The time is right to end Islamic Republic of Iran’s four-decade absence from the football competitions of the Olympic Games, according to head coach Hamid Estili, ahead of his side’s opening AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020 match against Uzbekistan today.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are expected to cost some ¥1.35 trillion ($12.6 billion), organizers said Friday, unveiling a final budget showing increased revenue balancing out extra costs including countermeasures against heat.
The chances of the Russian flag flying at next year’s Olympics took a potentially lethal hit Friday when anti-doping regulators recommended the country be declared noncompliant for tampering with data that was supposed to help bring the entire cheating episode to a close.
Russia is once again in danger of being banned from next year’s Olympics after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) revealed that historical data supplied by the country’s anti-doping authority contained “inconsistencies.”
Russian authorities say the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has restored the country’s rights to attend the Olympics following tests in recent Winter Games that cleared Russian athletes of doping allegations.
The Winter Olympics have concluded in South Korea’s Pyeongchang amid highly politicized efforts to create a rapprochement between North Korea and its foes and also a controversial ban on Russian athletes which many viewed as not completely sports-related.
Sports fans worldwide eagerly await the Olympics, and this time there is cause for cautious optimism that sport diplomacy may lower tensions on the Korean Peninsula itself, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Shamshad Akhtar has said.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has summoned South Korea’s ambassador to protest a discriminatory decision by Samsung Electronics and organizers of the Winter Olympic games in Seoul not to provide Iranian athletes with gift smartphones, demanding an apology from the technology company.
Head of National Olympic Committee of Iran urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to properly react to the Samsung Electronics Co. measure not to give Samsung cell phones to the Iranian Olympians in South Korea.
Even for cold weather warriors hardened by years of winter sports training, the icy chill of South Korea’s frigid February has come as a shock to the system in the leadup to this month’s PyeongChang Olympics.
North Korea will send its nominal head of state to South Korea later this week to attend the Winter Olympic Games, which have provided a rare opportunity for the two Koreas to set aside long-running hostilities.