Friday, July 2, 2010

Hong Kong Looks to Host 2019/2023 Asian Games

The Hong Kong government has backed the city’s bid to host the 2019 or 2023 Asian Games.

The government is expected to submit a letter of intent to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) by June 30. The city favors a bid for the 2023 Asian Games, according to Xinhua. 

“There are clear advantages in hosting the Asian Games in 2023,” Tsang Tak-sing, Secretary for Home Affairs, told the publication.
“This would give us more time to develop good quality venues that would meet the needs of sports development in Hong Kong and that would also be suitable for hosting Asian Games events.”

U.S. Track & Field Coach Given Lifetime Suspension

A U.S. Track & Field coach has been suspended for life for violating sport anti-doping rules.

An independent American Arbitration Association (AAA) decision suspended Raymond Stewart, a four-time Olympic sprinter, after receiving information from the USADA. Stewart is accused of trafficking and giving a performance-enhancing drug.

“As necessary as appropriate sanctions are in cases of athletes using performance-enhancing substances, it is important that the most stringent penalties be applied when coaches participate in assisting and encouraging athletes to dope,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said.

Stewart won silver in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics for Jamaica. He went on to coach several sprinters.

Bach Running for Re-Election

Thomas Bach announced he will run for re-election as DOSB president. (ATR)
Thomas Bach will run for re-election as president of the German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB). 

The IOC vice president made the announcement at a meeting of the DOSB on Monday in Berlin. Elections will take place at the Dec. 4 DOSB General Assembly in Munich. 

Rumours circulated that Bach would not run for the DOSB presidency to allow him to run for IOC president in 2013.

Bach reportedly decided to run for re-election in order to have stability for the Munich bid for the 2018 Olympics. 

Bach is the first president of the DOSB. The union was formed in 2006 with the merger of the German National Olympic Committee and the German Sports Union. 
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