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Lightning Round: Is the NHLs participation in the Olympics in danger? – Raw Charge

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Last September, the NHL, the NHLPA and the IIHF finally reached a deal that allows the NHL players to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The deal, however, had several conditions and one of them was the NHLs right to withdrawn from the participation until January 10, if the COVID-19 situation got worse.

The latest NHL news has added some concerns about the NHLs possible participation in the Olympics. Just yesterday it was announced that the league postponed the New York Islanders games at least through Tuesday. Since last week the Isles had several key players unavailable due to COVID-19 protocols, including their captain Anders Lee and top defenceman Ryan Pelech. According to the press release, the NHL decided to postpone their games due to the possibility of additional cases due to spread.

The Islanders are not the first team whose games were postponed due to COVID-19 protocol within the team. Earlier in November, three of the Ottawa Senators games were postponed as a result of 10 players entering COVID-19 protocols. Drake Batherson, who was one of those players, remains in COVID-19 protocol and is expected to return on December 1. Currently several players from other teams are also unavailable due to COVID-19, including the Arizona Coyotes Carter Hutton, the Carolina Hurricanes Ethan Bear and the Detroit Red Wings Danny Dekeyser.

The newly discovered Omikron variant of COVID-19 in South Africa is also adding some concerns. Recently the first cases were confirmed in Australia and Czech Republic. The new strain is reportedly more transmittable and has already outcompeted other variants in South Africa in a short period of time.

As of now, the NHL is planning to participate in both the Winter Olympics and the All-Star game, which is scheduled for February 5 in Vegas right before the start of the the Winter Olympics. The players expected to play in Beijing will head to China on charter flights. The league is also developing special protocols for players at the All Star game in Vegas.

In case of potential withdrawn, Hockey Canada has already arranged a shadow team to replace the NHL players if necessary. Some other hockey federations, including the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, are also working on this possibility.

Curently several Tampa Bay Lightning players have been confirmed to play in the Winter Olympics: Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy (Russia), Victor Hedman (Sweden), Ondrej Palat (Czech Republic), and Erik Cernak (Slovakia). Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point, Ryan McDonagh and Jan Rutta are amongst potential candidates.

The Syracuse Crunch have suffered a loss by the Rochester Americans. Simon Ryfors and Gabriel Dumont scored for Syracuse.

The Orlando Solar Bears have earned a shootout win against the Norfolk Admirals.

The full results of previous gameday.

The Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray was placed on waivers and the Senators have claimed Adam Gaudette off the waivers.

The St. Louis Blues placed forward James Neal on LTIR.

Artemi Panarin was fined $5,000 for throwing a glove at Brad Marchand.

The Montreal Canadiens are planning some changes in their head office.

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Weber County officials aid in bid to bring Winter Olympics back to Utah – Standard-Examiner

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OGDEN Crafting a successful bid for Utah for the 2030 or 2034 Winter Olympics isnt just the task of Salt Lake City, which would be the host city.

And the time to start planning isnt in 2029.

Efforts are well underway to bring the Olympics back and Ogden officials, among many others, are helping out. Getting an inventory of hotel rooms is but one part of the process and Sara Toliver, head of Visit Ogden, has been aiding in that effort, along with her counterparts at other local tourism offices around the state.

The team organizing the Salt Lake City bid needs to demonstrate that Northern Utah can provide 24,000 hotel rooms as part of the bid process, she said.

It may seem mundane, but the teams, Olympic workers and visitors whod come would need places to stay, so demonstrating that there are enough rooms for them is key. Indeed, its one of the preparatory elements singled out by Fraser Bullock, head of the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games.

We are intensely engaged. Were actually preparing a bid, he told Sports Travel Magazine, a trade publication catering to sports events organizers. That, Bullock went on, entails detailing a vision, securing accommodations and hammering out accords for use of event venues.

Toliver said she has served as a liaison between Utah Olympic bid organizers and hotel operators in getting a room count. Beyond that, though, local tourism officials see big potential if the Winter Olympics return to Utah.

Visit Ogden crafted a 10-year plan to develop the tourism infrastructure between now and 2030 in Weber County. The Olympics, or potential for a return of the Olympics, figures big.

