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Political turmoil in France won’t affect Paris Games, IOC head says

Political turmoil in France won’t affect Paris Games, IOC head says

[ad_1] PARIS : Current political upheaval in France won’t affect preparations for the Olympic Summer Games, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday after President Emmanuel Macron shocked France with his call for new parliamentary elections. “France is used to holding elections, they will do it one more time”, Bach said during a Paris 2024 run-up event in Paris, adding that whatever the outcome, political leaders will support the Olympics. [ad_2] Source link

Russian disinformation campaign targets Paris Games, Microsoft says

Russian disinformation campaign targets Paris Games, Microsoft says

[ad_1] Russia is waging a “malign” disinformation campaign aimed at the Paris Olympics and French President Emmanuel Macron, Microsoft warned on Tuesday, accusations Moscow dismissed as “slander”.  Issued on: 03/06/2024 – 22:57 2 min Russia is waging an intense disinformation campaign aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the International Olympic Committee and stoking fears of violence at this summer’s Paris Games, according to a new report from Microsoft’s Threat Analysis Center. According to Microsoft, the influence operations utilise a potent mix of fake videos, fictitious news stories, and AI-generated impersonations, including the faked voice of Hollywood star Tom Cruise. “Russia is ramping up these malign campaigns against France, President (Emmanuel) Macron, the IOC, and the Paris Olympics,” said Clint Watts, general manager of the Microsoft Threat Analysis Center, in a blog post Sunday. “While Russia has a decades-long history of targeting the Olympic Games, the Microsoft Threat Analysis Center has observed old tactics blending with artificial intelligence… that may intensify as the 2024 Paris opening ceremony approaches,” he added. Prolific Russian influence actors tracked by Microsoft as …

A revolution for sport? Olympic vision for AI innovations laid out by IOC | International Olympic Committee

A revolution for sport? Olympic vision for AI innovations laid out by IOC | International Olympic Committee

[ad_1] It was an unlikely setting for a revolution. But at Lee Valley VeloPark, where Team GB’s cyclists dominated at London 2012, the International Olympic Committee on Friday set the wheels in motion for how artificial intelligence could transform the sporting landscape. “AI will be a revolution for our society,” the IOC president, Thomas Bach, said. “And it will be a revolution for sport. It will be a fascinating new lap in the Olympic race – and in Olympic history.” Delegates, including Silicon Valley experts and legendary figures such as Nadia Comaneci and Lindsey Vonn, then sat through presentations about how AI will be what the IOC called a “gamechanger”. Some innovations will be seen at the Paris 2024 Games while others are designed to spot the talent of the future or even bring the past alive. Quick Guide How do I sign up for sport breaking news alerts? Show Download the Guardian app from the iOS App Store on iPhone or the Google Play store on Android by searching for ‘The Guardian’. If you …

Team GB swimmer demands cash for gold at Olympics

Team GB swimmer demands cash for gold at Olympics

[ad_1] Olympic and world swimming champion Matt Richards has called for prize money across Olympic sport after track and field athletes were offered $50,000 (£39,8000) per gold in Paris this summer. Richards, who was part of Britain’s 4 x 200 metres freestyle relay-winning team in Tokyo and will be competing in six events this summer, highlighted the International Olympic Committee’s vast revenues and how some athletes go bankrupt in pursuit of their sporting dream. The decision to pay track and field stars was made by World Athletics, of which Lord Coe is the president, rather than the IOC, who distribute money to governing bodies and brought in some $7.6 billion (£6.06 billion) during the last cycle to Tokyo 2021. According to media reports last year of its financial accounts, the ‘salaries and short term benefits’ of members of the IOC’s executive management also totalled some $13.95 million (£11.5 million) in 2021 and $11.65 million (£9.6 million) in 2020. “My position is that the Olympic Games is incredible, winning Olympic gold is incredible,” said Richards. “That’s …

Kremlin criticises IOC decision to ban Russia’s athletes from Olympic parade

Kremlin criticises IOC decision to ban Russia’s athletes from Olympic parade

[ad_1] MOSCOW : The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to ban Russia’s athletes from the opening parade of the Paris Olympics in July does not paint the IOC in a good light, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. Peskov called it a violation of the athletes’ interests that ran against the entire ideology of the Olympics. [ad_2] Source link

Russian, Belarusian athletes will not take part in Paris Olympics opening ceremony

Russian, Belarusian athletes will not take part in Paris Olympics opening ceremony

