And the hits just keep on coming…
The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation has been suspended by the AIBA – sport’s governing body – because of “possible manipulation” of the same Indian Olympic Association elections that led to the country being banned by the IOC earlier this week.
The IOA was banned Tuesday because of government interference with committee elections that were set to take place the following day – and they did, resulting in corrupt official Lalit Bhanot taking over as secretary-general.
Meanwhile, the boxing federation amended its constitution to allow its former president Abhay Singh Chautala to take over as chairman. Chautala was then elected president of the IOA on Wednesday.
“It’s a big, big shock for all of us,” Abhishek Matoria told Reuters. “They suspended us without giving us a chance to explain. They did write a letter to us alleging ‘malpractice’ in election but never specified.
“We sent them a detailed explanation, point by point and I have no idea why they still suspended us. I can assure you we would do everything to make sure our boxers don’t suffer.”
NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.
Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.
Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.
The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.
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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.
Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.
He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”
The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.
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