After being suspended by the IOC last December for failing to comply with the Olympic Charter, India is on the road back to the Games.
The IOA has agreed, during a meeting at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne Wednesday, to hold new elections and a new Annual General Meeting.
“It was a good and fruitful meetings so far,” a top official told the PTI. “We are hopeful of an early solution to the issues. A roadmap is being drawn for India’s return to the Olympic fold.”
The ban, put in affect after corrupt official Lalit Bhanot was elected secretary-general, meant the IOC would cease funding the IOA and that no athletes would be able to compete in the Games under the Indian flag.
A delegation including Indian Sports Minister Jitendra Singh, Sports Secretary P K Deb, and Beijing gold medal shooter Abhinav Bindra, among others, is still working out the details with the IOC. But everything seems to be going well despite the fact that the acting IOA President V K Malhotra and IOC member Randhir Singh chose to boycott the meeting at the last second.
The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.
It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.
The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.
San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.
Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.
The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.
Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.
Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.
Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.
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