India drawing a “roadmap” back the Olympics

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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.

New Zealand sweeps Rugby World Cup Sevens, celebrates with haka

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SAN FRANCISCO — New Zealand has won a World Cup Sevens double for the second time after the men’s team beat England 33-12 in San Francisco on Sunday to follow the Black Ferns’ win in the women’s tournament.

The New Zealand teams won the men’s and women’s titles in Russia in 2013 and again were dominant.

Sione Molia scored two of New Zealand’s five tries in the men’s final, and South Africa held off Olympic champion Fiji 24-19 to take bronze.

The weekend results mean New Zealanders are the men’s and women’s World Cup holders in the traditional 15-a-side rugby and the sevens.

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Tour de France rider expelled for punching cyclist

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CARCASSONNE, FRANCE (AP) — Team Sky rider Gianni Moscon was expelled from the Tour de France on Sunday after he appeared to deliberately hit a fellow cyclist during the race.

The Italian lashed out at French rider Elie Gesbert of Team Fortuneo while both were competing during Stage 15 from Millau to Carcassonne.

“I’m sorry for today’s incident, and I totally regret my actions,” Moscon said. “I would like to personally apologize to Elie Gesbert…. What happened was wrong and was a bad example coming from me to everyone, and I want to publicly apologize. … I make no excuse for it and accept the decision of the race organizers.”

Team Sky director Dave Brailsford said the team would consider taking further action against Moscon after the Tour concludes next weekend.

The 24-year-old Moscon was suspended by Sky for six weeks last year for using a racial slur against an opponent.

His expulsion leaves Sky with seven riders.

Sky’s Geraint Thomas is leading the race ahead of teammate Chris Froome after 15 of 21 stages.

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