The Indian Olympic Association is suspended by the IOC after the government allegedly interfered with its elections late last year. Now the country’s former Olympics chief is in court on charges of corruption, stemming from his handling of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Dehli.
Suresh Kalmadi pleaded not guilty in a written statement on Monday, along with seven others including Lalit Bhanot, the official whose recent election to IOA secretary general effectively banned the country from the Olympics.
The charges are criminal conspiracy, forgery, abuse of power, and intimidation regarding a deal awarded to Swiss Timing, which served as the event’s official time keeper after wining a $21 million dollar contract.
The court was created to investigate the budget of the Games, which was initially set at about $295 million in 2003, but ballooned to more than $2 billion by the time the Games rolled around in 2010.
The next hearing is set for February 20.
15-year-old Alina Zagitova won the first gold medal for the Olympic Athletes from Russia on Thursday night in the ladies’ free skate in PyeongChang.
Yevgenia Medvedeva, her training partner and the two-time world champion, earned silver by a margin of 1.31 points. That’s the exact margin Zagitova led Medvedeva by after the short program on Tuesday.
This marks the first time two women from the same country have shared the ladies’ figure skating podium since Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan in 1998. Speaking of Lipinski – Zagitova is less than a month older than Lipinski was when she won gold in Nagano, and Zagitova is now the second-youngest individual ladies’ Olympic champion in history.
Kaetlyn Osmond earned bronze – Canada’s first Olympic medal in ladies’ figure skating since 2010.
Gold: Alina Zagitova (OAR)
Silver: Yevgenia Medvedeva (OAR)
Bronze: Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN)
9. Bradie Tennell (USA)
10. Mirai Nagasu (USA)
11. Karen Chen (USA)
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Canadian skiers Kelsey Serwa and Brittany Phelan took the top spots in women’s ski cross at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, giving Canada its third consecutive gold medal in this event.
Switzerland’s Fanny Smith edged out Sweden’s Sandra Naeslund in the big final to claim the final spot on the podium.
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