As Asian Games host, Indonesia has more at stake than sport

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia is deploying 100,000 police and soldiers to provide security for the Asian Games, the biggest event ever held in its terror attack prone capital Jakarta, parts of which have been dramatically spruced up as the city readies to welcome tens of thousands of athletes and visitors. The 18th Asian Games, which run until Sept. 2, are being held in Jakarta, Palembang on the island of Sumatra, and in West Java. About 12,000 athletes, support staff and officials and 5,000 journalists are expected. It’s the second…

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IOC disappointed UN won’t grant North Korea sports exemption

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says he is disappointed the United Nations will not allow sports equipment to be sent to North Korea. The International Olympic Committee’s request was rejected by the U.N. Security Council Sanctions Committee. Bach says “this makes it more difficult for the IOC to accomplish its mission to bring athletes from all over the world together to promote understanding and friendship regardless of political background or any other differences.” In a statement, Bach added that “it is all the more disappointing because the…

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Facial recognition system set to be used in Olympic security

TOKYO (AP) — A facial recognition system will be used across an Olympics for the first time as Tokyo organizers work to keep security tight and efficient at dozens of venues during the 2020 Games. The NeoFace technology developed by NEC Corp. will be customized to monitor every accredited person — including athletes, officials, staff and media — at more than 40 venues, games villages and media centers, Olympic and company officials said Tuesday. Local organizers said Tokyo will be the first Olympic host to introduce the face recognition technology…

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Survey: Athletes feel pressure of win-at-all-costs culture

A majority of U.S. athletes responding to an anti-doping survey said they feel pressure from higher-ups to win medals, and the spotlight shines only on those who pile up victories. Though athletes have often cited the win-at-all-costs culture as a reason they cheat, only a slim number of those surveyed said they would be tempted to take performance-enhancing drugs. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency received responses from 886 athletes in a wide-ranging survey, released Tuesday, that gauged their feelings about a number of issues regarding performance-enhancing drugs. Sixty-five percent agreed when…

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Old case highlights confusion in curtailing Olympic abuse

Judges, event organizers and even some riders were caught off-guard earlier this year when a well-known equestrian judge got booted out of one of the year’s biggest horse shows. Turns out, the judge’s name had been flagged by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the newly created office charged with overseeing sex-abuse cases in Olympic sports, because he had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sex assault five years earlier, in a case that had nothing to do with minors or anyone in his sport. Had he been at the show in a…

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No 1s Tai and Axelsen lose in world badminton quarterfinals

NANJING, China (AP) No. 1s Tai Tzu Ying and Viktor Axelsen were knocked out in the quarterfinals of the badminton world championships on Friday. Also, alongside men’s defending champion Axelsen, women’s titleholder Nozomi Okuhara was ousted, too. Tai’s defeat was the biggest surprise, as the Taiwanese lost for only the second time this year in 37 matches. She was beaten by He Bingjiao of China 21-18, 7-21, 21-13. After dropping the first game, Tai stormed back in the second, but was unable to maintain her momentum in the third. ”I…

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Defending champion Axelsen reaches QFs at badminton worlds

NANJING, China (AP) Five-time champion Lin Dan fell to Chinese compatriot Shi Yuqi again while No. 1s Viktor Axelsen and Tai Tzu Ying moved into the quarterfinals at the world badminton championships on Thursday. Lin lost to Shi, 12 years his junior, 21-15, 21-9. Shi pulled away early in the first game. In the second, a six-point string to 13-6 put Shi in control. Lin hasn’t won the championships in five years but he was runner-up last year at 33, and can’t be underestimated. Shi beat him for the third…

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Axelsen opens title defense with dominating win in Nanjing

NANJING, China (AP) World champion Viktor Axelsen has begun his title defense with a dominating 21-8, 21-7 win over Duarte Anjo on the first day of the badminton world championships. Axelsen controlled the match throughout Monday, taking an early lead in both games before winning 12 of the last 13 points to advance. Despite being hampered by injuries early in the season, Axelsen won the European Championship in April and appears to be in the kind of form that last year helped him become the first European in 20 years…

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Sailor’s body recovered in Lake Michigan, 1 week after race

CHICAGO (AP) The body of a missing Chicago sailor has been recovered in Lake Michigan one week after falling off a yacht during a race. Chicago police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed 53-year-old Jon Santarelli’s body was spotted mid-day Saturday, about six miles from Chicago’s Belmont Harbor. Santarelli went missing July 21 approximately five miles east of Navy Pier. His crew’s boat had just begun competing in the 110th edition of the Chicago Yacht Club’s annual Race to Mackinac. In a statement Saturday night, the yacht club…

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Australian becomes 1st woman to skipper Clipper race winner

LONDON (AP) Australian sailor Wendy Tuck has become the first woman to skipper the winning vessel in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race. Tuck, 52, from Sydney, led the Sanya Serenity Coast team to victory in the race that finished in Liverpool on Saturday. Her team beat 25-year-old British skipper Nikki Henderson’s Visit Seattle yacht by four points. The brainchild of Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world, the race encompasses 40,000 nautical miles. Competitors sail on identical 70-foot (21-meter) ocean racing yachts around…

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