The 2012 London Olympics will host a mixed doubles tennis event for the first time as well as more women's cycling, the International Olympic Committee announced on Thursday. But the changes, made in a bid to increase the prominence of women's sport, will spell the end of the individual cycling track pursuit races at the Olympics.
The IOC has decided not to re-allocate the women's 100m gold medal at the Sydney Games in 2000, which was stripped from drug cheat Marion Jones two years ago. In line with IOC practice, controversial Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou, who finished second behind Jones in Sydney, would have been expected to receive the gold medal.
The US athletes who ran the relay with Marion Jones at the Sydney Olympics must wait until December before they learn if they can keep their medals.The IOC Session in Copenhagen has been told the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has postponed their decision and will not issue its ruling until December 18. They had hoped for a decision this month.
Tiger Woods is not in Copenhagen but two glamorous players will woo the IOC members ahead of Friday’s vote to include golf and rugby 7’s in the 2016 Olympics. Michelle Wie from the USA and Norway’s Suzann Pettersen will spearhead golf’s push to rejoin the Olympic movement.