With Utah up for the Olympics in 2030, opportunities to put Ogden on the global map are abundant, the plan reads.

Getting the local public on board, though, will be key.

Hosting such an event and doing it well is more than a function of local attractions, venues, lodging and transportation its a function of community, the plan goes on. Ensuring Weber County as a community is ready and willing to host such an event is the first step in helping to ensure a world-class experience and put Weber County on the global map.

Demonstrating that Weber County can accommodate large-scale athletic and recreation events is also part of the local strategy. Successfully hosting such events will provide proof-of-concept for the countys capability and capacity to host larger events. This proof-of-concept should help increase the likelihood of Weber County being chosen as an Olympic venue, the report reads.

Weber County already has a track record in that regard.

Snowbasin, the ski resort, and The Ice Sheet on the Weber State University campus served as venues for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. And in a Utah Sports Commission report from last year, both are identified as possible venues for future Olympic and Paralympic events Snowbasin for alpine skiing, para alpine skiing and para snowboard events and The Ice Sheet for curling and wheelchair curling.

Mindful of the possibilities, Weber County commissioners last year earmarked $150,000 to study the possibility of upgrading The Ice Sheet, a county-owned facility, with an eye to the possible return of the Winter Olympics.

Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell, involved in the Olympic effort in Utah in 2002, is also involved in promoting Utahs bid for the Olympics for 2030 or 2034. He sits on the Utah Sports Commission Board of Directors and the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games Governing Board.

We have a very strong, very competitive bid packet, he said.

The venues used in 2002 are still standing, getting more use even, which would reduce preparation costs dramatically. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, for one, cost Russia $50 billion, Caldwell said, and Utah can do it for a fraction of that.

Whats more, Utah has a solid base of potential volunteers, also very important in organizing an Olympic effort, and the varied venues sit in a relatively compact area radiating out from Salt Lake City, he said.

Still, other locales around the world, including Vancouver, Canada, are interested in hosting the Winter Olympics in 2030 or 2034. While local officials are eager, Utah by no means has a lock on the Olympics.

Yes, many in the state are working hard to promote Utahs bid. But nothing is for sure at this point, Toliver said.

Bullock told Sports Travel Magazine that Utahs efforts, while already underway, would likely get more intense after the Winter Olympics next year in Beijing, China, scheduled to go from Feb. 4-20.

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Cross country skier Noel Keeffe could make the Olympics, but he’s got a lot of work to do – Steamboat Pilot & Today

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When it comes to making the Olympics, Steamboat Springs Nordic skier Noel Keeffe is on the bubble. The University of Utah athlete and U.S. Cross Country Development Team member doesnt have any schedule World Cup starts before the Olympics, but that doesnt mean hes out of the running for a chance to go to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Im obviously going to race as hard as I can, Keeffe said. And do my best in the U.S. but it really comes down to how the world cup team performs.

There will be 296 cross country athletes competing in Beijing, 148 per gender. How many athletes from each country can go is determined by quota allocations, which countries earn by performing well at the World Cup level.

As of November 26, eight females and five males from the United States may attend. Athletes in both distance and sprint disciplines are chosen based on their five best competition results in the qualification period, between July 2019 and Jan. 16, 2022.

First U.S. Ski and Snowboard looks at World Cup finishes, which again, Keeffe doesnt have and wont have in that qualification period.

However, the next thing considered are USA SuperTour competitions, which Keeffe will compete in this winter. Then, North American Tour or Nor/Am competitions will be looked at.

If all the quota spots arent filled by World Cup athletes, Keeffe is one of the better development athletes who has a chance to be named to the team.

There are just five men on the National A and B teams, while Keeffe is one six on the development team.

The U.S. mens team is, every year, getting more and more competitive, Keeffe said. Like last year we had some of our best results ever.

Keeffe grew up competing against all the men on the national team, so hes familiar with all the athletes who are vying for an Olympic spot.

We have a super awesome atmosphere, he said. Everyone is really supportive and everyones just trying to get better together.

