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IOC confirm six athletes test positive

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have confirmed on their offical Web site that further analysis of samples taken from the Beijing Games have revealed that six athletes tested positive for blood-boosting hormone CERA.

updated Wed Apr 29 2009 10:41:23

IOC confirm six athletes test positive

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have confirmed on their offical Web site that further analysis of samples taken from the Beijing Games have revealed that six athletes tested positive for blood-boosting hormone CERA.

updated Mon Oct 06 2008 02:19:09

Olympic show opens with a bang

China opened the 29th Olympic Games on Friday with stunning fireworks as the Asian nation kicked off one of the most heavily scrutinized games in history.

updated Wed Sep 10 2008 10:26:11

Cambodia's athletes seek a better playing field

Without proper food, shoes, or support from his government, Hem Bunting, the Cambodian Olympic marathon competitor, prepared for the Olympics and hoped for international support in late July.

updated Mon Aug 25 2008 11:29:35

Beijing's past faces its future

As in Rome and Athens, ancient relics in Beijing stand in stark contrast to the highways, buildings and vehicles of the modern age. At Beijing's Jianguomen, the fortification-like Ancient Observatory -- dating from 1442 during the Ming Dynasty -- dodges the overpasses of the Second Ring Road while standing within steps of a subway station.

updated Mon Aug 25 2008 05:45:43

Viewers react to the Beijing Olympics

I thought it was absolutely fantastic, the enthusiasm of the people, the logistics. I like it even more because there has been so much doom-saying and criticism in the run-up to these games. There must be a few very frustrated marathon runners who could have set a new world record in the terribly polluted air of Beijing but decided not to compete, not to mention so many journalists that wished the games to end up in a disaster. The people in the cities hosting Olympic events and BOCOG deserve praise. The IOC, in my opinion, deserves even more praise for choosing Beijing and sticking to its decision despite all the criticism.

updated Mon Aug 25 2008 04:25:30

Absalon and Spitz claim mountain bike glory

French legend Julien Absalon took his status to new heights when he became the first rider to defend the men's mountain bike Olympic title.

updated Mon Aug 25 2008 04:24:02

Grand spectacle closes Beijing's Olympics

Grand fireworks and spectacular choreography brought to a close the Beijing Games Sunday as one of the most remarkable Olympics in recent history were declared at an end.

updated Mon Aug 25 2008 01:28:38

China releases eight U.S. Olympics protesters

Eight Americans arrested for planning or staging protests in Beijing were deported to the United States on Sunday, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said.

updated Sat Aug 23 2008 16:57:02

Bekele joins Dibaba in taking double gold

Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele emulated female compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba in claiming a rare long-distance double when he won the Olympic men's 5000m to add to his 10,000m crown.

updated Sat Aug 23 2008 05:45:53

Bolt helps Jamaica smash world relay record

Sprint king Usain Bolt won his third gold medal of the Games as he helped Jamaica win the men's 4x100 meter relay gold medal, shattering the world record in the process.

updated Fri Aug 22 2008 20:03:24

After 60 years, Olympians are fast friends again

Thousands of miles from his life in California, Mal Whitfield is feeling at home again.

updated Fri Aug 22 2008 12:45:00

France win BMX gold as Briton Reade crashes

Frenchwoman Anne-Caroline Chausson held her nerve in a dramatic, crash-marred final to win the inaugural women's BMX gold medal on Friday.

updated Fri Aug 22 2008 11:13:17

Age of Chinese gymnasts investigated

The International Olympic Committee has asked gymnastics officials to look into whether China's women's gymnastics team used underaged competitors, an IOC spokeswoman said Friday.

updated Fri Aug 22 2008 10:55:59

France win BMX gold as Briton Reade crashes

Frenchwoman Anne-Caroline Chausson held her nerve in a dramatic, crash-marred final to win the inaugural women's BMX gold medal on Friday.

updated Wed Aug 20 2008 09:00:51

Ben Maher: Ready for the Olympic hurdle

Young British show-jumping rider Ben Maher is refreshed, having just returned from the opening ceremonies of the Olympic equestrian events in Hong Kong. Before he left England to make the long first-time trip to Hong Kong, he was named a new Scout Association award recipient for equestrian excellence.

updated Wed Aug 20 2008 08:33:43

Jill Henselwood: 'Animal factor' in equestrian

Jumping shadows is not on the agenda for Canadian rider Jill Henselwood in this summer's equestrian competitions. Night-time jumping is not common for North American teams, which rarely have evening competitions, unlike their counterparts in Europe.

updated Tue Aug 19 2008 13:57:05

iReporters quiz Olympian Michael Phelps

updated Mon Aug 18 2008 13:38:21

Endorsements pure gold for Phelps

Having completed his Olympics gold rush, U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps is now poised to make another haul -- this time of the endorsement variety.

updated Mon Aug 18 2008 03:45:18

Phelps wins historic eighth gold medal

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps broke the Olympics' most hallowed record Sunday by winning an unprecedented eight gold medals in a single Games.

updated Mon Aug 18 2008 03:20:25

Wrestler who discarded medal expelled from Games

A Swedish wrestler who discarded his bronze medal in a protest during the presentation ceremony has been stripped of the award and disqualified from the tournament in Beijing.

updated Mon Aug 18 2008 02:53:51

Tracking the 2008 Olympics

updated Sat Aug 16 2008 21:13:43

Sensational Bolt wins gold in world record

Usain Bolt smashed his own world record in winning the Olympic 100 meters title in Beijing with one of the most remarkable performances in the history of track and field.

updated Sat Aug 16 2008 01:52:29

Woman hurt in Olympics stabbing back in U.S.

