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Aiba stripped of right to run boxing tournament at Tokyo Olympics

IOC announcement folows six-month Deloitte review
• New organisation to be in place by June

Amateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, has been stripped of its right to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympic boxing tournament.

However the International Olympic Committee has confirmed that boxing will continue as an Olympic sport in Tokyo under a new task force chaired by the president of the International gymnastic federation Morinari Watanabe.

Trae 'Quadzilla' Williams seeks to muscle in on Olympic rugby sevens

  • Australia’s fastest man ends sprint career
  • Targets next year’s Games in Tokyo for sevens team

Powerhouse Australian sprinter Trae Williams has made the switch to rugby sevens, little more than a year out from the Tokyo Olympics.

Williams, nicknamed Quadzilla, set his 100m personal best of 10.10 seconds en route to the 2018 national title.

Rory McIlroy declares intention to play for Ireland at 2020 Olympic Games

• McIlroy did not play at 2016 Games in Rio
• World No4 said: ‘I’m excited to play for Ireland’

Rory McIlroy is expected to compete for Ireland at next year’s Olympics after revealing a change of stance regarding his participation. McIlroy was one of a number of high-profile male golfers who opted out of golf’s return to the Games, in Rio three years ago, amid concerns relating to the Zika virus. His position on 2020 had been unclear until now.

Russians cite threats for Olympic Games boycott - archive, 9 May 1984

9 May 1984: East Europeans, except Romanians, expected to follow Soviet lead

The USSR is pulling out of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the official Soviet news agency, Tass, announced yesterday.

A statement from the National Olympic Committee of the USSR claimed that the decision had been taken because of unwarranted political interference by the US government in preparations for the games and because of threats to the security of Soviet athletes and officials.

The amazing dancing twins: 'Even when we improvise, we do the same thing!'

They started out as sprinters on the racetrack – but ended up as dancers on the stage. Meet the explosive Alleyne sisters

In the summer of 2012, Kristina and Sadé Alleyne’s Olympic dream came true. It just wasn’t the dream they’d imagined. As teen athletes, they’d had their eyes on the 100m sprint. By the time 2012 rolled around, they made it to the Olympic stadium all right – but as dancers in the opening ceremony, performing with choreographer Akram Khan to the sound of Emeli Sandé singing Abide With Me.

New funding figures leave Queensland 2032 Olympic bid in better shape

  • Significant IOC contribution for Games is likely
  • Operating costs can be cost-neutral, says Brisbane mayor

South-east Queensland’s bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games has received an unexpected shot in the arm after the IOC revealed it will likely provide far more funding than the AOC had originally budgeted for.

Olympics: Raelene Boyle calls for reassessment of dope-tainted golds

Australian Sports Hall of Fame sprinter Boyle uses Australian Olympic Committee’s agm to take a stance

Australian Sports Hall of Fame sprinter Raelene Boyle called on Saturday for a reassessment of Olympic medals won by East German athletes in the decades when the country was operating a systematic state-sponsored doping program.

Shirtless Tongan flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua in bid for third Olympic sport

  • Cult hero of Rio 2016 targets sprint kayaking for 2020
  • Taufatofua will also attempt to qualify in taekwondo

Pita Taufatofua, the Tongan who attracted 250 million Google hits when he appeared oiled and shirtless in his national costume at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony, has announced his third Olympic bid – in two different sports.

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