This past weekend proved that Keeffe and other development team members have their work cut out for them. A Team member James Schoonmaker finished seventh at a World Cup in Ruka, Finland. Two others finished in the top 30.

Meanwhile, Keeffe is in the United States and preparing for the SuperTour, which kicks off Dec. 4 in Duluth, Minn. then moves to Cable, Wisc. the following weekend. Then, hell compete at the national championships at Soldier Hollow in Utah, which serves as the Olympic Trials race, according to Keeffe.

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club veteran hasnt changed anything in his training going into the Olympic year. Hes skiing the same amount, even if hes switched up some of the specific things hes doing.

I figured its never good to change up what youre doing before and important season or race, he said.

Keeffe is still a student at the University of Utah, too, skiing for the collegiate team and studying material science and engineering. Olympics or not, Keeffe will be a speedy skier, a student, and is aiming for U23 World Championships in Lygan, Norway on Feb. 22-27.

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Which New York Islanders could be headed to the Winter Olympics? – Elite Sports NY

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Which Islanders might represent their countries in the upcoming Winter Olympics?

The NHL is sending players to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China. Which is exciting for NHL fans around the globe.

However, the players who make the rosters for their respective countries will be a hot debate between now and when the final rosters are announced in January.

In October, the IIHF coordinated with the NHL and the NHLPA to name three provisional players for each countrys mens Olympic national team roster.

The New York Islanders did not have a player named as one of the provisional roster players. But the coaching staff is expected to include Islanders head coach Barry Trotz.

So which Islanders players might be headed to the Olympics? Here are a few options.

Russia already named Andrei Vasilevski as one of their provisional players. The other two goaltenders they take will be up for debate especially in New York but Varlamov is the best bet to be their backup.

Barzal should be a strong middle-six forward for Canada, who hope to bring home the gold medal again.

Sorokin could join Varlamov at the Olympics as Russias third goaltender, but hell have pressure from the Igor Shesterkin of the Rangers.

Will Chara get one more run at the Olympics for Slovakia? Hes been part of their roster since before some of his current Islanders teammates were born literally.

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6 sports to try at the Utah Olympic Oval and you need not be an Olympian to play – Salt Lake Tribune

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Kearns The Utah Olympic Oval has been in Phillip Canicks life since 2012.

He has played hockey in two of the ovals leagues and now his 6-year-old son, Cooper, is in its Learn to Skate program.

The two make the trip from Cottonwood Heights to Kearns three times a week, all year-round.

The ice is always great. The facilities, for being as old as they are, you wouldnt know it, he said. Its just a great place to be.

What keeps Canick going back to the venue, however, is the community it creates. A lot of good lifetime friends Ive gained from playing out here.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Learn to Skate instructor Cassie Gutierrez teaches a class of youths how to conduct a controlled fall on the ice, Nov. 16, 2021. Figure skating is just one of many sports to discover at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns.

The Utah Olympic Oval dubbed the fastest ice on Earth, at an elevation above 4,500 feet was built for the 2002 Winter Games. Flags from across the globe hang upon the ice rinks and running track, and the five Olympic rings remain ubiquitous images around the facility.

The space continues to host world-class races and remains a meeting point for people from all over the valley to practice sports on and off the ice.

On a given day or night, the five-acre venue can be packed with people young and old running on an indoor track, figure skating on an ice rink, playing hockey on a separate ice sheet, or gliding, slipping and stumbling on the 400-meter speedskating oval.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) A youth competitive speedskater races around the track, Nov. 16, 2021. Speedskating is just one of many sports to discover at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns.

Its beautiful ice, said Carolyn Krambule, who is a regular at the public skating sessions. We work with a lot of the coaches, and theyre all fantastic.

Krambules family goes at least four times a week to the ice rinks in the complex. Husband Dean plays hockey and daughter Leia is in the Learn to Skate program.

Its a great place to go, get something to do, said Krambule, before being interrupted by her daughter. Other than watching screens and playing video games.

For some, ice sports are sheer entertainment. For others, these activities and the discipline they require have deeper meaning.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) LeeAnn Colgan gets steadied by the hand of her speedskating instructor, Olympian Derek Parra, Nov. 16, 2021. Speedskating is just one of many sports to discover at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns.

