Olympics Notes: Russian Weightlifter Stripped Of 2004 Bronze Medal For Failed Drug Test
Russian weightlifter Oleg Perepetchenov was stripped of his Bronze Medal from the Athens 2004 Olympics after a retest of his stored sample resulted in a positive test for a banned substance (IOC). ... Tickets sales for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics have begun and are being sold online through an agency that also operates in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Australia and several European countries (XINHUA, 2/12). ... Int'l Paralympic Committee officials are gathering in Toronto this week to hash out plans for hosting the largest Parapan Am Games ever. The Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games, which start Aug. 7, 2015, will include more than 1,500 para-athletes from 28 National Paralympic Committees competing in 15 sports including athletics, swimming and wheelchair basketball (IPC). ... The Int'l Paralympic Committee and the World Snowboard Federation will continue to work together toward the development of para-snowboard. IPC Alpine Skiing will govern the sport until '14 with support and an open communication platform with the WSF (IPC).