Winter Olympics

Appointment of Putin ally to head IOC Evaluation Commission adds controversy to 2022 Olympic race

By Nick Butler

Alexander Zhukov, made an IOC member last September, has been appointed head of the Evaluation Commission for 2022 ©Getty ImagesApril 2 - Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov, a close ally of Vladimir Putin, has been appointed chairman of the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission that will analyse the bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. 

South Korea launches investigation into seven winter sports federations

By Paul Osborne

The South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has launched an investigation into seven of its winter sports federations ©Getty ImagesApril 1 - South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has launched an investigation into seven of its winter sports federations in an effort to uncover any illegal wrongdoings and rebuild the public's trust before Pyeongchang 2018. 

"I'm not too worried" claims Bach over troubled race for 2022 Winter Olympics

By Duncan Mackay at the Olympic Council of Asia Headquarters in Kuwait City

Thomas Bach has claimed the success of Sochi 2014 will have helped bidding cities see the benefits of hosting the Winter Olympics and Paralympics ©Getty ImagesMarch 30 - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today claimed he remains unconcerned that so many of the cities bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics are currently experiencing problems which could derail their campaigns.

Kraków 2022 communications chief steps down as bad week ends on another sour note

By Nick Butler

Paulina Guzik has stepped down as the press and public relations manager of Kraków 2022 after only two months in the role ©WikipediaMarch 28 - A bad week for Kraków 2022 has ended with another blow with press and public relations manager Paulina Guzik stepping down after barely two months in her post.

Stray dogs rescued from Sochi arrive in Washington DC to be adopted

By Nick Butler 

The first dogs have arrived in Washington following their transportation from Sochi ©AFP/Getty ImagesMarch 27 - An initial group of 10 stray dogs rescued from the streets of Sochi have arrived in Washington DC where they will be re-homed and adopted by new owners.

US Olympic and Paralympic teams invited to White House following Sochi 2014 success

By Nick Butler

The US team parade at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sochi last month ©Getty ImagesMarch 26 - A reception will be held at the White House to celebrate the achievements of the United States teams at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, it has been announced. 

Kraków Mayor calls for referendum on 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics

By Gary Anderson

March 25 - Kraków citizens may yet be asked to vote on the city's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Getty Images The Mayor of Kraków, Jacek Majchrowski has revealed he wants to hold a referendum to gain the consent of locals for the city's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Putin appoints Deputy Prime Minister responsible for Sochi 2014 to be in charge of Crimea

By Duncan Mackay

Dmtry Kozak, who delivered the final address at the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympics, has been given a new role in Crimea by Russian President Vladimir Putin ©Getty ImagesMarch 24 - Russian President Vladimir Putin today appointed Dmitry Kozak, the Deputy Prime Minister who oversaw preparations for Sochi 2014, to be in charge of the economic development of Crimea.

Avalanche kills two at Sochi 2014 Olympic skiing resort

By Emily Goddard

Two people have been killed in an avalanched at the Sochi 2014 Olympic skiing resort ©Getty ImagesMarch 23 - An avalanche at the Russian mountain resort that hosted Alpine skiing and snowboard events at this year's Olympics and Paralympics has left two people dead today.
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