International Olympic Committee

Short Sport, March 9, 2013

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 March, 2013, 3:48am

Los Angeles set to bid for third Olympics

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. The letter was accompanied by one from the southern California committee for the Olympic Games, signed by Disney chief Robert Iger, basketball legend Magic Johnson and Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks. AP


NHL edges closer to settling realignment

The NHL moved a step closer to realignment as the players' association approved a proposed plan that is set to go into effect next season. Now that the league has the go-ahead from union chief Donald Fehr, the NHL will only need to get approval from team owners to put it in place. No official details of the changes have been released by the NHL, but it is widely believed that teams such as Detroit and Columbus will be put into more travel-friendly divisions in the eastern time zone, and the Winnipeg Jets will move to the Western Conference. AP


India moves to end Olympic suspension

A top Indian government officer hopes to meet International Olympic Committee officials at its headquarters in Switzerland next month in a bid to end the suspension of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). "I'm in touch with IOA officials who have been corresponding with the IOC and am hoping to finalise the dates of our meetings in April," India's sports secretary P.K. Deb said. "We are hopeful things will be sorted out soon." The IOA was suspended after it went ahead with elections on December 5 despite the world body declaring them "null and void". AP


Final-play sealer widens Miami's streak

LeBron James drove to the rim and scored on the final play to extend Miami's winning streak to 16 games, but the team still aren't impressed. "We're enjoying it," Heat forward Shane Battier said, "but we have bigger goals." James scored with 3.2 seconds left, lifting Miami to a 97-96 win over the Orlando Magic. "It really doesn't affect us," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "In a sense, we want to win, and we want to win every game we play. The day it comes where our streak gets broken we move on to the next game. Obviously, it is great, but right now, we are just playing." AP