Australian Athletes Fined For Improper Accreditation

Rio Olympics, IOC, AOC, Australian athletesA group of Australian Olympic athletes have been fined by Brazilian Police after they tried to get into a venue they were not accredited for.

The group of 10 athletes were taken to a police station after trying to enter the basketball arena to watch a semi-final game between Australia and Serbia.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) confirmed that the athletes included Rugby Sevens Captain, Ed Jenkins and bronze medal winning cyclist, Matthew Glaetzer among others.

The AOC Chief Executive, Fiona de Jong, told ABC that the athletes did not have the correct accreditation, but denied earlier reports that they had been arrested.

“A mistake was made this evening.

“We have apologised for that mistake before the magistrate and prosecutor.

“We have agreed on an outcome which is the payment of the fine and a good behaviour bond for each of the athletes involved,” she said.

Officials of the International Olympic Committee and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee were not available for comment.

Ex FIFA President, Joao Havelange Dies At Age 100

Fifa, World Cup DrawFormer president of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), Joao Havelange has died at the age of 100.

According to reports in Brazil, Havelange, who competed as an Olympic swimmer for Brazil at Berlin in 1936 and was a member of their 1952 water polo team in Helsinki, died in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Brazilian served as the seventh president of FIFA from 1974 and 1998 before Sepp Blatter took over.

João Havelange served as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1963 to 2011, him being the longest-serving active member upon his resignation.

Expressing his sympathies, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, said: “During his 24 years as FIFA President football became truly global, reaching new territories and bringing the game to all corners of the world. Something the whole football community should be grateful for. I extend my condolences to his family”.

Joao Havelange was born in Rio de Janeiro on May 8, 1916 to Belgian immigrants, Jean-Marie Faustin Godefroid.

Though he trained as a lawyer, Havelange continued to pursue a career in the world of sport, becoming the head of the Brazilian delegation at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 and the honorary president of Fluminense Football Club.

In 1958, at the age of 42, he was appointed chairman of the Brazilian Sports Association (CBD), which later became the Brazilian Football Association (CBF).

Voted on to the International Olympic Committee in 1963, Havelange was elected President of FIFA on 11 June 1974.

IOC’s Decision On Russia Sends Wrong Message – WADA

Wada, RussiaWorld Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is “disappointed” its recommendation to ban Russia from next month’s Olympic Games in Rio has been rejected.

WADA President, Craig Reedie, is worried the International Olympic Committee’s decision on Russia will “seriously undermine principles of clean sport embodied within the world anti-doping code”.

The IOC rejected calls for Russia to be banned from next month’s games over its doping record putting the onus on international sports federations to decide whether individual athletes should be allowed to compete.

However, WADA “stands by” its recommendation last month of a full Russia team ban.

The Australian government has also criticized the International Olympic Committee for rejecting a blanket ban on Russian athletes.

Australian Sports Minister, Sussan Ley, said that their participation risks damaging the reputation of the Olympic movement.

Meanwhile, Russian athletes have checked into the Olympic village following the International Olympic Committee’s decision not to impose a blanket ban on the national team.

The ioc’s decision follows the world anti-doping agency’s call for a blanket ban in response to the independent McLaren report that found evidence of state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Nicholas Smith, who works with Team Russia as part of the canoe slalom delegation, said that they had gone through a tense few weeks.

Russia Escapes Blanket Ban From Rio Olympics

Rio Olympics, Russia, IOCRussia has escaped a total ban from the 2016 Rio Olympics following the country’s doping scandal.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the decision following a report in which Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, said that Russia ran a state-sponsored doping programme from 2011 to 2015.

The IOC has now resolved to leave it up to individual sport’s governing bodies to decide if Russian athletes are clean and should be allowed to take part in the competition.

Participants from Russia who wish to take part in the games would have to meet strict criteria laid down by the IOC.

The Court of Arbitration had earlier rejected the athletes’ quest to compete in the Olympic Games which is expected to kick off on August 5 in Brazil.

Russia had attempted to have a ban placed on its track and field athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games overturned.

The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) found Russia to be guilty of state-sponsored doping back in November, leading to a ban from this year’s competition.

