Middle East ready to host Olympics, says OCA chief
Middle East ready to host Olympics, says OCA chief

Doha and Dubai are capable of hosting the Middle East`s first Olympic Games and the region would simply have to trust itself to deliver a great event in the face of doubt and criticism, the president of the Olympic Council of Asia has told Reuters.

Rahul Dravid, Abhinav Bindra and Gopichand to select Olympic medal hopes

With an aim to increase India`s medal tally in 2016 and 2020 Olympics, the Sports Ministry has decided to start a "Target Mission Olympic Podium Scheme" and an elite athletes identification committee, which will include sporting greats Rahul Dravid and Abhinav Bindra among others.

Rory McIlroy takes Ireland option for 2016 Olympics

Rory McIlroy confirmed on Wednesday he will represent Ireland should he qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil where golf will return to the Games.

Racism in Japanese soccer ignites concerns

The J-League has handed down its harshest punishment in the football league`s 20-year history following one of the nation`s biggest clubs` fans being accused of racist behaviour in a saga that has blighted the professional game here as Tokyo gears up to host the 2020 Olympics.

Sanfrecce scoop J-League Super Cup title

Teenage strikers Gakuto Notsuda and Takuma Asano scored either side of half-time as Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Yokohama Marinos 2-0 on Saturday to claim the Super Cup for a second year running.

SAI recruits 174 coaches in 16 disciplines

After almost two decades, Sports Authority of India (SAI) has recruited 174 new assistant coaches in 16 disciplines with an aim to make the country a sporting powerhouse by 2020 Olympics.

Hosts Japan aiming high at Tokyo 2020

Japan wants its athletes to double their best-ever medal haul at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but experts warn the debt-laden nation will need to spend big if it is to seize the homefield advantage.

Samaranch feels Tokyo was awarded 2020 Olympics fairly

Spanish International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. said that although Madrid is hurt for not being chosen as the host city for the 2020 Olympics, the decision to give the Games to Tokyo was "reasonable".

China warns Japan against basing officials in disputed islands

China on Tuesday warned Japan against its "provocative" plan to station officials in islands in the East China Sea at the centre of a bitter dispute, saying it will resolutely defend its territorial sovereignty.

Squash still has a great future despite Oly snub: PSA, WSF

Despite being `devastated` by the IOC decision to choose wrestling ahead of squash as an additional sport to join the 2020 Olympic programme, the Professional Squash Association (PSA) on Monday stressed that the sport has a `great future`.

Modernisation put wrestling back in Olympics, says world body

The world wrestling federation chief said "modernisation" helped the sport get reinstated in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games.

Will squash be able to grapple with Wrestling for 2020 spot?

The battle for the final spot at the 2020 Olympics has entered its business end with wrestling, squash and a combined bid from baseball-softball hoping to emerge stronger than ever from their existence crisis when the full IOC assembly will take a call on their future on Sunday.

Anxiety grips wrestlers, squash players ahead of Oly decision

India`s wrestling and squash fraternity is waiting with bated breath for the International Olympic Committee`s highly-anticipated vote on September 8 to decide on the inclusion of one of the sports to the 2020 Olympic roster.

Substantial support for Madrid`s Olympic bid

The final opinion poll on Madrid`s bid for the 2020 Olympics was published on Thursday, showing overwhelming popular support for the Games` return to Spain.

Olympics 2020: Turkey has `zero tolerance` to dopers

A new "zero tolerance" policy and a reaccredited testing laboratory will help Turkey fight doping following a string of positive cases, the head of Turkey`s bid to host the 2020 Olympics said on Wednesday.

Tokyo dangles dollars in bid to win 2020 Summer Games

Tokyo`s Olympic bid team on Wednesday dangled dollar signs in front of the IOC, with a vow to leverage Asia`s massive marketing potential were it awarded the right to stage the 2020 Summer Games.

Sports Ministry urges IOC to retain wrestling in 2020 Olympics

The Sports Ministry has requested full membership of the International Olympic Committee to take up the matter of wrestling at the 125th session of IOC at Buenos Aires, Argentina and retain the game in the category of core sports in Olympic Games.

Istanbul, Madrid trade blows in race to host 2020 Olympics

Istanbul bid says that of the three candidates they would need to spend the least on `dedicated Olympic projects`.

Wrestling reforms won`t stop after IOC vote: Nenad Lalovic

The sweeping reforms that have transformed wrestling in the past six months will not stop even if the sport regains its place at the 2020 Olympics, federation president Nenad Lalovic said.

Istanbul 2020 bid unfazed by `ups and downs`

Blows rained down on Istanbul`s 2020 Olympic bid in recent months with anti-government protests rocking the country, and dozens of Turkish athletes banned for doping.