Olympic Games

Bow and arrow take the world by storm

John David Burnes of Canada takes aim during his men's individual 1/32 elimination archery round at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Photo: Reuters

Elite archers were competing this week in the World Cup series in Antalya, Turkey, the first major event since the sport was elevated by the IOC to a higher ranking that will ensure a bigger share of Olympic revenues every four years.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 9:51am

Esther Williams a star in the pool and on the silver screen

Esther Williams rehearses her underwater ballet for the movieZiegfeld Folliesin 1944. Photo: AP

Esther Williams, the self-described "Million Dollar Mermaid", whose wholesome beauty, shapely figure and aquatic skills launched an entire genre of movies - the Technicolor "aqua musicals" - died on June 6 at the age of 91. She was remembered for her Hollywood fame but also her influence on fashion and on synchronised swimming, the Olympic sport inspired by her cinematic water ballet.

16 Jun 2013 - 9:51am

Presidential race just one hot IOC issue

The candidates of International Olympic Committee president, from left: Thomas Bach of Germany, Ng Ser Miang of Singapore, Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, C.K. Wu of Taiwan, Sergei Bubka of Ukraine and Denis Oswald of Switzerland. Photo: AP

Four of the six candidates vying to succeed Rogge as International Olympic Committee president were sitting around the same conference table. The two other contenders were down the hall in the same convention centre in St Petersburg, Russia, mixing with the delegates.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Lang 'can help China return to glory'

Zhao Ruirui

Former Olympic gold medallist Zhao Ruirui believes the Chinese women's team could return to their former glory under new coach Lang Ping, a Chinese volleyball legend.

The 52-year-old Lang was appointed national coach for a second time two months ago.

6 Jun 2013 - 5:47am

Real work ahead for squash's Olympic Games bid

David Mui Ying-yuen, chairman of Hong Kong Squash. Photo: May Tse

The real work of making squash an Olympic sport still lies ahead, the game's Asian head, David Mui Ying-yuen, warned yesterday.

The IOC vote this week in St Petersburg, Russia, saw wrestling and baseball/softball win the right to be considered for reinstatement as Olympic sports and for squash to be considered for inclusion for the first time.

31 May 2013 - 5:03am

Squash hopes third time's the charm for Olympic inclusion

David Mui Ying-yuen, chairman of Hong Kong Squash.

The executive board of the International Olympic Committee is meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, and will announce a shortlist from eight candidate sports that are vying for inclusion in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games.

29 May 2013 - 5:46am

Taiwan's Wu Ching-kuo says China 'understands' his IOC bid

Taiwanese boxing chief Wu Ching-kuo. Photo: AFP

The world boxing chief, who last week announced his candidacy to succeed IOC president Jacques Rogge, said he was confident that his long personal history with China would make this a case of "sport over politics".

29 May 2013 - 5:20am

Crunch talks will map out future of games

IOC president Jacques Rogge. Photo: AP

Call it the perfect storm of Olympic politics. With sports leaders gathering in St Petersburg, Russia, this week for a global convention, three high-profile campaigns will be played out at the same time in an unusual confluence of issues that will set the tone for the future of the Olympic movement.

28 May 2013 - 5:39am

Wrestling pins its Games hopes on reforms

Nenad Lalovic

The widespread reforms introduced to the historic sport of wrestling gives it a very strong chance of regaining its place in the Olympics, the newly elected president of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles said.

25 May 2013 - 5:22am

Singapore’s Ng poised to challenge for IOC

 Ng Ser Miang. Photo: AP

Ng Ser Miang looked set to challenge to become the new president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday, with officials saying an announcement was imminent.

15 May 2013 - 4:54pm

Sebastian Coe lays down blueprint for future of sport

Sebastian Coe

The Games are over, but Sebastian Coe does not seem to be winding down. He is just back from Brazil, observing Rio's preparations for the 2016 Olympics. Ask him what brings him to Hong Kong and his answer lasts minutes rather than seconds.

31 Mar 2013 - 4:56am

How Hong Kong can emulate Britain's success

British middle-distance runner Mo Farah was one of the stars of the London Olympics, where he won two gold medals. Photo: AP

We asked Sebastian Coe what advice he could give smaller Olympic competitors such as Hong Kong to emulate some of Britain's Games success. Here's his masterplan:

31 Mar 2013 - 4:56am

Russia have reality check before Sochi Winter Olympics

One of Russia's top hopes: Alexander Legkov. Photo: AFP

Any dreams Russia had of dominating their home Winter Olympic Games in Sochi next year have been dealt a harsh reality check by the mediocre performances of the country's athletes this season.

31 Mar 2013 - 4:56am

Australian hockey star Jamie Dwyer supports fives format for Olympics

Jamie Dwyer conducts a hockey clinic with teenagers before this week's Hockey 6s at Hong Kong Football Club. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Australian hockey idol Jamie Dwyer has thrown his support behind the proposed five-a-side format for the Olympics, saying that it would provide a more entertaining spectacle on television and secure the future of the sport at the Games.

28 Mar 2013 - 4:16am

Short Sport, March 9, 2013

Miami's Dwyane Wade scores against Orlando. Photo: Reuters

Two-time Olympic host Los Angeles plans to bid for the 2024 summer Olympics and the city's effort has some major celebrity backers. "On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, I am pleased to confirm our enthusiastic interest in bidding to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games," mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wrote to the US Olympic Committee. 

9 Mar 2013 - 3:48am