Late Addition to the Cycling Team

17 September 2010

Late Addition to the Cycling Team Auckland cyclist Aaron Gate is a late addition to the New Zealand team for the Commonwealth Games. The 19 year old has filled a spot in the endurance track squad for the Games and has been in Europe with the group competing in the road programme in Belgium and France over the last three months Gate was third in the team pursuit at the Junior World Championships and third in the tema pursiot at the Beijing World Cup.

NZs IOC Member Assesses Winter Hosts

15 September 2010

New Zealand's IOC Member Assesses Winter Hosts The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced New Zealand Olympic Committee’s, Secretary General, Barry Maister as part of an 11-member Evaluation Commission which is tasked with evaluating the three candidate cities bidding for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

High Numbers for Delhi

12 September 2010

Around 7,000 athletes and team officials have registered for the Commonwealth Games. The Delhi organisers had originally estimated that as many as 8,000 athletes and support staff could attend the games and the final figure of 7,000 is a reflection of the games programme and Commonwealth selection criteria. The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) CEO Mike Hooper has confirmed that CGF estimates for the games have always been between 6500 and 7000 and were based on the numbers for Melbourne and took into account changes to the sports programme for Delhi.

Zero Tolerance for Doping

09 September 2010

New Zealand Olympic Committee Confirms Zero Tolerance for Doping NZOC Confirms Zero Tolerance for Doping Following the news that cyclist, Adam Stewart, has received a two-year ban for the attempted use of a banned substance, the NZOC today confirms its anti-doping stance.

Moscow 1980 - A story of the NZ Boycott

03 September 2010

The 1980 Moscow Games reflected a turbulent time where international sport and politics collided. After the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan on Christmas Eve in 1979, United States President Jimmy Carter boycotted the Moscow Olympic Games that were scheduled for the following July. Pressure mounted around the world for Western nations to follow suit.

Moscow Reunion

03 September 2010

Tonight 99 athletes who were selected to represent New Zealand at the 1980 Olympic Games will be honoured. While only four athletes went on to compete at the Moscow games, the full team will be acknowledged for their achievements and the important contributions they have made to New Zealand sport.

Moscow Exhibition Opens Sunday

02 September 2010

An exhibition that chronicles a period in international and New Zealand history that impacted on the 99 athletes selected to represent our country at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. The invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union prompted a series of responses that would have long lasting consequences amongst members of the sporting fraternity. For 34 athletes, the Moscow Games were their first and only opportunity to represent New Zealand at the Olympics.

Historic Hillary Items in Olympic Museum

02 September 2010

Unique items from the Sir Edmund Hillary collection will be on display in Wellington from Sunday as part of an exhibition honouring the great New Zealander and his climbing partner Tenzing Norgay ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

IOC Member Calls For Greater Youth Development

01 September 2010

As a stunning fireworks display heralded the end of the inaugural youth Olympic Games, New Zealand IOC member and NZOC Secretary General Barry Maister called for New Zealand sports to take a closer look at the rise of youth games. The Youth Olympic Games in Singapore ran from 12 to 26 attracting 3600 young athletes from around the world. The programme included new-format events such as three on three basketball, international teams events and mixed gender events. It also boasted an extensive culture and education programme aimed at promoting balanced lives for athletes.

A message to the athletes of the Youth Olympic Games

27 August 2010

Congratulations and thank you, Singapore, for a job superbly done. You rose brilliantly to the challenge of combining elite sport, modern education and culture. Throughout these 12 days, we all enjoyed the warm hospitality of the public authorities, of the very successful Organising Committee and of the 20,000 wonderful volunteers. These Games will leave a great human legacy in Singapore and around the world. These Games were full of innovation, creativity, joy and a sharing of Olympic values.

Families join hands from across the globe at Youth Olympics

26 August 2010

The Olympics is a way of bringing people together. And in the case of Auckland athlete Josh Hawkins that is exactly what has happened at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. The 17 year old hurdler found out a month ago that his 16 year old cousin from Zimbabwe, Devyn Hencil would also be competing at the first Youth Olympics in the soccer team. They met for the first time at the Youth Olympic Village – and have spent time hanging out and talking about each other’s sport.

Youth Olympic Games – Day 11 Wrap

26 August 2010

Teenage boxing star Joseph Parker brought the curtain down on New Zealand’s campaign at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games with a silver medal in the super heavyweight class in Singapore tonight. The 18 year old from Manukau City was out-pointed by tall counter-punching Frenchman Tony Yoka in the gold medal match, with the young kiwi unable to catch up with his opponent after falling behind narrowly in the count. Just down the hallway at the International Convention Centre, Kaikoura judoka Hayley Baxter also claimed a silver medal, part of a Belgrade team that was beaten in the final.