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Volume 7 No. 149

Olympics

South Korea chose Seoul for its bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics, which it "hopes to jointly host with rival North Korea as a peace gesture," according to Kim Tong-Hyung of the AP. South Korea’s Olympic committee announced the decision after a meeting Monday in which Seoul received 34 of 49 votes, "edging out" the southern port city of Busan. The Koreas are expected to officially inform the IOC of their intent to co-host the 2032 Olympics on Friday. While North Korea has yet to formally announce its candidate city for the Olympics, its capital, Pyongyang, is "seen as the obvious choice" because it is "much more developed than other North Korean cities" (AP, 2/11).

British Basketball will get £75,000 ($96,500) from UK Sport as a second wave of funding to help support preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Basketball "lost out" in the initial round of government funding, in which 14 Olympic and Paralympic sports shared a £3M investment pot in December (REUTERS, 2/8).

The IOC will lift its ban on Russian Para-athletes -- but "under strict conditions." The 29-month suspension for the Russian Paralympic Committee, enforced in '16 following the McLaren report, will be lifted by March 15. IPC President Andrew Parsons said that 69 of 70 reinstatement criteria had been met (BBC, 2/8).

Amateur boxing "faces a breakaway threat" ahead of Tokyo 2020 after its int'l federation "elected a president accused of ties to organized crime." The AIBA said that a "rogue group" led by unnamed "Kazakhstani individuals" asked national boxing federations to write to the IOC offering to help run an Olympic boxing tournament without AIBA (AP, 2/9).