Growing up in San Bernardino, Calif., Derek Parra found meaning in staying active.

I came from Southern California with not a lot around me to offer to a child, Parra said, especially to kind of get out of the bad neighborhood that I grew up in.

When he started speedskating, doors started to open, and stardom came. He won gold and silver medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Parra now works as a trainer and sports director of the oval.

Were a beacon of the community, he said. I can only imagine what it would be like if I was a young child, in this community with this amazing facility in my backyard.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Learn to Skate director Amie Miyagi teaches a class of youths, Nov. 16, 2021. Figure skating is just one of many sports to discover at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns.

The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation offers scholarships to provide access to programs for those who cant afford them.

While the oval attracts a lot of regulars, it is open to anyone from first-timers to veteran winter sports enthusiasts. Like the theme to the 2002 Winter Games, it welcomes the world.

Here are six fun things to do there:

From August through March, there are public skate sessions on the 400-meter oval. There are also skate lessons for various ages and abilities. Toddlers can start as soon as they turn 3.

There are leagues for youths, men and women. The oval offers hockey skills lessons, and a learn to play hockey program recommended for children ages 4 to 12. Participants learn power skating, stick handling, passing and shooting.

A 442-meter indoor track with four lanes surrounds the oval. There also is an eight-lane, 110-meter sprint zone. High schools and college athletes grace these tracks in the colder months.

Classes are available for beginners. Students use the same stones that glided on the ice in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Curling leagues are open to learners and experienced players.

Before the pandemic, the oval hosted cosmic curling sessions at night, complete with fluorescent houses, laser lights and a disco ball

Introductory classes are offered for short- and long-track speedskating. A masters camp for competitive skaters older than 30 is on pauses due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The oval has private figure skating lessons for all skill levels, along with freestyle sessions in which skaters can play their music and practice their routines and competitive synchronized skating teams.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) One youth hockey player is reluctantly helped to his feet by a teammate during practice after getting knocked down by a fellow teammate at the Utah Olympic Oval, Nov. 16, 2021. Hockey is just one of many sports to discover at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns.

Parra recommends curling for people who want to avoid strapping on skates

Not only is it fun at the oval, but it is also a safe place, Parra said. And I know from growing up in a roller rink, how that changed direction in my life.

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Ancient Greece – Olympic Games

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The Greeks invented athletic contests and held them in honour of their gods. The Isthmos game were staged every two years at the Isthmos of Corinth. The Pythian games took place every four years near Delphi. The most famous games held at Olympia, South- West of Greece, which took place every four years. The ancient Olympics seem to have begun in the early 700 BC, in honour of Zeus. No women were allowed to watch the games and only Greek nationals could participate. One of the ancient wonders was a statue of Zeus at Olympia, made of gold and ivory by a Greek sculptor Pheidias. This was placed inside a Temple, although it was a towering 42 feet high.

The games at Olympia were greatly expanded from a one-day festival of athletics and wrestling to, in 472 BC, five days with many events. The order of the events is not precisely known, but the first day of the festival was devoted to sacrifices. On the Middle Day of the festival 100 oxen were sacrificed in honor of a God. Athletes also often prayed and made small sacrifices themselves..

On the second day, the foot-race, the main event of the games, took place in the stadium, an oblong area enclosed by sloping banks of earth.At Olympia there were 4 different types of races; The first was stadion, the oldest event of the Games, where runners sprinted for 1 stade, the length of the stadium(192m). The other races were a 2-stade race (384 m.), and a long-distance run which ranged from 7 to 24 stades (1,344 m. to 4,608 m.).The fourth type of race involved runners wearing full amor, which was 2-4 stade race (384 m. to 768 m.), used to build up speed and stamina for military purposes.

On other days, wrestling, boxing, and the pancratium, a combination of the two, were held. In wrestling, the aim was to throw the opponent to the ground three times, on either his hip, back or shoulder. In ancient Greek wrestling biting and genital holds were illegal.

