A second report in four days suggesting the 2016 Olympics could be moved from Rio de Janeiro due to preparations delays has been dismissed by the International Olympic Committee.
“It is pure fantasy,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said in an email.
Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported Monday that Moscow is being considered as a replacement for Rio as host of the 2016 Olympics, citing an unnamed IOC source.
The agency also said a decision on if the Olympics will be moved from Rio will be made after the Brazil World Cup (June 12-July 13), again citing an unnamed IOC source.
On Friday, the Evening Standard in Great Britain reported London had been secretly asked if it could host the 2016 Olympics.
“The transfer of the Olympics to London is possible,” the IOC source said, according to RIA Novosti. “I think the procedure will be like this: the IOC will wait for the results of the World Cup and how they will hold it, and will take a decision after, if no progress is made.”
The IOC spokesman said there was not a shred of truth in the London report Friday.
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Swimmers Allison Schmitt and Elizabeth Beisel hosted the Team USA Awards Red Carpet Show live on Facebook.
The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, here are photos from the red carpet:
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC has sanctioned three boxers – two from Ireland and one from Britain – for betting on fights at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The International Olympic Committee issued “severe reprimands” to Ireland’s Michael Conlan and Steve Donnelly and Britain’s Antony Fowler for violating the rules that prohibit betting.
None of the boxers won medals.
The IOC says all three placed bets on fights at the games, but adds that “there was no intent to manipulate any event.”
Athletes and officials are banned from betting on Olympic events and required to report any approach or suspicion of fixing.
The IOC says, in order to be eligible to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the three boxers must undergo an “educational program.”
The Irish and British national Olympic committees also received reprimands for “not having properly informed” their athletes of the betting rules.
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