Atlanta Olympics heavyweight champ, Wladimir Klitschko, says he plans to compete in 2016 and add another gold medal to his mantel if pros like he and his brother Vitali are allowed to participate.
Klitschko, the current WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion (but seriously, guys, less belts) told students at Uzhgorod University that he wants to continue boxing through the Rio Games, win, and then promptly retire, according to profi-forex.
“[Atlanta] was absolutely a highlight in my life and also a highlight for the country because Ukraine in 1996 for the first time traveled to the Olympic Games as an independent country,” the 36-year-old, who sold his 1996 medal for $1 million, told CNN back in July.
Rumors are that Olympic boxing could go pro in 2016, but might also be in jeopardy of being included at all after some matches in London could generously be described as debacles, and others, not so generously, as unmitigated disasters of epic and undeniable proportions.
By the end of the Games NBC’s commentators were expelled from the arena for criticizing refs after two Azerbaijani boxers won matches when they were clearly out-boxed, including Magomed Abdulhamidov, who was knocked down six times in the third round on his way to victory. His win was later overturned.
While waiting to hear if he’ll be heading to Brazil, Wladimir will spend time defending his numerous titles against undefeated Polish boxer Mariusz Wach on Nov. 8 in Hamburg, Germany.
Basketball reporter Craig Sager will miss the Rio Games as he returns to a cancer center to continue his battle against acute myeloid leukemia, NBC announced in a statement Thursday.
Sager was set to cover his fifth straight Olympics for NBC, but instead needs to undergo a third bone marrow transplant at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He resumed receiving chemotherapy on Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle, with the goal being to force the disease into remission so the transplant can be performed next month.
“We’ve known since February we would have to have the third transplant,” Sager told the Chronicle. “We tried to delay it until after the Olympics, but (the disease) is very aggressive, and there is a sense of urgency to do it now.”
Sager was diagnosed in 2014, went into remission after a bone marrow transplant, was told the cancer came back in March 2015, underwent a second transplant last year, and then found out in February he was no longer in remission.
“My body isn’t getting stronger, so they want to do it while I’m strong enough,” Sager said. “Third transplants are kind of rare, so hopefully we will get it done and I’ll be ready in time for (NBA) opening night.”
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NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram will team up to provide video highlights and interviews on social media daily during the Rio Olympics.
An on-site “Social Command Center” in Rio will capture Facebook Live content, including interviews with athletes and NBC Olympics commentators.
A daily two-minute recap video will be produced for Facebook, while Instagram will have a daily slow-motion video around an inspiring moment.
Instagram will also feature NBC Olympics commentators and athletes on its own account, @instagram, along with highlights of NBC videos through its Search & Explore video channels.
More on the NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram partnerships is here.
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