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Paris Olympics | Boxing events for male reduced, changes also in weightlifting and shooting

Paris Olympics | Boxing events for male reduced, changes also in weightlifting and shooting

While the preceding Tokyo Games had eight events for men and five for women, in Paris there will be seven events for the male pugilists and six for the female

While the preceding Tokyo Games had eight events for men and five for women, in Paris there will be seven events for the male pugilists and six for the female

Aiming to achieve gender equality, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has increased the number of boxing events for women in the 2024 Paris Olympics from five to six as per a revised list.

While the preceding Tokyo Games had eight events for men and five for women, in Paris there will be seven events for the male pugilists and six for the female, according to an update shared by Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra.

The new categories for men are 51kg, 57kg, 63.5kg, 71kg, 80kg, 92kg and +92kg.

While the new women’s weight classes include 50kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 75kg.

The changes are in line with the trend of increasing women’s weight classes as the Rio Olympics only had three, which was increased by two for the Tokyo Games.

In shooting, the trap mixed team event has been replaced with skeet mixed team event.

As far as weightlifting is concerned, as PTI reported last December the number of events has come down to 10 (5 men and 5 women) from 14 events in Tokyo.

The competition schedule for the Paris Olympic Games was unveiled on April 1, after being approved by the IOC executive board.

In total 32 sports are set to be contested across 19 days of action, with 329 events due to take place across 762 sessions.

Action is scheduled to begin on July 24, two days before the Opening Ceremony is due to be held.

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IOC should boot Russia, Belarus, says Wickenheiser

IOC should boot Russia, Belarus, says Wickenheiser

Canada has invested in sport sanctions against Russia on multiple fronts.

From calling for ejection to athletes lobbying for more punishment, Canada has invested in sport sanctions against Russia on multiple fronts.

International sport governing bodies barring Russia from events in response its invasion of Ukraine means Russians will likely not compete in March’s women’s world curling championship in Prince George, B.C.

Six-time Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser was among Canadian and international athletes calling for the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee to take the ultimate step of booting Russia and invasion-supporter Belarus out of the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

“I 100 per cent believe until Russia, the aggressor in this war, and anyone supporting Russia and the invasion and the killing of innocent people, until that stops Russia has no place in the Olympic movement, which is about peace and the world working together,” Wickenheiser told The Canadian Press on Monday. 

“I think they need to ban Russia, Belarus.”

Just over a week after the close of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, the IOC recommended Monday that Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials be excluded from competition by international sport federations.

Wickenheiser, who capped her eight-year term on the IOC’s athletes commission this year, says that edict lacks teeth as has the IOC’s handling of Russia’s doping scandal since 2014.

“Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed this dance with Russia for eight years. It’s always appeasement,” she said. “There’s never harsh enough sanctions taken and it’s time for that.”

The Canadian Olympic Committee and the COC Athletes’ Commission echoed  Wickenheiser’s call for a ban.

The organizations said in a joint statement Monday that they “strongly urge all Canadian national sport organizations and organizations hosting international sporting events in Canada to immediately rescind invitations and bar the participation of athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus.”

FIFA and the World Curling Federation were among the world sport bodies moving against Russia and Belarus on Monday, with Canada’s domestic bodies following suit.

The International Ice Hockey Federation also held an emergency meeting which could impact the field for the men’s world under-20 hockey championship in Alberta in August.

The WCF amended its rules with the intention of kicking Russia out of upcoming world championships, including the 13-country women’s tournament March 19-27 in Prince George. 

If more than 10 per cent of its member countries object in a three-day span, however, the amendment isn’t immediate and gets punted to the next WCF assembly. 

The Russians had yet to declare a representative team for Prince George. Curling Canada doesn’t want them there now.

“The invasion of Ukraine, a democracy, and an important member of our World Curling membership, must be met with swift and assertive sanctions that makes a strong statement of our collective values, our ethical stance, and, first and foremost, demonstrates concern for the safety and the freedoms of the people of Ukraine,” Curling Canada said in a statement. 

