Winter Sports

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has appointed Richard McLaren as an independent leader of the investigation into allegations of a doping cover-up at the 2014 winter Olympic Games following concerns over a potential conflict of interest.

Lee Hee-beom today (Thursday) moved to defend his lack of experience in sports administration after being formally elected as the new president of the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic winter Games (POCOG).

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has said it is looking into the latest allegations surrounding Russian sport after a whistleblower who uncovered systemic doping inside the country’s athletics team disclosed that at least four gold medallists at the 2014 winter Olympic Games were using steroids.

Quebec City has dropped plans to bid to host the 2026 winter Olympic Games after its Mayor decided the chances of the Canadian city winning were too slim.

The PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic winter Games (POCOG) has today (Tuesday) nominated Lee Hee-beom as its new president after Cho Yang-ho stepped down to concentrate on his business interests.

The PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic winter Games (POCOG) has been given a legacy boost after South Korea’s government confirmed that two ice sports venues scheduled for demolition after the Games will now remain in place.

A declaration has been signed by representatives from 34 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and national and international federations to boost the development of winter para-sport across the globe.

The Austrian city of Innsbruck will stage the winter World Masters Games multi-sport event in 2020, it has been announced.

The Swiss Olympic Committee has moved forward with plans to launch a bid for the 2026 winter Olympic Games, with president Jörg Schild stating a strong proposal from a region that also has national support is crucial in the endeavour.

The Swiss Olympic Committee will invite cities to express an interest in representing the country in a bid to host the 2026 winter Olympic Games.

Co-host of the 2022 winter Olympics, Zhangjiakou, has outlined plans to develop a sports hub ahead of the staging of the Games in China.

Doubts have been raised over the long-term future of the Jeongseon downhill skiing complex in PyeongChang ahead of the South Korean city’s staging of the winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2018, while Games organisers have confirmed they have so far raised 70 per cent of their target of KRW870bn (€647m/$722m) in domestic sponsorship money.

The Swiss Olympic Association is set to have another proposal to consider next month for a potential bid for the 2026 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, with a new national-themed project having been put forward.

The IMG agency has partnered with Chinese real estate company Zhonghong Holdings to aid the delivery of a new winter sports facility in Changbaishan.