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bach says no immediate concerns for pyeongchang winter games


international olympic committee president thomas bach says he sees "no reason for any immediate concern" about tensions on the korean peninsula affecting next year's winter olympics in pyeongchang, south korea         






ioc expresses regret over nhl’s winter olympics no-show


by: reuters | aarhus | published:april 4, 2017 5:47 pm pyeongchang winter games will take place in south korea from feb. 9-25 next year. (source: ap)the international olympic committee (ioc) has expressed its regret that the world’s best ice hockey players will miss next year’s winter games after the national hockey league opted against participation in pyeongchang.the nhl reached a decision on monday to not release its players for the games, saying talks to find a solution to the problem of halting their league mid-season to accommodate the olympics in the past had not been successful.“i feel sorry for the athletes because for them it must be a great disappointment,” ioc president thomas bach told reporters in aarhus on tuesday. “obviously, they (nhl) wanted more money or w...






south korea to discuss joint korean teams, says ioc president thomas bach


by: afp | muju | published:june 30, 2017 3:33 pm thomas bach is open to the possibility of a unified korean team at the 2018 winter olympics in pyeongchang. (source: ap)top newsioc chief thomas bach and south korean president moon jae-in will next week discuss the possibility of joint korean teams competing at next year’s pyeongchang winter olympics, the german said on friday.seoul’s new president who backs engagement with the nuclear-armed north made the suggestion at the world taekwondo federation championships in muju last weekend.in south korea’s pyeongchang next year, moon said he would like to see again “the glory” of past events “where the south and the north achieved the best-ever results by fielding joint teams”.he also suggested the two koreas jointly participa...






ioc chief thomas bach delivers warning to 2020 golf venue


by: reuters | pyeongchang | updated: march 17, 2017 3:26 pm thomas bach made it clear that the olympic games are about non discrimination in every respect. (source: reuters)olympic chief thomas bach hopes the golf club hosting the men’s and women’s tournaments at the 2020 tokyo olympics will change its policy and allow equal rights to women but underlined the ioc’s stance it would seek another venue if it failed to do so.kasumigaseki country club has come under fire for its policy of barring women from playing on sundays and obtaining full membership.bach said in a news conference in pyeongchang after the international olympic committee’s executive board meeting on friday that it was imperative the olympic ideals of equality and respect were honoured by the venue.“the execut...






nhl to not participate in 2018 pyeongchang winter olympic games


by: reuters | published:april 4, 2017 12:09 pm nhl had been seeking major concessions from the ioc for taking part in the south korea games. (source: ap)the national hockey league will not take part in the 2018 pyeongchang winter olympics, saying on monday that it would finalize its 2017-18 season schedule without a winter games break. it declared negotiations “officially closed”.the nhl statement brings an end to years of tense bargaining between the international olympic committee, international ice hockey federation (iihf) and the nhl over the league’s continuing participation in the winter games.unhappy about having to shut down for almost three weeks in the middle of their regular season, the nhl had been seeking major concessions from the ioc, including recognition compara...






asian olympic leader backs sapporo for winter games bid


by: ap | sapporo | published:february 22, 2017 1:30 pm sapporo hosted the winter games in 1972 and city officials are considering a bid for 2026. (source: reuters)asia’s olympic leader thinks the continent could stage three consecutive winter games and sapporo would be an ideal location to follow pyeongchang and beijing.olympic council of asian president sheikh ahmad al fahad al sabah said sapporo has all the facilities needed to organize the winter olympics for a second time.sapporo hosted the winter games in 1972 and city officials are considering a bid for 2026, but nothing official has been decided. it would mean the ioc would return to a city in asia for a third straight time following pyeongchang, south korea in 2018 and beijing in 2022.“sapporo is capable and ready,” shei...






