Anti-doping lab in Thailand shut down, leaving gap in system, 2019 November 21

MONTREAL (AP) - The only authorized anti-doping laboratory in southeast Asia has been forced to suspend operations, leaving a gap in coverage for much of the region.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has ruled the National Doping Control Centre in Thailand can’t test samples for up to six months because of ...

Paris hoteliers angered by IOC sponsorship deal with Airbnb, 2019 November 21

The newest Olympic sponsor has sparked the ire of French hoteliers, who have suspended their collaboration with 2024 Paris Games organizers over fears the IOC’s agreement with home-sharing company Airbnb will create unfair competition.

The nine-year, five-games sponsorship deal announced this week starts in time for next year’s Tokyo Olympics ...

Tokyo Olympics: Japanese, English _ but where’s the French?, 2019 November 21

TOKYO (AP) - The French language has been almost invisible during the drawn-out preparations for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

News conferences in Tokyo are conducted in Japanese or in English - or with English interpretation. Signs around the organizing committee offices are in Japanese and English. Printed material is largely ...

Murray, Djokovic looking forward to playing in 2020 Olympics, 2019 November 20

MADRID (AP) - Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have their sights set on playing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Murray said Wednesday “he would love to compete in Tokyo,” and Djokovic acknowledged the Olympics are “very high on the list of wishes for next year.”

Murray, the two-time Olympic champion ...

Bale in Madrid jibe after helping Wales reach Euro 2020, 2019 November 20

Gareth Bale laughed and danced with his Welsh international teammates behind a flag that had the message: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In That Order.”

The forward can look forward to playing in another major tournament with Wales after helping the national team secure a place in next year’s European Championship on ...

Molly Solomon promoted to lead NBC Olympics coverage, 2019 November 20

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Molly Solomon began her career at NBC Sports as a researcher for its Olympics coverage. Nearly 30 years later, she will lead its coverage.

NBC announced Tuesday that it has promoted Solomon to executive producer and president of the network’s Olympics unit, becoming the first woman ...

WADA ruling on Russian doping next month, IOC anti total ban, 2019 November 18

LONDON (AP) - The International Olympic Committee signaled on Monday it would not welcome a blanket ban on Russian athletes as the World Anti-Doping Agency said it expects to rule next month on whether drug-testing data was manipulated.

WADA’s compliance review committee met on Sunday to consider Russia’s response to ...

Paris mayor troubled by new Olympic sponsor Airbnb, 2019 November 18

LONDON (AP) - The IOC signed up Airbnb as an Olympic sponsor sparking concerns from 2024 host city Paris that the home-sharing company is contributing to the rising cost of rents in the French capital.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who has been at odds with Airbnb in recent years, set ...