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France's reputation for policing sporting events took a battering following chaos at the Champions League final.
Shinzo Abe assassinated: Sporting world pays tribute to 'man with a vision' who delivered Tokyo Olympics
“Abe Shinzo was a man with a vision, full of determination and boundless energy to make his vision come true. What I appreciated most about him was that he was a man of his word,” IOC president Thomas Bach said.
Brisbane was nominated as the host city for 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in July after the IOC rubber-stamped the Australian city as host.
As President Xi Jinping declared the Games over and handed over to 2026 hosts Milano-Cortina, the International Olympic Committee president Bach hailed an "unforgettable Olympic experience"
Kamila Valieva flew away from the Winter Olympics on Friday, her dreams crushed at the tender age of 15, and there's no reason to think she'd ever want to return after what she went through in Beijing.
"These issues are irrelevant to the Winter Games but I still feel obliged to make a quick comment again," said BOCOG spokeswoman Yan Jiarong on Thursday, after foreign reporters twice asked about Xinjiang.
Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: Kamila Valieva treatment by entourage was ‘chilling’, says IOC president Thomas Bach
Thomas Bach said he was "very disturbed" to see 15-year-old Kamila Valieva's performance, having been controversially cleared to compete despite failing a drugs test in December.
The former doubles world number one alleged in a social media post in November that former Chinese vice-premier Zhang Gaoli forced her into sex during a years-long relationship.
The IOC knows that Beijing has locked up hundreds of thousands of minority Uighur Muslims, those critics say, and arrested countless people who dared voice criticism of the government.
Bach confirmed he would meet the tennis star while he is in the Chinese capital and said he hoped to find out more about her "physical integrity and her mental state".
Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: IOC chief Bach says controversial Games ‘will change winter sports forever’
China has little tradition of winter sports but has consistently said that staging the Olympics will help inspire 300 million people in the world's most populous nation to "engage" in ski and ice pursuits.
IOC President Thomas Bach chided FIFA counterpart Gianni Infantino, an IOC member for the past two years, for not being in Beijing to hear the criticism.
Peng reiterated that she was "looking forward" to meeting IOC president Thomas Bach and chair of the IOC athletes' commission Emma Terho during the Games, according to an official statement
The meeting is expected to be the first of several for the Chinese president — who has not left the country since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic — as dignitaries including Russian President Vladimir Putin descend on Beijing for the Olympics
Critics have claimed the IOC is enabling a cover-up by China ahead of the state-backed project to host the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February.
Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai says she is 'safe and well' in a video call with IOC chief Thomas Bach
"Peng Shuai thanked the IOC for its concern about her well-being," IOC chief Thomas Bach said.
The incident came a day after Tibet activists staged a demonstration at the Acropolis in Athens calling for a boycott of next year's Winter Games in Beijing
International Olympic Committee expresses concerns over FIFA's controversial biennial World Cup proposal
Though IOC President Thomas Bach said last month we will not interfere in this discussion, his organisation stepped in on Saturday after meeting in Athens to detail objections it shared with football stakeholders.
Although the official cost for Tokyo 2020 has been listed as $15.4 billion, several government audits have shown costs may be much higher. Olympic costs are notoriously difficult to track, but no matter the actual cost, most of it is public money.
Health officials in China said this week that more than one billion people, or 72 percent of the country's 1.4 billion citizens, have been fully vaccinated.