no plan to move pyeongchang games over korean tensions: ioc


by: reuters | published:may 13, 2017 5:24 pmthe international olympic committee is closely monitoring tensions on the korean peninsula but have no contingency plans to move next year’s winter games from pyeongchang.“in a context like this one it is to follow the situation, it’s evolution on a day-to-day basis and this is certainly what we are doing,” christophe dubi, the ioc executive director for the olympic games, told reporters on friday.“at the same time we have one plan and that is february in pyeongchang. “that’s what we have in mind.“nevertheless we are following the situation and monitoring on a constant basis and it is our duty to do so.”tension has been high for months on the korean peninsula over north korea’s nuclear and missile development, and due to ...






day in sports


martin fourcade of france, left, competes during the men's 12.5 km pursuit event of the biathlon world cup at the alpensia biathlon centre in pyeongchang, south korea. the ibu world cup event is a test event for the upcoming pyeongchang 2018 winter olympic games. jung yeon-je, afp/getty images






nbc monitors korea tensions as it prepares for winter games


by: reuters | san francisco | published:june 23, 2017 2:30 pm asia’s first winter olympics outside japan will see south korea’s alpine town of pyeongchang. (source: ap)top newsu.s. broadcaster nbc is monitoring the security situation on the korean peninsula and so far does not expect to change its plans to send a more than 2,000-person workforce to the winter games in south korea, nbc olympics president gary zenkel said in an interview on thursday.tension has been high for months over north korea’s nuclear and missile development, and due to fears it will conduct a sixth nuclear test and more ballistic missile launches in defiance of u.n. security council resolutions.asia’s first winter olympics outside japan will see south korea’s alpine town of pyeongchang and the coastal ...






nhl will not participate in 2018 winter olympics


the nhl has decided it will not participate in 2018 pyeongchang olympic games. (ap photo/nick wass)the nhl announced it will not participate in 2018 olympic games in pyeongchang, south korea.the league wanted to get closure on the topic before the stanley cup playoffs, which begin april 13, and issued a statement released on monday, explaining “the overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2071-8 nhl season for the purposes of accommodating olympic participation by some nhl players.”citing a three-week layoff and the possible injuries that could occur from a condensed schedule, commissioner gary bettman explained in march the league’s stance on participating in the 2018 winter games.“the league isn’t anti-olympics,” bettman said. “we’ve be...






2018 winter olympics: nhl won't participate in pyeongchang games


the national hockey league announced monday that it would not participate in next year's winter olympics in pyeongchang, south korea.in a statement, the nhl said "the overwhelming majority" of the league's 30 clubs were "adamantly opposed" to a 16-day break that would have allowed the nhl's best players to represent their country in the olympics. the league said no meaningful dialogue had materialized in talks with the nhlpa, international olympic committee (ioc) and international ice hockey federation (iihf). even after the iihf had agreed to pay for players' travel and insurance costs when the ioc refused, the nhl had been looking for more concessions, believed to include marketing opportunities tied to the games. the league wanted the matter resolved before the playoffs begin ...






pyeongchang olympics are icy path to warmer korean relations


south korea faces big obstacles in efforts to use pyeongchang winter olympics to more toward reconciliation with north korea         






south korea’s moon jae-in urges ioc to help bring north korea to pyeongchang


by: afp | seoul | published:july 3, 2017 5:24 pm moon jae-in on monday urged the international olympic committee to help north korea participate in next year’s winter games. (source: file)top newssouth korean president moon jae-in on monday urged the international olympic committee to help north korea participate in next year’s winter games, saying it would contribute to regional and world peace.moon, who has advocated engagement with the isolated neighbour, has suggested that two koreas form a joint team for the 2018 winter games, which the south is hosting in pyeongchang.the south and the nuclear-armed north are separated by one of the world’s most heavily-armed borders and remain technically at war after the korean war ended with an armistice in 1953 instead of a peace treaty...






pyeongchang olympics are icy path to warmer korean relations


by: ap | seoul | published:july 4, 2017 6:52 pm moon jae-in hopes the first winter games on korean soil could produce more of these feel-good sparks of seeming reconciliation. (source: file)top newstears and hugs after north and south korean women won the 1991 team table tennis world championships. a standing ovation when athletes from the two koreas marched together to open the 2000 sydney olympics. a selfie taken by a south korean gymnast with her north korean opponent that went viral at last year’s rio de janeiro games.seven months ahead of the pyeongchang olympics, south korea’s new liberal president moon jae-in hopes the first winter games on korean soil could produce more of these feel-good sparks of seeming reconciliation and pave the wave for deep engagement to ease the ri...






