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IOC insists it has 'full confidence' in security measures for 2024 Paris Olympics
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IOC insists it has 'full confidence' in security measures for 2024 Paris Olympics

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
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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.

IOC head Thomas Bach in Brisbane for first time since city awarded Olympics
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IOC head Thomas Bach in Brisbane for first time since city awarded Olympics

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.

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: Event closes after golden moments and doping storm
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Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: Event closes after golden moments and doping storm

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"

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: Olympic ideals exposed as farce in Kamila Valieva's case
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Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: Olympic ideals exposed as farce in Kamila Valieva's case

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.

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: IOC chief Thomas Bach rebukes organisers for political statements
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Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: IOC chief Thomas Bach rebukes organisers for political statements

"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
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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.

Peng Shuai repeats sexual assault denial, meets IOC chief Thomas Bach at Beijing Winter Olympics
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Peng Shuai repeats sexual assault denial, meets IOC chief Thomas Bach at Beijing Winter Olympics

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.

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: In Beijing, Olympic ideals coexist with authoritarian rule
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Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: In Beijing, Olympic ideals coexist with authoritarian rule

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.

IOC would back Peng Shuai inquiry if she wants one, says Thomas Bach
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IOC would back Peng Shuai inquiry if she wants one, says Thomas Bach

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’
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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.

FIFA's biennial World Cup plan slammed in IOC's Beijing meet; Bach questions Infantino's absence
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FIFA's biennial World Cup plan slammed in IOC's Beijing meet; Bach questions Infantino's absence

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.

IOC planning to meet Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai during Beijing Winter Olympics
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IOC planning to meet Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai during Beijing Winter Olympics

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

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: China's Xi Jinping meets IOC chief Thomas Bach ahead of event
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Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: China's Xi Jinping meets IOC chief Thomas Bach ahead of event

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

IOC unable to give certainties amid concern for Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai
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IOC unable to give certainties amid concern for Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai

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
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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.

Beijing Winter Olympics: Activists unfurl Tibet flag, 'no genocide games' banner at flame ceremony
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Beijing Winter Olympics: Activists unfurl Tibet flag, 'no genocide games' banner at flame ceremony

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
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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.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto says official costs of Games will be known early next year
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Tokyo Olympics 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto says official costs of Games will be known early next year

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.

Beijing Winter Olympics: IOC urges teams to ask for more vaccines ahead of next year's Games
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Beijing Winter Olympics: IOC urges teams to ask for more vaccines ahead of next year's Games

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.