“We also urge the WCF to continue working toward addressing longstanding, serious concerns that we and other member nations have raised about the culture of sport in Russia. These concerns must be dealt with in order to ensure a level playing field for all athletes, and to remain true to the spirit of curling.”

FIFA, under considerable pressure when Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic refused to play World Cup qualifiers against Russia, suspended the latter country Monday. Canada joined in the condemnation.

“In steadfast support of Ukraine, its people and Ukrainian Canadians who represent the third largest Ukrainian population outside of Ukraine and Russia, Canada Soccer, its member associations and clubs will not compete at any level against Russia until sovereignty and territorial integrity are restored,” Canada Soccer said in a statement.

“We wholeheartedly condemn the hostile attack on Ukraine by Russia and stand united with Ukrainians here in Canada and around the globe.”

Wickenheiser was among over a dozen Canadian athletes alongside Clara Hughes, Beckie Scott and Kyle Shewfelt signing a Global Athlete letter addressed to IOC and IPC presidents Thomas Bach and Andrew Parsons respectively demanding the removal of Russia and Belarus.

A Hockey Hall of Famer and four-time Olympic gold medallist, Wickenheiser wasn’t optimistic about the IOC’s willingness to eject those countries.

“To this day, in everything I’ve seen, I don’t feel there’s the courage and the strength to do it,” she said. “However, I believe that they have the ability to do it if there’s enough will and pressure from inside.

“It will come down to what the membership of the IOC believes and feels and how much pressure they can put on Bach to make the decision. 

“I’d like to think there’s enough humanity in the IOC that they would do this, but I’ve also seen politics and money, those things have won out over doing the right thing, particularly when it comes to Russia over the years. It’s just so blatantly obvious.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 28, 2022.

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IOC urges sports federations to cancel events in Russia and Belarus – will Ironman and Challenge do that? – Triathlon Magazine Canada

IOC urges sports federations to cancel events in Russia and Belarus - will Ironman and Challenge do that? - Triathlon Magazine Canada

Ironman and Challenge Family both have events slated to take place in Russia this summer – Ironman 70.3 St. Petersburg was announced in Dec., 2019, but the race hasn’t yet taken place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is slated for July 17 this year. Challenge Family announced Challenge Moscow last March, but that race also didn’t take place last year. It’s scheduled for June 26, 2022.

We reached out to both Ironman and Challenge Family today to find out what might be happening to the events in Russia based on that country’s invasion of Ukraine over the last two days. We are waiting for a statement from Ironman and will update this story once it is available. A Challenge Family source said that they were monitoring the events in Russia and Ukraine closely, but wouldn’t be making an official statement before the weekend.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has strongly condemned “the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian government and the government of Belarus through its support in this.” The Olympic Truce, which was supported by consensus of all 193 UN Member States, was to begin seven days before the start of the Olympic Games and end seven days after the closing of the Paralympic Games. The IOC is now urging all International Sports Federations “to relocate or cancel their sports events currently planned in Russia or Belarus. In addition, the IOC EB (executive board) urges that no Russian or Belarussian national flag be displayed and no Russian or Belarussian anthem be played in international sports events which are not already part of the respective World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sanctions for Russia.”

World Triathlon has already sanctioned Russia because of the doping issues that have plagued the country’s sport system for years. Part of that sanction means the Russian Triathlon Federation can’t host any World Triathlon events, but presumably that didn’t preclude organizations like Ironman and Challenge from putting events on in the country. The IOC doesn’t have any events planned in either country, either.

With the many western nations working together on economic sanctions against Russia for the invasion of Ukraine, one would imagine there will be some pressure on both Ironman and Challenge Family to cancel its events in Russia yet again.

