games Lausanne, Switzerland - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has renewed its broadcasting deal with the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) for coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2016 Summer Games.

The IOC said in a statement Thursday that ASBU will have at least 200 hours of coverage in 2016 and a daily highlight show from Sochi in 2014 in the deal covering 20 states including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

IOC threatens Kuwait with suspension

IOC threatens Kuwait with suspension Lausanne, Switzerland - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday threatened Kuwait with suspension over a lack of autonomy of its national Olympic committee.

IOC vice president Thomas Bach said around IOC executive board meetings that Kuwait's Olympic Committee was not independent from government influence.

The IOC has given Kuwait a deadline until the end of July to set up conditions to assure the autonomy of its Olympic Committee. (dpa)

Seven sports pitch for place at the Olympics

Seven sports pitch for place at the OlympicsLausanne, Switzerland - Golf and rugby sevens are among seven sports pitching to join the Olympics at a presentation at International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne Monday.

The IOC executive board is also hearing from representatives of baseball, softball, karate, roller sports and squash who are vying to be on the 2016 Olympics programme.

Baseball and softball are seeking a return to the Olympics after being voted off the programme for the 2012 London Games in 2005.

IOC renews deal with IT partners Atos Origin until 2016

IOC renews deal with IT partners Atos Origin until 2016Lausanne, Switzerland- The International Olympic Committee and IT company Atos Origin have renewed their partnership by four years until the 2016 Summer Games, both sides announced on Monday.

The new deal covers the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2016 Games for which the host city will be elected by the IOC on October. Atos has been an official IOC partner since 2001.

Atos runs the Olympic IT system that relays competition results and information about athletes to spectators and media around the world. (dpa)

Former IOC member, African football boss Halim dies

Former IOC member, African football boss Halim dies Lausanne, Switzerland  - Abdel Mohamed Halim of Sudan, a former African football supremo and International Olympic Committee member, the IOC said on Friday. He was 99 years old.

Halim was an IOC member 1968-1982 and later an honorary member of the Olympic body.

He made a big contribution to African football as founding member of the continent's football federation in 1957, organizer of the first African Nations Cup the same year in his native Sudan, and African football supremo 1987-1988.

CAS cancels Pizarro fine imposed by Peru federation

CAS cancels Pizarro fine imposed by Peru federationLausanne, Switzerland  - The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday cancelled a fine of 10,000 dollars imposed on Peru striker Claudio Pizarro by his nation's football federation (PFF) for allegedly misbehaving after a 2007 match with Brazil.

The CAS said in a statement that "the facts put forward by the PFF in relation to Pizarro were not supported by concrete evidence" and added that "the incidents reported by the PFF were not dealt with either in the PFF regulations, or in the FIFA regulations."

IOC announces new Director of Communications

IOC announces new Director of Communications Lausanne, Switzerland  - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday announced that Briton Mark Adams has been appointed Director of Communications.

The 45-year-old, who is joining the Olympic body from the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was Managing Director and Head of Media and Communications, will be taking over his new position at the end of May.

In a statement the IOC said that the former journalist worked for several television stations before joining the World Economic Forum.

CAS reduce Austrian ski coach's life ban to 15 years

swiss flagLausanne, Switzerland - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced the lifetime ban for doping offences imposed on Austrian nordic skiing coach Emil Hoch to 15 years Tuesday.

Hoch was the trainer of the Austrian cross-country ski team at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin when the team9s accommodation was searched by Italian police and medical items which could be used for blood doping and blood manipulation were found.

The Liechtenstein national was subsequently given a life ban by skiing's ruling body FIS for possession of a prohibited doping method and assistance/complicity in doping.

CAS dismisses Rasmussen appeal against two-year doping ban

CAS dismisses Rasmussen appeal against two-year doping ban Lausanne, Switzerland  - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Thursday dismissed cyclist Michael Rasmussen's appeal against the two-year ban he received for doping from the Monegasque Cycling Federation (FMC) last June.

"Consequently, Michael Rasmussen is suspended for a period of two years, starting on 26 July 2007," said CAS in a statement.

Rasmussen was kicked out of the 2007 Tour while leading after lying about his whereabouts in connection with doping tests. He told the International Cycling Federation

IOC opens bid process for 2014 Youth Olympics

IOC opens bid process for 2014 Youth Olympics Lausanne, Switzerland - The bidding process for the 2014 Youth Olympics opened on Friday, the International Olympic Committee said.

The IOC said in a statement that interested cities have February 9, 2009, to formally bid for the event bringing together around 3,500 athletes aged 14-18 in the Olympic summer sports.

Bid files have to be submitted by July 2009, a shortlist will be set up in October and the host city elected by the IOC in February 2010.




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