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Is it true that Rio has dropped the organization of the 2013 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships?

No, they were originally awarded to Szeged, Hungary. But the French city of Vichy dropped the organization of their 2011 WC. Therefore Szeged was given the 2011 edition, while Rio was chosen to host the 2013 one.

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Not a fan of the triathlon mixed relay. I prefer each gender to have it's own relay, and I'm also not a fan of having the relay be a "super sprint" while the individual event is a longer distance. O

...that concept art looks fucking ridiculous.

ITU President and Olympic medallists call for triathlon mixed relay to feature at Rio 2016 Marisol Casado, President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU), has called for a triathlon mixed relay to feature at the Rio 2016 Olympics to offer athletes more than one opportunity to compete at the Games. Star athletes Jonathan Brownlee and Lisa Nordén, both London 2012 individual medallists, have added their voices to Casado's call. The sport proved hugely popular at London 2012 when Britain's Alistair Brownlee and Switzerland's Nicola Spirig won gold in the men's and women's races, respectively – the only two medal events on the triathlon programme. ... The mixed relay sees two women and two men each competing in a "super-sprint" format before tagging their next team-mate. .. The mixed relay made its major Games debut at the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympics and will be contested at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Games, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Incheon 2014 Asian Games. However, the IOC Executive Board will ultimately decide whether or not to include the event at Rio 2016 when it meets next year. Full article http://www.insidethe...ure-at-rio-2016
Not a fan of the triathlon mixed relay. I prefer each gender to have it's own relay, and I'm also not a fan of having the relay be a "super sprint" while the individual event is a longer distance.

I agree on that. Triathon is trying to surf on the "mixed relay" trend that is happening right now on the winter sports. As a matter of fact, trying to do a 'relay' in what is an individual event for me is pushing way too much, trying to get the sport more visible to other audiences (but it is a useless effort IMHO). We have every year a super sprint team event here in Brazil (not a relay, everyone racing together in 3 heats) and quite frankly doesn´t get me more excited than a real triathlon.

But if they will do a relay, can´t imagine the IOC allowing more than a super sprint distance for each athlete. If we have 3 athletes doing a sprint format, the race will take around 3 hours, which is not 'acceptable' for TV viewers.

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Judo President hopeful of team event inclusion at Rio 2016

International Judo Federation (IJF) President Marius Vizer claimed he is hopeful that the team edition of the sport will feature at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The 2012 Team World Championships are set to take place on October 27 and 28 in Salvador, Brazil, in what is the biggest team event in the sport as only the individual concept appears at the Olympics.

Salvador will be the ninth edition of the Team World Championships and Vizer believes the event represents a good opportunity for the format to show its Olympic credentials.

"Brazil was not chosen to host the event by chance," said the 54-year-old Austrian, who has been IJF President since 2007.

"In four years from now, we will come to Rio for the next Olympic Games and we do hope that the team tournament will be integrated into the Olympic programme.

"That's exactly why the format of the competition in Salvador will be the same as the one we propose to integrate into the Olympic programme."

The event next month will see 16 men's and 16 women's teams competing, with France the defending champions in both the male and female competitions after they came out on top in Paris last year.

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http://www.insidethe...ear-at-rio-2016

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ITF not concerned WTA dropped Fed Cup agreement

The ITF is not concerned that it no longer has a working agreement with the WTA over Fed Cup and new player requirements for participating in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, TENNIS.com has learned.

The WTA and some of its players want Fed Cup participation to be de-linked from Olympic Games eligibility and have threatened to stage their own team competitions during Fed Cup weeks.

“We don't think its changes anything,” ITF spokesperson Kris Dent said. “We haven’t had contractual agreement with ATP for years [over Davis Cup requirements]. Our priority is going strength to strength and Fed Cup has done that. Players are playing, more and more people are coming and watching, TV numbers are up. The Fed Cup final in Prague sold out in six hours…Let’s face it, there is a requirement for players every week that they play on tour.”

The ITF recently announced that players now have to make themselves available for four ties before the 2016 Games (although they only have to play three of them), as opposed to the last Olympic cycle, where they only had to make themselves available for two years prior to 2012 London, provided that one of those years was 2011 or 2012.

WTA CEO Stacey Allaster recently told Tennis Channel that she believes “our athletes are playing for their country every day… Compared to other professional sports, athletes at the caliber of ours in tennis do not have the same eligibility requirements with their national associations or their international federations. We think that is unfair.”

Some players have also objected to the increased requirements, including Maria Sharapova and WTA Players Council members Serena Williams and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Sharapova claimed that no one listened to her side, and Mattek-Sands recently told TENNIS.com that players were upset because the decision was “made public before they've even talked to us about it, which was upsetting for us because again, they're not even listening to the players' voices.”