the day in pictures


a couple kiss while sitting on an art installation at gyeongpo beach, near the venue of the ice arena for the pyeongchang 2018 winter olympic games, in gangneung, gangwon-do, south korea on february 12, 2017. the winter games will kick off on february 9, 2018. jeon heon-kyun, european pressphoto agency






2018 winter olympics torch relay to begin in november


by: reuters | seoul | published:april 17, 2017 1:46 pmthe torch relay for next year’s winter olympics will begin in south korea in november and travel 2,018 kilometres around the country before arriving in pyeongchang to mark the start of the feb. 9-25 games, organisers said on monday.the flame will be lit in olympia, greece on oct. 24 before coming to korea for the domestic relay. it would then be taken through 17 cities and provinces by 7,500 torchbearers, beginning on nov. 1 — the 100-day countdown to the games, pocog said in a statement.the identity of the final torchbearer has not been revealed yet but it would be a huge surprise if figure skater kim yuna does not light the cauldron to start asia’s first winter games outside of japan.kim, who almost single-handedly raised t...






olympic organisers say winter sports set for boom is asia


by: ap | sapporo | published:february 21, 2017 12:01 pm staging the next two winter olympics in asia would significantly shift the balance from usa and europe. (source: ap)lee hee-beom, the head of the pyeongchang organizing committee, expects the 2018 olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in asia.while the region has traditionally lagged behind north america and europe in terms of winter sports competition, staging the next two winter olympics in asia would significantly shift the balance, lee said.“with pyongchang 2018 and beijing 2022, winter sports will move from europe and north american to asia,” said lee who is attending the asian winter games in sapporo. “we will have more sports fans among asians because of pyeongchang 2018 and beijing 2022.”the pyeongchang games will






yuna kim reveals olympic torch in countdown to 2018 games


by: ap | gangneung | published:february 9, 2017 7:48 pm the one-year countdown to the pyeongchang games began thursday with yuna kim revealing the olympic torch.the one-year countdown to the pyeongchang games began thursday with yuna kim revealing the olympic torch and organizers opening online ticket reservations.south korean prime minister hwang kyo-ahn and an international olympic committee delegation led by gunilla lindberg, who heads the ioc’s coordination commission for the games, also attended the ceremony in gangneung, which will host the ice sports events next year.“i am convinced that the pyeongchang olympics will be a success,” hwang said in a speech at the ceremony. “i believe in the great strength of our people who have successfully hosted international events like the 1988 o






data firm expects norway to top 2018 winter olympics table


by: reuters | seoul | published:february 11, 2017 1:58 pm winter olympics are scheduled for feb. 9-25 next year in the south korean alpine town of pyeongchang. (source: ap)norway is expected to return to the top of the medals table for the first time in 16 years at the 2018 winter olympics, while host country south korea is set to tie its record gold medal haul with six titles, sports data firm gracenote has projected.california-based gracenote sports put germany second in its ‘virtual medal table” for the games, scheduled for feb. 9-25 next year in the south korean alpine town of pyeongchang, ahead of the united states in third.the data analysis firm forecast norway to win 15 golds and 40 medals in total, which would both be record tallies. canada currently holds the record for most gold






nbc to air events live in all time zones at pyeongchang olympics


the news comes as a relief to winter sports fans. (lee jin-man/associated press)nbc appears to have heard the siren call of sports fans who loudly complained about the network airing events on a time delay during last summer’s olympics in rio de janeiro. on tuesday, the network confirmed it will broadcast all of the events at next year’s winter olympics in pyeongchang, south korea, in real time.“nothing brings america together for two weeks like the olympics, and that communal experience will now be shared across the country at the same time both on television and streaming online,” jim bell, the president of nbc olympics production and programming, said in a statement. “that means social media won’t be ahead of the action in any time zone, and as a result, none of our viewers...