The woman whose husband was killed in a knife attack while attending the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, and who was herself critically wounded in the attack, is back in the United States, according to her doctors.

updated Fri Aug 15 2008 03:06:36

Swedish wrestler throws away Olympic medal

Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian threw away the bronze medal he won in the Greco-Roman category in disgust in a protest over judging in his semifinal bout.

updated Thu Aug 14 2008 23:24:25

China to deport five activists

Five activists protesting on behalf of Tibet, including three Americans, were arrested Thursday for what Chinese police called "activities against Chinese law" and will be deported, Beijing police said.

updated Thu Aug 14 2008 15:39:40

Federer and Williams sisters crash out

Top seed Roger Federer saw his Olympic challenge come to a crashing end on Thursday with a straight-sets defeat at the hands of American James Blake while both the Williams sisters also suffered shock defeats in the women's singles

updated Thu Aug 14 2008 07:01:33

Spanish Olympic basketball team in 'racist' photo row

A photo of the Spanish men's Olympics basketball team, using their index fingers as if to slant their eyes, has sparked controversy with Asian rights groups.

updated Wed Aug 13 2008 21:06:20

Protesters, journalist detained in Beijing

A British journalist and eight Tibet activists were detained during a protest near an Olympic venue Wednesday, the journalist and an activist group said.

updated Wed Aug 13 2008 13:26:14

Armstrong and Cancellara win time-trials

American cyclist Kristin Armstrong added the Olympic time trial gold medal to her 2006 world title with a triumph in Juyongguan on Wednesday.

updated Wed Aug 13 2008 09:05:22

Variety the spice of food in Beijing

If there's one thing that makes Beijing an enticing city to both local and expatriate Beijingers alike, it's the food.

updated Tue Aug 12 2008 21:22:49

Phelps on course with third gold medal

American swimmer Michael Phelps remains on course for his target of eight Beijing gold medals after winning his third event of the Games, taking the men's 200-meter freestyle in a new world record time -- his third in a row.

updated Tue Aug 12 2008 18:02:47

China falls short on Olympic promises, critics say

It's a historic event taking place on an international stage that's been seven years and $40 billion in the making.

updated Tue Aug 12 2008 17:27:31

Phelps dives into Olympic history

He cuts through the water like he's shredding through the record books at the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

updated Tue Aug 12 2008 15:52:39

Olympic girl seen but not heard

A little girl and her song captivated millions of viewers during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. But what they saw was not what they heard.

updated Tue Aug 12 2008 14:27:17

Host nation maintain diving dominance

Wang Xin and Chen Ruolin continued China's dominance in the diving, winning the women's 10-meter synchronized competition for the host nation's third victory fromj three events.

updated Tue Aug 12 2008 14:22:58

Federer, Nadal and Djokovic cruise through

The top three seeds in the Olympics men's singles, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, all moved easily into the third round with convincing wins in Beijing on Tuesday.

updated Tue Aug 12 2008 13:40:22

Injury rules out marathon holder Noguchi

Defending Olympic women's marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi of Japan has been ruled out of the Beijing Games because of injury.

updated Tue Aug 12 2008 12:04:20

China secure men's gymnastics victory

China won the men's gymnastics team gold on Tuesday, snuffing out challenges from defending champions Japan and the United States to spark wild celebrations among the cheering home crowd.

updated Tue Aug 12 2008 11:24:24

Phelps on course with third gold medal

American swimmer Michael Phelps remains on course for his target of eight Beijing gold medals after winning his third event of the Games, taking the men's 200-meter freestyle in a new world record time -- his third in a row.

updated Tue Aug 12 2008 08:21:33

Olympic swimmer battles testicular cancer

He's certainly not the star of the team or even a medal favorite, but Eric Shanteau has earned as much respect as any of the U.S. swimmers at the Olympic Games.

updated Mon Aug 11 2008 13:39:15

Athlete says sports steroids changed him from woman to man

Heidi Krieger proved herself one of the world's top athletes in the 1980s, winning medal after medal in the shot put for East Germany.

updated Mon Aug 11 2008 12:50:40

American killed at Games was coach's father-in-law

A Chinese man wielding a knife stabbed an American couple in central Beijing on Saturday, killing the man and seriously wounding the woman before jumping to his death from an ancient tower, said U.S. Olympic officials and state-run media.

updated Mon Aug 11 2008 06:52:45

Iranian swimmer quits Olympic race against Israeli

An Iranian swimmer at the Beijing Olympics who withdrew from a race that included an Israeli did so because he was ill, authorities said Monday.

updated Sun Aug 10 2008 12:01:06

Passion for pins

updated Sat Aug 09 2008 13:38:03

Sanchez stuns cycling favorites in road race

Samuel Sanchez upstaged his hotly-tipped Spain teammates to claim cycling's men's road race gold at the Beijing Olympics on Saturday.

updated Sat Aug 09 2008 04:07:40

Emotion kicks off China's Olympics

Fireworks, athletes and pageantry on a scale never before seen in the Olympics opened the Summer Games in Beijing on Friday as the Asian nation kicked off the biggest and most scrutinized Games in history.

updated Fri Aug 08 2008 09:22:07

Olympic sports at a glance

updated Fri Aug 08 2008 07:22:04

Olympic bomb threat disrupts flights

China's main airline suspended several flights from Japan Friday after receiving a bomb threat purportedly aimed at disrupting the opening of the Beijing Olympics, Japanese transport officials said.

updated Fri Aug 08 2008 05:46:11

Former 'Lost Boy' to lead U.S. Olympians in Beijing

A U.S. athlete who overcame the chaos of war in Sudan to become a middle-distance runner in the United States will carry the American flag during Friday's opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Games.

updated Thu Aug 07 2008 21:07:27

China revokes visa of Darfur activist

Chinese officials have revoked the visa of former U.S. Olympic speed skater Joey Cheek, an action that has worried the White House.

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