Boxing became more and more brutal; at first the pugilists wound straps of soft leather over their fingers as a means of deadening the blows, but in later times hard leather, sometimes weighted with metal, was used. In the pancratium, the most rigorous of the sports, the contest continued until one or the other of the participants acknowledged defeat.

Horse-racing, in which each entrant owned his horse, was confined to the wealthy but was nevertheless a popular attraction. The course was 6 laps of the track, with separate races for whereupon the rider would have no stirrups. It was only wealthy people that could pay for such training, equipment, and feed of both the rider and the horses. So whichever horse won it was not the rider who was awarded the Olive wreath but the owner. There were also Chariot races, that consisted of both 2-horse and 4-horse chariot races, with separate races for chariots drawn by foals. There was also a race was between carts drawn by a team of 2 mules, which was 12 laps of the stadium track.

After the horse-racing came the pentathlon, a series of five events: sprinting, long-jumping, javelin-hurling, discus-throwing, and wrestling.The ancient Greeks considered the rhythm and precision of an athlete throwing the discus as important as his strength.

The discus was a circle shaped stone, iron, bronze, or lead. There were different sizes according to age groups. The javelin was a long wooden stick shape with spear head, similar height to that of a person. In the middle was bound a thong for a hurler's fingers to grip and guide to the correct angle it was thrown.

To Jump long distances athletes used lead or stone weights to increase the length of the jump. These weights were known as 'halteres' were held in front of the athlete during his ascent, and then swung behind his back and dropped during his descent to help propel him.

Olympics Through Time the history of the Olympic Games from the time when athletic contests were held during religious ceremonies until the First International Olympic Games in 1896

Little has changed about the design of Horse racing tracks from ancient Greece to modern times.

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Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Who Brought Olympics to Brazil, Convicted of Bribery – The New York Times

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The man who brought the Olympics to South America for the first time has been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison after a judge in Brazil ruled that Rio de Janeiros success at securing the 2016 Summer Games was built on a bribery scheme.

The verdict against Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the former longtime head of Brazils Olympic committee and once a towering figure within the International Olympic Committee, came four years after he was detained by the authorities as part of a joint investigation into sports corruption by investigators in Brazil and France.

Nuzman, who also served as the head of the Rio 2016 organizing committee, was found guilty of corruption, criminal organization, money laundering and tax evasion in a ruling published late Thursday. Law enforcement officials who conducted a raid on his home in 2017 found about $155,000 in cash and a key to a vault in Switzerland in which 16 gold bars were discovered.

Nuzman, 79, will appeal the verdict, his lawyer said. He will not have to serve his sentence until those appeals are exhausted.

The verdict, laid out in a 50-page written judgment by Marcelo Bretas, a judge with experience in presiding over high-profile corruption cases, singled out Nuzman as the linchpin of a scheme to buy the votes of sports officials in an effort to secure the hosting rights to the Games. The former Rio de Janeiro governor Srgio Cabral, already serving a 200-year prison sentence for a string of other corruption-related offenses, and Leonardo Gryner, a close confidant of Nuzmans who was also the former director general of Rio 2016, also received prison terms. Arthur Soares, a Brazilian businessman known as King Arthur, who was said to have provided $2 million in bribe money, was sentenced as well.

The culpability is high, as Carlos Arthur Nuzman was the main creator of the illicit scheme examined in these records and thus acted taking advantage of the high position achieved over 22 years as President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, which is why his conduct must be valued more rigorously than that of any corrupt person, Bretas wrote in his ruling.

The courts verdict is the latest reminder of how the Rio Olympics, billed as a coming-out party for South Americas most populous nation, instead ended up as a stain on Brazils reputation. The multibillion-dollar project was mired in allegations of graft that implicated some of Brazils biggest construction companies even before the revelation that Brazil may have only secured hosting rights thanks to vote-buying behind the scenes.

The convict dedicated his public career to making Rio de Janeiro the host city for the Olympics, the judgment said. However, despite such social responsibility, he chose to act against morality and public property.

