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Olympic gold medal swimmer Camille Muffat killed in helicopter crash while filming reality TV show

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Olympic gold medal swimmer Camille Muffat, Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine and sailor Florence Arthaud were among 10 killed in the collision over a remote area of Argentina, according to The Independent.

The remaining victims were identified as Laurent Sbasnik, Lucie Mei-Dalby, Volodia Guinard, Brice Guilbert and Edouard Gilles, as well as Argentine pilots Juan Carlos Castillo and Roberto Abate.

The cause of the crash remains unclear. La Rioja Secretary of Security, Cesar Angulo, told TN television: “An explosion occurred and it’s believed that they [the helicopters] collided.”

The sports stars were filming a European celebrity reality show called Dropped when the accident occurred. The show’s producers, Adventure Line Productions (ADL), released a statement confirming the 10 deaths. “All the ADL teams are devastated and share the deep pain of the families and loved ones they are in contact with,” it said. “We are in contact with the production teams on site (and) with the French and Argentine authorities. We will give more information as soon as possible,” the Independent reported.

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Preparation work is on the right track! Beijing gets ready for 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing will become the first city in the world to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games

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Beijing, Dec 27, 2016: Beijing has wasted no time during the one and a half years since it won its bid to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games along with Zhangjiakou city in July, 2015.

The Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Games, which was launched last December, said in its annual report released last week that preparation work is on the right track and will be speeded up next year, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Beijing’s work has been recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC Coordination Commission held talks with the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee and visited several venues during their first meeting in Beijing in October, and said they were pleased with Beijing’s preparations.

The IOC also praised the sustainability of Beijing’s work, saying it illustrated the vision of the Olympic Agenda 2020.

The committee for Beijing 2022 has taken full advantage of the legacy of the Beijing 2008 Olympics and Paralympic Games — including repurposing existing competition venues, other infrastructure and drawing on the experience of professionals with deep operational experience.

According to the Beijing Organising Committee, venue construction will be started in 2017 and completed by 2019, and all the venues will be ready for test events in 2020.

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There will be a total of 25 competition and non-competition venues for Beijing 2022. Twelve venues are in Beijing, among which 11 are legacies of the 2008 Olympic Games. The only new venue in Beijing will be the speed skating venue.

The conceptual design of the speed skating venue has been opened to international bidding and the final design will be selected soon. The construction will get underway next April.

The alpine ski competition will be held in Yanqing. Most of the courses for this event have been selected this year. Also in Chongli, the Gent Resort Secret Garden has built an Olympic standard half-pipe. Gent is the training base for the Chinese national half-pipe ski and snowboard teams, and will host the FIS Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships in 2021 as test events for the Olympic Games.

According to the Beijing Organising Committee, the emblem for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games will be unveiled in the second half of 2017, and marketing development will be underway soon.

The Beijing Organising Committee will launch first tier sponsorship recruitment in early 2017, and tier two in 2018. Exclusive sponsorship recruitment will start in 2019.

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Beijing has also put in efforts to encourage participation in winter sports, as China has vowed to encourage 300 million people in China to take up winter sports ahead of the 2022 Games.

At the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur last July, Beijing, along with Zhangjiakou in Hebei Province, beat Kazakhstan’s Almaty to win its bid to co-host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Beijing will become the first city in the world to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. (IANS)

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Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt announces plans to open Sports Clinic in Jamaica

No world records; it's all beyond me now. Right now it is just for me to go out there and leave with a big bang as much as possible

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  • Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has announced plans to open a sports clinic in Jamaica
  • Bolt, the world’s fastest man so far, is now turning his attention to the World Championships in London next year
  • Bolt has wild card entries for both the 100m and 200m at the August 5-13 World Championships by virtue of winning both events at last year’s world championships

September 15,2016: Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has announced plans to open a sports clinic in Jamaica after retiring from the track and field.

The Jamaican, who last month brought down the curtains on his Olympic career after sweeping the sprint titles in the third successive Games, says he wants to address injury concerns plaguing young athletes, reports CMC.

“One of the things that I am working towards is trying to open a sports clinic in Jamaica. That’s one thing that’s always on my mind,” said Bolt, who set the 100 meter and 200m world records of 9.58 and 19.19 seconds in 2009.

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“Especially for the youth in track and field because I think injury has always been a problem for youth coming up, and I also would like them to get better care. I also would like to stick with the track and field and stay as close as possible to track and field, so that’s one thing.”

Bolt, the world’s fastest man so far, is now turning his attention to the World Championships in London next year, before officially retiring from the sport at the age of 31.

He is planning to only contest the 100m in London but says his coach has other ideas.

“That’s the plan, but I still have to discuss it with my coach,” Bolt told Television Jamaica on Tuesday.

“(Glen Mills) still wants me to do the double, but I’ve told him I would really like to just do the 100m, so at the start of the season we’ll decide exactly what (to focus on), but that’s what’s on my mind.”

Bolt has wild card entries for both the 100m and 200m at the August 5-13 World Championships by virtue of winning both events at last year’s world championships.

He says he is not planning to break records in London.

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“No world records; it’s all beyond me now. Right now it is just for me to go out there and leave with a big bang as much as possible,” said Bolt.

“I just want to go to the World Championships, do my best as always and stay on a certain level and that’s the plan.” (IANS)

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92 year old sikh hockey player Balbir Singh honored in Canada

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New Delhi: Winner of three Olympic gold medals, Indian-origin Sikh hockey player Balbir Singh was honored in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC).

92-year-old Indian field hockey legend Balbir Singh was honored by assistant deputy speaker of the B.C. Legislature, MLA Raj Chouhan, in the House on Wednesday, was reported on Thursday.

“Madam Speaker it gives me a great pleasure and honour to speak about an unsung hero and a forgotten legend. Balbir Singh has won three Olympic Gold medals in field hockey. The first in 1948 in London, winning India’s first gold medal as a sovereign nation. He won the second gold in Helsinki. He led his team in scoring, including setting an Olympic / Guinness Record in the final when he scored five goals. That record stands to this day,” Chouhan said.

“Then again in 1956 in Melbourne, he won his third gold medal when he led his team. He scored 22 goals over three Olympic Games. Singh was the only chief coach and manager to lead India to a World Cup victory in 1975 in Kuala Lumpur, he added.

Singh was one of 16 Iconic Olympians named by the International Olympic Committee along with Jesse Owens and Australian track and field star Cathy Freeman in 2012. He was the only South Asian and field hockey player on the list.

“Today he is joined by a great author Patrick Blennerhassett. Patrick has written a very invigorating book about him called ‘A Forgotten Legend’. This book will be launched on March 5,” Chouhan noted. (IANS)(Image Courtesy: balls.com)