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IOC will not reopen 2022 Olympic bidding

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The International Olympic Committee will choose between Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Beijing rather than look for more candidates to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

“The IOC is sticking to its commitments,” IOC president Thomas Bach said Thursday, according to The Associated Press. “We have issued the invitation for bidding. There is a clear and transparent procedure. We will follow this procedure with two candidates.

“We are in the middle of a procedure. We cannot and we do not want to change the regulations in the middle of the race, given the fact that we still have two very interesting candidatures with a very diverse approach.”

Oslo became the fourth candidate to drop out of the 2022 Olympic bidding Wednesday after Norwegian politicians voted against financially supporting the bid. Krakow, Poland; Lviv, Ukraine and Stockholm previously pulled out.

“For me the [Oslo] decision was no surprise at all,” Bach told the AP, adding that Oslo, Almaty and Beijing bid representatives (but not Norwegian government) met with the IOC in separate meetings Tuesday. “We feel sorry for sport in Norway and the athletes.

“It’s really a missed huge opportunity for sports and the people of Norway.”

Of Almaty, Bach said the Kazakh city has “a long winter sports tradition,” including the Soviet Union era, according to the AP.

Of Beijing, which proposes using some 2008 Summer Olympic venues, Bach said it could create “a new winter sport center for hundreds of millions of people.”

The IOC will vote to select the host city on July 31, 2015, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Bach also said the cost of the Olympics and the cost of bidding are on the agenda for an IOC session in Monaco in December. The U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to decide if it will bid for the 2024 Olympics after that session.

“The proposal is to change the philosophy of bidding,” he told Reuters. “In the past we have asked the cities in which way they would fulfill the conditions set. So in the future we would prefer to ask the cities how they see an Olympic Games best fitting into their long term social, sports, ecological and economic development.”

Justin Gatlin eyes more 200s after undefeated season

Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Nine total members of the Hungarian national team — including swimmers and staff — have tested positive, according to the federation.

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NHL players: Marie-Philip Poulin is world’s best female hockey player

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The U.S. may have the world’s best women’s hockey team, but NHL players believe Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin is the world’s best player.

Poulin received the most votes out of 496 responses in the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll, conducted before the season was suspended. The tally:

Poulin: 39.92%
Hilary Knight (USA): 36.29%
Kendall Coyne Schofield (USA): 15.52%
Emily Pfalzer Matheson (USA): 1.41%
Other: 6.85%

Last year, Knight received the highest percentage of votes from 203 NHL players (27.59), edging Poulin (24.14) with Amanda Kessel third (12.81) and Coyne Schofield and Pfalzer Matheson each receiving 5.91 percent.

Why were Poulin and Knight swapped this year? Perhaps Poulin’s Canadian team winning the debut of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition women’s 3-on-3 game on Jan. 24, even though Knight scored and Poulin did not.

Poulin, now 29, scored both goals in the 2010 Olympic final and the game-tying and -winning goals in the 2014 Olympic final. Even before her Olympic debut at age 18, the daughter of Quebec hospital workers was dubbed “the female Sidney Crosby.”

Knight, 30, led last April’s world championship tournament with seven goals as the U.S. won a fifth straight title. Poulin played 4 minutes, 44 seconds, total at the tournament, missing time with a knee injury.

This spring’s tournament, which was to start Tuesday, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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