Athletes Village Yet To Pass Safety Tests Russia Reportedly Offered Deal To IOC IOC Criticized For Allowing Russia To Field Team Australians Unhappy With Olympic Village USA Gymnastics Agrees To Buy Karolyi Ranch Editorials Call For Complete Russian Oly Ban Olympic Apps Provide Unique Coverage Tennis Players Drop From Games Citing Zika Russia Expects Rio Decision By Sunday Visa Sponsors Refugee Team Members At Rio
Published December 5, 1995
Under its role as "official packaged meat" of the '96 Games, Sara Lee has plans for a "multi-layered promotional blitz" for the Games and a commercial starring Michael Jordan and Olympic mascot Izzy (BRANDWEEK, 12/4)....The IOC will likely approve any alternative ACOG plan for releasing white doves following the lighting of the Olympic caldron. After a mishap in Seoul where pigeons were incinerated in the Olympic flame, animal rights activists have convinced ACOG officials to use lasers, animation, or white, dovelike ballons (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 12/4)....Motorola yesterday announced it will be a worldwide sponsor of the '96 Atlanta Paralympic Games (Motorola)....In Boston, John Powers notes it is unlikely Beijing will bid on the 2004 Games after being passed over for 2000 (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/3)....Wachovia and First Union banks will issue Visa smart cards for use during the Games, even though NationsBank is the official bank of the '96 games. Visa's Olympic sponsorship makes the program possible (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 12/5).