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August 2018 14 Sedwick County and the City of Wichita. "We're thrilled to have an opportunity to not only host another NCAA event but the Sweet 16 and Elite 8, where the winner will move on to the Final Four," said Brad Pittman, WSU associate athletic director and tournament manager. "We're grateful for the entities that pulled together to make this happen and look forward to an- other opportunity to showcase our university and community." Susie Santo, president and CEO of Visit Wichita, said, "This reaffirms Wichita is a basketball city and also a great place to visit and explore." Visit Wichita will also welcome basketball fans for the 2021 NCAA men's basketball first and second rounds, and the 2022 women's basketball regional rounds. USA Weightlifting Issues Statement on Weightlift- ing's Status in 2024 Olympic Games COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Weightlifting (USAW) issued a recent statement that said it supports the Internation- al Weightlifting Federation's (IWFs) implementation of anti-doping policies after the International Olympic Com- mittee (IOC) Executive Board decided to keep weightlifting's provisional status on the Paris 2024 Olympic Program. "We applaud and support the positive and monumental steps the IWF has taken so far to ad- dress the problem of doping in our sport," said Phil Andrews, USA Weightlifting CEO. "But the fight is not over. USA Weightlifting continues to stand with the IWF as they further their work to ensure a fair play- ing field for every athlete. We thank the IOC Executive Board for their dedication in protecting clean athletes." USAW announced in July that it will partner with the IWF and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to develop anti-doping education that will be required for participation in this year's IWF Weightlifting World Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. "A fair playing field for clean athletes is paramount," Andrews said. U.S. Olympic Committee Announces 90 Finalists For Scouting Camp COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced that 90 athletes were chosen to participate in the final phase of "Milk Life Presents, Scouting Camp: The New Olympic Hopeful" at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs during the last week of July. Milk Life is the first title sponsor of the Next Olympic Hopeful, now in its second season. Almost 3,500 athletes applied online and participated in in-person tryouts hosted by 24 Hour Fitness or during regional tryouts. The 90 final- ists include 42 male and 48 female participants represent- ing 27 states. The talent-identification program will evaluate athletes through intensive screening and sport-specific training at the USOC Training Center at the Colorado Springs campus, the home of Olympic and Paralym- pic sport in the U.S. The athletes will be evaluated by USOC and National Govern- ing Body (NGB) high-perfor- mance staff who coach Olympi- ans and Paralympians. Mentors include Olympians Claressa Shields and Carlin Isles. Shields is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic boxing champion and the 2014 and 2016 world champion. Isles is a 2016 Olympian in rugby and a former member of the Detroit Lions football team. Josh Williamson, winner of season one of Next Olympic Hopeful in the sport of bobsled after qualifying at in-person tryouts, is an associate sponsor of the program. Williamson has won five medals, including two golds on the North America Cup circuit, since winning Next Olympic Hopeful. Following the tryouts, eight winners will be invited to join national team camps in bobsled, boxing, canoe/kayak, cycling, rowing, rugby, skeleton and weightlifting. The four men and four female winners will be eligible for financial, medical and training support while they prepare for the Olympic Games. The athlete experience will be featured on USOC Produc- tions' two-part documentary on NBC and NBCSN, Nov. 24 at 9 p.m. ET and winners will be an- nounced on Nov. 25 during the finale, 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC. t SPORTS Talk ERIE, Pa. — The Santa Hustle 5K, a national fun run and race series, will debut in Erie on Saturday, Dec. 8, with a 5K run and walk to kick off the holiday season. Santa Hustle, operated by Adrenaline Sports Management, is held in cities across the country and partners with local char- ities to receive a portion of the proceeds. Erie's Santa Hustle will benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. All 5K participants will receive a Santa hat and beard, a Santa-themed performance hoodie and a 5K-finisher medal. Kids who participate in the one-mile Rudolph Run will receive a Santa hat and beard, and finisher ribbon. Participants in both races will pass through cookie and candy stations located along the course while holiday music plays. n Santa Hustle Holds Inaugural Run in Downtown Erie

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