bach’s motets offer a shot of polyphonic splendor


photo: courtesy image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1american bach soloists will focus on bach’s motets for double chorus.american bach soloists will focus on bach’s motets for double chorus. photo: courtesy bach’s motets offer a shot of polyphonic splendor1 / 1back to gallerythe bulk of bach’s choral writing lies in his 200-plus oratorios, the very works that the american bach soloists were founded to champion decades ago. but some of the master’s most concentrated doses of pure polyphony can be found in his motets, short sacred choral works often composed for use on specific occasions.the soloists’ weekend program, led by music director jeffrey thomas, ups the ante by focusing on bach’s motets for double chorus, which allows extra opportunity for intricate ...






ioc determined to see north korea take part in winter games


by: reuters | lausanne | published:july 10, 2017 11:01 pm ioc said it wanted north korea to sent its own team to the games. (source: reuters)top newsthe international olympic committee said on monday it is working hard to make sure north korea takes part in next year’s winter olympics in neighbouring south korea, despite political tensions in the region.a leading north korean sports official said recently it was too late to accept an offer from the south to form a unified team to take part in pyeongchang in february. but the ioc said it still wanted the north to sent its own team to the games.“what is important for the ioc and the games is the participation and we are working very hard on the participation of athletes from north korea,” ioc spokesman mark adams told reporters.






nhl will not participate in 2018 pyeongchang olympic games


the nhl said that it won't include a break in its 2017-18 schedule to accommodate the games.         






winter olympians impressed with pyeongchang perks


by: ap | published:february 14, 2017 9:57 pm tests events are underway in pyeongchang before the winter olympics next year to iron out the chinks. (source: ap)the first impression some members of the usa luge team got regarding how the 2018 pyeongchang olympics will operate came on the bus ride from the airport to the mountain resort where they’re staying.sensing the athletes were weary after long flights, the bus stopped for lunch.whether it’s the south korean volunteers learning all the names of athletes, offering wireless connectivity just about everywhere or even letting sliders pick what sort of music they want to hear on the start ramp, many of those vying for spots on next year’s u.s. olympic team are liking what they’re seeing so far from pyeongchang and the surrounding areas.“the






canberra's winter olympic hopeful undeterred by north korea nuclear threat


nuclear tension in south korea hasn't stopped canberra's winter olympic hopeful laura peel from travelling to the country for a test event for the games, set to be held in pyeongchang next year.the 27-year-old aerial skier said there were "a few kinks" to work through at the site for the upcoming olympics, including correcting the alignment of jumps, but she wasn't overly concerned about the nuclear threat from neighbouring north korea. canberra-born aerial skier laura peel. photo: rohan thomsonshe hoped the games would, in true sporting tradition, bring people together."i believe that the olympic games has a unique and powerful ability to bring people from all corners of the globe together, and unite humanity. i hope this will be the focus throughout the games," ms peel said....






ioc’s president thomas bach to meet us president donald trump at white house


by: reuters | berlin | published:june 22, 2017 4:50 pm the ioc has said it is planning to award both the 2024 and the 2028 games at its session in september and the two cities are likely to share them among themselves. (source: ap)top newsinternational olympic committee president thomas bach will meet u.s. president donald trump at the white house on thursday, a source within the olympic movement told reuters, as los angeles bids against paris to host the 2024 summer games.the source gave no further details about the meeting, which comes a day after bach announced a new ioc sponsorship deal with chipmaker intel corp in new york that is set to run until 2024.trump has publicly backed the los angeles 2024 games bid but has so far had no active involvement in the campaign.the ioc has sai...






australia olympic committee president john coates disappointed by lack of fundin


by: reuters | melbourne | published:may 10, 2017 3:06 pm john coates, president of the australian olympics committee. (source: reuters/ file photo) australian olympic committee president john coates has expressed disappointment with the lack of government funding for the nation’s winter olympians in the federal budget. the annual budget delivered on tuesday included a$50 million ($37 million) towards the home 2018 commonwealth games on the gold coast, most of which will be employed for security costs.however, there was no additional funding offered for winter olympic sports in the leadup to next year’s pyeongchang games in south korea. “while i am sure the 20 commonwealth games sports and their athletes will be pleased with the additional one-off funding of a$15.5 million for t...






