British discus champ Lawrence Okoye, who finished 12th in London, says he’s turned down offers from NFL teams so he can pursue his dream of winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“I’ve succeeded at everything I’ve done in life. I can’t leave the sport having not done what I came in it to do,” Okoye told the Mirror. “I see myself being world record holder and Olympic and world champion. It’s just going to take a bit of time. I think another year and I’ll be ready.”
Okoye is a 6-foot-6 nearly 300 pounds beast (all muscle) who reminds us of Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell. The terrifying fact is that, at only 20, the British track star might still have a growth spurt left in him.
But while Okoye could field the same offers from NFL teams in five years — he’s committed to track through the London world championships in 2017 — he’ll also look into playing pro rugby, as well as attending law school at Oxford. For now, though, he feels he has some “unfinished business.”
“Inexperience cost me,” Okoye said. “But that motivates me going forward towards Rio in 2016.”
PARIS (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.
The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.
According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.
Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.
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South Korean Olympic gymnast Shin Soo-ji made a triumphant return to the mound over the weekend and outdid her acrobatic 2013 first pitch.
Shin, who finished 12th in rhythmic gymnastics at Beijing 2008, added another gymnastics move to her wind-up before tossing a little bit high.
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