Byers offers his own security

American Greco-Roman wrestler Dremiel Byers has shrugged off fears over security at the London Olympics by offering to take on any troublemakers himself, reports Reuters from London.

Thousands of troops are being deployed to help secure the Games after private firm G4S said it could not provide as many guards as expected, causing uproar in the UK in the days before Friday's opening ceremony.

“Usually I’m my own security,” the 120-kg American army sergeant told a news conference on Wednesday.”

Lukashenko banned  

Accreditation to the London 2012 Olympic Games has not been granted to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, the British Embassy in Belarus has confirmed, reports IANS from London.

“President Alexander Lukashenko is on a list of people whose entry to the European Union is banned,” an embassy spokesperson said Wednesday. “This ban will be in force during the Olympics. There will be no change in this decision.”

Zagunis named US flag-bearer

Two-time Olympic champion fencer Mariel Zagunis was selected on Wednesday as the flag-bearer to lead the 529-member US team at Friday’s opening ceremony of the London Games, reports Reuters from London.

Zagunis, who became the first American fencer in 100 years to win a gold medal when she triumphed at the 2004 Athens Games, was selected as flag-bearer in a vote by fellow members of the US Olympic team.

Saudi to fight without hijab

Saudi Arabia's female judo competitor will fight at the London Olympics "without a hijab" the sport's chief said on Thursday, reports Reuters from London.

Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani, one of the first two female athletes sent to the Olympics by the conservative Muslim kingdom, will not be wearing the Islamic headscarf when competing in the women's heavyweight tournament next Friday.

‘Rs 2.5 cr for gold medal’

Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday announced a cash award of Rs 2.5 crore for the state athletes who will manage to bag the coveted gold medal in any discipline at the London Games, reports PTI from New Delhi.

Hooda also announced a prize money of Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 1 crore for silver and bronze medal winners at London.

Hungarian athlete banned

Hungarian discus thrower Zoltan Kovago was banned for two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday for a doping violation and will miss the Olympic Games, the country's athletic federation said, reports Reuters from London.

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