South Korea's sports ministry probes federations

South Korea`s sports ministry has launched a probe into seven winter sports federations in a bid to uncover any illegal activities and recover public trust in the organisations ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games.

Record-breaking Matt`s gloss finish as doping hits Sochi

Mario Matt became the oldest Olympic skiing champion on Saturday when he won a chaotic men`s slalom while the penultimate day of the Sochi Games saw a third positive dope test.

IOC welcomes India back, opens cash pipeline

India`s return to the Olympic fold switches on a multi-million-dollar pipeline of funds and stokes the giant nation`s sporting ambitions.

IOA should learn a lesson from suspension: Olympians

The Indian sports fraternity today heaved a sigh of relief on the country`s return to the Olympic fold but said the IOA should learn a lesson from the 14 months of suspension so that the embarrassing episode is never repeated.

Kuzmina defends biathlon sprint title

Defending champion Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia on Sunday became the first woman to win two Olympic titles in the same individual biathlon when she stormed to victory in the 7.5km sprint.

Plushenko, Lipnitskaia lead Russia to first Sochi gold

National idol Yevgeny Plushenko and rising star Julia Lipnitskaia got hosts Russia off the mark on Sunday sealing gold in the inaugural team figure skating team at the Sochi Olympics.

Norwegians race for bereaved compatriot

Norwegian cross-country medallists Marit Bjoergen and Heidi Weng said they raced on Saturday for the family of bereaved teammate Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, whose brother died on the eve of the Sochi Games.

Austrian Morgenstern plays down chances after crash

Austrian ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern already has three Olympic gold medals at home, and after a training accident left him hospitalised for a week in January his top priority now is getting through the Sochi Olympics unscathed.

2014 Sochi Winter Games begin, President Vladimir Putin keen to prove doubters wrong

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Friday determined to prove his doubters wrong after militant attacks, a row over gay rights and ballooning costs overshadowed preparations.

Sevens Olympic green light for Brazil

Brazil reacted with delight Thursday after the International Rugby Board handed automatic Rio 2016 Games slots to their men`s and women`s Rugby Sevens teams.

US warns of toothpaste bombs on Russia flights

The US government warned American and foreign airlines that terrorists could try to place explosives disguised as toothpaste on Russia-bound flights.

Wrestling`s Olympic return is music to Putin`s ears

Wrestling`s quickfire return to the Olympic programme was music to the ears of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who personally lobbied for its return last year.

Billie Jean King withdraws from US delegation

Openly gay tennis legend Billie Jean King has withdrawn from the US presidential delegation to the Winter Olympics in Russia, citing the ill-health of her mother, officials said Wednesday.

IOC chief Thomas Bach says seven-year rule not set in stone

An International Olympic Committee rule that forces a sport to wait seven years before it can potentially become part of the Games programme is "more or less obsolete," IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday

Putin critic Navalny seeks permission to visit Sochi

Russian opposition figure and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, who is restricted from travelling outside Moscow, has requested permission to visit Sochi during the Winter Olympics, according to his blog and his press secretary.

First teams arrive in Sochi as Russia races to finish

Russia on Sunday welcomed the first teams to its southern resort of Sochi less than a week ahead of the start to the Olympic Games, as organisers worked all out to finish accommodation on time.

Japan keen to copy world wonders

Japan`s women ice hockey players, who have made it through to the Olympics for the first time in 16 years, are looking to emulate their country`s World Cup winning footballers in Sochi.

Aussies restrict Sochi team movements

Australian competitors at the Winter Olympics face travel restrictions in and around Sochi, it was revealed on Sunday by team chiefs wary of the tense security situation in Russia.

Fernandez chases blades of glory

Should Javier Fernandez discover that his cherished skating boots have gone AWOL when he arrives in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, don`t expect him to lose his temper.

Zach Parise picked to captain Team USA for Sochi Games

Zach Parise, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Games, was named captain of the US men`s ice hockey team for the Sochi Olympics on Friday.

Pussy Riot hopes Dutch royals see beyond Sochi opening ceremony

Two freed members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot said Friday they hoped a high-level Dutch delegation to the Sochi Olympics would see beyond the glittering opening ceremony and speak out on human rights.

No discrimination against gays at Sochi Olympics: Lawmaker

There will be no discrimination against gay people during the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month, a Russian lawmaker said on Monday.

High stakes for Putin at costly Sochi Games

The Sochi Winter Olympics are meant to be Vladimir Putin`s crowning achievement as Russian leader but are in danger of becoming a symbol of his country`s problems.

Russia claims anti-doping progress, must convince sceptics

Russia, for years after the fall of the Soviet Union notorious as one of the world`s worst sports doping offenders, claims to have finally made progress in the fight against drugs and but now must convince sceptics when it hosts the Olympics.

Ex-PM to head Tokyo 2020 organising committee

Former Japanese prime minister Yoshiro Mori will head the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic organising committee, officials announced on Friday.

China downplays Sochi hopes without star skater

Chinese hopes of building on a "historic breakthrough" at the last Winter Olympics are thawing, officials say, as they prepare for the Sochi Games without their star speed skater.

Ice hockey player named Canada`s flag bearer at Sochi

Canada`s ice hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser will carry the national flag at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Canadian Olympic officials announced.

Keshavan hopes to peak at `right time` for Sochi Games

He might have failed to defend his Asia Cup title, but luge athlete Shiva Keshavan is hoping to peak at the right time for the Winter Olympics, starting in Sochi on February 6.

Pittman on board as Australia name biggest Winter team

Former world champion track athlete Jana Pittman will become the first Australian woman to compete in both a Summer and Winter Olympics after being named in her country`s delegation for Sochi on Thursday.

US studying rescue plans in case of crisis at Sochi Olympics

In the face of concerns about possible attacks by militants during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, U.S. military and intelligence officials have been studying contingency plans for evacuating Americans from the games in case of a crisis.