Sports Briefing | Olympics
MAY 29 CRUCIAL FOR SOFTBALL
Wrestling has an opportunity to be included in the program of the 2020 Olympic Games, said International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge on April 13 at a press conference in the Peruvian capital.
As long as it remains as one of the three candidates when the IOC narrows the list at the May 29-31 conference in St. Petersburg, it will open up the possibility of being selected in the final ratification at the general assembly in September.
The International Olympic Committee’s controversial decision to drop wrestling from the 25 “core sports” for the Summer Games has been criticized by United States, Russia and Iran.
Wrestling is among eight sports vying for the last spot at the 2020 Games, including a joint bid from baseball and softball, karate, squash, rollersports, sports climbing, wakeboard, and the martial art wushu.
The final ratification will take place at the general assembly in September in Buenos Aires. That is when a decision will be announced on the host city for 2020 Olympic Games. Vying for the honor are Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo.
German Declares for I.O.C. Post
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: May 10, 2013
Thomas Bach is counting on his track record and long experience in the Olympic world to carry him to the top job in the International Olympic Committee. Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, became the first declared candidate in the race for I.O.C. president, heralding the start of a four-month campaign to succeed Jacques Rogge at the helm of the multibillion-dollar Olympic movement. Bach, an I.O.C. vice president, has been considered the front-runner among a possible field of a half dozen candidates. An Olympic gold medalist in fencing, he has held several influential positions in since joining the I.O.C. in 1991.
15 May 2013 – 10H54
Singapore’s Ng ‘to bid to head IOC’
AFP – Singapore’s Ng Ser Miang looked set to challenge to become the new president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday, with officials saying an announcement was imminent.
Ng, a vice-president of the world body and of Singapore’s National Olympic Council, will reveal his intentions in Paris on Thursday after holding talks with Jacques Rogge, the current Olympic chief, a senior official told AFP.
“There will be a news release later, it’s coming out soon,” said Edmund Lim, assistant secretary general of the Singapore NOC.
Lim refused to give further details but he confirmed reports that Ng, who had previously signalled a likely bid, met Rogge in Lausanne, host city of the IOC, during his current trip to Europe.
If Ng’s bid is confirmed, he will be up against German Olympic chief Thomas Bach for the post, which will be decided in a September 10 election in Buenos Aires. Rogge is retiring after 12 years in charge.
Other possible contenders are Richard Carrion, a former executive board member from Puerto Rico, former pole vault champion Sergei Bubka and C.K. Wu of Taiwan, head of the international amateur boxing federation.
Ng would be vying to become not only the first Asian, but also the first non-European holder of the post, which dates back to the birth of the modern Olympic movement in 1894.
A successful bid would be interpreted as a boost for Asian sport and especially Singapore, which has begun branding itself as a venue for big events such as Formula One and is building a new, $1 billion stadium complex.
Last week, the tiny but affluent Southeast Asian state was revealed as the new host for tennis’s end-of-season WTA Championships on a record, five-year deal.