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Battling Weeds for a Clean Rowing Venue in Beijing

August 18, 2008

Denis Oswald said the weeds at Shunyi rowing venue almost caused races to be postponed. (ATR)(ATR) Despite serious concerns over weeds threatening the Olympic rowing competiti...

IAAF Nixes Relay Record, Moves toward WADA Code

August 14, 2008

A schedule including women's heptathlon events kicks off the first day of Olympic athletics on Aug. 14. (Getty Images)IAAF Cancellation At its meeting in Beijing, the IAAF can...

Venue Report -- Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium

August 07, 2008

Canada's women beat Argentina in front of a less than full house. (ATR/B.Mackin)Tianjin was one of three cities to host the first day of Olympic football on Aug. 6 with a pai...

On the Scene in Beijing -- Cheek Banned, Protest Squashed

August 06, 2008

Joey Cheek’s visa is denied in what he says is “a systemic effort by the Chinese government to coerce and threaten athletes who are speaking out on behalf of the innocent peop...

On the Scene in Beijing -- IOC Session Gala, Blatter’s Olympic Battles

August 05, 2008

Hu Jintao poses with IOC members at the opening ceremony for the 120th IOC Session. (Getty)President Hu Jintao Welcomes IOC at Session OpeningThe spectacular National Center f...

On the Scene in Beijing -- Hu Wants a Politics-Free Games, Berlusconi Balks at Steamy Weather, Nike Offers Speedo Exemption

August 01, 2008

Hu Jintao met with foreign press on Friday and joked that he would like to compete in table tennis for China. (Getty Images)Hu: Politicization of Games "Runs Counter" to Olymp...

Federations Roundup-- Iraqi Rowers Heading to Beijing, Cycling Leader Rejects Keirin Scandal Report and FIFA Clubs Must Release Players

July 30, 2008

Hamzah Hussein and Haidar Nozad during a practice session on the Tigris river in Baghdad. (Getty Images)Iraqi Rowers Heading to Beijing After having their Olympic aspirations ...

World Briefs-- German Olympic Congress, IOC May Face Lawsuit and Kurt Furgler, 84, IOC Honor Member

July 26, 2008

Thomas Bach welcomed the partnership between the DOSB and Deutsche Telekom. (ATR)German Olympic CongressThe German Olympic Sports Federation is holding its first ever Olympic ...

Federations Roundup-- FIFA, Clubs Deadlocked, Tune-Up for Iran

July 24, 2008

FIFA boss Sepp Blatter says club teams lack Olympic spirit. (Getty Images) Blatter, Football Clubs Still Battling Football clubs across Europe remain at loggerheads with FIFA...

World Briefs -- Korea Joint March in Doubt

July 19, 2008

The flag of a unified Korea was used in the past Olympic joint marches of North and South Korea. (ATR)Joint March in Doubt for KoreasA joint march in the opening ceremony for ...

Media Watch-- Lucas Sang, King FIFA and Athlete Courage

July 19, 2008

ESPN’s Wright Thompson unravels the mystery behind Kenyan Olympian Lucas Sang’s death after post-election violence.FIFA is the most powerful organization in the world, accordi...

FIFA Report-- Brazil Could Host 2010, Club Refuses to Release Messi and Beach Football

July 17, 2008

Sepp Blatter says only natural disaster will force a 2010 Plan B, not worries over construction and security. (Getty Images) Brazil 2010? In case of catastroph...