Anti-doping`s biggest ally is time: WADA chief

Drugs cheats can run but they cannot hide as testers can wait for years to retest samples that will eventually root out any doping offenders, World Anti-Doping Agency chief Craig Reedie said on Friday.

Olympic medallist is Argentine sports minister

Argentina`s four-time Olympic sailing medal winner Carlos Espinola has been appointed the new sports minister by President Cristina Fernandez.

Beijing will be my last Games, says Yao

Yao Ming has said the Beijing Olympics, where he will lead China`s basketball challenge, will be his last.

Olympic athletes set to shine through smog, doping scandals

Beijing Games organisers will be hoping that the exciting crop of competitors in the blue riband event of athletics can dispel the sordid spectre of doping and provide a feast of top-class sport.

Rathore to be the flagbearer for India in Olympics

Athens Olympics silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore will be the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent in the Beijing Olympics starting Aug 8, the Indian Olympic Association announced Monday.

Olympic protesters required to apply first

Foreign and local protesters who want to speak out against the Beijing Olympics are required to apply five days in advance, and not harm "national interests," the security chief for the Olympic organizing committee said.

Flag-waving earthquake victims cheer Olympic torch

Crowds roared with delight and waved hundreds of Chinese flags in welcome as the Olympic torch began an emotional tour of Sichuan on Sunday, three months after a powerful quake devastated large swaths of the lush, mountainous province.

Messi hailed by Chinese, awaits CAS verdict

Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho have been given rapturous receptions on their arrival in China for the Olympic soccer tournament but a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is threatening to take some gloss off the contest.

German Olympians say `We`re all Chinese` in protest

Under the slogan "We are all Chinese", nine German Olympians have posed in their sports kit for a Munich magazine while holding pictures of Chinese dissidents in front of their faces.

IOC chief Rogge denies agreeing to website blocks

Olympic chief Jacques Rogge said Saturday he did not agree to Internet restrictions on foreign media in Beijing, describing the situation as "not good", just six days before the start of the Games.

Marathon contingency plan in place during Olympics

Beijing Olympics organisers said on Friday they had a contingency plan for the marathon should pollution force a rescheduling or a postponement of the Games` final athletics competition.

Eclipse to darken NW China, a week before Olympics

A full solar eclipse will sweep across the Arctic and Siberia before ending in western China, where it will kick off the month in which Beijing hosts the Olympic Games.

7 Russian athletes in dope scandal

With only one week to go before the Beijing Olympics, Russia suddenly has its own version of a BALCO doping scandal involving some of the track team`s biggest stars.

Absolutely no excuse for failing at Olympics: Amritraj

With talent, opportunity and sponsors at their disposal, there is "absolutely no excuse" for Indians not to perform well in the Beijing Olympics, says legendary tennis player Vijay Amritraj.

Saudi Arabia says Games team will not include women

When Saudi Arabia`s Olympic team appears in Beijing next month, it will be conspicuous for the absence of women.

IOC agenda: Net censorship, doping, smog

Media censorship, doping and chronic air pollution threatening the Beijing Olympics are among the main issues to be discussed when President Jacques Rogge and other top IOC officials meet this weekend for a final review ahead of the games` opening. The International Olympic Committee and the Chinese organizers are under fire for failing to deliver on pledges of unblocked Internet access, TV reporting freedoms and clean air.

Indian Archers prepared to tackle windy Beijing weather

In Athens Olympics they were foxed by turbulent weather conditions, but this time around the Indian archers are better prepared to face the eventuality and are leaving no stones unturned for a medal in Beijing.

Secret`s out about Beijing Games opening ceremony

One secret`s out for next week`s Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, but a big one still remains. South Korean television footage shot at a dress rehearsal this week breached the secrecy surrounding the Beijing Olympic Games` opening ceremony and offered a first glimpse of the elaborate production.

Romanian Olympic duo fail dope test

Two athletes have been kicked off Romania`s Olympic squad after testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO, it was announced.

India to send four hockey coaches to Beijing Olympics

Indian hockey team failed to qualify for the Olympics for the first time, and in a well-planned mission the ad-hoc committee will send four coaches to Beijing to prepare a blueprint for success in future.

China rights in focus as Games city haze lifts

Olympic host Beijing saw hazy pollution lift on Tuesday, but a damning Amnesty International report brought into sharp view tensions over China`s human rights policies ten days before the Games begin.

No holiday for Tibet police during Olympics: Chinese media

All holiday is cancelled for police in Tibet until the end of the Olympics, state media said Wednesday, signalling concern that unrest in the region could tarnish the Games.

Security tightened at Beijing`s Tiananmen Square

China has stepped up security at one of Beijing`s most sensitive locations, Tiananmen Square, just days ahead of the Olympics, state media reported on Wednesday.

India rests medal hopes on Lee-Hesh

Star tennis duo of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have kept aside their differences and come together to enhance India`s medal prospects in the Beijing Olympics but whether the ageing duo can recreate their magic remains to be seen.

UK hockey girls to wear red contact lenses to beat Beijing smog

Female hockey players from Britain are to wear red contact lenses to beat the smog in Beijing during next month``s Olympics.

IOC admits Internet censorship in China

Some International Olympic Committee officials cut a deal to let China block sensitive websites despite promises of unrestricted access, a senior IOC official admitted on Wednesday.

Crowd nightmare haunts Beijing organisers

From spitting and booing to full-scale riots, Chinese fans loom as a potential public relations disaster for the Beijing Olympics.

Boxers ready to punch above their weight

Eight years after agonisingly missing out on their first Olympic boxing medal, Indian boxers will enter the ring in Beijing buoyed by their impressive showing in the build-up to the Games which start next week.

A heart chained to Olympics

The Olympics in the modern times began in 1896, thanks to Baron Coubertin of France, who brought the Games back to life centuries after the ancient Greeks` annual sports event slipped into oblivion. But there were many earlier attempts to revive the classical Greek tradition, and a lot of the evidence for those attempts can be seen on the most mundane of objects: the key chain.

Japanese Olympians to bring dust masks to Beijing

Japan`s Olympic delegation will carry 500 dust masks for industrial use to guard against the notorious air pollution in Beijing, a corporate official said Monday.