olympics 2016

Olympics: Israel Demands Games Ceremony for Killed Athletes in 1972

By Karolos Grohmann RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 15 – Israel on Sunday demanded a commemoration for its athletes killed at the 1972 Olympics at each Games opening ceremony, telling the International Olympic Committee “a black flag” will always fly over its multi-sports event. Days after the IOC announced a mourning site at each Olympic village

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Olympics: Egyptian Refuses to Shake Hands with Israeli Opponent

By Chris Gallagher and Daniel Flynn RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 13 – Egypt’s Islam El Shehaby refused to shake hands with Israel’s Or Sasson after their judo match at the Rio Olympics on Friday, drawing boos from the crowd and stirring a debate about intolerance at the Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) opened a

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Olympics: Police in Kuwait Raid Football Association Offices

DOHA, Aug 10 – Police in Kuwait raided the country’s Football Association (FA) headquarters late on Tuesday, a week after the Gulf state lost a Swiss court case against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which has banned the country from international competitions. “Police and other government authorities visited the Kuwait FA headquarters. Kuwait Olympic Committee

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Constrained By War, Syrian Athletes Dream of Olympic Glory

BEIRUT, Aug 4 – As Syrian gymnast Ahmad al-Sawas watched his country fall apart, his Olympic dream collapsed too. The last national champion before the fighting began, he knew that supporting the anti-government side in the five-year-old civil war would prevent him from being selected for the Rio Games. “I chose to be an athlete

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