Posts Tagged West Africa

Gambia avoid suspension by IOC executive board

In this Wednesday, July 9, 2014 file photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach speaks during a press conference after an executive board meeting at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. IOC leaders gather in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux this week to put the finishing touches on a package of reforms, including changes to the bidding process and sports program and creation of an Olympic television channel. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott, File)

LONDON (AP) — Gambia escaped suspension by the IOC on Thursday after the government allowed the reopening of the country’s Olympic committee offices.

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IOC board to consider recognition of Kosovo

This is a Thursday, May 24, 2011 file photo of Majlinda Kelmendi, left,  as she reacts after she read the news that the ethnic Albanian Judo star has not been allowed to compete for her native Kosovo, but only for Albania in a sports hall in the Kosovo city of Pec . Kosovo could join the Olympic fold this week, while Gambia could face suspension. The status of the two countries will be discussed Friday during an International Olympic Committee executive board meeting in Montreux, Switzerland, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Wednesday Oct 22, 2014. Kosovo, which has a majority of ethnic Albanian inhabitants, declared independence in 2008. Serbia, which considers Kosovo the cradle of its statehood and religion, has refused to accept the split.  (AP Photo / Visar Kryeziu, File)

LONDON (AP) — The IOC accepted Kosovo into the Olympic fold on Wednesday, clearing the way for the former Serbian province to send an independent team to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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South Africa reluctant to host 2015 African Cup

Egypt's Amr Gamal, left, scores his side's opening goal against Botswana during their African Cup of Nations group G qualifying soccer match at  Cairo International Stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Egypt won 2-0. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is reluctant to step in as a last-minute host for next year’s African Cup of Nations because the sport ministry fears Ebola and unplanned staging costs.

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