Olympic Games

Darts should be an Olympic sport and "ticks all the boxes" for inclusion in future Games, according to England's World Cup winning former rugby coach Clive Woodward.

The former British Olympic Association director of elite performance wrote in Wednesday's Daily Mail that darts was growing in popularity worldwide and it was time it "stepped up to the Olympic oche".

It could be a very long wait, however. There are currently 37 officially recognized Olympic sports and darts, a game that has long been played by drinkers in English pubs and bars, is not one of them.

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 2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Victory Ceremony - Men's Decathlon Victory Ceremony - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 19/08/2016. Gold medalist Ashton Eaton (USA) of USA reacts on the podium. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Two-time Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton announced his retirement on Wednesday, saying he had given everything he could to the sport.

"I give everything to the decathlon. I did all I could. Thank u for making it the best time of my life. I'm retiring," said Eaton on his Twitter account.

The 28-year-old American, who holds the world record in both the decathlon and indoor heptathlon events, won gold in the multi-event discipline at the 2012 London Olympics and successfully defended his crown at the Rio Games last August.

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Tokyo Olympics unveils $16.8 billion budget, to seek more savings (December 22, 2016)
Chris Gallagher [ Source: Reuters ]

Olympic Games

Tokyo 2020 organizers unveiled on Wednesday a budget of $16.8 billion for hosting the next Summer Games and vowed to seek further savings in co-operation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which has been calling for them to cut costs.

At an a open meeting of a four-party working group that includes the IOC, organisers said they estimated overall costs of 1.6 to 1.8 trillion yen ($15-$16.8 billion), the first official figures they have released since winning hosting rights.

At a previous meeting about three weeks ago, organisers had said costs could run to as much as 2 trillion yen, a level that IOC Vice President John Coates had deemed too high.

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Olympic Games

Romanian weightlifter Gabriel Sincraian and Russian boxer Misha Aloian have been stripped of their 2016 Olympic medals after failing doping tests at the Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Thursday.

Sincraian, who won bronze in the men's 85kg event, tested positive for exogenous testosterone at the Rio de Janeiro Games on Aug. 12, according to a statement from sport's highest tribunal.

Aloian, silver medalist in the -52kg boxing event, failed a test for tuaminoheptane, a stimulant.

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 Russia's Yuliya Zaripova receives her gold medal during the women's 3000m steeplechase victory ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 7, 2012. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Russia's Yuliya Zaripova has been stripped of the gold medal she won in the women's 3,000 meters steeplechase at the 2012 London Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Monday.

Zaripova, who tested positive for turinabol, was among 12 athletes, including seven medalists, who were disqualified from their events following re-testing of samples, the IOC said.

Zaripova had been widely expected to lose the medal after she was banned for two-and-a-half years by Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA in January 2015 after her biological passport showed abnormalities.

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 Kazakhstan's Zulfiya Chinshanlo poses with her gold medal of the women's 53Kg weightlifting competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 29, 2012. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

Three Kazakh weightlifters have been stripped of the gold medals they won at the 2012 London Olympics after failing doping tests in the re-analysis of samples, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

The three were Zulfiya Chinshanlo in the women's 53kg category, Maiya Maneza in the women's 63kg and Svetlana Podobedova, who competed in the 75kg event.

They were among eight athletes disqualified from the Games on Thursday as part of the IOC's re-testing of samples.

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Peping: Two golds in Tokyo 2020 (October 12, 2016)
Beth Celis [ Source: Inquirer ]

Olympic Games

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco’s bold prediction that the Philippines will win two gold medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics reverberated in the four corners of Resorts World Manila last week.

The POC president pronouncement was contained in his speech before the national athletes and media who attended the Rio de Janeiro Olympics thanksgiving party hosted by Sports5, now headed by former national mentor Chot Reyes.

However, Cojuangco said this will only happen if the government, aside from the private sector, would give our national athletes all the support they need.

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