ITF spokesperson Barbara Travers isn’t sure whether the players will fulfill the new requirements and show up in Rio but “we are hopeful, but you can never tell what will happen four years from now. But the dialogue with the WTA began two years ago. [iTF president Francesco Ricci Bitti] and board member Juan Margets both flew into to [this year’s Miami tournament] and met with the players and with Maria privately. We’ve put our positions forward for a long time. The difference is semantics. We didn't agree with them, so they say they weren’t consulted. It’s not a matter of not having a dialogue, it’s not being able to agree on what our priorities are.”

In 2013, it appears that WTA players are going to be allowed to play exhibitions during Fed Cup weeks and the WTA is considering also adding international level tournaments during those weeks in the future.

The ITF feels that it is dealing from a position of strength because the Olympics has become such a popular competition with the players.

One change that many players are happy about is the qualification window for the 2016 Olympics began right after London, so the November Fed Cup final between the Czech Republic and Serbia will count in the number of required Fed Cup appearances, as opposed to previous years, when the clock started at the beginning of the year following the Olympics.

“We recognize that it’s not a perfect model, but there isn’t perfect model in the sport and everything has its assets and liabilities,” Travers said.

http://www.tennis.co...5/#.UGi9olGwXoU

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In a brief note, the UCI President Pat McQuaid confirmed that the UCI is hoping to have at least one more men’s and women’s track cycling event added to the program at the 2016 Rio Olympics after the success of the velodrome racing at the London Games.

http://www.washingto...5f97_story.html

Definitely agree with extra track cycling events for the games. The track cycling was spectacular at the games!

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Usain Bolt plans to defend Olympics 100m and 200m sprint titles at Rio 2016 Olympics

Usain Bolt has revealed he plans to defend his Olympic sprint titles in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and not switch disciplines.

The Jamaican declared himself a "living legend" after retaining his 100 and 200 metres crowns in London this summer, as well as being a member of his country's victorious 4x100m relay team.

He has previously hinted he could seek a new challenge in Rio, saying he wanted to have a go at the long jump, while he has continually been linked with the 400m, despite repeatedly insisting he does not want to step up in distance.

But, speaking on a trip to New Zealand, the world's fastest man confirmed his only intention is to go for a third defence of his sprint crowns in Brazil.

"Rio is about going and defending my titles," Bolt said. "I don't want to try any different events at Rio, because at Rio I will just defend my titles to show the world that there is a possibility that I can do it again.

"To do the three-peat, that is the focus."

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http://www.telegraph..._medium=twitter

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English FA rules out British men's team at Rio Olympics

Britain will not enter a men's football team for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, English Football Association General Secretary Alex Horne said on Tuesday.

Britain returned to the Olympic finals this summer for the first time since 1960 in Rome.

It was also the first time since 1972, when they were eliminated in the qualifiers, that they had taken part in the event.

The issue is politically sensitive as the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland FAs feel their participation threatens their individual status within FIFA, world soccer's governing body.

Wales players were included in Stuart Pearce's squad at London 2012 but there were no Scottish or Irish players involved and Horne told Sky Sports News no British men's team would be entered for the 2016 Games.

"The pinnacle is the World Championships (World Cup) and we've got the European Championships as well," he said.

"We play as England and we are proud to play as England and I know Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are proud to play as their own individual entities and we wouldn't want to do anything to risk that.

"FIFA accepted the position when we were hosting the Games and I think we take that and move on."

The British team, which included Manchester United's Welsh midfielder Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy also of Wales, reached the quarter-finals where they lost on penalties to South Korea.

The women's team entered the Olympics for the first time in London and also reached the last eight, but Horne said there was a possibility a women's team might be entered for the Rio qualifiers.

"We will keep talking to people about that," he said. "We are not ruling it out completely."

Reuters

http://uk.eurosport....43782--sow.html

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English FA rules out British men's team at Rio Olympics

Britain will not enter a men's football team for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, English Football Association General Secretary Alex Horne said on Tuesday.

Britain returned to the Olympic finals this summer for the first time since 1960 in Rome.

It was also the first time since 1972, when they were eliminated in the qualifiers, that they had taken part in the event.

The issue is politically sensitive as the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland FAs feel their participation threatens their individual status within FIFA, world soccer's governing body.

Wales players were included in Stuart Pearce's squad at London 2012 but there were no Scottish or Irish players involved and Horne told Sky Sports News no British men's team would be entered for the 2016 Games.

"The pinnacle is the World Championships (World Cup) and we've got the European Championships as well," he said.

"We play as England and we are proud to play as England and I know Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are proud to play as their own individual entities and we wouldn't want to do anything to risk that.

