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FILE - In this March 13, 2019, file photo, Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, attends the opening day of the 2019 WADA annual symposium at the Swiss Tech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. Because the International Olympic Committee provides half of WADA’s annual $34.6 million budget, its members hold six of the 12 seats on its executive board, which makes most of the key decisions. Reedie is an IOC member, soon to be replaced by Witold Banka, who also serves as Poland’s minister of sports.(Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP, File)
November 06, 2019 - 5:01 pm
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Not long after a bill that would criminalize international doping conspiracies advanced in the U.S. Congress, world Olympic and anti-doping leaders made clear how they felt about the development. They started lobbying for changes in Washington. The International Olympic...
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CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME TO KOLOBKOV INSTEAD OF KOLOBOV - FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, Travis Tygart, the chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Speeches by representatives from the U.S. and Russia delivered Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Poland, illustrated the wide gap in perceptions about the Russian doping scandal that has upended Olympic sports. Tygart said Russia can no longer be allowed to steal medals from clean athletes. A few minutes later, Russian sports minister Pavel Kolobkov said Russia has paid the price for its misdeeds and should be welcomed back into the fold. Russia is under threat of missing the Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
November 06, 2019 - 10:29 am
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The fight was about doping. The United States delivered haymakers. Russia came back with jabs. The proverbial blows were delivered Wednesday in a vast conference room in Poland during a pair of 3-minute speeches that cut through the tedium of an otherwise sleepy rule-making...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, a Russian skating fan holds the country's national flag over the Olympic rings before the men's 10,000-meter speedskating race at Adler Arena Skating Center during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Formed with good intentions, the World Anti-Doping Agency finds itself at a crossroads as it celebrates its 20th anniversary at a conference this week in Poland. It’s an agency riven with conflicts that have hindered its fight against drugs and exacerbated its 4-year-old struggle in the high-profile case against Russia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
November 05, 2019 - 2:13 pm
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The idea made sense. Given the rampant amount of drug abuse in Olympic sports, the sports world needed a global watchdog. But who would pay for that sort of operation? The International Olympic Committee decided it would split the bill with governments. That's how the World...
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FILE - In this March 18, 2019, file photo, Poland's Sports Minister Witold Banka gestures during an interview in Warsaw, Poland. The incoming leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency asked for more money. The International Olympic Committee said `yes.’ It was a fitting entrée for Banka, the incoming president of WADA who promised he would not tolerate cheating or manipulations, and that “the new future of anti-doping starts today.” Then, in an audacious pronouncement, he called upon sports leaders, governments and private companies to contribute to a cause he portrayed as massively underfunded. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)
November 05, 2019 - 7:39 am
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The incoming leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency asked for more money. The International Olympic Committee said "Yes." IOC president Thomas Bach pledged $10 million to fight doping in sports, half of which would go toward storing samples from pre-Olympics testing for 10...
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FILE - This Sept. 12, 2019 file photo shows NBC executive Jim Bell at the Save the Children's "The Centennial Gala: Changing the World for Children" in New York. Bell, who has produced the last four Olympics for the network and been in charge backstage at Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight” show for the past year, says he’s leaving NBC. Bell said in a statement that timing was perfect to forge a new path that would build on his experience in news, sports and entertainment. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
November 04, 2019 - 1:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC executive Jim Bell, who has produced the last four Olympics for the network and been in charge backstage at Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight" show for the past year, says he's leaving NBC. Bell said in a statement that the timing was perfect to forge a new path that would build on his...
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Joyciline Jepkosgei, of Kenya, crosses the finish line to win the Pro Women's Division of the New York City Marathon, in New York's Central Park, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
November 03, 2019 - 3:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Joyciline Jepkosgei arrived in New York with a modest goal for her first marathon ever. "My focus was to finish the race," she said, a gold medal hanging around her neck. Not bad for a novice. Jepkosgei upset four-time champion Mary Keitany to win the New York City Marathon on...
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Alena Kostornaia of Russia competes in the Ladies Free Skating during the ISU figure skating France's Trophy, in Grenoble, French Alps, France, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
November 02, 2019 - 5:46 pm
GRENOBLE, France (AP) — Alena Kostornaia left no doubt there's a new era in women's figure skating by a convincing win over Olympic gold medalist Alina Zagitova at the Internationaux de France, while Nathan Chen won the men's event on Saturday. In a battle between the two Russians, 16-year-old...
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IOC member John Coates, center left, bids farewell to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike after the Four-Party Representative Meeting in Tokyo Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Next year's Olympic marathons and race walks will be run in the northern city of Sapporo as the IOC has followed through with a controversial plan to move from Tokyo to the cooler northern city. (Kimimasa Mayama /Pool Photo via AP)
November 01, 2019 - 6:31 am
TOKYO (AP) — After two weeks of bitter debate, the Tokyo Olympic marathon is still going north to Sapporo. And Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike isn't happy about it. "I dare say, this is a decision without an agreement," Koike said Friday, speaking through an interpreter at talks with the IOC and local...
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Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, left, speaks during a meeting with the International Olympic Committee officials in Tokyo Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Tokyo Governor Koike has told powerful IOC members she wants the Olympic marathon held in Tokyo and lashed out at what she called an "unprecedented" move to switch the race to the northern city of Sapporo. (Kyodo News via AP)
October 30, 2019 - 7:01 am
TOKYO (AP) — The IOC has a full-blown fight on its hands trying to move next year's Olympic marathon from steamy Tokyo to the cooler northern city of Sapporo. The powerful Olympic body is up against Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who was once viewed as a possible Japanese prime minister candidate and...
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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2019, file photo, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks about a proposal from the International Olympic Committee to move the marathons and race walking events to Sapporo, during a regular press conference in Tokyo. Tokyo city officials are in a public feud with the International Olympic Committee over IOC plans, made without consulting the city or local organizers, to move the marathon 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to avoid Tokyo’s summer heat. (Shinji Kita/Kyodo News via AP, File)
October 29, 2019 - 3:36 am
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo city officials are in a public feud with the International Olympic Committee over IOC plans — made without consulting the city or local organizers — to move next year's Tokyo Olympic marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to Sapporo to avoid the capital's summer heat. The...
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