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Beijing Olympic pole vault champion Hooker retires

Steve HookerCanberra, April 12 - The 2008 Beijing Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker of Australia announced his retirement from the sport.

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Chinese Olympic champs face university dismissal

Beijing OlympicsBeijing, Sep 8 : Two Olympic champions from China are facing a possible dismissal from a university in the country after they failed to attend enough classes for their Masters programmes.

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Beijing Olympics official report released

Beijing Olympics official report releasedBeijing, Aug 9 - China has released the official report of the 2008 Beijing Olympic and the Paralympic games, which it said would provide valuable experience and lessons for future hosts.

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China to continue with relaxed media rules temporarily adopted for Olympics

China to continue with relaxed media rules temporarily adopted for OlympicsBeijing, Oct 18 : China has decided to continue with the relaxed rules for foreign journalists operating from the country. The relaxed rules which were temporarily adopted for the Beijing Games, allowed the foreign journalists to conduct interviews of individuals or organizations without prior permission from the local foreign affairs office.

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More doping cases loom through retests of Olympic and Tour samples

More doping cases loom through retests of Olympic and Tour samplesHamburg - Retests of samples gathered at the Beijing Olympics and at the Tour de France could soon expose more doping offenders in sport.

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Greek prosecutors begin investigation against Halkia

Athens - Greek prosecutors began investigations into women's 400-metre hurdler Fani Halkia Monday following the runner's failed dope test ahead of last month's Beijing Olympic Games.

"I didn't know that I had taken something that was banned," Halkia told Greek television after her first appearance before a magistrate where she was given four days to prepare her defence.

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Norwegian IOC member signals doping disclosures due

IOC Oslo  - More alleged doping cases connected to the recent Beijing Games are pending, a Norwegian member of the International Olympic Committee said Thursday.

Gerhard Heiberg's remarks were made on the eve of a meeting of the Olympic movement's ruling body in Lausanne, Switzerland this weekend.

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Chinese Olympic football team embroiled in sex scandal

London, Sept 6 : Chinese football team has come under fire after some of its players were reportedly snapped checking into the hotel with girls during the Olympics.

The scandal came into light after three players were photographed by fans with a group of girls at a hotel outside of the official training camp.

According to an eyewitness, the players were seen "hugging and embracing" the women , a night before they lost to Brazil 3-0.

Doping confirmed on sixth horse at Beijing Games

Hong Kong - The horse ridden by former Olympic champion Rodrigo Pessoa at the Olympics has tested positive for a banned substance, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) confirmed on on Friday.

A B sample has confirmed the positive test on Rufus following a control after the Olympic individual final on August 23 where Brazilian rider Pessoa finished fifth.

The test has shown traces of the prohibited stimulant nonivamide, the FEI said.

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Beijing Olympics draws 4.7 billion television viewers

Beijing  - The 2008 Olympics drew an estimated television audience of 4.7 billion over 17 days, setting a new viewing record for an Olympic Games, market research firm Nielsen said on Friday.

The estimated audience from August 8-17 surpassed the 3.9 billion viewers for the whole of the Athens games in 2004 and the 3.6 billion who watched the 2000 event in Sydney, the company said in a press release.

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