Zika Virus: Andy Murray To Seek Advice Before Olympics

Andy Murray, Olympics, Zika VirusWorld’s number two, Andy Murray, says he will seek medical guidance on the Zika virus before travelling for the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

According to Murray, his decision was as a result of recent alarms raised by prominent scientists that it was “unethical” for the summer Olympics and Paralympics to take place.

The 29-year-old British number one told BBC that he would speak to a couple of doctors about Zika and see what their advice would be.

“I plan on playing for sure but don’t know the exact situation there now.

“I need to get a little bit more information first before making a decision,” he said.

The International Olympic Committee has said it sees no reason to delay or move the Games because of the mosquito-borne virus, which is linked to serious birth defects.Andy Murray, Zika

The global health body said that the call would “not significantly alter” the spread of the virus, which is linked to serious birth defects.

Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes. People with Zika virus disease can have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache which normally last for 2-7 days.

There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available. The best form of prevention, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) is protection against mosquito bites.

The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

IOC Suspends Kuwait Over Government Interference

iocThe International Olympic Committee has suspended Kuwait for the second time in five years over government interference in the gulf country’s Olympic committee.

The Executive Board (EB) of the IOC, in a statement on Tuesday, said that the Kuwait Olympic Committee (KOC) was suspended in order to “protect the Olympic Movement in Kuwait from undue government interference”.

The IOC said that it met the government and the Kuwait Olympic Committee on October 12 to resolve the issue over a piece of sports legislation that was seen as threatening the autonomy of the Olympic body but the talks proved fruitless.

“Unfortunately, the deadline expired today with no action having been taken by the Government of Kuwait,” the IOC said.

The move comes after Kuwait failed to amend its disputed sports legislation by the October 27 deadline set by the International Olympic Committee.

Football world governing, FIFA suspended Kuwait’s Football Association over the same issue two weeks ago.

The move means Kuwait is barred from taking part in “any activity connected with the Olympic Movement or exercise any right conferred upon it by the Olympic Charter or the IOC.”

All IOC funding to the Kuwait body is cut off, while the IOC said it “reserves the right to take further measures” regarding the participation of Kuwaiti athletes in the Olympics and Olympic-related events.

If the suspension is not lifted before the Olympics in Rio, Kuwaiti athletes would be barred from representing their country at the games.

The IOC would consider giving them special dispensation to compete as individuals under the Olympic flag.

Sydney 2000 Olympics: IOC awards Nigeria 4×400 metres Gold medal

After 12 years, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially re-awarded Nigeria with the gold medal in the 4×400 metres relay event of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The Nigerian team which was made up of the late Sunday Bada and Jude Monye, Clement Chukwu as well as Enefiok Udo-Ubong were initially given the silver medal, but after a meeting of the IOC’s executive board, Nigeria was elevated as the winners with Jamaica taking silver and the Bahamas winning the bronze medal.

Nigeria takes the gold originally won by the United States, who has been disqualified owing to the late Antonio Pettigrew’s confession, to having taken performance enhancing drugs at the time of the games.

The IOC also stripped American Crystal Cox of her gold medal, which she won for the 4×400 meters relay at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Cox, the Athens relay alternate, was banned for four years in 2010 for using performance-enhancing drugs. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency had said Cox had used prohibited anabolic agents between 2001 and 2004.

The IOC’s Executive Board, however, did not make any decision on the other relay runners in the team, saying it was up to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to decide if all the runners on the U.S. team would be stripped of their medals.

Russia were second in that race and Jamaica won bronze. Britain finished fourth. Should the IAAF decide, as it has done in similar cases, to strip the medals from all team athletes, these countries will be moved up to gold, silver and bronze.

The other members of the US 4×400 team for 2004 games were Monique Henderson, Monique Hennagan, Sanya Richards and Deedee Trotter.

Pettigrew, who committed suicide in 2010, had been disqualified in 2008 from the 4x400m race in Sydney where the United States won gold with a team that which included Michael Johnson and the 400m race where he finished seventh. Pettigrew had admitted to doping.

The IOC had delayed reallocating the medals, awaiting any new information from an on-going investigation into an American doping scandal.