Thursday, July 31, 2014


Belarus's Nadzeya Ostapchuk celebrates after winning the women's shot-put final in London on August 6.

Belarus Shot-Putter Loses Gold For Doping

Belarusian shot-putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk has been stripped of her gold medal from the London Olympic Games after officials ruled she tested positive for a banned steroid. More


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Video Kazakh Weightlifter's Olympic Secret: Horse Meat

Hundreds of fans gathered at the Almaty airport on August 6 to meet weightlifter Ilya Ilyin as he returned to Kazakhstan after winning a gold medal at the London Olympics. Ilyin spoke to journalists about his Olympic performance, his plans, and the special diet that helped him win gold.


Video Ukrainian Weightlifter's Parents Celebrate Bronze Medal

Weightlifter Yulia Kalyna has won the bronze medal in the 58-kilogram weight category, bringing home the second medal for Ukraine at this year's Olympic Games. In her hometown of Mariupol, Yulia's parents told RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service about their daughter's road to victory.


Video Georgian Gold Medalist’s Parents Recount ‘Frail Child’

Judoka Lasha Shavdatuashvili won the first gold medal for Georgia at this year's Olympic Games with a victory on July 29 in the 66-kilogram weight category. In his hometown of Karaleti, the Olympian's family and neighbors gathered to celebrate and remember. RFE/RL's Georgian Service spoke to Shavdatuashvili’s parents, who described their son’s relatively quick transition from frail boy to Olympic medalist.


Photogallery Muslim Women Athletes And The Hijab

With news that the International Weightlifting Federation has changed its rules to allow athletes to wear Islamic dress, the London Games will feature the first team, from the United Arab Emirates, to compete in an international competition in hijab.


Photogallery Olympians Who Made Their Mark

Athletes from RFE/RL's broadcast region have provided plenty of Olympic thrills and spills over the years. Here's a quick pick of some of their best (and worst) moments from the Summer Olympics.

Features & Blogs

Kazakh Olympians Discover Gold

Kazakh Olympians have been golden in the Olympic Games, far exceeding expectations by winning six events so far with some medal favorites still to compete. So what is Team Kazakhstan's key to success?
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Georgian Olympian Claims Threats From President's Camp

For Betkil Shukvani, leaving the London Olympics without a medal was disappointment enough, especially when Georgian officials failed to defend his complaint about an unfair ruling in his final judo match. Then he threatened by officials who resented his open allegiance to opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili.
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Afghan Olympian Has Eye On Prize -- Equality For Women

Afghanistan's only female Olympian does not expect to win a medal, but says the opportunity to compete in London is worth more than gold.
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'As We Say In Georgia, Victory And Defeat Are Brothers'

Georgian judo star Varlam Liparteliani is competing in his first bouts at the London Olympics on August 1. Every day, the 23-year-old athlete shares his impressions with RFE/RL's Georgian Service about life behind the scenes at the world's biggest sporting event. These are his impressions from July 31 as he prepared for his first matches.
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Silly Dictator Story #12: Azerbaijan's Olympic Dreams For Sale

If a national team's boxer boxes in London and no officials from the Olympic delegation are there to watch it, did the fight ever happen?
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Serbia's Vlade Divac: 'Olympics Send A Message And A Warning To All Of Us'

Vlade Divac led the Yugoslav team to gold medals in the 1990 and 2002 World Basketball Championships and silver medals in the 1988 and 1996 Summer Olympics.He is also one of only two European players to play more than 1,000 NBA games and to have his number retired by an NBA team. Divac, who is now president of the Serbian Olympic Committee, spoke to RFE/RL Balkan Service correspondent Zoran Glavonjic.
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Olympics Website Places Armenia In Russia

The Soviet Union is dead, long live the Soviet Union!
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Photogallery Athletes Don't Always Honor Olympic Spirit

The Olympics are supposed to be about winning and good sportsmanship. But things aren't always that clean-cut. Here we look at some of the game's more notorious moments and figures.
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Uzbek-Born Tennis Ace Chases Olympic Dream Under U.S. Flag

In playing at the London Olympics, Varvara Lepchenko will fulfill a lifelong dream and cap a journey that began a world away in her native Uzbekistan.
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Olympic Medalists Set To Cash In At London 2012

The International Olympic Committee has never given cash prizes to medalists. But many countries are now promising lucrative bonus awards to their athletes who win Olympic medals at London 2012.
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Athletes Switching Nationalities In Spotlight At London Olympics

Changing passports to compete for another country has long been common practice among athletes. But as the Olympic Games prepare to kick off, the incidences are growing.
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Muslim Olympians Face Choices On Ramadan Fasting

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London take place during Islam's holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims are required to fast and refrain from drinking water from sunrise to sunset. How will Muslim athletes cope?
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Video An Orgy Of Outrage: Tom Daley, Twitter, And The Internet Hate Machine

The mob called for his death; people spared no creativity in the ways in which they hoped he would be raped in prison.
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