"FIFA accepted the position when we were hosting the Games and I think we take that and move on."

The British team, which included Manchester United's Welsh midfielder Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy also of Wales, reached the quarter-finals where they lost on penalties to South Korea.

The women's team entered the Olympics for the first time in London and also reached the last eight, but Horne said there was a possibility a women's team might be entered for the Rio qualifiers.

"We will keep talking to people about that," he said. "We are not ruling it out completely."

Reuters

http://uk.eurosport....43782--sow.html

This whole 4 teams business for the British isles is JUST SO STUPID...and this whole Olympics saga just proves it so. FGS, get together as one team already!!

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2012 ISAF Annual Conference - Olympic Sailing Competition Events And Equipment

At the ISAF Annual Conference in 2010 new Regulations were approved defining the process and time scales for making those selections. One year later six of the ten events were confirmed with evaluations pending for the equipment of the mixed multihull, women's skiff and the men's and women's board events.

Evaluation trials took place in March 2012 in advance of the next Council meeting. At the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in Stresa, Italy Council voted to include the Nacra17, the 49erFX and men's and women's kiteboarding.

For the 2012 Annual Conference, 23 submissions have been received by ISAF to re-open the discussion about the events and equipment for 2016 and these will be discussed by the expert committees before recommendations are made to Council on 9 November.

The Olympic events and equipment are defined in Regulation 23.1.4 and it is also defined that Council can only make changes to this Regulation and the timeframes detailed in Regulation 23.1.3 if at least 75% of votes cast are in favour of a motion to do so. If this 75% is not reached then the Events and Equipment confirmed by the ISAF Council in May 2012 will stand.

The final twist in the tail could be seen at the Annual General Meeting of the ISAF Member National Authorities on 10 November. The members present at the AGM review any Regulations made or amended in any substantive way by the Council since the last Ordinary Meeting which was in November 2011. As defined in the Articles of ISAF, decisions at the General Meeting shall be taken by a simple majority of votes of those present and entitled to vote.

2020 Olympic Sailing Competition

In accordance with ISAF Regulation 23.1.5, ISAF may decide that an event already selected for the next Olympic Sailing Competition is a "core event" and as such is also selected for the following Competition in eight years. Council may also select the current equipment to those core events and there are several submissions on the table regarding the selection of the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn and 470 for the 2020 Games.

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ISAF Committee proposes windsurfing and kiteboarding in Rio 2016 Tuesday, 06 November 2012 14:48

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The ISAF Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Committee has approved "Submission 051-12", which would see a Mixed (Two Person) Kiteboarding and Mixed (Two Person) RS:X Windsurfing in the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Tension was in the air during the meeting held in Dublin, Ireland. The ISAF Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Committee ended up finding a blended option that suits the hopes of kiteboarders and windsurfers.

"By selecting kiteboarding at the expense of windsurfing ISAF has deleted one of the most popular events in terms of participation and global spread", the Committee reports.

"Kiteboarding is a new and fascinating discipline of sailing and has proven to be ready for inclusion in the ISAF events programme however having very little women participation in racing world championship (7 women in 2009, 8 women in 2010)".

"Format and rules of kiteboarding are not ready yet at this stage and it will take some time to start unified and constant racing at the Olympic events level. Women’s participation will be encouraged and increased by inclusion of mixed team event for both windsurfing and kiteboarding".

The ISAF Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Committee believes that the new mixed way "presents a much more balanced approach and achieves more of the objectives outlined in the ISAF Olympic Commission report than the current slate".

The proposal will move to the ISAF Events Committee, which will decide to recommend, or not, the "Submission 051-12" to the ISAF Council.

Read the entire "Submission 051-12", here.

http://www.surfertod...ing-in-rio-2016

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Kiteboarding in, windsurfing out of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The proposals to re-open the debate did not receive the required 75% of votes from ISAF Council. The Events and Equipment confirmed in May 2012 stand.

This means that the Rio 2016 Olympic Games set for Brazil will have Men's Kiteboarding and Women's Kiteboarding competitions, only. Windsurfing has been dropped and will no longer be an Olympic sport.

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The sailing events for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games are:

Men's Kiteboarding

Women's Kiteboarding

Men's One Person Dinghy – Laser

Women's One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial

Men's One Person Dinghy (heavy) – Finn

Men's Two Person Dinghy – 470

Women's Two Person Dinghy – 470

Men's Skiff – 49er

Women's Skiff – 49er FX

Mixed Two Person Multihull – Nacra 17

http://www.surfertod...6-olympic-games

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Kiteboarding in, windsurfing out of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

its really confusing but windsurfing will be back to olympic program

Windsurfing will return for 2016 Games

LONDON, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Windsurfing has reclaimed its place in the Olympic programme after the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) voted on Saturday to reinstate it at the expense of kiteboarding.

