IOC defends NBC's tape-delayed coverage

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The International Olympic Committee defended NBC for not showing the men’s 100-meter final live on its main network.

Usain Bolt dashed to victory in the signature event of the London Olympics on Sunday at 4:50 p.m EDT. NBC broadcast the race hours later on tape-delay in prime time.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams says “it’s certainly not for us to tell them how to reach their audience.” Adams says NBC live-streamed the race for online viewers, so “if you wanted live, you could get it live.”

BMX CRASH: Rider Arielle Martin, of the United States, has had surgery after injuring her liver and lung in a crash during practice last week that knocked her out of the London Olympics.

Martin’s family said in a statement Sunday that the medal contender had a setback after she was upgraded from intensive care to a trauma unit. The 27-year-old athlete had sustained a severe laceration to her liver and a collapsed right lung in a crash during a final practice July 30.

The operation removed a buildup of fluid, the statement said.

WIDOW OUTRAGED: The widow of an Israeli athlete slain during the 1972 Munich Olympics denounced the IOC during a memorial Monday to honor the dead, shouting “Shame on you!” for failing to offer a moment of silence during the opening ceremony for the London Games.

Ankie Spitzer took the podium during the service for the 11 athletes and officials killed in a terrorist attack and pointedly directed her remarks to International Olympic Committee head Jacques Rogge, who had spoken only moments earlier.

“Shame on you IOC, because you have forgotten 11 members of the Olympic family,” she said in a voice laden with passion.

Saying the IOC was discriminating against the Israelis because of their Jewish faith, Spitzer insisted the dead deserved to be honored as Olympians in an Olympic context and not in the various places where memorials have been held, including Monday’s event at London’s Guildhall.

“You owe it to them,” she declared.

DOPING: Defending Olympic 50K race walk champion Alex Schwazer was caught doping in Italy and will miss the London Games.

The Italian Olympic Committee, also known as CONI, said Monday that Schwazer had been removed from the team.


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