Martinez yet to earn Olympic slot (April 03, 2017)
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 Michael Martinez. ABS-CBN News File Photo

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Skating Union on Sunday confirmed that Michael Martinez has not yet secured a berth to the 2018 Winter Olympics despite making the cut following the World Championships in Helsinki.

The top 24 skaters earned tickets to the Winter Games, and Martinez finished at No. 24 with a total score of 196.79.

However, it was later revealed that Martinez missed out on a slot as other countries earned multiple spots to Pyeongchang.

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 A club house of Kasumigaseki Country Club is pictured in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Oh Hyun

The club scheduled to hold the 2020 Tokyo Olympics golf events voted to admit women as full members on Monday, scrapping an all-male policy that had been heavily criticized and put its hosting rights in jeopardy.

The private Kasumigaseki Country Club took the decision to change its bylaws at an extraordinary board meeting after being told last month that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would find another venue if the policy remained unaltered.

The Saitama prefecture venue is scheduled to host both men's and women's tournaments in July and August 2020 but rules forbidding women from both playing on Sundays or becoming full members had been roundly condemned, leading to Monday's vote.

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 Ukraine's Viktoriya Tereshchuk practises between rounds at the fencing event during the women's modern pentathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Copper Box August 12, 2012. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Viktoriya Tereshchuk failed a doping test and has been stripped of the bronze medal she won in the women's modern pentathlon at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday.

A re-test of the 35-year-old Ukrainian's sample discovered the anabolic steroid turinabol, the IOC said.

Tereshchuk, a world champion in 2011, could face further sanctions, including a ban imposed by the sport's governing body.

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Budapest withdraws bid to host 2024 Olympic Games (March 02, 2017)
Marton Dunai [ Source: Reuters ]

 FILE PHOTO: The Hungarian Parliament is seen with the Olympic logo at a promotional spot as the Hungarian capital bids for the 2024 Olympic Games, in central Budapest, Hungary, January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh/File Picture

Budapest ended its bid to host the 2024 Olympics on Wednesday, citing a lack of unity after a political movement opposing the move collected more than a quarter of a million signatures to force a referendum on the issue.

Running alongside powerhouses Los Angeles and Paris, Budapest had been considered a long-shot candidate, pinning its hopes on the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Agenda 2020 initiative aimed at promoting less lavish events.

The bid had turned into a political issue, however, a year before the country holds parliamentary elections.

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Ko keen for 2020 Olympic venue to allow women members (March 02, 2017)
John O'Brien [ Source: Reuters ]

 Aug 27, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Lydia Ko of New Zealand drives off the fourth tee box during the third round of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by...

Lydia Ko has undergone some major changes in the off-season in her quest to remain at the top of the world rankings and the New Zealander is also hoping that the golf venue for the next Olympics makes changes to its policy of barring female members.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has urged the private Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama prefecture to allow women full membership or the 2020 Tokyo Games organizers will be asked to find a new venue.

Ko, who won a silver medal at the Rio Games last year, said the sport is gradually improving in terms of equality and that the standard of women's play on the major tours would only help speed up that process.

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 Casey Wasserman, chair of the LA2024 candidature committee speaks at a news conference to annouce the city's final approval to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

LA 2024 officials were "disappointed" to learn this week that Budapest will pull out of the running for the 2024 summer Games and said on Friday the International Olympic Committee (IOC) must select a host city that redefines sustainability.

Hungary's government said this week it would withdraw Budapest's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, citing a lack of political and national unity behind the application that it blamed on the opposition.

"All of us at LA 2024 are disappointed in this news," LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman said in a statement.

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Korea's gold medal hopes for Pyeongchang still on ice (February 25, 2017)
Peter Rutherford [ Source: Reuters ]

 Short Track - Asian Winter Games - Women's 1000 m - Makomanai, Sapporo, Japan 22/02/17 - South Korea's Shim Suk-hee (L) and South Korea's Choi Min-jeong (R) in action during final. Picture taken on February 22, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

South Korea invested heavily across the winter sports spectrum to boost its medal chances at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics but if the ongoing Winter Asiad is anything to go by, the cut-throat world of short track remains its best hope for gold next year.

Since short track speed skating debuted as a medal sport at the 1992 Winter Olympics, Korean athletes have won 21 of the 48 golds up for grabs, their bravery, blazing acceleration and ice-cool composure giving them a razor-sharp edge over their rivals.

The Korean short track skaters have impressed at the Winter Asiad in Sapporo, winning five of eight golds on offer, with two-time women's overall world champion Choi Min-jeong and Sochi 3,000 meters relay gold medalist Shim Suk-hee in top form.

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