mighty quinn: may 4 - ny daily news


mighty’s conversation with terry donnelly at the sigal/jeffrey lynch bbq last friday went from terry thanking mighty for mentioning the birth of his nephew quinn james donnelly, to terry’s work on the brooklyn docks as a longshoremen, to his passion for playing the guitar, to the beatles, to rosedale, to ringo starr marrying a rosedale girl (barbara bach) and finally to barabara bach being the sister of catherine bach, who played daisy duke on the “the dukes of hazzard.” “you’re wrong there, terry. barbara bach has one sister, marjorie, who married joe walsh of the eagles, the band not the nfl team, but she is not catherine bach’s sister.” after much arguing, anne douglass keleman looked it up on her smartphone. “mighty’s right. barbara bach and catherine b...






ioc board member apologizes for linking russian ban to nazis


by: ap | pyeongchang | published:march 16, 2017 4:21 pm the 73-year-old swiss official had been speaking on the sidelines of an ioc board meeting in 2018 host city pyeongchang. (source: ap)ioc board member gian franco kasper has apologized for comparing a ban on russia from the 2018 olympics to persecution of jews in nazi germany.kasper, the long-time international ski federation president, says “it was an inappropriate and insensitive comment.”the 73-year-old swiss official had been speaking on the sidelines of an ioc board meeting in 2018 host city pyeongchang. kasper compared a potential olympic ban for russia – as punishment for state-backed doping and cheating at the 2014 sochi games – with indiscriminate persecution by the nazis.in a statement released by the ioc, kasper...






ioc chief hoping for paris-los angeles hosting accord


by: afp | lausanne | published:july 12, 2017 10:11 pm ioc president thomas bach said today he is hoping paris and los angeles will agree before the end of august. (source: file)top newsioc president thomas bach said today he is hoping paris and los angeles will agree before the end of august on which of them will host the 2024 and 2028 olympics.the international olympic committee agreed tuesday to award the 2024 and the 2028 games at the same time, effectively ensuring that the two candidates each will host a games.asked whether an accord could by struck by the end of august, bach told afp: “i am certainly hoping so because thatwould allow us to prepare well for the (ioc) session in lima.”the double award at the ioc session in lima is conditional on a prior agreement between the t...






nhl will not participate in 2018 winter olympics


the nhl announced on monday it will not participate in the 2018 olympic games in pyeongchang, south korea. the league first took a break during it’s season to allow its player to play in the olympics for the 1998 nagano games. “we have previously made clear that, while the overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 nhl season for purposes of accommodating olympic participation by some nhl players, we were open to hearing from any of the other parties who might have an interest in the issue (e.g., the ioc, the iihf, the nhlpa) as to reasons the board of governors might be interested in re-evaluating their strongly held views on the subject,” the nhl said in a statement. “a number of months have now passed and no meaningful dialogu...






north korea free to take part in 2018 winter olympics games


by: reuters | seoul | published:april 3, 2017 2:47 pm south korea have approved north korean women’s ice hockey team to compete in an international event in april 2017. (source: ap file)north korea will be allowed to travel to south korea for the 2018 pyeongchang winter olympics if it wishes to take part, seoul’s unification ministry said on monday.north korean athletes need approval from seoul to enter the south as the 1950-53 korean war ended with a truce, not a peace treaty, leaving the two koreas technically in a state of war.the ministry’s comments come after choi moon-soon, the governor of the 2018 host city’s province, said on sunday that a north korean sports official had told him the north wanted to take part in the games.a north korea sports delegation is currently i...






