Stories by Stephen Wilson

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Troubleshooter, task forces to tackle Rio delays

BELEK, Turkey - The International Olympic Committee is sending a senior troubleshooter and several task forces to Brazil next week as part of a series of emergency measures to tackle the delays ...
By Stephen Wilson

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

German biathlete, Italian bobsledder ejected from Olympics for doping

In the first instances of positive tests for banned substances at the Sochi Games, a German biathlete and Italian bobsledder have been ejected from Olympics for doping.
By Stephen Wilson

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

Bach eager for Games to begin

IOC President Thomas Bach said Friday he is eager for the Sochi Games to begin after so many months of security concerns and critiques of the host country. Bach said he anticipates a "spectacular ...
By Stephen Wilson

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Putin ignores hard questions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been playing up a soft image, but continues to ignore the hard questions that have dogged the Sochi Games now for months.
By Stephen Wilson

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Bach is sure Olympics will go smoothly

SOCHI, Russia - Heavy security and Russia's anti-gay law should not detract from the Sochi Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday.
By Stephen Wilson

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Threats hamper Sochi ticket sales

LONDON — What if they held an Olympics and nobody came? Travel concerns and recent threats from Islamic terrorists have hampered ticket sales for the Sochi Games.
By Stephen Wilson

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013

New IOC president is moving fast

LONDON - The International Olympic Committee is putting up $20 million to fight doping and match-fixing - considered the two biggest threats to the credibility of the games.
By Stephen Wilson

Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013

New IOC President is moving fast

LONDON - Setting out the Olympic priorities for his new administration, IOC President Thomas Bach convened a summit of sports leaders Sunday to review the fight against doping, match-fixing and ...
By Stephen Wilson

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

German Bach elected IOC president

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Thomas Bach, the longtime favorite, defeated five other candidates in the secret ballot for the most influential job in international sports, keeping the presidency of ...
By Stephen Wilson

Monday, Sept. 9, 2013

Bach favored to be next IOC president

Thomas Bach, of Germany, goes into today's International Olympic Committee vote as the strong favorite among the field of six candidates vying to become the next IOC president, the most powerful ...
By Stephen Wilson

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013

Wrestling voted back onto the Olympic program

The IOC, in a move that was expected, has voted the sport of wrestling back onto the Olympic program.
By Stephen Wilson

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013

IOC picks Tokyo for 2020 Olympics

Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics on Saturday, capitalizing on its reputation as a "safe pair of hands" and defying concerns about the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
By Stephen Wilson

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013

Rogge's reign nearing end

With three major votes on the agenda, Olympic leaders begin weeklong meetings Wednesday that will bring a close to Jacques Rogge's 12-year reign as IOC president.
By Stephen Wilson

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013

Russia says gays won't face discrimination during Olympics

Russia has offered assurances in a letter to the International Olympic Committee that gay athletes won't face discrimination at the Sochi Games, while standing firm that its law against ...
By Stephen Wilson

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013

Entertainment world joins outcry against Russia's anti-gay law

LONDON - From Hollywood to Broadway, the entertainment industry is using its star power and financial muscle to raise a storm of protest over the anti-gay legislation in Russia that is battering ...
By Stephen Wilson

Monday, Aug 5, 2013

IOC tries to resolve anti-gay issue

IOC presidential candidate Ng Ser Miang says 'quiet diplomacy' is at work on Russian anti-gay law controversy.
By Stephen Wilson

Monday, July 22, 2013

2013 a stunning success for British sports

For those in Britain who figured the sporting euphoria surrounding the London Games in 2012 would quickly dissipate have been surprised in 2013, shockingly so.
By Stephen Wilson

Monday, July 15, 2013

IOC, IAAF say doping cases show drug-system is working

In looking on the bright side of recent doping allegations, IOC and IAAF officials are touting the sophistication of their testing as stars are nabbed by positive tests.
By Stephen Wilson

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Candidates make pitches for IOC presidency

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - One by one, the six candidates took their turn at the podium, trying to drum up support in their bid for the most powerful job in international sports.
By Stephen Wilson

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Bid cities for 2020 Olympics, presidential candidates to make cases

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - With the voting just more than two months away, the bidding for the 2020 Olympics and the race for the IOC presidency are reaching a pivotal stage.
By Stephen Wilson

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Augusta pensioners eye benefit increase

With an eye on the millions remaining in the city's oldest pension funds - its 1945 and 1949 plans - a handful of retired city and county employees are reviving a push to increase their monthly ...