[ad_1] Russian and Belarusian athletes will not be allowed to take part in the traditional parade at the opening ceremony at the Paris Olympics, the IOC said Tuesday. Issued on: 19/03/2024 – 18:57Modified: 19/03/2024 – 21:15 2 min The opening ceremony on July 26 will see thousands of athletes travel on boats down the River Seine for several miles (kilometers) toward the Eiffel Tower, instead of the normal parade of teams inside a stadium.  The International Olympic Committee said athletes from Russia and Belarus who are approved to compete at the Olympics as neutrals will have a chance only “to experience the event” – likely watching from near the river.  The IOC decision follows the International Paralympic Committee which two weeks ago announced a ban for its Paris opening ceremony on Aug. 28. The IOC Executive Board agreed on a number of implementation aspects for the participation of Individual Neutral Athletes at the Olympic Games Paris 2024. The implementation follows the strict eligibility conditions put in place in December 2023. More: https://t.co/Oqn1yJgMMS pic.twitter.com/dTi5UVy2EV — IOC …

Queensland Government looked into cancelling 2032 Brisbane Olympics

Queensland Government looked into cancelling 2032 Brisbane Olympics

[ad_1] A report on 9News now says the cost and legal implications of pulling out completely were also considered before deciding that it was best to continue with the project. According to the report, organisers were told that it would cost at least $500 million compensation to back out as well as the loss of $3 billion federal government funding. A recent review, which was headed by former Brisbane lord mayor Graham Quirk, had found that the 42,000-seat Gabba was “ageing” and not compliant with standards for full disabled access. Miles has rejected the new stadium option and will instead investigate upgrades to Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre (QSAC) and Suncorp Stadium. They are promising “community benefit while ensuring costs remain within the agreed funding envelope of $7.1 billion to be shared between the state and Commonwealth governments”. A statement added: “The government does not believe it would be possible to deliver any new stadium at Victoria Park within the existing agreed funding, and the IOC has noted that a new stadium for the Olympic …

Russian Olympic Committee Loses IOC Suspension Appeal

Russian Olympic Committee Loses IOC Suspension Appeal

[ad_1] Russia’s Olympic Committee lost its appeal Friday to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the International Olympic Committee’s suspension of Russia for incorporating four sports bodies representing occupied areas of eastern Ukraine. The CAS rejected the appeal Friday, saying that the IOC suspension “did not breach the principles of legality, equality, predictability or proportionality.” The IOC responded to the rejection of the appeal in a statement, saying that they are pleased that the CAS confirmed the decision to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee. The IOC said that their executive board’s decision “followed the unilateral decision taken by the ROC on 5 October 2023 to include, as its members, the regional sports organizations which are under authority of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine.” The four regions were Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, all fully or partially occupied by Russian forces since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine two years ago. The ROC appealed to the CAS to revoke the ban, to be recognized as a valid National Olympic Committee and …

France launches anti-corruption push ahead of 2024 Paris Olympics

France launches anti-corruption push ahead of 2024 Paris Olympics

[ad_1] Ahead of the Paris Olympics in July and August, French prosecutors are working on four enquiries into possible wrongdoing, but are the investigations a sign of problems or of genuine efforts to tackle graft? Issued on: 21/02/2024 – 02:33Modified: 21/02/2024 – 02:32 3 min Andy Spalding, an academic and author who studies corruption in sporting “mega-events” such as the Olympics or the football World Cup, believes French authorities are showing they are serious about delivering a clean Games. Three preliminary investigations are into possible favouritism in the awarding of around 20 contracts worth tens of millions of euros, while a fourth — revealed on February 6 by AFP — is scrutinising the pay of chief organiser Tony Estanguet. In an interview with AFP, Spalding, a professor at the US-based University of Richmond School of Law, explained the troubled history of Olympic corruption and why he believes the Paris Games might spell the start of a “new era” of cleaner international sport. Question: When did corruption in the Olympics first come to wide public attention? …

IOC Won’t Change Boxing Age Limit to Let Manny Pacquaio Compete at Paris Olympics

IOC Won’t Change Boxing Age Limit to Let Manny Pacquaio Compete at Paris Olympics

[ad_1] LAUSANNE, Switzerland —  The International Olympic Committee will not change its rules to let boxing great Manny Pacquaio compete at the Paris Games aged five years beyond the entry limit. Pacquaio, who retired in 2021, wanted to box at age 45 in the Olympic tournament in Paris where medal bouts will be held in the Roland Garros tennis complex. The IOC said Sunday it wrote to Olympic officials in Philippines explaining the age limit for boxers of 40 will be upheld. The IOC now oversees Olympic boxing after de-recognizing the International Boxing Association governing body. The age limit for Olympic boxing was raised to 40 from 34 in 2013 — a move that would have let Pacquaio try to compete at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. He chose not to at the time when he was also elected to be a senator in his home country. It is unclear if Pacquaio would have tried to earn a place at the Paris Olympics in one of two qualification tournaments that open later this month …