Andy Murray uncertain to play in fifth Olympics despite selection

Andy Murray uncertain to play in fifth Olympics despite selection

Andy Murray said Sunday he was "not 100 per cent sure" he will play at the Paris Olympics despite being selected just hours earlier for his fifth Games. Murray, who has said he intends to retire later this year, was granted an International Tennis Federation (ITF) place to compete at the Games despite his lowly singles ranking of 97 because he is a former Grand Slam winner and double-Olympic champion.


Femke Bol predicts "nice battle" with Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone in Paris

Femke Bol predicts "nice battle" with Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone in Paris

Femke Bol, fresh from two golds and a bronze at the European Championships, admits she is looking forward to what she says will be a "nice battle" with American arch-rival Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone at the Paris Olympics. Bol was one of the stars of the championships in Rome, dominating her speciality event, the 400m hurdles, and going on to anchor the women's 4x400m relay team to victory while also picking up third place in the mixed relay.


Matt Richards tells IOC to "take care of their athletes" after ticketing scam

Matt Richards tells IOC to "take care of their athletes" after ticketing scam

Olympic freestyle gold medallist Matt Richards has urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take better care of athletes competing at the Games and their families after his parents fell victim to an online ticketing scam. Richards' mother Amanda has told the BBC that the family had been scammed out of £2,500 pounds (€2,955 euros) by a ticket website that "looked perfectly legitimate”. The swimmer has called out the IOC and its President for not providing competitor’s families with better access to tickets. 


Emmanuel Wanyonyi: Olympic berth with third fastest time ever

Emmanuel Wanyonyi: Olympic berth with third fastest time ever

Nineteen-year-old Emmanuel Wanyonyi claimed the men’s 800m final at the Kenyan Olympic trials Saturday, clocking in at a world-leading and personal best time of 1:41 —the third fastest in the world behind fellow Kenyans David Rudisha and Wilson Kipketer. Wanyonyi almost failed to qualify for the finals after he was tripped and fell during Friday’s semifinals, where he finished sixth. Despite struggling with a swollen leg, Wanyonyi bounced back on Saturday to secure a spot on the Olympic team. 


G7, Pope Francis call for Olympic truce

G7, Pope Francis call for Olympic truce

G7 leaders have called for an Olympic truce in the run-up to the Paris Games in the summit's final declaration. "We urge all countries to respect it, individually and collectively, as outlined in the United Nations General Assembly resolution adopted on 15 December 2023," the statement said. 


Palestinian Olympic head hopes Olympics will spotlight war in Gaza

Palestinian Olympic head hopes Olympics will spotlight war in Gaza

Head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, Jibril Rajoub, said Wednesday he hoped the Paris Olympic Games would bring more attention to the war in Gaza and the "Israeli occupation of the West Bank," Times of Israel reported last week. So far the country is set to participate in the Games with one athlete confirmed in taekwondo while other hopefuls are training to meet the International Olympic Committee standards to have priority for wildcards. Rajoub said in a press conference earlier this month that Palestine will have a minimum of 6-8 (athletes), three of which are likely to come from Gaza. 







Dressel, Ledecky headline another stacked US Olympic swimming trials

Dressel, Ledecky headline another stacked US Olympic swimming trials

Seven-time Olympic gold medallist Caeleb Dressel brings a new perspective to the pressure-packed US Olympic swimming trials on Saturday, where he and freestyle phenomenon Katie Ledecky are set to star again in the fierce fight for Paris Games berths. Dressel and Ledecky bring formidable credentials to the nine-day meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, where only a top-two finish can secure an individual race berth in Paris.


Afghanistan to send gender equal team to the Olympics

Afghanistan to send gender equal team to the Olympics

Afghanistan will send a team of three women and three men to the Paris Olympics as demanded by the International Olympic Committee following the return to power of the Taliban in August 2021, the IOC announced on Thursday. The women will compete in athletics and cycling while their male counterparts will feature in athletics, swimming and judo.