Winter Olympics

Special Pyeongchang 2018 task force set-up to "speed up" preparations

By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

A special task force has been set-up to help Pyeongchang 2018 prepare for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics ©AFP/Getty ImagesPyeongchang 2018 and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials have agreed to form a special task to try to help get the Winter Olympics there get back on track and ease fears the event is facing trouble.

Sochi 2014 made $53 million profit, IOC reveal

By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Sochi 2014 made a profit of $53 million, new figures published by the IOC have revealed ©Getty ImagesSochi 2014 made an operating profit of RUB3.25 billion (£34 million/$53 million/€47 million), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have announced here. 

Beijing now locked at 50-50 with Almaty in 2022 Winter Olympic race, claims top Chinese official

By Nick Butler

Wei Jizhong has insisted competition between Beijing and Almaty remains fierce ©Getty ImagesWei Jizhong, one of China's top sports officials and a key advisor for the Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, has claimed the Chinese capital is now "50-50" with rival bidder Almaty to be awarded the Games.

South Korean President urges companies to back Pyeongchang 2018 as fears grow over preparations

By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro 

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, meeting IOC head Thomas Bach, has urged major companies to back Pyeongchang 2018 ©IOCSouth Korean President Park Geun-hye has brought together some of her country's biggest companies and urged them to support the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang amid growing unease about the slow pace of preparations for the Games.

Sexual assault lawsuit against former Vancouver 2010 chief thrown out

By Daniel Etchells

The sexual assault case against John Furlong has been thrown out ©Getty ImagesA sexual assault case against John Furlong, the former President and chief executive of Vancouver 2010, has been thrown out by British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Miriam Gropper.

Exclusive: Vinokourov resigns as Bid Ambassador for Almaty 2022

By Nick Butler

Alexander Vinokourov has stepped down as an ambassador for Almaty 2022 ©Getty ImagesAlexander Vinokourov, Kazakhstan's Olympic gold medal winning cyclist whose career has been dogged by doping controversies, has been removed from the list of ambassadors used by Almaty 2022 in their bid for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Komissarova still striving to walk again year on from horrific crash at Sochi 2014

By Nick Butler

Maria Komissarova still requires more support as she continues her long recovery from the life-changing crash ©Maria KomissarovaMaria Komissarova, the Russian freestyle skier who broke her spine in a horrific training crash during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, is still vowing to walk again a year on from her life-changing incident.

Almaty 2022 abandon plans to use iconic skiing venue as several changes to bid made

By Nick Butler at The Ritz-Carlton in Almaty

Shymbulak, the iconic Soviet ski resort, will no longer be used to host any events if Almaty is awarded the 2022 Olympic and Paralympics ©Vladimir Pronin/Almaty 2022Scrapping plans to hold Alpine skiing events at Shymbolak Resort are among several changes to Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics revealed here today as the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Evaluation Commission came to an end. 

Having Prime Minister leading Almaty 2022 campaign outlines "100 per cent" Governmental support, Kazakh officials claim

By Nick Butler at the InterContinental in Almaty

Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov is the chair of the Almaty 2022 Bid Committee ©WikipediaOverriding Governmental support for Almaty's 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic campaign has been demonstrated by the appointment of Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov as bid leader, officials claimed here today.

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