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SBD Global/August 23, 2013/Olympics

Olympic Notes: Australia's 4x100m Swimming Relay Team Awaits AOC Ruling

The Australian Olympic Committee will "bring down its judgment" on Australia's Olympic men's 4x100m freestyle relay team. Four months after being punished by Swimming Australia for their "ill-conceived bonding session at a pre-Olympic camp in Manchester last year," the six swimmers -- James Magnussen, Eamon Sullivan, Matt Targett, James Roberts, Tommaso D'Orsogna and Cameron McEvoy -- "face further sanctions." The AOC "has a range of penalties available, including taking away funding" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/23). ... Two-time Olympic champion Yelena Isinbaeva will continue her role as the global ambassador for the second edition of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China (FIFA). ... The Japan Olympic Committee "is moving to investigate a report that a female gymnast was physically abused by a coach." The JOC "began looking into this case in July." A JOC source said, "If the investigation reaches some conclusion, then we will make it public. We can’t say anything now except that we are investigating" (KYODO, 8/22).
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