The ISAF decided to retain men's and women's windsurfing at the governing body's annual general meeting in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

The vote reversed the organisation's surprise move in May to drop windsurfing in favour of kiteboarding at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The ISAF at the time described the move as a "fantastic addition" but windsurfing federations vowed to pressure sailing chiefs to reinstate the discipline.

Israel's sailing chief Yehuda Maayan told Reuters that, in voting for kiteboarding, delegates had probably been confused or did not understand the motion because of language difficulties.

The Spanish Sailing Federation has since acknowledged that its representative voted for kiteboarding by mistake.

http://uk.eurosport....15748--spt.html

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In May the ISAF Mid Year Meeting of the ISAF Council, in Stresa Italy, took many by surprise when it installed Kiteboarding as an Olympic Event, doing so against the recommendation (17 votes to 2) of the Events Committee.

The same recommendation was again put forward to the ISAF Council Meeting at its Annual Conference, in Dun Laoghire, Ireland, but that would have required a 75% majority to Re-open the Decision of the Council from the May Meeting in respect of the events for the 2016 Olympics.

The move to re-open failed by just two votes to reach the required threshold, but got support from 26 of the 38 voting delegates, at the Council Meeting on Thursday.

From there it was likely that if the Council vote was repeated at the Annual General Meeting (held only once every four years), it was obvious that the Windsurfers had done their homework and would carry the day - provided politics did not come into play and delegates at the AGM (where each country physically present is allowed a single vote, instead of just the the regions in the Council Meeting) had stayed true to the voting direction from the Council meeting - which was that although 75% were not in favour of re-visiting, there clear majority were for a re-instatement of Windsurfing.

Given that scenario, the fate of Kiteboarding in a simple vote was inevitable, and the rogue decision of the ISAF Council at its Mid-Year Meeting was finally overturned.

The technical process in the voting was that ISAF Regulation 23.1.4 (which covers the Olympic classes for the next Olympics) was amended and approved to include windsurfing

The equipment approved for the 2016 Olympics Sailing Competition is as follows:

Men's Board -RS:X

Women's Board - RS:X

Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser

Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial

Men's second One Person Dinghy - Finn

Men's Skiff - 49er

Women's Skiff – 49erFX

Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470

Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470

Mixed Two Person Multihull – Nacra 17

http://www.sail-worl...-back-in/103684

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its really confusing but windsurfing will be back to olympic program

What a fucking joke. Right decision, but six months late it looks really silly.Talk about incompetence...

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FIBA wants more teams for Rio

GENEVA -- Basketball's governing body will ask the IOC to add four men's teams for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and introduce the 3-on-3 game as a medal event.

FIBA says its ruling board will request a 16-team men's competition being played in two arenas instead of one.

FIBA says a natural bracket of four-team groups, rather than six, means fewer matches and keeps players fresher.

IOC rules limit team events to 12 nations unless its executive board gives special permission. FIFA has 16 men's soccer teams.

The IOC has rejected previous FIBA requests for 16, citing concerns over increasing a 10,500-athlete quota for local organizers to house.

FIBA introduced the 3-on-3, half-court version of basketball for men and women at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics.

AP

http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/id/8630561/fiba-ask-ioc-more-teams-3-3-event-rio

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November 19 - FIFA President Sepp Blatter will continue to try to get futsal or beach football on to the Olympic programme, he has promised.

Informal talks have already taken place between Blatter and Carlos Nuzman, the President of Rio 2016, about launching a campaign to get beach football on Copacabana at the next Olympics.

But the decision ultimately rests with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Blatter insisted he would be happy for any shortened version of the sport to be included.

"We already tried to bring in beach soccer to the Olympics, as we could use the same stadia they are using for beach volleyball," said Blatter after the final of the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Bangkok.

Futsal is a portmanteau of the Portuguese futebol de salão, which can be translated as "hall football" or "indoor football" and is played on a hard surface delimited by lines.

Its inclusion at Rio 2016 would prove popular with the home supporters after Brazil lifted this year's World Cup with a 3-2 victory over Spain at the Huamark Indoor Stadium yesterday, the fifth time they have won the title.

It is unlikely that the IOC would include another version of a sport already does not struggle for recognition and, if they did, it would probably require FIFA agreeing to reduce the number of teams taking part in the main tournament.

"In football, we already have a privileged position, with 28 teams - 12 women's and 16 men's -participating in two tournaments at the Olympics," said Blatter.

"The demand is increasing, and futsal is one of the disciplines we are trying to get in.

"But for the time being, we are on the waiting list."

http://www.insidethe...utsal-world-cup

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