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IOC Says No Ceremony If Russian Skater Valieva Medals in Event – BNN Bloomberg

IOC Says No Ceremony If Russian Skater Valieva Medals in Event - BNN Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — The International Olympic Committee pushed back against a ruling that allowed Russian Olympic Committee figure skater Kamila Valieva to continue to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics despite failing a drug test, saying it would not hold a medal ceremony for the women’s individual event if she finishes on the podium.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday declined to impose a temporary suspension on Valieva partly due to her status as a minor, after it came to light on Feb. 8 that the 15-year-old had tested positive for a banned heart drug from a sample taken before the Olympics. The Russian anti-doping agency had temporarily suspended Valieva after learning she had tested positive for trimetazidine, which can boost endurance, then reinstated her on Feb. 9. 

READ: Russian Olympic Skater in Doping Case Cleared to Compete

The IOC, the International Skate Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency had all appealed to have Valieva’s suspension reinstated. The parties acknowledged the court’s decision to allow Valieva to keep competing, but the IOC and WADA voiced their disappointment toward the CAS judgment. WADA added it would further investigate Valieva’s support staff. 

Valieva is viewed as a top contender for gold in the women’s individual event, which begins Tuesday. She was also part of the ROC team that won gold at last week’s team event, though the medal ceremony has yet to take place due to the investigation. The IOC said that in the interest of fairness, it would only allow medal ceremonies for both the team and the women’s individual event to take place after further investigation into Valieva.

“The management of the case after this positive A-sample has not yet been concluded. Only after due process has been followed can it be established whether Ms Valieva infringed the World Anti-Doping Code and would have to be sanctioned,” the IOC said in a statement.


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Olympics Live Updates: Peng Shuai Meets With I.O.C. President

Olympics Live Updates: Peng Shuai Meets With I.O.C. President
Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

After finishing a disappointing 14th in the 5,000-meter speedskating race at the 2018 Olympics, Nils van der Poel did not skate again for almost two years. He barely even trained, in fact. Instead, he joined the Swedish army and became an ultramarathon runner, among other pursuits.

And then he came back. Van der Poel won the 5,000-meter race Sunday night in 6 minutes 8.84 seconds, an Olympic record. His gold medal-winning performance came a year after he set two world records, and he is a heavy favorite to win gold in the 10,000 meters on Friday.

After his victory, van der Poel spoke at length about his unusual training plan and where he finds the motivation needed to be an elite athlete.

How are you setting world records while also not living, eating, breathing speedskating?

When you are a professional athlete in a sport that sucks as much as speedskating sucks, you’ve got to find a way to make it suck a little less. And whatever you can get inspired by, you need to find that.

Perhaps the guy who trains the most wins. Perhaps it’s like that. It is pretty likely. So what do you have to bribe yourself with to train more than the others? If you can find the answer to that, perhaps you can win the Olympics.

What is the answer for you?

So I did like 20 ultras. One thousand sky dives. I served in the army for a year. I did a lot of parties. I went snowboarding a lot. I did a lot of ski mountaineering. I biked the entire Sweden.

All since 2018?

Not all of it, but most of it.

So it was like, I had to make it adventurous, because I knew there would come a time when it wouldn’t be adventurous no more, when I would lock myself up in Inzell* for two months just going for it. But I knew if I wanted to endure that, I had to, like, build up a mountain of motivation because I’m going to need that motivation one day.

*Inzell is a German town where many speedskaters train.

You can’t do speedskating day after day?

I don’t think so, no. No. It is too monotonous to me.

I love it. I really love this sport. More than most things. But if you’re going to train as much as it’s needed, you’ve got to, you’ve got to love it, man. And if you want to keep loving it, I mean, you’ve got to work for it. It is like a relationship. It doesn’t come to you. It doesn’t become perfect. You’ve got to work for it.

I think the mistake I made when I was younger was that I didn’t work for my motivation. I expected my motivation to be there. It’s not. It’s not going to be there. You’ve got to chase it. A lot harder than you chase your opponents. You’ve got to chase your motivation.

Because what if you wake up and you want to train? What if that happens every day? Perhaps you will be the one who trains the most.

Is this your last season?

I’ve been trying to quit two times and I haven’t succeeded. I don’t think I’ll succeed this time either. Maybe.