Tempers Flare Over German Olympic Bid, Cuban Boxer Wins Gold for Bulgaria

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Alfons Hörmann, DOSB President (DOSB)

(ATR) The president of the German Olympic Sports Confederation may be unhappy with the new IOC process for Olympic bids, but he’s still willing to try to secure a third summer Olympics for the country.

In a press conference Monday, DOSB chief Alfons Hörmann criticized the IOC decision naming Brisbane as the preferred location for the 2032 Olympics. That move effectively ended the efforts of a group from the Rhine-Westphalian region of Germany seeking 2032.

Hörmann accused the IOC of “false statements” in its explanation last week for the choice of Brisbane for further consideration.

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Cuban Boxing Champion Wins First Gold for Bulgaria

(ATR) Javier Ibáñez competed for the Cuban national boxing team until 2018 as one of the most promising fighters of that Caribbean country.

Javier Ibáñez (right) won gold at the Strandja tournament in February. (AIBA)

But last weekend Ibáñez must have surprised many Cubans who found the news on the Internet: the boxer had won the gold medal for Bulgaria at the international Strandja tournament held in Sofia, the Bulgarian capital.

His triumph was featured on the front page of the International Boxing Association’s official site.

Ibáñez, 24 years old, had received his passport as a Bulgarian citizen weeks before and this allowed him to represent Bulgaria for the first time. And things had better not worked out for him.

He incidentally became the first Cuban to win a medal, in any sport, for Bulgaria. And perhaps he is also the first Latin American, at least in boxing.

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Mike Pearl, 77, Olympics Producer

Mike Pearl was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2015. (Sports Broadcasting HOF)

(ATR) Legendary Olympics producer Mike Pearl, who worked at five networks and won 17 Sports Emmy Awards, has died at age 77.

Having established himself as a well-respected and talented producer of CBS Sport’s highly rated NFL Today pre-game show, Pearl began working on network Olympic coverage while at ABC Sports in the 1980’s. He contributed to ABC’s coverage of Sarajevo 1984, Los Angeles 1984 and Calgary 1988, in addition to the acclaimed anthology series ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

Pearl returned to his roots at CBS Sports in 1988 as the Tiffany Network acquired Olympic broadcast rights from the IOC for the first time since 1960. The veteran talent would serve as coordinating producer of the network’s coverage of the 1992 Albertville and 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics.

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