olympians impressed with facilities at pyeonchang for 2018 olympics


by: ap | published:february 15, 2017 12:35 am us olympic committee sport performance chief alan ashley in february said that pyeonchang was indeed ready for the 2018 olympics. (source: ap)the first impression some members of the usa luge team got regarding how the 2018 pyeongchang olympics will operate came on the bus ride from the airport to the mountain resort where they’re staying.sensing the athletes were weary after long flights, the bus stopped for lunch.whether it’s the south korean volunteers learning all the names of athletes, offering wireless connectivity just about everywhere or even letting sliders pick what sort of music they want to hear on the start ramp, many of those vying for spots on next year’s u.s. olympic team are liking what they’re seeing so far from pyeongchang a






olympic timekeeper omega renews through 2032 summer games


published:may 15, 2017 8:07 pm ioc president thomas bach said “for us, it was always about omega.”olympic timekeeper omega has extended its ioc sponsorship deal for three more summer games through to 2032.the 12-year extension, signed monday, will complete a centenary since omega first timed olympic events at the 1932 los angeles games.the value of the deal, which includes the ioc selling marketing rights and paying for timing services, was not disclosed. in its most recent financial report, the ioc’s top-tier sponsorship program was said to earn more than $1 billion for the 2013-16 commercial cycle.omega is the first of the ioc’s 13 current top-tier sponsors to commit through 2032.ioc president thomas bach said “for us, it was always about omega,” and so interest from com...






ioc to discuss los angeles-paris double olympic host picks on june 9


by: reuters | berlin | published:may 19, 2017 4:12 pm ioc members are scheduled to choose the 2024 host on sept. 13 in lima, peru. (source: reuters)the ioc’s decision on whether to award olympic hosting rights to both los angeles and paris will be announced on june 9.the ioc says its executive board will meet in lausanne to discuss the 2024 and 2028 bid processes, and reforming rules for 2026 winter games candidates.ioc president thomas bach asked the board’s four vice presidents in march to advise on combining the 2024-2028 awards.bach often says the existing process produces “too many losers.” he is expected to want to reward la and paris with either the 2024 or 2028 olympics.leaders of both campaigns come to lausanne for july 9-12 meetings of the ioc board and full membersh...






washington bach consort gives a cheerful performance fit for spring


washington bach consort’s chamber series at first congregational united church of christ drew a large, enthusiastic audience friday evening for a program that seemed ideally suited to the balmy, spring-like weather. soprano kate vetter cain was the soloist in bach’s “wedding cantata,” which speaks of banishing winter cold for the pleasures of spring and blossoming love. later, she was joined by bass mark duer in a lusty performance of the “peasant cantata,” a virtual opera scene filled with allusions to folk song and dance. the consort’s acting artistic director, todd fickley, led eight instrumentalists from the harpsichord.cain is a warmly communicative singer whose cultivated voice and precise german diction combined to produce a pleasurably convincing “wedding cantata.






washington bach consort gives a cheerful performance fit for spring


washington bach consort’s chamber series at first congregational united church of christ drew a large, enthusiastic audience friday evening for a program that seemed ideally suited to the balmy, spring-like weather. soprano kate vetter cain was the soloist in bach’s “wedding cantata,” which speaks of banishing winter cold for the pleasures of spring and blossoming love. later, she was joined by bass mark duer in a lusty performance of the “peasant cantata,” a virtual opera scene filled with allusions to folk song and dance. the consort’s acting artistic director, todd fickley, led eight instrumentalists from the harpsichord.cain is a warmly communicative singer whose cultivated voice and precise german diction combined to produce a pleasurably convincing “wedding cantata.






union budget 2017: key announcements for railways


finance minister arun jaitley in the railway budget announced today allocated rs 55000 crore for the railways. major announcement made is the withdrawing of service charge on tickets booked on irctc. total of rs 1,31,000 crore to be spent on railways for the fiscal year.in the budget announced, railways will integrate end to end transport solutions for selected commodities through partnership and a new metro policy will be announced soon. finance minster said that, “by 2019 all coaches of indian railways will be fitted with bio-toilets and by providing lifts and escalators, 500 stations are to be made differently abled-friendly and 25 railway stations are expected to be awarded during 2017-2018.”by 2019 all coaches of indian railways will be fitted with bio-toilets: fm jaitley— ani (@ani_n