The revelations in the case also cast the International Olympic Committee in an unflattering light. Throughout the buildup to the Games, it issued statements in support of Rio organizers amid growing news media scrutiny about how the Games were being financed. It also ignored whistle-blower testimony, some of it dating back more than a decade, that Nuzmans conduct while he was the head of the Brazilian Olympic committee deserved to be investigated.

Im so emotional today, said Eric Maleson, a former member of the committee who had written several times to the current I.O.C. president, Thomas Bach, and his predecessor, Jacques Rogge, with details of wrongdoing by Nuzman. I tried everything I could to persuade the highest ranks of the I.O.C. to intervene before this situation got out of control. But they never looked for me, they never called me.

Perhaps now they will call me and invite me as someone who did the right thing.

Maleson was among the witnesses in Nuzmans trial, which also featured the introduction of emails between Gryner and Papa Massata Diack, a former I.O.C. official convicted of corruption in France, discussing bank transfers in October 2009. Gryner and Diack, the son of a former head of track and fields global governing body, swapped emails just after Rio de Janeiro overcame bids from Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo to stage the 2016 Games.

Perhaps the most damaging testimony in the case came from Cabral, the former governor, who is serving what is effectively a life sentence for fraud and corruption.

Cabral told the court that the scheme to secure votes through bribery was arranged between Nuzman and Lamine Diack, a longtime Olympics power broker from Senegal and the father of Papa Massata Diack. (Lamine Diack was convicted last year by a French court of receiving bribes related to several sports schemes.)

In his testimony, Cabral supported prosecutors claims that Nuzman directed Soares, the businessman, about which officials to pay, a list that he said included sports legends and former gold medalists like the Ukrainian pole-vaulter Sergey Bubka and the Russian swimmer Alexander Popov. Bubka and Popov have both denied accepting bribes.

Cabral said the seeds for Rios victory had been planted months before the vote, when Nuzman contacted him. Nuzman came to me and said, Srgio, I want to tell you that the I.A.A.F. president, Lamine Diack, is a person that is open to undue advantages, Cabral said of the meeting, referring to a former name for tracks governing body. He can secure five or six votes. In exchange, he wants $1.5 million.

The emails revealed testy exchanges over delays in payments between Rio and the younger Diack. In one message sent to a Brazilian Olympic committee official, on which Nuzman and Gryner were copied, Papa Massata Diack sought assurances that the money would be wired to bank accounts he controlled in Dakar or Moscow. The signature block in the email noted that Diack was writing from Room 2112 of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Singapore.

Maleson, who was ousted from his role as head of Brazils ice sports federation after making complaints about Nuzman, also told investigators in the United States, France and Brazil about a meeting he had with a member of Rios bid committee before the vote. He repeated those claims in court.

He recounted how he had a chance encounter with a senior official connected with Rios bid in July 2009. As the men discussed the bidding cities chances, the official, Ruy Cezar Miranda, an aide to the citys mayor, told him that he had just returned from what he described as a successful trip to Nigeria before making a hand gesture that to Maleson signified that a payment had been made.

The judge said he would send the results of the investigation to authorities in Senegal and France, where Papa Massata Diack and Lamine Diack live. They were among five officials sentenced to prison terms by a Paris court last year for their roles in an extortion scheme that allowed athletes caught doping to escape punishment in exchange for cash.

The younger Diack has also been linked to a series of unrelated sports corruption schemes, including one connected to the awarding of the hosting rights to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu, the first Asian skater to win the Olympic mens singles title, dealt with injury in late 2018 and had to pull out of Japans national championships. He returned to compete at the 2019 World Championships, still suffering from an ankle injury, and finished second behind Nathan Chen. Later in 2019, Hanyu competed in his first Japanese championships since the 2016-17 season, but took silver behind Shoma Uno his first loss to Uno. Later in the season, he became the first male skater to achieve a Super Slam with a win at the Four Continents Championships. At the 2021 World Championships, Hanyu took third overall, marking the first finish below second at any competition since 2014 for perhaps the greatest male skater in history. After reinjuring his ankle in November, Hanyu finds himself in the same situation as four years ago in a race to get healthy before the Winter Olympics begin.

Yuzuru Hanyu has one of the sport's most devoted fanbases.


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