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International Olympic Committee chooses Italy as hosts for 2026 Winter Olympics

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Italy has twice previously hosted the Winter Games - in 1956 in Cortina d’Ampezzo and 2006 in Turin.
'Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo was named as hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympics on Monday, beating off a bid from Stockholm-Are in Sweden, giving Italy the showpiece event for the third time. The 2026 Olympics will run from February 6-22, said the International Olympic Committee. “It is Italy who has won,” said Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Italy has twice previously hosted the Winter Games - in 1956 in Cortina d’Ampezzo and 2006 in Turin. Sweden has only hosted the Summer Olympics, in 1912 in Stockholm. IOC members gave the Italian bid the nod by 47 votes to 34. “We are proud of this superb result. Italy has won, all the country will work together with the ambition to succeed and give everyone a memorable sporting event,” Conte wrote on Twitter having left Lausanne before the result of the vote was announced. Italy’s controversial Interior Minister Matteo Salvini predicted an economic windfall for the region. “It’s an historic day and a victory of all Italians,” he said. “Thank you to those who believed in it from the beginning, especially in the municipalities and regions, and tough luck for those who gave up and who did not believe.” Salvini estimated that the Games will generate five billion euros ($5.69 billion) and create 20,000 jobs. “Congratulations to Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo. We can expect a great.. Read more'

Olympic gold medal would be a hell of a feat: Tiger Woods sets sight on 2020 Tokyo Games

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The 43-year-old was battling back injures in 2016 and was not in contention for a spot in the US team in Rio de Janerio.
'Tiger Woods is setting his sights on next year’s Olympic games, driven on by the knowledge that he may not get many more chances to add a gold medal to his bulging trophy cabinet. The 43-year-old former world number one is hunting a 16th major at this week’s US Open at Pebble Beach, two months after crowning his comeback from injury with victory at the Masters. But Woods acknowledged on Tuesday that he is excited by the possibility of challenging for Olympic honours at Tokyo 2020, where golf will be a medal sport once more after a successful return in 2016. “Olympic gold medal would be a hell of a feat,” Woods said. “First I need to qualify. It would be exciting if I got a chance to represent the United States in the Olympic Games.” Woods was battling back injuries at the time of the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, and was never in contention for earning an Olympic berth. For the 2020 Olympics, qualification will be based on the world rankings, with the top 15 players in the rankings assured of a berth, with a limit of four golfers per country. A total of 60 players will play in the men’s event. On current standings, world number five Woods.. Read more'

International Olympic Committee omits Coe and Infantino from executive board, 10 new members added

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The IOC Elections Committee’s nominees to become new members of the IOC’s governing body in June.
'The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday announced 10 fresh candidates for its executive board, a list that omits athletics supremo Sebastian Coe and FIFA head Gianni Infantino. The IOC Elections Committee’s nominees to become new members of the IOC’s governing body in June include Spyros Capralos, President of the Greek Olympic Committee. In 2012, he received a warning for his involvement in ticketing at the London 2012 Games. “It was seven years ago,” IOC President Thomas Bach told reporters. The commission, chaired by Princess Anne, ruled that Capralos had served his sentence and that a warning should not mean permanent exclusion. “IOC Members are representatives of the IOC in their respective countries, where they promote Olympism and its values,” Bach said in a statement. “These 10 new members proposed to the IOC Session have different backgrounds, but they all have a great passion for and knowledge of the Olympic and sports movement, which will help their mission and will be beneficial for the entire Olympic Movement.” The IOC said that neither Coe, of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), nor Infantino were considered because it did not wish to interfere in the presidential elections in those two bodies. At FIFA, however, Infantino is the only candidate and will be re-elected unopposed.. Read more'

Asian Athletics C’ships: Javelin thrower Annu Rani, Steeplechaser Avinash Sable clinch silver medals

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Annu Rani won a silver medal in women’s javelin with a throw of 60.22 metres.
'India opened their medal tally on the opening day of the Asian Athletics Champions in Doha on Sunday with two silver medals — one in women’s javelin throw and one in men’s 3000m steeplechase — to go with two bronze medals. Annu Rani won a silver medal in women’s javelin with a throw of 60.22 metres. Later in the evening Avinash Sable, bound for the World Championships later this year, won a silver medal in men’s 3000m steeplechase with a timing of 8:30.19 seconds. In the Federation cup in Patiala, he had won the gold medal with new national record of 8:28.94 secs, that won him qualifying spots at the Asian and World Championships. MR Poovamma won the bronze medal in women’s 400m in Doha, clocking 53.21 secs. Poovamma had reached the 400 meters final with a time of 52.4 secs in her heat. Earlier, India’s hopes of a sureshot medal in this event suffered a setback on Sunday as sprinter Hima Das pulled out of the heats. India’s first medal at the event was clinched by Parul Chaudhary, who won a bronze in the women’s 5000m event with a timing of 15:36.03 secs. Earlier in the day, There was further cheer for the Indian contingent when..Read more'