Olympics

Havelange asks IOC to pick Rio to host 2016 Olympics

Rio de Janeiro - Former FIFA president Joao Havelange on Wednesday asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to choose Rio de Janeiro as the host city of the 2016 Olympics.

"At my age, unfortunately, I no longer have ambitions in sport. But I do have one wish, which is to offer Brazil and South America the organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games," said Havelange, one of the most important sports personalities in Brazil.

Havelange, 92, made his speech in French before members of an IOC evaluating commission currently visiting Rio.

IOC inspectors led by Moroccan former athlete Nawal El Moutawakel on Wednesday held closed-door consultations with Brazilian authorities to hear about Rio's plans for the 2016 Games.

Obama “our quarterback” to win Olympic bid for Chicago: Daley

Tom DaleyChicago, Mar 29 : Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has declared President Barack Obama "our quarterback" who will help bring the Olympic Games to the city.

Daley fresh from a Denver trip to promote the Chicago's Olympic bid, said, "This is the United States of America, and the person who's our quarterback is President Barack Obama."

"He is the one who will go to Copenhagen" to present the city's final pitch to the International Olympic Committee in October, The Chicago Sun Times quoted him, as saying.

Obama apologises for Special Olympics wisecrack

Obama apologises for Special Olympics wisecrack Los Angeles  - US President Barack Obama has offered a "moving, sincere" apology for a wisecrack in which he compared his notoriously bad bowling skills to those of handicapped participants at the Special Olympics, the chairman of the US Special Olympics board said Friday.

Tim Shriver told Good Morning America that the president called to apologize even before his taped remarks on the Jay Leno show were broadcast Thursday night.

Annecy looks to host 2018 Winter Olympics

Annecy looks to host 2018 Winter Olympics Paris - The French Alpine town of Annecy was named Wednesday as France's candidate city to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, holding off the challenge from Nice, Grenoble and Pelvoux-les-Ecrins.

Town mayor Jean-Luc Rigaut said 80 per cent of the necessary infrastructure was already in place in Annecy, which is situated beside the cleanest lake in Europe and Mont Blanc.

The German city of Munich, Switzerland's Wallis and Pyeongchang, South Korea have already expressed an interest in hosting the 2018 Winter Games.

ROUNDUP: Martina's 200m appeal turned down by CAS

MatrinaLausanne, Switzerland - Churandy Martina of the Dutch Antilles on Friday lost an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to be reinstated as Beijing Olympics 200 metres silver medallist.

The CAS cited rules by the governing body IAAF that decisions by a race jury of appeal are final and can not be fought.

Martina had originally finished second in the Beijing race in August won by Usain Bolt of Jamaica, with American Wallace Spearmon placing third.

Churandy's 200m appeal turned down by CAS

Churandy MartinaLausanne, Switzerland - Dutch Antilles runner Churandy Martina was not reinstated as Beijing Olympics 200 metres silver medallist as the Court of Arbitration for Sport 
(CAS) rejected his appeal on Friday.

The CAS cited rules by the governing body IAAF that race jury decisions are final and can not be appealed.

Churandy had originally finished second in the Beijing race in August won by Usain Bolt of Jamaica, with American Wallace Spearmon placing third.

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